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AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Who Will the President Kill Next? It’s a Secret

The revelation that President Barack Obama is personally selecting names for a kill list of suspected al-Qaida terrorists is a striking illustration of what actually occurs behind the White House’s closed doors.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


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Organizers, Not Occupiers: The Young People Working in the Shadows of a National Movement

By chance, the revelation of how Apple evades millions of dollars in taxes broke three days before May Day, when workers of the world traditionally protest such injustice.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Douglas C. Pizac

Rocky Anderson Is Crashing the Third Party

The wealthy financiers of Americans Elect are trying to get a so-called centrist on the ballot in all 50 states. That label doesn’t apply to Anderson, who is vying for their nomination anyway and tells me “amazing things can happen.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nick Ut

20 Years After the L.A. Riots and Nothing Has Changed

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a reminder of the racial divide poisoning American life, which has resisted all attempts to bridge it, even after the country elected its first African-American president.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Krupa

Uncle Mitt Feels Your Pain

The pain of the Great Recession lingers, remaining a big obstacle to President Barack Obama’s hopes for re-election.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama’s (Smaller) Army of Volunteers

The night after President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act was being mercilessly attacked by U.S. Supreme Court conservatives, I was surprised to find a group of Obama volunteers cheerfully gathered in a nondescript office building east of Los Angeles to make phone calls for the president’s campaign.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Liberty and Health Care for All

“There is an important connection, a profound connection, between that problem and liberty. And I do think it’s important that we not lose sight of that,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the Supreme Court.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Quiet Revolution in America’s Statehouses

What’s a pittance for a super PAC can buy a state senator, beginning with financing a campaign and continuing support into the statehouse. These campaigns to take over state governments will grow as business sees the possibilities.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / David Goldman

Obama’s Biggest Win Could Be His Biggest Weakness

Conservative super PACs, along with Republican presidential and congressional candidates, are aiming at President Barack Obama’s health care reform, figuring that “Obamacare” and the program’s shaky support will be a deadly weapon against Democrats facing a difficult election year.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Everyone Loses in a War With Iran

On Super Tuesday, the most important matter facing the country was not who will win the Republican presidential nomination but whether Israel will drag the United States into a war with Iran.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


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