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On Art and Politics: A Letter to the Millennials

There is a sense in which art, politics and economics are all inextricably and symbiotically tied together, but history has proven to us that art serves as a powerful corrective against the dangers of the establishment.

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Is Obama Too Thoughtful to Be President?

The presidency is not what it seems or what we (and the president) wish it were.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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What Gratitude Requires

Thanksgiving Day is awash in sentiment, but gratitude is not a sentiment. It’s a virtue. Properly understood, gratitude is hard because it entails both an admission and a demand.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About the Major Oil Discovery in Australia?

Crude found outside a small town in the land down under nearly outnumbers all the reserves in Saudi Arabia; former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes JFK’s assassination was part of a larger conspiracy; meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stands up to Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


That Day in Dallas…

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JFK Flame

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Debating Filibusters, Gay Marriage and JFK’s Legacy

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a procedural rule change in the U.S. Senate that would allow a majority vote on judicial and executive appointees, other than for the Supreme Court.

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The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

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What We Lost

Whenever we reflect on the horror of Nov. 22, 1963, we mourn not only the murder of a graceful and inspiring leader but also a steady ebbing in the years thereafter of our faith in what we could achieve through public life and common endeavor.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

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RFK Jr.’s Estranged Wife Found Dead

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of prominent environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., became the Kennedy clan’s latest tragedy when she was found dead Wednesday in a barn behind their home in Bedford, N.Y. A medical examiner confirmed that the 52-year-old died from asphyxiation by hanging.

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White House / Pete Souza

The Politics of the Heavenly and Unheavenly

We have embarked on yet another presidential campaign in which religion will play an important role without any agreement over what the ground rules for that engagement should be.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

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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).

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Politicians Are Different From You and Me

Under our system, politicians are not chosen by "the people" or the "bosses" or the media. They are self-selected.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Why Not Bachmann?

If history recycles, we can expect people in Barack Obama’s White House to start building up Michele Bachmann just as JFK’s White House built up Barry Goldwater.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


If Only We Had More Sarge Shrivers

If Americans had really understood what was happening with the Peace Corps, we might be a much greater country today and the world might be a better place as well.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


JFK’s Eloquence, 50 Years Later

It’s remembered as a day chilled by “a Siberian wind knifing down Pennsylvania Avenue” and illuminated by “the dazzling combination of bright sunshine and deep snow.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



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What It Was Like to Be John F. Kennedy

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States. He gave a stirring inaugural address and then took over a job for which he was unprepared. No one is ever prepared.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



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New York Doesn’t Heart Body Scanners

The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “... If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Marilyn Monroe and Two Kennedys, Captured in a Snap

Given the scuttlebutt about Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy brothers (well, two of them, anyway), not to mention the murder and conspiracy theories still circulating about her untimely death, it makes some sense that there’d be few, if any, candid images of the screen siren ... (continued)

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New Video Shows JFK on Eve of Assassination

Eight-millimeter footage of the 35th president taken the night before his assassination was just discovered in Texas.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


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RFK and the Civil Rights Movement

In this podcast, Truthdig’s Associate Editor Kasia Anderson talks with Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin, the playwrights of “RFK: The Journey to Justice,” about Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from political animal to true believer in his transformative relationship with the civil rights revolution.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Hanks to Take On JFK Murder Mystery

It seems that wherever Tom Hanks goes, a historical miniseries is soon to follow. There’s his latest foray into World War II storytelling, “The Pacific,” which airs this month on HBO, and then there’s the small matter of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which Hanks plans to tackle soon.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


JFK

Delay Worked for Kennedy

With Vietnam, John F. Kennedy counted on the fact that one of the most effective ways to take a decision is to postpone it until it no longer is relevant. This is what Barack Obama has been able to do until now.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Remembering the Real Deal

The light has gone out, and with it that infectious warm laugh and intensely progressive commitment of the best of the Kennedys. Not, at this point, to take anything away from the memory of his siblings—Bobby, whom I also got to know, was pretty terrific in his last years—but Sen. Ted Kennedy was the real deal.

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Not Since Kennedy

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Stone’s Next Subject: G.W. Bush

Director Oliver Stone has already demonstrated his penchant for making movies about controversial figures and critical moments in world history, so it should come as no surprise that Stone is turning his lens on George W. Bush for his next film, simply and succinctly called “Bush.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


A Bumpy Detour

Romney’s “religion speech” was touched by brilliance, but it turned off onto a wrong road.  Parts of it were frustrating and transparently political, the words of a man with his eye on a prize.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Romney Woos Wary Voters With Faith-Based Appeal

Now that rival Republican presidential hopeful (and Baptist minister) Mike Huckabee is getting traction in Iowa polls, Mitt Romney has attempted to pull a JFK by giving a speech Thursday targeting voters concerned about his Mormonism. Romney pledged that church authorities wouldn’t influence his presidential decisions, while also declaring that he endeavors to “live by” his faith and be “true to” his beliefs.

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FBI Foils JFK Bomb Plot

Four men, including a former cabinet minister from Guyana, have been arrested for plotting to bomb the jet fuel pipeline at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. They never got beyond the planning and research stage, but the FBI was able to gather fairly incriminating evidence. Once again, investigation and police work have managed to thwart terrorism where stealth bombers and tanks have failed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


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New JFK Footage Released After More Than 40 Years

George Jefferies didn’t think his film of JFK’s last moments was all that interesting, so he simply held on to it for more than four decades. But Gary Mack, curator of the Dallas museum now in possession of the footage, said the new images will offer fodder to conspiracy theorists because of a detail involving the president’s jacket.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Eclectic Crowd Marks JFK Anniversary

About 300 people made their way to Dallas’ Dealey Plaza on Wednesday to observe the 43rd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  The mix of people included everyone from amateur historians to Elvis impersonators.

Posted on Nov 23, 2006 READ MORE


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