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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.

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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.

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© 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.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


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.

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Go Obama

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Trumped by Political Failure

That anyone could seriously imagine Donald Trump as president of the United States—the actual president—must reflect something deeper and more significant than the weakness of the Republican field.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


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).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE



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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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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane

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.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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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Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Congress

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.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


Awake

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Revenge of the Mummies

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theprojectveritas.com

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)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


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