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John Yoo
Washington Post / Karen Ballard

Torture’s Poet Laureate

A recently declassified memo shines the spotlight once again on John “Take Them to the Point of Death” Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and once deputy legal counsel in the Justice Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / J. Pat Carter

McCain Wishes Castro a Speedy Retirement From Land of the Living

Sen. John McCain, campaigning in Indianapolis, said Cuba won’t be better off under Fidel Castro’s fraternal successor, Raul Castro, whom he called “worse in many respects than Fidel was,” and the Republican front-runner voiced the hope that Fidel will meet his commie maker, Karl Marx, “very soon.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


John Burton
From sbctc.org

John Burton on California Before Arnold

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer does a career-spanning interview with the “blue-collar liberal” who helped rule California politics as both a congressman and leader of the state legislature over the last 30 years.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


John Ashcroft

Let the Eagle Soar

Former attorney general and amateur singer/songwriter John Ashcroft appeared Wednesday on “The Daily Show” to defend the president’s various abuses of power, including torture, which he characterized as stern questioning.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


John Kerry
From NBC

Kerry: I’d Deserve a Second Chance in ‘08

The Mass. senator stopped short of announcing he’s making another presidential run, but said it’s a basic principle that “Americans give people a second chance.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


Another Hawk Sees the Light

As the midterm election looms, the White House is scrambling to respond to comments made by Sen. John Warner, a Bush supporter and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who said the situation in Iraq is “drifting sideways.”

Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert Shames McCain

Stephen Colbert put McCain and friends to shame on Monday by exposing the Republican senator’s torture protest as pseudo-opposition and their compromise with the Bush administration as an abject cave-in.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


John Oliver

John Oliver?s American Odyssey

The “Daily Show?s” ?foreigner? correspondent, John Oliver, reports from the front lines of the immigration debate, sharing his own harrowing experience: ?Jon, like billions of other unfortunate people in the world, I was tragically born not American.?

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Return of the Swift Boater

Bob Perry, a Karl Rove-connected backer of the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry, has pumped $5 million into a new group targeting Democratic candidates. We’re sure he’ll play fair this time. (h/t: Huff Po)

Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


John Dean and Elizabeth Holtzman
Dean: AP; Holtzman: The Nation

John Dean and Liz Holtzman Square Off on Impeaching Bush

Former Nixon aide John Dean and former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who were foes during the early stages of the Nixon impeachment hearings in 1973, sound off in separate interviews on the prospects of impeaching President Bush. (Dean and Holtzman will debate the topic at UCLA on Sept. 13 at a Truthdig/The Nation Institute-sponsored event.)

  • Click here for the Dean interview
  • Click here for the Holtzman interview

  • Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    John Dean
    AP / Nick Ut

    John Dean on the Impeachment of the President

    John Dean, the man who famously blew the whistle on the Nixon White House during the Watergate hearings, gives a primer on the discussion he will conduct with former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman on Sept. 13 at UCLA, ?Bush and the Potential for Impeachment.? Hint: Democrats shouldn’t go for impeachment unless they can convict Bush and remove him from office.

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Wiener on the New John Lennon Documentary

    John Lennon historian Jon Wiener discusses the soon-to-be-released documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” which recounts President Richard Nixon’s campaign to deport the Beatle because of his antiwar activism. Wiener notes the eerie historical parallels between Nixon’s pronouncements about Vietnam and Bush’s statements about Iraq.

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Wiener
    Courtesy Lions Gate Films

    Jon Wiener on John Lennon

    John Lennon historian Jon Wiener supplements his Truthdig article on John Lennon and the Politics of Deportation in this interview with Truthdig editor Robert Scheer.

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    John Lennon

    Courtesy Lions Gate Films

    John Lennon and the Politics of Deportation, From Nixon to Bush

    The documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon,? which opens today, recounts President Richard Nixon?s campaign to deport the Beatle because of his antiwar activism. In this report, Jon Wiener, a Lennon historian who consulted on the film, writes that President Bush has gone much further than Nixon in using immigration law to get rid of noncitizens whom the White House doesn?t like.

