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Fallout From the Bungled Bank Bailout

The financial meltdown and subsequent bailout have dampened Americans’ faith in government and stirred widespread outrage. Neil Barofsky, who once served as special inspector general in charge of oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, says that anger may point the way toward reform.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Careerists

The greatest crimes of human history are made possible by the most colorless human beings.

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Washington Hates Washington, Too

The Capitol has become a cold, angry place where members not only don’t know each other, but will not make eye contact when they pass through those hallowed marble corridors.

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Obama and Unemployment

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AP/Brendan Smialowski

Dispatches From Cairo: Clinton’s Clumsy Visit

The top U.S. diplomat wooed Egypt’s new government but wowed very few among a proud people determined to find their own way as a democracy.

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75 Years Later, the Lessons of Guernica

Seventy-five years ago, the Spanish town of Guernica was bombed into rubble. The brutal act propelled one of the world’s greatest artists into a three-week painting frenzy.

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Stalemate in Siena

The European Union is at risk of being destroyed by the euro. The credit crisis founded upon the swindle by Wall Street that was retailed to Europe’s banks has created divisions in Europe which are undermining what was supposed to be mutual confidence and solidarity among the 17 members of the euro zone.

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Greed, Politics and the Impact of Technology

Two of America’s hyper-rich white men met in Aspen, Colo., on Monday night to debate the impact of technology on the globe. Eric Schmidt is the chairman of Google and, despite his $6.9 billion, is accused by his opponent, entrepreneur and Ron Paul bankroller Peter Thiel, of not being a good enough capitalist.

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America’s Drones Are Homeward Bound

The FAA has until Sept. 30, 2015, to formulate a plan to integrate up to 30,000 drones into U.S. airspace.

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Still Killing Fascists

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The Battle of Blair Mountain

There are still bullets in the ground where working people in the 1920s staged the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

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A Challenge to Conservatives

It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse.

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Obama-Romney Difference

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Jobs Hope

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NASA GSFC/Jacques Descloitres and Ana Pinheiro

The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on the Plain (Folk)

As Spain’s prime minister announced deep austerity cuts Wednesday in order to secure funds from the European Union to bail out Spain’s failing banks, the people of Spain have taken to the streets once again for what they call “Real Democracy Now.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

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NPR: Crony Capitalism and America’s ‘Berlusconi Spiral’

Is the United States on a course toward crony capitalism? Italian-American economist Luigi Zingales and NPR examine similarities between the politics and economics of Italy under Silvio Berlusconi and of the U.S.

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AP/Jae C. Hong

Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

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Former Israeli PM Vindicated on Two Corruption Charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be where he is today without the corruption charges that toppled the government of his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, in 2009. Although Olmert (above) is not quite out of the woods, he was cleared of two major allegations Tuesday.

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The Logic of Willful Ignorance

A recent study from Xavier University tells us what many already know: that many Americans have wholly tuned out of politics to the point where they can’t even correctly answer the most basic questions about our government.

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AP/Vadim Ghirda

Eastern Europe’s Coming-Out Party

Ukraine and Poland had to overcome great prejudice and skepticism to pull off the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

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A Drumroll for Marxism in Europe

European youths, disaffected by the amorality of modern capitalism, are turning to Marxism in increasing numbers. Could America undergo a similar revival?

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AP/Evan Vucci

Romney’s Plan for America

Now that the Supreme Court has reprieved the Affordable Care Act and Mitt Romney has renewed his pledge to dismantle it, let’s try again to pierce the Republican presidential candidate’s protective coat of vagueness and think about where he would take the country.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe Bails Itself Out, for Now

The latest, and 20th, European “summit” meeting, held last week in Brussels, was symbolically a defeat for Germany’s Angela Merkel, who agreed that Europe’s permanent bailout fund could directly recapitalize certain troubled eurozone banks.

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Romney and Obamacare

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Time to Get Crazy

There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse.

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A New Standard for Oxymoronic Newspeak

As Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reports, “Surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency [because] it would violate your privacy to say so.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Fox’s Brazen Star: Karl Rove Rebukes Obama on Executive Privilege Claim

Forever incapable of embarrassment, let alone sober reflection, Karl Rove is very well suited to his current roles as Fox News commentator and Crossroads Super PAC smear sponsor.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

Supreme Court Leaves Romney in the Cold

Mitt Romney and his advisers have not yet grasped that the health care decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts has changed the terms of the debate.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


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What You Don’t Know About the ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal

Fortune magazine has dug into the Fast and Furious scandal to expose political distortions and popular misconceptions.

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Automatic Pentagon Spending Cuts

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Karl Marx on a Credit Card: Priceless

Many East Germans are choosing credit cards with an image of a Karl Marx bust staring at the MasterCard logo; Urban Outfitters, owned by a right-wing conservative, is selling Mitt Romney merchandise to irony-thirsty hipsters; meanwhile, the political pressure Latinos placed on Obama is finally paying off. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Battle of the Little Bighorn and Our War Against the Wild

Native Americans join the armed forces in the highest per capita figures of all ethnic groups in this country, defending to the end the place where they were once wild and free.

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Will We Love the Health Care Law If It Dies?

“Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. However the court rules, we need to remember why this whole fight started in the first place.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Euro Must Have Reform, Not Americanization

On Tuesday the European Council published a new proposal for European monetary reform that rests on continued monetary union—the source of the present crisis.

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Clear Choice

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‘Daily Show’ Tracks a Splurge of GOP Fundraisers

Jon Stewart discusses the fundraising efforts of prominent Republican donors, who held three separate events last weekend to raise money for GOP candidates and causes in the upcoming election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

John Roberts’ View From the Liberals’ End of the Bench

By throwing out most of the anti-Latino Arizona immigration law and neutering the rest, the Supreme Court struck a rare blow for fairness and justice.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE


Fast and Furious—the Witch Hunt

The facts do not remotely justify the partisan witch hunt by House Republicans who threaten, without legitimate cause, to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


Don’t Fall for Corporate Blackmail

They may balk at regulation, but unlike textile or electronics firms, fossil fuel companies are extracting a resource that is relatively rare, altogether finite and—most important—tied to specific geographies.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE


We’re Not Greece

If the United States were still governed under the Articles of Confederation, might California be in the position of Greece, Spain or Italy?

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Eric Harris

Eisenhower’s Warning Ignored, Presidential Power Has Risen to Sinister Level

President Barack Obama is making sure that foreign policy will remain in the hands of the military-industrial complex. Whoever is in charge, the military, the intelligence spooks and the war industries always seem to co-opt the president.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


Rise of the Managerial Class

At a time when corporate America is exploring and exploiting its new Supreme-Court-bestowed role in the management of American election results, the theories of James Burnham, the godfather of neoconservatism, should be recalled.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up

Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: Keep the Change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt Has Mexican Roots ... So What?

The re-publication of the fact that Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico is outrageously meant to inspire distrust; some Mormons now identify as gay, yet suppress their sexuality in order to follow their religion; meanwhile, a mirror has been designed to eliminate blind spots on the road. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE


Congress Vacation Again

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Euro Bailouts Flag

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