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AP / Guillermo Arias

Stay Away From Arizona

This is much more than an immigrant issue. Giving police the authority to stop a person on the “reasonable suspicion” he or she is an illegal immigrant clears the way for the arrest of anyone. Other states are likely to follow with their own police-state rules.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / the half-blood prince (CC-BY-ND)

The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Wade Payne

The Americans Who Can’t Wait for a Better Bill

The lines at health care centers in working class communities around the country start forming when other Americans are going to bed, and they’re getting longer.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Surviving Without a Safety Net

People are just barely hanging on at employment offices, homeless shelters, food banks and community centers around the country. Help is needed right away and Barack Obama is struggling to give it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Too Late to Mend the Ailing Health Care Bill

The flawed health care bill could still be improved if the president would stand up to the insurance companies that have, so far, been the most powerful force shaping reform.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



Angel City Press

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times

The Chandler family’s L.A. Times practically invented one of the great American cities. This is the story of the paper’s fall toward mediocrity.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

The Missing Health Care Debate

One way to give people a good deal on their health care is the so-called public option. A better way is the kind of strong regulation that isn’t even being discussed.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama TV: How the President Revived Health Care

By monopolizing the airwaves with his calm rationality, President Obama has retaken control of the national health care debate, which was beginning to descend into ideological hysteria.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Speech Even Insurance Companies Could Love

President Barack Obama’s health care reform speech to Congress Wednesday night was impassioned, but it also echoed a lot of ideas from insurance company lobbying.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Don’t Be Fooled by the Public Option

The fight over the public option has occupied much of the media coverage, but left unsaid is the fact that weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations have weakened the public option proposal to the point that it is hardly an option at all.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Truthdig Wins 3 Journalism Awards

Thanks to the L.A. Press Club for acknowledging the excellent work of our writers with three Southern California Journalism Awards. Congratulations to Chris Hedges, who won Online Journalist of the Year and Best Online Column, and Scott Ritter, who took home an award for Best Online Feature. Continue reading for the full list of 12 Truthdig finalists and links to the winning and nominated articles.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 READ MORE



Truthdig Nominated for Best Political Site in Best Political Year

We are honored and humbled to be nominated for a 2009 Webby Award, especially since it’s in the politics category and this last year was about as exciting as it gets, politically. We’re in great company and we need your help to win this thing. Please take a minute to click here and vote for us.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / M. Spencer Green

Health Care Reform Can’t Wait

The national health care crisis, intensified by the recession, is so bad that nothing can be permitted to stop reform of the system, not even the implosion of the president’s health czar.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009 READ MORE


inauguraton memorabilia
AP photo / Jose Luis Magana

Here Comes the Change

Like many other people, I’d like to party all week when Barack Obama is sworn in as president. But this isn’t the year for it, not with unemployment rising and fear spreading through the land.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Rina Castelnuovo, pool

Obama Will Back Israel

The president-elect has struggled to stay out of the Gaza fight, but based on everything he said during the campaign, he appears determined to stand up for Israel.

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

Resuscitating Health Care Reform

With unemployment soaring, the need grows daily for guaranteed health care. But that may not happen in the coming year because of the desperate need to revive the economy and put people to work.

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE


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panhandleparade.com

Bracing for the Ballot Battle

Next Tuesday, don’t be shocked if the Republicans roll out their familiar tactics of intimidating Democratic voters, challenging their eligibility and subjecting them to long lines at polling places. If the election is close, these shady maneuvers might pay off.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

Bill Boyarsky on Election ‘08 and the Real America

Fresh off a trip to small-town Ohio, Truthdig’s political reporter weighs in on the week’s news, from the Colin Powell endorsement to the battle for Pennsylvania.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Ohio seal
groundspeak.com

A Week in the ‘Real America’

What struck me during my week in Appalachian Ohio was how different this was from the America of the McCain-Palin campaign, a divided place where the Republicans pit one part of the country against another with vicious robocalls at the dinner hour.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in Ohio
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Another Round of Dirty Tricks in Ohio

After Wednesday’s big debate, McCain-Palin volunteers celebrated what they considered a big victory for their presidential candidate. But the real action was taking place in courts miles away.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Rick Bowmer

