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War of Words

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 ENLARGE


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White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

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Flickr / drona

David Brooks to Obama: Chill Out

In the mind of New York Times wise man David Brooks, President Obama and the congressmen he’s negotiating with are equally to blame for the diplomatic trip and fall in last week’s federal deficit talks. (more)

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jim Urquhart

Climate Activist Goes to Jail

In his book “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau wrote: “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” And prison is where a federal judge has put Tim DeChristopher, 29, after he posed in 2008 as a winning bidder ... (more)

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Flickr / ElvertBarnes

Congressman Arrested for Protesting Deportations

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., was arrested in front of the White House Thursday afternoon with about a dozen others while demonstrating against the deportation of illegal immigrants. Gutierrez is a supporter of the DREAM Act, which would allow students who are in the country illegally to become conditional permanent residents ... (more)

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AP / Carolyn Kaster

Debt Madness Was Always About Killing Social Security

Republican hypocrites are out to settle ideological scores that have nothing to do with the debt they themselves ran up.

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U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Adam J. Root

War Is a Racket

“War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE

National Archives

The Money Melodrama in Washington

Any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don’t know anything about economics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE

Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

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Sam Harris Responds to Chris Hedges’ ‘Fundamentalism Kills’ Column

On Tuesday, in a column that can be read here, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond, and he has done so.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE

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Betting Big Against the Government

On Wall Street, a small number of investors are betting $4.8 billion that the U.S. government will fail to raise the debt ceiling in the next week and, subsequently, will default on its $14 trillion debt.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE / David Wu

Oregon Congressman Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Facing a House ethics investigation into allegations that he had a non-consensual sexual encounter with a teenage girl, U.S. Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat, announced his resignation Tuesday and said he would leave office once the debt ceiling impasse had ended. Wu, a Congress member since 1999, was the first Chinese-American to serve in the House.

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YouTube / The Askerladden

Defense Lawyer Doubts Norway Suspect’s Sanity

The lawyer defending Anders Behring Breivik, who pleaded not guilty in court after admitting he carried out the deadly attacks in Norway, said his client might be insane.

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AP / Frank Augstein

Fundamentalism Kills

I worry more about the Anders Breiviks than the Mohammed Attas.

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AP / Charlie Neibergall

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Michele Bachmann—or Anyone Else

In today’s tight media economy, reporters tend to be young, overworked, underpaid, inexperienced journalists grateful for their jobs and afraid of being fired. Their bosses, no doubt, are just as fearful. These journalists are easy marks for campaign hacks with a story to sell.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Monday’s Obama-Boehner Debt Speeches, Minus the Grandstanding

We’re all about in-depth coverage, but when it comes to political grandstanding, better to just skip to the good stuff. Here are two minutes or so each from the president and House speaker’s Monday debt ceiling speeches (during which John Boehner said it’s “not going to happen.”)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

The Influence Industry of Rage

The monster who slaughtered at least 76 innocent victims in Norway was animated by the same blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation that fuels anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Yes, it could happen here.

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Dead in Norway

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U.N. Food Agency Crisis Talks

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 ENLARGE

Flickr / doug88888

The Real Cause of America’s Debt Crisis

Over the past century, America’s rich made their millions and billions through the use of public assets shared by everyone. By virtue of those profits, they have not only a moral, but a rational obligation to pay more for the upkeep of public services. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Robert Burdock

Hotchner Remembers Ernest Hemingway ... and the Feds That Pursued Him

Earlier this month, on the 50th anniversary of his friend’s death, A.E. Hotchner penned a tender letter in remembrance of Ernest Hemingway, pictured above. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen

There Are More Like Me, Norway Shooter Says

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed a combined 76 people in the heart of Oslo and on the island of Utoeya last week, told a judge Monday that “two more cells” belonging to his supposed terrorist organization are at large. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / mikoosij

