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Right-Wing Hitman Andrew Breitbart Targets Union-Friendly Professors

Andrew Breitbart, founder and publisher of America’s premier right-wing smear outfit, BigGovernment.com, has released yet another candid cam hatchet job, this one supposedly showing two professors at the University of Missouri instructing students on how to use violence to further the goals of the labor movement.

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Faux News Debate: Ron Paul vs. Obama Impersonator

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas shows just how scared Republicans are of facing off against Barack Obama in open debate. Hey, it’s no surprise, not after the entire star lineup of the GOP got creamed ... (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Vermont Makes History, Passes Universal Health Care

President Obama’s attempt to reform health care took a massive amount of time and energy, while achieving little. But, as Vermont just showed, there is another way to go about revamping America’s corrupt medical system: state by state.

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AP / Jim Cole

Michele Bachmann and the GOP’s Anti-Medicare Bluff

On Friday, ultraconservative free-market booster Michele Bachmann suddenly came out as a supporter of government-run Medicare. But this potential presidential candidate’s break with the official Republican Party line was not surprising. The GOP has been under attack by its own base for the past few weeks ... (more)

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Syrian Security Forces Besiege City With Tanks, Snipers

The city of Deraa, where Syria’s anti-government protest movement began nearly two months ago, has become a giant death trap, with tanks leveling entire neighborhoods and snipers taking out anyone who comes in their sights ... (more)

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Ukraine Wants to Store N-Waste Near Water Supply

Ukrainian authorities have made plans to store a portion of the country’s nuclear waste at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, near the region’s major water supply. (more)

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Harvard Cheers N.J. Governor’s Tough Talk on Education

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew enthusiastic cheers from a Harvard audience on Friday when he spoke aggressively against university tenure and teachers’ unions, and promised to build a more conservative state Supreme Court.

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Muslim Brotherhood Forms New Egyptian Party

The Muslim Brotherhood, seen by many as Egypt’s most organized political movement following Mubarak’s ouster, announced Saturday it plans to contest up to half of the country’s parliamentary seats in elections this September. (more)

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Taliban Escapees









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Soaring Economy









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Bitter-end Birthers









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Apple Tracking









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It Was a Doggone Shame, That’s What It Was

A Pennsylvania man stands accused of trying to get a leg up on the competition by drugging a Siberian husky with Benedryl, as well as a heartburn medication, at a dog show in DuPage County, Ill.

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Want a Voice in the Political Process? Form a SuperPAC

Stephen Colbert talks with Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, deposed from the U.S. Senate in the last election, about the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which we find was based on a landmark precedent known as “Money Talks v. Bullshit Walks.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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A Generation of Termites?

Indeed, in the guise of saving future generations from excessive federal debt, themes of national decay, egotistical greed and irresponsibility pervade the Ryan plan.

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Why the Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege

The real explanation for the gender disparity is found in a chauvinist culture whose double standards demand physical perfection from women while simultaneously celebrating male corpulence.

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‘Oh Yeah, Prove It’

This just in: President Obama has proved, yet again, that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States. Which we already knew—“we” meaning those of us who believe there is such a thing as objective reality.

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Strong-Arming the Lawyers

It’s easy to beat up on a big corporate law firm for acting cravenly in its financial self-interest. In the case of King & Spalding, the Atlanta firm that abruptly reneged on its commitment to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the pummeling is entirely deserved.

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Cha-Ching! ‘Visa Tax’ Brings $8 Billion in Fees to Just 10 Banks

Everyone knows you have to pay a municipal sales tax on your purchases, but what about a corporate Visa tax that’s levied by credit card companies?

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Cinematic Racism

Major American movies primarily star white actors; poor white students fall behind black peers in the U.K.; and a Chinese college nixes its plan to prohibit PDA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Birther Conspiracy Theory, Part Deux

After President Obama released his long-form certificate earlier this week, you’d think that the birther scandal would be finally put to rest. But no … (more)

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The Next Royal Wedding









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Mini-Me









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The Water Business









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The Royal Yawn









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Michele Bachmann, Miss GOP









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Trump Reveals Own Birth Certificate









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Royal Wedding Crisis









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Gazing Into the ‘Secret Center’ of the Novel

“The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist” by Orhan Pamuk is a love letter to the literary novel. It can expand your awareness and joy of reading. For novelists, it’s a treasure trove.

