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AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Lincoln Memorial Closed After Paint Attack

One of the nation’s best-known and most accessible treasures has been shut while preservationists work to remove green paint splattered on Abraham Lincoln’s statue and his temple in Washington, D.C.

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‘Iraq Invades the United States’ and Other Headlines

March 9. On this early morning in 1916, Pancho Villa crossed the border with his horsemen, set fire to the city of Columbus, killed several soldiers, nabbed a few horses and guns, and the following day was back in Mexico to tell the tale.

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Video and Transcript: Obama’s Full Remarks on Trayvon Martin

President Obama made an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room Friday to share his thoughts on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

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Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE


Secret Intelligence Court a Precursor to Tyranny

The justification for this secret court—as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states—is national security.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



AP

The Most Secretive Court in America May Also Be the Most Conservative

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a unique judicial body, not only in terms of its procedures but in terms of the political leanings of its judges, who comprise a panel so uniformly Republican that the five-justice right-wing majority on the current Supreme Court appears positively liberal in comparison.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Happy Fourth of July Wherever You Come From

In the days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began arresting, without charges, Japanese immigrants in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii who were on government lists as possible threats to national security.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Khalil Hamra

How Egypt’s Michele Bachmann Became President and Plunged the Country Into Chaos

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has reinforced the widespread fear of the Muslim Brotherhood at every turn.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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A Most Political and Activist Court

The week’s judicial work leads to the question of which way the Supreme Court is looking and how the nine justices are using their enormous power, some of it unchecked even by public needs and wishes.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The Third Political Branch

We prefer to think of the Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks With Ronnie Kasrils (Full Transcript and Audio)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges interviewed Ronnie Kasrils in New York during a visit there by the author, former South African government official and onetime warrior against apartheid. Among other things, they talked about what it means to be a rebel.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Is the Sky Falling?

Three heavyweight writers have concluded that America is in slow and inevitable decline.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Dieu Nalio Chery

Quelle Surprise! Haiti on the Mend

In Haiti there is nothing more unexpected than good news.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

How American University Got Involved in Israel’s Public Interest

A 30-year-old program has snowballed and given vigor to the civil rights movement in the Holy Land.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE


Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden

Almost universally, the government officials, pundits and reporters who comprise Permanent Washington have derided Snowden and those who helped him disseminate his disclosures.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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We Still Need This Debate

The important thing right now isn’t whether Edward Snowden should be labeled hero or villain. First, let’s have the debate he sparked over surveillance and privacy.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The End of the Right of Privacy?

Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



Macmillan

The Race for What’s Left

It’s dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.

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AP/Susan Walsh

Waiting for Abigail Fisher

Monday mornings at the Supreme Court in May and June are opinion days, so where is the opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas?

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



NASA/Kathryn Hansen

A Mission on Climate Change

President Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



AP

Real American Boy: How Our Byzantine Immigration System and Failed Economy May Have Made a Terrorist

It’s likely Tamerlan Tsarnaev was just another angry young man in our brave new America, a burgeoning dystopia where mass murder suddenly seems like a weekly occurrence.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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How the IRS’ Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional

The IRS division responsible for flagging tea party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

Former Guatemalan President Efrain Rios Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps./Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kropiewnicki

The Military’s 40-Year Experiment

On June 30, 1973, a 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

Monday was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, celebrating the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is also the day of the annual Boston Marathon, which will now, sadly, go down in history as yet another episode of senseless mass violence.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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A Right and Proper Death of the Euro

A new “Alternative for Germany” political movement has erupted as a backlash against the euro, and against Germany’s fellow members of the EU.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE


Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



Warner Bros.

Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

Prominent Israeli Journalist Accused of Incitement

Amira Hass, the groundbreaking reporter who has lived in the Palestinian territories for most of the last two decades, defended the rights of Palestinians to throw stones at occupying Israeli forces.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Cliff (CC-BY)

WikiLeaks’ New Release: The Kissinger Cables and Bradley Manning

WikiLeaks has released a new trove of documents, more than 1.7 million U.S. State Department cables dating from 1973-1976 that it has dubbed “The Kissinger Cables.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Chris Park

Cowardly Court: Where’s Our Gay Marriage ‘Masterwork’?

Gutless action has no place in the high court’s deliberations on marriage.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP

It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND)

The Stakes Before the Court

Don’t take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE


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AP/Rogelio V. Solis

Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold Gay Marriage

There is good reason to be optimistic that the Roberts court will bow to the growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Richard Drew

Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/dapd/Berthold Stadler

Rethinking Black History Month

The modern civil rights movement occurred long before millions of Americans were born, but many participants and observers are still available to recount their stories.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



United States Department of Energy

Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Are Republicans Going the Way of the Whigs?

If I were a Republican activist, I think I would give up reading political journalism for a while. I might even turn to reading history, say the history of whatever happened to the Whig Party.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Targeted Killings: A Legal History

Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Chris Carlson

Christopher Dorner and the Lines That Divide Us

Issues of race and the LAPD have been raised once again in the case of Christopher Dorner, a dismissed African-American cop accused of killing four people before apparently losing his life in a gunfight with police and subsequent fire.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE


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