Here are some places on the web I go to often:
: good daily collection of news stories for the progressive community.
Immanuel Wallerstein writes commentaries
on contemporary events from a long term perspective. He is possibly the most important intellectual in the US regularly commenting on the contemporary world.
is Alexander Cockburn's newsletter--lots of good articles.
Robert Christgau is the dean of US rock critics. His homepage
includes his consumer guide in easy search format.
has useful information about Colombia and other sites of the US 'war on drugs'.
Naomi Klein's No Logo website
has lots of informative stuff, although its not the prettiest site you'll ever see.
is an excellent place to determine the veracity of rumours, internet petitions, etc.
I'm not a totally serious, 100% anti-corporate person. Some other sites I visit frequently include Bluefly
(amazing prices on great clothes), Nerve
(the coolest personals--look up Magneticfields :)) E!online
(excellent gossip columns).