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Hope and Resistance in Honduras

While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint in the first coup in Central America in a quarter-century.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP’s Self-Destruction Derby

My advice to Sarah Palin, not that she would take it, is that she’d better be careful. If she keeps pretending to run for the presidential nomination, people might take her seriously.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 1st Class Molly A. Burgess

General Passed Over for Giving Obama Advice

President Obama nominated Gen. Martin Dempsey on Monday to take over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military adviser to the president. Obama’s first choice for the job, according to The Washington Post, was Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who was reportedly denied the promotion for ... (more)

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AP / Lori Mehmen

The Sky Really Is Falling

The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted by the power elite with self-delusion.

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Exiled President Back in Honduras Preaching Peace

This isn’t the first visit Manuel Zelaya has made to Honduras since a 2009 coup toppled his presidency and he was exiled, but he may be able to stick around this time. Zelaya cut a deal with the current regime and returned to Tegucigalpa calling for peaceful resistance.

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Patriot Act Renewal

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Our Imagination Deficit

While the United States remains utterly frozen in a debate about budget deficits and all the things that government shouldn’t do, other countries are marrying public and private resources to make themselves stronger and more competitive.

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AP/ Chris Pizzello

Exclusive: Ry Cooder’s ‘No Banker Left Behind’

The legendary musician tells Robert Scheer that his new album, including a song inspired by one of Scheer’s Truthdig columns, was written out of feeling frustrated, helpless and angry with current events.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE


Hangover 2

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The Tea Party Is Yesterday’s News

When will Republicans realize that the anti-government cries they think they hear from “the people” are the voices of no more than 20 percent to 25 percent of the electorate who constitute the die-hard conservative core?

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont, the Land of Healthy Firsts

This small New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free education for all—public education. This week, Vermont will boast another first: the first state in the nation to offer single-payer health care.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Is Ready for a Feingold Comeback

A year and a half after voters gave him the boot, former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold is poised to get his old job back. A new poll shows Feingold leading four hypothetical opponents in the 2012 Senate race by double digits, boasting favorability ratings deserved by one of the great Senate champions.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


A Medicare Moment for the GOP

What concentrates the minds of GOP strategists and candidates—or ought to—is the spectacle unfolding in New York’s 26th Congressional District near Buffalo.

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Crime Scene From Two Cities

The French and American television coverage of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is not going to elevate either of two proud cultures.

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Boehner’s Catholic Lessons

When the headline is “Catholic Progressives Challenge Conservative Politician on Social Justice,” this is something new and complicated. It’s far easier to write the 10th story of the week about Newt Gingrich.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Time for Peace Is Running Out, Obama Tells Israel Lobby

Speaking to the AIPAC conference on Sunday, the president said “The status quo is unsustainable” and “Delay will undermine Israel’s security and the peace that the Israeli people deserve.” He also softened his call in a Thursday speech for a return to the 1967 borders, which didn’t go over well with Israel’s hard-liners—like the prime minister.

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Newt’s Warts

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The Gingrich Style

It is hard to see why anyone was surprised by Newt Gingrich’s self-ignited implosion in the earliest hours of his presidential candidacy.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


Meltdown on the Launch Pad

A grateful nation thanks you, Newt Gingrich. The presidential campaign is just starting, and already you’ve given us a passage that will live in infamy—forever—in the annals of American political speech.

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The Candidate

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When the Levee Breaks

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Jesus Doesn’t Want Mike Huckabee to Be President ... Yet

Fox News rocker Mike Huckabee says of his decision not to run for the presidency in 2012, “I don’t fully understand it myself,” but it has something to do with being “a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ” and not having the confidence of “God’s full blessing.” Or it could be that Obama killed Osama and this one’s in the bag.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE



Eli Pousson (CC-BY-SA)

Lincoln Would Weep

Republicans are unhappy with their field of presidential candidates and yearn for someone who will come along to save them. But here’s what the GOP doesn’t want to confront: Its problem lies not in its candidates, but in itself.

