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Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Comes as Close as Ever to Explaining His Doctrine

By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about American “decline” or “weakness” but to answer the question: Exactly what would you do differently?

Posted on May 28, 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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Top Obama Aide Who Runs Pro-Clinton Super PAC Shills for Conservatives on the Side

Jim Messina helped get Barack Obama elected and, if given half a chance, he’ll do the same for Hillary Clinton. So what is he doing in the U.K. trying to keep Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron in power?

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Hype and Hysteria Drown Out Europe’s Real Concerns

The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, which is sheer nonsense.

Posted on May 27, 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



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A Brief History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a peculiarly appropriate holiday for our times. Its origins lie in the Civil War, which resulted from the failure of a deeply polarized political system to settle the question of slavery.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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GOP Still Swallowing the Tea

What’s happening in the Republican primaries is less a defeat for the tea party than a surrender by the GOP establishment, which is winning key races by accepting the tea party’s radical anti-government philosophy.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



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The Election of a New European Parliament

Elections like those taking place this weekend are traditionally unsatisfactory, but this year they may provide an unprecedented shock.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Black Day for Ukraine Military Ahead of Key Vote

Pro-Russian rebels firing mortar shells and grenades killed 17 Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, the blackest day yet for the military and a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions just three days before an election.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE


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Swiss Turn Down World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Courts India’s Modi After Election Sweep

President Barack Obama on Friday told India’s future prime minister, Narendra Modi, that he hopes they can work closely and invited the once-shunned Hindu nationalist leader to visit Washington.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Clinton Gets the GOP Treatment

Republican panic at the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race has suddenly reached Godzilla-nearing-Tokyo proportions.

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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Showtime on Benghazi

Before asking a question at the coming show trial, each self-righteous congressional inquisitor should be required to correctly locate Benghazi on an unlabeled map.

Posted on May 13, 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



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Kansas Debates How Much Time Its Senators Actually Have to Spend There

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Monday was allowed to keep his job despite a challenge brought by tea party activists claiming he spends so much time out of Kansas, he wouldn’t even qualify for in-state tuition if he went back to school.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



Prisoners Could Vote Under N.J. Bill, as Long as They’re Veterans

Prisoners serving their sentences as well as parolees and probationers would be allowed to vote in New Jersey under newly introduced legislation, but only if they had served in the military.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Time for Some Happy Talk

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good news.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Once and Future Dictator Promises to End Muslim Brotherhood

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who recently resigned as the leader of Egypt’s army to run for president, dispelled any notion of reconciliation with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood during an interview Monday.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The Hillary Difference

President Obama’s difficulties do not appear to be hurting Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency in 2016.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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We’re All Just Grenades in the Partisan Wars

No matter how serious the issue, the political class seems pathologically determined to present everything as a fun-and-games, red-versus-blue battle whose only important consequences have to do with the next election.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



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It’s Going to Be Close, but Republicans Have a Good Shot at Taking the Senate

Running the same simulation 250,000 times, the New York Times’ Upshot blog gives Republicans a 53 percent chance of taking back the Senate.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure

A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday because the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group’s application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica.

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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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections

Fatah and Hamas, the two Palestinian factions that have for the last seven years ruled the separate territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, announced Wednesday they will form a unity government.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Rick Bowmer

Unsurprising Affirmative Action Decision Is Bad News for Gay Marriage

The current Supreme Court has consistently decided for states’ rights and majority rule, which could be a problem as same-sex marriage cases work their way through the judiciary.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Bill de Blasio, Unbowed

New York’s new mayor offers no apologies for waging war on economic inequality, for taking his time in making key appointments, or for riling advocates of charter schools.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Abdullah Strengthens Lead in Afghan Presidential Race to 11 Points, Officials Say

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan’s presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



Karzai Condemns Airstrike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Chocolate King and the Gas Princess

In the midst of unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the threat of a new Russian intervention, the transitional government in Kiev is preparing for the election of a new president on May 25.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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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



AP/Cliff Owen

Is It Time to Jump Down the First Amendment Rabbit Hole With Clarence Thomas?

It’s painful to say, but given the perverse logic of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, Justice Clarence Thomas may be correct about the direction of federal campaign finance law.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans Are Baking the Planet

The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Debacle Threatens Europe’s Union

The issue of rightist nationalism as a threat to the European Union and the peace of the new Europe has preoccupied Europeans since 1945, when the predecessors of the EU—the West European Union and then the Coal and Steel Community—were created to assure that Nazism or some totalitarian counterpart would not again rise in Europe.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



SCOTUS Hands Big Money Another Big Win With Campaign Finance Ruling

On Wednesday the United States Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign funding, adding momentum to the money = speech (not to mention corporations are people too) rationale exemplified by the top court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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How Pacifica Can Become the Media That We Need

America’s first public radio network is reportedly in trouble. This is a vision to stabilize and save Pacifica.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Illustration by Donkey Hotey (CC-BY)

How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Cares About the Value of Work?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., favors a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, but she also has other ideas that would help Americans at the bottom of the income structure to earn more.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton Urges Democrats to Embrace Health Care Reform

As the midterm elections approach, both public opinion data and the facts on the ground are taking a significant turn.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Head of Egyptian Army Announces He’s Running for President

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi resigned Wednesday in order to announce his candidacy for the Egyptian presidency—an office left vacant by the coup he helped organize.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Sean Gallup

What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Framed for Crimea: Obama’s Critics Issue Hollow Indictments

To hear the Republicans shrieking about Crimea—from those howling simpletons on Fox News to the churlish statesmen of the United States Senate—all blame rests with President Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


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