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The Right’s War on Moderation

However the shutdown saga ends, the negotiating styles of the two sides ought to tell moderates that they can no longer pretend that the two ends of our politics are equally “extreme.”

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Must Wash Hands

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Barack vs. Obama

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Backsliding Under the Ceiling

At fancy Washington dinner parties decades ago, it was the custom for men and women to part ways after the meal.

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Don’t Miss Our National Broadcast: Truthdig Radio on Labor

Truthdig Radio is broadcasting nationally today, Wednesday, April 6. We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes. Hop past the jump to find listings and a rundown of our guests.

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U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

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Government Agencies Prepare for Shutdown, Pols Fight Over Pocket Change

With the prospect of a government shutdown so real the White House has ordered government agencies to batten down the hatches, it’s hard to believe all this is over a few billion dollars. House Republicans are insisting on more cuts than President Obama has agreed to, and if both sides can’t get together by Friday ... (more)

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Secret History of the Libyan Uprising

Since President Obama’s “no U.S. boots on the ground” declaration—a statement that has been repeated by every U.S. spokesman since, we have learned that, in fact, CIA operatives have been active in Libya.

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Elephant in the Room

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The End of Progressive Government?

Put the two parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget together—tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor—and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Reckless Republicans Win

The Republican minority within a minority is getting its way because nobody else in Washington is reckless enough to promote a government shutdown.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama, Meet Obama

Someone should introduce the Barack Obama who addressed the nation Monday on Libya to the Barack Obama who has been dancing around the edge of the budget fight.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE


Produce the Hair Certificate

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This Friend Was a Fighter

We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist, long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


Shooting From the Lip

If you don’t like Newt Gingrich’s carefully considered and passionately argued position on the U.S. intervention in Libya, just wait. Recent history suggests that within days he’ll be saying the opposite of whatever he’s saying now.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



Lupe Fiasco Calls Out Obama, Among Others

Lupe Fiasco is returning hip-hop to its best tradition: actually saying something. With his new track, “Words I Never Said” (listen after the jump), the rapper confronts such diverse topics as the war on terror and the foreclosure crisis, with rhymes such as “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit | Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either | I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


Stinkers

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AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

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The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

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Welcome to the Club

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Why the GOP Is Obsessed With ‘Leadership’

Leaders do not operate in a vacuum. When they make strategic adjustments, their opponents do too. President Obama has prompted just such a pivot by Republicans.

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Truthdig Radio: Dennis Kucinich Battles Libya Bombing

On this week’s episode, Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he’s trying to defund military action in Libya, Ryan Quinn talks about his new novel, Howie Stier reports from the anti-war movement and Robert Scheer remembers Elizabeth Taylor. Update: Full transcript.

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Truthdig Radio: Dennis Kucinich Battles Libya Bombing

On this week’s episode, Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he’s trying to defund military action in Libya, Ryan Quinn talks about his new novel, Howie Stier reports from the anti-war movement and Robert Scheer remembers Elizabeth Taylor.

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NPR Left Turn

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A Bet on Japan

If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it.

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What’s So Scary About NPR?

Somehow nobody asked the most obvious question: If NPR were truly slanted toward the liberal side, why would a phony tape of a private conversation be needed as proof?

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


Six Sadistic Proposals From State Government

States are indeed the “laboratories of democracy.” The problem is that today, those laboratories are increasingly run by mad scientists.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Audacity Deficit on Guns

“My administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners,” the president boasted, “it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.”

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE


Why We Loved David Broder

I loved David Broder from the moment I met him, and there are scores of reporters who felt that way.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


March of the Deficit Pandas

It’s possible to simultaneously worry about the debt and believe in an active and compassionate role for government. In fact, it’s required.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE


The Revenge of God

It was in the spring of 1966 that Time magazine shocked a lot of readers with a black cover with the white question: "Is God Dead?"

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

People Power vs. Washington

The claim that George W. Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq somehow opened up the Middle East to reform is an affront to the brave crowds that have risked their lives to change the American-backed order in that part of the world.

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Awake

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Revenge of the Mummies

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NPR Controversy Fueled by Dishonest Editing

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s a conservative video sting allegedly capturing a liberal target saying something controversial, there’s highly manipulative editing. As Mark Sumner on the Daily Kos puts it, “The ACORN video was a fake. The Shirley Sherrod video was a fake. So why should anyone be surprised to find that the NPR video is also a fake?” (more)

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AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

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Worry

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The Hooey King

“There is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., claimed Thursday as he launched his McCarthyite probe of American Muslims.

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How Not to Fight Terrorism

Stigmatizing Muslims and their faith may win airtime for Rep. Peter King and draw cameras to his committee, but it does nothing to advance the security of the United States.

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Dalai Lama to Give Up Politics

Tibet’s exiled leader announced that after half a century of floating the idea, he is ready to hand over his political power to an elected official. The 14th Dalai Lama has led his government in exile since the Tibetan uprising of 1959 was put down, forcing him to flee the country.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Dave Broder: A Reporter at Heart

In an era of instant pontificators on every subject imaginable, Broder was willing to say, “I have no clue.” When Dave did allow as to how he had a clue, you quickly learned that it paid to listen.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Beware of Arne Duncan’s Tricks

The statistical evidence is that smaller class size means better education, but smaller class size also means higher taxes. So Education Secretary Arne Duncan chose trickery to divert parents from the clear road.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


Duck, Duck Lose

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Damon No Longer an Obama Fan

Matt Damon was apparently paying attention as he narrated “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning documentary about the architects of the ongoing global economic catastrophe, as he’s broken with the cohort of celebrities who ...

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Candidates

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The GOP’s Ingenious Madman Strategy

Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose.

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Real March Madness

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For Governors: Responsibility Equals Invisibility

If you want to get national attention as a governor these days, don’t try to be innovative about solving the problems you were elected to deal with.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


A ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Presidency

For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Revolutions Need Not Be Americanized

A new Middle East, indeed! But not the one that American policymakers expected when the George W. Bush administration launched the “Great War on Terror,” which the last few days have made irrelevant.

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