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Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



CIA Crimes Without Punishment

With the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the use of torture by the CIA after 9/11, the final defense of the indefensible by its perpetrators, advocates and publicists is falling apart before our eyes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE



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A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Rapper Faces Life in Prison Over His Lyrics

San Diego rapper Brandon Duncan, aka Tiny Doo, has no criminal record, yet he is now facing trial on nine counts of participating in “criminal street gang conspiracy.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Immigration: Presidents Have the Power, but Does Obama Have the Guts?

Protecting immigrants from deportation, permitting them to come out of the shadows, is the right thing to do.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



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American Hero; American Story

John Doar died last week at the age of 92. If there was a Greatest Generation, he was one of its greatest men.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Tuesday Probably Meant Nothing for 2016

A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shifted back to the Republican fold.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Ballot Measures to Watch, From Marijuana to the Minimum Wage

Looking for reasons to vote besides party politics? Here is a quick and dirty guide to today’s main events in direct democracy: the ballot measures.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas

Eric Kennie, 45, has never left his hometown of Austin, Texas, and he was raised to do “the right thing” and vote. But Texas won’t let him. Spoiler alert: He’s black.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

There is a database housed in Arkansas with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE



‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eric Gay

Is Voter Suppression an American Tradition?

Today’s ID laws are driven by an old purpose—undermining genuine majority rule and deflecting threats to the established order.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



A Revisionist Take on President Obama

There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



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In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a “drug duel” to prove their point.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination—at least so far.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



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No Justice for Michael Brown

In the most fundamental sense, there will never be justice for Michael Brown.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Alabama Judge Who Figured Out How to Unravel Roe v. Wade

ProPublica profiles Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, whose “rulings over the last nine years have fueled the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Women in Egypt After the Arab Spring: Gains and Losses

Women played a significant role in the 2011-2013 revolutions that shook the heart of the Arab world, as well as in the succeeding turmoil.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Ross D. Franklin

The Return of the Corporate Court

Jesse Busk has almost no chance of winning his lawsuit when it comes before the Supreme Court. He’s an ordinary working person challenging the prerogatives of corporate power.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

Get the Authorization

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are We Bombing Syria?

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? Bomb Syria.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked—often over an old credit card debt, medical bill or student loan.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency

A proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Hasan Jamali

Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



The Climate Marches On

“Unjust laws exist.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau in his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The naturalist and pacifist asked, “Shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”

Posted on Sep 10, 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



AP/Pat Sullivan

What College Students Can Teach Us About Beheadings and Our Own System of Capital Punishment

Last week, something happened to disrupt the Western superiority narrative of Middle Eastern beheadings, at least for me: I went back to college.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Get Ready for the ‘Internet Slowdown’

Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Federal Judge Martin Feldman Says Gay Marriage Is the Gateway Drug to Incest and Polygamy

A U.S. district judge in New Orleans on Wednesday decided to buck the trend and stick it to same-sex couples.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Federal Judge Keeps Texas’ Remaining Abortion Clinics Open

District Judge Lee Yeakel rejected part of Texas’ anti-abortion law Friday, in effect preventing the closure of more than half the state’s remaining clinics.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



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California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Temp Workers

The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the temp agencies and subcontractors they hire cheat workers out of their wages or put them in harm’s way.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports

According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s treasure trove, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entities access to private data, it made it as easy as possible.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Adel Hana

Gaza Update: Don’t Expect Quick Action by the International Criminal Court

The initiative to push the ICC into action rests with the Palestinians, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is stalling.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Spousal Secrets No More

How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Eric Holder in Ferguson: ‘I Am Also a Black Man’

The nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer and the first African-American attorney general is now physically in the center of the racially charged uprising in Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



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What to Look for in Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Abuse of Power Charges

The Texas governor’s presidential aspirations may take a back seat to his legal troubles. Rick Perry stands formally accused of two felonies related to his attempt to force the state capital’s district attorney, a Democrat, to resign.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

Last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE


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