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Elizabeth Holtzman
    From C-SPAN.org

    Elizabeth Holtzman on Impeaching George W. Bush

    Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, co-author of ?The Impeachment of George W. Bush,? will be discussing that topic at UCLA on Wednesday, Sept. 13. She speaks with Truthdig about the president?s use of signing statements and how it will feel to share a stage at UCLA with onetime Nixon aide John Dean.

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    John Travolta
    From filmposters.com

    Bolton Confirmation Is Dead, Says Political Insider

    Ding Dong, Bolton’s tenure is dead! The man who showed utter contempt for the U.N. will probably be America’s ambassador to the world no longer, reports The Washington Note’s well-placed Steve Clemons.

  • It’s time for everyone who cares about international diplomacy to strut—like John Travolta, above.

  • Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


    reporter_attacked
    From Fox 6 in San Diego (via YouTube)

    When ‘Truthdigging’ Turns Violent

    When Karl Rove became angered by an investigator who dug up damaging information, he went after the guy’s wife. The guy being investigated by this reporter, however, goes straight for the source.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Larry Wilmore

    Black ?Daily Show? Reporter: GOP’ers Aren’t Racist Enough

    Jon Stewart?s “senior black correspondent” Larry Wilmore said that Republicans like Tony Snow and Va. Sen. George Allen are giving real racists like Strom Thurmond a bad name.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Breaking news
    From Fox News

    Breaking (Fox) News!

    Stop the presses! Fox News has a scorching “breaking news” update! Ready for it? OK: Suspected Jonbenet killer John Mark Karr drank champagne on his flight to the United States!

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Return of Cable TV’s ‘Experts’

    The same supposed authorities who publicly convicted John and Patsy Ramsey of killing their daughter 10 years ago have returned to cast the same dubious aspersions on John Mark Karr.

    Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


    John Conyers
    AP / Dennis Cook

    Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. John Conyers

    Truthdig salutes Rep. John Conyers Jr., a Democrat who has compiled and released a 371-page report that attempts to detail every alleged instance of wrongdoing that the Bush administration made during the run-up, prosecution and aftermath of the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    John Gilmore at the airport

    Want to Fly? Your Papers, Please

    Did you know that airline officials can’t force you to show your ID before a flight? Every sign you see at U.S. airports that says otherwise is false. Also, the regulations governing this area are being kept secret from the public. Read about the man petitioning the Supreme Court to shed light on the situation.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    John Dean Lauds ‘Playing President’

    In a thoughtful review, the former presidential counselor and bestselling author writes about Robert Scheer’s new book: “If anyone has more succinctly stated and summarized the folly we call presidential campaigns, I am not aware of it—and I read widely about the subject.”

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    John Boehner
    From thanhniennews.com

    Boehner Gets Nailed on Campaign Ad Hypocrisy

    From Greg Sargent at the Prospect: “GOP House Majority Leader John Boehner wants you to know that it’s OK if Republicans use images of people killed on 9/11 for political purposes, but at the same time, it’s very very bad indeed if Dems show pictures of flag-draped coffins.” How’s that?.... (more)

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    John Paul Stevens
    AP / J. Scott Applewhite

    Truthdigger of the Week: John Paul Stevens

    Truthdig salutes the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down the military tribunals Bush set up to try Guantanamo detainees. But more important, this decision, in the words of a Yale law professor, “effectively undermines the Administration’s strongest claims about Presidential power,” and may constitute the legal framework necessary to halt the more egregious of Bush’s civil liberties-infringing programs—like warrantless wiretapping and holding terrorism suspects without trial.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    John Kerry on Imus
    From crooksandliars.com

    Kerry: GOP Iraq Plan Is to ‘Lie and Die’

    John Kerry, speaking with Don Imus, goes on the offensive against Republicans who keep insisting that Democrats only want to “cut and run.” Kerry says his plan is to redeploy to win the war on terror.

