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Scheer Trumps Krugman in Stockman Debate

Journalist Mike Whitney praised the Truthdig editor in chief for being “the only voice on the left” to defend former Reagan budget director David Stockman against an “army of toffeenose pundits” who failed to honor the essential truth of Stockman’s controversial New York Times op-ed.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE


Bill Maher Applauds Rand Paul’s Filibuster, Then Defends Drone Strikes

“Some people do need killing,” the “Real Time” host said on his HBO program Friday. “It’s like what I say about the death penalty: Let’s just kill the right people.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: North Korea’s Missile Malfunction

On Friday, North Korea endured quite a setback on the international stage with the failure of its long-range missile launch. Also figuring in among the topics for this week’s panelists—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Carly Fiorina and Matt Miller—on “Left, Right & Center” are taxes, the Trayvon Martin court case and Apple’s pricing problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Right-Wing Media Critic Andrew Breitbart Dies

Over the course of his career as a conservative commentator, blogger and vigilant crusader against liberal bias, as he saw it, in the mainstream American media and in Hollywood, Andrew Breitbart pulled off a few high-profile alliances and at least one major takedown.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Appreciating Tony Blankley

“Left, Right & Center” lost one of its integral members since the long-running show’s last episode with the death of conservative co-host Tony Blankley on Jan. 7. For this week’s edition, Matt Miller, Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington and guest panelist Mary Matalin pay their on-air respects.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney (the “anyone but Romney” vote has gone from Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Gingrich) would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Extreme Makeover: U.S. Economy Edition

Do Americans really want a tectonic shift in our economic system? Or are we happier “muddling through”? And most important, what would Jesus do in this seemingly relentless recession? Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer has some thoughts on all of the above this week, as do show regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third-Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge. But it’s also the year of $1 billion campaigns and Citizens United-style funding schemes.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupied by Occupy

“Special guest,” or rather returning regular, Arianna Huffington joins moderator Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and the right-leaning Matthew Continetti for this week’s show, in which the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fate of the euro (and Europe), and the future of health care reform are but three meaty topics on the menu.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Bernanke and the Busted Economy, Perry in the Polls, Cheney’s Book

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed the obvious in a news conference this week: The federal debt limit and the summer scuffle over what to do about it strained the nation’s economy. But he failed to mention how the Fed might assist in the creation of jobs for down-and-out Americans. Elsewhere, presidential candidate Rick Perry surged ahead in the polls and the reading public braced for the release of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s memoir. (more)

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Investor Anxiety, Syrian Instability, Perry Scrutinized

The stock market continued its best imitation of a roller coaster this week, reports of Syrian protesters’ deaths came in after assurances that military operations against the opposition had ceased, and American liberals cringed at the thought of another former Texas governor in the White House. (more)

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: DSK’s Reversal of Fortune; Obama as Scolder-in-Chief

Last week brought a dramatic shift in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s case—will he be exonerated? President Obama isn’t happy with congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to negotiate on the debt front, and they’re not thrilled with his disdainful stance.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Ways of Looking at the Debt

President Obama announced a plan to reduce federal deficits by $4 trillion over 12 years. The Republican plan calls for a reduction of $4.4 trillion over 10 years. Of course the approaches are quite different, and they are compared and contrasted ...

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



Chinese Cows Produce ‘Human’ Milk

Cows produce milk with the properties of human breast milk, telenovelas turn serious, a new HIV vaccine is set to go into trials and Arizona passes a new race-based law ... this time about abortion. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Japan, Libya, NPR

This week’s discussion on “Left, Right & Center” begins with some thoughts on the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan before turning to the still-critical situation in Libya, Obama’s strategy for dealing with soaring gas prices, and yet another scandal at NPR.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Betting on Arianna

In defense of Arianna Huffington. Not that the lady needs one, having been a leader in undermining the right-wing dominance of Internet reporting.

