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Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Steven Senne

Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice

With Mitt Romney’s super-PAC limo now on cruise control to victory at the GOP convention, voters are left with only two reasons to vote against Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


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What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

For everyone who originally supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, the question today is how what was once a righteous mission can end in anything but ruin.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



Invisible Children Linked to Anti-Gay Groups

Invisible Children has received donations from known anti-gay groups for its Kony 2012 campaign; a U.S. soldier went on a killing spree in Afghanistan; meanwhile, our tax dollars are being used to transmit Rush Limbaugh’s show to U.S. troops abroad. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Patrick Semansky

Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama’s War on Whistle-Blowers

The Supreme Court is expected to uphold the use of the Espionage Act of 1917 to punish those who expose war crimes and state lies.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger

The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq War veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq War vet who won’t be there.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt Romney (CC-BY)

Romney’s Budget-Balancing for Dummies

Mitt Romney must think “conservatives” very stupid if he’s promising to balance the federal budget by eliminating nominal amounts spent on the nation’s cultural programs.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Israel Won’t Alert U.S. Before Any Strike on Iran, a Top Source Says

AP claims a source familiar with high-level American-Israeli discussions says Israeli officials have made it clear they will not alert the U.S. before any attack by their country on Iran.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

The Gang That Couldn’t Bomb Straight

Here we go again. With the economy showing faint signs of life, the leading Republican candidates have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Desperate Fantasy: Can Jeb Bush Save the GOP?

What Florida voters once accepted (or ignored) might well horrify the national electorate today.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

On the President as Alien

They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Independent Voters Swing to Obama

The prolonged Republican primary campaign appears to be taking a toll on independent voters’ faith in Mitt Romney. According to the latest Pew poll, only a minority of independents now describe Romney as “honest and trustworthy” and slightly more than half of independent voters now favor Barack Obama in a race against Romney, who led the president in that category only a month ago. (more)

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



The Huffington Post

Clint, Rick and the Limits of Pessimism

What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

State Department to Downsize Massive Baghdad Embassy

A $750 million, 104-acre complex that employs 16,000 people might have been George W. Bush’s concept of an embassy, but the people who run the country that happens to surround America’s fortress in Baghdad aren’t thrilled and the State Department has decided to scale back. (more)

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.

Europe Decides Not to Play America’s Game

Stephen Hadley, a former official in ex-Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, said in Munich that Europe must spend more if it wants to be a global player. The Europeans regard the George W. Bush administration record, and now the Obama administration’s, and see the disastrous results of “global playing.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Anti-Gingrich Campaign

When the empire strikes back, it hits hard. The Republican establishment is deploying every weapon and every soldier—even Bob Dole—in an increasingly desperate attempt to pulverize the Newt Gingrich rebellion.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Corporations Have No Use for Borders

It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable, but that was the old Canada.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

Election Will Decide Which New Wars Will Be Waged

Now that America’s primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dusan Vranic

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army (CC-BY)

Obama’s Mission Accomplished Moment?

When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military recently, President Obama was at the top of his game.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 READ MORE


Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Brennan Linsley

A Decade of Guantanamo

The indefinite detention center that has undermined American justice since the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan 10 years ago Wednesday is still open for business in Cuba. (more)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



WEF / Andy Mettler (CC-BY-SA)

Musharraf Hopes for a Pakistan Comeback

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the former president who was hounded out of the country after nine years atop a military government, has said he will return to Pakistan to participate in elections. (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


Did Reagan Raise Taxes? Let GOP Candidates Answer

Politicians and their flacks lie every day, but it is unusual for someone prominent to utter a totally indefensible falsehood like the whopper that just sprang from the mouth of Eric Cantor’s press secretary on national television.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Matt Market (CC-BY)

Could Ron Paul Be the Next Ralph Nader?

Even as Barack Obama gradually climbs in national polls, more than a handful of the president’s once-ardent admirers suddenly seem more attracted to Ron Paul.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Keystone / Peter Schneider

On to the Next ‘Bubble Fantasy’

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s tortured obit this week on the official end of the neocolonialist disaster that has been the Iraq occupation reminds one that the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner often gets it wrong.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

There Goes the Republic

What’s alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can’t manage minimal funding for job creation passes a bill that threatens the foundations of our republican form of government.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



dynamosquito (CC-BY-SA)

Iran: A Dangerous Game

The downing of a sophisticated U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran is the latest ratcheting of tension among Washington, Tehran and Jerusalem.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Abroad: Democratic Realism

It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader blame the United States for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Shades of Mercy: Presidential Forgiveness Heavily Favors Whites

To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

New ‘Mature’ Newt Is Just Same Old Gingrich

All politicians lie, but Gingrich specializes in a brand of self-puffing fantasy.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


The Data Behind the Occupy Movement

Do the Occupiers know what they’re talking about when they chant, “We are the 99 percent!”? With a quick animation, The Guardian breaks down the key economic data representing the conditions that have brought thousands of the disempowered and discontented into the streets all across the country.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Message Problem

This should be the Republicans’ election to lose. They seem well on their way.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Reich and Robert Scheer at Occupy L.A. Teach-In

Last weekend former Labor Secretary Reich and Truthdig Editor Scheer, who, in his own words, got a little wound up, were among the luminaries teaching in at the Occupy L.A. encampment.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



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

Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE


Mission ... Accomplished

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Paul Weiskel (CC-BY)

How the Rich Subverted the Legal System

As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Occupy Windfall

“Defend Wall Street” is not likely to be a winning campaign slogan in 2012. For Republicans, this is an obvious problem. For President Obama and the Democrats, it’s a golden—if largely undeserved—opportunity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Flavor of the Week

Just be patient and you, too, can lead the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Witness the ascent of Herman Cain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

A New Bush Era or a Push Era?

Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Wong

The Chinafication of America

A recent trip to China made me think about the way life can go on in a police state when people are much more preoccupied with economic survival than with civil liberties.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / ¡Que comunismo!

What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE


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