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    John Murtha on

    Murtha Attacks Rove on ‘Cut and Run’ Comments

    Antiwar Democratic Rep. John Murtha on Karl Rove’s assertion that Democrats are, essentially, cowards on Iraq: “He?s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside—saying stay the course. That?s not a plan!”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Truthdigger of the Week: John Murtha

    Truthdig salutes Pa. Rep. John Murtha for his sustained leadership in demanding a pullout of U.S. troops out from Iraq. Particularly inspiring was his conduct during Thursday’s congressional debate over the war. A GOP congressman all but called Murtha a coward, and the 38-year Marine veteran thundered back a response that sent the congressman scurrying for cover. In doing so, Murtha again demonstrated the Republican fallacy of equating a call for withdrawal with weakness. It’s a lesson more Democrats could stand to learn.

  • Watch the video of Murtha on the House floor
  • Read Murtha’s words from the day of the debate (Wash Po, AP, N.Y. Times)
  • UPDATE: Murtha steamrolls over Tim Russert (h/t: Huff Po)

  • Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Private Boehner Memo on Iraq Surfaces

    Think Progress got ahold of Majority Leader John Boehner?s confidential strategy memo for Thursday?s congressional debate on the Iraq war. Think Progress says the memo aims to “exploit,” “attack” and “create a false choice.”

    Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    National Review Writer: Mea Culpa on Iraq

    We normally vehemently disagree with just about everything that John Derbyshire says. And we find much of this column truly despicable. But still, he’s calling the Iraq war for what it is: a debacle. And that’s worth noting.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    John Murtha
    From USA Today

    Murtha May Run for Majority Leader

    Rep. John Murtha, one of the most outspoken antiwar Democrats on the Hill, has told fellow lawmakers that he will run for House majority leader if the Democrats retake the House in November.

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    What Ashcroft Knew and When He Knew it

    Murray Waas at the National Journal has another sizzling scoop: Then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft continued to oversee the Valerie Plame-CIA leak probe long after he learned that top White House officials were suspected of involvement. (He didn’t recuse himself from the investigation for two months…)

    Posted on Jun 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Updike’s ‘Terrorist’ a Bomb, Says New York Times

    The legendary author’s newest work focuses on a likable 18-year-old would-be suicide bomber. The N.Y. Times and, to a lesser extent, the Washington Post pan the book.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    John Bolton

    U.N.‘s Bolton Rattles the Macho, Cliched Saber on Iran

    U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said that military action against Iran is “on the table,” and ?This is put up or shut up time for Iran.?

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Jean Rohe on Olbermann

    Jean Rohe Tells Olbermann About Her McCain K.O.

    Our Truthdigger of the Week goes on MSNBC to share her story of standing up to Sen. John McCain.

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Student Tells Why She Ripped McCain as He Listened

    Jean Rohe, the graduating senior at the New School University who spoke just before John McCain’s commencement speech explains why she “tore McCain’s speech apart before he even opened his mouth.”

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    McCain Booed
    Librado Romero / The New York Times

    McCain Is Booed at Graduation Speech

    The Arizona senator got heavily jeered during his commencement address for a New York university. One student banner read, “Our commencement is not your platform.”

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert and John Gibson

    The Colbert Show Solves the ‘Under’-Population Problem

    Stephen Colbert listens as Fox News host John Gibson explains that the world needs “procreation,  not recreation.”

    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain, Former Maverick

    Now the Arizona senator says it’s “an honor” to speak at the college of Jerry Falwell’s, the same man he once called an “agent of intolerance.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    John Kerry and Mary Cheney
    Cheney: BBC / Kerry: scottcsmith.net

    Kerry Fires Back at Mary Cheney’s Slur

    After the vice president’s daughter called him a “son of a bitch” for mentioning her sexuality during a 2004 debate, John Kerry retorts that Mary Cheney “flacked for the most anti-gay administration in history.”
    Amen.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel Lobby Researchers Respond to Their Critics

    The Harvard and U. of Chicago professors take on the criticism surrounding their controversial critique of America’s Israel lobby.

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


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