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White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Republican hypocrites are out to settle ideological scores that have nothing to do with the debt they themselves ran up.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Adam J. Root

War Is a Racket

“War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



National Archives

The Money Melodrama in Washington

Any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don’t know anything about economics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Beaty

Republican Goofery Isn’t Limited to the Tea Party

There is a deep-rooted wrongheadedness about the Republicans as they drag the country toward fiscal disaster. Those afflicted with this harmful thinking range from tea party extremists like Michele Bachmann to pundits such as Peggy Noonan.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



futureatlas.com (CC-BY)

Blowing Up the House

We are witnessing the disintegration of tea party Republicanism.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Dysfunctional’ Too Polite to Describe Tea Party Congress

Even the most extreme Republican partisans in the Senate seem to realize that their House colleagues, seized by some combination of ideology, madness and pig ignorance, are propelling the country and the world toward economic chaos.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



Andrew Stawarz (CC-BY-ND)

Slapstick, Denial Highlight Murdochs’ Testimony

We seem to be expected to believe that the prime minister, the Murdochs, Mrs. Brooks and two of the most senior policemen in Britain, all were born yesterday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger (CC-BY-SA)

Murdoch: The Emperor Has No Clothes

The big guy always knows what’s going on, which is part of how he got to be the big man (or woman).

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Eat Humble Pie

“People say that Australia has given two people to the world,” Julian Assange told me in London recently, “Rupert Murdoch and me.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



Arcadio Esquivel, La Prensa, Panama

Cancer Will Not Keep Hugo Chavez From Politics

The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Disappeared

Torture, prolonged detention without trial, sexual humiliation, rape, disappearance, extortion, looting, random murder and abuse have become, as in Argentina during the Dirty War, part of our own subterranean world of detention sites and torture centers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Why Did Congress Waste Six Months?

The House Republican strategy to link a normally routine increase in the nation’s debt limit with a crusade to slash spending has already had a high cost, threatening the nation’s credit rating and making the United States look dysfunctional and incompetent to the rest of the world.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



David Salafia (CC-BY-ND)

I Missed My Chance to Pee on Rupert Murdoch

I first met Rupert Murdoch at the urinal in the men’s room. It was 1976 in an office building somewhere in Manhattan.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Making a Progressive Case

Do progressives care about reducing the national debt? Of course they do, no matter what the White House might believe.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

New China Will Be Red and Expert

Even in the midst of economic expansion, China is far from a model of unbridled capitalism.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


Washington Dysfunction: A Scorecard

Here’s why getting to a deal on the debt ceiling is so complicated.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



Detail of a draft of the Declaration of Independence from Wikimedia Commons

What Our Declaration Really Said

Our nation confronts a challenge this Fourth of July that we face but rarely: We are at odds over the meaning of our history and why, to quote our Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE


Greece and EU Attempt to Avoid Disastrous Default

Athens in recent days has experienced continuing popular protest, sporadically violent, against the economic austerity program demanded of Greece by the IMF.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



woodleywonderworks (CC-BY)

The Economy Is Bad Enough

With the nation struggling to recover from a devastating recession, unemployment stuck at crisis levels, financial markets spooked by the possibility of European defaults and consumers disinclined to consume, it makes no earthly sense to suck money out of the economy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Louis Lanzano

Gay Marriage: From Stonewall to Albany

New York’s action last week signifies more than just one more state added to the list of those permitting same-sex marriage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



© 2011 Reese Erlich

The Economics of a ‘Rabbit Cage’

As we walk on land ripe with eggplant and cucumbers, we can see the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot. The farm is so close to those communities that family members use an Israeli telecommunications company to get Internet access. But the family can’t export its crops.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



‘Shade It Black’: The Bodybaggers of Iraq

Jess Goodell volunteered when she was a Marine to work in the corps’ mortuary affairs unit in Iraq. Her job was to collect the bodies and body parts of fallen fellow Marines. She wrote a book about the experience called “Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq.” Here are excerpts from Goodell’s book and Chris Hedges’ interview with the author, read by classically trained actor and Truthdig contributor Eunice Wong.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

Why Does the War Go On?

