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Promoting Militarism While Hiding Bloodshed

In a breathless story somehow presented as a groundbreaking revelation, The New York Times recently reported that the Pentagon is—shocker!—using all sorts of media channels to market itself to the nation’s children.

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Ex-Spy Says Bush White House Wanted to ‘Get’ Juan Cole

In a story that harks back to the bad old days of intelligence abuses, a former CIA spook says he and another agency staffer were asked by Bush administration officials to dig up dirt on Mideast scholar, Iraq war critic and Truthdig columnist Juan Cole. (more)

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Makes Dubya Look Good

Perhaps I should thank the current crop of Republican presidential candidates for providing me with an experience I never, ever expected to have: During this week’s debate in New Hampshire, I had a moment of nostalgia for George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



Marc Nozell (CC-BY)

Where Are They Now: Corporate Democrat Edition

Birch Evans “Evan” Bayh III, darling of conservative Democrats, left the Senate to find “better ways to serve my fellow citizens.” So far he has signed on as a Fox News contributor and Chamber of Commerce lobbyist. (more)

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Nearly Triples Bagram Detainee Population

The number of detainees held at a Guantanamo-like military detention center in Afghanistan has almost tripled in the three years since President Obama took office. (more)

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


Playing With Default

The current puppet play in Congress—where Republicans sponsored a bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling only because they wanted to vote it down—would be funny, if only they weren’t risking economic disaster.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


No Need to Demagogue the Ryan Plan

Republicans who invented “death panels” out of whole cloth and insisted, falsely, that Obama’s health proposal was nothing but a “government takeover” have a lot of nerve complaining about the “demagoguery” against Rep. Paul Ryan.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess

General Passed Over for Giving Obama Advice

President Obama nominated Gen. Martin Dempsey on Monday to take over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military adviser to the president. Obama’s first choice for the job, according to The Washington Post, was Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who was reportedly denied the promotion for ... (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


Will Symbols Trump Logic?

Republicans holding the increase of the debt ceiling hostage to their efforts to eviscerate programs know perfectly well that Congress will not risk a financial crisis.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

One Lawman With the Guts to Go After Wall Street

The fix was in to let Wall Street off the hook once and for all for its role in the Great Recession ... until last week when the attorney general of New York refused to go along.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



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The Return of the Real McCain

John McCain has returned to his senses, just in time to refute the sinister attempt by his fellow Republicans to justify torture as the instrument of Osama bin Laden’s demise.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE


NYU’s Studio 20 Releases ‘The Fracking Song’

A team of student journalists at New York University’s Studio 20 program created an extremely clever animated music video to give the American public the lowdown on “fracking,” a potentially dangerous method of drilling for oil and natural gas by using pressurized liquids to hydraulically fracture subterranean rock.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Debating Common Sense

The White House’s invitation to hip-hop artist Common for a “Celebration of American Poetry” event Wednesday evening has angered conservatives who have worked themselves into a frenzy about the intellectual rapper’s lyrics.

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U.S. Navy / Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Carl T. Jacobson

The High Cost of Cheap War

Nations will inevitably be more willing to use warfare as a foreign policy tool if they possess instruments limiting the cost of waging war.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


Tough Enough

The performance of the president and those around him should permanently dispel the perennial right-wing slur against Democratic leaders as deficient in the strength and courage to defend our security.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


Spite Makes Right

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George W. Bush White House / Eric Draper

Bush in Hiding? W. Declines Ground Zero Visit

The White House invited President Bush the second to join President Obama on his post-bin Laden tour of Ground Zero on Thursday, but W. skipped the ceremony in favor of maintaining a low profile.

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Gray Lady Catches Heat for Torture Terminology

Dan Kennedy of Media Nation used The Guardian to attack The New York Times for its squeamishness about calling “enhanced interrogation” what it is—torture. (more)

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How Bin Laden Got Away in 2001

In all the excitement surrounding Osama bin Laden’s death almost 10 years after the attacks on the Twin Towers, history reminds us that he was hardly a target for the Bush administration when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. (more)

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


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Cracking the 2012 Code

Handicapping an election 19 months away seems relevant only to political junkies except for this: Expectations, as shrewd investors know, affect actions.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Luke Thornberry

British Government Memos Tie Iraq Invasion to Big Oil

The documents detail high-level meetings between BP, Shell and the British government about how to divvy up Iraq’s oil and gas.

