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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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U.S. and Israel Push the Boundaries of International Law

In 2009, the former head of the international law department of Israel’s military establishment, Daniel Reisner, said that “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE


Nothing Self-Made About Me

I disagreed with former President George W. Bush on many things. But on one issue, I admired him greatly: He was wise enough to marry a teacher and a librarian.

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It’s Good to Be a Goldman

Here’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, and while we’re at it, take this obscenely huge bonus for having wrecked the economy.

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Rosa Parks, Now and Forever

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement.

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There’s Nothing Racist About Gun Control ... Anymore

Just when you thought the debate over gun control couldn’t get any more twisted, the old claim has been revived that slavery might not have lasted so long in America if black people had been granted the right to bear arms at the outset of their arrival in the new world.

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Obama’s Second Term









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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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White Power to the Rescue

As Southern whites sink into economic and cultural despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past. They ignore Confederate atrocities in a desperate effort to restore what they view as a lost paradise.

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The Urgency of Growth

If you care about deficits, you should want our economy to grow faster. If you care about lifting up the poor and reducing unemployment, you should want our economy to grow faster. And if you are a committed capitalist and hope to make more money, you should want our economy to grow faster.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Reagan Is Obama’s Touchstone

To understand how Barack Obama sees himself and his presidency, don’t look to Franklin Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln.

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Obama’s Place in History Already Assured

The overall failure of American foreign policy during the first Obama presidency was foreseeable.

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White House/Chuck Kennedy

The Amazing Grace of It All

Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once—which could be a fluke, a blip, an aberration, a cosmic accident—but turned around and did it again.

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Another Word for Propaganda

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning?

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U.S. Navy/MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

God Loves Us and We Will Bomb You

The utopian and missionary qualities of American political belief began in the Puritans’ Calvinist theology of “the Elect,” the chosen people.

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AP/Andy Wong

On Fire I Will Burn

Beijing is wiping out indigenous culture on the Tibetan Plateau. In protest, 98 people have set themselves on fire since 2009.

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

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‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

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The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Bill O’Reilly, Tom Hanks Team Up for ‘Killing Lincoln’

The Fox News host and Hollywood star seem like an unlikely pair to work together on anything, but both men are associated with the National Geographic Channel’s new film. Click on the story to watch the trailer.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff’s Reality TV Show

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses.

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Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

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The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


Which Path for the Right?

The potential of a renaissance in conservative thought is enormous, if the right can overcome a certain intellectual laziness and inflexibility that, in fairness, have at other times afflicted the progressive side of politics.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



The Trials of Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning was finally allowed to speak publicly, in his own defense, in a preliminary hearing of his court-martial.

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The Making of the President: 2062

It was Yogi Berra who supposedly said, "It’s very hard to predict things, especially about the future."

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Bill Murray Captures FDR’s Pain and Wit in ‘Hyde Park’

What makes “Hyde Park on Hudson” a good deal more than delightful is its lightly touched seriousness of purpose.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser.

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