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AP/Damian Dovarganes

‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty

Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

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German Official Says Manual Typewriters May Be the Answer to NSA Spying

The idea has since been dismissed by other German politicians, but on a morning talk show, Patrick Sensburg, who is leading the Bundestag’s investigation into NSA surveillance, said the government has considered using non-electronic typewriters.

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This Is Why War Goes On

When Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu and his propagandists repeat and repeat that Gaza’s Hamas is responsible for this crisis, they are wrong.

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Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans Do Nothing but Rant

Apparently there’s a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions—and Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem.

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Iran Sentences Facebook Protesters to 127 Years in Prison

Eight “youths” in Iran were sentenced to an average of almost 16 years in prison for speaking out against their government, state media and Sky News reported Monday.

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AP/Khalil Hamra

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

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AP/Eric Gay

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE


Pandora’s Terminal

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Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems With Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eric Gay

Sending the Refugee Children Home Will Bring Lasting Shame

President Barack Obama is repeating the mistakes of the past, allowing bigoted know-nothings to determine this nation’s policy toward refugees.

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White House/Lawrence Jackson

Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats

The Export-Import Bank—a government agency providing taxpayer subsidized loans to multinational corporations—has been called “one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Ron Reiring (CC-BY)

An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE


Refocused Efforts

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Boy Name Sue

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Obama GOP Approval

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AP/Khalil Hamra

The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children

The arrest, abuse and killing of Palestinian children rarely generates much outrage outside of the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



Nomads of the Digital Age

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

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Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor.

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How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA’s Misguided Mission

Even those who believe the National Security Agency’s vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Progressive Constitution

Many kinds of conservatives contend that everything they believe is thoroughly consistent with the views and intentions of our 18th-century founders.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Perry Called ‘West Coast Metrosexual’ for Taking Off His Cowboy Boots

Apparently Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking a beating from his state’s answer to the fashionista, in the form of land commissioner and fellow Republican Jerry Patterson.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Almedalen: A Swedish Export the U.S. Could Use

Sixty miles off the coast of Sweden, in the Baltic Sea, sits the island of Gotland. Every summer, for one week, tens of thousands flock here to participate in a unique public event known as Almedalen.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Carl Pietzner

History Moves, but Not Always Ahead

The weekend past saw the centenary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz-Ferdinand, with as consequence the First World War.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eileen Kelly Fors, U.S. Navy

Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Dirk Loop (CC-BY)

The Vital Incoherent Center

Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert: Child Immigration Influx Clearly Obama’s Plot to Tip Voting Scales

Obviously the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border after having journeyed all the way from Central America have been brought in by President Obama in hopes they’ll grow up to vote him in again in a few years. That doesn’t sound crazy at all, right?

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE


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Break the Koch Machine (Video)

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Drone Dilemma

In our growing reliance on armed drones as instruments of war, how slippery is the slope we’re sliding on?

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Jose Luis Magana

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right to privacy is a reminder that support as well as opposition to civil liberty these days can come from unexpected quarters.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Thad Cochran’s Democratic Campaign

“There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Egyptian Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised

Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as “farcical.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’

Iraq is shattered and 300 U.S. military advisers can’t put the pieces back together. So now what? An old saying about the Middle East comes to mind: Things can always get worse.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Maya Alleruzzo

Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


Cantor Bites

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Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Ghoulish Face of Empire

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE


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Gun Violence

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U.S. Government at War With Itself Over Civil Liberties

Given the last year, it seems more than a bit hilarious that the U.S. government has just posted its latest annual announcement about “funding for programs that support Internet freedom.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq

It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



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How America’s Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



AP Photo/Jerome Delay

Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Zachary Scanlon

Keeping America’s Baghdad Swimming Pools Safe From Fanatics

The Marines—250 of them, together with carrier air support and Marine Corps Osprey support craft—have been dispatched to save the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the “biggest in the world,” “the size of the Vatican City,” with its swimming pools and skating rinks, from the menace of the offensive directed at Baghdad by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Andre Penner

The People’s Game Part Two: Brazil Rejects Neo-Liberal Soccer

What FIFA has imposed on Brazil is a kind of soccer that is nearly unrecognizable, and thus heretical, to the people who have, over the course of more than a century, made the sport into a national religion.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE


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