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McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul

The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: George McGovern

Certain people throughout history are destined, at least in the short term, to become synonymous with lost causes. This strengthens rather than diminishes the principles by which they lived. Update: George McGovern died in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday morning.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 READ MORE


TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


How Obama Can Smoke Out Mitt

President Obama should propose that the nation’s biggest banks be broken up and their size capped, and that the Glass-Steagall Act be resurrected.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The Alliance From Hell

As the United States and Pakistan become more suspicious and resentful of each other amid drone strikes and an ongoing war in Afghanistan, Washington and Islamabad are still locked in an awkward post-9/11 embrace that, at this juncture, neither can afford to let go of.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Susan Walsh

Daniel Ellsberg Urges People in Swing States to Vote for Obama

The famed whistle-blower has been a sharp critic of the president, but he says a Romney/Ryan administration would be “catastrophically worse.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Susan Walsh

How to Save Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court might force defenders of affirmative action to adopt less conventional but equally effective means of promoting diversity on college campuses.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


Bad Arithmetic: Romney’s ‘Jobs Plan’ Numbers Don’t Compute

When innocent citizens asked about unemployment Tuesday night at the town hall presidential debate on Long Island, would Mitt Romney again tout his plan to create 12 million jobs?

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Punches Back

Not a close call. President Obama won the second presidential debate as clearly and decisively as he lost the first. For anyone who disagrees, three simple words: “Please proceed, Governor.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE


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