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Back in the Bottle

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Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE



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



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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.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



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?

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Budget Baby

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Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Robin Hood in Reverse

The internal American debate may be said to center around how much to rob the poor, and how much to enrich the rich.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



Pablo Manriquez (CC-BY-ND)

Forget Congress, Alan Grayson Should Pull a Palin

Every progressive’s favorite loudmouth is running to reclaim his seat in the House of Representatives, where he wants to fight Democratic “appeasement” of Republicans. Alan Grayson told Talking Points Memo, “It’s exactly like I said, the Republican health care plan: Don’t get sick. ... The Republican unemployment plan ... (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Something to Squawk About

The truth is that Democrats have made clear they are open to a compromise deal on budget cuts and revenue increases. Republicans have made clear they are not.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


Elephant Trunks

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Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


Thirst

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Washington Dysfunction: A Scorecard

Here’s why getting to a deal on the debt ceiling is so complicated.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


What If Jesse Jackson Had Been the First Black President?

A group of rhetoric scholars once got together and decided that Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Democratic National Convention speech is the 12th most significant address of the 20th century, behind the words of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, among others.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Eddy (CC-BY-ND)

WikiLeaks, Wimbledon and War

Last Saturday, Julian Assange joined me and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek for a public conversation about WikiLeaks, the power of information and the importance of transparency in democracies.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Calling the GOP’s Bluff

Obama’s in-your-face attitude seems to have thrown Republicans off their stride. They thought all they had to do was convince everyone that they were crazy enough to force an unthinkable default on the nation’s financial obligations. Now they have to wonder whether Obama is crazy enough to let them.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Newt’s Fireworks

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Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President

“You have millions of people who say run, run, run,” Nader said. “Then you put yourself out there and find they are voting for Obama.”

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press / Sakchai Lalit

Hey Thai Government, This Girl Just Kicked Your Ass

Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to become Thailand’s first female prime minister after her opposition party won an outright majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself prime minister until 2006 when a military coup forced him into exile. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE


Debt Ceiling Negotiations

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Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

Defending the Supremely Powerful

The United States Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


What California’s Devastating Budget Says About Democrats

Truthdig political reporter Bill Boyarsky explains why Michele Bachmann could win Iowa, tells us about Mitt Romney’s advantage and says “The impact of [California’s] budget is going to be felt negatively for generations.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


Greece and EU Attempt to Avoid Disastrous Default

Athens in recent days has experienced continuing popular protest, sporadically violent, against the economic austerity program demanded of Greece by the IMF.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



Freedom to Marry (CC-BY)

California Passes $86 Billion Budget Without New Taxes

Californians made it easier for their lawmakers to pass a budget, but you might not be able to tell from all the drama. Perhaps you heard that Gov. Jerry Brown (above) vetoed a budget passed by his own party, Republicans managed to block voters from approving new taxes and the state controller stopped paying legislators. (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE


Tick Tick Tick

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Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE    


Blago Guilty

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Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE


Game of Thrones

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Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


The Ruinous Rant of John McCain

The decline of the Grand Old Party into an angry mob is gaining momentum, with crackpot rage displacing common sense on every major issue from public finance to marriage rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE


Huntsman: Yes, He Might

Here are the key questions about Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy: Is he the American version of David Cameron? And is the Republican Party ready for a Cameron moment?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



Basheer Tome (CC-BY)

Commencement Day for a Lost Generation

The country my generation is passing on to my son and his peers is a mean-spirited place of global warming, class warfare and diminishing expectations, where the top 1 percent of households own nearly 35 percent of all privately held wealth and the “bottom” 80 percent lays claim to less than half that.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Small Government

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Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-ND)

Meet Michele Bachmann

What is the most frequent question I’ve been asked recently? “What is it with Michele Bachmann’s 23 foster children?”

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


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