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Obama Era Sees Conservatives Tighten Grip on States

During Obama’s tenure, Republicans have gained unprecedented power at the state level, doubling the number of state legislatures that they control and securing 32 governorships.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

Outrage From Within and Without Over Netanyahu Speech at Think Tank With Clinton Ties

Over 100 progressive organizations and individuals, as well as current and former staffers, have criticized the Center for American Progress for inviting the Israeli prime minister to speak.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

The Far Left Needs to Relax a Little and Support Bernie Sanders

Sanders’ leftist critics can fantasize that they are doing humanity a great service by scoffing at his campaign, but who is making greater strides toward triggering the mass enlightenment that is key to empowering the oppressed?

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why Biden’s Bankruptcy Bill Could Complicate a Presidential Run

A Joe Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically refrained, accusing him of acting as a tool of the credit card industry by limiting debt relief for people grappling with financial trouble.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

The former president, foreseeing the darkness to come, says there’s “zero chance” of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton’s Standing Falls 8 Points Among Democrats

A poll shows that voters view the Democratic presidential candidate as “less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago,” The Associated Press reports.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

America’s Electoral Farce

The power elite wants us to participate in the political charade of choreographed elections. Instead, our energy should be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

Make No Mistake, Wall Street Loves Hillary

“Clinton’s campaign staff is working overtime … to show how well she relates to ordinary Americans,” writes Elizabeth Schulte at Jacobin. “But the people whose opinions really matter in the presidential election know better.”

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jeb, Trade and Hillary

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s struggle to answer whether he would have gone to war in Iraq. Also, Obama and Democrats clash over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t taken a question from the press since mid-April.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘We Need a Political Revolution in This Country’

On Sunday’s edition of “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” the ABC host might have thought he was point-blanking the newly minted presidential candidate with some blunt questions, but Sanders hit harder with his answers.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders Gears Up to Launch 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s on, as of Thursday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slated to announce that he’s throwing in to join the roster of candidates for the 2016 election. He’ll be running as a Democrat.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

Will Hillary Rodham Clinton Deliver on Her Promise to Be a ‘Champion’ for ‘Everyday Americans’?

If Hillary Clinton is to get the mandate she needs to get the United States back on track, she will have to be clear with the American people about what is happening and why—and what must be done. 

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE

A Deepening Democratic Party Divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE

Looking Backward to the Future

The strangling of our political potential by a claustrophobic sense of the possible did not always typify American public life. My book is about that change in the temper of the times, and is in part motivated by my own experience.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

Is the Democratic Party Committing Suicide?

A writer argues that progressives should be wary of following the Democratic Party down a path of self-destruction; Facebook is now cited in a third of divorce cases in the U.K. as evidence of “inappropriate behavior”; and applicants can now read what college admissions committees write about them during their decision process. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE

House Democrats Kill Deregulation Bill in New Congress

Just hours into the 114th Congress, House Republicans tried to pass a melange of 11 bills from the previous body that was meant to weaken regulation of banks and the financial industry.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Promoting Hillary, The New York Times Once Again Marginalizes the Left

Harper’s Magazine Publisher Rick MacArthur bewailed the paper’s failure to run anything but the most establishment liberal view in its pages when it deemed the Republican victory in the November midterm elections an open opportunity for Hillary Clinton to “resurrect the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE

How Democrats Failed Black and Brown Communities … Again

Republicans are celebrating. In less than two months they will hold a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Contagion

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Calls Democrats Out on Their Hypocrisy When It Comes to Money in Politics

Despite countless speeches by Democratic leaders denouncing the evils of money in politics, their party sure knows how to raise and spend boatloads of campaign dollars. “And then of course there are ... the emails,” a horror-stricken Jon Stewart says on Monday night’s “Democalypse” segment of “The Daily Show.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE

A New Nuclear Arms Race: Why Peace Activists Must Wage an Open Battle Against the Democratic Party

Barack Obama never had a truly independent policy for peace. If we say that Obama was constrained by a renewed collision of imperial spheres of interest, we are telling only the convenient half of a half-truth.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE

Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Economics of Contempt

If it’s spring, it must be time for Barack Obama’s annual drive-by of black America, where he piously lectures them on the state of their lives. He didn’t disappoint this year, treating the nation to two speeches on civil rights in a single week.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Finally, there is a much needed debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party—one that has existed at the edges, in email discussions and private conversations, but is now moving to center stage. And it includes the issue of a presidential run by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE


Adolph Reed Jr.: The Left Has Left the Building

Ineffectual liberals and the corporate takeover of the Democratic Party have not only tipped the whole country over to the right but have vanquished any lingering notion of “the left.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE

Steve Rhodes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Obama’s Popularity Flags Among Younger Voters

President Obama’s approval rating among 18- to 29-year-olds has fallen considerably in recent months, from 61.6 percent in October to 52.3 at the beginning of July, according to Gallup.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE

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The New Pay-As-You-Go Landscape of American ‘Democracy’

Politics, 79-year-old casino mogul Sheldon Adelson told The Wall Street Journal, is like poker: “I don’t cry when I lose. There’s always a new hand coming up.” He said he could double his 2012 giving in future elections. “I’ll spend that much and more,” he said. “Let’s cut any ambiguity.”

