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The Lowdown on the Calif. Meltdown

California is still hoping Washington will help out with its Hollywood drama of a budget crisis, but the Obama administration is playing hardball, even though the meltdown of the world’s eighth-biggest economic power could have serious repercussions for U.S. and world financial markets. With public services and the state’s welfare program on the chopping block, something’s gotta give.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE


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S. Korea Expected to Seek Official U.S. Nuclear Protection

Shortly after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions against North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test, the communist country has reacted by warning of possible nuclear war. As a result, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who is to meet with President Obama on Tuesday, is expected to seek a written commitment of nuclear protection from the U.S.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Talks Health Care Reform to the AMA

President Obama spoke to the American Medical Association on Monday, trying to win doctors over to his cause for health care reform. His speech came after the AMA declared that it would reject a government-sponsored insurance plan.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 READ MORE


The AMA Does Not Represent Us

As the American Medical Association begins its annual convention in Chicago, we want to take this opportunity to make it clear to the American public, to the media, and to the president and members of Congress, that the AMA does not represent us. In fact, the AMA represents less than one-third of America’s physicians, and half of those are retired.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009 READ MORE



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The American Empire Is Bankrupt

This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That’s over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and the Politics of Short Memories

Business has been on the ropes since last fall’s financial collapse, but the first glimmerings of recovery are calling forth a capitalist counteroffensive.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Gays Losing Patience With Team Obama

Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama’s Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he’d like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Maher Is Hoping for a Little More Audacity

The “Real Time” host has some harsh words for the president, who, he says, is caving to insurance companies, banks and polluters: “This is not getting the job done. And this is not what I voted for.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2009 READ MORE


The Lone Wolves Among Us

The white supremacist who allegedly took a rifle into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and killed a security guard is more than a bitter, demented old man. He is a known figure in the domestic hate industry and a reminder that words have consequences.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE


All Politics, and Change, Is Still Local

The worship of the White House that led Colorado’s governor to renege on a health-care promise is one more pass-the-buck cop-out in a nation whose federalist system imagined states as “laboratories of democracy.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE


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AMA Lines Up Against Public Health Insurance Plan

The health care debate takes another turn as the American Medical Association says it will oppose implementation of a government-sponsored medical insurance plan. The AMA’s justification for selling out to private insurance companies? A public insurance plan competing with private firms would limit patient choices.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE



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How Many Crazed Gunmen Is it Going to Take?

An 88-year-old anti-Semite shot up the U.S. Holocaust Museum on Wednesday, killing a security guard in the process. President Obama said in response “we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism.” Sure, but how about getting a little vigilant against guns?

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Ben Curtis

America’s Foreign Policy Phobias Are Overblown

Recent developments in the Middle East and Central Asia, from Iran’s raucous election to Pakistan’s tribal revolt against the Taliban, cast doubt once again on Washington’s basic assumptions and anxieties.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


Sheila Bair
AP photo / J. David Ake

A Republican to Save Us

You probably don’t know much about Sheila Bair, but she is looking out for you, and that is why the big guys on Wall Street and their allies in the Obama administration are out to get her.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Flickr User Banished for Criticizing Obama

Shepherd Johnson’s Flickr account, along with an estimated 1,200 photos, vanished shortly after he started hassling the president via the White House’s official photostream. Yahoo, which owns the popular photo sharing site, won’t comment, but Johnson says he lost access after posting 20 or so negative comments, complete with links to images of torture.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’ Invades Iraq

Stephen Colbert, in a hilarious outfit, has taken his show to one of Saddam Hussein’s old palaces in Baghdad to entertain the men and women of the U.S military. Watch President Obama order Gen. Ray Odierno to give Colbert’s coif a military makeover. Update: Full videos added.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Guantanamo Detainee Arrives in the U.S.

The first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a U.S. civilian court arrived in New York on Tuesday. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani faces charges for his alleged role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa. His trial will serve as an important test for plans to try other terror suspects in civilian courts, at a time when some critics contend that such transfers will endanger U.S. security.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 READ MORE


The View From Denny’s Just Ain’t So Grand

Satire from The Onion: “President Obama announced today he will drastically scale back his agenda for America after a visit to a Denny’s restaurant ... caused him to ‘completely reconsider what our nation is capable of achieving.’ ”

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE


Being Obama Matters

I used to fear that the president was overestimating the power of his personal history as an instrument of foreign policy. Now I wonder if he might have been underestimating.

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Outrage—and Business as Usual

The public face of Congress is angry and outraged at all the bad behavior by banks, but in the other Washington, the financial industry continues to have its way.

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Supremes Stall Chrysler Deal

The Supreme Court has put the brakes on President Obama’s plans to bail out the auto industry, ordering a stay of the sale of Chrysler to Fiat. Before the ruling, the administration said blocking the deal would have “grave consequences” for Chrysler. Also, it could threaten the government’s plans for the much larger and more complicated GM. Update

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE


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600,000 New Jobs for the Summer

With U.S. unemployment now at 9.4 percent, President Obama unveiled a plan Monday to provide more than 600,000 new jobs this summer, paid for under the $787 billion economic stimulus package. The initiative will create jobs by dolling up military facilities, improving roads and hiring teachers and some 125,000 teenagers for the summer.

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Hold Your Applause

We may thrill to Obama’s rhetoric, but very few of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world are as deluded. They grasp that nothing so far has changed for Muslims in the Middle East under the Obama administration.

Posted on Jun 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Harry and Louise Need Health Reform

Remember the imaginary couple who appeared in the television ads that helped beat President Clinton’s health plan 15 years ago? That duo and the corporations behind them have switched sides in the debate, and for a good reason: 50 million new customers.

