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Rep. Michael Grimm

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE


Can’t Get Through to Your Health Insurer? Vent on Twitter

Fed-up consumers, armed with questions and concerns about their new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, are flocking to social media websites to seek answers and vent their frustrations.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Apparently Now in the ‘Fuck It’ Stage of His Presidency

Though “The Daily Show” was taped before Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, Stewart found a way to comment on the speech and the commentary to follow without having heard a single word.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Johan Larsson (CC-BY)

Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have ‘Angry Birds’?

Somewhere in the lowest reaches of hell, Adolf Hitler and his coterie of lesser dictators must be tormented by the knowledge they did not live long enough to get their hands on “Angry Birds.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE

The Golden Age of Journalism?

Only in the years that shrank the screen to your desk, then your hand, now your pocket—and one day soon on your eyeglasses—did it became apparent that throughout the print era the newspaper had been misnamed.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE

Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE

Ever Heard of Mipsters, #Mipsterz or Muslim Hipsters?

A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


Why the NSA’s Metadata Program Won’t Change Anytime Soon

Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


Scare Tactics Distort NSA Debate

In order to have a genuinely constructive debate, data must be compiled, evidence must be amassed and verifiable truths must be presented.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE

AP Images

The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


Reefer Sanity Takes Hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE

Yahoo Wants to Bring Back the Newspaper by Putting It on Your Phone

Nick D’Aloisio was 15 when he created Summly, and he became one of the youngest millionaires ever when he sold his tech to Yahoo two years later.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE

Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE


2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Glenn Greenwald Confronts MSNBC Host Over Media Bias

When asked if he’s more a spokesman for Edward Snowden than a journalist, Glenn Greenwald told MSNBC’s Kristen Welker, “Sure, I do defend him. Just like people on MSNBC defend President Obama and his officials and Democratic Party leaders 24 hours a day.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

A&E/Zach Dilgard (via New York Times)

‘Duck Dynasty’: Network Caves, Unsuspends Robertson

After declaring homosexuality the origin of sin (followed by bestiality), reality TV redneck Phil Robertson has been un-reprimanded by the Arts and Entertainment network.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

The Tea Party Is Here to Stay

The extreme right has been pronounced dead a few times now, but it’s proven more resilient than some hoped; dolphins’ intelligence has come into serious doubt; and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has invested his first $50 million into the project he’s starting with journalist Glenn Greenwald. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

Obama’s New Normal: The Drone Strikes Continue

There has been yet another violent attack with mass casualties. This was not the act of a lone gunman, or of an armed student rampaging through a school. It was a group of families en route to a wedding that was killed.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Duck Dynasty,’ Meet Pope Francis

If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live life and how to approach politics, why should religious faith be taken seriously?

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE


Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE

NSA Puff Piece Is ‘60 Minutes’ Latest Shame

Hot off the heels of a reporting scandal that saw the vaunted news program ooh and ahh over Benghazi lies, “60 Minutes” has just aired a mind-blowingly charitable “report” on the NSA’s mass surveillance.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE

Russ (CC-BY)

Three Questions About the Motor City

Though these questions have mostly been ignored, continuing to ask them can at least highlight the fact that something nefarious is happening right now in the Motor City.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE

Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE

Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


Your Boss Is a Dick (A Glossary of Labor Terms, Translated)

To help out my friends in organized labor, here is a glossary of key union terms, translated for everyone else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE

Media Misfortune

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Nick Ut

Another Casualty of L.A.’s Cultural Indifference?

The artistic record in a region that aspires to world-class status has been problematic when it comes to censorship and preservation.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Ahn Young-joon

Hillary Clinton vs. Richard Nixon: The Movie

Of all the movie treatments thrown around ahead of Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential run, “Rodham” actually sounds the most interesting.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


U.S. Determined to Mend Fences With Iran, Critics Notwithstanding

Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE


Guardian Threatened With Terrorism Charges for Reporting NSA Story

British police are investigating the staff of The Guardian newspaper to determine whether acts of journalism can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

Quashing the Arts

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE


The Empire Strikes Back

A whole new get-rich-quick scheme is brewing beneath the fanfare of the nation’s hyped housing recovery.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE

CBS News

‘60 Minutes’ Reporter, Producer on Indefinite Leave After Benghazi Bungle

After issuing a retraction and an apology, CBS News is hoping a little disciplinary action will help put its credibility back on track.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


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AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

In Gay Marriage Feud, Dick Cheney Sides With the Wrong Daughter

Staying consistent with the terrible judgment he showed as vice president, Dick Cheney has come to the defense of his bigoted daughter.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Freaky New World Order of International Treaties

WikiLeaks blew open the secret negotiations behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Wednesday, releasing draft text that looks good for big corporations and bad for ordinary people.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Nick Ut

Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

Chris Harvey /

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Calls Julian Assange’s De Facto Detention ‘Intolerable’

Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland, has visited Julian Assange and written a condemnation of his asylum—which is effectively a house arrest—for the “crime of being a journalist who told the truth.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE


Change Has Always Been the New Normal

I live and work in a world in which, as they say: "Change is the new normal." I’m sure you do, too.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE

America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE

Cellphones Are Interfering With Your Brainwaves

Scientists have discovered that radiation from cellphones has affected the way our brains have evolved to function; newsrooms all over the country are downsizing and becoming digital in the process; meanwhile, Germany denies Edward Snowden asylum yet again, but this time wants to find a way to question him. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Patrick Semansky

The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE


Something to Be Scared of: Retailers Market ‘Sexy’ Halloween Costumes to Little Girls

Costumes for little girls are now firmly part of the trend toward an overly sexualized Halloween celebration.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald and Friends Add Two Journalists to News Venture

The new journalism enterprise funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and helmed by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras has two new employees.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE

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