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Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill Stalled

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the infamous anti-union budget bill on Friday, but Republicans still lack a quorum to bring it to a vote in the state Senate.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Thai PM Is a British Citizen

Thailand’s prime minister may be in some hot water. Abhisit Vejjajiva acknowledged that he holds British citizenship, an admission that may make him vulnerable to prosecution for the deaths of around 90 people in anti-government demonstrations back in 2008.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Libya State Television

New Protests Rock Tripoli

Libya remained in turmoil as thousands of protesters marched onto the streets of the capital city of Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi’s last stronghold, while a key air base switched to the rebel side and more diplomats abandoned the regime.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Celebrity Obsessed Culture









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Gadhafi Locked









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Earthquake Devastates Christchurch









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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Libyan Defectors

This week we recognize those who would lay down their arms and refuse to assist Moammar Gadhafi’s crimes against his people.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



DoD / Cherie A. Thurlby

Down With Democracy, Let’s Have a King

With a 10 percent rate of unemployment among his subjects and fear of the unrest that this could unleash, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decreed an increase in aid to the unemployed, an increase in the salaries of government employees, an increase in aid to students, an increase in funds ... (more)

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Two Public Pay Standards, One Statement of Values

Decisions by bought-off elected officials highlight a larger corporatist ideology—one that says attracting the best and brightest to the “greed is good” financial industry is more important than attracting that work force to common-good endeavors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE



‘Reality’ Revisited

Because society has moved into new realms of storytelling, traditional conventions, especially the standard, Victorian formula of the novel, are passé, David Shields argues in “Reality Hunger.” The contours of fact and fiction are now blurred, so why can’t the novel—or the biography, for that matter—be just as mixed up and piecemeal?

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


What to Do About the Mad Colonel

President Obama pledged that “the entire world is watching” the horror in Libya, but watching isn’t nearly enough. There is much more that world leaders—beginning with Obama—urgently must say and do.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


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Report: Army Leader Wanted to Go All ‘Psy-Ops’ on U.S. Officials

Well, this is embarrassing: It’s not surprising that two unnamed senators mentioned in this Fox News report about Rolling Stone’s latest Afghan war exposé “played down” the possibility that members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan might have tried some woo-woo ...

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Britain to Seize Gadhafi’s Billions

The British treasury suspects that Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his government have more than $30 billion stashed in the U.K., and British authorities are prepared to seize those assets in an effort to force the dictator to step down.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Lifting the Heavy Thumb

Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage. The once and perhaps future Republican presidential candidate didn’t mean it that way, of course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Libya Wants Defectors’ Jets Back

The Maltese foreign minister says that Libya has demanded the return of two Mirage jets that landed in Malta after their pilots refused to bomb protesters and chose instead to defect.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy MC2 Jesse B. Awalt

Gadhafi Blames Revolt on al-Qaida, Drugs

Besieged Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday issued another rant, blaming the uprising against his rule on the meddling of al-Qaida and the consumption of hallucinogenic drugs. (more)

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‘Democracy Now’: Matt Taibbi’s Still on Wall Street’s Case

Good thing for that, too, as the middle and lower classes are clearly still feeling the fallout from Wall Street bandits’ fraudulent scheming. Here, Taibbi names some names and tells Amy Goodman how the architects of our current economic catastrophe got away with their crime ... so far.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Assange Loses Round in Extradition Battle

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is still resisting extradition from England to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault and rape, and Thursday, a British judge made his fight a little tougher—but Assange was ready with a speech and a plan to appeal.

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‘Daily Show’: Story Time With Donald Rumsfeld

What’s former defense secretary and amateur poet Donald Rumsfeld to do now that the Bush II years are over and done but to hit the road on a book tour and keep insisting his choices made the world safer?

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Yes, America Still Needs Unions

Even in its terribly weakened condition, the labor movement remains a bulwark against the kind of corporate tyranny that would swiftly make serfs of the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Fine, She’s Not a Witch, but Can She Cha-Cha?

