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Some Americans, Under Certain Conditions, May Soon Visit Cuba

President Obama is fixing to relax the restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba, but greater access would be granted only to certain kinds of U.S. citizens—namely, students and members of church groups—in the near future.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Perps in the White House

While it is widely recognized that the banking meltdown has left enormous economic pain and political upheaval in its wake, it is amazing that the folks who created this mess are rewarded with ever more important positions in our government.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Lanny Davis Puts Dems to Shame

The value of the Davis example, as with the parade of Wall Street hustlers so prominent among the Clintonistas, is that his greed has broken his cover.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

In Money-Changers We Trust

Two years into the Obama presidency and the economic data is still looking grim. Don’t be fooled by the gyrations of the stock market, where optimism is mostly a reflection of the ability of financial corporations—thanks to massive government largesse—to survive the mess they created.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Return of the Great Triangulator

The sight of Bill Clinton back at the White House podium defending tax cuts for the super-rich was more a sick joke than a serious amplification of economic policy.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / David J. Phillip

Clinton Trotted Out to Back Tax Deal

Former President Bill Clinton, the Democrat who brought you such miracles as welfare reform, NAFTA and “don’t ask, don’t tell,”  has jumped into the fray over the tax cut deal, adding his support to the compromise worked out by President Obama with the Republicans. “I don’t believe there is a better deal out there,” Clinton said.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Louis Lanzano

The Man Who Shattered Our Economy

Rejoice, the housing market is back. Sandy Weill just picked up a humdinger of a wine vineyard estate in Sonoma, Calif., for a record $31 million, so the foreclosure crisis must be over.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Koji Sasahara

The Big Business of Sex Addiction

Cast your mind back to a time before sex addiction qualified as a legitimate issue rather than a snarky euphemism (although for some that might still be the case). Hard to remember, what with the Bill Clintons and Tiger Woodses ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton Urged the Democrat to Drop Out of Florida’s Senate Race

Fearing a win by tea party wunderkind Marco Rubio, Bill Clinton asked his friend Kendrick Meek, the Democrat in the race, to drop out and endorse Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid. Meek almost agreed, but ultimately decided to stick it out, according to reports. (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


Hedges Discusses, Debates ‘Death of the Liberal Class’

Author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges recently made an appearance on Canadian television’s “The Agenda With Steve Paikin” to make his case about how the American liberal class and its institutions have spectacularly failed those whom they supposedly aimed to serve ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



Big Thumbs Up for Scheer’s ‘Stickup’

We here at Truthdig know that our own Robert Scheer really wishes that he didn’t have to write his latest book “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street,” but ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cheryl Gerber

Wars Will Cease When We Refuse to Fight

I do not regard gay and lesbian soldiers seeking elementary legal equality as political heroes. It takes much greater courage for soldiers and veterans of all sexual persuasions to renounce war and imperial adventures. [Pictured above is Stephen Funk, a former Marine who refused to serve in Iraq.]

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Hires a Hustler

Behind the wonderfully engaging smile of this president there is the increasingly disturbing suggestion of a cynical power-grabbing politician whose swift rise in power reflects less the earnestness of his message and far more the skills of a traditional political hack.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Hey Michelle, Read My Book

On Tuesday, I received yet another deceptively personal e-mail addressed to “Robert” from Michelle Obama asking me once again to contribute to the “amazing journey” toward “progress” that her husband has led.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

The Big Guy’s on Our Side

Paul Volcker, or the “big guy,” as President Barack Obama refers to the former Federal Reserve chair who heads his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, nailed it in a series of blistering remarks on the sorry state of our economy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Clinton: Obama ‘Getting His Groove Back’

Bill Clinton says Barack Obama is “getting his grove back” after being “socked by the intensity of Republican opposition” during the first 20 months of his presidency. The president’s failure to win the backing that he expected from the GOP “disoriented him for a while,” Clinton said.

