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Truthdiggers of the Week: NDAA Dissenters in Congress

Though they couldn’t stop the freedom-crushing National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 from becoming law, Truthdig salutes the efforts of the members of the U.S. Congress who took a stand against the NDAA in the final round of voting this week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Lowe’s Balls of the Week

In this lively snippet from Wednesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart takes stock of the ballsiness—at times to the point of complete delusion—on display this week from the likes of Herman Cain (remember him?), who made Barbara Walters lose her cool, Mitt Romney and President Obama. Well, maybe not that last one.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Trump Dumps Debate

The Donald has managed to stir up a sideshow for himself again, having briefly flirted (and hinted anew) about running for the nation’s highest office, but yet again he’s backed out by calling off the debate that all but a couple of GOP candidates had withdrawn from themselves.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

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Reinvention

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AP / Jae C. Hong

War With Iran? School Prayer? Just More Republican Campaign Promises

Newt Gingrich might drag us into a war with Iran on the side of Israel. Rick Perry seems to envision the United States as a conservative Christian theocracy. No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Reality Show Gets Weirder and Weirder

I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


Not Glee

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Obama Administration Exports GLBTQ Rights

A more cynical perspective on Team Obama’s announcement that it would scrutinize other nations’ positions on GLBTQ rights when doling out assistance might take into account the upcoming presidential election and the need for President Obama to make up for some shortcomings on that front on his home turf.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


All I Want for Christmas

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Mittbott

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Building the Ideal GOP Candidate, 2012 Edition

This person would have populist appeal, would have bought and be willing to sell the notion that Obama is a socialist and would probably not have a clue, according to The New York Times’ clued-in columnist Paul Krugman. Yes, we’re talking about the prototype for the GOP presidential hopeful of tomorrow—as in 2012.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Trump? The Republican Primary Is Now Officially a Gong Show

Marketing genius is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Donald J. Trump’s newest incarnation as the announced host—he can hardly be called a “moderator”—of a post-Christmas Republican debate sponsored by Newsmax, the conservative magazine.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


Pants on Fire

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New Slogan for Cain

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Romney Still Waiting for GOP Love

Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Realism and Compassion: Unacceptable in Today’s GOP

Tasteless and questionable as it was for CNN to “co-sponsor” a Republican presidential debate with a pair of right-wing Washington think-tanks, at least the branding was accurate.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE


Romney Ad

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Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Team Romney Spins Obama’s Words in First Ad

For its first official foray into the Campaign 2012 TV ad space, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s publicity team decided to take a phrase Barack Obama once used as a quotation clearly sourced to someone else and attribute it to Obama himself. But relax everyone, it was on purpose!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



The New York Times Refused to Print This Book’s Title

When publishers announced the forthcoming release of “Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush” in August, The New York Times ran a notice referring to the book only as a work “with an unprintable title.” (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

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Newt’s Parade

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Obama Turkey Pardon

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America Is Special, Vote for Me

Here’s a Republican-backed method to cure all that ails the country: Close your eyes, get to your happy place, and invoke the time-honored mantra America is special until you forget you don’t have a job and various segments of the world’s population think the U.S. has acted a little sketchy lately.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



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New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich

All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Message Problem

This should be the Republicans’ election to lose. They seem well on their way.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


Pull Over Before You Watch This Herman Cain Train Wreck

It’s a simple question: “So you agree with President Obama on Libya, or not?” But the answer makes Rick Perry sound like Socrates. Reality check: This man is tied in first place for the Republican nomination.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



Careful What You Tweet For

A federal judge ordered Twitter to reveal user data for a WikiLeaks case; and two questions arise in the media: Were J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson lovers, and how will the Occupy movement respond to the 2012 presidential elections? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 READ MORE



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The Nonsense Debate

Don’t laugh too hard at Rick Perry for his mortifying episode of brain-lock at Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidates’ debate. His opponents managed to remember their lines, but didn’t do any better at making sense.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


Rick Perry Will Get Rid of Government ... as Soon as He Remembers Which Part

Rick Perry is becoming the reason to watch the Republican debates. Here he struggles to remember the third government department he would eliminate. After naming Commerce and Education, the Texas governor is forced to give up.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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What About Newt Gingrich?

Republicans are still looking for a non-Romney to carry their banner into the White House, and although Herman Cain appears to be weathering numerous sexual harassment allegations with ease, a new poll shows a certain amphibian nipping at his heels. (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama the Underdog

Stat geek Nate Silver examined approval ratings, economic indicators and the ideological zeal of the opposition and compared those factors to campaign history. His conclusion is that President Obama is “a slight underdog” to win re-election. (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



Irrational Israel Intimidates Iran

Israel’s attempts to threaten Iran are insane; the Sky Watch tower in Zuccotti Park causes more than a little unease; and a new app hints at a future in which phones will replace cash and credit cards. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE


Team Cain Counters With ‘High-Tech Lynching’ Ad

You know what liberals do? They hit below the belt. That’s the explanation given for the race-based treatment that the mainstream media are giving “beautiful man” Herman Cain, according to this exercise in crisis management produced by Cain’s camp. (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



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The Mitt Might Not Fit

The Republican Party’s inevitable decision to nominate Mitt Romney for president is starting to look evitable after all.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE


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Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Niebergall

Surprise: Study Says Perry’s Tax Plan Would Help the Rich

This might come as a shock to a handful of people: The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has released its analysis of GOP presidential contender Rick Perry’s proposed tax plan and has come away with the distinct impression that Perry’s approach favors Americans in the upper income-earning brackets, regardless of his ... (more)

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Let Herman Be Gone

Responding to his insurgent campaign’s first crisis, Herman Cain was upbeat and defiant. “To quote my chief of staff and all the people around this country, ‘Let Herman be Herman,’” he said Monday. “And Herman is gonna stay Herman.” I was afraid of that.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



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He’s for Real: Herman Cain Leads in Iowa

Many keen political observers have not taken the ascendancy of Herman Cain seriously, because they know winning the Republican presidential nomination isn’t about national polls, it’s about Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the other primaries and caucuses. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


When GOP Parody Ads Attack

Until the 2012 presidential race moves past the infighting stage and the field narrows enough for would-be contenders to start picking on foes from across the aisle, we’re going to see the likes of this little parodic number by Jon Huntsman’s daughters skewering Herman Cain’s recent, ineffable campaign ad.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE


The Language of Flowers: Herman Cain Campaign Edition

Is there anything worse than Republican attempts at ironic humor? Well, yes, but they’re still pretty bad. Take this Western-themed ad from Herman Cain’s overreaching campaign team, “He Carried Yellow Flowers,” featuring the Ironic Celebrity Endorsement of actor Nick Searcy, some card-carrying liberals and ... (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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What Romney’s Religion Reveals About His Politics

What does the career of the former Massachusetts governor tell us about the ideology of the LDS church—and what his personal beliefs may portend if he becomes the first Mormon in the Oval Office?

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Nice Debates, Guys, but You’re in Trouble

So what did we learn these last few weeks? To begin with, Republicans are people too.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE


Road Kill

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White House / Pete Souza

The Occupy Windfall

“Defend Wall Street” is not likely to be a winning campaign slogan in 2012. For Republicans, this is an obvious problem. For President Obama and the Democrats, it’s a golden—if largely undeserved—opportunity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cures for an Ailing Economy?

In this episode of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller, along with special guest panelist Laura Tyson, take on all things related to the economy in the week’s news, finding a lot of bad and ugly but not much good.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Flavor of the Week

Just be patient and you, too, can lead the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Witness the ascent of Herman Cain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


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