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Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

At this point, I worry we’re going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning “make it stop, make it stop, make it stop.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why The Washington Post’s Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Bunk

The Washington Post recently ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices confronting the nation.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Money Haul Should Make Hillary Clinton Nervous

Sanders’ presidential campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter—essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

What Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Tells Us About the GOP

Rep. McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” But why?

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Gets a Foreign Policy

After 25,000 people asked, Sen. Bernie Sanders added a few words to his presidential campaign website about the 96 percent of humanity he’d been ignoring.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

4 Reasons Why The Wall Street Journal’s Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Totally Bogus

I’ve had so many calls about an article appearing early last week in The Wall Street Journal—contending that Sanders’ proposals would carry a “price tag” of $18 trillion over a 10-year period—that it’s necessary to respond.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

The Smear

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Clinton’s Biggest Obstacle Is Herself

The headlines screaming “Clinton’s Support Erodes” are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination, according to the polls she has slid all the way from “prohibitive favorite” to something like “strong favorite”—not bad, given the way she has hobbled herself with the email scandal. 

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Mea Culpa

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

The Tackle

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Democrats and Public Rally on Iran Deal

The Israel lobbies don’t win every fight on Capitol Hill, but they have tended to win the big ones in recent decades. This time, they are going down.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Are Police Constitutional?

A new book argues that American cops are actually “at war with people” instead of protecting citizens; a Nation piece questions whether Hillary Clinton will ever be able to win over progressives; meanwhile, there’s a reason why it’s become increasingly difficult to figure out what food is healthful. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary’s Server

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton’s Jokes About Emails Falling Flat in Congress

Hillary Clinton may be making a joke out of her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, but congressional Democrats aren’t laughing.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Is Her Own Worst Enemy

This isn’t about whether Clinton becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It’s about basic respect—for us and for the truth.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Larry Wilmore, Guests Explain Bernie Sanders’ Appeal: It’s Like a ‘Grateful Dead Concert’

With Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton in the latest New Hampshire poll, “The Nightly Show’s” Larry Wilmore was joined Thursday by a panel of guests who tried to explain the secret to Sanders’ success.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Bet

Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Donald Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Poll: Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

Sanders leads Clinton 44 to 37 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, according to the poll of 442 residents in the Granite State—the first time Clinton has trailed in the 2016 primary campaign.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Gives Justice Department Access to Email Server

The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has given federal investigators access to a personal email server she used to send emails that contained information that U.S. officials say may have been designated “top secret” and “sensitive compartmented information”—one of the highest classification ratings.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary’s Email

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

The GOP: A Party in Turmoil

The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren’t there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It’s time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn’t doing its job.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton to Offer Plan for Loan-Free Tuition at Public Colleges

With Americans owing a staggering $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, and about 8 million in default, her proposal reflects a Democratic push to reverse years of state cuts to higher ed. Creating a program of federal grants to the states to lower tuition is the centerpiece.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nuclear Deal: Obama vs. the Republican Candidates

The GOP presidential candidates gathered in Cleveland by Fox News last week suggested that the hardest decision the next president will face is whether killing Obamacare or voiding the Iran deal ought to be the first order of business.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Trump the Slayer

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Is Having a Moment

The exhaustive and exhausting analysis of the Fox News debate promises to produce days more of Trump-mania. It’s thus an excellent time to ponder the other big surprise of the 2016 campaign: the Democrats’ extended Weekend at Bernie’s.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Democrats Block Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood’s Funding as Group Faces One of Its Biggest Crises

Planned Parenthood and its allies are defending its practices, including the group’s fetal tissue program, after undercover videos about the tissue transfers gave conservatives a handy excuse to try and “purge” the nonprofit organization’s federal funding.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void

Pull the Sandersmobile into the garage for inspection, pop the hood and you’ll soon discover the vacuous truth: no engine, just an exhaust pipe, pumping out rhetoric. So much talk, so little action. The deeper you look at Sanders, the less substance you see.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Which ‘Senior Official’ Smeared Hillary Clinton?

In the aftermath of that famously discredited New York Times story about a “criminal referral” regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, a few important questions stand out among many that remain unanswered.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEOS: Bernie Sanders Launches ‘Political Revolution’ With 100K Virtual House Partiers

Bernie Sanders spoke from a house party Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to supporters gathered in 3,500 homes and other locations around the country, in groups ranging in size from seven to about 90.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Trump

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Favorability Has Doubled Since March, Poll Shows

Bad news for Hillary: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorable rating has increased to 24 percent, according to a new Gallup Poll.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

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Here’s the Terrible Mistake Progressives Must Not Make

Of course black lives matter. But it would be a mistake for progressives to split into separate “Black lives matter” and “economic justice” movements.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Obama: A Reaganite on Iran

President Obama was a long way from being ebullient about Iran at his news conference Wednesday. But like Ronald Reagan, he’s willing to take a chance on the idea that reaching our goals through negotiation can be wiser than the alternatives.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Will the GOP Work With Obama, Democrats to Avoid a Fiscal Armageddon?

The notion that Democrats, including President Obama, could ever agree to what the Republicans are proposing is, well, absurd.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Is Bernie Sanders Our Eugene McCarthy 2.0?

Sanders has an appeal for younger, more liberal, more idealistic Democrats that Hillary Clinton currently lacks. If she competes for these voters—and learns to connect with them—she will have a much better chance of winning the White House.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Opposing Hillary’s Corporate Campaign: A Response to Joe Conason

In one Truthdig columnist’s rebuttal of another, Scott Tucker takes on what he calls “a piece of Clintonista campaigning” by Joe Conason.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Trump’s Folly

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Independentists

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

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