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NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s ‘Disposition Matrix’ is an ‘Undisciplined Slaughter’

Former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William Binney is appalled but unsurprised by last week’s revelation that President Obama has institutionalized a mechanism for generating targets for his secretive assassination list.

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Romney Would Hand Oil Decisions to the States

“[W]hat Romney seeks to do is roll back 50 years of environmental legislation in the United States,” says Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare in a podcast discussion of his new piece “The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.”

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Who Owns the World?’

President Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may ignore the issues of global warming and nuclear proliferation, but Noam Chomsky addresses those and other topics in a talk he gave last month at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ Change Versus ‘Romnesia’

We’re down to the last days of the campaign. Is it change or Romnesia, hope or status quo that will energize the base? The campaigns are trying it all and the swing states will get the final word. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators will take on these questions and more on this week’s program.

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Hurricane Sandy Makes Its Way to Eastern Seaboard

The hurricane is expected to make landfall in the eastern United States late Monday or early Tuesday after already causing 41 deaths in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. New York, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., have declared states of emergency.

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Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Third-Quarter Economic Growth Beats Expectations

The good news for President Obama and many Americans is that the economy grew by a 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter. The bad news is that that’s not enough to calm private sector fears that economic conditions will worsen.

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If You Succumb to Cynicism, the Regressives Win it All

The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the rabid Republican right, CEOs and Wall Street titans who want to entrench their privileges and tax advantages – all of them would like nothing better than for every progressive in America to throw in the towel.

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Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Secret’ Election Spending

Demonstrators recently took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to protest activities of the nonprofit business lobbying group, which one called “the poster child for Citizens United.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

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In Defense of the Undecided Voter

A confession: I recently received my Colorado ballot but, even though my state will play a key role in the presidential election, I still haven’t voted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


The Final Days of a Bad Campaign

Beneath his cool exterior, there is passion and a trash-talking crudeness hidden in President Obama.

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What America Will We Pick?

This election is only tangentially a fight over policy. It is also a fight about meaning and identity—and that’s one reason why voters are so polarized. It’s about who we are and who we aspire to be.

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Republicans Back Mourdock, Tina Fey Talks GOP and Rape, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Colin Powell offers his endorsement and yet another CEO tries to get his employees to vote for Mitt Romney.

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Obama Talks Mourdock, Trump on ‘Tonight Show’

The president touched on, among other things, the ridiculous rape comments made recently by GOP Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, and Donald Trump’s dud of an October surprise.

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Mitt Romney’s Question-Mark Economy

As we close in on Election Day, the questions about what Mitt Romney would do if elected grow even larger. Rarely before in American history has a candidate for president campaigned on such a blank slate.

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No Denial: ‘Son of Detroit’ Profited From Bailout—and Jobs Shipped to China

The neglect of the Delphi story by mainstream and even progressive outlets such as MSNBC has been remarkable, particularly because neither Romney nor his campaign has denied it.

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How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Mourdock Won’t Back Down, Krugman Talks Romney Victory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including new allegations about the Libya attacks and details on efforts to keep voters away from the polls on Election Day.

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Trump’s October Surprise: More Birther Nonsense

Remember that “very big,” potentially game-changing announcement the billionaire business mogul has been touting regarding the presidential race? Well, it’s basically more of his Obama birther madness.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Senate Candidate: Rape Pregnancies ‘Something God Intended’

Here we go again. Another Republican congressional candidate dared to open his mouth about rape and something insane came out. Would you expect anything less by now?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Democrat Who Could Unseat Michele Bachmann

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann faces a serious challenge in her re-election bid. His name is Jim Graves, and polls show that he is neck and neck with the tea party favorite.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


Halloween Romney

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Foreign Policy Debate

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U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



Trump’s October Surprise, Malkin Criticizes Coulter, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the seven battleground states that could decide the election and a legal victory for Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Romney That Roger Ailes Made

News that Rupert Murdoch has renewed Roger Ailes’ contract as president of Fox News means the sly conflict and ratings hound could be shaping America’s political landscape for four more years.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


Obama as Commander-in-Chief, Romney as Banal Bully

The third and last presidential debate was a clear win for the President. He displayed the authority of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief – calm, dignified, and confident. He was assertive without being shrill, clear without being condescending. He explained to a clueless Mitt Romney the way the world actually works.

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Obama Outpoints Romney in Their Final 2012 Debate

The “horses and bayonets” moment is probably the headline. But the larger story of the third and final presidential debate, ostensibly about foreign policy, is that Mitt Romney didn’t really lay a glove on President Obama. For most of the evening, he didn’t even try.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Democratic Mockpocalypse: How Big Can One Election Get?

For all the trillions of words devoted to campaign 2012, no one even bothers to discuss its size. Americans may be willing to argue copiously about whether New York’s Mayor Bloomberg should control the supersizing of soft drinks in his city, but not a peep is heard when it comes to the supersizing of the run for the presidency.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Hawks of a Feather Flock Together

The final debate of the presidential campaign was a dismal affirmation by both candidates of a foreign policy that has cost many thousands of lives and injuries and plunged the nation deeply into debt.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE


The Last Undecided Voter

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‘Democracy Now!’ Expands the Presidential Debate

Third-party candidates shut out of Monday’s final presidential debate will once again have the chance to be heard on a special live, expanded broadcast of “Democracy Now!” starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (5:30 p.m. Pacific time).

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Character Matters at the Foreign Policy Debate

President Obama is fired up and ready to go for the foreign policy debate Monday night, and he should begin in his opening statement by asking the American people, “Are you safer now than you were four years ago?”

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Pinocchio

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Schoolyard Romney

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The Not-So-Hidden Obama Agenda

Everywhere you turn, President Obama is accused of not offering a clear second-term agenda. It’s not surprising that Republicans say it, but you also hear it from quarters sympathetic to the president. But how true is the charge?

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


The Next America

Assuming that neither man faints on the stage at their final debate on Monday, the Obama-Romney race now depends on three smoking guns rarely discussed by candidates: geography, demography, and getting out the right vote.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Why the Chill on Climate Change?

Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


Two Old Names, One Lesson About Money

The two names that best explain money’s unprecedented political influence in America are not Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but Montgomery Brewster and Ross Perot.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

DNC Chair Has Never Heard of Obama’s ‘Kill List’ (Video)

You may know from a widely discussed New York Times article published earlier this year that Barack Obama has a secret “kill list” he has used to select targets for assassination around the world. But U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, doesn’t.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 READ MORE


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