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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Sony Hack and Cuba

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s year-end news conference, during which the president said Sony should have consulted him before canceling the release of “The Interview.” Also, is it a new world for Cuba?

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On Cuba, Republicans Know Only Failure

Listen carefully to the Republican leaders and presidential hopefuls roaring with outrage over President Barack Obama’s courageous decision to normalize relations with Cuba; listen very carefully, because no matter how long or how closely you listen to them, there is one thing you will surely never hear.

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The Treasury Secretary’s Misperceptions About Wealth

By Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s reckoning, being a millionaire does not constitute living high above the ranks of ordinary people.

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A Win for the Cuban People

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue—and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise.

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Obama Authorizes Sanctions Against Venezuelan Socialists

The American president has signed legislation that freezes assets and revokes travel visas belonging to Venezuelan officials who stand accused of violating the human rights of opponents of the South American nation’s socialist government.

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The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

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Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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President Obama and Congress Just Gave Your Savings Account to JPMorgan

With the passage of the 2015 federal budget bill, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon got lawmakers to repeal a key part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law and allow banks to use the savings accounts of ordinary Americans to gamble in the stock market on behalf of hedge funds, corporations and the rich.

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The Abolition of Abolition

A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as President Obama ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition.

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President Obama Tells Other Black Americans What They Already Know

President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away.

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Racial Profiling Will Continue at U.S. Borders

New rules curtailing the use of racial profiling won’t apply to border agents, who will still be allowed to consider race and ethnicity when stopping people at airports, international crossings and immigration checkpoints.

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America’s Superpower Thinking Is a Bad Habit From a Bygone Century

China is emerging as the new Number One, while the policy makers in Washington can’t get their heads out of the Cold War.

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Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

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A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded.

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Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. Dies at 78

Marion Barry Jr., who began his career in public service during the civil rights era and spent four terms as mayor of Washington, D.C., died late Saturday night in his hometown at age 78.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You Can’t Govern on Fantasies

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

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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.

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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.”

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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