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Who Benefits From the White House Immigration Plan?

The announcement of President Obama’s executive action on immigration elicited threats of retaliation from congressional Republicans. Here are some of the winners and losers.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE


Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE


Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Immigration: Presidents Have the Power, but Does Obama Have the Guts?

Protecting immigrants from deportation, permitting them to come out of the shadows, is the right thing to do.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine

For a man who had taken a stunning electoral blow two weeks earlier, Barack Obama completed his Asian trip with an air of unperturbed leadership of the world.

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Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Maher Criticizes Nonvoters, Calls Russell Brand ‘Laughable’

On Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took on Russell Brand and a big portion of the American public who don’t believe voting makes a difference.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Governs for the Nonvoting Majority

Obama’s Republican critics say that his forceful approach on immigration, climate change and net neutrality show he isn’t paying attention to what the voters said in the midterm elections. They’re right.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Immigration, Impeachment and Insanity on the Republican Right

Obstructing, denouncing and demonizing Barack Obama are so central to the existence of the Republican Party today that its leaders simply ignore the real purposes of the president’s proposed immigration orders.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



White House Seeks Next Generation of High-Tech Weapons

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. military will research and develop new weapons systems based on cutting-edge technologies in attempt to maintain its military dominance.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Keystone Pipeline Passes House, One Vote to Go in Senate

The Obama administration has been considering whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for six years, a delay tactic that has Congress—the current, pre-GOP-wave, lame duck Congress—very close to going over his head.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Pledge $2.5 Billion to Climate Cause at G-20

Days after his historic carbon pollution deal with China, Barack Obama is set to announce a substantial pledge from the U.S. over the next four years to help poor countries invest in clean energy and cope with the hazards of a destabilizing environment, administration sources said.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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An Accord the Planet Needed

This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



China and U.S. Deliver Radical Climate Surprise

It’s been called a historic agreement—a game changer in the battle to combat climate change. But can China and the U.S. fulfill the promises in their announcement of plans to cut carbon emissions?

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

It’s one thing for Congress, elected by the people, to undermine the Affordable Care Act. It’s quite another for the hyper-activist conservative justices on our Supreme Court to do it.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



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President Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader Have Been Writing Each Other Letters

Although the U.S. and Iran have no official diplomatic ties, the most powerful men in each country have apparently decided to cut out the middle men and women.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



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FCC Chair Sounds Like He’s Going to Ignore President Obama’s Plan to Save the Internet

According to a report in The Washington Post, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former cable and telecom lobbyist, is prepared to embarrass the president and annoy millions of Americans all at the same time.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE


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You Can’t Govern on Fantasies

When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Verbally Endorses Protection of Net Neutrality

President Obama called Monday for “the strongest possible rules to protect” the open Internet and voiced opposition to proposals by cable and telecom companies to create fast lanes on the Internet for users who can afford to pay.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


Ex-State Dept. Official Blasts Obama’s Doubling of Troops in Iraq

Former Marine and State Department official Matthew Hoh, the first known U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghan War, describes President Obama’s authorization of 1,500 additional troops to Iraq in the campaign against the Islamic State as “for lack of a better phrase ... crazy.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



Four Months Into Iraq War 3.0, the Cracks Are Showing

What happens to a war in the absence of coherent state policy? Washington’s Iraq War 3.0, Operation Inherent Resolve, is what happens. As the mission enters its fourth month it may be time to ask, in all seriousness: What could possibly go right?

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Election Postmortem

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists sort through the Republican victory in a rare live show out of Washington, D.C. The Atlantic’s David Frum says voters signaled the economy continues to disappoint; Scheer says Obama was responsible for ignoring the party base; and host Matt Miller suggests we institute mandatory voting.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Doubles Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq

The president will send an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq. Though they will reportedly serve as advisers, some will head to areas of heavy fighting.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Beneath the Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

In the wake of the 2014 midterm “wave election,” Americans will soon find out whether they actually want what they have wrought.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



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In Need of a Rebuilding Plan

All right, all right, I didn’t see the wave coming. And it turned out to be a genuine wave—one with serious implications for 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



Building an Escalation Machine

Sometimes it seemed that only two issues mattered in the midterm election campaigns just ended: ISIS and Ebola. Think of them as the two horsemen of the present American apocalypse. And count on this: Oppositional pressure to escalate will be a significant factor in Washington “debates” in the last years of the Obama administration.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Vladimir Putin Is the Most Powerful Person in the World, According to Forbes

Beating out President Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jingping and Pope Francis, in order, Russian President and tiger wrestler Vladimir Putin tops Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful people in the world.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



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How Ronald Reagan and the Supreme Court Turned American Politics Into a Cesspool

The dominating significance of the midterm elections has been the occasion’s dramatic confirmation of the corruption of the American electoral system.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



How a Republican Senate Could Help Hillary Clinton, and Other Counterintuitive Midterm Conclusions

Those ardent Democratic supporters who spent Wednesday morning weeping into their corn flakes might be heartened to hear The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan read the midterm tea leaves in a manner that makes it all seem slightly less catastrophic.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



Midterms 2014: GOP Gains Control of the Senate

And so it happened: Thanks to a heady combination of freed-up cash, amped-up campaigning, publicity-stoked fear and Obama fatigue, among other potent ingredients, Republicans took over the Senate on Tuesday evening. 

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



McConnell Victory Kicks Off Midterm Results Reports

If there were going to be any big upsets as the results of the 2014 midterm elections started coming in Tuesday, the race for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Midterms 2014: Control of the Senate Hangs in the Balance

The 2014 midterm election season will go down in history as the time when unprecedented amounts of money were spent in the tussle over control of the U.S. Senate—and, by extension, over the potential outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



Joe Sacco: A Bomb in Every Comic

Joe Sacco’s satirical “Bumf” is a radical, savage and sidesplitting look at America’s species of corporate totalitarianism.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Glass Ceilings and Class Consciousness

If Tim Cook and I ever had a political conversation—unlikely—we might well begin from some shared premises, but would certainly reach different conclusions.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



A Travel Ban Is No Barrier to Ebola—and Borders on Racism

U.S. right-wingers are fanning a hysteria that could damage the fight against the disease and discriminate against both Africans and African-Americans.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



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The Most Expensive Midterm Ever

The system has always stunk, but now the campaign contributions are bigger and far more secret.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE



The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE



A Revisionist Take on President Obama

There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



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President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War

The adventure against the Islamic State increasingly resembles the sort of conflict Barack Obama launched his career opposing.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit

With the IMF and European Central Bank acting as knee-breakers in what has become a financial extension of NATO, the U.S. and its allied investors aim to appropriate the wealth that kleptocrats took from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies, as well as whatever assets remain.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



‘Paul Krugman’s Sloppy, Wet Kiss’ for Barack Obama

Historic Obama critic Paul Krugman made an about-face in his opinion of the president’s performance in a much-discussed Rolling Stone essay on Oct. 8 that Salon columnist Thomas Frank, who believes Krugman’s “relentless, one-man war on austerity… should have earned him a second Nobel Prize,” finds incredible.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Kevin Spacey Played Obama’s Ebola Czar on TV

What an interesting career Ron Klain has had for a political operative.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Let Obama and the CDC Do Their Jobs

If the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind, then even the possibility of infection with Ebola should do the same—for all of us.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE


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