Economy Trumps Race in Ohio

From the Southern California suburbs to Ohio’s Appalachia, places that have not been especially friendly to African-American candidates, Sen. Barack Obama seems to be convincing a substantial number of whites that their votes should be determined by their economic troubles rather than race.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


Sarah and Todd Palin
AP photo / Kyle Ericson

Keep This ‘First Dude’ Out of the White House

Todd Palin seated behind a White House desk and shaping national policy could be one of the most dangerous aspects of a potential Sarah Palin presidency.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Palin
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Bill Boyarsky on McCain’s Low Blows

Truthdig’s chief political correspondent weighs in on the week in politics. From “pallin’ around with terrorists” to Tuesday’s debate, Team McCain is “going for the gut,” but will it work?

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and Biden
AP photo / Don Emmert, pool

You’re No Harry Truman, Governor

Gov. Sarah Palin survived Thursday night’s debate, much to the disappointment of Democrats who hoped she would crumble as she did in her interview with Katie Couric. But she ducked tough questions, gave canned answers, tried to smile her way out of tough spots and cheerfully distorted Sen. Barack Obama’s record.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


Dept. of Education
flickr.com/mcoughlin

Banking Collapse Lands on America’s Schools

One of the worst casualties of the Iraq war and the Wall Street failures is the U.S. public school system, which is central to the nation’s economic, intellectual and social health. With financial resources being consumed, education cuts are on the way. Thank you, John McCain and President George W. Bush.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

Obama Gets a Break on Race Issue

In Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, the fact that he is African-American has seemed to be an obstacle that could be overcome with a good campaign, a few breaks and the issues turning his way. That’s what is happening now.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / LM Otero

Obama’s Secret Weapon

While it’s fashionable for the media and some of his own supporters to be mourning the demise of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, they may well be overlooking an important point—that the vaunted McCain-Palin ticket has peaked. What else but such blind optimism could be motivating the unflagging energy of thousands of Obama grass-roots workers?

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


Palin
AP photo / Susan Walsh

A Star Wasn’t Born

What had been unexpected by the faithful at the Republican National Convention was McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee. McCain’s decision was cited as an example of his willingness to take a chance, to gamble everything on a hunch. It was much more than that.

Posted on Sep 5, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Ted S. Warren

Yes He Can

In a speech that rose beyond the occasion, Sen. Barack Obama changed the dynamics of the presidential campaign. With fire in his eyes and politeness thankfully forgotten, he finally put Sen. John McCain on the defensive, most notably mocking the Republican’s claim that he’s best suited to be commander in chief.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and doctors
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Prescription for a Democratic Win

As Barack Obama moves into the Democratic National Convention, he should speak out more clearly and forcefully on an issue that clearly distinguishes him from his do-nothing opponent—national health insurance.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain Is More Dangerous Than Bush

Forget the moderate image, promoted by an admiring media. Forget the so-called straight talk and independence. With the Russian-Georgian war winding down, McCain has firmly established himself as an old-fashioned Cold Warrior and a supporter of the huge oil companies that have a big stake in Georgia and the rest of the Caucasus.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Alex Brandon

Playing the Economic Card

After enduring the silly debate over who injected race into the presidential campaign, let’s look at some recent numbers that indicate how Barack Obama could win this close election.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

No Easy Out for Obama

The adoring media coverage of Barack Obama’s international tour is masking the reality that, whether he wins or loses, we’re almost certain to be stuck in Iraq for a long time, thanks to the legacy of George Bush.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo /J im Cole

Playing Down the Middle

Politics is a cruel and disappointing business. This year, Democratic liberals gambled on a young man who offered hope and change. But after those wondrous primary days, they are furious over Sen. Barack Obama’s understandable effort to reach out to an electorate that is, and long has been, planted firmly in the middle of the road.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


San Francsico marriage
AP photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Notes on a California Sea Change

Watching the couples in line for licenses in Beverly Hills on the first day of gay marriage in California, I was struck by how the scene was so commonplace, even boring—just a bunch of men and women waiting their turn at a nondescript government office.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Schumer and Obama
AP photo / Lauren Victoria Burke

Exposing the GOP’s Voter Suppression Campaign

If Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, is to defeat John McCain, he’d better get started organizing teams of election law attorneys and other specialists to guard against efforts already underway to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and journos
AP photo / JP photo / Jae C. Hong

Citizen Journalism: In With the New

Spurred on by a historic presidential election, an increasing number of “civilians” are engaged in journalism on the Web, and they are changing journalism for the better.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


ER closing
AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

Campaign ‘08: Giving U.S. Health Care a Checkup

On May 5, the day before Barack Obama all but clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, I visited Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., because I was sick—sick of stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his most famous parishioner and of television close-ups of Obama drinking beer and Hillary Clinton belting straight shots in efforts to show their inner blue collars. 

