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AP / Ed Zurga

Deceit of Shakespearean Proportions

Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Jobs: Go Big or Go Home

President Obama’s promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



james.gordon6108 (CC-BY)

U.S. Wasted $30 Billion on Contractors

By an estimate its co-chairs call conservative, the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting has found that the government wasted $30 billion on the use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. The co-chairs, writing in The Washington Post, say that number could double. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Deep in the Heart of Fantasyland

“America is great, and it’s worth saving,” Rick Perry wrote in his book, “Fed Up!” Then he gave us 150 pages of what a terrible place this is, one only he can save.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Amnesty for the Indefensible

The administration has rushed to the aid of the banks once again and is attempting to intimidate the few state attorneys general who have the gumption to protect the public interest they are sworn to serve.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Save His Presidency

President Obama has only one option as he ponders a world economy teetering on the edge: He needs to go big, go long and go global.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Summer of Discontent

It’s not easy being Mitt Romney, the man who is right there in front of them but whom so many Republicans keep looking past.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

The Biggest Little Hypocrite in Texas

It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



Beatrice Murch (CC-BY-SA)

San Francisco Bay Area’s BART Pulls a Mubarak

What does the police killing of a homeless man in San Francisco have to do with the Arab Spring uprisings from Tunisia to Syria? The attempt to suppress the protests that followed.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE


Franken Calls for Oversight of Ratings Agencies

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is disturbed by the monopolistic power of the ratings agencies—and still determined to curb their abuses, as he tried to do last year with an amendment to the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE


Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

The unrest tearing apart Britain greatly resembles that of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and conditions across the U.S. could set off a new explosion of violence.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



Jacob Bøtter (CC-BY)

Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy

The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Hypersensitive Cops Use Internet Stalking Law to Punish YouTube Meanie

A warrant is out on Mrfuddlesticks. Apparently the cops in Renton, Wash., can’t take a joke, and that has put a constitutional right in jeopardy.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Enrique Dans (CC-BY)

Anonymous Is Going to Try to Kill Facebook (Video)

Remember, remember the fifth of November 2011. That’s the day hactivist collective Anonymous plans to “kill” the second-busiest website on the Internet “for the sake of your own privacy.” In a video message, Anonymous warns that “you are not safe from them [Facebook] nor from any government” to which the social networking website feeds information. (more)

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE


From Kilotons to Millisieverts: Japan’s Nuclear Legacy

In recent weeks, radiation levels have spiked at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors in Japan, with recorded levels of 10,000 millisieverts per hour at one spot. This is the number reported by the reactor’s discredited owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., although that number is simply as high as the Geiger counters go.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Can America Still Lead?

The world is looking to the United States to help power a recovery and provide leadership at a time when we are suffocatingly inward-looking—and when ultraconservatives are so dogmatic about slashing government that they are prepared to boot away our nation’s influence.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



Julien GONG Min (CC-BY)

A Downgrade’s GOP Fingerprints

There is one good reason to downgrade the United States’ credit rating, but S&P, whose credibility was already spent after the housing meltdown, gave a host of largely bogus explanations for its actions.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



Albert Sabaté

The Other Israelis

Israel began importing workers after the government choked off the flow of cheap Palestinian labor. Abuse and corruption are rampant as employers take advantage of a revolving-door policy meant to protect the state’s Jewish identity.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


The Wrong Problem ‘Solved’

The debt-ceiling fight generated enough hyperventilation and heartburn to replace a coal-fired power plant. The resulting product? It’s starting to look kind of puny and irrelevant.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Photo graphic by PZS from President Eisenhower's official portrait

Who Wants to Go Back to the ’50s?

Obama’s Eisenhower nostalgia is troubling. That was half a century ago—before the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and federal aid to education.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza (with a notable modification)

Even Wall Street Hates the Debt Deal

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plummeted by 760 points since the terms of the debt ceiling deal were announced Monday. If austerity was supposed to encourage economic growth, someone forgot to tell Wall Street. (more)

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker of the House

Oh, What a Tea Party!

Whatever they tell us, the men and women who run the country are governing for themselves and by themselves.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

The die has been cast. Obama’s deal to raise the debt ceiling is a disaster in the making.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



Jon Rawlinson (CC-BY)

God Bless Cantankerous Old Men

When Michael Jackson died a few years ago, my father, who is 72, called me to complain. “What the hell is this Max Jackoff business?”

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Without a Debt Deal, Obama Can Make the Rich Pay

If the deficit remains unfunded, the president should withhold money from the enforcement and the support of laws that enrich the rich. This would lead to higher wages for workers and lower prices for consumers, and it would help shield them from the cuts he wants to make in income security programs.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



House Speaker's Office

Power of the Big Idea

Conservatives are on a winning streak because they have a Big Idea that serves as an animating, motivating, unifying force. It happens to be a very bad idea, but it’s better than nothing—which, sadly, is what progressives have.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Republican hypocrites are out to settle ideological scores that have nothing to do with the debt they themselves ran up.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Adam J. Root

War Is a Racket

“War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



National Archives

The Money Melodrama in Washington

Any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don’t know anything about economics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE


Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Beaty

Republican Goofery Isn’t Limited to the Tea Party

There is a deep-rooted wrongheadedness about the Republicans as they drag the country toward fiscal disaster. Those afflicted with this harmful thinking range from tea party extremists like Michele Bachmann to pundits such as Peggy Noonan.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



futureatlas.com (CC-BY)

Blowing Up the House

We are witnessing the disintegration of tea party Republicanism.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Dysfunctional’ Too Polite to Describe Tea Party Congress

Even the most extreme Republican partisans in the Senate seem to realize that their House colleagues, seized by some combination of ideology, madness and pig ignorance, are propelling the country and the world toward economic chaos.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



Andrew Stawarz (CC-BY-ND)

Slapstick, Denial Highlight Murdochs’ Testimony

We seem to be expected to believe that the prime minister, the Murdochs, Mrs. Brooks and two of the most senior policemen in Britain, all were born yesterday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger (CC-BY-SA)

Murdoch: The Emperor Has No Clothes

The big guy always knows what’s going on, which is part of how he got to be the big man (or woman).

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Eat Humble Pie

“People say that Australia has given two people to the world,” Julian Assange told me in London recently, “Rupert Murdoch and me.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



Arcadio Esquivel, La Prensa, Panama

Cancer Will Not Keep Hugo Chavez From Politics

The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Disappeared

Torture, prolonged detention without trial, sexual humiliation, rape, disappearance, extortion, looting, random murder and abuse have become, as in Argentina during the Dirty War, part of our own subterranean world of detention sites and torture centers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Why Did Congress Waste Six Months?

The House Republican strategy to link a normally routine increase in the nation’s debt limit with a crusade to slash spending has already had a high cost, threatening the nation’s credit rating and making the United States look dysfunctional and incompetent to the rest of the world.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



David Salafia (CC-BY-ND)

I Missed My Chance to Pee on Rupert Murdoch

I first met Rupert Murdoch at the urinal in the men’s room. It was 1976 in an office building somewhere in Manhattan.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Making a Progressive Case

Do progressives care about reducing the national debt? Of course they do, no matter what the White House might believe.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

New China Will Be Red and Expert

Even in the midst of economic expansion, China is far from a model of unbridled capitalism.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


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