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Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE    



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Building a Powerful Left in the United States (Update)

Where is the tea party of the left? Pacifica Radio is running a weeklong investigation into America’s missing movement. Truthdig is pleased to have collaborated on a special episode, which will air on Pacifica stations Tuesday morning. Be sure to catch it and other installments of this important series. More details here.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Make Sense of Government?

A cynic might be justified in seeing a call for a sweeping reorganization of the federal government as the last refuge of a politician who doesn’t want to ruffle any ideological feathers.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Michele Bachmann Proposes ‘Don’t Add, Don’t Spell’

In addition, Bachmann suggested slashing the federal budget by eliminating nine of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. “I think you know which one I’d keep,” she chuckled.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Egyptian Protesters

This week we acknowledge the thousands who have been marching against tyranny in the 30th year of President Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. (Honorable mentions after the jump.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


All Talk, No Action on Deficit

The president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility. But the evidence suggests he’s not willing to spend the political capital to translate that talk into action.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


Media Marvel at Obama’s Move to the Right

With increasing vehemence since the midterm elections, pundits and journalists have recommended Barack Obama move to the right—and now are citing recent polling to suggest that the president has benefited from following their advice.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



Clarence Thomas Did Not Disclose Wife’s Income From Conservative Groups

While ruling on cases near and dear to the hearts of his wife’s clients, for 13 years Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report spousal income from conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation because, he claims, he misunderstood the disclosure forms.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

9 Out of 10 Viewers Approve of Obama’s Proposals

If these CBS News poll numbers are to be believed, the president had a very big night. According to the network, “91 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the proposals Mr. Obama put forth during his remarks. Only nine percent disapproved.” (more)

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Your Ticket to Davos

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where big shots go to talk turkey and soak up a bit of Switzerland, is being streamed live across the Internet tubes. They’re waiting for you after the jump, prime minister.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Sundance and the Art of Democracy

While much of the attention is focused on the celebrities, Sundance has actually become a key intersection of art, film, politics and dissent.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Our Hero

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Vermont Weighs Constitutional Amendment to Ban Corporate Personhood

On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Meat-Cleaver Budgeting

Republicans who feign attacks of the vapors and fainting spells over the big, scary deficit would be more convincing if they didn’t begin with the insane premise that defense spending should be sacrosanct.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


Rahmbo Has ‘No Doubt’ He Will Prevail

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel suffered a major legal setback in his quest to become Chicago’s next mayor, but he said Monday, “I have no doubt that we will in the end prevail at this effort.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference, where liberals go to feel good about themselves again. Forget about reclaiming and re-electing President Obama—worry about resisting him.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


In New Era of Civility, GOP Says Obama Born ‘Near America’

In a memo, House Speaker John Boehner explained, “From now on, we will say that he was born nearish America, and perhaps even as close as Cuba.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Hu Presents Obama With Counterfeit DVD

In a moving White House ceremony today, President Hu Jintao of China presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a counterfeit DVD of the Hollywood blockbuster “Toy Story 3.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Is America Too Corrupt to Keep Up?

As “Buy China” policies now economically supercharge the world’s most populous nation, the White House and congressional Republicans have opposed many of the very “Buy America” proposals that might help us keep up—and that obstruction has come at a steep price.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE


It’s Repeal That’s Ailing

This whole health care thing isn’t quite working out the way Republicans planned. My guess is that they’ll soon try to change the subject—but I’m afraid they’re already in too deep.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Al Franken Blasts the FCC

Speaking to a Netroots gathering, the Minnesota senator called net neutrality the “free speech issue of our time” and condemned the FCC’s decision to “create essentially two Internets.” Franken also said of the FCC-approved union of Comcast and NBC, “I hate this merger” ... (more)

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE


Lieberman’s Retirement Party

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House Huffs, Puffs, Blows Health Care Down

House Republicans, joined by three Democrats, finally got around to passing their repeal of President Obama’s health care law. Were the measure to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and be signed by President Obama, it would be a development as miraculous and inexplicable as John Boehner’s tan.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


JFK’s Eloquence, 50 Years Later

It’s remembered as a day chilled by “a Siberian wind knifing down Pennsylvania Avenue” and illuminated by “the dazzling combination of bright sunshine and deep snow.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


My Dream

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Palin Map

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AP / Cliff Owen

The Cuts Are Coming

Republicans have their biggest statehouse majority in more than 80 years, and they’re taking orders from a man who wants to take government and “drown it in the bathtub.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Christophe Ena

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?