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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Runs Into Signing Statements Firestorm

Candidate Obama was a persistent critic of George W. Bush’s use of signing statements. Now he’s catching heat for using one to protect four of his appointees from Congress’ hatchet. (more)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE


Needed: A Better Ruling Class

A funny thing happened to the American ruling class: It stopped being concerned with the health of society as a whole and became almost entirely obsessed with money.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE


Lines in the Sand

It was refreshing to hear all those unambiguous declarations from President Obama on Wednesday. If ever there were a time when lines desperately needed to be drawn, it’s now.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

What Stanley McChrystal Did to Pat Tillman’s Family

President Obama has asked Gen. Stanley McChrystal to oversee the administration’s new initiative to help military families. What a slap in the face to the nation’s highest-profile military family—that of Army Ranger Pat Tillman—on whom McChrystal heaped misery and disrespect.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE


The End of Progressive Government?

Put the two parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget together—tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor—and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Truth About a False Choice

It’s time to retire the false choice. As a rhetorical device, particularly as a political rhetorical device, the false choice has outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Bradley Manning Treatment Reveals Continued Government Complicity in Torture

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing court-martial for allegedly leaking military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico brig in Virginia. Each night, he is forced to strip naked and sleep in a gown made of coarse material.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE


Why the GOP Is Obsessed With ‘Leadership’

Leaders do not operate in a vacuum. When they make strategic adjustments, their opponents do too. President Obama has prompted just such a pivot by Republicans.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Aristide’s Return to Haiti: A Long Night’s Journey Into Day

Late at night on March 17, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide boarded a small plane with his family in Johannesburg. The following morning, he arrived in Haiti. It was just over seven years after he was kidnapped from his home in a U.S.-backed coup d’etat.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


Why We Loved David Broder

I loved David Broder from the moment I met him, and there are scores of reporters who felt that way.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


A Warning to the World

A reporter, describing the devastation of one city in Japan, wrote: “It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence. I write these facts ... as a warning to the world.” The reporter was Wilfred Burchett, writing from Hiroshima, Japan, on Sept. 5, 1945.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


American Ignorance Keeps American Power in Check

The United States, without really realizing, is now back to where it was, an isolated nation. But unlike in the past, this isolation is not deliberate.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

People Power vs. Washington

The claim that George W. Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq somehow opened up the Middle East to reform is an affront to the brave crowds that have risked their lives to change the American-backed order in that part of the world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


The ’80s Origins of Today’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Overwrought Reagan/Bush-era pop culture first equated “terrorist” with “Muslim,” using sporadic atrocities committed by individual Islamic extremists to demonize all Muslims.

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AP / Murad Sezer

When America Left Arab Rebels to the Slaughter

President Obama has ordered his staff to examine how his predecessors handled situations such as the Libyan revolution. One of the most frequently mentioned was a disgraceful episode that reverberates to this day.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Western Intervention in Libya Should Not Fly

Although it may seem heartless to say this, the Arab uprising is not our affair, and we should stay away from it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Lifting the Heavy Thumb

Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage. The once and perhaps future Republican presidential candidate didn’t mean it that way, of course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


New Regimes Have Reason to Resent America

Barack Obama’s successor will inherit the hypocrisy of past American policy choices in the Middle East and find himself the enemy of the governments that eventually will have replaced the unseated Tunisian, Egyptian, presumably Libyan (and other) despotisms of recent memory.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Promises Democratic Reforms in Egypt

“Your call for democratic freedoms has been heard loud and clear,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the protesters. “And soon, they will be instituted in Egypt, where you can visit them.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



How the Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years.”

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AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



Martha Soukup (CC-BY)

Americans Pay Less in Taxes Under Obama Than Under Bush

According to The Associated Press, “for the third straight year, American families and businesses will pay less in federal taxes than they did under former President George W. Bush. ...” In fact, as a share of gross domestic product, Americans haven’t paid this little in taxes since Harry Truman called the shots.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Ron Edmonds

Bush Cancels Trip Over Fear of Arrest

Former President George W. Bush canceled a planned trip to Switzerland over fear of legal action there as pressure mounted on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal probe into allegations of torture if he visits the country.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE


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