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New Job Numbers for March Don’t Meet Expectations

This would feel like horse-race politics, employment edition, if only the stakes weren’t so high: The Department of Labor released employment data on Friday for the month of March, and the results didn’t match more optimistic projections for the blustery month.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama’s (Smaller) Army of Volunteers

The night after President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act was being mercilessly attacked by U.S. Supreme Court conservatives, I was surprised to find a group of Obama volunteers cheerfully gathered in a nondescript office building east of Los Angeles to make phone calls for the president’s campaign.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


The High Court’s Supremely Unethical Activists

While the public awaits the Supreme Court’s judgment on the constitutionality of health care reform, it is worth remembering how cheaply Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in particular have sullied the integrity of their lifetime appointments.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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He’ll Still Be the Mitt We Know

The problem for Mitt Romney, assuming he eventually wins the GOP nomination, is that a general election campaign isn’t really like an Etch A Sketch. Alas, traces from the primaries linger.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

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GOP Individual Mandate

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The Supreme Court Has Us Guessing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Just like a doctor, the Supreme Court keeps the nation waiting; Trayvon Martin and the law; remembering Adrienne Rich; Hawaiian sovereignty, and a tortured journalist speaks out.

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The Supreme Court Has Us Guessing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Just like a doctor, the Supreme Court keeps the nation waiting; Trayvon Martin and the law; remembering Adrienne Rich; Hawaiian sovereignty; and a tortured journalist speaks out.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Five Hypocrites and One Bad Plan

The Supreme Court is so full of it, but the sad truth is that President Obama and the Democrats brought this potential judicial disaster upon themselves.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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If Obamacare Goes, Will America ‘Let Him Die’?

We know how tea party Republicans would cope with the financial problem posed by ill and injured people who show up at hospitals without coverage. They told us last fall during the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., when they cheered for “Let him die!”

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Health Care: We’re All in This Together

Gatherings of my generation inevitably end up with deep conversations about aches and pains and medical insurance. Sad. In France, people talk about food and wine.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Justices Dissect Health Care Law

Would it be possible to let some of President Obama’s infamous 2010 health care reform legislation—or “Obamacare,” if you speak Republican—stand while scrapping other parts and still have a functional law at the end of the process? That was one big question Supreme Court justices grappled with on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Health Care Mandate Threatens Progressive Legacy

The Supreme Court is now prepared to sidestep if not reverse decades of law, and the damage won’t stop with health care.

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Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


Overturning Health Care Law Could Be the ‘Best Thing’ Ever for Democrats

James Carville doesn’t think it would be good for the country, but if the Supreme Court decides to throw out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, from a purely political angle, “the Republican Party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future.”

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Individual Freedom Mandate

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Supreme Court Is Life and Death Panel

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High Court Kicks Off Health Care Hearings

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court launched a three-day deliberation session on the timely (well, for Campaign 2012, anyway) and controversial topic of the health care overhaul that President Obama oversaw and signed into law in 2010.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: ‘If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like Trayvon’

President Obama speaks out on the killing of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Is it right for a president to weigh in on a federal investigation? Listen in as Robert Scheer, Warren Olney and Shawn Steel take a crack at this question on “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Quiet Revolution in America’s Statehouses

What’s a pittance for a super PAC can buy a state senator, beginning with financing a campaign and continuing support into the statehouse. These campaigns to take over state governments will grow as business sees the possibilities.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


Paul Ryan’s Plan for American Decline

If the foreign adversaries and competitors of the United States imagined a future that would fulfill their most ambitious objectives, it might begin with a government crippled by the House Republican leadership’s “Ryan budget” released on Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Campaigning Dems Register Higher on the Obamameter

Whatever President Obama is doing to reinstate closer ties with some high-profile members of his party is working, at least when it comes to congressional Democrats looking to extend their stays on Capitol Hill. So what’s his winning strategy?

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mark Duncan

Rep. Dennis Kucinich Loses His Seat in Congress

His is one of the strongest progressive voices in national politics, and he just lost his job to fellow Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur in an awkward primary showdown on Super Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Where President Romney Would Take Us

The Republicans want to make the presidential race about values, which they define as returning the nation to Victorian morality, laissez faire economics and a heavy dose of conservative Christian theology.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Contraception Crusade

Being a Catholic himself, Stephen Colbert is able to break down for the layperson (read: godless liberal) the Vatican’s stance on contraception, which recently became a hot-button (read: wedge) issue for Campaign 2012. 

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


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America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Boehner Goes on the Attack Against Contraception Policy

John Boehner’s keen instincts have compelled him to zero in on the highly charged—and politically advantageous—dispute about religious organizations and contraception coverage that’s currently reaching the boiling point on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the House speaker made a special speech devoted to the topic on the floor of Congress.

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Catholic Churches Bring Birth Control Debate Into Sunday Services

Health care, religion and contraception commingled in last weekend’s Sunday services at Catholic churches around the country after new health insurance rules from the Obama administration struck some church leaders as anathema to their beliefs and a threat to their religious freedom. 

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Corporations Have No Use for Borders

It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable, but that was the old Canada.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Thank You for Standing Up

We can vote for Romney or Obama, but Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil and Bank of America and the defense contractors always win. However, the iron grip of corporations over our lives will, eventually, be broken.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



Plan B / Teva Women's Health

Forget Roe, Try Griswold

Sunday marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but the big news this year is the debate over the 1965 decision of Griswold v. Connecticut that made contraception legal.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Pushing Big Pharma to Report Payments to MDs

The Obama administration is laying the legal groundwork to strongly encourage (read: enforce) more transparency between pharmaceutical companies and doctors by requiring drugmakers to divulge the details of their monetary exchanges with M.D.s for various services and perks.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Romneycare, v. 2012

The Affordable Care Act, the health reform signed into law by Obama, is now best known by the Republican label “Obamacare.” Romney hopes to ride that misleading word to the presidency.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


Bitter Primary Reveals the Real Romney

There is no shortage of evidence, emanating mostly from his own mouth, that privilege, arrogance and entitlement are major features of Mitt Romney’s character.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


10 American ABCs We May Soon Forget

Here are 10 current words and phrases that my kid may never know because they might end up as relics of a lost vernacular, starting with “civil liberties.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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A Brainpower Revolution

History will little note nor long remember that the payroll tax holiday was extended for two months rather than 12. The complex and difficult questions we’re avoiding, however, may haunt us through the century.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Krugman Deems PolitiFact ‘Useless and Irrelevant’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com is supposed to be a neutral referee in the mendacious political arena, but a decision to side with Republicans on 2011’s “Lie of the Year” has Paul Krugman pronouncing the fact-checking organization dead. (more)

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Three Supreme Court Cases That Should Worry You

If the Roberts court is consistent, 2012 could be remembered as a very bad year for working people, minorities and the poor.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


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