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Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

CNN Has a Debate Lectern Ready for Biden ... Just in Case

Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his final decision sometime this month, does not plan to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, but the invitation remains open to the vice president should he make an eleventh-hour decision to jump into the race and join Democratic rivals on the debate stage.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team and Its Supporters

Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1995, Eastern New York Correctional Facility has had one of the few U.S. programs granting college degrees to prisoners. Recently, it produced an underdog story that made headlines.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE

Trump, Carson, Rand Paul and Other GOP Candidates Defy the Constitution with Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

The Republican rejection of reality—which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come—inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Hopes for Change Ride on Second GOP Debate

Right, so that headline isn’t just a play on President Obama’s own successful campaign buzzwords.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Ben Carson Picks Up Steam

Donald Trump may be talking tough while aboard vintage battleships these days, but he’s going to need more than macho swagger and vague generalities to keep his lead over other GOP presidential contenders for another year.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton Called for More Debates in 2008—Now She’s Dodging Them

One campaign that has refused to join the call for additional debates is Hillary Clinton’s—leading many to believe that the Democratic National Committee is effectively stacking the deck in her favor.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

Is It Possible to Out-Trump Donald Trump?

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump’s inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Debate One

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The Cat’s Away

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Debate: Donald Trump Shows Why He’s the Leader of the Pack

Trump made it through the first Republican debate by avoiding the one mistake that could have seriously damaged his insurgent campaign: sounding like a professional politician. For that reason alone, he seemed to be the clear winner.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Larry Wilmore: Jim Gilmore Has a Bigger Chance of Winning ‘The Hunger Games’ Than Presidency

On Monday’s “Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore took a gander at the latest and least-known GOP candidates in anticipation of Thursday’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

’Twas the Week Before the Republican Debate

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Chris Hedges at Oxford University: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

With an impassioned defense of a patriotism that stands against the abuse of state power, the Truthdig columnist and other speakers convinced an Oxford University audience that the answer is yes.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Paul Beaty

Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE

Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Emmy Award-winning science evangelist Bill Nye says he wanted to debate creationism guru Ken Ham because science literacy in America is both important and under siege.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE


Roe v. Wade Turns 41 and the Internet Has a Lot to Say About It

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion in the United States still rage.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


Scare Tactics Distort NSA Debate

In order to have a genuinely constructive debate, data must be compiled, evidence must be amassed and verifiable truths must be presented.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE


Demand Your Privacy

It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency’s mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we’re going to have to fight for it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE

The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Jae C. Hong

Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Jacquelyn Martin

The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE

The Single-Payer Signal in the Obamacare Noise

The new law cemented the industry’s profit-extracting role in the larger health system—and it still leaves millions without insurance.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE

kevin dooley (CC BY 2.0)

Why Did Popular Science Can Its Comments Section?

The editors of the science magazine’s website last month announced they would no longer accept readers’ comments under new articles. Why? Because studies suggest Internet “trolls” don’t just spoil the chance for intellectual debate, they create doubt where there should be none.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE


House GOP, News Media Fail to Inform American Public on Budget Deficit

There are two national deficits, and both are in good if not excellent condition. Every day that the House has debated the public debt limit, President Barack Obama has cited this fact. No opponent pays any attention.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force/Yasuo Osakabe

The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE

Christie’s Debate Phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Vincent Yu

Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

Without the leaks, there would be no reforms. The politicians who kept us in the dark are the ones who should have to answer to the public.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

What NSA Reforms?

President Obama’s message about the government’s massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

The Debate

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Chuck Kennedy

On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE

Shutterstock graphic of security word cloud.

A New Balance Toward Liberty

The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Xenophobe Party

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul urged him to reconsider immigration legislation because of the bombings in Boston.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE

Shutterstock drawing of a gun.

Newtown’s Call to Reason

The heroic and inspiring role played by the families of the Sandy Hook massacre’s victims should not be used to create what would be a dangerously misleading narrative about how they changed the politics of guns.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Scarborough, Krugman to Face Off on ‘Charlie Rose’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough are taking their feud over the country’s massive debt and lackluster economy to television.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE

The Tea Party’s Ghost

The deficit that should concern us most right now has to do with time, not money. Money can be recouped. Time just disappears.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE

‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Narciso Contreras

Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / Shay Haas

U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE

Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE

In Defense of the Undecided Voter

A confession: I recently received my Colorado ballot but, even though my state will play a key role in the presidential election, I still haven’t voted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE

The Final Days of a Bad Campaign

Beneath his cool exterior, there is passion and a trash-talking crudeness hidden in President Obama.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE

What America Will We Pick?

This election is only tangentially a fight over policy. It is also a fight about meaning and identity—and that’s one reason why voters are so polarized. It’s about who we are and who we aspire to be.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE

No Denial: ‘Son of Detroit’ Profited From Bailout—and Jobs Shipped to China

The neglect of the Delphi story by mainstream and even progressive outlets such as MSNBC has been remarkable, particularly because neither Romney nor his campaign has denied it.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE

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