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Hagel Puts the Senate to Shame

Chuck Hagel has been on a tear lately, but it’s hard to beat this stirring indictment of the war and its enablers: “These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans. They’re real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we’re doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder. We better be as sure as you can be.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Jim Webb

Democrats’ Response to State of the Union: ‘We Will Be Showing Him the Way’

During his response to President Bush’s State of the Union address, Sen. Jim Webb (shown above with congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi) referred to the crises of division and war faced by two of history’s better Republican presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, and then issued an ultimatum to the current occupant of the White House. Watch it.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Our Own Weapon of Mass Destruction

This disturbing documentary by former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando chronicles the horror that 13 years of U.S.-backed sanctions wrought on Iraq, including the deaths of hundreds of thousands—many of them children.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Hagel and McCain

GOP Showdown: Hagel vs. McCain

John McCain may be a little miffed that the president is sending only 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, but he still supports a surge—even, aparently, if it’s unlikely to succeed. Chuck Hagel, on the other hand, thinks sending any troops into a civil war is a mistake, particularly if the prime minister of Iraq doesn’t even want them around.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer

Podcast: the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Video roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a clever political satire of lonelygirl15; a gripping documentary on Saddam Hussein’s American backers; and everyday U.S. citizens exposed at their most clueless.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Colbert vs. O’Reilly

Stephen Colbert appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Jan. 20 and had this to say to his inspiration: “You know what I hate about people who criticize you? They criticize what you say, but they never give you credit for how loud you say it.”
Update: Watch O’Reilly on the Colbert Report

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Colbert Forces Conservative Author to Stand By His Title

While out on the warm and fuzzy interview circuit, right-wing authors far too often get away with making an outrageous claim without so much as a legitimate follow-up question. In this clip, Stephen Colbert refuses to let his guest, Dinesh D’Souza, back away from the assertion that tolerance and liberals are in some way responsible for 9/11.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews Drops the S-Bomb

Chris Matthews really stuck it to the hawks on Wednesday’s “Hardball”: “If you want America to be a hegemonic power in the Middle East, you’re out of step with the American people. We’re not going to fight it out with Iran for the next 30 years to see who the big s***—I’m sorry—the big name is on the block.”
(h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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LonelyDem Sends Up LonelyGirl

Check out the video that’s burning up the progressive blogosphere: It’s a clever satire from the folks who brought you the hilarious Rush Limbaugh - Michael J. Fox spoof.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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