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MATT WELCH

NewsForChange.com

This is a left-leaning news and links site launched in spring of 2000, owned by the do-gooder long-distance telephone company Working Assets. They first hired me to write a column called The $50 Outrage (later increased to $75), and then they sent me on the road to cover Ralph Nader's presidential campaign. We parted ways at the beginning of 2002. Please e-mail me if any links don't work.


Weaning Europeans from the U.S. Teat
After Euro, Let Next Project Be Military, Defense Spending and Maturity
NewsForChange - January 15, 2002

The Power of 'I'm Sorry'
How the U.S. Apologizes for Past Misdeeds, and why it Must Do More
NewsForChange - January 10, 2002

George Harrison and Dissent
The Cry of 'Conformity!' is an Aesthetic, not Rational, Response
NewsForChange - December 7, 2001

The Case Against Saudi Arabia
Defanging the House of Saud is a Bipartisan Matter of Self-defense
NewsForChange - November 6, 2001

Optimism or Propaganda? An Exchange
My Debate with a Chomskyite Reader Over U.S. Foreign Policy
NewsForChange - November 1, 2001

Optimists and Pessimists: Switch Sides!
You Don't Know What You're Missing, Until You Try
NewsForChange - October 25, 2001

That's Why They Call it Realpolitik
Time for all of us to Make Tough Calls About Undemocratic Countries
NewsForChange - October 11, 2001

Buck Up, Lefties!
You're Already Having an Effect; Now Go Make Some War Aims
NewsForChange - September 22, 2001

Go Gently Into That Good Argument
Precautions You Should Take Before Arguing About the War
NewsForChange - September 19, 2001

Media Scolds Blow Condit Story
If Bernie Kalb Was in Charge, Congressman Would Have Never Fessed up
NewsForChange - July 13, 2001

A Little Less Absolute Power
Supreme Court Chips Away at the Anti-Immigrant Frenzy of '96
NewsForChange - July 5, 2001

Immigration Foes on Wrong Side of History
Racial Hysteria, not Multicultural Harmony, Dominates California's Past
NewsForChange - July 2, 2001

Parallel Lives, Pugilist Politics
Strange Things Happen When You Treat Enemies Like Humans
NewsForChange - June 27, 2001

Lieberman/Clinton vs. Hollywood
Hillary and Vinegar Joe Turn Democrats into Pro-censorship Party
NewsForChange - June 22, 2001

Why Can't we all Just Talk About Immigration?
Ignoring L.A.'s Massive Demographic Shift is no Cure for Racism
NewsForChange - June 13, 2001

L.A. Needs More White Flight
After Hahn Supporters Flee (or get Kicked out), no More Crack ads for us!
NewsForChange - June 8, 2001

So Much for the Media Oligopoly
Media Support for Villaraigosa is Near-Unanimous, but he Still Might Lose
NewsForChange - June 5, 2001

Stomping Dubya Like Shaq Stomped Spurs
Bush Picked the Wrong State to Mess With
NewsForChange - May 29, 2001

Will L.A. Kill off the New Democrats?
Since They Can't Beat Republicans, Centrist White-Boy Demos Try Their Tough-on-Crime 'Electability' Against Charming Minority Liberals
NewsForChange - May 21, 2001

Be Careful Lefties, You Might Turn French
Notes on the Drawbacks of Creating a Naderite Country
NewsForChange - May 14, 2001

Enjoy the Dollar Bubble While it Lasts
Travel is Crazy-Cheap, but Eventual Damage to Economy Could be Dear
NewsForChange - April 30, 2001

Little Criminals
If You Were Treated Like Teens Are Now, You'd Snap, Too
NewsForChange - March 22, 2001

The Great Frat Divide
America's Seesawing Culture Wars Begin in the Sorority House
NewsForChange - March 16, 2001

Rodney King and the L.A. Times, 10 Years On
Anniversary Illustrates What Happens to Communities Without Newspapers
NewsForChange - March 10, 2001

The Isla Vista Massacre
Don't Blame UCSB's Filthy College Town for the Actions of a 'Tweaker'
NewsForChange - February 27, 2001

An Election Morning White House Stroll Begins With Ugly Young Republicans and Ends With a Mugging. And That Was Before the Pat Buchanan Encounter
NewsForChange - November 20, 2000

