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Not Much of a Debate

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Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


Front and (Too) Center

Like Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and quite a few others who never got to be president, Mitt Romney has the misfortune of being an early front-runner.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE


Tweet for Help

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Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


When You’re Right, You’re Right

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The Party of Righteous Indignation

Congressional Democratic leaders are far less tolerant of corruption in their own ranks than their opponents, whose tacit acceptance of all brands of turpitude is boggling.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Gingrich’s Campaign Gets Up and Walks Away

In a bizarre political development, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has been abandoned by his entire executive staff, including his campaign manager, chief strategist, spokesman and the directors of his Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina campaigns. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Pete Simon (CC-BY)

Tweeting Our Way to Oblivion

Do we really need to encourage politicians to limit their thoughts to 140 characters or make them think we want the same details about their lives that we expect from pop stars and marquee athletes?

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



‘Patriotic Millionaires’ Want Higher Taxes

A group of millionaires is calling on Washington to raise taxes on the wealthy for the good of the economy (“Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they’re the result of a robust economy”) and their fellow Americans (“We shouldn’t be wallowing in our riches while everybody else is suffering”).

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Politicians Are Different From You and Me

Under our system, politicians are not chosen by "the people" or the "bosses" or the media. They are self-selected.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



Marc Nozell (CC-BY)

Where Are They Now: Corporate Democrat Edition

Birch Evans “Evan” Bayh III, darling of conservative Democrats, left the Senate to find “better ways to serve my fellow citizens.” So far he has signed on as a Fox News contributor and Chamber of Commerce lobbyist. (more)

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


Tricky Dick

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Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Canary in the GOP Coal Mine

In an age of media flying circuses where you never know who is running for president and who is just trying to boost book sales and speaking fees, Mitt Romney did it the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


No Need to Demagogue the Ryan Plan

Republicans who invented “death panels” out of whole cloth and insisted, falsely, that Obama’s health proposal was nothing but a “government takeover” have a lot of nerve complaining about the “demagoguery” against Rep. Paul Ryan.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE


The Brief on Rep. Weiner

Rep. Anthony Weiner would be having a much better week if he could establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he wears either old-fashioned boxer shorts or classic tighty-whiteys.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Staff Sgt. Jeff Kaus

Budget Problems, America? Try Ending Your Many Wars

To the wayfaring American citizen, the view of Washington, D.C., from abroad is as bizarre as that of Oz. One cannot believe what is happening.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE


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)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



Yamil Gonzales (CC-BY-SA)

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.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE


Patriot Act Renewal

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Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



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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Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



Matthew Reichbach (CC-BY)

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



Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND)

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.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Newt’s Warts

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Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


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



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

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.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


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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Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE


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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