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AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


The Tea Party Is Winning

We are acting as if the only real problem the United States confronts is the budget deficit, the only test of leadership is whether a president is willing to make big cuts in programs that protect the elderly, and the largest threat to our prosperity comes from public employees.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Will the Egyptian Revolution Also Devour Its Young?

Egypt in February 2011 is not Iran in January 1979, yet I am reminded of the fate of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, once Iran’s foreign minister, ultimately destroyed by the man and movement he devoted his life to bring to power.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



How the Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


The Submerged State

The Great Paradox—that is what future generations will likely call this era, and rightly so.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Why Do They Hate Social Security?

Among the mysteries of modern politics in America is why so many of our leading pundits and politicians persistently seek to undermine Social Security, that enduring and successful emblem of active government.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Dispatches From Cairo: The Prophet’s Birthday

Most Egyptians were prejudiced against themselves. This revolution gave them pride and purpose and reminded them how great the Egyptian people are.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Fear Not the Muslim Brotherhood Boogeyman

The hysteria in American media about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is not only ignorant and demagogic, it is hypocritical.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt

Under federal law, borrowers who develop lasting disabilities after taking out federal student loans are entitled to have their debts forgiven. The system was meant to spare former students who become disabled from a lifetime of spiraling debt. But the process of discharging the loans of disabled borrowers is broken.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shawn Poynter

Fight for a World Without Coal

The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry, armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other activists in the governor’s outer office in Frankfort, Ky.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hani Mohammed

The Protests Continue in Yemen

In the third straight day of confrontation, several hundred protesters clashed with police in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa as demonstrations against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh echoed events in Egypt and elsewhere across the Arab world.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE


Egypt’s Long Road Ahead

Hosni Mubarak’s iron rule crumbles but will not go gently. He still believes himself president of Egypt, although Egypt does not.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Judging Obama’s Relaunch

Is President Obama a friend of business or a critic of business? The answer: Yes.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / National Archives

Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Self-Obsessed Washington’s Confused Response to Egypt

The administration has been addressing the Egyptians as if they were American puppets that perversely have taken on life.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

The corporate state does not have a Politburo or raving dictator, but it shares one aspect with despotic regimes and the collapsed empires that have plagued human history.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



Reagan Library

The Last Reagan Campaign: Legacy

When President Reagan left office in 1981, his legacy did not seem Mount Rushmore quality.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons From Our Egypt Moment

In light of the history-shaking events on the streets of Cairo, it’s not surprising that a truly remarkable development slipped through the news cycle with barely a nod.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


The Devils We Know

Bargains with the devil never end well. For decades, successive U.S. administrations have embraced autocratic, repressive regimes in the Arab world—and now, as we see in the bloody streets of Cairo, it’s time to pay the price.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


Countering the Usurpers

I’ve been bristling recently at conservatives’ dual hijacking: morality and the Constitution as the domain of small-government conservatives. I’d like them back.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


America’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The democratic uprising in Egypt has brought into relief a gradual and little-noticed transformation in American politics.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


The Right Smears ElBaradei

To his fellow Egyptians and to most observers across the world, Mohamed ElBaradei looks like a hero—an international diplomat who might well have lived out his days in the comforts of Geneva and New York but instead returned home to provide leadership despite serious personal peril.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Saad’s Revolution

A largely unheralded hero of the Egyptian revolution is a mild-mannered academic who endured imprisonment and then exile for daring to criticize the Mubarak family’s increasingly dynastic ambitions.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Make Sense of Government?

A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn’t want to ruffle any ideological feathers.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Egyptian Protesters

This week we acknowledge the thousands who have been marching against tyranny in the 30th year of President Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. (Honorable mentions after the jump.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Govt’s Loan Mod Program Crippled by Lax Oversight and Deference to Banks

With millions of homeowners still struggling to stay in their homes, the Obama administration’s $75 billion foreclosure prevention program has been weakened, perhaps fatally, by lax oversight and a posture of cooperation—rather than enforcement—with the nation’s biggest banks.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Mike Licht (CC-BY)

Obfuscating Unemployment

During the Great Depression, high rates of unemployment prevailed for 11 years. The experience of seeing a free market system drive itself into a rut that it cannot pull itself out of is nothing new. And we have long known the solution.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Changes the Narrative

Complaints about President Obama’s State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured but not obliterated by the evening’s novel seating arrangements) seemed to miss its point and purpose.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

Be ready for the paradoxical phase of Barack Obama’s presidency. Many things will not be exactly as they appear.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


If Only We Had More Sarge Shrivers

If Americans had really understood what was happening with the Peace Corps, we might be a much greater country today and the world might be a better place as well.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Ed Yourdon (CC-BY-SA)

Justice Dept. Wants Providers to Retain Internet Data

The Justice Department will ask Congress to make it mandatory for Internet service providers to retain data on their users’ activity. Law enforcement officials already can ask for data to be preserved, but Justice would like to have more robust snooping capabilities in order to investigate and prosecute “almost every type of crime.” (more)

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont Weighs Constitutional Amendment to Ban Corporate Personhood

On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Meat-Cleaver Budgeting

Republicans who feign attacks of the vapors and fainting spells over the big, scary deficit would be more convincing if they didn’t begin with the insane premise that defense spending should be sacrosanct.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Without Obama, We Lose So Much More Than an Election

The selfish negativity expressed by Republicans in the House health care debate last week showed why we should fight hard for President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


Discretion Advised

Discretionary spending, the part of the federal budget that is not on autopilot and is subject to annual appropriations, generally constitutes less than 40 percent of federal spending. Take out defense spending and that share drops to well under 20 percent.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

A Tale of Two Dictators

There’s a certain irony in the fact that as one bloody, corrupt dictator headed off to ignominious exile, thousands of miles away another returned.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / John Lewis (CC-BY)

Obama’s New Chief of Staff Makes $8.3 Million From Wall Street Gig

In preparation for his new White House job, William Daley sold $8.3 million of JPMorgan Chase stock. Thanks to government regulations, Daley can postpone paying the capital gains on that haul until he leaves public life, which, given how fast the door between Obama’s White House and Wall Street spins, shouldn’t be too long.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE


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