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The Bizarro FDR

Barack Obama is a lot of things—eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and above all, calm. But one thing he is not is weak.

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The Wrong Problem ‘Solved’

The debt-ceiling fight generated enough hyperventilation and heartburn to replace a coal-fired power plant. The resulting product? It’s starting to look kind of puny and irrelevant.

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The Examination of Evil

Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton’s new book is more a professional than a personal memoir. “Witness to an Extreme Century” is structured around the four topics that have occupied him most: thought reform, Hiroshima survivors, Vietnam veterans, and the Nazi doctors.

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Who Wants to Go Back to the ’50s?

Obama’s Eisenhower nostalgia is troubling. That was half a century ago—before the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and federal aid to education.

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Even Wall Street Hates the Debt Deal

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has plummeted by 760 points since the terms of the debt ceiling deal were announced Monday. If austerity was supposed to encourage economic growth, someone forgot to tell Wall Street. (more)

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Sales of Luxury Items Are Soaring

The stock market is up about 80 percent from the recession low in 2009, and America’s rich are back to dropping thousands on shoes, bags and other luxury items.

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White House / Pete Souza

Say It Ain’t So, O!

When Barack Obama began his quest for the presidency more than three years ago, admirers and many opponents alike conceded he was smart, tough and articulate. Well, we are left with one out of three.

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Hostage Crisis









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Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more. Update: Full transcript.

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Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more.

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Oh, What a Tea Party!

Whatever they tell us, the men and women who run the country are governing for themselves and by themselves.

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Chris Hedges Will Be There

The Truthdig columnist pledges to join others in acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest in Washington on Oct. 6,  because, among other reasons, “we don’t have much time left.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


American Economy









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Stop Infant Mortality









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Michele Bachmann









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Obama Turns 50









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Most Conservative White Guys Deny Climate Change

It’s not just a political stereotype: Conservative white men really do make up a disproportionate percentage of climate change deniers. (more)

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Mubarak’s ‘Day of Judgment’

The criminal trial of Hosni Mubarak, televised for all the Arab world to see, began Wednesday with the once-powerful, longtime autocratic ruler of Egypt denying all formal charges against him of corruption and of complicity in the killing of protesters. (more)

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Ignoring Iceland’s Revolution

Iceland’s revolution goes unperceived by U.S. media; Greece worries about the China-ization of its country; and Egypt questions the need for a violent uprising. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Where Has All the Fervor Gone?

In case you haven’t noticed, Americans between the ages of 15 and 30 are remarkably undisturbed by the extent to which corporations and their bought-and-paid-for politicians dominate nearly every aspect of their lives. (more)

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U.S. Debt Deal FAQ

Still foggy on the basics of this week’s debt and deficit deal? The Guardian has published a no-nonsense guide explaining the meaning and function of the congressional “super committee,” the “trigger,” the “balanced budget amendment” and more, including the deal’s potential future.

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A New Kind of Money

For the past two years, a new kind of digital currency has been gaining in popularity. Bitcoin is used to make supposedly anonymous direct transactions between buyers and sellers of goods and services online all over the world, without the oversight of ... (more)

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Staggering Rise in HIV Infection Among Young Black Males

The incidence of HIV infection among young, black American males who have slept with men shot up 48 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

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A Conversation With Albert Speer

Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton, in his memoir “Witness to an Extreme Century,” interviews Albert Speer about his 15 years as a prominent Nazi and “Hitler’s architect.”

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The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

The die has been cast. Obama’s deal to raise the debt ceiling is a disaster in the making.

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This Pissed-Off Teacher Is Our Hero

Every educator should have this video cued and ready to play for every CEO who wants to reinvent the classroom even though they’ve never taught in one and every politician who calls the underpaid and overworked teachers of America lazy.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

War, Debt and the President

The history of the U.S. national debt is inexorably tied to its many wars. The resolution this week of the so-called debt ceiling crisis is no different.

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White House / Pete Souza

The World Has Been Watching

Few Americans know, or much care, about the opinions foreigners hold of the United States. This was displayed during the ignorant and solipsistic debate over when or whether the United States will pay its debts.

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Matt Damon Defends Teachers From Vexing Libertarians

The actor, standing next to his educator mother, does away with a camera crew from Reason.tv and it retaliates with amusing editing.

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Congress Fails to End FAA Shutdown

Lawmakers failed Tuesday to extend the power of the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate tax funding, leaving thousands of airline employees out of work while Congress takes a monthlong holiday.

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Health Insurers Prefer ‘Profits Over People’

Major health insurance providers Aetna, WellPoint and UnitedHealth reported huge earnings this quarter, up significantly from the same quarter last year, all while the number of people actually receiving coverage for care is steadily decreasing.

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If You’re Under 35, You’ve Never Experienced ‘Normal’ Earth Climate

Physical scientist Robert Grumbine crunches some numbers to determine that “the last time the global mean was below the climate normal was March 1976.” Basically Grumbine is looking for “normal” climate, and he sees things diverging after 1940. So tell us, old-timers, what was it like before the planet started melting? (more)

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Moving Forward, Obama Says Medicare, Taxes Still Open for Discussion

President Obama spoke to the nation just after the Senate passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling and shortly before he signed it into law.

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Senate OKs Debt Deal, Obama Makes It Official (Updated)

The U.S. Senate passed the debt deal just after noon Tuesday, avoiding a government default that was less than 12 hours away. (more)

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House Democrats Rescue GOP to Pass Debt Compromise

We were told to expect some resistance in the House to the debt ceiling compromise that would cut trillions from the budget, but Republicans in the lower chamber, helped by half the Democratic caucus (including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), had no trouble passing the bill. (more)

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Relax









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America’s Debt Problem









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I’m a Little Teapot









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Sex Tourism: Is Ukraine Becoming the Thailand of Europe?

Today, Ukraine holds the unwanted title of being one of the world leaders in global prostitution—a reality fueled by the country’s harsh economic climate since emerging from the former Soviet Union. Despite the fervent efforts of anti-sex-tourism groups such as FEMEN, the illegal industry, which exploits children as well as women, is booming.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Pete Souza

A Retreat, Not a Rout

It’s supremely galling. It’s unbalanced, unfair and mostly unwise. For President Obama and the Democratic Party, it’s a comprehensive defeat. But it’s not the end of the world.

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Terror of the Crazy Brain









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Irony in Norway

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leader of the Labor Party whose youth activists were so viciously targeted by right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik, is warning against “a witch hunt on expression.” At the same time, the right-wing Progress Party is looking to exploit Breivik’s mass murder to revise a few civil liberties.

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Corporate Front Group Burns Americans

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive association of corporations and state legislators that has been crafting public policy to suit corporate interests since 1973. The organization is not new, but the opportunity to review ... (more)

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Prison Doors Vulnerable to Hacking, Researchers Say

The same devices that enabled hackers to sabotage centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear plant last year are being used to control access to jail cells in some of the United States’ most important high-security prisons. (more)

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Retirees and Wrong Assumptions

On Sunday, President Obama and members of the U.S. Congress agreed to cut at least $2.4 trillion from federal spending over the next 10 years, some of which will come from programs that benefit retired Americans. (more)

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Robert Scheer Dishes on the Deficit Deal (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and FireDogLake contributor David Dayen appeared Monday morning on Uprising Radio to discuss the costs and consequences of the debt ceiling and deficit reduction deal struck Sunday by President Obama and Congress.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Missouri Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friendship

The state-sponsored war on intimacy, fellowship and private contact continues in Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon just signed into law a bill forbidding any direct social networking contact between students and teachers. (more)

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