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Saying No to Torture

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “we tortured some folks” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified.

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Obama Asks Congress for Another Middle East War

The White House has asked Congress to pass a deliberately vague authorization for the war against the Islamic State that has been in progress for six months. Congress seems disinclined to say yes.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



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Prayer Breakfast Inspires Righteous Indignation

Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE


Obamacare Repeated Repeals

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Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



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On Gas Tax Hike, Obama Is Wrong—and (Some) Republicans Are Right

It doesn’t happen often, but Washington is now debating an important issue on which the United States Chamber of Commerce, Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer, and a growing posse of assorted right-wingers are right—and President Barack Obama is wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

As the crowds swelled in Tahrir Square in 2011, the power of the Internet as a force for social change was being demonstrated hour by hour. Which brings us to net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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It’s Time for U.S. and European Allies to Step Back From Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama himself conceded to the American TV audience (those not watching Super Bowl preparations) that the official U.S. narrative concerning the war in Ukraine is not true.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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The Activists Won: FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Protection of Internet Freedom

For a while there, Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission chairman and former cable and wireless lobbyist, looked as if he was going to bow to his old paymasters on net neutrality.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



‘Secret’ Trade Pact Stirs Up Suspicion

Even members of Congress can’t find what’s in the agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other nations, critics of the accord say.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. May Supply Weapons to Ukrainian Forces

American officials on Sunday signaled their openness to supplying the Ukrainian military with arms in their fight against Russian-backed separatists, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



War Is the New Normal

Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for TomDispatch on the seven reasons why America can’t stop making war. More than four years later, with the war on terror still ongoing, with the mission eternally unaccomplished, here’s a fresh take on the top seven reasons why never-ending war is the new normal in America.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Malcolm X Was Right About America

The civil rights leader, assassinated 50 years ago this month, knew that empire cannot be reformed—it must be destroyed.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



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End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

The latest fad among would-be Republican presidential contenders is to proclaim their deep commitment to fighting poverty and inequality—which sounds as plausible as a promise by McDonald’s to abolish greasy food.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



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Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



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Hillary Stands Alone

And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016—hey, hold on, where’d everybody go?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE


‘He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (at right) was praised by President Obama “as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.” But analysts accuse him of turning the Syrian uprising into a proxy war with Iran, and U.S. diplomatic cables identified the country as the world’s largest funder of militant Islamist groups.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional

“In his next-to-last State of the Union address,” writes Glen Ford, Editor of the Black Agenda Report, “President Obama flashed the suckers a bag of tricks that has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress, but will allow his apologists to claim that the genuine, more progressive Obama is revealing himself in his final two years in office.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



‘More’ and ‘War’: The Tao of Washington

In a sense, there are only two operative words in twenty-first-century Washington: more and war. In this context, there really is just one well-policed party of thought in town.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



Imagine Something Different

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE


Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s SOTU

“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Nerds, Rejoice: Obama Promises to Send Astronauts to Mars ... to Stay

What is it about men in the twilight of their presidencies that has them reaching to the stars?

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE


Watch the 2015 State of the Union

Full text of the speech and video after the jump.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU Preview: Obama to Pitch Plan to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy

President Obama appears as though he’s not about to take the whole lame-duck thing (not to mention the Republican-lockdown-on-Congress thing) sitting down, given his outline for Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Paris’ Place in the Middle Eastern Wars

The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformational fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Mitt Romney Readies for 2016 Reboot

As if the looming prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush 2016 déjà vu-fest weren’t already giving us a bad case of political whiplash, here comes 2012’s square-jawed champion of the conservative elite, Mitt Romney, to further amplify Americans’ nagging feeling that we’ve all been to this rodeo before. Several times.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Texas Rep. Randy Weber Backpedals After Invoking Hitler in Tweet About Obama

On Monday, Rep. Randy Weber of Texas pulled a time-honored stunt, using new media, in just two easy steps.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Proposes Free Community College for Americans

On Friday, President Obama announced a plan to send some 9 million Americans to two years of community college for free.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity

Imagine yourself in January 1963, alive and chastened by a world in which you could be obliterated at any moment. Imagine as well that someone from our time suddenly invited you into the American future some 52 Januaries hence.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE


Barack’s Sock

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Economic Facts Get in the Way of Presidential Ambitions

Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans—especially those running for president—going to complain about?

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



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What the U.S. Can Learn From Cuba’s Food Revolution

Long before President Obama’s historic opening, American and Cuban foodies have been exchanging cutting edge ideas in agriculture and health.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Everybody Calm Down

We now seem to be living in the Age of High C, a period when every fight is Armageddon, every foe is a monster, and every issue is either the key to national survival or the doorway to ruin.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



How States Are Redistributing the Wealth

In 2008, candidate Obama was lambasted for supposedly endorsing policies of wealth redistribution. Yet only a few years later, the most explicit examples of such redistribution are happening in the states, and often at the urging of Republicans.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Activists Are Not to Blame for Murder of Police

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Is to Blame for North Korea’s Internet Collapse?

Wait—North Korea has the Internet?

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The Duck That Roared

In the short run, President Obama has demonstrated that the term “lame duck” has its limits.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE


‘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?

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE


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