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Romney and Obamacare

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

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.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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


Scarecrow

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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.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE


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.

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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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Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE


Euro Bailouts Flag

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AP/Barry Thumma

See You at the Club: Fed Fat Cats Dip Into the Till

American families have lost 20 years of growth while at least 18 bankers and tycoons sat on Fed boards that coincidentally bailed out their institutions.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE


Billionaires Against Billionaires

For those who believe money already has too much power in American politics, 2012 will be a miserable year.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



Ivo Mijnssen

Russia’s Answer to Broken Roads

Like the United States, Russia struggles with crumbling infrastructure, but Moscow has devised a novel solution: lower standards.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Outgrowing Ayn Rand

For the failure of such a wide swath of the American population to outgrow individual self-interest, the United States may as well be a nation full of teenagers, says Victoria Bekiempis, a “recovering Objectivist” writing in The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


Out of Touch

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Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE


Government Is the Solution

Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things.

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Republican Thieves

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Better Place

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American Cyberwar on Iran

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"Democracy Now!"

NDAA Update: Another Legal Victory

A federal judge on Wednesday said that her earlier ruling on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act applied to everyone, not just the plaintiffs in the case. She made the clarification in upholding a preliminary injunction that would block the military from indefinitely detaining American citizens it accused of supporting terrorists. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges (above) is among the plaintiffs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


The War on Whistle-Blowers

You would think that even the most flaccid, rubber-stamp Congress might ask a few questions about the president’s “kill list,” but Congress is instead focused on making sure those who blew the whistle on it are punished.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


California Voter Apathy

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AP/Mike Groll

Obama’s Confederate Marriage Policy

Obama has not changed his long held position that each state still has the right to be an experimental station for or against marital equality, though most states now have some form of legal ban against gay marriage.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore

Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Morry Gash

Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin

Voters in Wisconsin bought the tea party line because the president and his party have not been able to provide a believable alternative.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

Wisconsin Exit Poll Surprise, Romney Email Hack and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Wisconsin exit polls, President Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the slap heard ’round the Badger State.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



‘Sesame Street’ Songs Used to Torture Inmates

To make inmates in Guantanamo Bay divulge information, guards play “Sesame Street” songs; studies are attempting to show that people can suffer from a clinical addiction to Facebook; meanwhile, the Catholic Church is looking into the Girl Scouts for their ties to organizations that promote safe sex. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Northern Light

Those of us who care about a civil society, and who abhor violence, should begin to replicate what is happening in Quebec. Their fight is our fight.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


Do-Nothing Congress

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks, War Crimes and the Pinochet Principle

The cases of Pvt. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet remind us that all too often whistle-blowers suffer, while war criminals walk.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Who Will the President Kill Next? It’s a Secret

The revelation that President Barack Obama is personally selecting names for a kill list of suspected al-Qaida terrorists is a striking illustration of what actually occurs behind the White House’s closed doors.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


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