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AP / Jason Reed

Spare Us the Propaganda on Afghanistan

The White House account of President Barack Obama’s meeting with his Afghanistan team was insultingly vague for anyone wanting to know when—or if—the Afghanistan war will end.

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War Is the New Normal

Remember the war, the one in Afghanistan? The recent Memorial Day weekend forced the news media to briefly focus on it. But otherwise the war and its heavy toll have faded from our national consciousness.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Cleaning Up California’s Cruel Prison System

Much as it did with the South regarding segregated schools and other public facilities in the Jim Crow days, the Supreme Court has ordered a recalcitrant California to obey the Constitution.

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Gets No Credit for Courage

Presidential courage and convictions will be a strong underlying issue in Obama’s re-election campaign. Conservatives and progressives alike consider him gutless, despite evidence to the contrary.

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeffrey Phelps

Watch Out for Ryan, Not Trump

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the media fascination with the potential presidential campaign of the great American phony, Donald Trump, has been helpful to the Republican Party. 

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



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America, by Way of the Antelope Valley

Such areas contain the dispirited middle that Obama will have to win over to be re-elected, people whose struggles with daily life are so consuming that the national political debate over the budget and the deficit seems far away and irrelevant.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Jilts the Jobless

In his eagerness to compromise with the Republican right, President Barack Obama has forgotten the still-suffering victims of the recession: the long-term unemployed who range from the poorest Americans to those barely holding on to their place in the middle class.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Flunking Teachers Gives the Ruling Class a Pass

With all the evil people in the world, why are public schoolteachers being villainized? And how did they attract such powerful enemies?

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

Voting on Weapons and War

With a liberal, anti-war candidate, Marcy Winograd, in the race, the vote to replace Rep. Jane Harman in Southern California is likely to be the year’s first national electoral test of support for the Afghanistan War.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Bret Hartman

When Protest Becomes a Crime

Is rudeness a crime, punishable by prison? Yes, says a district attorney as he pursues the prosecution of 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


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