Posted on Sep 19, 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



AP / J Pat Carter

It’s the Mortgages, Stupid

This week’s proposals by the Obama administration to deal with the persistent economic crisis will be, as with previous plans that involved trillions of taxpayer dollars, little more than salt in the wounds.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Mary Altaffer

Married to the Clinton Mob

Out of respect for privacy, even concerning famous people, I wasn’t going to write about the marriage of Chelsea Clinton to a Goldman Sachs alum and budding hedge-fund hustler with the resources to buy a $4 million loft so soon after graduating from Stanford.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jessica Hill

Blame Clinton, Not Paul

What is so great about our bloated federal government that when a libertarian threatens to become a senator, otherwise rational and mostly liberal pundits start frothing at the mouth? What Rand Paul thinks about the Civil Rights Act, passed 46 years ago, hardly seems the most pressing issue of social justice before us.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton Make Time’s Power List for 2010

How exactly does Time magazine measure influence? That exact formula, such as it exists, might be known only to Time’s editorial team, but the rest of us can still exercise our own evaluative faculties in sizing up the mag’s picks for the 2010 Time 100.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
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Clinton’s Contrition

Whereas former presidents typically devote their retirements to history-revising legacy preservation, Bill Clinton is laudably doing the opposite—and the nation will, hopefully, benefit.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


Falcon
AP / Dennis Cook

The Whistle-Blower They Ignored

There aren’t too many genuine heroes to come out of the banking disaster, but Armando Falcon is one of them—and had he been listened to, a significant part of the housing crisis could have been mitigated.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Bush Shakes Haitian’s Hand, Wipes His on Clinton

Note to anyone considering running for president: If you win, or even if you don’t, you must repeat to yourself “I am always in a fishbowl” as many times as necessary to have it sink in better than it apparently did for George W. Bush ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Flynt Peeking Into Presidents’ Bedrooms for New Book

If ever there was anyone cut out for the job of researching presidential peccadilloes—while also looking into the flings of our nation’s first ladies—it quite possibly would be esteemed porn purveyor Larry Flynt. The Hustler impresario is working on a book on America’s sexed-up presidents ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Dodd
AP / Susan Walsh

Lame Bill From a Lame Duck

If you think health care reform has been an unsatisfying test of the government’s ability to deal with our pressing problems, brace yourself for bigger disappointment in its attempt to bridle Wall Street. This is when the true heavies go to work, and, as opposed to the medical industry lobby, the moneychangers fear not the wrath of their clients or, as Scripture tells, any higher power.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


Bunning
AP / Susan Walsh

Krugman: ‘Bipartisanship Is Now a Foolish Dream’

Someone might want to call President Barack Obama’s attention to the main message of Paul Krugman’s latest Op-Ed column in The New York Times: This whole bipartisanship idea isn’t going to catch on in Congress. Krugman takes the recent example of the bill-blockading gymnastics of Sen. Jim Bunning (pictured above), along with ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE


Kenneth Starr
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Kenneth Starr’s New Gig

Remember Kenneth Starr? You can bet anyone associated even peripherally with Bill Clinton’s administration does. Starr, former United States solicitor general and the major driving force behind the public exposure and investigation of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, is leaving his position as dean at Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu to be president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Heart Problem

The former president was hospitalized in New York because of a problem with his heart, according to multiple reports. Clinton, who is 63, had major heart surgery in 2004. He is believed to have received a stent Thursday. Update

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess

Is Sex Addiction Just a (Convenient) Myth?

Here we go again: Just as the question was raised during the latter phase of the Bill Clinton era, Tiger Woods’ recently revealed indiscretions have prompted questions of whether there is such a thing as “sex addiction,” or whether it’s just code for “boys will be boys” ... until those boys get busted, that is.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Bush, Clinton and Schieffer

Bill Clinton: George W. Bush’s ‘Fourth Brother’

Who knew that former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were fast friends? Well, they did, and they outed themselves on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” discussing their “very honest, good friendship,” as Clinton put it, and telling host Bob Schieffer about their daunting task of leading a major fundraising effort for Haiti on behalf of President Obama.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Haitians
AP / Gregory Bull

