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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.

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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.

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U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

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Not the Party of Lincoln

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Taxmegeddon

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What We Learned About Wall Street and Big Business From Facebook’s IPO

In the span of less than a week, Facebook’s much-maligned initial public offering has led to billions in losses, multiple investigations and even lawsuits. The mess created from all this chaos, however, has led to some lessons about how Wall Street and big businesses play the system for their own economic advantages.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE


Clinton’s Answer to a Romney Snark Attack

For Mitt Romney, the president’s greatest vulnerability seems to be that Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton—and he is seeking to exploit that perception in his public speeches attacking the incumbent.

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Romney Backs Off 4 Percent Unemployment Claim

Mitt Romney has a new economic goal, one that ostensibly backtracks from the benchmark he set for himself earlier this month. The presumed GOP presidential nominee told Time magazine’s Mark Halperin on Wednesday that he would get the unemployment rate down to 6 percent in his first term.

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Romney Mittspeaks

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Analysis: Congress Talks Like a Bunch of Teens

The ongoing bickering between congressional Democrats and Republicans can be described as sophomoric, no surprise perhaps given a recent analysis that found the average elected representative in Washington, D.C., speaks at a 10th-grade level.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Every Year Russia Beats the Nazis One More Time

There is one day when it never rains in Moscow, a day when Russia’s air force literally shoots down rain-bearing clouds with a chemical agent to reinforce the spectacle.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



Mexican Journalists Silenced to Death

Freedom of the press is threatened every day in Mexico as journalists are tortured and killed; Obama’s support of gay marriage distracts the public from the impunities in Afghanistan; press freedom is also under attack in the U.S. as journalists are arrested for protesting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2012 READ MORE


Seems About Right to Me

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AP/Mary Altaffer

A Victory for All of Us

We hoped we could draw attention to the injustice of the law. None of us thought we would win. But every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE


The Tea Is Getting Weaker

Uh-oh! Some people are looking over the right shoulders of the Republicans who rode into the House of Representatives on the tea party wave of 2010. And they don’t like what they’re seeing.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Colonized by Corporations

We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Ben Margot

Hope and Hesitation in Obama’s Sudden Conversion

Once again President Barack Obama has come tantalizingly close to being terrific.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE


The Republican Civil War

After Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Richard Lugar by 20 points in Tuesday’s Indiana Republican Senate primary, he called, more or less, for one-party government.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE


Obesity and Personal Responsibility

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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michel Spingler

France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Witch Hunt for the Zombie Voter

Republicans are waging the most concerted campaign to prevent or discourage citizens from exercising their legitimate voting rights since the Jim Crow days of poll taxes and literacy tests.

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White House Correspondents Dinner

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AP/Francois Mori

The Globalization of Hollow Politics

I went to Lille in northern France to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate Francois Hollande. I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Objects to New York Times Review of ‘Nut Job’ Julian Assange (video)

The mainstream media was bound to gag on the WikiLeaks editor’s new talk show, which is taped under house arrest, airs on Vladimir Putin’s Russia TV and features Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as its first guest. But the Times review in particular has Glenn Greenwald tweeting nonstop.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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China Scandals: Crisis in the Communist Party

Events suggest that the long-overdue crisis of China’s Communist Party has arrived.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 READ MORE



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First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Treasury

Treasury Projects a Profit From Bailout

Just as Mitt Romney has locked up the Republican nomination on a boast of fiscal conservatism, President Obama’s Treasury Department has said it expects to turn a tidy $2 billion profit from TARP and other extraordinary measures taken to bail out the financial industry.

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Government Relief

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AP/Jae C. Hong

You’re on Your Own, Kids

Who will speak for the rights of the unborn now that Rick Santorum is gone from the race? Let me give it a whirl from the perspective of one whose own unwed mother had several abortions before yours truly was permitted to emerge.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. David Ake

The Real Health Care Debate

There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


White House Easter Egg Hunt Leftover

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Partisan Supreme Court

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Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You

Our 16 national intelligence agencies and army of private contractors justify their existence by turning even the mundane into a potential threat. And by the time they finish, the nation will be a gulag.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Individual Mandate

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Psychological Problems

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Five Hypocrites and One Bad Plan

The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care: We’re All in This Together

Gatherings of my generation inevitably end up with deep conversations about aches and pains and medical insurance. Sad. In France, people talk about food and wine.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Health Care Mandate Threatens Progressive Legacy

The Supreme Court is now prepared to sidestep if not reverse decades of law, and the damage won’t stop with health care.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / John Minchillo

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost

I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE


NRA and the GOP

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Republicans Drill for Issues in Health Care Reform Act

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Etch A Mitt

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