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Democrats Call for a Nation of ‘Shared Prosperity’

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Clinton said the Democrats stand for “a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.” Also on the show: voter disenfranchisement and a report from the Syrian border.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats Call for a Nation of ‘Shared Prosperity’

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Clinton said the Democrats stand for “a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.” Also on the show: voter disenfranchisement and a report from the Syrian border.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Advantage, Romney’s Openings

Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn’t stand a chance. But then a candidate with Mitt Romney’s shortcomings, including his failure to ignite much enthusiasm within his own party, wouldn’t stand a chance, either.

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Obama’s Hope and Change 2.0

The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

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Called Out by Republicans, Clinton Answers in Masterful Convention Speech

There has been no political leader since FDR with Clinton’s capacity to perform this rhetorical magic, and there is none today who can match him.

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AP/Chuck Burton

Want Hope and Change? Build a Real Left

It’s fine to catalog the sins of Obama, but it’s a largely meaningless parlor game unless we offer a coherent vision that outlines a winning strategy.

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Democrats Show Republicans How It’s Done

Judging by the party conventions, you’d wonder why this election is even close.

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Dumb and Dumber

President Obama’s version of “smart power” has been anything but smart. It has maintained imperial overstretch at self-destructive expense, infuriated strategic competitors like China, hardened the position of adversaries like Iran and North Korea, and tried the patience of even longtime allies in Europe and Asia.

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The Democrats’ Government Tutorial

Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments—the explainer in chief.

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Is John Roberts Coming for Your Vote?

Racial nostalgists working to restore white political power through voter suppression may have an ally in the Supreme Court.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Lies and Liars

I once wrote, about Gerald Ford, that an honest politician is one who lies only when he has to. Ford, a pretty straight shooter, is gone now. He has been replaced by Mitt Romney the ignorant and Paul Ryan the liar.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Underbelly of the Republican Convention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We take a hard look at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., from the partying to the homophobia to the shadowy fundraising. And what’s this about welfare reform?

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The Underbelly of the Republican Convention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We take a hard look at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, from the partying to the homophobia to the shadowy fundraising. And what’s this about welfare reform?

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Ryan’s Diet of Whoppers

Has there ever been a more dishonest presidential campaign than the one Republicans are waging right now?

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Foreign Affairs: How Romney’s Millions Went Tax-Free Overseas

On the same day that Mitt Romney cracked his birther “joke,” new evidence indicated that he and his partners at Bain Capital have used questionable methods to avoid federal taxes.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

Fear and Loathing in Florida 2012

The tea partyers are useful hucksters, but those barbarians are not yet at the gate. The real fear and loathing rest where they have always been, in the familiar guise of freshly tailored suits, cigar-chomping patriarchs with their women trailing five steps behind.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE


Workers Feel the Pain of Bain

Four hardy souls from rural Illinois joined tens of thousands of people undeterred by threats of Hurricane Isaac during this week’s Republican National Convention.

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Rick Santorum Wants to Hold Your Hand

Rick Santorum ran a little wild Tuesday night in Tampa, saying he held the hand of dirty farmers as well as the American dream, and referring to President Obama in dictatorial terms.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE


Watch the Republican National Convention Live Right Here

Behold as Mitt Romney is nominated, Rick Santorum talks about holding hands and Chris Christie eats a sandwich. Thanks, YouTube.

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Wrapped in Wood

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Romney and the Media Parrot

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Hot Wind

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How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

The Republican Party has developed three means of bypassing the mainstream media and its fact-checkers.

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GOP Ghosts in Tampa

In 1964, George Romney, then the governor of Michigan, walked out of the Republican National Convention during Barry Goldwater’s acceptance speech. He was protesting his party’s sharp turn rightward and its weak platform plank on civil rights.

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Frost Warning

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Romney’s Plan for Public Health Care

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Stockman Redux

As he became president in 1981, Ronald Reagan called in a 34-year-old congressman from Michigan named David Stockman, considered by many to be the most articulate and intellectually imposing Republican of the moment.

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE


Right-Wing News

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No Fair

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Get Real

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How Ryanization Threatens the GOP

There is the idea of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, and then there is the reality.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney’s VP Pick Is ... Paul Ryan (Video)

The Mitt Romney VP Guessing Game is officially over now that the Republican presidential candidate has chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Global Warming Is Here to Stay

Excuse me, folks, but the weather is trying to tell us something. Listen carefully, and you can almost hear a parched, raspy voice whispering, “What part of ‘hottest month ever’ do you people not understand?”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Still Denies Global Warming Despite Record Temperatures

July was the hottest month in the U.S. on record, yet many in the GOP continue to dispute global warming and the science behind it.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE


Warring Over Tax Returns

Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Voter Suppression and John Roberts’ New World Order

Whatever petition the Supreme Court decides to take up, the suppression movement will find a welcome setting.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and the Go-for-Broke Election

Conservatives and a Republican Party now under their control hope to eke out a narrow victory in November on the basis of a quite radical program that includes more tax cuts for the rich and a sharp rollback in government regulation.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Romney Tells Israel Obama Has Emboldened Its Enemies

There can be no confusion when the Republican candidate, speaking from Jerusalem, says “Diplomatic distance in public between our nations emboldens Israel’s adversaries” that he refers to the frosty relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

The Poverty Epidemic Hits the Suburbs

Ignored by the presidential campaigns, poverty is hitting 1960s levels, and spreading to once-prosperous areas unequipped or unwilling to serve poor residents.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE


Republican Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Under Investigation

The casino magnate who is reported to have already committed $71 million in this election cycle may have good reason to want access to the next president. As “Democracy Now!” reports, Adelson is under investigation for his business dealings in Macau, China, as well as Las Vegas.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Life of Mitt

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Dangerous

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One Republican, One Vote

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Election Laws

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If We’re Headed Toward Greece, Republicans Are Driving Us There

The central problem in Greece is the government’s failure to collect what taxpayers (especially wealthy taxpayers like Mitt Romney) actually owe under the law.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


Political Baggage

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The GOP’s Crime Against Voters

Spare us any more hooey about “preventing fraud” and “protecting the integrity of the ballot box.” The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws is revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor people and minorities the main targets.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



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An Economics of National Pride

Democrats typically tie themselves up in strategic knots debating whether their future lies in the center or on the left.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE


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