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Not a Job for Angry Daddy

The presidency is not a play in two acts. The disaster in the Gulf is not six characters in search of a leader. So why the coverage of President Obama and the oil spill as theater criticism?

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Ralph Nader on Prop. 14

What Ralph Nader has to say about California’s Prop. 14, Rupert Murdoch’s billion-dollar disaster, and reports and videos on the flotilla raid you won’t find in U.S. media.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Israel From 10,000 Feet

The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state’s toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


Who Runs America’s Response to the Oil Blowout?

The conduct of Barack Obama in the BP affair, and all that preceded it, has become to this writer all but incomprehensible. I cannot imagine a more compelling portrayal of impotence.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE



Illustration from White House photo by Pete Souza

Five Reasons Obama Should Take Over BP

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich writes, “If the government can take over giant global insurer AIG and the auto giant General Motors and replace their CEOs, in order to keep them financially solvent, it should be able to put BP’s north American operations into temporary receivership in order to stop one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Kai Henry (CC-BY)

You Need a Raise

The theories on which we base wages are highly flawed—and so is your paycheck.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


Adm. Cool in a Very Hot Seat

Adm. Thad Allen is an expert on thankless jobs. After the initial response to Hurricane Katrina had been botched, President Bush assigned him to clean up the mess. Now President Obama has put him in charge of handling the worst oil spill in the nation’s history.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Defending Our Natural Resources From Presidents and Profits

Barack Obama is, in many admirable ways, our most progressive president in decades. But as an environmentalist, let’s face it, he’s no Richard Nixon.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Michael Jordan of Bailouts

Someone is going to bear the massive cost of damage to the Gulf Coast economy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out to make sure it isn’t the oil firms whose rig caused the catastrophe in the first place.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

On Thursday Robert Scheer responded to reader questions and comments about his column “Blame Clinton, Not Paul.” Scheer said, “both Democrats and Republicans have betrayed the interests of black and brown people and those who got stuck with subprime mortgages, and that’s the pressing civil rights issue right now.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



When Oil and Hurricane Mix

What happens when you mix a massive oil spill with a hurricane? When Obama finally decides to negotiate with the Taliban, what will he ask for? And how did Jane Austen become such a big celebrity? Answers to these and other vexing questions after the jump.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Muddle Oozing From the Gulf

So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government? The answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


What Rand Really Believes

Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding “overexposure.” When he emerges from hiding and explains his most extreme positions, even many Republicans may think twice or three times before they vote for him.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Security Strategy Looks Much Like the Old One

Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / CPO John Kepsimelis

EPA Weighs Sanctions Against BP

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE



Out of the Ashes Edition

We’re all on Prozac, Stravinsky gets arrested for messing with the anthem, Twitter is taking over the world (and Larry’s List) and the Dalai Lama is introduced to the Green Party. Will the world survive today’s list? Not as we know it.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


Salazar: ‘All-Stars’ Will ‘Kill This Well’

The interior secretary, defending the government’s response to the ocean of oil building up in the Gulf of Mexico, says the U.S. has assembled “a team of all-stars that are now leading an Apollo 13 type effort” to kill the well and contain the disaster.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

A Month Later, Feds Are Angry With BP

Since oil began leaking into the Gulf of Mexico more than a month ago, the U.S. government and oil giant BP have been engaged in a marriage of convenience that has left the public—and public commentators—furious at both. (continued)

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


China to Stop Spying on Its People, Will Use Facebook Instead

According to the head of the domestic spying operation, China decided to scrap its elaborate array of spy satellites, eavesdropping devices and closed-circuit surveillance cameras after recognizing that Facebook put them all to shame.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Soul Mates Bork and Paul

That Robert Bork took a stand against the Civil Rights Act in 1963 is bad enough; back then, Bork had plenty of company. That Rand Paul seems to hew to these views in 2010 is as disturbing as it is amazing.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Manish Swarup

