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Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

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London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

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Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

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AP / Ben Curtis

Dispatches From Cairo: Ramadan, Revolution and Rumors

Ramadan Kareem, my friends. This year’s month of fasting and purification, healing, reflection and prayer has fallen in the hottest month, August, and comes amid unprecedented earthly distractions in Egypt, the ongoing tragic massacre in Syria and crazily careening instability around the globe.

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Wisconsin Republicans Win Recall Battle, 4-2

Democrats won only two of six state Senate seats in Wisconsin on Tuesday, leaving Republicans with control of the Senate, the Assembly and the governor’s office. Put another way, the Dems managed to unseat two Republicans and reduce the GOP majority in the Senate to the smallest possible margin.

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Julian Farmer (CC-BY-ND)

London Riots: They’re Paying Attention Now

It’s day four of riots and madness in the U.K., and if we want to understand what’s happening, we’d best pay attention to young journalists like Laurie Penny, who wrote Tuesday: “Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it.”

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Adam Campbell (CC-BY-ND)

The Man Who Doesn’t Want to Be President

Barack Obama seems unwilling to be president. What a contrast he makes to George W. Bush, in his boots and with his swagger—the Decider.

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White House / Samantha Appleton

Can America Still Lead?

The world is looking to the United States to help power a recovery and provide leadership at a time when we are suffocatingly inward-looking—and when ultraconservatives are so dogmatic about slashing government that they are prepared to boot away our nation’s influence.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Perry to Run for President Starting This Weekend

The Texas governor will almost certainly launch a broadside against current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney this weekend when he takes the wraps off his campaign for president. (more)

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Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Londoners Riot for a Third Day (Video)

There were scenes from a “war zone,” as one pub manager described it to the BBC. It’s the third day of rioting in London since police shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and the city’s mayor have canceled their vacations to return to their burning metropolis.

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Americans Could Learn From Israel’s Tent City

Economic frustrations, particularly the high cost of rent, have breathed new life into the Israeli left. Residents of a tent city in Tel Aviv, constructed to protest financial woes, put Israel’s conservative prime minister on the defense, forcing him to announce a committee Sunday to look into reforms.

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Tony the Misfit (CC-BY)

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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Photo graphic by PZS from President Eisenhower's official portrait

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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Hostage Crisis

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Kick the Can

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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.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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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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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U.S. Navy / Gus Pasquarella

Krugman Calls Obama’s ‘Surrender’ a ‘Catastrophe on Multiple Levels’

Here’s one way to feel worse about the debt ceiling deal announced by the president Sunday night: Read Paul Krugman’s column. The Nobel Prize-winning economist is about as harsh in his assessment of the deal as can be, saying it “will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.”

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Karl-Ludwig Poggemann (CC-BY)

The Difference Between Hacking and Attacking

In this age of terrorism and anxiety, we sometimes let loose a little too freely with loaded words like “attack.” Take the case of LulzSec, the humorous hacker collective that brought down the CIA’s World Factbook, penetrated PBS and resurrected Tupac. (more)

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White House / Pete Souza

‘A Terrible Deal’

In an editorial published shortly after the announcement of a new deal to raise the debt ceiling, The New York Times calls the agreement a “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists.”

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Back in the Bottle

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Without a Debt Deal, Obama Can Make the Rich Pay

If the deficit remains unfunded, the president should withhold money from the enforcement and the support of laws that enrich the rich. This would lead to higher wages for workers and lower prices for consumers, and it would help shield them from the cuts he wants to make in income security programs.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press / Mel Evans

Christie, Still Not Running for President, Runs Into a Medical Detour

Chris Christie, who maintains he will not run for president although he recently made a visit to Iowa and Mitt Romney declared the New Jersey governor as his second choice for running mate, was hospitalized Thursday after an asthma attack. (more)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE


The Obama Administration’s Changing Attitude on Medicinal Marijuana

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the politics of global warming; the ever more complicated fight to legalize marijuana; Robert Scheer’s update on the debt; the director of the new documentary “Honest Man”; and the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Obama Administration’s New Crackdown on Medicinal Marijuana

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: The politics of global warming; the ever more complicated fight to legalize marijuana; Robert Scheer’s debt update; the director of the new documentary “Honest Man,” and the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



National Archives

The Money Melodrama in Washington

Any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don’t know anything about economics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Michele Bachmann—or Anyone Else

In today’s tight media economy, reporters tend to be young, overworked, underpaid, inexperienced journalists grateful for their jobs and afraid of being fired. Their bosses, no doubt, are just as fearful. These journalists are easy marks for campaign hacks with a story to sell.

