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His Own Man

The obituaries say that Kennedy never achieved the dream of becoming president. But there is a difference between a family destiny and a man’s dream.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

The Eternal Flame

Ten summers ago, I asked Ted Kennedy’s office to provide an account of key legislation he had sponsored in what already was a long and distinguished career. I received a very humble 32-page fax.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Hitler’s Delusions of Artistic Grandeur

It’s well known that Adolf Hitler dabbled in watercolor and that the Führer and his Nazi underlings amassed vast stashes of ill-begotten works of art, but according to art historian Birgit Schwarz, Hitler’s artistic streak ran deeper into the dark zones of his psyche than most people realize.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger Sells Signed Cars for California

Here’s a, um, creative way to funnel some money into a broke state’s coffers: Hold a California-themed garage sale, starring actor-turned-Gubernator Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor has added a personal touch to some bigger-ticket items, such as automobiles, by signing them in an effort to clear out the state’s storage sheds and bring in the cash. What’s next, a Golden State bake sale?

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Nick Perla

Brown Is the New Green in Trendy Los Angeles

It takes a lot of someone else’s water to keep L.A.’s palm trees growing and its Jacuzzis bubbling, but Angelenos are defying their moochy reputation and conserving like nobody’s business. The city’s mayor thanked his citizens for their double-digit cuts in water and power consumption last month—in the thick of summer no less. Update

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

map of Afghanistan

Yet Another Blast Shakes Kandahar

On Wednesday, another large explosion was reported in Kandahar, Afghanistan—just a day after a spate of bombings killed more than 40 people in that city—as the outcome of last week’s election still hung in the balance.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Wayne National Forest

Solar Power: Cheaper Than Ever

Spain accounted for almost half of the world’s solar power market in 2008, thanks to a Spanish subsidy that is now ending. The subsidy change, combined with an increased supply of solar equipment from China and Taiwan, has crashed international demand. Now solar modules are selling for half what they used to, according to a report on Global Post.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

Mark Sanford

S.C. Lieutenant Governor Pushing Sanford to Step Down

Looks like Mark Sanford’s days as governor of South Carolina could well be numbered. Despite his public shows of contrition and creative application of biblical themes to the particulars of his life, Sanford can’t seem to get past his Argentine assignation, as least in the eyes of his detractors—one of whom is the state’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

The End

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Now in Color

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Ted Kennedy
Mr. Fish

Ted Kennedy’s Humanity

Ted Kennedy’s suffering and failures fed a humane humility that led him to reach out to others who fell, to empathize with those burdened by pain, to understand human folly, and to appreciate the quest for redemption.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Charles Dharapak

Remembering the Real Deal

The light has gone out, and with it that infectious warm laugh and intensely progressive commitment of the best of the Kennedys. Not, at this point, to take anything away from the memory of his siblings—Bobby, whom I also got to know, was pretty terrific in his last years—but Sen. Ted Kennedy was the real deal.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

Ted Kennedy in Pictures

There’s a lot missing in this hastily constructed array of Ted Kennedy’s life. His run for the presidency, for instance, and the scandal that never quite left him. We also leave out his many legislative accomplishments to focus on his family and the extraordinary swan song that might have been.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

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Ted Kennedy Dies at 77

Having beaten his doctors’ previous prognosis and living to help usher in a new American administration, Sen. Ted Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer late Tuesday night at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

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AP / Susan Walsh

Waxman Gears Up for Health Care Showdown

By the time Congress returns from its recess and takes another whack at the health insurance mess, Rep. Henry Waxman will have started revealing the deceit that protects health business profiteers.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

Air Force / Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Democratic Fundraiser Arrested in $74 Million Fraud

Hassan Nemazee has raised millions for Democratic candidates, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He was arrested Tuesday for allegedly using bogus documents and phone numbers to try to sucker Citibank out of $74 million.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

Who Is Obama Playing Ball With?

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with a top executive from UBS, a bank that sheltered wealthy tax dodgers while hardworking U.S. taxpayers were bailing it out.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

Only One U.S. Official Has Taken an Honorable Stand on Torture

Thus far in the torture debate that has gone on in the United States since 2001, I can think of only one high American government figure currently in office taking a stand on torture in terms of justice, honor and national integrity.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in History

One writer spent four years inside the world of modern-day slavery, an industry that produces huge profits and countless wasted lives.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Husky

Wikipedia Muzzles the Mob

The online user-generated encyclopedia will require editors to approve changes to articles about living people, an effort to curb misinformation and the sometimes nasty food fights made possible by the site’s pioneering format. The changes are either a direct assault on Wikipedia’s soul or a sign of its growing maturity, depending on whom you ask.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

Kandahar bombings
AP / Allauddin Khilji

Multiple Blasts Kill Dozens in Afghanistan

As the country awaited news about last week’s presidential election, Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar was rocked by a series of bombings that killed at least 36 people, some of them women and children. In addition, four American soldiers were killed elsewhere in southern Afghanistan, pushing the death toll for foreign troops higher in 2009 than any year since the invasion began in 2001.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Ron Edmonds

Cheney Chimes In on Interrogation

Hey, hasn’t something—or someone—been missing from this latest round of debate and discussion about America’s use of troublesome interrogation tactics in recent years? Who could it be? Oh, of course. Enter Dick Cheney, stage right.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Joe DeMaria

Giuliani Eyes New York Comeback

The N.Y. Times reports on the return of Rudy: “Nineteen months after ending his disastrous run for the presidency, Rudolph W. Giuliani is clearing a path for a possible race for governor in 2010. ...”

