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Tag: Joe Conason

A Change Election—in the Wrong Direction

The furious and frustrated electorate should be careful when they demand change in the upcoming midterm elections—because what they get may well be very different from what they actually want.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE

Show Us the Money

We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha" (CC-BY)

Save the Trees, Save the Planet

What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE

A Green ‘New Deal’ Now

Clearly the president understands what is at stake. And he apparently senses renewed opportunity in the wake of the Gulf catastrophe, which illustrates the problems of oil dependency with harrowing urgency.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE

Why We Can’t Just ‘Look Forward’

The years of detainee abuse and constitutional violations cannot be dismissed so easily, because the past is still with us—and so are the dangers that drew America’s leaders toward the dark side.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE

What Rand Really Believes

Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding “overexposure.” When he emerges from hiding and explains his most extreme positions, even many Republicans may think twice or three times before they vote for him.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE

Oil Rules

The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE

Obama’s Feminist Touch

The Kagan nomination reminds us that Barack Obama is the first president raised on feminist principles.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE

What We Learned From Times Square

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE

It Takes Power to Control Power

Discredited as the financial powers are, their wealth alone continues to provide them with wildly disproportionate influence over the political process.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The World Prefers Obama’s America

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE

Let’s Have a Real Debate About the Court

A serious debate on “constitutional issues” might reveal our fundamental differences: Republican extremists would use the Supreme Court to prohibit every social and political advance since before the Civil War.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE

Rebuilding an American Legacy

The collapse of American infrastructure is a shamefully old story by now, featuring scary statistics that must be updated regularly as the situation worsens.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE

Democracy and Domestic Violence

When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE

The Right-Wingers Who Cried Wolf

Going too far for Bill O’Reilly is going very far indeed, but the madness of the conservative reaction to the health care bill has yet to abate.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE

Glenn Beck
Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Right Wing Gone Wild

American fanatics tend to self-destruct. Today’s right-wing nihilists, led by Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and Glenn Beck, are crossing that threshold of decency.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE

The New McCarthyism

When Elizabeth Cheney, William Kristol and their media friends slander Justice Department attorneys as the “al-Qaida 7” and malign the “Department of Jihad,” they are engaging in the smear tactics that became synonymous with Joseph McCarthy.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE

Zazi Case Vindicates Traditional Methods

Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi-driver-turned-terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE

The GOP’s Mixed Medicare Message

For voters listening to the Republican leadership over the past year, the most startling surprise was the shift in the GOP attitude toward Medicare.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE

The GOP’s Double Standard on Terror Trials

Preparing for what they hope will be their return to power in Washington, Republican congressional leaders have revived the fear-mongering and flag-flapping used by Karl Rove to win the 2002 midterm elections.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE

The GOP’s Dubious Populism

The most revealing moments in President Obama’s State of the Union address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE

Hope in the Deep Freeze

There are many reasons why Barack Obama’s spending freeze, which appears to be nothing more than pandering to the angry right, will not work as policy or politics.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE

Reid’s Motive Does Matter

If the Senate majority leader’s private remarks about the skin tone and speaking style of Barack Obama was offensive, the Republican crusade to oust him from his leadership position is worse.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE

Partisan Hysteria Hypes (and Helps) Al-Qaida

The latest terrorist attack against the United States proves that the Republican exploitative response to terror is as predictable as al-Qaida’s urge to kill.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Democrats Blinked

By bowing to Sen. Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren’t strong enough to govern.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / The Gifted Photographer / CC-BY-SA

Fair and Balanced (and Phony) Science

Evading the challenges of climate change—and the human responsibility to save the planet—is simple enough even for the laziest citizen.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE

The Crushing Legacy of Bush and Cheney

Now it’s “Obama’s war,” but we should not ignore the events that led us to this moment and the inexplicable decisions of the Bush administration.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE

Understanding Our Hollow ‘Centrists’

The puzzling thing about politicians of either party who claim to be “centrist” or “moderate” is how much they sometimes sound like party-line right-wing Republicans.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE

What Is So Patriotic About Hysteria?

The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots, but when did fear-mongering in a time of war become an act of patriotism?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE

Testing Next Year’s Lies Today

Republicans have made it clear they aren’t going to let honesty become an obstacle in the midterm elections.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

The GOP’s Toxic Tea Party

The more that Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and kindred spirits appear to represent the Republican brand, the less appeal that brand possesses.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Dennis Cook

The Party of Choice

By acting on their convictions rather than their fears, the Democrats could ultimately find that the public option can be turned to their advantage for years to come.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE

Playing Monopoly With America’s Health

Anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE

Cheney and Bush
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Cheney and the Iraq-Torture Link

Defending their record in office these past eight years, figures from the last administration seem especially touchy on the subject of torture. Led by the former vice president, Dick Cheney, they have argued that there was no torture, preferring more vague and delicate terms such as “enhanced interrogation” or simply “the program.”

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE

ENTER_ALT_TEXT / ProgressOhio

Beware the Bad-Faith Reformer

Uplifting as it was to see insurance executives, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospital officials and doctors gather at the White House on May 11, pledging cooperation toward health care reform, nothing they said or did was inconsistent with precisely the opposite objective.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE

Rudy Giuliani’s Dubious Leadership

The Republican front-runner prides himself on his leadership but has an unfortunate history of valuing loyalty over wisdom and stubbornly pursuing ill-conceived policies against the better judgment of experts. Sound familiar?

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE

Ignore the Pundits and Bark Louder

The Washington press elite has warned the Democrats not to pursue the U.S. attorney scandal, but lawmakers should listen to the polls, not the “cable sages” who have so frequently been wrong.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE

Backward ‘Progress’ in Iraq

Every dismal anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has come to resemble the last, at least for anyone still listening to George W. Bush. So redundant were the president’s remarks that they scarcely registered on the front pages.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE

Partisanship at Justice Dept. Is Nothing New

This isn’t the first Bush White House to exert political pressure on U.S. attorneys. Back in 1992, a principled Arkansas Republican sacrificed his own career to defy partisan thuggery.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE

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