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Some Blame Must Follow the Financial Collapse

“What am I going to tell the public,” one French official asked, “when there are 3 million people marching in the streets of Paris? That ‘we all made mistakes’? That no one was really responsible?”

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin Talks Africa, ‘Wardrobe-Gate’ in Fox News Interview

Fox News’ Greta von Susteren spends a good portion of the first part of her lengthy interview with Sarah Palin asking about the clothes Palin and her family wore on the campaign trail, but the Alaska governor also addresses several other rumors and “oddities” that circulated before the election.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE



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America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies, including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate, are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Goes Home

The campaign is over, but Sarah Palin took the spotlight back with her to Alaska. As one reader put it, this clip “goes from awkward to sad to depressing back to awkward.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 READ MORE


Neocons Plot to Co-Opt Obama

The president-elect is a foreign policy novice and will find himself under great pressure to follow Middle Eastern and China and Russia policies inherited from George Bush, even though these are what Barack Obama was elected to change or terminate.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Barney Goes Rogue

Perhaps the heightened emotion and tension of this election season got to First Dog Barney Bush on Thursday: The president’s wee Scottie, clearly out of sorts, munched down on a Reuters reporter’s finger.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Looking Back and Moving Forward

This is a day to think about how far we’ve come, to think about our experiences in past times and how we are now ready to begin forging a country where all of life is no longer defined by race.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Fears for (Her) Free Speech

Someone better give Sarah Palin a copy of the U.S. Constitution—or better yet, read it to her slowly. The up-and-coming legal scholar/vice presidential candidate is scared for her own First Amendment rights because of “attacks” from reporters who claim she is engaging in negative campaign tactics.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE



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Nicholas von Hoffman on Kevin Phillips’ ‘Bad Money’

An insightful book discloses how a confidence game combined pride and cunning and stupidity to bring America to the brink of catastrophe.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


Don’t Underestimate Palin

My view of Sarah Palin has changed in the two months since John McCain named her as his running mate. I thought Palin was a lightweight; she’s not. I thought she was an ingénue; she is, but only in the “All About Eve” sense of the word.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE



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Hell to Pay

Sen. John McCain’s ideological ties to the Bush-Cheney administration have mostly passed beneath the radar of the mainstream media, but if McCain loses the presidential race to Barack Obama, his neoconservative legacy could erupt into the open with a force that should not be underestimated.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Is the Superior Decider

The real issues of the American presidential election are the future of the economy and the future of American foreign policy. The one seems already settled. The second seems to unite John McCain and Barack Obama in support of a program doomed to fail.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Stevens’ Corruption Was About the Little Things

For a steel sculpture of migrating salmon, amongst other goodies, Ted Stevens—one of the lions of the Senate—was willing to forfeit the kingdom.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Sarah the Scapegoat

Writing a postmortem for John McCain’s presidential candidacy would be premature. But if and when that moment comes next week, toxic staff infection will be listed as a primary cause of death.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



An ‘Emergency Effort to Stop Barack Obama’

Every election season, some independent groups sizzle with controversy and impact, and others fizzle. We couldn’t tell at first, but the National Republican Trust PAC appears to be of the sizzling variety.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


‘H’ Is for Hypocrisy

My computer will allow a letter to be displayed at a maximum 500 percent of its normal size. That isn’t big enough for a capital “H” that conveys the towering hypocrisies of the Sarah Palin political wardrobe malfunction.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Life After November 4th

Opinion surveys, voter registration totals and cable television ratings indicate that Americans have been engrossed by the marathon presidential campaign. In a week and a half, it’ll be over. What will we do to fill the void in our lives?

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Study: Media Goes Negative on McCain

A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism has found that media coverage of Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been over three times as negative as coverage of his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, since the two parties held their conventions.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Change Big Donors Can Believe In

The candidates’ coffers are swelling with larger and larger bundles of cash, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the extended television discussions of this, because it’s the broadcasters who profit the most.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Rep.‘s ‘Anti-American’ Comments Could Cost Her Re-Election

Rep. Michelle Bachmann was cakewalking to re-election in her Republican-leaning Minnesota district until she told Chris Matthews the media should investigate anti-Americanism in Congress. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calls that a “$1 million mistake.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



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No Child Left Behind Fails Us All

Truthdig asked Demitrious C. Sinor, an inspirational educator, to sound off on the state of our schools. He warns that unless the No Child Left Behind regime ends soon, America’s classrooms could unravel. It’s a reality that neither presidential candidate seems to fully understand, but one he sees every day, from where he sits.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Who Needs Robocalls When You Have Robo-Rep. Bachmann?