The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE


Huntsman: Yes, He Might

Here are the key questions about Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy: Is he the American version of David Cameron? And is the Republican Party ready for a Cameron moment?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Anonymous and LulzSec Join Forces

Two groups of cyber-rabble-rousers whose members already may share a synergistic relationship are teaming up to do their hacktivism in tandem, and on Monday LulzSec and Anonymous kicked off their “AntiSec” campaign with an auspicious first target.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance

Tim DeChristopher is in prison for standing in the way of the corporate and governmental destruction of the ecosystem.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Once Again, Obama Faces a Choice in Afghanistan

Back in 2009, President Obama was presented with two options for the war in Afghanistan: a troop surge favored by the military and a leaner counterterrorism strategy promoted by Vice President Joe Biden. He went with the surge, sending an additional 30,000 troops to fight in a war without purpose. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE



Bill S (CC-BY-ND)

Rigging the 2012 Election

An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Makes Dubya Look Good

Perhaps I should thank the current crop of Republican presidential candidates for providing me with an experience I never, ever expected to have: During this week’s debate in New Hampshire, I had a moment of nostalgia for George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



http://twitter.com/#!/lulzsecLulz Security

Hack Attack: Senate, CIA Sites Take a Hit

A band of hackers by the collective name of LulzSec brought the CIA’s website down for the count Wednesday, and while they were at it the technogeeks broke into the Senate’s site.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

No Justice in Kafka’s America

The draconian legal mechanisms that condemn Muslim Americans who speak out publicly about the outrages we commit in the Middle East have left many wasting away in supermax prisons.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE


America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm

I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage of Americans setting their tap water on fire and at least agree to stop pursuing energy policies that we know endanger our health and safety—if not out of altruism, then out of self-interest.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.

Declare Victory—and Leave

Slender threads of hope are nice but do not constitute a plan. Nor do they justify continuing to pour American lives and resources into the bottomless pit of Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Facebook

Poll: Are You Worried That Facebook Recognizes Your Face?

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe are concerned about a new Facebook feature that uses face-recognition software to “tag” users in their friends’ photos. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Canary in the GOP Coal Mine

In an age of media flying circuses where you never know who is running for president and who is just trying to boost book sales and speaking fees, Mitt Romney did it the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


Playing With Default

The current puppet play in Congress—where Republicans sponsored a bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling only because they wanted to vote it down—would be funny, if only they weren’t risking economic disaster.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



© 2011 Reese Erlich

Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution

As Dr. Mohammad Shafik stands in the chaotic emergency room of the Cairo hospital where he works, his biggest worry as patients are wheeled in is not about issues of medical care.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


No Need to Demagogue the Ryan Plan

Republicans who invented “death panels” out of whole cloth and insisted, falsely, that Obama’s health proposal was nothing but a “government takeover” have a lot of nerve complaining about the “demagoguery” against Rep. Paul Ryan.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


Cutting Kids’ Health Care Will Make Deficits Bigger

In the name of curtailing deficits, politicians across the country are hacking away at programs that aim to make children healthier.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


The Brief on Rep. Weiner

Rep. Anthony Weiner would be having a much better week if he could establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he wears either old-fashioned boxer shorts or classic tighty-whiteys.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Staff Sgt. Jeff Kaus

Budget Problems, America? Try Ending Your Many Wars

To the wayfaring American citizen, the view of Washington, D.C., from abroad is as bizarre as that of Oz. One cannot believe what is happening.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / abraham.williams (CC-BY-SA)

Chinese Hackers Bust Into U.S. Gmail Accounts

The Google email accounts of hundreds of American journalists and government and military officials were successfully raided as part of a spear-phishing operation conducted by Chinese hackers who tricked their targets into signing in on a decoy login page.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE


Hope and Resistance in Honduras

While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE


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