A Season to Remember
New Book by Texas Prof Does Admirable Job of Chronicling the '97-98 Cuban Baseball Crisis
Sportsjones - November 17, 2000

Election Night at Nader HQ
Live Weblog of Weird Scenes Inside 'Spoiler' Central
NewsForChange - November 7-8, 2000

Behind Nader's 'Mad Dash'
How a Third-Party Mumbler Sold out Arenas Like a Rock Star
NewsForChange - November 7, 2000

Last Spin Around the Beltway
On the Last Sunday in D.C., Nader Calls the New York Times 'Repulsive'
NewsForChange - November 6, 2000

Nader Defends Stock-Market Loot
'It's Important for People to Have a Conflict Against Their Financial Interest,' he Explains
NewsForChange - November 4, 2000

As Gore Attacks, Nader Calls VP 'Pathetic'
In Interview, Gleeful Green Says Demo is 'Sinking in the Quicksand,' Because he's 'Incapable of Telling the Truth'
NewsForChange - October 24, 2000

Give Us Your Poor, Leave the Rich Home
Nader's One-of-a-kind Immigration Policy Would Crack Down on H1-Bs, Offer Full Rights to Farmworkers, and Cut Off Support for 'Dictatorships' Like India and Mexico
NewsForChange - October 24, 2000

Gore 'Cowardly' on Mideast, Says Nader
Lebanese-American Candidate Says Israel Needs to 'Back Off;' Arab-American Support Swells to 15%, and Michigan May Hang in the Balance
NewsForChange - October 23, 2000

The Gloomy Comedian
He May Want to Expand the IRS, Raise Taxes and Crack Down on 'Trivial Small-Talk,' But Nader is a Surprisingly Humorous Campaigner
NewsForChange - October 20, 2000

Nader's Texas Two-Step
Greens Will 'Decide the Election,' he Warns in one Breath, Then Appeals to Texas Gore Supporters in the Next to Give him Their 'Wasted' Votes
NewsForChange - October 19, 2000

Missouri's Broken Dreams
Against a Tragic Backdrop of a Governor's Death, Nader is Barred from Getting Near the Final Presidential Debate
NewsForChange - October 18, 2000

The President of Seattle
In Front of 10,000, Nader Makes Play to Lead Post-WTO Movement
NewsForChange - September 24, 2000

Nader's Race Problem
Candidate Has Most 'Progressive' Affirmative Action Agenda by Far,
But His Class-Based Philosophy, Personal Awkwardness and Siphoning of Democratic Votes Leaves Some Minority Leaders Cold
NewsForChange - September 22, 2000

Biting the Hand That Doesn't Feed
How an Attention-starved Nader Flatters Reporters in Private, Trashes 'Corporate Media Oligarchs' in Public, and Calls for Billion-dollar Broadcast Taxes to Pay for 'Our Own Stations'
NewsForChange - September 19, 2000

Nader to Shadow Debates
Excluded Ralph Will Instead Stand Outside and Complain
NewsForChange - September 15, 2000

Nader Blasts Nevada Nuke Dump
Says the U.S. Needs to be 75% More Fuel Efficient
NewsForChange - September 15, 2000

Are Unions Defecting?
Indies and Locals Gather 'Round Ralph in Oaktown
NewsForChange - September 14, 2000

Nader on NOW: 'On Their Knees'
Candidate Blasts Women's Group After Being Called 'Willfully Ignorant'
NewsForChange - September 14, 2000

Nader Shakes Down Brentwood
'Little Guy' Champion Nibbles Salmon With Limousine Liberals
NewsForChange - September 13, 2000

Nader Blames Tire Deaths on Clinton/Gore
Says Lax Oversight, Outdated Laws Paved Way for Negligence
NewsForChange - September 12, 2000

L.A. Labor's New Promise
Influx of Activist Latinos Is Changing the Politcs of Failure
NewsForChange - September 5, 2000

The Democrats' Religious-Right Ticket
Gore-Lieb's Bible-Thumping Hypocrisy and Pro-Censorship Views
Would Make Ed Meese Proud
NewsForChange - September 1, 2000

Do Androids Dream of Electric Speech?
Why Gore's Lack of the 'Intelligence Thing' Forces him Leftward
NewsForChange - August 25, 2000

