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Angry House Dems Reject Bush-Obama Tax Cuts

Democrats in the House passed a resolution Thursday telling the president not to bother bringing his compromise extension of tax cuts for the wealthy to their chamber. Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would continue to work with the White House and, if history is our guide, the White House will continue to work with Republicans to get the bill passed.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / April L.Brown

Every Man His Own Historian

In our post-factual world, history has become another battlefield, with far-flung hostilities over cultural and political differences as well as the imperial adventures abroad.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Leaks Disclose Complicated U.S. Strategy

The WikiLeaks documents reveal the irrelevance in much of what was being reported by American diplomats. There was no recognizable pattern or purpose.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


One-Man Fire Brigade

Ben Bernanke may or may not succeed in saving the economy, but at least he has the courage to try—and the honesty to tell the truth. The same cannot be said of our elected officials.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Julian Assange Has a Backup Plan

When asked what would happen if he was “taken out,” either physically or technically, WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an online chat that more than 100,000 people have encrypted copies of leaked material and “if something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Exposes Secrecy Abuse

Ronald Goldfarb, writing in The Hill, points out that 90 percent of the 16 million classified documents generated each year should be open in the first place. “The burden,” he writes, “ought to be on those classifying confidentially to make the clear case for secrecy, and the presumption should be for openness.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


Can Democrats ‘Up Their Game’?

Being the party of “new and improved” surely beats getting trapped in a fight whose terms were set entirely by Republicans.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



WikiLeak This Ear

Today on the list: The GOP vs. Sarah Palin, what Google charges for government surveillance, and WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange’s political philosophy explained.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE


Where Is Obama Going?

Is President Obama’s strategy of offering pre-emptive concessions destined to make enemies of his potential friends in the electorate without winning over any of his adversaries?

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Just the Fibs, Ma’am

It’s a sad day when working journalists condemn those who would pry loose a few secrets from the national security state. Glenn Greenwald has done an excellent job tracking the hypocrites, hacks and access addicts. His latest target is Joe Klein (above), who describes WikiLeaks’ work as a “human disaster.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE


WikiLeaks and the End of U.S. ‘Diplomacy’

The way the U.S. conducts diplomacy is now getting more exposure than ever—as is the apparent ease with which the U.S. government lives up (or down) to the adage used by pioneering journalist I.F. Stone: “Governments lie.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


Tough Times for Superpowers

The secret U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks leave one overriding impression: It’s hard out there for a superpower.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Wants to Put Federal Workers’ Wages on Ice

In his latest bid to chip away at our nation’s trillion-dollar deficit, President Obama announced a new proposal Monday to freeze civilian federal employees’ salaries for the next two years, pointing to the need for all Americans to “sacrifice” ...

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



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White House Proposes Federal Pay Freeze

Those greedy bureaucrats sending out Grandma’s Social Security check and cleaning the toilets in our national parks finally will get slapped down, thanks to our honest, hard-working politicians. Republican lawmakers ...

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. It is a pretty good bet we will all spend a night in jail. Hope, from now on, will look like this.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Iran’s Best Friends on Capitol Hill

By stalling or killing President Obama’s new START treaty, Republicans would provide moral support to Iran, North Korea and any other rogue regime seeking to arm itself with nukes.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


A Childish Tantrum Over TSA Rules

Some of the loudest howls of outrage over the new airport security rules emanate from those who would be quickest to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect us if a bomber did slip through.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore

Health insurance executives at an industry strategy session on how to respond to Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary “Sicko” thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff,” says whistle-blower Wendell Potter.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Dear Abusive Travelers, TSA Workers Are People, Too

Seriously, people, it’s not like John Q. TSA Worker woke up this morning jonesing to goose you. The union that represents the unfortunate patters-down says its members have been subjected to verbal abuse and even acts of physical violence since the new travel rules took effect.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


Touch My Junk: Body Scans and Pat-Downs for Everyone

To paraphrase the government’s reaction to the backlash against new airport screening measures, “We hear you. Tough it up.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 READ MORE



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GM’s Big Day

The troubled, bankrupted, bailed-out, reinvented automaker had a record day on Wall Street, potentially raising $23.1 billion, and the White House is breathing a sigh of relief. But as the BBC’s Paul Adams cautions, it will be a while before the taxpayers get their money back.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



The Warning Cell Phone Makers Keep Hidden

Today on the list: Cell phone companies conceal a health warning, Michelangelo’s David the way it was meant to be seen, and Hollywood doesn’t care about poor people—or old people.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



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The Day China Diverted the Internet

For 18 minutes last April 8, as much as 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic was rerouted through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. commission, which said the diverted data included communications from Congress and the U.S. military. ...

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


The Earmark Sideshow

The facts about earmarks—and the deficit, for that matter—are so simple that even the dumbest birther should be able to understand.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



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La Vie en Denial

I read “Decision Points” and it turns out that George W. Bush is the Edith Piaf of fiscal policy: He regrets nothing.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Republicans Give Up Pork

Senate Republicans have agreed not to use earmarks, the bacon delivery system favored by many a senator. It’s a party decision, but there’s movement for a floor vote banning earmarks altogether, and the White House and some Democrats are on board.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


NATO Summit Unlikely to Answer the Most Important Questions

To adapt to secular use a phrase from medieval mysticism, “the cloud of unknowing” deepens as the war-waging countries of North America and Western Europe approach their NATO “summit.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


A Cry From Argentina: ‘Close Guantanamo’

“Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future,” said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Victorious Foe of Government Health Care Demands Government Health Care

And the hypocrite-of-the-day award goes to Andy Harris of Maryland. The incoming Republican congressman who campaigned against “Obamacare” caused a stir Monday when he complained that his government-subsidized congressional health care coverage would be delayed a month.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


Runaway Military: A Raw Deal at Half the Price

I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: Slash defense spending along with everything else.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



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G-20 Plagued by Timidity

The potentially explosive G-20 meeting in Seoul was smothered before anything spectacular could happen.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Litchfield

Connecting the Dots on the Great Disconnect

The nation is dividing into ever-more-irreconcilable niches—like fans of competing teams, rather than members of a greater whole with shared purpose.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Rank-and-File Frustration

“Why don’t they fight back?” That’s the question I’ve been hearing from the Democratic Party’s stunned and dispirited base.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Dishonoring Pat Tillman

Veterans were honored all across America Thursday, while the most famous veteran of our ongoing wars continues to be dishonored.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chitose Suzuki

The Elites Are Having a Tea Party

Taxes are the best weapon against the kind of self-perpetuating Ivy League elitism so despised by the tea party.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Republicans Repeal Health Care at Their Peril

Election Day exit polls showed that the health care bill is not nearly so widely despised as right-wing propaganda suggests—and that its demise is certainly not the highest priority of voters.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama in the Company of Killers

If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it’s news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it’s just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Paul Morse

British Deny Bush’s Claim That Torture Paid Off

In his new memoir, George W. Bush claims that information obtained by waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammad 183 times helped foil plots to attack targets in the United Kingdom. British intelligence and Cabinet officials—Labor and Conservative alike—beg to differ.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



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No Punishment Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes

After a three-year investigation, the government has decided not to charge the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videotapes of waterboarding after the White House and the agency had ordered that the recordings be preserved.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Wanted: Mojo All Around

In his only interview since the GOP rampage, with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” President Obama was reasonable, analytical, professorial—but also uninspired and uninspiring.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


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