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GDP Growth Falls to 1.8% in First Months of 2011

Economists and other Americans were disappointed to see the country’s GDP growth slow to an aching 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

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Exxon Posts Enormous Profits

While a host of social welfare programs sit on the congressional chopping block, Exxon Mobil pulled in a near-record first-quarter profit of $10.65 billion.

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Wal-Mart’s Customers Are Running Out of Money

After it destroyed neighborhood retailers, forced manufacturing overseas and helped bankrupt the middle class, Wal-Mart is suddenly surprised to learn that its customers are too poor to shop ... (more)

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A New Battle Over Resources in Israel

The Knesset approved a law late last month drastically increasing taxes on Israel’s mammoth, newly discovered offshore natural gas reserves.

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In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



American Solutions

Is Rampant Speculation Driving Up the Price of Oil?

It seems everyone’s got a pet theory about why the price of oil has jumped roughly 30 percent since the start of the year. Right- wingers blame a conspiracy hatched by President Barack Obama to strangle domestic oil production and push his “radical” green agenda on an unsuspecting America ... (more)

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States Making It a Crime to Investigate Agribusiness Abuses

Several states, including Minnesota, Iowa and Florida, are considering legislation that would make it a felony for activists and journalists to carry out undercover investigations of agribusiness operations ... (more)

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‘Daily Show’: Bernie Sanders, No Chaser

Yes, Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” skewering of the Trump vs. Obama birtherversy was funny. You can watch it here. We’d rather focus on a more substantial segment from that show, featuring straight-shooting Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Truthdig Radio: The Great Recession, Jobs and the Royal Spectacle

On this week’s show, our guests sing to Obama; deep-dive the job market; get bossy with Tina Fey; and brace us for an AT&T world. Plus, Truthdig crashes the royal wedding. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Supreme Court: Class Action Lawsuits Are a Privilege, Not a Right

There is a takeaway message from this latest devastating ruling by the Supreme Court, which says there is nothing wrong with giving corporations the power to prevent cheated consumers from banding together to mount class action lawsuits, and it is this ... (more)

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AP / Chris Pizzello

Morrissey Dubs Royal Family ‘Benefit Scroungers’

What with all the excitement and viewing parties and official printable programs, it’s easy for some to get caught up in Wills ’n’ Kate mania. Singer Morrissey, however, remains immune to this particular affliction.

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AP / Jim Cole

Trumped-Up Racism

The certificate and its release prove two things most people should already know: Obama is an American. And, as Tavis Smiley put it, the 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be “the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic.”

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It’s Time for St. John XXIII

The Vatican’s decision to speed Pope John Paul II on the road to sainthood aroused great elation—and a backlash among Catholics who see the rush as unseemly.

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Florida Goes ‘Jim Crow’ on Minorities Who Want to Vote

The growing participation of minority voters, and especially their tendency to vote Democratic, has sent Republicans in the Florida Legislature scrambling to come up with a way to shut them out of the democratic process.

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Trump’s Media Blitz: Cynical PR Stunt for “The Apprentice”?

That’s what MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said on his show last week, when he admitted to his viewers that Donald Trump’s recent “presidential tour” was never anything but a PR campaign by NBC to promote the next season of Trump’s show, “The Apprentice.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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U.K. Businesses Lean on Unpaid Interns

Roughly one-fifth of British companies now enjoy the cost-free benefits of unpaid intern labor, with few claiming knowledge of the practice’s potential illegality, a new study says. (more)

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Florida Lawmakers Put Medicaid Under Budget Knife

Citing budgetary constraints, Florida’s Republican-led Legislature is prepared to push the state’s Medicaid payment system off the public dole and into private pockets.

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Katie Quits









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The Fed Makes a Show of Transparency

When you sit back and ponder all the ways in which our government’s functionality might be improved, you immediately seize upon the notion that if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke held news conferences, we’d be that much closer to a true democracy, right?

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Schwarzenegger to Resuscitate Tired Tagline, Movie Franchise

We’ve seen several cases by now of entertainers crossing over into the political realm, but few treat that career-swapping switch like a revolving door. First of all, it’s unwise, and second, it’s not easily done—unless, apparently, you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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