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AP/Evan Vucci

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



AP/Charlie Riedel

No One Is Paying Attention to the Real Battle for Power

One of the most important—and generally overlooked—results of last week’s midterm election was Republican success in increasing control of state legislatures.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE


Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With the Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE


Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE


Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

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



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Health Insurers Are Spending Millions to Defeat California’s Proposition 45

From the start, even fans recognized that one of Obamacare’s great weaknesses was its failure to regulate insurance rates.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Mark Humphrey

No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Sexual assault is a major reason for the growing number of homeless female veterans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE


Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: With the current vacuum of regulation, the biggest broadband Internet provider can legally censor content. Also: Why Gaza needs a war crimes trial, journalism struggles with prejudice, and the NFL gets serious about domestic abuse.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Exposes America’s Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Welcoming the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees

A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Abbot Kinney, Pacific Ocean Park, and the California Dreamers

A new book about an old seaside amusement park, gone for a half a century, set me thinking about a favorite subject, the boom-and-bust quality of California, a place of constant invention and reinvention, of dreams shattered or attained.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Palestinians, Israelis Are Failed by Their Leaders

It’s difficult to have a conversation with someone who wants to get rid of you. That is why Hamas militants and Israel’s right-wing-dominated government are each on such a destructive path.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eric Gay

Sending the Refugee Children Home Will Bring Lasting Shame

President Barack Obama is repeating the mistakes of the past, allowing bigoted know-nothings to determine this nation’s policy toward refugees.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The New York Times’ Desperate Dive to the Bottom

The motto of The New York Times has long been “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” After reading the Times report on how the paper might survive the digital era, I’m afraid it could be overtaken by a concept called “good enough.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Spying a Difference Among Democrats in ‘Silicon Beach’ Congressional Race

To evaluate contenders for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat, I looked at an issue that is central to American life today: domestic spying by the federal government.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu challenges Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu takes on Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Facebook/Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

Never Forget Ruben Salazar, ‘The Man in the Middle’

Ruben Salazar was a crusading journalist for the Los Angeles Times and television station KMEX until he was killed by a deputy sheriff’s tear gas projectile in East Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam War on Aug. 29, 1970.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Business Rewards California Democrats for Passing Model ALEC Legislation

It may be “the most anti-consumer bill ever introduced in California,” and it was approved and signed into law by Democrats.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

If You’re Going to Force People to Buy Insurance, You Have to Make It Affordable

In November, Californians will vote whether to give the state insurance commissioner power to approve health insurance premium increases and veto or scale back those he finds excessive.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Amazing True Story of 8 Ordinary Americans Who Blew the Lid Off Government Spying

Eight more patriots can be added to the roll of whistle-blowing heroes Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Help the Helpers

This is a story of the poor versus the poor, a metaphor for income inequality in 21st century America.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Jon Elswick

Obamacare Lives

Despite its incompetent launch, the Affordable Care Act is slowly becoming part of American life, a development the Republicans have fought fiercely to prevent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Nick Ut

Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Obama’s Take on McCarthyism to Blame for Obamacare Troubles?

President Barack Obama’s pursuit of leakers, which turns government workers against one another, is reported to extend into every department, including Health and Human Services.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Matt Rourke

Cruel and Unusual Republicans Want Poor Americans to Starve

Among the many victims of the Republicans’ deranged effort to kill Obamacare are the millions of forgotten poor suffering from bad nutrition or just plain hunger.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Quit Whining About Obamacare

One of the most important components of the health program is about to kick in, with the potential to transform American society.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Bobby Magee (CC-BY-ND)

Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

America’s Lowest Class

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t even have a roof to sleep under, things are getting only worse.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Elitism on Full Display

I’m not surprised that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been waging war on the news media. They and other members of the Obama team have always struck me as elitists who don’t think really intelligent or worthwhile people would go into journalism.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Jerry Brown: California’s Mystery Man

In a time when America’s politicians strive to be everywoman and everyman, Brown goes his own way.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Chris Park

Cowardly Court: Where’s Our Gay Marriage ‘Masterwork’?

Gutless action has no place in the high court’s deliberations on marriage.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



"American Gothic" by Grant Wood.

I’ll Take Romance

The opponents of same-sex marriage are certainly an unromantic bunch. That grim vision hit me as I read the arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court for and against Proposition 8.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Chris Carlson

Christopher Dorner and the Lines That Divide Us

Issues of race and the LAPD have been raised once again in the case of Christopher Dorner, a dismissed African-American cop accused of killing four people before apparently losing his life in a gunfight with police and subsequent fire.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



Mr. Littlehand

Communities Need Newspapers

Once-proud newspapers have given way to Internet news sweatshops, but clicks don’t bring respect from the public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Narciso Contreras

Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Dave Collins

Obamacare Begins

Throughout the country, health professionals, politicians and health care activists are meeting about how to implement the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld by the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s re-election.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



Associated Press

Rupert Murdoch Seeks to Add to His Empire

The recent Leveson Report on the British hacking scandal shows the danger of the media baron adding to his already vast American holdings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


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