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Jeb Bush’s Optimism School

The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

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Turkish Government Accused of Defying ‘International Human Rights’ in Its Fight Against Protesters

Medics and human rights groups are calling out the Turkish government for intimidation against street protesters as new legislation criminalizes the use of urgent assistance.

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Year Six of Hope and Change

It was a bittersweet briefing that told us exactly where the Obama administration finds itself at the dawn of its sixth year.

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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

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How America Became a Third World Country: 2013-2023

The streets are much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. It’s 2023—and this is America 10 years after the first across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect.

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Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope, Continued

If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change. Not by magic, but by the incremental effect of countless acts of courage, love and commitment, the small drops that wear away stones and carve new landscapes, and sometimes by torrents of popular will that change the world suddenly.

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The Democratic National Convention Day 3: Recapping President Obama’s Speech

President Obama invoked “hope” and “change” in his DNC speech, but not in the same way he did in 2008. Instead, he presented a more subdued and realistic view of what his second term in office would look like if he is re-elected in November while trying to show Americans they are better off today than they were four years ago.

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Obama’s Re-Election Campaign Begins

In an effort to improve upon the 2008 slogans of “Hope” and “Change,” the Obama campaign insisted before an Ohio audience Saturday that the president would take the country “Forward” if voters (and corporate sponsors) elected him to four more years in the White House.

Posted on May 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Dials Down the Campaign Rhetoric

The whole “hope” thing is a little much, and the “change” bit is played out, so however will Barack Obama spin his slogans for this presidential campaign as the embattled incumbent? Let’s call it American Dream Lite, if you will.

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New Egyptian Cabinet Sworn In

Egyptian military officials swore in a new, temporary Cabinet on Thursday in response to rising pressure from protesters demanding a faster transition away from the Mubarak regime. (more)

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State of the Union: Change Isn’t Easy

If you missed President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address or you just can’t get enough, you can catch the whole thing right here.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Ahmadinejad to U.S.: Let’s Talk (Maybe)

On Tuesday, the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in his country, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad extended a tentative offer to open a dialogue between the U.S. and Iran—provided that the Obama administration makes good on its “change” slogan.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 READ MORE


Let the Limbaughs Whine

How fortunate for Barack Obama that Rush Limbaugh, big radio personality and leader of the instinctual far right, has yet to retire to a sunny island with his bottles of pills.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Time to Get to Work

Tuesday was welcome theater, as profound as it gets—but today, as Obama has declared, begins a new era of responsibility and accountability.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009 READ MORE


Fool Me Once

Somehow, immediately releasing more bailout funds is being portrayed as a self-evident necessity. Amid Barack Obama’s paeans to “new politics,” we’re watching old-school paybacks from a politician who raised more Wall Street dough than any other.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


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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


Killing the Big 3 Would Be Nuts

Despite the popular myth, lemmings don’t really hurl themselves off a cliff to reduce their numbers. That sort of behavior is seen only among Republicans in the Senate, who gave us a demonstration when they torpedoed legislation to bail out the auto industry.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE


This Isn’t a Time to Be Coy, Mr. Obama

Obama’s statements in the Blagojevich case have been cautious and precise. For most politicians, that would be good enough. For the man who inspired the nation with a promise of “change we can believe in,” it’s not.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


We Told You So

With the release of three new reports, there’s no debate anymore about who was correct and who wasn’t concerning the economic collapse and the Wall Street bailout. The studies prove that progressive critics were right and the Washington ideologues and the pundits were wrong.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE



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A Nation Turns Its Desperate Eyes to Obama

Seventy-three percent of adult Americans think Barack Obama is off to a good start, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. An even larger number think Obama’s trials will test him more than other recent presidents. Folks are scared, and whether they voted for Obama, John McCain or Snoopy, they’re pulling for the president-elect.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE



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‘Why We Fight’ Director on the American Way of War

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki speaks with Truthdig’s Kasia Anderson about his new book, whether Obama can deliver, and why the U.S. is like Elvis.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


Which Hillary Will We Get?

It was a moment bound to give anyone second thoughts about Hillary Clinton’s nomination as secretary of state: Rush Limbaugh called it a “brilliant stroke.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


Our Dear Leader

Judging by the proliferation of capital letters in the e-mail correspondence I receive, many seem worried that Barack Obama may not deliver the promised “change we can believe in.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama’s Shrewd Choices

Barack Obama’s appointees will implement the Obama program, not only because that is what he tells them to do but because that is what they have come to believe is best for the country.

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Is Axelrod Walking in Rove’s Footsteps?

David Axelrod is not Karl Rove, so what’s he doing in his office? Barack Obama was elected to bring change to Washington, but like his predecessor, he’s bringing his top political strategist into the White House. The Boston Globe questions whether that’s the best idea.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


Who’s Afraid of a Filibuster?

