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AP/Mark Lennihan

The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure

The guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world’s economy is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



Senators Introduce New Glass-Steagall, ‘Motorcyle’ Abortion Bill Passes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Koch brother campaigns to get rid of the minimum wage and the Texas woman who was silenced by state lawmakers while testifying against a restrictive abortion bill gets “the last word.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



IRS Conspiracy Theory Debunked, Rand Paul Answers Cheney Criticism, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s hypocrisy on “secret emails” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s revelation about the scary way a GOP-controlled Senate would act.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Asks White House for Transparency, Christie Slow Jams the News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration reform bill threat and the circumstances in which Ann Coulter thinks the Republican Party “deserves to die.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE


Storage Wars

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Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE


Syria High Dive

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Warren Shows Up McConnell, California Fights Back Against Wal-Mart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including former RNC Chairman Michael Steele weighs a political comeback and Rep. Darrell Issa gets some pushback from his own party after calling the White House’s spokesman a “paid liar.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE



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John McCain Shows Up in Syria

The office of the Arizona senator has confirmed reports that he made a secret trip into war-torn Syria on Monday and met with rebels in that country for several hours.

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Heckled During Speech, Warren Lands a Book Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why an Oklahoma senator thinks federal disaster relief to his state after a deadly tornado is unnecessary and John McCain gets all maverick-y again.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Syria: U.S. Guns, Goggles and Military Intervention All on the Table

Seeking to clarify his “red line” position on the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons, President Obama said Tuesday that he would consider a “range of options,” but he also urged patience.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The Designation of an Enemy Combatant and Racism

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain have demanded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be charged as an “enemy combatant” rather than as an American civilian. I have to ask whether their use of the term is racist.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Julio Cortez

Police State Argument Begins After Bombing Suspect’s Capture

After the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, civil rights activists and officials are disputing whether it was acceptable for police to deprive him of his Miranda rights, and whether he should be classified as an enemy combatant and denied a lawyer.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Aleppo Media Center

Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hadi Mizban

Baghdad Bombs Kill Dozens 10 Years After U.S. Invasion

Nearly 10 years to the day after the start of the Iraq War, some 19 car bombs and a shooting in the country’s capital left 57 people dead, almost 200 wounded and many more wondering whether they’ll ever feel safe again.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul’s Filibuster Win, Bill O’Reilly Apologizes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new poll reveals the early favorite for the 2016 presidential race and a possible culprit is named in Los Angelenos’ apathy toward this week’s mayoral election. 

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul Gives Money to Treasury, McCain Gets Heckled at Town Hall, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a prominent Republican’s endorsement of same-sex marriage and the fight over the looming sequester heats up on Twitter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president’s nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE


McCain’s Valentine

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Posted on Feb 9, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Calls Sen. McCain Out for ‘Racist’ Tweet

Sen. John McCain’s attempt at humor has seriously backfired once again. On Monday, the Arizona Republican tweeted a joke comparing Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the monkey the country claims it sent to outer space.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE


John McCain

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Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE


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Hagel Clashes With McCain, Geraldo Contemplates Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details on the newest version of Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Denver’s mayor channels Ray Lewis after losing an NFL playoff bet.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The New Politics of Immigration

On immigration, the parties are now competing to share credit for doing something big. It’s wonderful to behold.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Michael S. Green

Crony Capitalism’s Power Couple

Where are Phil and Wendy Gramm hiding now that UBS, like Enron before it, has been nailed by the G-men?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



Worst 2012 Election Predictions, Michelle Obama’s Political Future, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major backer of Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign lashing out at voters and what a new poll on gay marriage shows.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


McRage

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Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


Clowns

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Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE


John McCain and Lindsey Graham

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Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Hanging On to Rice

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Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE



Christie on Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment, Biden on ‘Parks & Recreation,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the “fiscal cliff” meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing something rational for a change.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


John McCain and Lindsey Graham

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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



Nancy Pelosi’s Outrage, Nate Silver’s Next Step, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s request about new marijuana laws and a look at the most bizarre post-election freak outs of 2012. 

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



Republicans Back Mourdock, Tina Fey Talks GOP and Rape, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Colin Powell offers his endorsement and yet another CEO tries to get his employees to vote for Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


Giving Romney an Opening

I would be careful about declaring the presidential contest “a whole new race” following Wednesday’s debate.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE


Looking for That ‘47 Percent,’ Mitt? Check Red States and Elderly Republicans

Watching him on video, the Republican nominee sounds not only vulgar and arrogant, but profoundly ignorant about the nation he hopes to govern.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Clashes With New BFF, Coulter on Gay Marriage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including July fundraising totals for the presidential candidates and the Republican National Convention speaker lineup.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Catching Up With Gore Vidal

Since 2006, Truthdig has been proud to publish the essays of Gore Vidal. Keep reading for some of his highlights.

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt’s Olympic Flip-Flop, Shake-Up at CNN, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Romney could come to the aid of so-called banksters, and John Boehner gives his VP pick.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE


Washington Hates Washington, Too

The Capitol has become a cold, angry place where members not only don’t know each other, but will not make eye contact when they pass through those hallowed marble corridors.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Theories, Boehner Slams Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a DNC apology to Ann Romney and a new political attack ad that focuses on a bar called The Horny Toad and a stripper.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



RNC Keynote Speaker News, Dubya Reflects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why John McCain deserves (gasp!) major props and new estimates on disenfranchisement due to state voter ID laws.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



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An Economics of National Pride

Democrats typically tie themselves up in strategic knots debating whether their future lies in the center or on the left.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE


Billionaires Against Billionaires

For those who believe money already has too much power in American politics, 2012 will be a miserable year.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore

Major Endorsement for Romney, Florida Voter Purge Over and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an endorsement from Rand Paul (above), Obama’s “gift” to Republicans and Jon Stewart’s take on efforts in New York to criminalize soda and decriminalize pot.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Highlights Romney’s Failure to Repudiate Trump

President Obama’s campaign is taking advantage of the fact that Mitt Romney seems unwilling to condemn Donald Trump for his take on the controversial birther conspiracy, releasing a new video highlighting the differences between how Romney and 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain handled personal attacks against Obama.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

He’ll Still Be the Mitt We Know

The problem for Mitt Romney, assuming he eventually wins the GOP nomination, is that a general election campaign isn’t really like an Etch A Sketch. Alas, traces from the primaries linger.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


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