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Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul

Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Law & Order: Corporate Crime Unit

In the disasters at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia and on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, people were killed. So why aren’t the executives of these companies behind bars?

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Shealah Craighead

Vatican Says Bishops Aren’t Employees

In an effort to keep a rising legal flood below the chin, the Vatican is prepared to argue that bishops are not employees of the church, therefore the church shouldn’t be held responsible for their sometimes nefarious behavior related to allegations of sexual abuse. We’re not lawyers, but that seems pretty ridiculous.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


Straight Women, Too, Play Softball

She’s not gay, OK? Actually, the all-too-public discussion about the ought-to-be private topic of Elena Kagan’s sexuality would be easier if the Supreme Court nominee were gay.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage

Arizona’s latest attempt to put Latinos in their place is an oppressive new law that imposes restrictions on the teaching of history.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


The Elena Kagan You Won’t See

Brace yourself for several months of occasionally biting but essentially meaningless political theater over the nomination of Solicitor General Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Advise and Wimp Out

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has—or had, anyway—the right vision of what confirmation hearings for the high court should be.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


The Dictatorship That Cried Wolf

Egypt has officially been in a state of emergency since 1981, allowing the government extraordinary powers such as the ability to arrest and detain someone forever for no reason. The Egyptian government has just extended the emergency powers for two years, using Guantanamo and the Patriot Act as political cover.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

Iraq Election Victor Fears Sectarian War

Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya Party won the most seats in Iraq’s recent election, says sectarian violence could overtake Iraq, the region and even “the world at large” if the opposition continues to try to undermine his victory and establish a Shiite-dominated parliament.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of Women’s Progress

The first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. The first woman to be solicitor general. But: the fourth woman, if Elena Kagan is confirmed, on the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Supreme Court: Elena Kagan Gets Obama’s Nod (Update: Video)

Much will be pored over and found and reported on Elena Kagan in the coming months. Right now the important bit is this: She’s Elena Kagan, former Harvard Law dean, current U.S. solicitor general and President Obama’s choice to sit on the highest court in the land. Oh, and Thurgood Marshall called her “Shorty.”

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on May 6, 2010 ENLARGE    


The Unintended Consequences of Good Government

Arizona’s bold election reforms just backfired. Public financing and an attempt to stop gerrymandering may be to blame for the state’s immigration law.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


A Fragile Partnership

The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


‘Los Suns’ Protest Immigration Law

The Phoenix Suns pro basketball team will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys—in part to protest their home state’s anti-immigrant law. Steve Nash, the team’s star (and an immigrant himself), explains rather eloquently why he opposes the law.

Posted on May 4, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Dutch Official Revives Cartoon Fight

The Danish cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad inspired more than death threats. A Dutch cartoon mocking the Holocaust was published in response and the group responsible was taken to court for being offensive. (continued)

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Troy Maben

The War Against the Horse

It is a sad fact of American life that horse killing is not an anomaly. In fact, such episodes have been playing out across our land for decades.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Border-First Hallucinations

The notion that the first thing to do is “secure the border” between the United States and Mexico—and only then worry about comprehensive immigration reform—falls somewhere between hopeful fantasy and cynical cop-out.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



Most Americans Support Arizona Immigration Law

Give us your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, because we already have an abundance of selfish, mean xenophobes. Polls show that most Americans support Arizona’s new immigration law, which makes it criminal to accept the Statue of Liberty’s invitation. (continued)

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


Tory Lessons for Republicans

Britain’s Conservative Party has found a winning brand by reaching out to the left, while conservatives across the pond alienate voters with angry rhetoric and fringe positions.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bob Bird

Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE


Past Statements Tell Present Truth About Immigration Law’s Goals

The true thinking behind Arizona’s immigration bill could be heard back in 2001, when the emotional aftermath of 9/11 momentarily removed politicians’ rhetorical filters.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the Goldman Hearings

Will the Goldman Sachs hearings really accomplish anything? Are the Democrats just showboating? What are the prospects for real financial reform? Robert Scheer answers these reader questions and more.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

Stay Away From Arizona

This is much more than an immigrant issue. Giving police the authority to stop a person on the “reasonable suspicion” he or she is an illegal immigrant clears the way for the arrest of anyone. Other states are likely to follow with their own police-state rules.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Raw Video: Ukraine Parliament Smoke-Bomb-Egg-Fight

Here’s some footage to keep the dysfunction of U.S. politics in perspective. Our lawmakers may not agree on anything, they may be rude to the president and on the corporate take, but at least they have the decency to keep their eggs and smoke bombs at home.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Boycotting Arizona’s Racism

Arizona was the only territory west of Texas to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy during the Civil War. A century later, it fought recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. This week, an anti-immigrant bill was signed into law.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



Mexico Warns Travelers About Arizona

The Mexican Foreign Ministry has issued an alert to all citizens living in or traveling to Arizona after the state passed an immigration law that essentially requires brown people to carry papers. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned,” the alert warns.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


Arizona’s Act of Vengeance

Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination—racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Goldman Sachs

Read a full transcript of Robert Scheer discussing with readers his latest column, the crooks at Goldman Sachs and the prospects of financial reform.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


It’s Time for Term Limits for U.S. Justices

Term limits could be a big improvement for the Supreme Court. Life tenure is a relic of a time when life was a lot shorter. 

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Andy Blenkush

Borrowing While Poor

Why should a poor borrower be held more responsible than a rich borrower for the default of another poor borrower?

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Supreme Court Choice We Can Believe In

Imagine Eliot Spitzer without the baggage. Throw in an impeccable résumé and a knack for busting Wall Street and you’ve got the man Obama should nominate to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


The Supreme Court’s Audio Anxiety

In the age of Twitter and video-chats, the court apparently still finds that allowing the public to hear audio of its proceedings would be overly intrusive.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



The ‘Trustworthiness of Beards’ Edition

Research shows that people just trust people with beards, “hypersociable” kids are less racist and iPads are messing up Princeton’s network. Get the details on these stories and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Boy Scouts of America Loses in Abuse Lawsuit Trial

An Oregon jury on Tuesday hit the Boy Scouts of America with a $1.4 million verdict and potentially a lot more in punitive damages. Jurors determined that the national organization was negligent in the case of an assistant Scoutmaster who had admitted to abusing Scouts. (continued)

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 12, 2010 ENLARGE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Get Ready for a More Conservative Supreme Court

Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years to have a Democratic president appointing judges: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


What Are They Smoking in California?

There is record support for marijuana legalization, as more Americans see the drug war for what it really is. But framing the debate in terms of tax revenue is just bad politics.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Will We Forget the Miners Again?

There is a dispiriting and, yes, heartbreaking sameness about how we respond to mining disasters.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


The Criminalization of Bullying

Bullying should be taken seriously—by teachers, administrators, parents and, yes, fellow students. I’m doubtful, though, that criminal prosecution is the best way to punish or prevent it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Carolyn Kaster

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Administration Approves Profiling at Airports

The White House is set to announce a new screening regimen that will target passengers based on intelligence about suspected terrorists. Currently, everybody from a list of 14 countries gets special attention. The intel about terrorist suspects had better be more nuanced than dark-skinned or Muslim, or we may just have to go running to the ACLU.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Penance Demands Action

At its holiest time of the year, the Roman Catholic Church is being forced to confront a more worldly riddle: What did the Holy Father know, and when did he know it?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



Polyglot Edition

Today on the list: The language everyone in the world is learning, YouTube’s original sin and whither the SEC?

Posted on Apr 1, 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


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