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White House / Pete Souza

Amnesty for the Indefensible

The administration has rushed to the aid of the banks once again and is attempting to intimidate the few state attorneys general who have the gumption to protect the public interest they are sworn to serve.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

The New Old Obama

The mood of the White House crowd and past experience suggest that a new Obama—or, in many ways, the old Obama of 2008—is about to appear.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


The Wrong Problem ‘Solved’

The debt-ceiling fight generated enough hyperventilation and heartburn to replace a coal-fired power plant. The resulting product? It’s starting to look kind of puny and irrelevant.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

The die has been cast. Obama’s deal to raise the debt ceiling is a disaster in the making.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



National Archives

The Money Melodrama in Washington

Any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don’t know anything about economics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No

Obama’s gutless decision to abandon Elizabeth Warren comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



David Goehring (CC-BY)

Dan Savage Calls Obama’s DOMA Announcement ‘Very Heartening’

The president is still hedging his bets on gay marriage, but his decision to back a bill that would repeal the hateful Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton, won him praise this week from some of his toughest critics. Dan Savage called it a sign that backing gay rights is now “the politically smart thing to do.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Eat Humble Pie

“People say that Australia has given two people to the world,” Julian Assange told me in London recently, “Rupert Murdoch and me.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


Democracy Building Is Back in Fashion

I heard a brilliant young Harvard scholar, influential in the Obama administration, explain that the future of successful American action in Central Asia lies in a “surge” of civilian political and developmental action to rescue the people of the region from their present backwardness.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / SS&SS

The Way Away From a Second Term

In his first essay for New York Magazine since quitting The New York Times last spring, Frank Rich thoughtfully details Barack Obama’s failure to push back against the financial wheeler-dealers who drove the country to the brink of ruin ... (more)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Geithner Denies Signaling His Departure

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner denied in an interview with former President Bill Clinton recent reports that he was considering stepping down from his post after Congress hammers out an agreement on the federal debt limit later this summer. (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. to Throw More Money at Central America’s Drug War

At a regional conference this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged almost $300 million to the governments of Central America during 2011 to aid in their efforts to oppose cartels and others involved in the region’s violent, illegal drug trade. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE



Jon Stewart Fails PolitiFact’s ‘Truth-O-Meter’

Jon Stewart recently went on Fox News and said, “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ... Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.” The St. Petersburg Times evaluated the claim and deemed it “false,” but its investigation reveals a lot more about the sorry state of news and the problems with trying to identify informed Americans. (more)

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

No Justice in Kafka’s America

The draconian legal mechanisms that condemn Muslim Americans who speak out publicly about the outrages we commit in the Middle East have left many wasting away in supermax prisons.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Politicians Are Different From You and Me

Under our system, politicians are not chosen by "the people" or the "bosses" or the media. They are self-selected.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lori Mehmen

The Sky Really Is Falling

The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with self-delusion.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE


Our Imagination Deficit

While the United States remains utterly frozen in a debate about budget deficits and all the things that government shouldn’t do, other countries are marrying public and private resources to make themselves stronger and more competitive.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Javier Galeano

Whose War on Terror?

At a time when the White House is spending hundreds of billions and has dispatched killer teams to liquidate Osama bin Laden and lesser targets, imagine what the leaders of other countries—Cuba, for instance—might do if they declared their own war on terror.

Posted on May 20, 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



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

The celebrated intellectual did 65 campaign events for Barack Obama and now nurses the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed. During their last personal encounter, West says, “I wanted to slap him on the side of his head.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Coming of Rage in Neverland

Knowing what Hitler had done to the complete eradication of the square mustache, I could only guess what bin Laden was doing to U.S. introspection.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE    



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U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Spells Continued Job Loss, Study Predicts

An Economic Policy Institute report released Tuesday confirms that a ballooning U.S.-Mexico trade deficit has cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and predicts more of the same when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement comes into force.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


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


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


At Last: A President, Not a Ref

President Obama has finally decided to take his own side in the philosophical struggle that is the true engine of this nation’s budget debate.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE


Your Handy Guide to Government Shutdowns

With all this talk of a potential government shutdown, it would help, wouldn’t it, to get to the bottom of what that scenario would actually entail? Well, according to this timely dispatch from The Associated Press, the term might be a bit of a misnomer, given what would actually happen (or not).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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


Obama Addresses His Third Muslim War

The president made an effort Monday evening to explain, and perhaps to sell, his Libya strategy, saying “when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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


A Mission Wrapped in Confusion

Is it just me? Am I the only one who’s utterly confused about the rationale, goals, tactics and strategy of the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya? Thought not.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy MC2 Jesse B. Awalt

Those Useful Tyrants

Anyone looking for principle and logic in the attack on Moammar Gadhafi’s tyrannical regime will be disappointed.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Warren Christopher Dies at 85

Warren Christopher, secretary of state in the Clinton administration, died Friday at the age of 85. Christopher was a skilled negotiator and figured prominently in helping resolve a number of crises during the Clinton and Carter years.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Libyan Rebels Chased From Eastern Town

Pro-Gadhafi forces pressed their assault on rebel positions in Libya, pushing the revolutionary army from the eastern town of Brega. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meantime, was preparing to meet with the rebels’ revolutionary council.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Ice Out Public Media

When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

Posted on Mar 9, 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



Adam Zyglis, Cagle Cartoons, The Buffalo News

Obama Has 11 Options in Libya, None Ideal

Although Barack Obama may be a touch too thoughtful to be a president in the decisive mold of a Harry Truman, he does have a lot to think about. I count at least 11 options in Libya, all of them risky.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


The Mayor Rahm Mystery

Mayor Rahm. It will be a hoot. It could even be good for Chicago. And in a way he has never had to do before, Rahm Emanuel will finally reveal who he really is.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Department of State

Clinton Warns Taliban

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some choice words for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, warning of increasing military pressure as the U.S. prepares to resume heavy fighting. “They cannot defeat us,” Clinton said as the war in Central Asia is catapulted into its 10th year.

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


How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


Obama to Resort to Communicating With Mubarak in Caps

Concerned that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak did not receive his message to begin a peaceful transition to democratic reforms, President Barack Obama said today that he would resend the message, “but this time in all caps.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Saad’s Revolution

A largely unheralded hero of the Egyptian revolution is a mild-mannered academic who endured imprisonment and then exile for daring to criticize the Mubarak family’s increasingly dynastic ambitions.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Push Has Now Come to Shove

The Obama administration has done a creditable job of gently edging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak toward some sort of gilded exile. Now it’s time to push. Hard.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Make Sense of Government?

A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn’t want to ruffle any ideological feathers.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


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