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AP / Cliff Owen

The Cuts Are Coming

Republicans have their biggest statehouse majority in more than 80 years, and they’re taking orders from a man who wants to take government and “drown it in the bathtub.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Christophe Ena

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?

American officials were for Tunisia’s ousted despot before they were against him. Across the Middle East and Central Asia it’s the same: U.S. allies are invariably corrupt dictators, maintained in power by lavish patronage and the military.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

WikiLeaks Exposes the Danger of Pakistan’s Nukes

There are few scenarios more frightening for America than a domestic nuclear terrorist attack. We now know that U.S. policy is actually increasing the danger of a nuclear incident.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE


How Violent Talk Blocks Sane Gun Laws

The descriptions of President Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE



twitter.com / wikileaks

Twitter Fights the Man

When the Justice Department hit Twitter with a court order demanding the private data of certain users associated with WikiLeaks, the G-men might have expected that the social networking site would wilt like the half-dozen easily bullied companies that have cut off the whistle-blower, but Twitter, in the words of Wired’s Ryan Singel, “beta-tested a spine.” (more)

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE


How Many Bullets Do You Need?

“High Capacity Magazines ... When ten rounds isn’t enough,” the Internet site offers. When, exactly, would that be? Enough for what?

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


China’s Growing Military Might and American Rashness

The U.S. can pursue one of two courses in East Asia: Either negotiate an understanding with regional powers and redeploy American troops, or continue the dangerous drift that provokes China’s insecurities.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / M Glasgow (CC-BY)

Gun Crazy

We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Mad Mike 3000

Internet Lies Meet the Armed and Unhinged

There are limits to the virtues of free expression in a nation where semiautomatic pistols can be obtained by near-lunatics, including those who believe that their mission is to save the United States or mankind from the forces of darkness.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Petros Giannakouris

Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE


Washington Loves a Paradox

In a Washington circus that features as many morons as oxymorons, we have self-described deficit hawks who promote tax cuts, alleged war opponents who back war escalations and supposed anti-government conservatives who press to expand the National Security State.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


The House of Professors

Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


Economic Suicide

Is it a case of murder, or has the Western economy deliberately, if unwittingly, attempted suicide and nearly succeeded?

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller

We Really Do Spend More Than $1 Trillion on War

The Pentagon’s budget is only about half of what the U.S. spends on war and defense. If you add costs like nuclear weapons and the medical care of wounded soldiers, the figure tops $1 trillion. Robert Higgs has the math to prove it.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


Darrell Issa, Step Away From the Corporations

When it comes to food safety, as with airline safety, mine safety, pick an industry: Regulations save lives.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Wrong Again, Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham has been wrong about almost everything in the Middle East for a decade and a half, so his harebrained proposal to build permanent bases in Afghanistan is hardly surprising.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Marc Nozell (CC-BY)

When Conservatives Celebrate Terrorists

What to make of conservatives Rudy Giuliani, Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge and Fran Townsend celebrating the officially designated terrorist organization Mujaheddin-e Khalq? Glenn Greenwald has some ideas.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE


Celebrating the New GOP Majority

Welcome to the Republicans who take over the House of Representatives this week. Since it is a new year, let us be optimistic about what this development means for our nation.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

New Year’s Call for a Border Reboot

In light of a recent murder, and considering that we are about to ring in a new year, I think the time has come to reframe the border discussion.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


A Snow-Filled Glimpse of America’s Future

“Welcome to the New Normal.” Those words should be displayed at New York’s airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast’s latest “snowpocalypse.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


Will Liberals Learn From Adversity?

Was 2010 American liberalism’s Waterloo? If there is one thing the Obama White House most underestimates, it is the dispirited mood of its troops.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



USMC / Cpl. Brandon Rodriguez

A Far From Happy New Year

The paradox that is seldom discussed in politics or the press is that the United States, with total military resources equal to those of all the rest of the world combined, wages wars that consistently turn out badly, leaving American enemies in power.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


A Reality Check for the GOP

It’s been not quite two months’ time since Republicans won a sweeping midterm victory, and already they seem divided, embattled and—not to mince words—freaked out. For good reason, I might add.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Game-Changer List

This year was a game-changer, and what we need is a game-changer list. On that kind of list, I would drop one-off sensations, beginning with the oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the mine rescue. No. 1 would be WikiLeaks.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Ludovic Bertron (CC-BY)

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


Faces of Economic Death

If you’ve turned on the tube these last few weeks, you’ve probably been a collateral casualty of the biggest televisual war of attrition in recent memory.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Fradioon Pooya

Speaking Ill of ‘the Best and the Brightest’

One of “the best and the brightest” died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

‘Don’t Ask’: Not Quite Fa La La Just Yet

It would appear that all us gay folks should don our gay apparel and go caroling from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol, thanking our elected representatives for finally giving us the right to kill and be killed without simultaneously hiding in the closet.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The B-Plus President

I doubt that President Obama is about to sit down at the end of this year and tell Oprah Winfrey that he is giving himself a B-plus as he did just a year ago.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


Good Business, for CEOs and Commoners Alike

Our government already favors certain industries—finance and defense, among them. President Obama should identify the parts of the private sector that share an interest in reducing the dreadful inequalities that have metastasized over nearly four decades.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Round and Round in Afghanistan

The good news is that President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan is “on track.” The bad news is that the track runs in a circle.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


So Far Health Care Rulings Are Disturbingly Predictable

I’m hoping for the moment when a federal judge picked by a Democratic president strikes down the health care law. Or when a Republican-appointed judge upholds it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class John Miller

U.S. Sues BP, Transocean for Damages ‘Without Limitation’

Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is going after nine companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon spill “for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

Democracy: Made in China

China is experimenting with representative democracy. Cynics say “don’t hold your breath,” but they fail to consider a new generation of Chinese citizens and leaders who are developing different sensibilities than their forebears.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


‘Assangination’: From Character Assassination to the Real Thing

Despite being granted bail, WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange remains imprisoned in London. Politicians and commentators, meanwhile, have been repeatedly calling for Assange to be killed.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


Colonialism Still at Heart of Africa’s Problems

What do you call it when a country’s elites exploit its people and resources for profit abroad?

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tim Suess

The Hot New Tourist Destination: Chernobyl

The Ukrainian government is planning to invite tourists inside the 30-mile exclusion zone to get up close and personal with nuclear disaster. The ministry of emergency situations says visitors should be safe—provided they don’t wander. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE


A Wiki Hornet’s Nest

Do we want the people who run Amazon, PayPal, Facebook, Twitter or perhaps even—shudder—Microsoft, Apple or Google making political decisions on our behalf?

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Peter Dejong

No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted

We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


The Specter Haunting Obama

American decline is the specter haunting our politics. This could be President Obama’s undoing—or it could provide him with the opportunity to revive his presidency.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


Hold Your Nose and Vote ‘Aye’

Approve the lousy deal. It pains me to write those words, because the agreement President Obama negotiated with Republicans on tax cuts is really quite awful.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / (CC-BY-ND)

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



wikileaks.info

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



Wikimedia Commons / Natural RX

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


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