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


Will Democrats Sell Your Political Opinions to Credit Card Companies?

For years, state Democratic parties have been gathering information about individual voters’ political leanings. Now, that record may go up for sale—and not just to political groups. They are looking into whether credit card companies, retailers like Target or other commercial interests may want to buy the information.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

Wade Rockett (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Liberals Back to Giving Obama a Pass

“Now that Obama appears poised to push substantial parts of Social Security and Medicare over the ‘fiscal cliff’—in exchange for a paltry, largely symbolic, increase in the top marginal income-tax rate—we might ask whether liberals will once again rise to Obama’s defense, no matter how indefensible his actions,” writes John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

America Prepares to Say Farewell to a Liberal Lion

With George McGovern, the former U.S. senator and Democratic challenger to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, in hospice care, “Democracy Now!” airs footage from the 2005 documentary “One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE

‘Democracy Now!’ Expands the Presidential Debate

Third-party candidates shut out of the debate in Denver had their voices heard on a special live, expanded broadcast of “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday evening. The program paused to give Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson equal time to respond to questions asked during the official debate.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE

Imp Kerr

Drone-Court Advantage

Sometimes the best way to respond to those who say criticism of President Obama amounts to support for his Republican opponents—and should thus be avoided—is to embrace their premise and allow satire to lead audiences to their contradictory conclusions, as Charles Davis does in the “Game of Drones” issue of The New Inquiry.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE

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Obama Breaks Promise, Seeks to Give Multinationals Free Rein

A document from President Obama’s free trade negotiations that was leaked Wednesday morning revealed an administration proposal to allow multinational corporations doing business in the United States to police themselves via an international tribunal staffed by lawyers on the companies’ payroll. The scheme obliterates a 2008 promise by Obama to do just the opposite.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE

Brennan Cavanaugh (CC-BY)

OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE

Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE

Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE

Scott Tucker

May Day: A Festival of Solidarity

This year, the May Day march in Los Angeles was notably smaller than in recent years, but still lively and militant. The year-by-year count of May Day marchers can never be an exact science, but the history of labor is full of surprises.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Lawrence Jackson

The Corporate State Wins Again

When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Party—which once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible—wither and atrophy?

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE

Hedges on Liberal Failure, Hope for the Future

Those of us who read author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ work on a regular basis know how sharp and steady his aim is when it comes to pointing out widespread societal ills and the treachery of power. However, that’s not to say ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

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Poll Hints at Darker Days for Dems

The tide of public good will toward the Democratic end of the American political spectrum, which helped propel Obama into the White House, may be going out, according to a new WSJ/NBC poll, but the GOP ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE

Code Orange

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE    

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Dems Doomed? Should Geithner Go?

The gang’s all here for this week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center,” and it’s a good thing, considering the, er, sheer amount of material to cover. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s not exactly winning the hearts of millions these days, but should he step down? Plus: bad news on the employment front (sigh); the Democratic outlook for 2010; and what big banks are (and aren’t) doing for customers—and what Americans can do about it.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges on Obama, Michael Jackson, ‘Empire of Illusion’

Never one to shrink from a strong debate, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges comes out swinging in this lecture recorded last month, giving his audience at the New School in New York City more than a few big ideas to grapple with about our current president, the state of our democracy and the cancer of celebrity culture in contemporary American society.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / J. Kernion

Death of the Superdelegate?

A group of Democrats convened by Barack Obama has recommended that the Democratic Party eliminate the influence of “superdelegates,” who have had an unrestricted vote in the nomination process because they were not selected based on the primaries or caucuses.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Jonathunder

Franken Limits Lieberman’s Talking Time on Senate Floor (Update: Video)

Perhaps reflecting a frustration among Democrats over Joe Lieberman’s role in shaping the Senate’s health care proposal, Sen. Al Franken nipped in the bud the Connecticut senator’s discussion of amendments to the bill Thursday. Updated: Now with video!

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE

ENTER_ALT_TEXT / Jonathunder

That’s Senator Al Franken to You

At long last, the Minnesota Supreme Court has declared Al Franken the victor in the state’s remarkably tight and seemingly endless U.S. Senate race. The comedian-turned-politician won the almost eight-month-long battle against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, who conceded Tuesday, by 312 votes, giving the Democrats a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate to add to their comfortable advantage in the House.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009 READ MORE

Gay Fernando

Posted on May 20, 2009 READ MORE    


With Their Magic Bullet, Dems Have No More Excuses

As counsel for the Warren Commission, Arlen Specter described a “magic bullet” that changed America. Four decades later as a U.S. senator, Specter is providing another history-altering magic bullet—one Democrats will either fire off in a starting gun, or use in their suicide.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE

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