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‘Left, Right & Center’: Gay Marriage, Islam, Leon Panetta and Malala Yousafzai

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s effective approval of gay marriage in numerous states, Bill Maher’s debate over whether Islam is a violent religion, and Leon Panetta’s hastily published memoir.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Scotland, IS, Alibaba, Midterms

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Scotland’s decision not to part from Britain, Congress’ vote to arm Syrian rebels, and every young Ukrainian having his or her own NGO.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s New War, Scotland’s Vote, Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss congressional support for Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State. Will it simply leave the problem to the president’s successor? Also, the potential unintended consequences of Scottish independence, and the Senate takes on Citizens United.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Ferguson, Al-Maliki Steps Down, Hillary Speaks Out

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the police response to furious crowds after the shooting of Michael Brown; the stepping down of Iraq’s prime minister; Hillary Clinton criticizing President Obama in an Atlantic interview; and remembrances of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby, Facebook’s Big Experiment

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the significance of the 280,000 jobs added to the economy, the corporate personhood aspect of the Hobby Lobby ruling, military action spawned by the killing of three teenagers in Israel, and Facebook’s manipulation of news feeds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby Fallout and Facebook

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the reliability of the new jobs numbers, the anti-choice Hobby Lobby ruling, the killing of three teenagers in Israel and whether Facebook was manipulating news feeds to assess users in its social experiments.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Supreme Court Goes… Phonanimous?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s big end-of-term decisions this week, including striking down President Obama’s recess appointments, ruling against arrest-related searches of cellphones and putting an end to buffer zones around abortion clinics. Also, the U.S. pledges to help Syrian rebels and Ukraine signs a trade accord.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



Spying a Difference Among Democrats in ‘Silicon Beach’ Congressional Race

To evaluate contenders for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat, I looked at an issue that is central to American life today: domestic spying by the federal government.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Imperial President or Small Ball?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he would try to find ways to work around a dysfunctional Congress makes him an imperialist president.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Dismal Jobs Report and Christie Bridge-Gate

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask: With only 74,000 jobs created last month, who or what is to blame? Also, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie solved his Bridge-gate troubles or is his image permanently tarnished?

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Saving Mr. Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss The New York Times’ call for clemency for Edward Snowden. National Review editor Rich Lowry, providing the perspective from the right, acknowledges that Snowden’s case is “ambiguous,” while insisting he broke the law.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Year of Inequality—Scourge or Spur?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists respond to President Obama’s declaration that inequality is the major issue of our time and the pope’s apparent agreement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Takes Stock at Year-End

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists assess “the running debacle of the health care law” amid President Obama’s historic low rating in the polls, new information from Edward Snowden, “Duck Dynasty” and the tapering stimulus.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Bipartisan Budget Deal and the Tea Party Bolts

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and “Left, Right & Center” host Matt Miller discuss the budget deal, John Boehner’s rebuke of tea party critics, suggested restraints for the NSA, “Dianne Feinstein and those hacks in the Senate,” and more.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Liberalism in Crisis? China in Transition

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the president’s announcement that he would temporarily allow health insurance companies to renew some plans, China’s decision to relax its one-child policy and end labor camps, and the Republican bill to extend health plans.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care, the Snowden Files, JPMorgan’s Big Fine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the congressional hearing about Healthcare.gov. Also, another Edward Snowden leak leads to tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Lessons of the Shutdown

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists explore whether anything will change or get done now that the government is once again open for business.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Is There a Deal in Sight?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists spend a full hour discussing the prospects for progress in Washington as the government shutdown remains in place.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Washington Chaos—Is There a Way Out?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether there is a way out of the government shutdown. Host Matt Miller proposes an option that could be a face saver for both sides of the aisle.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Drama, Extreme Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists asked Friday whether President Obama just succeeded at diplomacy with Syria by accident? Are we rolling out the “Mission Accomplished” banner too soon?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Debate Crescendo and More NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s failure to win broad support for military action against Syria during the G-20 Summit in Russia. The lack of enthusiasm is not helping him win over Congress.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Chaos in Egypt, NSA Revelations and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether the Obama administration should have stated stronger positions on aid and military in Egypt as violence overwhelmed Cairo. Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA broke its own surveillance rules thousands of times. And the Republican Party convenes in Boston and Chris Christie makes a case for 2016.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA Reform and Bezos Buys the Post

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s suggested changes to the National Security Agency surveillance policy. With four major categories of reform, he attempts to ease skepticism with an “amend it, don’t end it” approach. How did it go over?

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Carlos Danger, an Economic Reboot and Insider Trading

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists confront the unavoidable Carlos Danger. How many second chances should a former congressman get? Elsewhere in the country, President Obama tries to declare an economic reboot. Is he part of the problem? Also, the NSA surveillance program lives to see another day.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Monumental Movement on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex couples and against minority voters, the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, President Obama’s stated goals on climate change, and Texas Sen. Wendy David and former South African President Nelson Mandela—two politicians who stand for something.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Ends the War on Terror

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Barack Obama’s announcement of the end of the decade-and-counting-long war on terror while Gitmo remains open for business. Is the Obama administration all over the map when it comes to terror?