As if schlocky TV and American politics weren’t harrowingly similar enough already, this week brings the word that onetime tea party Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell of Delaware got the invite to join the prancing cohort of celebs on the next “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Nominate Our Next Truthdigger of the Week

Who made your week by speaking truth to power, blowing the whistle or standing up to injustice? Let us know here.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mustafa Quraishi

Rising Food Prices Spark Protests in India

We’re not even two full months into the new year, and protest has already become a prominent theme for 2011 in multiple nations. Add India to that growing list, as climbing food costs, combined with diminished employment opportunities, drove thousands ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


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The Mayor Rahm Mystery

Mayor Rahm. It will be a hoot. It could even be good for Chicago. And in a way he has never had to do before, Rahm Emanuel will finally reveal who he really is.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


How I Passed My U.S. Citizenship Test: By Keeping the Right Answers to Myself

I passed, and, my fellow Americans, you could too—if you don’t mind providing answers that you know are wrong.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and Gay Marriage: Currently ‘Grappling’

Is it really that politically risky to state unequivocally that one supports gay marriage if one happens to be the president of the United States? Maybe, or maybe President Obama truly is “grappling” with his own stance on the issue, as fresh-faced new White House ...

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Cash Bonuses Down, Compensation Up on Wall Street

Big banking execs on Wall Street might have noticed a slight pinch in their cash bonuses last year, but that doesn’t mean those clever business minds didn’t find a way to make up for it through other financial channels.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



Gov. Walker, Check Your Caller ID

This is one for the annals of political pranks: On Wednesday, divisive Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said a lot of things he no doubt wishes he hadn’t while on what turned out to be a prank call with the editor of The Buffalo Beast, posing as conservative billionaire David Koch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Team Obama Takes a Swipe at Defense of Marriage Act

Just in time for campaign season, the Obama administration appears to be picking up the slack, ever so slightly, on the gay rights front by refusing to defend part of the notorious Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



Daniel X. O'Neil (CC-BY)

Rahm Emanuel, the Next Mayor of Chicago

President Obama’s former chief of staff will take his talents—and epithets—to Chi-town. Rahm Emanuel, who took so much money from the financial industry that David Sirota labeled him a “Financial Industry Cyborg,” scored an impressive victory in Chicago’s mayoral race, despite the fact that he moved back only when he decided to run.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


Unintended Consequences

House Republicans voted to increase the number of abortions, raise federal health care costs and swell the welfare rolls.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Lady Gaga Takes Target to Task for Little LGBT Monsters

So, Lady Gaga struck a deal with Target to release a special version of her new album, “Born This Way,” which rankled some of her core devotees, as the retail giant had made a supersized slip-up in the political arena with contributions to a political action committee ...

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Earl Gibson III

Betting on Arianna

In defense of Arianna Huffington. Not that the lady needs one, having been a leader in undermining the right-wing dominance of Internet reporting.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas, You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question during oral arguments in five years. Why the silent treatment? To paraphrase Thomas, why beat up on the visiting lawyers when you already have your mind made up? (more)

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


New Regimes Have Reason to Resent America

Barack Obama’s successor will inherit the hypocrisy of past American policy choices in the Middle East and find himself the enemy of the governments that eventually will have replaced the unseated Tunisian, Egyptian, presumably Libyan (and other) despotisms of recent memory.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Revenge of the Curds

Let’s get a couple of things straight about this situation going down in Wisconsin: First, yes, the clash between thousands of union-friendly employees and Gov. Scott Walker is a big deal, but no, this conflict is not at all like the one that just occurred in Egypt. Or Tunisia.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Gov. Walker Threatens Wis. Workers With Pink Slips

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to TV on Tuesday night in a quasi-“fireside chat” that included the not-so-cozy warning that if the highly contested bill he’s pushing doesn’t make it through the legislative process with certain clauses intact, layoffs could loom for some state workers.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Backlash Mounts Against Gadhafi

Support for Col. Moammar Gadhafi in the midst of a Libyan uprising, however much he had, was dwindling Tuesday as former members of his own government joined outside critics in condemning violence against protesters as Gadhafi held fast to his position.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

The Madison-Washington Connection

The demonstrators in Madison, Wis., are fighting to preserve American hopes for opportunity and security that conservative Republicans are trying to destroy. 

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


New Zealand’s Earthquake Tragedy









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Libya Uprising









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The Difference Between Public Art and Vandalism

Last week we told you about a new Banksy mural that was reportedly threatened by the people who own the wall it was painted on. Such street art is often derided as vandalism by property owners and city managers, but on a trip to see the painting ourselves we discovered, sadly, that some idiot really had vandalized the wall.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Starving Wisconsin’s Unions

Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Columbus, Marx and Zinn Go to Bolivia

What is ironically fictional in “Even the Rain’s” story is the intrusion on a volatile situation of a film crew intent on portraying Christopher Columbus’ not entirely benign arrival in the New World.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Two Libyan Fighter Pilots Defect Rather Than Bomb Protesters

Two Libyan air force colonels landed their Mirage F-1 fighter jets in Malta on Monday, explaining that they were ordered to bomb protesters in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, and chose instead to flee.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


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