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Obama’s Bigger Playing Field

The debate over the Affordable Care Act can stay small, focusing on website failures and other short-term difficulties facing the law. Or it can get bigger, with wider insurance coverage seen as part of a larger struggle for social justice in a nation growing steadily less equal.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton vs. Richard Nixon: The Movie

Of all the movie treatments thrown around ahead of Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential run, “Rodham” actually sounds the most interesting.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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‘60 Minutes’ Reporter, Producer on Indefinite Leave After Benghazi Bungle

After issuing a retraction and an apology, CBS News is hoping a little disciplinary action will help put its credibility back on track.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Benefits of a Deal

The U.S.-led deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program is a great accomplishment on many levels. Begin with the most basic: What if the talks in Geneva had failed?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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What We Lost

Whenever we reflect on the horror of Nov. 22, 1963, we mourn not only the murder of a graceful and inspiring leader but also a steady ebbing in the years thereafter of our faith in what we could achieve through public life and common endeavor.

Posted on Nov 20, 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



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New Republican Icon, Same Old Policies

From the moment he was declared the winner in his re-election campaign, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has been billed as a new kind of Republican. Is it a fair characterization? Yes and no.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Needs His Friends Back

President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Republicans Use Dirty Tricks to Stay in Power

Rolling Stone has investigated the “unrelenting campaign to exploit every weakness and anachronism in our electoral system” that keeps Republicans influential in American politics, and the numbers are really quite startling.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nuclear Deal With Iran? Electoral Tilting

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s hopes for a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s enthusiasm for a plan and whether U.S. election results mean the country is leaning left.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



Election 2013: A Grass-Roots Resurgence

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grass-roots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Clinton Money Man Wins Virginia’s Gubernatorial Election

Terry McAuliffe, who ran the Democratic Party and raised an absolute fortune for both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns, is the next governor of Virginia.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Jersey Bore: Christie Cruises to Easy Victory

Chris Christie is returning to the governor’s mansion with a crushing victory in Tuesday’s election. That was to be expected. What makes his win interesting is the fact that so many people who don’t agree with him voted for him.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE


Plenty of Time to Fix Obamacare

It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented—and then complain it isn’t being implemented well enough.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Republican Pollster Says His Party Needs to Stop Pandering to Racists

In 2012, Mitt Romney won the confederate states by a healthy margin, but Barack Obama won the election. That’s because eight out of 10 nonwhite voters voted for the Democrat.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Will the Christie Juggernaut Roll Over Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

With his impending re-election in “Blue Jersey” evidently assured and his national profile rising, Chris Christie is a formidable presidential hopeful.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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First, Admit the Problem

Here’s the mistake made by President Obama and the Democrats that nobody is talking about: They have been too fearful of confronting our country’s three-year obsession with the wrong problem.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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What Fine? Why JPMorgan Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

The biggest U.S. bank will pay a record $13 billion fine with a criminal investigation pending, but the stock price is riding high.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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A Case for Hope

“Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed.” It was the early 20th century socialist Eugene V. Debs who pointed to the utility of this extra Beatitude.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Raise Their Ante

A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Shutdown: Senate Makes ‘Tremendous Progress,’ House Pouts

Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate came close to a budget deal Monday.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Can’t Waste This Moment

The key in politics is to snatch victory from the jaws of victory. 

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

The IRS has granted nonprofit status to America Is Not Stupid 2013, a so-called dark money group best known for a 2012 election ad featuring a talking baby who compared the smell of his diaper with a Montana senator.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


A Different Sort of Shutdown

Republicans are badly divided over the government shutdown while Democrats are united.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE


Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


Why Obamacare Is a GOP Nightmare

To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government—and perhaps even refuse to let the Treasury pay its creditors—in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Job Approval Keeps Sinking

Maybe it’s the NSA spying, the fact that the economic recovery has mostly benefited the richest Americans or the threat to bomb Syria. Regardless, a growing majority of the country disapproves of the president’s job performance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil Cancels State Visit Over NSA Spying

Calling the U.S. government’s spying on Brazilian officials “a grave matter, an assault on national sovereignty and individual rights, and ... incompatible with relations between friendly nations,” the South American country has pulled out of the only White House state dinner scheduled this year.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Colorado’s Morality Lesson on Guns

You have to hand it to the gun manufacturers lobby. Children may be slaughtered, the death toll from firearms may keep mounting, but these guys are unrelenting and know how to play politics.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE


The Lessons of Colorado’s Gun Debate

The day after this week’s elections, the National Rifle Association got exactly what it wanted.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Polarization Is Distorting the Syria Debate

It’s a paradox: While hawks criticize Obama for not being willing to act boldly enough against Assad, doves criticize him for being too willing to risk a wider war.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE


What Happened to the Anti-War Movement?

A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his intention to pound yet another country with bombs.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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John Boehner: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Fearing a tea party insurrection, House Speaker John Boehner could step down pre-emptively after the 2014 midterm elections, current and former aides say.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


The Weight on Obama’s Shoulders

President Obama’s words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were bound to be criticized as underwhelming, no matter what he said. The context, though, was nothing short of mind-blowing.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


The Armageddon Caucus

Congress is supposed to be the venue in which we Americans work our way past divisions that are inevitable in a large and diverse democracy. Yet for some time, Republican congressional leaders have given the most right-wing members of the House and Senate a veto power that impedes compromise, and thus governing itself.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


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