Sanders: Let a Real Progressive Challenge Obama

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Friday gave voice to the frustration of millions of American liberals who feel betrayed by President Obama’s eagerness to abandon key social welfare programs established and preserved by his Democratic predecessors. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Possum1500

Criminal Justice: ‘Normalizing’ Exploitation

After Georgia’s new immigration law chased away many of its farm laborers, the state launched a dubious plan to fill the void with probationers, who lack the experience needed to do harvesting work, especially in the current heat wave. (more)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE

Women Leaders

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 ENLARGE

Evil in Norway

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 ENLARGE

The Eternal Frontier

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 ENLARGE

Greece Bailout

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 ENLARGE

Left, Right & Center

Kabuki Dancing on the Debt Ceiling

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center”: Getting too close to the debt deadline, Greek insolvency and what’s with these credit rating companies throwing their weight around?

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

AP / Thierry Charlier

Norway’s Horror: Anti-Semitism Becomes Islamophobia

Europe’s right-wing parties, many of which once had explicitly anti-Jewish messages, have expanded their hatred to Arabs and Muslims.

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AP / Julie Jacobson

The American Scream: Going Hoarse Without Speaking

It is clear that nowhere in American commercial life, save perhaps the graveyard, is there a space not polluted by electronic voices.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / dherrera_96

Deep in the Heart of Texas’ Drug Trade

Texas Gov. Rick Perry points to his hyper pro-business policies to explain the fact that 37 percent of the nation’s new jobs created over the last two years were in his state. New York magazine has another suggestion though: the region’s multibillion-dollar drug trade. (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE

Warner Home Video

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

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Sex Ed? Palins Flunk Again

Sarah Palin’s strict views have turned her into a grandma for the second time; al-Qaida takes a page out of Disney’s book to recruit children; meanwhile, Facebook fights Google+ by adding news to its online community. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE

The Adult in the Room

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 ENLARGE

Borders Bye-Bye

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 ENLARGE

California Court Cost Cuts

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 ENLARGE

Amy Winehouse 1983-2011

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 ENLARGE

Bernie Sanders, a Violin and the Disappearing Middle Class

In December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., made a noble attempt to filibuster against the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Predictably, his effort failed, and President Obama and members of the 111th Congress assumed responsibility for $858 billion in public money lost over the following two years.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Flickr / Oxfam East Africa (CC-BY)

Militant Group Blocks Aid in Somalia

The World Food Program and other such aid organizations have been unable to reach 2.2 million famine victims in militant-controlled areas of Somalia. In fact, the militant group al-Shabab denies that a famine is happening at all.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Twitter, Anders Behring Breivik

Suspect in Norway Bombing and Shooting Spree Charged

Norwegian police charged a man Saturday whom they describe as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist in connection with a deadly bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a summer camp for liberal youth that killed at least 92 people.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Abbie Hoffman Was Here

Hoffman famously said, “You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.” This was in 1989, when he was just 52, the same year that he killed himself, making everyone wonder if freedom wasn’t really just another word for nothing left to lose.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE    

Flickr / VictoryNH: Protect Our Primary

Murdoch’s Giuliani Connection

Monday, ahead of Rupert Murdoch’s inquiry by the British Parliament, former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on CNN to defend his beleaguered friend against accusations of knowledge of his employees’ hacking and bribing offenses. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / laverrue

Hyatt Turns Up the Heat on Unionized Protesters

Hotel employees fearing replacement by low-cost temporary workers were demonstrating in front of a Hyatt in Chicago on Thursday morning when a manager at the facility turned on high-powered heat lamps directly above them. It was one of the hottest days of the year. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Violaine Bavent (CC-BY)

FAA Prepares to Furlough 4,000 Workers

The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to partially shut down its operations and furlough up to 4,000 employees at midnight Friday after Congress could not agree on details in the legislation to extend the agency’s authority.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Fartein Rudjord

Blast Rocks Government Buildings in Oslo

A powerful explosion rocked government buildings in Norway’s capital on Friday, killing at least seven people and injuring a number of others near the prime minister’s office. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE

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