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Dick Cheney’s Chutzpah

It’s not every day that a leader of the previous administration suggests that the current president is a “fool” and accuses him of intentionally weakening the United States.

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Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



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As Iraq Implodes, Hawks Still Have No Plan—Except ‘Blame Obama’

As the failed state of Iraq strains under attack from a jihadist force—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—all the usual suspects are popping up on the Senate floor to denounce the president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Al Gore’s Warnings About Inequality and Democracy

The former vice president recently told a tech industry conference when “95 percent of all the additional national income in the U.S., since the recovery began in ’09, goes to the top 1 percent, that’s not an Occupy Wall Street slogan, that’s a fact.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a Taliban-held prisoner of war. The Greatest Generation would not have acted this way.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



California’s Top-Two Primary Eliminates Third-Party Rivals

Primary elections originated in the American progressive movement and were intended to take the power of candidate nomination away from party leaders and deliver it to the people. California’s top two primary takes power away from those third parties representing the 99 percent and delivers it to the 1 percent.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



How Egypt’s Generals Sidelined Uncle Sam

What has been the input of the planet’s last superpower in shaping the history of the most populous country in the strategic Middle East? Zilch. Its “generosity” toward Cairo notwithstanding, Washington has been reduced to the role of a helpless bystander.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Sending Drones Not Divisions

In the post-Cold War era, it was possible to hold grand illusions and chase utopian dreams. As President Obama understands, and his foreign policy critics fail to grasp, that time is past.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



King Juan Carlos of Spain Is Bidding ‘Adios’ to His Throne

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that King Juan Carlos, a man who played a crucial role in his country’s transition into democracy, has expressed his desire to renounce his place as the monarch of Spain.

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Tiananmen Square Massacre ‘More Important Than Ever’ 25 Years Later

On June 4, 1989, a million peaceful protesters gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, only to be brutally barraged by the Chinese Communist Party with its 200,000 soldiers.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Gao Yu

The journalist’s detention before the 25th anniversary of the slaughter at Tiananmen Square shows the Chinese government’s determination to repress those pursuing democracy.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World

In country after country, the hallmarks of democracy are being dangerously subverted and co-opted by powerful elites.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Egypt: Passive Aggression and Counterrevolution: Voters, Youth Stay Home

Voting was abruptly extended from two days to three in Egypt’s presidential election Tuesday, apparently because of an unexpectedly low turnout.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



William Worthy and Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African-Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


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Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

The current FCC chairperson, appointed by President Barack Obama, is Tom Wheeler, who was formerly the head of the NCTA and later ran the wireless industry’s lobbying organization. Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell have basically switched places with one another. Sadly, they both do the same job, representing the interests of big business.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The ‘SuperPAC to End All SuperPACs’ Meets Its Fundraising Goal in Less Than Two Weeks

Lawrence Lessig, godfather of the Creative Commons, has called a “mayday on this democracy,” and with 18 days left before his self-imposed deadline, MayOne.US met its $1 million crowdfunding goal.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Impeach Clarence Thomas?

While the Constitution allows even Supreme Court justices to be impeached, it has happened only once in our nation’s history.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



Prime Minister ‘Certain’ of Victory as Iraqis Vote Despite Attacks

Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed 14 people Wednesday and voted in the first general election since U.S. troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Now We Know: Economic Inequality Is a Malady—and Not a Cure

It has been a long, long time since Americans accepted the advice of a French intellectual about anything important, let alone the future of democracy and the economy.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy, So What Is It?

Let me offer a hint: The ruling class is far wealthier than the rest in this political system.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas









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Time for a Populist Revival!

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE


United States of John Roberts









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Free Speech









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From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE


Voter Suppression









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Party Loyalty: Why the Supreme Court Is Wrecking Our Democracy

It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

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Supreme Court: McCutcheon v. FEC









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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ... Just Got Harder’

“Two events this week have made the fight to save democracy from big money, already an uphill battle, even harder,” the introduction to Bill Moyers’ latest video essay says.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Money Equals Speech









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Donors









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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Voting Laws: The Last Stand of the Old and the White

When the Constitution of the first modern democracy, the United States of America, was written, only about 10 percent of the population of the 13 states was granted the right to vote: white men who owned property.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE


Happy Hour









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