Stories by Barbara O'Brien

Barbara O'Brien has guest blogged at the Take Back America Conference, Glenn Greenwald's, Unclaimed Territory, and Crooks and Liars. She is the "owner/proprietor" of The Mahablog. subscribe to Barbara O'Brien's feed

Posted on: Sep 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

For some, the observance of 9/11 is a pathological exercise in separating themselves from reality.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We'll get all the health care reform that special interests will allow.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The health care crisis is hitting Texas harder than many other states. We need to understand why.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Contractors hired to "support the troops" are threatening their lives.

Posted on: May 31, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Conservatives say they're for states' rights -- but corporate rights come first.

Posted on: May 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

How "tort reform" punishes the innocent to protect the guilty.

Posted on: May 14, 2009, Source: AlterNet

How tort reform advocates are lying to you.

Posted on: May 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

How -- and why -- powerful special interests manipulate public opinion on many issues, including tort reform.

Posted on: May 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

"Tort reform" is the Right's favorite cure for the health care crisis. Experience reveals the "cure" is a ripoff.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Bush Administration may be over, but federal agencies like OSHA are still staffed and run by Bush hires. And that's a problem.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Today only 8 percent of Americans belong to a union. Are unions still relevant? Or relics of a bygone age?

Posted on: Mar 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Dr. George Tiller has been shot, his clinic bombed, and his practice targeted by a zealous attorney general. Today he's back in court.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Senate Republicans are pushing tort reform as a cure for the financial crisis. Or is it snake oil?

Posted on: Mar 8, 2009, Source: AlterNet

No where on our planet is 21st century medical care being delivered by a "consumer-driven" or "market-based" health care system.

Posted on: May 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Our private, profit-based health care system is grand at creating and marketing innovative health care products. But at delivering some essential medical services, it's poor and getting worse.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: The "partial birth" act does not ban "late term" abortions. It may not ban any abortions.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Calvin Coolidge's policies led to economic disaster. Why does Fred Thompson want to bring them back?

Posted on: Apr 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Right wingers can't make a consistent argument over Pelosi's trip to Syria.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: That's ex<i>act</i> what's wrong with the Democratic Party...

Posted on: Apr 4, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: A short history of headscarves...

Posted on: Mar 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Congress should put Bush on notice -- no more "emergency supplement appropriations" to fund his war.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: On the Right, to "support" means "to weaken, neglect, or oppose."

Posted on: Mar 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: The Bush White House used faulty intelligence to "get tough" with North Korea. Now NK is four times more dangerous than before.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Sooner or later, everybody "betrays" American conservatism (including conservatives).

Posted on: Feb 16, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Karl Rove's former assistant won't submit to Senate scrutiny.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Rudy Giuliani combines many of the worst qualities of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. And he’s a lot smarter than Bush, which makes him more dangerous.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Barbara O'Brien: Rudy Giuliani’s shoddy "leadership" made the tragedy of 9/11 worse.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The real abortion debate is not between advocates for "choice" or "life"...

Posted on: Jan 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The Bush Administration doesn't like any branch of government it can't control.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Alberto Gonzales thinks the courts should defer to the White House.