Shades of McCarthyism? In her televised rundown of practically all of the anti-Obama talking points conjured up this election season, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., calls the Illinois senator (and other “liberals” in Washington) “anti-American” on Friday’s “Hardball.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


U.S. Loses Its Grip on Europe

Military and economic disasters have caused Europeans and European governments to view the United States in a new, unflattering light.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


The HBO Debate

Here’s one way to liven up the political process.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


A Bush-Style Whitewash

For anyone who followed the story of how and why Sarah Palin fired her state’s public safety commissioner, last week’s release of a legislative investigation that found she had violated state ethics statutes was anticlimactic.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE



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Economy Trumps Race in Ohio

From the Southern California suburbs to Ohio’s Appalachia, places that have not been especially friendly to African-American candidates, Sen. Barack Obama seems to be convincing a substantial number of whites that their votes should be determined by their economic troubles rather than race.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE



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CBS Partners With YouTube

While sister company Viacom is still suing YouTube for $1 billion, CBS is hoping to get some cash out of the Web video mecca a more polite way. The Tiffany Network has had some success online, and currently has one of the more popular YouTube channels, but the eyeball business isn’t as straightforward as it used to be.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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In a Previous Life, Palin Loved the Media

Sarah Palin’s relationship with the press has been like that of a deer to high-beams, but it’s not for lack of practice. According to an Associated Press count, Palin clocked more than 300 interviews and news conferences in just 20 months as governor.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Buys His Own TV Special

Flush with cash, Barack Obama has purchased air time on at least two networks for a half-hour special to air a week before the election. No word yet on how much a half-hour of prime-time sweeps air costs, but it’s certainly more than Ross Perot paid back in ‘92.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


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What McCain and Obama Don’t Know

Uncertainty is the backdrop for a presidential campaign whose last month is being conducted over the shakiest terrain. What we didn’t know yesterday, last week, last month suddenly reshapes the contours of our lives.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Weapons of Mass Distraction

John McCain and Sarah Palin are going to try their best to make us talk about anything but the big issues facing our country, because most Americans think Barack Obama’s solutions are better.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Will the Pentagon Be the Next U.S. Institution to Crash?

Less apparent to most people than the economic crisis, but just as real, are the signs of an impending crash of an American military system in which, since the end of the Cold War, Pentagon dysfunction has metastasized so uncontrollably as to scandalize the men who have overseen it.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE



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Katie Couric Is Ready for Her Close-Up

It’s been a rough couple of years for the anchor of the last-place network newscast, but Katie Couric managed to silence many of her critics this week with an interview series that not only got a lot of attention, but scored points for her tough but fair style.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Couric Stumps Palin With Question About Reading

Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about a number of controversial topics during the latest installment of her interview—evolution, abortion, homosexuality—but the VP nominee appeared to have the hardest time when pressed to say what newspapers and magazines she has read: “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE



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CBS Has More Palin Gold in the Vault

There was so much excitement last week between the bailout showdown and the debate that many people didn’t get a chance to see Sarah Palin’s tailspin interview with Katie Couric. CBS, it turns out, has even more in store. The network will air at least two more embarrassing clips before Thursday’s VP debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Ads Also Aim to Deceive

John McCain has taken a lot of heat for his dishonest campaign ads, but it seems Barack Obama has gotten in on the game. The New York Times scolds the Democratic nominee for running commercials “that have matched the dubious nature of Mr. McCain’s more questionable spots.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Campbell Brown: Free Sarah Palin

The CNN anchor has had enough of the McCain campaign “treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE


Letterman Catches McCain Two-Timing With Couric

David Letterman was already giving John McCain a hard time for his suspended campaign when he spotted the GOP nominee with fellow CBS personality Katie Couric on the network feed. McCain had canceled his “Late Show” appearance, telling Letterman he had to fly back to Washington, but instead flew into Couric’s studio.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Couric Grills Palin on McCain’s Economic Record

The “CBS Evening News” host brought a little heat to her sit-down with the Alaska governor: “I’m just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation?” Update: Full video

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Campaign Guru: N.Y. Times Isn’t ‘a Journalistic Organization’

Steve Schmidt is widely credited with re-energizing the McCain campaign with his tough and often deceptive style, but his latest is a bit much, even for a Karl Rove protégé. During a conference call with reporters, Schmidt accused The New York Times of being “a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day impugns the McCain campaign.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Waiting for Sarah

Andrew Sullivan is miffed that John McCain’s No. 2 is still snubbing the media (and, by extension, the public): “It is now 24 days since she was announced as a potential president of the United States next January and she still hasn’t given a news conference or has any plans to hold one. This black-out of all serious press access has never happened in modern American political history before.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE



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Sam Harris on Sarah Palin and ‘Mediocrity’

The trailblazing atheist and Truthdig contributor takes on Sarah Barracuda in the new Newsweek: “When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. ‘They think they’re better than you!’ is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 READ MORE


The Sexist Two-Step

The great lipstick-on-a-pig campaign imbroglio, if we are lucky, will mark the moment Republicans jumped the shark with their cries of alleged sexism toward vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


Palin Keeps Lying, and Lying, and ...

What kind of person tells a self-aggrandizing lie, gets called on it, admits publicly that the truth is not at all what she originally claimed—and then goes out and starts telling the original lie again without changing a word?

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


Lame You Can Believe In

It has been hard to remember lately that the country is in the midst of one of the most consequential presidential elections of our lifetimes.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


A Campaign Without Ideas

There was a time when Republicans campaigned on their ideas, programs and values. This year—lacking ideas, programs or values—John McCain and Sarah Palin are running for the White House on an elaborate fictional narrative of victimhood.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE



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ABC Spreads Palin Around

ABC plans to air portions of Charles Gibson’s exclusive interview with Sarah Palin all over its air, hoping to squeeze every last drop of ratings out of the VP nominee’s first unscripted appearance. But there’s a byproduct of ABC’s scheduling: Palin’s one foray into media accountability will appear more like several.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


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