The Nightmare Scenario
If Gore Wins California But Loses Nation, Watch out for Gray Davis
NewsForChange - August 24, 2000

Thrift-Store Reality Check
Before You Get Excited About Politics -- or Decide to Vote Nader -- Visit Your Local Goodwill
NewsForChange - August 21, 2000

The Ritually Insincere vs. the Incoherent
At the End, I'll Take Confused Protesters Over Professional Democrats
NewsForChange - August 18, 2000

How to Fight for My Working Family
Seven Tips for Al Gore, if he Actually Gave a Crap
NewsForChange - August 17, 2000

Lying to Larry King
Nothing 'Inadvertent' About Cops Attacking Journalists
NewsForChange - August 17, 2000

Shadow Boxing
L.A's DMZ Squanders Golden Opportunity for Human Conversation
NewsForChange - August 16, 2000

Future Miss U.S.A.
Filthy Hollywood Rockers More Clever Than Campaign Journalists
NewsForChange - August 16, 2000

Ram Dass for President!
Every Delegate, Journalist and Candidate Is a Drug Felon, So Why Not Back the Crazy Stoner?
NewsForChange - August 15, 2000

Homeless Activist Slams Anarchists
Kids Are 'Imposing Their Ideology,' Sparking Cop Backlash, Flores Says
NewsForChange - August 15, 2000

Cops Shoot Homeless Hero Ted Hayes
Activist, Famous for Non-violence, Leaves Protest Pit in Ambulance
NewsForChange - August 15, 2000

The Democrats' Appalling Chairman
Meet Joe Andrew, a Corrupt Dot-Com Weenie With a Mind of Cheese
NewsForChange - August 14, 2000

Communists Shut Down Broadway
Mao-Maoing Cubatistas March Down L.A.'s Most Capitalist Street
NewsForChange - August 14, 2000

Inside the Cop Mind at LAPD.org
Will Anarchists Who Call Them 'Pigs' Get a Little 'Stick Time'?
NewsForChange - July 19, 2000

The Militarization of the Sunset Strip
Sheriffs Crack Down on 'Cruising' While Compton Drowns in Blood
NewsForChange - July 17, 2000

Riordan Prepares Bloodbath
Bitter L.A. Mayor 'Cannot Tolerate Nonviolent Civil Disobedience'
NewsForChange - July 14, 2000

Baseball's 'Good Old Days' May Be Now
Terrific Shortstops, Colorful Players and Old-Fashioned Humility
Abound in Modern Game
NewsForChange - July 13, 2000

I Never Thought I'd Say Nader Was 'Fun,' But...
I'll Take Any Campaign-Finance Weirdo Over Gore and his 'Palabras'
NewsForChange - July 10, 2000

DNC Blows Smoke Up Our Asses
Convention Organizers Turn Down Big Tobacco, but Not
Terrible Monopolists or Disserved Taxpayers
NewsForChange - July 7, 2000

Rhapsody in Cheese
A Blissful July 4th With Jackass Actors, Fat 3-year-olds,
And Scattered Fireworks
NewsForChange - July 5, 2000

The Three Americas
How the Middle-Class Helps the Top 10% Ignore the Poor
NewsForChange - July 3, 2000

Gray Davis is the Real Quack
While Insurance Commish Resigns, Governor Wastes
$22 Million on Blatant Self-Promotion
NewsForChange - June 30, 2000

Cloning Barbie
Today the Genome, Tomorrow the Eugenics Factory
NewsForChange - June 28, 2000

Tale of Two Barbecues
Why Bobos Will Vote Gore, While the Real
Working Class Looks Elsewhere
NewsForChange - June 27, 2000

Is George W. Bush Going to Hell?
Dubya Mangles Scripture While Turning on the Gas
NewsForChange - June 23, 2000

These Aren't Hoodlums, These Are Cops
Mayor Spends More Energy Slamming Laker Fans than Rampart Hooligans
NewsForChange - June 21, 2000

My California Miseducation
Schools Fail to Excite Kids About State's Fantastic History
NewsForChange - June 19, 2000

Morning in Gore's America — Not Mine
Fake Al Apes Reagan While Ignoring Wasted Opportunity on His Watch
NewsForChange - June 16, 2000

Today's ACLU: Politics Over Principle
'Non-partisan' Group too Busy Battling Buchanan and the 1950s
To Notice Clinton/Gore's Shredding of Bill of Rights
NewsForChange - June 14, 2000

