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From Top to Bottom, Supercommittee Is in the War Lobby’s Pocket

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “supercommittee,” because it is made up of equal parts Republican, Democrat, House and Senate) was set up to cut $1.5 trillion from the budget. Though military enthusiasts make a great show of worry for defense spending, they have little to fear ... (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE


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No End in Sight for a Family’s Agonizing Guessing Game

Relatives of a paratrooper fear they will never know why the 19-year-old woman was stabbed to death, even though one Army court-martial has been held and another is about to begin.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Racial Divide Is There and Waiting

As was the case in 2008, the racial divide in American society is a huge obstacle to President Barack Obama’s chances of electoral victory in 2012.

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White House / Pete Souza

The Fight-Back Plan

The GOP and its upper-crust patrons have been waging an undeclared but devastating war against middle-class, working-class and poor Americans for decades. Now they scream bloody murder at the notion that long-suffering victims might finally hit back.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace

Wright says Barack Obama came to him in 2008 and asked, “ ‘You know what your problem is?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ ”

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Unhappy Democrats Threaten Obama Jobs Bill

At a moment when President Obama desperately needs Democratic solidarity, there is no reservoir of good will from which he can draw.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE


Where Are the Compassionate Conservatives?

We heard plenty of contradictions, distortions and untruths at the Republican candidates’ tea party debate, but we heard shockingly little compassion—and almost no acknowledgment that political and economic policy choices have a moral dimension.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE


Preserving Life (Unless It’s Uninsured)

Watching the Republican presidential candidates and their agitated tea party supporters at the CNN/Tea Party Debate, an ordinary citizen might feel confused.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

One Betrayal Too Many

With a record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, it’s getting too late to give President Obama a pass on the economy.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



Office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Elizabeth Warren Is Running for the Senate

In the past few years, Elizabeth Warren proved herself one of the very few people in government committed to actually doing something about Wall Street greed, and she got kicked to the curb as a result. Now she is hoping to win back Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Republican Scott Brown. (more)

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

How to Save the United States and Israel From Themselves

Most Americans would likely agree that the main shock delivered to Americans and the American government by the 9/11 attacks was that of vulnerability. Another such shock is impending.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Tunnel Vision

Don’t fall for it. There’s no “new tone” coming from the Republican-controlled House. It’s just a remix of the same old song.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Much Has Obama Learned About Republicans?

The Republican presidential debate last week should have taught us that we are no longer in the world of civics textbooks. Does the President finally understand that?

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Tells Congress Americans Don’t Have 14 Months

By far the most stirring line in the president’s jobs speech Thursday was his acknowledgment that “the next election is 14 months away and the people who sent us here—the people who hired us to work for them—they don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Health Care Act Wins a Battle on Its Way to the Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in favor of the health care reform law Thursday, dismissing two suits. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How Not to Commemorate 9/11

We fashionably compress our commemorations of 9/11 events into a neat triangle to include the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. But in accepting this, we terribly distort our history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Homeland Security Office Creates ‘Intelligence Spam,’ Insiders Say

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security was envisioned as the center of gravity in a new era of domestic security, but it has done little to improve the accuracy and quality of the nation’s intelligence data.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Labor Day Speech (Video and Transcript)

On Monday the president celebrated working people and the contributions of unions to our society and he previewed some of the proposals in his forthcoming jobs plan at an AFL-CIO-sponsored speech in a GM parking lot.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Previews Jobs Agenda

The president will officially unveil his plan to create jobs and rescue the economy at a joint session of Congress on Thursday, but he offered a sneak peek Monday to union workers in Detroit. It comes down to bridges and taxes. (more)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Postal Service Begs Congress for Help

The United States Postal Service can’t pay its bills, and management is asking Congress for money and concessions, including eliminating 220,000 jobs. This, despite agreeing in May not to lay off workers. (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Howard Liberman

The Last Labor Day?

We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as worthy of genuine respect.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Bazemore

Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People

Republican spending knows no limits when it comes to going into debt for failed and useless wars. But it’s another story when it comes to providing federal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irene or other catastrophes we may face in the months ahead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Lesson of the Chinese Invasion

Many economic Nostradamuses have long predicted that the epitaph on America’s tombstone will ultimately read, “Made in China.” But casual observers probably didn’t think the funeral procession would happen this fast.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



calebjc (CC-BY-SA)

Who Pays for God’s Revenge?

Are we a nation of brothers who come to the aid of each other? Or are we just a crowd of folks out for ourselves? Why have a country if we don’t use it to help each other?

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Paradox Problem

Call it the Party-of-Government Paradox: If the nation’s capital looks dysfunctional, it will come back to hurt President Obama and the Democrats, even if the Republicans are primarily responsible for the dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Michael Saechang (CC-BY-SA)

ATF Chief Reassigned Over Deadly Sting

The Obama administration is punishing top officials for the failed ATF operation that placed American guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. (more)

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



james.gordon6108 (CC-BY)

U.S. Wasted $30 Billion on Contractors

By an estimate its co-chairs call conservative, the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting has found that the government wasted $30 billion on the use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. The co-chairs, writing in The Washington Post, say that number could double. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Election March of the Trolls

The trolls have gamed the system. There is no economic, political or environmental reform that can be implemented to impede the march of the corporate state.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Save His Presidency

President Obama has only one option as he ponders a world economy teetering on the edge: He needs to go big, go long and go global.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



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The Cost of America’s Wars: Felt but Unknown

How much are American taxpayers paying for the nation’s imperial wars? No one seems to know. But the following article contains a few key figures we would expect to find on the manifest aboard America’s sinking ship of war.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeffrey Phelps

Give Your Representative Your 2 Cents for $15

At least four Republican members of Congress have scheduled only paid-entry meetings with constituents rather than free, town-hall gatherings over the summer break, a move that is not unconstitutional but one that some people consider to be “skirting an ethical line.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



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


Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

The unrest tearing apart Britain greatly resembles that of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and conditions across the U.S. could set off a new explosion of violence.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


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Jacob Bøtter (CC-BY)

Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy

The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Julien GONG Min (CC-BY)

A Downgrade’s GOP Fingerprints

There is one good reason to downgrade the United States’ credit rating, but S&P, whose credibility was already spent after the housing meltdown, gave a host of largely bogus explanations for its actions.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE


Fowl Business

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Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


Blame THEM for the Crash

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The Bizarro FDR

Barack Obama is a lot of things—eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and above all, calm. But one thing he is not is weak.

Posted on Aug 4, 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


Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker of the House

Oh, What a Tea Party!

Whatever they tell us, the men and women who run the country are governing for themselves and by themselves.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Turns 50

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U.S. Debt Deal FAQ

Still foggy on the basics of this week’s debt and deficit deal? The Guardian has published a no-nonsense guide explaining the meaning and function of the congressional “super committee,” the “trigger,” the “balanced budget amendment” and more, including the deal’s potential future.

Posted on Aug 3, 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


America’s Debt Problem

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Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE


I’m a Little Teapot

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