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Truthdigger of the Week: Nelson Mandela

It speaks volumes about Nelson Mandela’s political transcendence that this former militant socialist was just praised by a conservative like Newt Gingrich as “one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime.”

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Congressman Attempts Patriot Act Repeal, GOP’s Cuccinelli Supports Oral Sex Ban, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what will happen in one state when Obamacare is fully implemented next year and a video debunks McDonald’s fuzzy budget math for its employees.

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The End of Obamacare?

President Obama will veto the House effort to delay the individual mandate, weeks after volunteering to delay the employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation cheers the demise of its own idea.

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Watch: Newt Gingrich ‘Really Puzzled’ About Smartphones

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out what do you call this,” a completely serious Gingrich says holding up a smartphone. Now he’s asking for your help to name something that already has a name.

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How the News Is Killing You

Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Some Signs of Life in the GOP?

At first glance, last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference looked like a hot mess. On closer inspection, it looked even worse.

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Warren Crusades Against Big Banks, NYC Soda Ban Struck Down, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details of a bipartisan agreement on immigration and the reason Donald Trump is willing to help the White House financially.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jim Cooper

Fox News Chief Rips ‘Lazy’ Obama, ‘Dumb’ Biden and ‘Prick’ Gingrich

A new book on Roger Ailes reveals that the Fox News president doesn’t have a lot of nice things to say about some of the country’s current and former leaders.

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Ex-Senator Reveals Secret Love Child, Gingrich Slams Rove, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major reversal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Obamacare and the NRA is already working to influence the 2014 election.

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Obama’s Leaked Immigration Reform Plan Could Deliver a Winner

Republicans spent the weekend trumpeting shock and outrage over President Obama’s leaked “backup plan” on immigration. In dysfunctional Washington, this means that prospects for comprehensive reform—including what amounts to an amnesty for the undocumented—are getting brighter.

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Obama Warns Republicans, Clinton at the Golden Globes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some good news for George H.W. Bush and Justice Clarence Thomas breaks his silence in the Supreme Court.

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Survived the 2012 Zombie Apocalypse

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Gingrich Switches on Gay Marriage, Limbaugh ‘Honored’ for Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including speculation about actor Ben Affleck’s political future and Rachel Maddow’s sounding off on the government’s weak gun regulation efforts.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE



Top Campaign Moments; Axelrod Slams ‘Delusional’ Dick Morris, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including presidential endorsements by a former veep nominee and a “Simpsons” character, plus a bookmaker pays out on the White House race before Election Day.

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Paul Ryan on ‘The Stench,’ a ‘Dumber’ Romney, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why Mitt Romney says his heart aches, the GOP is back to supporting Todd Akin and his ridiculous “legitimate rape” comments, and the latest Fox News failure.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


Why Bain Questions Matter

Who are the dastardly enemies of free enterprise who decided to make an issue of Mitt Romney’s tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital? Er, those would be his fellow Republicans.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Newt’s Out, Finally

On Wednesday, the former House speaker formally ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, despite previously vowing to stay in the race until the GOP convention in August.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


Can You Hear Me in the Back?

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Fat Newt Sings

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This Is Newt Gingrich Signing Off

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Not So Free Love

Steve Brodner of The Washington Spectator imagines what it would be like for politicians and their wealthy donors to consummate their relationships. Like a car crash, it’s hard to look away.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Gingrich Is Getting Out of the Way

Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would retire his run for the White House and that he had told Mitt Romney he would give him his full endorsement.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net; and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Blame Clinton: Record Poverty and No Safety Net

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich blames Fox News; the Justice Department sues Apple; 46 million Americans without a safety net, and a history of Hamas.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Obama by Default

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Romney, Romney, Romney Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all went for Mitt on Tuesday night, making Rick Santorum look even more like a party crasher.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE


Sinking Gingrich Calls for One More Debate

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Flickr / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Why Can’t Ron Paul Get More Traction?

He doesn’t lack enthusiastic supporters, nor is his campaign short on cash, and he’s galvanized scores of younger voters. So why isn’t Ron Paul able to clinch the Republican presidential nomination—or even come within spitting distance—this time around?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Print Press Defects From Gingrich Camp

For presidential hopefuls, surely this is an unmistakable sign of impending apocalypse: GOP contender Newt Gingrich, who was not so long ago enjoying an improbable—and ultimately ephemeral—streak of campaign success, now finds himself free of those pesky embedded print reporters. 

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Religious Head Count

The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nam Y. Huh

Romney Wins Illinois, Rivals Aren’t Going Anywhere

The fact that Newt Gingrich, who has done little to impress in this Republican primary, can afford to stay in the race tells you why Mitt Romney’s huge win in Illinois on Tuesday night actually means very little.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Stuck in a Campaign Rut

Thus far, the 2012 presidential campaign has been unfocused, dispiriting and largely irrelevant. By the time Election Day comes, a weary nation will be at the point of pulling the covers over its head and screaming, “Somebody, please, make it stop.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE


Going Nowhere Fast

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The Fracking of American Politics

The "values" voters are going to be disappointed, perhaps enraged, if President Obama is re-elected or if he is replaced by Mitt Romney. Their next move then will be to try to change the electoral system.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Santorum Needs Gingrich in the Race

If Rick Santorum wants to keep Mitt Romney from wrapping up the Republican nomination before the convention, he should encourage Newt Gingrich to stay in the race, not drop out.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Eric Gay

Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



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10 Myths About Iran—and Why They’re Dead Wrong

Amid media reports on the possible approach of war, rhetoric demonizing the Iranian government is rampant, much of it untrue.

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Candidates on Iran

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A Field of Hawks

Unless Ron Paul somehow wins the nomination, it looks as if a vote for the Republican presidential candidate this fall will be a vote for war with Iran.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE



James Vaughan (CC-BY-SA)

It’s About Sex and the ’60s

Mitt Romney clearly has no idea what his party stands for and is running against. To put it in Rick Santorum’s words, “It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Tortoise and the Tortoises

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Romney: Winning Votes, Not Love

Mitt Romney is grinding his way to the Republican presidential nomination not by winning hearts but by imposing his will on a party that keeps resisting him.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Super Tuesday Results

After the jump are the primary and caucus results from Super Tuesday, with 416 delegates in 10 states at stake. Updated

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And the Winner Is ...

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GOP Candidates Rush From Judgment

So let’s get this straight: These guys want us to believe they’re ready to face down Vladimir Putin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Un, the Taliban and what’s left of al-Qaida. Yet they’re scared of a talk-radio buffoon.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE


Documentary on Teen Bullies Gets the NC-17 Treatment (Audio Fixed)

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The end of Andrew Breitbart, the week in politics and movie theater owners threaten to treat a documentary about bullies as an NC-17 film.

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