Thousands of Haitians Flee Port-au-Prince

Hoping to find help among friends or family members, or just hoping to get out of their country’s devastated capital, thousands of Haitians fled Port-au-Prince on Monday by the busload and headed for the countryside. Meanwhile, the top-ranking American commander in Haiti called an estimated death toll of 150,000 to 200,000 a “start point,” according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Susan Walsh

Dear Barack, Spare Me Your E-Mails

Obama’s faux populism is beginning to grate, and when yet another one of those “we the people” e-mails from the president landed on my screen as I was fishing around for a column subject, I came unglued.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton Urges Senate Dems to Support Health Care Reform

Arguing that “the worst thing to do is nothing,” former President Bill Clinton rounded up Senate Democrats for a talking-to about their upcoming vote on the health care reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives last weekend. Clinton emphasized the need for action and reminded his audience that “there is no perfect bill.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Clinton Says She Won’t Run for President Again

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a strong run for the White House in 2008, but she won’t be doing that again and quite likes the job she has now—or so she said in an interview with NBC on Monday. It’s all up to Chelsea now.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Bill Clinton Picks a Horse in Cali Governor Race

The former president has thrown his considerable political and fundraising heft behind San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Newsom is up against California institution and former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Death Panel’ Déjà Vu

Public memory often has a short shelf life, and it doesn’t preclude the potential for rapid recycling, according to The New York Times’ take on the current “death panel” controversy, considering that a prototypical version of this particular argument made the rounds during the (Internet-enabled) Clinton era.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton Reportedly Wins Freedom for 2 U.S. Journalists in N. Korea

Although his wife is usually the one making headlines about international relations these days, former President Bill Clinton put on his diplomat’s hat Tuesday, visiting North Korea in an attempt to negotiate the release of two American journalists jailed there. Updated

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Econorama

For the holiday weekend, the “Left, Right & Center” squad takes a good, hard look at the state of the economy: How did we get here? Who’s to blame? Can it be fixed? Argument, and even entertainment, ensues as Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley do their best to make sense of it all.

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Lo Scandalo: Italian PM in Hot Water

Bill Clinton’s got nothing on Silvio Berlusconi, if the Italian prime minister’s estranged wife’s claims are proved true. Rumors that the 72-year-old Berlusconi had improper relations with a minor, and invited some 40 young women to his villa for a New Year’s Eve party, aren’t significant for their titillation value so much as for the threat they may pose to his position as Italy’s head of state.

Posted on May 29, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Evan Vucci

The Clinton Bubble

Has Timothy Geithner ever had lunch with a non-megamillionaire who has lost his job or home because of the banking meltdown? I ask that question after reading the list of the treasury secretary’s luncheon dates when he was head of the New York Federal Reserve, a list that the government was forced to provide in response to a lawsuit.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Living Large and in Charge

Not surprisingly, Lawrence Summers is convinced that he deserved every penny of the $8 million that Wall Street firms paid him last year. And why shouldn’t he be cut in on the loot from the loopholes in the toxic derivatives market that he pushed into law when he was Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary?

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Getting Warmer

We are lucky to have Barack Obama as president. I write that even though I believe the content of his Tuesday evening speech deserved no more than a B+ / A-, for its failure to seriously address the origins of the banking crisis and for only hinting at the severe military budget cuts required to get close to his goal of reducing the federal deficit by the end of his first term.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Economic Policy Could Scuttle Obama’s Good Start

He is making trillion-dollar decisions that will cast the die for the rest of his promising agenda. Unfortunately, while he has already proved to be a brilliant agent of change in so many ways, in economic policy he has relied on the financial “experts” who helped get America into this mess.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Carter and Stewart

Jimmy Carter on Peace in the Middle East

What’s that you say, Jimmy Carter? Peace in the Middle East is possible? The former president paid a visit to “The Daily Show” Monday night to advance this bold thesis—and to describe what it was like to mingle with Bill Clinton, two Bushes and Obama at the White House. How ’bout that Oval Office rug, gents?

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton and senators
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Clinton: U.S. Must Use ‘Smart Power’

Hillary Clinton began the first phase of her official vetting session for the position of secretary of state Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill, where she made opening remarks and faced her peers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as they took a close look at her credentials—and her husband’s globe-trotting fundraising activities.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


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