Is there enough muscle behind the GOP filibuster threat to block Obama’s mandate? The short answer is no—and the new president’s own political arsenal should enable him to call the Republican bluff.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Steals Another Obama Cliché

First John McCain hopped on the change bandwagon, and now he sounds like he gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention. The money quote in this new ad is better in the original Barack Obama.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


Lame You Can Believe In

It has been hard to remember lately that the country is in the midst of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Self-Obsessed Campaign

John McCain is no silver-tongued orator, as he proved in St. Paul, but it’s hard not to be stirred when he speaks of wanting only to serve a cause greater than himself—until you take a closer look and see that he’s running one of the most egocentric presidential campaigns in memory.

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John McCain and the Pips

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Learning From Britain’s Conservatives

Instead of offering puerile ads trashing Obama, McCain should show how he’d be the change U.S. voters are waiting for.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Fight

Lately, the campaigns of both Democratic contenders have changed—and those changes have made both stronger. Now there’s a contest between the old Obama and the new Clinton. Updated.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


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John and Elizabeth Edwards Spill the Beans

As North Carolinians head to the polls, John Edwards, their former senator, has disclosed that after months of being politically courted he will not endorse any candidate in the Democratic primaries. The two-time presidential contender and his wife, Elizabeth, recently sat down with People magazine to explain what they like—and don’t like—about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Belittling the Campaign

This is supposed to be a big election, but it has given every sign in recent weeks of becoming a small one. As a result, the public and the media are showing signs of exhaustion with what had once been an exhilarating contest.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


How We Make Change

Whether Democrats view Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton as the ideal change agent comes down to how they think change is made.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher

The Return of ‘New Rules’

Bill Maher’s writers are back and so is his biting commentary on the political and cultural issues of the week. In this clip, the “Real Time” host tackles the decline of the handshake, Bush’s war addiction, the fighting Romneys, McCain’s zombie army and why it isn’t amazing that the Democrats have suddenly discovered diversity.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking Clinton’s ‘35 Years of Change’

Hillary Clinton has made much of her “35 years” of “working to bring positive change to people’s lives,” but when McClatchy’s Washington bureau investigated the claim, it found that the “bulk of her career” was spent “at one of Arkansas’ most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy

Sen. Kennedy Rallies Behind Obama

You’ve heard the news, now watch the speech: Sen. Ted Kennedy was careful to pay tribute to “friends” Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, but Monday’s pep rally at American University in Washington, D.C., was all about Barack Obama, whom Kennedy calls “the candidate who inspires me” and the one most able to “renew our belief that our country’s best days are still to come.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Change Sells Itself

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Playing the Class Card

Hillary Clinton, and now Gloria Steinem, have chosen to play the women’s card against the race card.  Let me throw in a third one: Neither of those issues trumps that of economic class in considering the traumas of this nation.

Posted on Jan 8, 2008 READ MORE


A Sex—and Race—Change for Hillary

The satirist lampoons Sen. Clinton’s eagerness to seize upon Barack Obama’s Iowa success and recast herself as a “change agent.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Howard Dean’s Personalized Query to GOP Debaters

Howard Dean knows a thing or two about the perils of the campaign trail.  Here, the man who emitted the deadliest scream in American political history wonders why any of the Republican presidential hopefuls taking the stage in Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube debate consider themselves candidates of change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Why the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Resonate

I (TD managing editor Blair Golson) have studiously avoided blogging about “The U.S. government planned 9/11” conspiracy theories because, frankly, they’re crap they strain credulity; no government it seems unlikely to the extreme that the government could keep a secret like that from leaking* (see editor’s note on the jump). But Time magazine has a good explanation of why 36% of people polled lend credence to these claims: We need grand theories to make sense of grand events, or the world just seems too random.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


A Sea Change in Bush’s Thinking on Iraq?

Don’t miss this observation by the Washington Post’s Dan Froomkin: “President Bush and national security adviser Stephen Hadley yesterday for the first time publicly acknowledged the momentous shift in the role for U.S. troops in Iraq, from fighting terrorists to trying to suppress religious violence.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


FEMA Funds Spent on Divorce, Sex Change

The government doled out as much as $1.4 billion in bogus assistance to supposed victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Sounds like FEMA did a “heckuva job.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


Lawrence Bender
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Lawrence Bender: The Truthdig Interview

Bender, the producer of every Quentin Tarantino movie, describes how he produced the Al Gore global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Check out:

  • Why he thought a guy nicknamed “The Robot” would a compelling documentary subject
  • His take on Gore’s inability to capitalize on global warming when he was in office
  • His recognition that climate change barely registers on most voters’ minds

  • Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    First Daughters
    From the Washington Post

    Bush Housecleaning Begins at Home

    In a moment of satire, the Washington Post surfaces a letter that Bush wrote to his daughters explaining why he’s decided to replace them with Chelsea Clinton.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


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