Thai Government Says Order Has Been Restored

The Thai government announced that it has retaken control of the country after several weeks of bloody anti-government demonstrations that paralyzed Bangkok and created a deep political rift within Thai society.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / epicharmus (CC-BY)

Making Sense of the Financial Reform Bill

The Senate passed on Thursday what The Wall Street Journal described as “the most extensive overhaul of financial-sector regulation since the 1930s.” The New York Times breaks down what’s in the bill and how it might change when reconciled with the House version. Worth noting: Democrats Russ Feingold and Maria Cantwell voted against the measure.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Stains on the GOP Too

Rand Paul’s stunning victory in Kentucky demonstrates that the tea party movement does not intend to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul

Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



‘Australia Loses Freedom Points’ Edition

Chinese swingers head to jail, Australia hunts down and grounds the founder of WikiLeaks, and David Lynch does Dior. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Oil Rules

The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE



Freedom From Porn Edition

What Obama hasn’t learned about offshore oil drilling, why Steve Jobs and Apple want to offer “freedom from porn,” and how GM bamboozled the country into thinking it repaid its bailout money.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Amy Sancetta

Happy Days Aren’t Here Again

Don’t be fooled by newspaper reports claiming that higher unemployment is somehow good news—it isn’t.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin Stumberg

BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’

These deformed individuals carrying out the global genocide against human life and the natural world lack the capacity for empathy. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Thai Government Rejects Mediation

The Thai government has rejected a U.N.-backed mediation plan aimed at settling the increasingly bloody conflict between protesters and the regime. The plan was to pull troops back from the protesters’ encampment in Bangkok and get some dialogue going.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage

Arizona’s latest attempt to put Latinos in their place is an oppressive new law that imposes restrictions on the teaching of history.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us

Imagine an alternate universe in which a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / david55king (CC-BY)

Jerusalem Jews Tell Elie Wiesel to Get Real

You may recall Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s letter urging President Barack Obama to lay off of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem. A group of prominent intellectuals who actually live in the city have written their own withering response, calling Wiesel’s letter a fantasy “replete with factual errors and false representations.”

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Euro’s Crisis Has American Fingerprints

Self-admittedly profligate Greece did not invent the world crisis, nor did Portugal, Spain or Italy. The guilt lies with the United States.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


David Cameron

David Cameron, You’re Britain’s New Prime Minister

Conservative leader David Cameron, come on down. You may not have won an outright majority in the U.K.’s recent election, but her majesty the queen has this consolation prize: a fabulous stay in Number 10 Downing Street and a job administering her government until ... (continued)

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Berkman10_220 (CC-BY-SA)

Supreme Court: Elena Kagan Gets Obama’s Nod (Update: Video)

Much will be pored over and found and reported on Elena Kagan in the coming months. Right now the important bit is this: She’s Elena Kagan, former Harvard Law dean, current U.S. solicitor general and President Obama’s choice to sit on the highest court in the land. Oh, and Thurgood Marshall called her “Shorty.”

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Lefty Parties Celebrate Victory in Germany

Angela Merkel has reason to make the Bush-back-rub face: Her ruling coalition just suffered a major loss in a regional election with national implications. The Green Party, the Left Party and, by extension, the Social Democrats were all big winners.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jon Super

What Britain Taught Us About Hard Times and the Left

Britain produced an electoral earthquake all right, but not the one so many expected. The real lessons have less to do with two-party systems than with how economic change has challenged old strategies on both the right and the left.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Motto of Mad Men

“I Want My Country Back”—this ubiquitous tea party mantra belongs next to Nike’s “Just Do It” on Ad Age’s list of the most transcendent idioms.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


Will We Keep Hating the Government?

Ever heard the one about the guy who hated government until a deregulated Wall Street crashed, an oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, a coal mine collapsed, and some good police work stopped a terrorist attack?

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


What We Learned From Times Square

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


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