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Global Domination and Databases

Post-Cold War world military domination has proven not enough for the U.S. Now the Obama administration has been made a laughingstock by the homespun ethical stance of the high school dropout computer geek Edward Snowden.

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Chris Hedges Talks With Ronnie Kasrils (Full Transcript and Audio)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges interviewed Ronnie Kasrils in New York during a visit there by the author, former South African government official and onetime warrior against apartheid. Among other things, they talked about what it means to be a rebel.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Howard Dean, Andrew Cuomo Join Speculative List of 2016 Candidates

Although at least one super PAC has already formed to oppose Hillary Clinton’s unannounced 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic Party is not without other talented politicians, some of whom are also considering a run.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

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Quelle Surprise! Haiti on the Mend

In Haiti there is nothing more unexpected than good news.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Vahid Salemi

New Iranian President Wants to Heal ‘Old Wound’ With U.S.

During his first news conference since winning Iran’s presidential election, Hasan Rowhani promised to improve relations with the West and be more forthcoming about his country’s nuclear program, although he maintained that it would not give up its nuclear rights.

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Elections in Islamic Countries

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Poll: Voters Will Punish Congress for Gun Control Cowardice

There are two questions on every issue that every politician worries about: Do my constituents care? And, more importantly, how much do they care?

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Should Have Given Americans a Choice

President Obama defended the government’s massive surveillance programs Friday, saying they “help us prevent terrorist attacks.”

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Gallup Rethinks Methodology After 2012 Humiliation

One of the most trusted names in polling has conducted a thorough examination of its formula and methodology to try to figure out why it was so sure Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential election.

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Obama’s Elitism on Full Display

I’m not surprised that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been waging war on the news media. They and other members of the Obama team have always struck me as elitists who don’t think really intelligent or worthwhile people would go into journalism.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Washington’s Fairy Tales

Coastal blue states are now typically presented in the national press as one giant Berkeley campus while heartland red states are portrayed as a confederacy of “Dukes of Hazzard” sets.

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Bachmannism’s Legacy

The Minnesota right winger deserves to be memorialized with an “ism” because she perfected a tactic well suited to the current media environment.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Prominent Republicans Fret Over GOP’s Decline

Reading Political Wire on Tuesday, one gets the sense that Republican retirement homes are even more raucous with discontent than usual.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE


Voter Turnout in L.A.

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Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator’s Hypocrisy on Tornado Aid, Jon Stewart Hates Washington, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a senator’s attempt to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and the real IRS scandal that is being missed.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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How the IRS’ Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional

The IRS division responsible for flagging tea party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



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An Interview With Ron Wyden, the Senate’s Powerful Policy Wonk

Having served in Congress for more than three decades—and in the upper chamber since 1996—Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden has established a reputation as one of the Senate’s more serious and diligent members.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Can the EU Be Saved?

It is not simply the euro zone that is threatened by the dramatic economic discrepancies that now exist among its members. Now it is the European Union itself that is in danger.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



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We Are Family

Immigrants, gays and women who choose abortion are our relatives. They are in our families. We love them—even Republican senators with gay children love them—and we don’t like seeing them pushed around by our government.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


Bachmann Fundraiser

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Life After Hugo: Venezuela Votes (Update)

Polls have closed in Venezuela’s presidential election, which pitted a top lieutenant of the late Hugo Chavez against a veteran Chavez opponent who promised to take the country in a different direction.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Hillary’s Future

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Voter Information Wars: Will the GOP Team Up With Wal-Mart’s Data Specialist?

Republicans want to use data to make predictions about individual voters, and they may contract with a “data warehousing” company used by Wal-Mart and Apple.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE


S.C. GOP Rebranding

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The Little Reminder

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Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


Republican Rebranding

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Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Good Intentions, Bad Information at CPAC

Libertarians, whom the Republican National Committee has largely shut out, assumed a more energetic role at CPAC this year, using the failed election as evidence that the GOP should return to their philosophy’s ideals.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


Savior

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Wake Up

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Raft of Doom

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Rand Paul’s CPAC Victory, Karl Rove’s Feud With Sarah Palin, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s explanation of why he’ll never support gay marriage and a CPAC participant’s shocking comments on slavery.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE


2016 Candidates

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Creating PACs and Then Spending Their Money

Although many watchdog organizations track how political committees raise money, few look at how the money is ultimately disbursed. PACs can spend their money as they want and often devote some of it to fundraising, but most spend the bulk of contributions on efforts clearly aimed at electing specific candidates.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Ryan’s Blurred Vision: What the ‘New’ Republican Budget Reveals (and Conceals)

Someone needs to tell Paul Ryan that his party—and the economic platform of austerity and plutocracy he crafted for it—lost a national election last year.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


An Unrepresentative Democracy

Why are ideas widely supported in most of the country so often portrayed as controversial, polarizing and divisive once they are taken up by legislatures?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE


As Goes Los Angeles, Comes Nobody

“What if they gave an election and no one came?” That’s a paraphrase of a war or anti-war cry of the 1960s. More than 40 years later in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, the cliché came alive in reports of Tuesday’s municipal election, where turnout has dropped to 16 percent, half the number of people who turned out for local elections only eight years ago.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


Latino Outreach

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Swiss Curb Executive Greed; Will Anyone Follow?

Switzerland just had a referendum in which it voted to give company and bank shareholders veto rights over the salaries, bonuses and overall compensation packages of senior executives and board directors.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Staying Stupid: Why the ‘Hip’ Young Republicans Can’t Change Their Party (or Themselves)

Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP —frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as “the stupid party”—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


The Tea Party’s Ghost

The deficit that should concern us most right now has to do with time, not money. Money can be recouped. Time just disappears.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


Winning the Argument

In his bid to be remembered as a transformational leader, President Obama is following the playbook of an ideological opposite, Margaret Thatcher. First you win the argument, she used to say, then you win the vote.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

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Path to Oblivion

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Posted on Feb 10, 2013 READ MORE


GOP 2016

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Lost in Their Own Wilderness

Republicans shouldn’t worry that President Obama is trying to destroy the GOP. Why would he bother? The party’s leaders are doing a pretty good job of it themselves.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Second Term

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