Posted on May 13, 2008 READ MORE


Truthdig Wins a Maggie

Truthdig’s weekly book review, edited by Steve Wasserman, has won a Maggie award. Bill Boyarsky’s outstanding political reporting was also nominated, and we were up for best Web magazine overall. We’re proud to win recognition for our book review, which has featured important work at a time when newspapers around the country are cutting back on their book coverage.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama rally
www.flickr.com/photos/emilymills

Courting the ‘White Vote’

When looking at Sen. Barack Obama’s primary election results, I always check the white vote first. I imagine many Democratic National Convention superdelegates do, too. The reason is obvious: Obama is the first African-American with a strong chance of winning the presidency, and his prospects depend on whether whites will give him a vote.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

ABC’s Philadelphia Story: Punditry Over Politics

Journalists are famous for their dogged drive to “get the story.” But when it comes to situations like Wednesday’s campaign debate in Philadelphia, they have the ability to make stories, too—and the story ABC’s pundits created that night buried the most important issues of the day, at Americans’ expense.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sinking Into the Quagmire

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker’s congressional check-in about Iraq this week didn’t offer much hope for America’s overseas entanglements, and as coverage of the overseas wars wanes, the media isn’t holding politicians’ feet to the fire—or telling the real story about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
Flickr / Joe Crimmings Photography

Nobody Votes for a Quitter

Real politicians don’t quit. They are defeated, indicted, jailed, die or, in some jurisdictions, ousted by term limits. So don’t expect Hillary Clinton to surrender just yet.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Dems in Cleveland
AP photo / Carolyn Kaster, file

Dems Dropping the Ball on Iraq Debate

I’m afraid Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are giving the game away to John McCain on the most important matter facing the country, the Iraq war. I hate to sound like one of those middle-aged jock-loving MSNBC pundits, but as I sit here on the sidelines I want to scream, “Quit playing defense.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama-kah
jewsforobama.blogspot.com

Obama and the Jews

The bad side of being a new face in politics is that your enemies can treat you like a blank slate, to be filled in with lies and slurs. That’s what is happening to Sen. Barack Obama, who is being subjected to a secretive whispering and e-mail campaign that aims to alienate him from Jewish voters by linking him to Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and the Muslim religion.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


convention floor
coloradoconfidential.com

Bill Boyarsky on the Campaign Trail

Truthdig political correspondent Bill Boyarsky weighs in on the state of the race and explains why, no matter what the pundits tell you, a showdown in Denver could be good for the Democrats.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


Democrats on CNN
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Unconventional Wisdom

Since Super Tuesday produced not one but a duo of Democratic front-runners, pundits from across the political spectrum have made ominous noises about the potential dangers of a prolonged contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Here, Truthdig’s seasoned political correspondent, Bill Boyarsky, begs to differ.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama supporter
Flickr / Joe Crimmings

Looking Beyond Race

Although racial politics apparently still has a place in the national discourse, there are times when an emphasis on unity is necessary. According to Boyarsky, Barack Obama’s win in South Carolina last weekend reflects his appeal among voters across a broad demographic range and among the diverse volunteer squad rallying support for him in California.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


God and John McCain

As he addressed a room full of members of the Iowa Christian Alliance in the small city of Cedar Falls, the senator demonstrated how hard it is for him to find his way through the tangled forest of Christian right doctrine.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


Edwards
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Banking on Grass Roots in Iowa

In these final days before the Iowa caucuses, John Edwards’ chance for the presidency comes down to people like Jim Clifford, trudging up an icy driveway to persuade Leo Oswald, a shipping clerk at the Georgia Pacific plant in Dubuque, to turn out and support Edwards.

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 READ MORE


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