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White House / Pete Souza

After the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

Most Americans care more about jobs and the economy than debt, which is why Mitt Romney is campaigning on those issues while President Obama is caught up in the tea party’s priorities.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Kabuki Dancing on the Debt Ceiling

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center”: Getting too close to the debt deadline, Greek insolvency and what’s with these credit rating companies throwing their weight around?

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futureatlas.com (CC-BY)

Blowing Up the House

We are witnessing the disintegration of tea party Republicanism.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Dysfunctional’ Too Polite to Describe Tea Party Congress

Even the most extreme Republican partisans in the Senate seem to realize that their House colleagues, seized by some combination of ideology, madness and pig ignorance, are propelling the country and the world toward economic chaos.

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Andrew Stawarz (CC-BY-ND)

Slapstick, Denial Highlight Murdochs’ Testimony

We seem to be expected to believe that the prime minister, the Murdochs, Mrs. Brooks and two of the most senior policemen in Britain, all were born yesterday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger (CC-BY-SA)

Murdoch: The Emperor Has No Clothes

The big guy always knows what’s going on, which is part of how he got to be the big man (or woman).

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



David Goehring (CC-BY)

Dan Savage Calls Obama’s DOMA Announcement ‘Very Heartening’

The president is still hedging his bets on gay marriage, but his decision to back a bill that would repeal the hateful Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton, won him praise this week from some of his toughest critics. Dan Savage called it a sign that backing gay rights is now “the politically smart thing to do.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Why a Confirmation Fight Would Have Been Good for Warren, Obama and the U.S.

Fearing a tough confirmation fight, the president declined to nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer protection agency she invented. That’s a shame, writes The Boston Globe’s Steven Syre, who argues that the next choice won’t get confirmed either, and at least a nominated Warren “could have ...” (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann, John Dean Preview Rupert Murdoch Testimony

Rupert and James Murdoch will face the British Parliament on Tuesday, and John Dean (above) thinks the elder tycoon may not be used to the pressure: “I think that this is the first time that Murdoch has ever been in this kind of atmosphere where people can push him to answer ... questions he might not want to address.”

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The Politicians

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Arcadio Esquivel, La Prensa, Panama

Cancer Will Not Keep Hugo Chavez From Politics

The ailing Venezuelan president will run for re-election in 2012, according to a top government official, and intends to hold on to most of his political powers while undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba. Chavez has expanded the portfolios of his vice president and finance minister. (more)

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Budget Baby

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Toward a New Politics of Food

The easiest way to explain Gallup’s discovery that millions of Americans are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than they ate last year is to simply crack a snarky joke about Whole Foods really being “Whole Paycheck.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



David Salafia (CC-BY-ND)

I Missed My Chance to Pee on Rupert Murdoch

I first met Rupert Murdoch at the urinal in the men’s room. It was 1976 in an office building somewhere in Manhattan.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Can’t Celebrate Yet

The wounded are especially dangerous fighters. President Obama now occupies the high ground in the debt ceiling debate, having called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt. He showed that deficit reduction is not now, and never has been, the GOP’s priority. He dare not get overconfident.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration based on a U.S. Census graphic

Secession Proposal Would Create a Republican California

By the Los Angeles Times’ count, there have been more than 220 attempts to divide California, and all have failed. A new proposal by a Temecula politician would split off the conservative counties south and east of Los Angeles to form a Republican-dominated South California that would be home to 13 million people (minus those who flee after secession). (more)

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