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Huffington’s Plunder

The sale of The Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, and the tidy profit made by principal owner and founder Arianna Huffington, who was already rich, is emblematic of the new paradigm of American journalism.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: All Eyes on Egypt

Reports about a rapidly transforming Egypt have dominated the week’s news, so it’s fitting that “Left, Right & Center” all-stars Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller make the subject their sole focus of this episode.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: After Arizona

With last week’s shocking shooting in Tucson as the backdrop for this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Arianna Huffington and Matt Miller discuss gun control, the plight of the social outcast ...

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: On American Exceptionalism

This New Year’s Eve special edition of “Left, Right & Center” finds our four show regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley—riffing on the topic of American exceptionalism and all its attendant hazards and potential positives.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: What’s in a Political Label?

For this special holiday edition of “Left, Right & Center,” the show’s regulars—Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Arianna Huffington and Tony Blankley—take their talk to the meta level to discuss what it means to own their respective political labels at this particular moment.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Afghanistan, Health Care, Financial Commission

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features a double dose of commentary from the right, making the conversation about Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan, the death of Richard Holbrooke, the future of health care reform, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s findings ... 

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama in the Middle

What are we to make of Obama’s concessionary tax-cut move this week? Politically savvy or just another sign that what some of us bought isn’t what we got in our president? There’s definitely some disagreement about this point among the panelists ...

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Korean Clash, Taliban Scam

What are we to make of the recent outburst of aggression between the two Koreas? And while we’re on the subject of puzzling moments in international diplomacy, what exactly is America’s goal in Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Commission; Obama’s Overseas Bust

The commission to study how to get federal debt under control floated a trial balloon when it released recommendations by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles ... and it seems that just about nobody likes or believes what they’re saying.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Political Upheaval, Bernanke’s Billions

There’s a lot of unpacking for “Left, Right & Center” regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller to do after last Tuesday’s midterm elections. What does the vote mean? Where are we headed? And did Obama really pick up what Americans were putting down, so to speak, at the polls?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Juan Williams, Fannie/Freddie, Midterms

NPR canned Juan Williams and created a firestorm of negative publicity and political calls to defund public broadcasting. Is there such a thing as separation between so-called objective and opinion media? And how much is the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage mess costing Americans?

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rahm Gone, Tea Party, Whitman-Brown

Rahm Emanuel steps down as chief of staff; now he wants to run for mayor of Chicago. Is this a shakeup or just normal job burnout? Is the White House in flux? With the House voting to impose import tariffs on China, will the Senate bring the issue to a vote?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Summers and Volcker, GOP Pledge, Taxes, Schools

This week on “Left, Right & Center,” the gang chats about the shakeup in Obama’s economic team, the GOP’s alleged new ideas, the Democrats’ spine on taxes, and the ever important but little-discussed issue of schools. Tune in to find out more.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Tea Party Surges; Elizabeth Warren Serves

Has President Obama finally made a major change for the better in enlisting Elizabeth Warren to do some heavy lifting for his new consumer protection agency? Tony Blankley doesn’t think so on this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Flops?; Saving the Middle Class

Did Obama have anything to offer in the way of, say, hope during his latest news conference on the economy? Will Elizabeth Warren’s likely appointment to head up Obama’s Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection represent a much-needed boost for the struggling middle class?

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?

Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Bernanke Bucks, Mehlman Comes Out

Fed chief Ben Bernanke says he hasn’t ruled out buying up more bad paper to prop up the economy. Is it good news, bad news or no real news at all? What do the primaries portend about the midterm elections ahead?

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq; ‘Mosque’-troversy

This week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” offers some new twists, including producer Sarah Spitz moderating for returning regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley. This week’s menu of topics ripped from the headlines includes ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: How Low Can We Go?

A recent Wall Street Journal poll registered America’s sour mood about politics, policy, the war in Afghanistan and the economy, and massive disappointment in both the major parties. So what’s the good news?