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Economies, Syria and Second Term Woes

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask, in the context of the new jobs report, whether the U.S. has two economies. Also, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio wants immigration reform and President Obama does also, so what will it take to get it passed?

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Boston and George W. Bush

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the White House’s belief that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. How should President Obama respond if such a red line has been crossed?

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Latest From Boston, Gun Bills Go Down

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the urge to jump to sweeping conclusions about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Gun control legislation goes down in the Senate, and economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff of Harvard make an epic Excel error.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Israel, Nukes and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s reception in Israel, the possibility of that country attacking Iran if nuclear development continues and the deadly blunder of 10 years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Plus, a GOP autopsy.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Left, Aequum et Centrum

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new center of gravity, geographically speaking, of the papacy will bring a shift in the church’s positions. Also, another Rep. Paul Ryan budget arrives.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Tale of Two Economies, Obama’s Charm Offensive

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Fiscal Cliff Forever, Saucy Scalia and Double Pope

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, economist Robert Reich and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s criticism of the sequester cuts. Has Capitol Hill devolved into a state of perpetual dysfunction or is this disagreement finally proof that there’s something worth fighting for?

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Sequester Madness, Republicans Love Obamacare?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask: Will sequester madness lead to across the board budget cuts? If you’re not pro-universal health care, then are you pro-euthanasia? And at the Oscars, should it be “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Argo”?

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Guns, Inauguration Day and the GOP Retreat

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists explore President Obama’s plan for lowering gun violence. Will it have a measurable effect on shootings? Or is it a first step in changing the terms of debate?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: One Fiscal Cliff Down, Boehner, and Al Gore’s Big Payday

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider the fiscal cliff deal and the issues it left untouched: the debt ceiling and the threat of “reform” to social services. They also dissect the re-election of John Boehner as speaker of the House as well as the FTC’s decision on Google and antitrust and anti-competition laws.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Our Best Year Ever?

Was this the best year in human history? “Obviously not,” says Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. He and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the positives and negatives of 2012 both for Americans and humanity as a whole.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ Guns and the Naked Fiscal Cliff

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists discuss the NRA’s call for armed security at schools, violent media’s relationship to gun violence and the push for new gun control legislation on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ School Shooting, Susan Rice Withdraws, and More

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the “Left, Right & Center” crew discuss the horrific school shooting in Connecticut, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the top slot in the State Department, Michigan’s new status as a right-to-work state and more.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: All Fiscal Cliff, All the Time

The fiscal cliff draws nearer. The Republicans may be in the worse position because doing nothing puts them in an inferior place politically. But President Nixon’s Madman Theory—make your opponent think you’re crazy enough to put everyone at risk and they’ll back down—might be encouraging the stalemate. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators consider the heights and more on this week’s show.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Palestine, Rice and the Fiscal Cliff

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly—and over the vociferous objections of the U.S. and Israel—to elevate the status of Palestine to “nonmember observer state.” Will this shift the balance of power in the Middle East? Is this a recipe for peace or for even greater conflict? The “Left, Right & Center” commentators consider the possibilities on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE


Rockets Near Jerusalem and Petraeus on the Hill

The world braces for a ground attack in Israel as rockets rain on Jerusalem and Israel showers air assaults on the Gaza Strip, while President Obama and congressional leaders begin discussing the looming fiscal cliff. The panelists tackle these issues and others on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A New American Majority and the Fiscal Cliff

The election suggests a new political landscape in the United States. With a new American majority, will Barack Obama and Congress really compromise on the impending fiscal cliff? Or will victorious Republican representatives remain committed to the Ryan budget? The “Left, Right & Center” commentators will consider these questions and others on this week’s program.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Debates Old and New, Newsweek and George McGovern

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Bob Scheer reflects on George McGovern’s life on this week’s “Left, Right and Center.” The panelists also consider whether next week’s presidential debate on foreign policy, which comes days after the spirited and contentious second encounter between the candidates, will focus on China, Afghanistan withdrawal and Libya. Or will it center on economics and America’s financial strength around the world?

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Rorschach Debate

How did the vice presidential candidates do in their only debate of the campaign? Some saw Biden as overly aggressive. Others thought he pointed out the Romney/Ryan weaknesses where they needed exposing. Most agree the lively event did not change any minds, but the candidates pleased their bases. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators break down the debate and other issues on this week’s program.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Presidential Debates and Bibi Draws a Line

Romney and Obama face off in their first presidential debate next week. Whom do they need to reach? What topics should they address? Are their portrayals of American workers accurate or productive? How should the U.S. respond to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran’s uranium enrichment program? The “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate these questions on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE


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