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE

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We Need to Know What Was Done in Our Name

History’s demands can seem inconvenient, unfair or unreasonable. But they can’t be ignored. Especially when it comes to torture.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

Status Quo Is Not an Option

The summer of disinformation seems to have accomplished its goal: to preserve for the private insurance industry an effective monopoly over how much most Americans pay for health care, and on what terms they can buy it.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

Peace Process

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State Budget Math

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Bernanke Up for Round Two as Fed Chief

After heading up the Fed during the nation’s biggest economic catastrophe in decades, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will be nominated to continue his role for a second term, according to another top Obama adviser, David Axelrod.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

Amy Goodman

Media Meltdown in a Time of Crisis, Part 3

Amy Goodman, Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss the present and future of media with the global economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the health care debate raging on.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

Inglourious Basterds

Irresponsible ‘Basterds’?: Mulling Over Tarantino’s WWII Do-Over

Quentin Tarantino certainly took full cinematic license and ran with it in his Nazi-bashing big-screen extravaganza “Inglourious Basterds,” but as Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman explains, some people are getting pretty fired up about the film’s convention-busting climax, worrying that it could lead impressionable future generations astray about what really happened at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

White House

Report: Obama Might Replace CIA Chief

CIA Director Leon Panetta might quit or get canned in the next year, reports ABC News. Anonymous officials said Panetta, who may have already threatened to walk, is unhappy with everything from his role in the hierarchy to some of the nasty things the agency is up to. Both the White House and the CIA vehemently deny the report.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

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Obama Aims to Improve America’s Interrogation Record

Monday saw more than one move on the part of Team Obama to deal with U.S. intelligence agencies’ treatment of terror suspects: In addition to Attorney General Eric Holder’s bid to take a second look into certain CIA-related cases from years past, President Obama has approved the formation of an integrated interrogation central command called the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

World Economic Forum

Israel Furious at Organ Harvesting Accusation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened a report in a Swedish tabloid that said Israeli troops harvested organs from dead Palestinians to “medieval libels that Jews killed Christian children for their blood.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Is the Winner, According to Key Karzai Cabinet Member

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said Monday that President Hamid Karzai is the clear winner of last week’s presidential election, citing empirical evidence to back up his claims.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

Eric Holder

AG to Appoint Torture Prosecutor

Although President Obama and others who were privy to information about alleged prisoner abuse by CIA employees and contractors previously passed on the possibility of prosecution, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has taken a different tack after reviewing the cases. Updated

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Bob Child

This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery

The proposed health reform plans rattling around Congress all ensure that the profits for corporations will increase and the misery for ordinary Americans will be compounded.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE

State Department / Michael Gross

Honduras Headache Won’t Go Away

The Honduran Supreme Court just stuck its tongue out at the rest of the world, which has been waiting patiently for the country’s coup leaders to restore lawfully elected and promptly ousted Manuel Zalaya to the presidency. A carefully negotiated deal would have hit the reset button and called for early elections, but the court wasn’t interested. It doesn’t help that the U.S. has softened its position.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Invisible Achievement

If governments had not acted aggressively, the economic situation would have become a cataclysm. But because the cataclysm was avoided, this is an invisible achievement.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE

Fading Fast

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE

Judge Redistricting

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Einarsson Kvaran

Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti

Eighty-two years ago Sunday two Italian immigrants were executed after a dubious trial for murders someone else later confessed to. Whatever really happened, Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti have come to stand for the greater inequities of American justice. (Howard Zinn explains, after the jump.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Elizabeth Washburn

Progressives Are the Key to Reform

Constituents’ pressure on a fractious Congress is likely to be the only thing that can win the day for an effective overhaul of the health care system.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Who’s the Jesus-est?

Boy, Stephen Colbert got a lot accomplished on “The Colbert Report” this past week! He established whose God was best (duh) and why writing an Op-Ed in The New York Times is a clear sign of desperation and defeat (double duh), and he even managed to outdo Rep. Barney Frank in the table-talk department. But with what kind of cracker does Obamargarine go best? Hmmm.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE

What the Tweet

Twitter, the superstar microblogging service that media outlets like CNN are flocking to as they struggle for Web credibility, has hit a roadblock in its steady march to global popularity. A company attempt to trademark the word tweet, describing an individual blog post, has been rejected by the U.S. patent office.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE

Mexico’s Murder Woes

Mexico’s murder rate is bad, but it’s not 1990s bad. In a weird use of statistics on homicide rates, Mexico’s Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora argues that despite the ongoing drug war that has killed 11,000 and deaths being tallied by one newspaper in an “Execute-o-meter,” the country is still better off than it was last decade.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE


California Jobless Rate Tickles 12%

Talk of an economic rejuvenation in recent weeks got a sobering smack in the face Friday as California’s jobless figures were released. The Golden State’s unemployment rolls reached 11.9 percent in July, a post-World War II high.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE

Afghan election
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Afghan Election Dogged by Fraud Claims

Corruption rumors and threats of violence preceded last week’s Afghan presidential election, so it’s not surprising that similar concerns are cropping up after the fact.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE

youth at fountain
Wikimedia Commons/Jastrow

Science Makes Another Play for Human Longevity

Following a calorically restricted diet may be one way to extend the human life span, but this potential path to longevity comes with the built-in hitch of having to significantly scale back food intake—and once again, the idea of popping a pill to produce the desired result is being tossed around within the scientific community. 

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE

U.S.S. Cole
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Navy

Report: CIA Wielded Gun, Power Drill in Interrogation

Another account describing the CIA’s alleged use of harsh interrogation techniques has come to light, according to a Newsweek magazine report about the intelligence agency’s treatment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole in Yemen.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE

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