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Deal; Midterm Elections; BP Well Capped

The financial regulation bill that finally passed has many flaws; chief among them, says Arianna Huffington in this meeting of the “Left, Right & Center” minds, is that it doesn’t prevent the “too big to fail” phenomenon from happening again.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Kagan & Immigration

The employment situation is looking grim for our nation. What’s to be done? And financial regulation got derailed—score another one for big banking! Can “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: All BP, All the Time

Sparks fly on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” when the topic turns to the giant enviro-tastrophe that is the BP spill and what the role of government should be in the handling of same. Tony Blankley and Bob Scheer, take it away.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Primaries Galore

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features two special guests—Lawrence O’Donnell as moderator and David Frum as Tony Blankley’s right-wing substitute—for a virtual round table on ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Big Spill, Sestak and Spain

This week’s “Left, Right & Center” features a cameo appearance from David Frum, who fills in for the show’s Mr. Right, Tony Blankley, to take on the week’s big topics: the BP oil spill, Joe Sestak, Spain and the global economy. 

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Who’s This Rand Paul Guy, Anyway?

The Republican Party’s high hopes may hang on Ron Paul’s son, Rand, after he busted his way onto the national stage with his big primary victory this week in Kentucky, but is he the man for the GOP job? Just who likes Paul the Younger, and who isn’t crazy about him, may surprise you ... (continued)

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama and Big Oil; Midterm Mania; Justice Kagan?

How best to deal with the mess Big Oil has wrought this past week? “We need a time out for greed,” Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” but Tony Blankley disagrees. Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington isn’t buying President Obama’s knuckle-rapping stance toward oil execs.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Econo-Anxiety; UK Votes; N.Y. Bomber

Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (or PIGS, as the likes of Stephen Colbert have pointed out) have seen better days—debt is overpowering the eurozone and impacting the U.S. as well. The UK election: Will it be a hung parliament? Plus: Newsweek’s for sale. Any takers?

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Fraud?; Financial Reform; Tax Day Tea Party

The SEC has taken its first action against Goldman Sachs for alleged investor fraud—will it help efforts for financial reform and regulation? Or will the financial giant just be slapped with a fine and then allowed to continue business as usual?

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nation Divided

Why is America so deeply polarized, politically speaking? This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” finds Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley discussing the partisan divisions in the country and agreeing at least on the point that those rifts have never been this deep. But why is there so much anger?

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Nukes, Mortgages, Health Care and the Pope

So much ground to cover this week! We saw the passage of the notorious health care reform bill, more scandal among the ranks of the pope (who’s in a bit of a stew) and a nuclear breakthrough between the U.S. and Russia. Also on this week’s show: mortgages, usury and you!

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Deeming or Redeeming?; Health Care Gets Critical

As we round the final corner en route to the health care vote, “Left, Right & Center’s” illustrious panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Arianna Huffington—with Lawrence O’Donnell guest-starring as moderator—consider what might happen if the reform bill passes the House this weekend. And what’s with this “deeming” procedure anyway?

 

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Huddle, Goldman/Greece

Was any progress made at Thursday’s health care summit on Capitol Hill? Is Goldman Sachs bringing down the global economy? Is it Wall Street gone wild or just the progress of capitalism? And is the U.S. trouncing Toyota because the federal government owns GM? So many questions, but luckily the “Left, Right & Center” lineup is ready for all of them on this week’s show.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Et Tu, Dick Cheney?; Woods’ Lament

Tiger Woods performed his celebrity duty on Friday, making a public apology for his extramarital escapades, and, yes, even the “Left, Right & Center” lineup of regular commentators has something to say about it. Also this week: Some conservatives think (gasp!) Dick Cheney ought to run for president, and the richest Americans aren’t feeling the same recessionary burn that the rest of the country is suffering.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Palin for Real? Can Obama Reboot?

For this week’s show, “Left, Right & Center” fans have the option of watching all four of the show’s regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller—in action together at the “Santa Monica mothership” as they ponder whether Obama can turn his own ship around before it’s too late, whether Americans take the tea party movement seriously, and other pressing questions of the day.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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