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Joe Crimmings (CC-BY-ND)

Extravagant Hopes of 2008 Haunt Obama in 2012

Four years ago this week, a young and inspirational senator who promised to turn history’s page swept the Iowa caucuses and began his irresistible rise to the White House.

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Matt Market (CC-BY)

Could Ron Paul Be the Next Ralph Nader?

Even as Barack Obama gradually climbs in national polls, more than a handful of the president’s once-ardent admirers suddenly seem more attracted to Ron Paul.

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Occupy Targets Obama

Occupy Des Moines protesters decide it’s high time to occupy the Democratic headquarters, and they won’t be the last; Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” gets more viewers than Fox News; and one of America’s most visible poets fell out of grace thanks to a racist poem. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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AP / Charlie Riedel

Marginalizing Ron Paul

Paul is being denigrated as a presidential contender even though on the vital issues of the economy, war and peace, and civil liberties, he has made the most sense of the Republican candidates.

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Vox Efx (CC-BY)

If You Can’t Beat Them, Enjoin Them (From Voting)

Across the country, state legislatures and governors are pushing laws that seek to restrict access to the voting booth, laws that will disproportionately harm people of color, low-income people, and young and elderly voters.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

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Chad Davis Some rights reserved

Washington Funds Militarization of Police Departments

With newly purchased assault rifles, body armor and armored vehicles, “many officers look more and more like combat troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” finds the Center for Investigative Reporting, which has arguably done a better job than Washington of tracking what precincts around the country have bought with $34 billion in federal grants.

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thierry ehrmann (CC-BY)

Bradley Manning and the Fog of War

Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death.

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas

Dennis Kucinich on the NDAA and ‘War Without End’

Last week Rep. Dennis Kucinich addressed the House of Representatives on the National Defense Authorization Act.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Three Supreme Court Cases That Should Worry You

If the Roberts court is consistent, 2012 could be remembered as a very bad year for working people, minorities and the poor.

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Newt Still Ahead

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Mud Wrestling

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AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Bernie Sanders Explains Why Congress Fears Citizens United

Senator Bernie Sanders has a much more sophisticated take on political corruption than the conventional view of campaign reformers.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The New Newt

Despite living most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich does not have many friends among his neighbors.

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Go Away Trump

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Gringrich

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

There Goes the Republic

What’s alarming is the ease with which an otherwise deadlocked Congress that can’t manage minimal funding for job creation passes a bill that threatens the foundations of our republican form of government.

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America the Battlefield

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass a measure to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the “war on terror,” allowing the U.S. military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



dynamosquito (CC-BY-SA)

Iran: A Dangerous Game

The downing of a sophisticated U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone over Iran is the latest ratcheting of tension among Washington, Tehran and Jerusalem.

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AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Mass Protests Are Not a Threat to Putin … Yet

The largest anti-government protests in more than a decade have created a new political dynamic in Russia, but there is no real alternative to Vladimir Putin.

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April and Randy (CC-BY-ND)

Krugman Calls It a Depression

The Nobel Prize-winning economist writes in his New York Times column Sunday that even though “it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression,” people continue to suffer without work and we should call the thing by its name.

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Madame Pelosi

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AP / Jae C. Hong

War With Iran? School Prayer? Just More Republican Campaign Promises

Newt Gingrich might drag us into a war with Iran on the side of Israel. Rick Perry seems to envision the United States as a conservative Christian theocracy. No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



Rupert Ganzer (CC-BY-ND)

What Real Education Reform Looks Like

As 2011 draws to a close, we can confidently declare that one of the biggest debates over education is—mercifully—resolved.

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AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

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Dennis Skley (CC-BY-ND)

Fiction, Fantasy and the Euro

The extent to which the economic policy of nations is made on the basis of misinformation or wishful thinking is not generally recognized.

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Newt Tidings

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Nott Romney

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Hillary and Aung San Suu Kyi

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Nicolò Lazzati (CC-BY)

China’s Future Up in the Air

China has to find a way to continue its rapid growth without choking to death. Literally.

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Cain’s Toast

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Preston Rhea (CC-BY-SA)

China Profits From U.S.-Pakistan Shipwreck

For several years now the Pakistanis have found China a very willing and increasingly powerful counterweight to the Americans and their often strident political demands.

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Naughty Herman Cain

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Mitt Romney

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World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

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New Slogan for Cain

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Joseph Voves (CC-BY)

Thought Crime in Washington

Morris Davis was fired by the Library of Congress not because of his work performance, but because he wrote a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on his own time, using his own computer, as a private citizen. The government just did not like what he wrote.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

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Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

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Violent Response to Occupy Is No Surprise

The violent police assaults in response to the Occupy movement are proof that Occupy has hit a political nerve; Britain is preparing for the demise of the euro; meanwhile, the student wing of Occupy tries to encourage higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Republicans Aren’t Funny, They’re Scary

Unfortunately, the media’s fascination with antics has diverted attention from what the Republicans would do if they win.

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GOP Candidates

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AP / Julia Xanthos

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For

In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY-SA)

The Easiest Way to Cut the Deficit

Here is a surefire way to cut $7.1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Do nothing.

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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Cabinet Officials Raise ‘Gray Area’ Cash for Obama

Skirting good ethics and the law of the land, White House Cabinet officials are touring the nation on behalf of President Obama’s campaign fundraising machine, which has already taken in more cash than all the Republican presidential candidates combined and nearly three times as much as the president’s richest competitor, Mitt Romney. (more)

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Marc Nozell (BY-CC)

Supreme Court Takes Its Time on Health Care

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul once and for all and it has devoted 5½ hours to oral arguments—more time than any other case in 40 years. Arguments usually last only an hour, except in special cases.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Mindless—but Always Talking Loud

At a time when nations that tax, spend, regulate and invest more consistently outstrip the United States in many measures of progress, leading Republicans speak only of smashing government and ending vital programs.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



Moyan Brenn (CC-BY-ND)

It Seems Wall Street Is Occupying Us

The good news of the day is that Bill Moyers is coming back to television next January. The bad news is that Coca-Cola seems to be winning its battle to fill the Grand Canyon with empty plastic bottles.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Reich and Robert Scheer at Occupy L.A. Teach-In

Last weekend former Labor Secretary Reich and Truthdig Editor Scheer, who, in his own words, got a little wound up, were among the luminaries teaching in at the Occupy L.A. encampment.

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