American officials were for Tunisia’s ousted despot before they were against him. Across the Middle East and Central Asia it’s the same: U.S. allies are invariably corrupt dictators, maintained in power by lavish patronage and the military.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE


Health Care and the New Civility

President Obama’s call for “a more civil and honest public discourse” will get its first test much sooner than we expected.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Healer in Chief

Listening to Obama’s speech brought back memories of Obama the candidate, a mesmerizing orator with the power to summon visions of a better America.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


Finding the Forgotten Majority

The new media economy encourages ever more violent vitriol because that’s now become the most reliable way to build a following and, thus, generate profit.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



Daily Kos

Obama and Palin Speeches Compared

Daily Kos blogger Jed Lewison plugged the president and Sarah Palin’s respective speeches about the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., into a word cloud generator to create a visual representation of the rhetoric. (more)

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE


How Violent Talk Blocks Sane Gun Laws

The descriptions of President Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE


How Many Bullets Do You Need?

“High Capacity Magazines ... When ten rounds isn’t enough,” the Internet site offers. When, exactly, would that be? Enough for what?

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand’

David Sirota calls this Steve Almond essay the best take he’s seen on the Giffords shooting and it’s hard to disagree. “What happens when a large and well-armed portion of our citizenry can no longer apologize?” Almond asks. “When humility becomes another form of humiliation? Their heroes exhort them: Never retreat. Reload.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Gun Crazy

We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

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AP / James Palka

Gabrielle Giffords: Tragic Prophet

There is one commentator whose words should enlighten us on the meaning of Saturday’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the savage murders that took the lives of, among others, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. The person is Giffords herself.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE


Turning the Tables on Health Care

Rule One of politics: When you have the advantage, don’t allow your opponents to turn the tables. House Republicans violated this rule, a mistake that will haunt them for years.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE


Steve Jobs Snoozes, Apple Loses: It’s Cause for Alarm

Also in this edition of the Borowitz Report: Birthers Challenge Hawaii to Produce Statehood Certificate.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



Photo from Rep. Giffords' Facebook page

Gabrielle Giffords’ Favorite Quote

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head Saturday, on Facebook lists her favorite quote as this line from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (more)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Mr. Fish’s New Year’s Dissolution

I was 14 years old and it was just after dinner on the last day of summer vacation in the Alabama portion of Southern Jersey, where the only black people I ever saw were sunburned Italians.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE    


Washington Loves a Paradox

In a Washington circus that features as many morons as oxymorons, we have self-described deficit hawks who promote tax cuts, alleged war opponents who back war escalations and supposed anti-government conservatives who press to expand the National Security State.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


The GOP Is Holding the Economy Hostage, and It’s Time to Call Its Bluff

In their ideological zeal, the new Republicans on Capitol Hill seem eager to gamble everything—even the chance of a worldwide depression—on a showdown over the national debt ceiling.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


Underwhelmer of the House

If you programmed a computer to generate a speech laden with cliches; solemnly vowing to achieve the unobjectionable; and all but devoid of substance, it would have come up with something approximating John Boehner’s remarks.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


The House of Professors

Alas for all of us and for American conservatism in particular, the new Republican majority that took control of the House on Wednesday is embarked on an experiment in government by abstractions.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE


Filibuster This Plan

Liberal activists are demanding filibuster reform—now. They should be careful what they wish for.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Wrong Again, Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham has been wrong about almost everything in the Middle East for a decade and a half, so his harebrained proposal to build permanent bases in Afghanistan is hardly surprising.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Gag Me With a Banker

Having learned nothing from his midterm drubbing, President Obama is reportedly considering making JPMorgan Chase executive William Daley his chief of staff. Because what this administration needs is more sympathy for the hooligans on Wall Street.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE


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