Posted on Jun 7, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

LRC: Obama in the Middle East, GM in Bankruptcy, Now What?

You know you’re in for a spirited episode of “Left, Right & Center” when Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer drops a line like “Tony, you’re getting overly excited for NPR.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE


Sonia Sotomayor
whitehouse.gov

Man Arrested in Threat to Blow Up Sotomayor

New Yorkers have a reputation for hyperbole, but this is just going too far. A Manhattan man was arrested after allegedly letting the good people at 911 know about his desire to blow up both the president and his Supreme Court nominee.

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Damian Dovarganes

Prop. 8 and the Misery of the Law

The right to rebel is my real subject here, but the misery of the law is not incidental. No good case can be made for rebellion as an unqualified good in itself. But the right to rebel also cannot be limited to the rebel causes that were won long ago and have passed over into our national mythology.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


Whither the Sacred Campaign Promise?

Historically, Americans generally held campaign promises sacred. Just ask the first President Bush. But now behavior by President Obama suggests a systemic assault on the campaign promise is under way.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Cairo Speech: Significant, Eloquent—and Perhaps Just the Beginning

Obama’s speech was distinguished by the quality of his previous major speeches, that of speaking as an adult to adults. He promised to say what he thought, and did so on all of the topics he addressed. Correction

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


Clean Coal or Dry Hole?

Obama should be applauded for taking climate change seriously, but one of his administration’s centerpiece initiatives may be digging a very expensive dry hole—literally.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


President Obama

Obama’s Cairo Speech

The president called his landmark address to the Muslim world “A New Beginning,” and for good reason.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Speaks to the Muslim World

I’m grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. And I’m also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: Assalaamu alaykum. Update: Now with video

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


What Rhetoric Won’t Cure

The murder of Dr. George Tiller cannot be smoothed over with a speech. This is the lesson the Obama administration must learn from it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


Rush and Newt Are Winning

A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


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June Is Gay Pride Month

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in June 1969, the Obama administration has proclaimed June to be national LGBT Pride Month. Now how about gays in the military?

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


Myth of the Lone Shooter

It is believed that the shooter acted alone. But Michael Griffin also acted alone when he killed David Gunn in 1993. Paul Hill acted alone in 1994. John Salvi acted alone and so did Eric Rudolph and James Kopp. This suspect is hardly lonely in this murderous cast of lone actors.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE


Ronald Reagan
Reagan Library

Reagan Didn’t Do It

It would be nice to blame Ronald Reagan for the economic meltdown, as Paul Krugman did recently, but the facts don’t support it. Unfortunately, the real villains are closer at hand.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Picks Lakers in 6

Dress the White House in purple and gold, the president is backing Los Angeles in the NBA finals. It’s probably because of his uncommonly good taste and high basketball IQ, but it could also have something to do with the 39 percentage points by which he won Los Angeles in the presidential election.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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USAF / Staff Sgt. Bradley A. Lail

Replace Petraeus

Gen. David Petraeus has proven the rule that past military victories do not guarantee future success. The general has made a mess of Afghanistan and Pakistan, yet he remains dangerously popular.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE



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U.S. Invites Iran for Hot Dogs and Fireworks

After a three-decade ban, U.S. embassies will be allowed to invite Iranian officials to come celebrate America’s declaration of independence from Britain and its overpriced tea. Substantive conversations still aren’t allowed, but the BBC reports that “small talk” is a go.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Gitmo Evidence to Be Made Public

On Tuesday, federal Judge Thomas Hogan ordered that the evidence regarding more than 100 Guantanamo Bay detainees be made public, rejecting the U.S. government’s request to keep the unclassified information secret. These sealed documents may reveal the government’s justification (or lack thereof) for the prisoners’ continued detention.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Number of Private Security Contractors Increases

President Obama railed against the reliance on private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan during his campaign, but new Pentagon statistics reveal their number has steadily grown since he took office, increasing 23 percent in Iraq and 29 percent in Afghanistan in the second quarter of 2009. “Blackwater” author Jeremy Scahill investigates.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Democracy Now! News Highlights

Watch Tuesday’s news highlights, brought to you by Democracy Now! A couple of today’s golden nuggets include Jimmy Carter’s disagreement with President Obama’s refusal to release hundreds of prison detainee photos and a call from the former top coalition commander in Iraq, Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, for a truth commission to investigate abusive interrogation techniques.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


Health Care Reform’s Pulse Is Fading

So it’s health care overhaul this year—or bust. If this is the bet, right now I’d put my money on bust.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


A Lemon of a Bailout

With GM’s bankruptcy filing on Monday, we the people have become majority owners of a museum-quality piece of industrial history.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


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A ‘New Homeland’ for West Bank Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday strongly opposed President Obama’s call to freeze settlement activity in the West Bank. The Israeli parliament, meantime, has proposed that Jordan should become the new homeland of those Palestinians living on the West Bank, but the Jordanian government is not exactly thrilled by that idea.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Out With the Old, In With the New GM

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection on Monday. Shortly after the announcement, President Obama tried to reassure taxpayers, who are effectively shelling out an additional $30 billion in return for a 60 percent stake in the company, according to the new restructuring plan. The “new GM” will shed 21,000 more employees and shut down 12 factories and 2,600 car dealerships.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


America’s Changing Moral Universe

Way back in 2004, pollsters and pundits just knew that cultural and moral issues were the wave of the future. But a funny thing happened on the road to the revival tent. Updated

Posted on May 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Is Larry Summers Taking Kickbacks From the Banks He’s Bailing Out?

Why did Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley steer millions to a company Larry Summers directed while he administered “stress tests” on them?

Posted on May 30, 2009 READ MORE


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