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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


Do-Nothing Congress

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Pants on Fire Romney

There are those who tell the truth. There are those who distort the truth. And then there’s Mitt Romney.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE



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As Deadline Nears, Dueling Student Loan Bills Stall in Senate

Despite agreeing that low federal student loan interest rates should be extended, Democrats and Republicans have not been able to come together to do so. On Thursday, the Senate rejected two competing plans that would have kept student loan rates from doubling to 6.8 percent on July 1.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE


Senate Aims to Advance Government Surveillance Rules

The Senate is moving to renew the soon-to-expire 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to monitor American citizens’ emails and telephone calls without a warrant. Former National Security Agency Director William Binney has warned that its vast data mining program, which operates under the amendments, could “create an Orwellian state.”

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Analysis: Congress Talks Like a Bunch of Teens

The ongoing bickering between congressional Democrats and Republicans can be described as sophomoric, no surprise perhaps given a recent analysis that found the average elected representative in Washington, D.C., speaks at a 10th-grade level.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

Obama Can’t Knock the Hustle

How did we end up with such smart scoundrels? Even after it was known that Jamie Dimon’s bank blew more than $2 billion, Barack Obama still had praise for the intellect of his political backer.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


The Only True Way to Save Marriage From Obama

Across America—and particularly in the red states that have rejected gay marriage—divorce rates are continually rising, along with teen pregnancies, out-of-wedlock births and single motherhood (which somehow afflict gay-friendly blue states far less).

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


The Tea Is Getting Weaker

Uh-oh! Some people are looking over the right shoulders of the Republicans who rode into the House of Representatives on the tea party wave of 2010. And they don’t like what they’re seeing.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Report: Under Obama, Taxes, Deficit and Spending All Down

Despite what Republicans and the tea party would like to have Americans believe, taxes, spending and the deficit are all lower than when President Obama took office.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Gay Marriage: State or Civil Right?

President Obama says he thinks gay marriage should be legal, but isn’t looking to legislate. JPMorgan Chase, the “best of the banks,” loses a $2 billion bet and reignites the debate over bank regulation. The French election has austerity hawks worrying about a resocialized euro, and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s primary loss could usher in a new era of ideological warfare.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Rep. Owens Will Reimburse Cost of Taiwan Trip

The congressman who last year took a $22,000 four-day trip to Taiwan organized by lobbyists said Friday that he will personally reimburse the university that paid for the trip.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Republican Civil War

After Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Richard Lugar by 20 points in Tuesday’s Indiana Republican Senate primary, he called, more or less, for one-party government.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Student Loan Bill Stalls in Senate

Democratic legislation that would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling was blocked in the Senate by Republicans on Tuesday.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



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The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks

The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the showplace of the Marine Corps. It is also the home of officers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps who have been accused of sexually harassing, assaulting and raping female Marine officers and enlisted and civilian women who work there.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


What Immigration ‘Crisis’?

Now that the immigration “crisis” has solved itself, this is the perfect time for Congress and the president to agree on a package of sensible, real-world reforms.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE


The Right-Wing Bully Machine

Not all overheated political rhetoric is alike. Delusional right-wing crazy talk—the kind of ranting we’ve heard recently from washed-up rock star Ted Nugent and tea party-backed Rep. Allen West—is a special kind of poison that cannot be safely ignored.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



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For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Ending Fecklessness on Guns

Mayors have filled the void left in state legislatures, Congress and the White House by moderates, liberals and many conservatives who ought to know better but are too petrified by the NRA to confront it.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. David Ake

The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


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Five Hypocrites and One Bad Plan

The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


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


If Obamacare Goes, Will America ‘Let Him Die’?

We know how tea party Republicans would cope with the financial problem posed by ill and injured people who show up at hospitals without coverage. They told us last fall during the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., when they cheered for “Let him die!”

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


Illinois Rep. Removed From House Floor After Donning Hoodie for Trayvon Martin

Members of the New York City Council have worn them. Players on the Miami Heat were photographed wearing them. Numerous celebrities have donned them. And on Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., was escorted from the House floor for wearing a hoodie while addressing members of Congress over the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was gunned down last month.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Health Care Mandate Threatens Progressive Legacy

The Supreme Court is now prepared to sidestep if not reverse decades of law, and the damage won’t stop with health care.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Day 2 in the Health Care Showdown

Tuesday marked the second day of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over key aspects of President Obama’s health care reform law, and the top court’s conservative justices were at the ready with pointed questions for the Obama administration’s lawyer about the stipulation that would require all Americans to have health insurance.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Stepmother of Slain Female Soldier Asks Court to Show Leniency

In a remarkable act of forgiveness, Sylvia McBeth asked a military court to show mercy to her stepdaughter’s killer after an Army investigation that drew sharp criticism from the victim’s family.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Congress Self-Corrects With Insider Trading Bill

Just in time for election year, the U.S. Senate successfully ushered a bill—the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, cleverly abbreviated as the Stock Act—through to passage, and it now awaits final approval from President Obama.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan’s Plan for American Decline

If the foreign adversaries and competitors of the United States imagined a future that would fulfill their most ambitious objectives, it might begin with a government crippled by the House Republican leadership’s “Ryan budget” released on Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE


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



U.S. Navy / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Wars and Potential Wars Abound

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE


Kucinich: ‘Defeat Doesn’t Have Power Over Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich on life after Congress; Eric Boehlert of Media Matters on Rush Limbaugh; Frances Causey, director of the new documentary “Heist,” and former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle, who tells us about his struggle with institutionalized torture.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Kucinich: ‘Defeat Doesn’t Have Power Over Me’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich on life after Congress; Eric Boehlert of Media Matters on Rush Limbaugh; Frances Causey, director of the new documentary “Heist,” and former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle, who tells us about his struggle with institutionalized torture.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Dennis Kucinich: Conscience of the Congress

He was sanguine Tuesday night when I spoke with him by phone about his gerrymandered eviction from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mark Duncan

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Loses His Seat in Congress

His is one of the strongest progressive voices in national politics, and he just lost his job to fellow Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur in an awkward primary showdown on Super Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


Kucinich: A Prayer for America

Among the contests getting much more attention this Super Tuesday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is fighting a primary battle in Ohio to stay in the House of Representatives.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Republican Snowe Drops Out of the Battle for the Senate

One of the few moderate Republicans left in Congress, if not the universe, Sen. Olympia Snowe said she has decided not to run for re-election because of “an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies” in politics and government.

Posted on Feb 28, 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


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