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Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise

For decades, Missouri has spawned or attracted many of the nation’s most virulent racists, including neo-Nazis and the remnants of the once-powerful Ku Klux Klan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Israel and the United States Are Headed for a Breakup

Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Disease of American Democracy

Most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Ebola’s Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril

Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



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What ‘War on Whites’?

If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

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Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


Couch Potato Congress

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Plain Vanilla Bipartisanship

When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place?

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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None Dare Call It Treason

The minority leader and the speaker have done their best to prevent the president from presiding, and they have done even more to prevent the Congress from legislating or fulfilling most of its other constitutional duties.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE


GOP Par for the Course

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Tonkin at 50: One of Those Times America Lied to Go to War

The Vietnam War began in earnest 50 years ago this Monday, when two U.S. ships off the coast of Vietnam began shooting at ghosts.

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The Rising Tide: Will All Boats Be Lifted?

Debate and commentary about the rising tide of income inequality in the United States is remindful of Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaigns in the 1980s when he kept preaching about boats stuck on the bottom.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



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From Clinton to Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

There is at least one future event that could be safely forecast years ago, almost as soon as President Barack Obama entered the White House: a movement among House Republicans to impeach the president.

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The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

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Republican Lawmakers on Strike

The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete—and so utterly irresponsible—that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan’s New Clothes

Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Blind Ideological Justice

By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from impartiality.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Blasts Congress Members for Saying Central America Safe for Kids, but Not for Them

Though Rep. Steve Pearce deemed Honduras and Guatemala sufficiently secure for the child refugees at the U.S. border to be returned home there, he and the rest of the Central America assessment delegation rarely left their hotel during their two-day trip for fear of “dangers.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Think it’ll fly?

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren on Running for President: ‘No Means No’

Despite unceasing speculation that she might be a credible progressive challenger in the 2016 election, the senator from Massachusetts is adamant that she is not in the race.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE


Ambulance Chasers

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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet

The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tenn., where officials at the city’s public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Boehner Brace

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Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



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We Need Elizabeth Warren on the Supreme Court

Elizabeth Warren is uniquely positioned to revive the flagging spirits of the left, and help restore the country’s confidence in the Supreme Court, which has sunk to record lows.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty

Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Bordering on Heartless

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats

The Export-Import Bank—a government agency providing taxpayer subsidized loans to multinational corporations—has been called “one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE


Boy Name Sue

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Where Does the Buck Stop?

Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE


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Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE


Dud Fireworks

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Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE


Trust

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Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE


Boehner’s Burning Issue

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The Vital Incoherent Center

Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



A Year of Living Negatively

The prospect of months of attacks and more attacks reflects the depth of disillusionment with Washington.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


Gun Violence

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Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Government Efforts to Treat PTSD Are for Naught

There is little evidence that the billions of dollars spent each year to treat military service members and veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are having their intended effects, a new report commissioned by Congress finds.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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What New Details Reveal About Benghazi ‘Scandal’—and Its Promoters

If the Benghazi tragedy has revealed anything, it is the utterly partisan obsession of those who have tried to stoke the “scandal.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Americans Are Self-Segregating Based on Politics

A number of new studies and analyses are indicating that Americans, who once chose neighborhoods that reflected their own ethnicity and religion, are now moving to places where they feel ideologically comfortable—a development that will make American politics even more polarized than it already is.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE


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