Mama's Got a Sluice Box
What Year Is It? California Golddiggers' Centuries of Scamming
NewsForChange - June 12, 2000

It's No Longer News When Rebels Sell Out
Meanwhile, the Biggest Conformists Keep Blathering 'Outside the Box'
NewsForChange - June 7, 2000

Fearing the Backlash
Are Ramparts Thugs Rooting for a Crime Surge,
So they Can Blame Police Critics?
NewsForChange - June 5, 2000

The 20-Year Cure for Banality
Goth Freaks Invade My House, to Remind Me Why
Robert Smith Still Matters
NewsForChange - June 2, 2000

In Defense of Los Angeles
Reflections on Tacky Venice Blvd. and Memorial Day
NewsForChange - May 30, 2000

Lament for the Death of Inspiration
The People and Publications Once Worth Emulating Have Become
Petty and Bloated, and No One Has Taken Their Place
NewsForChange - May 28, 2000

The Loneliness of the Free-Trade Left
Seattle Gang's Anti-China Debaters Can't Acknowledge Some People Actually Believe Trade is Good
NewsForChange - May 25, 2000

Gore No Better Than Bush on Crime
New Democrats Have a Long & Miserable Record on Civil Liberties and Drugs, Yet the Left Keeps Pulling the Idiot Lever
NewsForChange - May 23, 2000

Even Losers Know not to Drive a '95 Honda
Consumer-Mad White Trash Savage Knick Coach for 5-year-old Car
NewsForChange - May 20, 2000

Race, and the Trouble with Math
If Your Politics Are Good, Science Doesn't Matter -- and Vice-Versa
NewsForChange - May 18, 2000

A Classy Broad Steps Down
Remembrance of My Night Drinking With UPI Legend Helen Thomas
NewsForChange - May 16, 2000

Notes on the End Times
Who is Out-Fiddling Who as Weird Epoch Goes up in Flames?
NewsForChange - May 13, 2000


Comments, questions, bad links? Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2006; All rights reserved.

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Today's ACLU: Politics Over Principle
'Non-partisan' Group too Busy Battling Buchanan and the 1950s
To Notice Clinton/Gore's Shredding of Bill of Rights
NewsForChange - June 14, 2000

Mama's Got a Sluice Box
What Year Is It? California Golddiggers' Centuries of Scamming
NewsForChange - June 12, 2000

It's No Longer News When Rebels Sell Out
Meanwhile, the Biggest Conformists Keep Blathering 'Outside the Box'
NewsForChange - June 7, 2000

Fearing the Backlash
Are Ramparts Thugs Rooting for a Crime Surge,
So they Can Blame Police Critics?
NewsForChange - June 5, 2000

The 20-Year Cure for Banality
Goth Freaks Invade My House, to Remind Me Why
Robert Smith Still Matters
NewsForChange - June 2, 2000

In Defense of Los Angeles
Reflections on Tacky Venice Blvd. and Memorial Day
NewsForChange - May 30, 2000

Lament for the Death of Inspiration
The People and Publications Once Worth Emulating Have Become
Petty and Bloated, and No One Has Taken Their Place
NewsForChange - May 28, 2000

The Loneliness of the Free-Trade Left
Seattle Gang's Anti-China Debaters Can't Acknowledge Some People Actually Believe Trade is Good
NewsForChange - May 25, 2000

Gore No Better Than Bush on Crime
New Democrats Have a Long & Miserable Record on Civil Liberties and Drugs, Yet the Left Keeps Pulling the Idiot Lever
NewsForChange - May 23, 2000

Even Losers Know not to Drive a '95 Honda
Consumer-Mad White Trash Savage Knick Coach for 5-year-old Car
NewsForChange - May 20, 2000

Race, and the Trouble with Math
If Your Politics Are Good, Science Doesn't Matter -- and Vice-Versa
NewsForChange - May 18, 2000

A Classy Broad Steps Down
Remembrance of My Night Drinking With UPI Legend Helen Thomas
NewsForChange - May 16, 2000

Notes on the End Times
Who is Out-Fiddling Who as Weird Epoch Goes up in Flames?
NewsForChange - May 13, 2000


Comments, questions, bad links? Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2006; All rights reserved.

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