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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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Don’t Be Fooled: Lindsey Graham and the GOP Establishment Are Just as ‘Crazy’ as Trump

Lindsey Graham has been posing as the voice of reason in the Republican Party for the past few weeks, warning Tuesday that if Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic standard-bearer, then “crazy loses to dishonest” in the public’s eye.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



Military Lobbyists Brag About Getting Presidential Candidates to Favor War

An email to supporters shows a recently formed defense industry group congratulating itself for getting Republican presidential candidates to demand the escalation of U.S. military action in Syria.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Fifth Debate Reveals How Eager the Republican Candidates Are for More War

At the final debate of 2015, the Republican presidential candidates laid out how each would be a wartime president, with the most aggressive pledging to rebuild and unleash the full force of the military to slaughter Islamic State globally, confront Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Syria and eastern Europe and conduct cyber warfare and other actions against China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Top 10 Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate

Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Fifth GOP Debate: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

If ever there was any doubt, the main topic during the first part of the fifth Republican presidential debate was indeed how to defeat the threat of terrorism overseas and at home. Updated

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Explains How His Party Descended Into Insanity and Chaos

The other night I phoned a former GOP congressmen with whom I’d worked on legislation in the ’90s. I wanted his take on something: Are the presidential hopefuls really as weird as they seem?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Third Republican Debate: GOP Candidates Put Their Mouths Where America’s Money Is

Update: In the final installments of our live blog of the third Republican debate, we touch on the evening’s biggest quotes and themes and forecast how the “liberal” media (paging Sen. Rubio) will frame the evening’s event and the candidates’ fates going forward.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



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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Donald Trump Has the GOP Establishment’s Number

The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



How Lindsey Graham and the GOP Lost the Chance to be Presidential Over Charleston

Since the core of the Republican Party is now white southerners, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s response to the Charleston attack tells us something key about the state of that party.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 8, 2015 ENLARGE



Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE


NSA Whistleblower William Binney: Seeking Blackmail Power, U.S. Officials Enabled 9/11

The 31-year National Security Agency veteran blew the whistle when he realized technology that he had developed to protect Americans was being used to spy on them. In a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion, he and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discuss who’s responsible for the surveillance program, how authorities’ desire for blackmail power through mass spying was a factor in their failure to stop the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Posted on May 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 15, 2013 ENLARGE



Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Win, Liz Cheney to Run for Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Attorney General Eric Holder condemns “Stand Your Ground” laws and Jeremy Scahill stops by “The Colbert Report” to discuss President Obama’s drone strike policy.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Indefinite Surveillance’ Under the 2014 NDAA?

The National Defense Authorization Act recently approved by the House would build on powers currently available to government to allow unrestricted access to all personal data collected “during combat operations from countries, organizations, or individuals, now or once hostile to the United States,” political analyst Stephen Benavides reports at Truthout.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King was the lone voice of sanity at a hearing where Pentagon officials said the war on terror could last up to 20 more years—or however long the president deems fit.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE


The Culture of Preconception

The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions. When something new comes along, we hasten to squeeze it into whatever frameworks we were carrying around with us a day, a month or a year before.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



Koch Brothers Look to Expand Influence, Bachmann in Trouble, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the husband of an Arkansas Republican Party official suggests shooting GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion and a New York state lawmaker advocates torturing the Boston bombing suspect.

Posted on Apr 21, 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



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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



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


A State of the Union Preview, ‘SNL’ Mocks GOP on Israel, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s warning to Karl Rove and the latest Republican threat against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



Drama Over Including Gays in Immigration Reform

Though President Obama is trying to find a place for gay binational couples in his immigration reform plan, Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey Graham just won’t have it; as a tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, MIT should make academic articles free to the public; meanwhile, new studies show that urbanites have developed neural responses that keep them constantly on the lookout for danger. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE


‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 30, 2012 ENLARGE



GOP Backs Off Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge, Fox News Dissed on Fox News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another legal challenge to President Obama’s health care law and billionaire Warren Buffet discusses what Congress should do about taxing the wealthy.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 20, 2012 ENLARGE


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Posted on Nov 17, 2012 ENLARGE


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Posted on Nov 15, 2012 ENLARGE



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



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Wrong Again, Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham has been wrong about almost everything in the Middle East for a decade and a half, so his harebrained proposal to build permanent bases in Afghanistan is hardly surprising.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Reid & Co. Open Fire on GOP

The 111th Congress produced some real eleventh-hour gains for the Obama administration, and by extension the president’s party, but some Democrats, such as Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, aren’t ready to get over some of the biggest partisan clashes of the last two years.

Posted on Dec 29, 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


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‘Colbert Report’: The Lindsey Graham Sex Tape

Suddenly, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is under the microscope for maybe, potentially, being gay! What’s a conservative Southern senator to do? Well, as Stephen Colbert points out, hanging around with Sen. Joe Lieberman might help, but releasing a (straight) sex tape would be even better.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Judgment Days of Sotomayor

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor avoided a “total meltdown” during her confirmation hearings, even as she underwent a grilling by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who trotted out a series of scathing anonymous evaluations of Sotomayor by unimpressed attorneys. Clearly, Sen. Graham hasn’t Googled himself lately.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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