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The GOP’s Veil of Unity

Having presumably sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump has entered the “three-card Monte” phase of his campaign, in which he shuffles his positions so quickly that the gullible patsy loses track.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE


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The GOP’s Maddening Trump Conundrum

“No modern precedent exists for the revival of a party so badly defeated, so intensely discredited, and so essentially split as the Republican Party is today,” wrote George Gilder and Bruce Chapman in 1964.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Triumph Forces GOP Party Leaders to Make a Decision

So far, most Republican luminaries are choosing collaboration over resistance — although many have declined comment and seem to still be pondering what to do with the party’s presumptive nominee for president.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Republicans and Democrats Must Work Together to Not Mainstream Donald Trump

The writer Leon Wieseltier suggested a slogan that embodies the appropriate response to Trump’s ascent to the top of the GOP class: “Preserve the shock.”

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Wall Street Criminals and the Future of Our Economy (Video)

In the second part of an interview from teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges continues his discussion of “junk economics” with professor Michael Hudson.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Sen. John McCain Salutes an American Communist

In a touching reflection in The New York Times, McCain paid tribute to the recently deceased Delmer Berg, an American Communist. Like McCain’s literary idol, Ernest Hemingway, Berg fought in Spain “for love” during the Spanish Civil War, the conservative senator wrote.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Impeachable Offense

GOP presidential candidates are endorsing torture again.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: John McCain Admits Bernie Sanders Is Right About Income Inequality

In a recent interview, the Arizona senator discussed Americans’ frustration with unemployment and income inequality, adding, “I’m beginning to sound like Bernie Sanders.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Shifts Birther Gaze to Cruz

Who says Donald Trump lacks subtlety? The way he’s raising “birther” questions about his chief rival for the nomination is worthy of Machiavelli.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



’Twas the Week Before the Republican Debate

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Donald Trump Was a ‘POW’ ... Yes, Wharton Is Hell

Like Sen. John McCain, presidential hopeful Donald Trump suffered torture during the Vietnam War, says Funny or Die.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Medals









Posted on Jul 25, 2015 ENLARGE



Donald Trump’s Slur Stokes Phony Republican Fury

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 21, 2015 ENLARGE



McCain Slams Trump for Firing Up GOP ‘Crazies’

Sen. John McCain was eager to get a word in after Trump’s rally last weekend in McCain’s home state of Arizona.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Hoax of Climate Denial

It’s often claimed that environmental science done in federal agencies is “politically driven” and therefore suspect. While widely held, the idea is demonstrably false. It ignores the simple fact that most of the major contributions of the twentieth century, at least in the physical sciences, came from just such government science.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Torture Is Medieval, Brutal and Beneath Us,’ So Let’s Make It Illegal

In anticipation of this week’s vote on a proposed law against torture, drafted by Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host gave an impassioned monologue on the Senate Committee Report on Torture.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Who Created ISIS?









Posted on Jun 4, 2015 ENLARGE



War With Iran, by the Numbers

Iran is 2.5 times more populous than Iraq and much bigger geographically. It is likely that Iran war numbers would be three times those of Iraq, at least.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



Your Money at War Everywhere

President Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the law currently allows. Sen. John McCain wants to see Obama’s $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE


CodePink Attempts Citizen’s Arrest of Henry Kissinger

Activists from the anti-war group CodePink attempted to arrest former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (pictured) during his testimony on global security matters at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting Thursday.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein

Whatever we think of their foreign, domestic and economic policies, the senators from Arizona and California, respectively, said the right words when the Senate Intelligence Committee released its inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture, detention and interrogation practices.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE


How Twisted Up Do You Have to Be to Deny Our Actions?: Stewart and Colbert React to CIA Torture

Fortunately, there are two TV pundits who are, at the very least, trying to help Americans process the ignominy of CIA torture without resorting to blatant denial.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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When a Bank Owns 100 Oil Tankers, It Can Mess With the Price of Gas

A two-year Senate investigation of the financial sector has found that banks can meddle with the economy in new and frightening ways.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Maher Criticizes Nonvoters, Calls Russell Brand ‘Laughable’

On Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took on Russell Brand and a big portion of the American public who don’t believe voting makes a difference.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Republicans’ Reaction to Obama Speech Reveals Much—About Them

Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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President Poroshenko’s Gift to America

It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Even California Democrats Are Walking Away From Obama

President Obama is not a very popular leader right now, but while his low approval ratings in states such as Alabama and Utah aren’t surprising, even blue state Californians are frustrated with the commander in chief.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE


John McCain’s Bomb It!









Posted on Aug 14, 2014 ENLARGE



Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

As Iraq Implodes, Hawks Still Have No Plan—Except ‘Blame Obama’

As the failed state of Iraq strains under attack from a jihadist force—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—all the usual suspects are popping up on the Senate floor to denounce the president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a Taliban-held prisoner of war. The Greatest Generation would not have acted this way.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Dear Sen. McCain: The Taliban Prisoners Didn’t Carry Out 9/11, but You Supported Muslim Radicals

Sen. John McCain on Sunday maintained that President Obama, in releasing the five officials who had served in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in the 1990s and until 2001, had released people who were “hard core al-Qaida who were responsible for 9/11.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Welcome Home, Sergeant

If today’s Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



‘We Needed to Get Him Out’: Hagel Defends Bergdahl Operation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an operation to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life, as the insurgents’ leader hailed the swap as a “big victory.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Saudi King Channels John McCain, Demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama met late Friday with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the latter’s desert camp, flying out from Riyadh by helicopter.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE


Crabby McCain









Posted on Mar 28, 2014 ENLARGE



Tilting at Windbags

I had no idea so many Republicans were nostalgic for the Cold War. President Obama should dust off the zinger he used in a campaign debate against Mitt Romney: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



Congress Locked in Ukraine Aid Standoff

The Senate and House appear headed for a standoff over competing bills to authorize sanctions on Russia and provide aid to Ukraine, potentially prolonging Congress’ inaction over the two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE


McCain’s Drum









Posted on Mar 23, 2014 ENLARGE


McCain War Chant Revised









Posted on Mar 9, 2014 ENLARGE



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Arizona Governor Vetoes Gay Discrimination Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer defied conservatives in and out of her state to veto a measure that would have made it legal for businesses to refuse to serve gay customers.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Sparks Newspaper Exposé, Backlash from U.S. Lawmakers

In the aftermath of the passage of Uganda’s new law sanctioning severe penalties, including life in prison, for homosexual acts, a local newspaper printed a list of the country’s “Top 200 Homosexuals.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy

First Supercarrier USS Forrestal Sold for a Penny, Heads to the Scrap Yard

It cost an estimated $218 million in 1950s dollars, and was taken off the Navy’s hands for next to nothing.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



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John McCain Wants Congress to Investigate NSA

Sen. John McCain may be a hawk, but that apparently doesn’t stop him from becoming a conspicuous, if incongruous, member of the chorus of critics demanding accountability on the highest levels of government when it comes to the U.S. administration’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Back in Business: Shutdown Ends After Congress Overwhelmingly Caves

With the stroke of his pen, just after midnight Wednesday, President Obama ended the government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Why This Government Shutdown Will Backfire on Republicans

It’s their idea, and they’re proud of it.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


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