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE


I Thought I Saw a Republican

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Gingrich for President

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Timber

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The Death of the bin Laden Myth

With the 9/11 attacks, he not only killed thousands of people whose only crimes were to go to work, board airliners or rush to the scene of disaster as first-responders. Bin Laden also took 300 million prisoners: the rest of us.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdig Radio: How the U.S. Co-Opted Human Rights

On this week’s show we hear from Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb on our imperial military budget, and James Peck tells us how the U.S. co-opted human rights. And we send Reese Erlich to Cuba to find out how Raul Castro’s economic reforms are affecting the island’s world-famous music scene.

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Truthdig Radio: How the U.S. Co-Opted Human Rights

On this week’s show we hear from Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb on our imperial military budget, and James Peck tells us how the U.S. co-opted human rights. And we send Reese Erlich to Cuba to find out how Raul Castro’s economic reforms are affecting the island’s world-famous music scene. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Chump

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Tony Kushner and the Angels of Dissent

Tony Kushner will be receiving an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. This shouldn’t be big news.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


New Republican Front-Runner: Herman Cain

Asked about his plans for Afghanistan, Herman Cain said he had none. He also said President Obama’s position on gay marriage “borders on treason.” And according to Fox pollster Frank Luntz’s focus group, he won the first Republican debate.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Recount a Mess

Brad Friedman has taken an exhaustive look at Wisconsin’s Supreme Court recount—a race that held national interest before dropping off the radar—and determined that officials are working without transparency, using flawed techniques and posting false information.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE


Remember When

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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Runs Into Signing Statements Firestorm

Candidate Obama was a persistent critic of George W. Bush’s use of signing statements. Now he’s catching heat for using one to protect four of his appointees from Congress’ hatchet. (more)

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

U.S. Slapped With ‘Negative’ Credit Outlook

Standard & Poor’s, one of those ratings agencies that made a living signing off on toxic assets, has once again thrust itself into the spotlight by downgrading Uncle Sam’s credit outlook from “stable” to “negative.” As a consolation prize, S&P let us keep our AAA rating.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE


Needed: A Better Ruling Class

A funny thing happened to the American ruling class: It stopped being concerned with the health of society as a whole and became almost entirely obsessed with money.

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Birther in Chief

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Democrats Can Win the Budget Debate

Having hesitated to fully enter the fiscal fray, President Obama has at last delivered a plausible, principled response to the budgetary flimflams of the far right.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


Lines in the Sand

It was refreshing to hear all those unambiguous declarations from President Obama on Wednesday. If ever there were a time when lines desperately needed to be drawn, it’s now.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



© Reese Erlich 2011

Cuba’s New Economy

Last year Cuban President Raul Castro announced the biggest economic reforms since the 1959 revolution. Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the changes, but they’re also scared.

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Something Fishy in Wisconsin

Election integrity journalist Brad Friedman takes issue with the results from Wisconsin and the idea that we should trust “secret, proprietary systems” and election officials. “I don’t think we should have to trust anybody in an election. Our system wasn’t built on trust, it was built on checks and balances.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

What Stanley McChrystal Did to Pat Tillman’s Family

President Obama has asked Gen. Stanley McChrystal to oversee the administration’s new initiative to help military families. What a slap in the face to the nation’s highest-profile military family—that of Army Ranger Pat Tillman—on whom McChrystal heaped misery and disrespect.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Take on Deficit Reduction

During his deficit speech Wednesday, the president called Republican proposals to slash the budget “deeply pessimistic” and said such plans “tell us we can’t afford the America that I believe in and I think you believe in.”

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At Last: A President, Not a Ref

President Obama has finally decided to take his own side in the philosophical struggle that is the true engine of this nation’s budget debate.

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Obama Poker Tips

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Demanding the Impossible

Far-right Republicans are winning the budget wars because they understand something that nobody else in Washington seems to grasp: The old truism about politics being the art of the possible is no longer true.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE


Mitt Tries Again

Announcing his second attempt at moving into the White House, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said America doesn’t have enough jobs because President Obama has never worked in the “real economy,” which, in Mitt’s case, means a venture capital company that laid off workers.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE


Gubment Cheese

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The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


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