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This Herman Cain Ad Cannot Be Real, but It Is

From “Saturday Night Live” comes this … what’s that? This unbelievably bizarre Herman Cain campaign ad is real? The Baltimore Sun calls it “unorthodox,” which is an understatement considering this is from the Republicans’ leading contender for the presidency.

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Occupy/Abandon

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Ramy Raoof (CC-BY)

Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza

The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.

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AP / Mary Altaffer

Denunciation and Disruption: The Vision That Drives Occupy Wall Street

The occupiers have made it known in a most disrespectful manner that the parasite class is not welcome anymore. That’s a good start.

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Flip-Flop

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Poster Boy (CC-BY)

Global Warming Just Got Hotter

For the clueless or cynical die-hards who deny global warming, it’s getting awfully cold out there.

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The Spiritual Side of Occupy Wall Street

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley made a pilgrimage to Liberty Square, Dr. Marcia Dawkins traveled to the Holy Land, Reese Erlich reported from recently bombed Turkey and we compared Obama’s jobs bill to the WPA.

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Spiritual Side of Occupy Wall Street

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley made a pilgrimage to Liberty Square, Dr. Marcia Dawkins traveled to the Holy Land, Reese Erlich reported from recently bombed Turkey and we compared Obama’s jobs bill to the WPA.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Eric Gay

Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

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AP / Victor R. Caivano

The Argentine Model

While politicians from Athens to Washington are pushing through devastating austerity programs, Argentines voted in droves Sunday to re-elect their populist, welfare queen of a president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. (more)

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government

It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What Romney’s Religion Reveals About His Politics

What does the career of the former Massachusetts governor tell us about the ideology of the LDS church—and what his personal beliefs may portend if he becomes the first Mormon in the Oval Office?

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. T in DC (CC-BY-ND)

Radio Host Fired for Protesting Wall Street

Lisa Simeone was fired Wednesday from “Soundprint,” an independently produced documentary show that airs on NPR stations, because she is on the steering committee for the October 2011 Movement. Simeone had been with the program for 15 years. (more)

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Gadhafi Killed

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Cain and the Kochs

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Err Obamacare

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‘Frontline’ Investigates Obama’s Record Deportations

This year the United States will deport 400,000 immigrants, a million since Obama took office, reports PBS’ “Frontline” in a groundbreaking investigation of the president’s immigration policies. In short: Obama makes George W. Bush look soft.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Nice Debates, Guys, but You’re in Trouble

So what did we learn these last few weeks? To begin with, Republicans are people too.

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What a Stinker

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Occupy the Nation

Occupy Wall Street is working on convening a national General Assembly; Rick Santorum pledges to repeal federal funding for contraception; meanwhile, Amazon attempts to rid the world of publishers. These discoveries and more, after the jump.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Wall Street Is Still Trying to Buy Obama’s Love

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have raised more from the financial industry than all the Republican candidates combined. However, without the DNC, Mitt Romney has raised almost twice as much as the president from that sector, according to analysis by The Washington Post. (more)

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A Billion Points of Light

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

Can President Obama take advantage of the egalitarian sentiment let loose in the country by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations? The best response comes not from polls but from history.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



Reese Erlich

Turkish Kurds Surrounded by War and Promises

For decades ordinary Kurds have struggled between an oppressive government and authoritarian guerrillas.

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Drinking Helps

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Mike Shane

Naomi Wolf Arrested in New York

Truthdig contributor Madison Shockley reports that the author and political consultant was arrested after leaving a Huffington Post event in lower Manhattan honoring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street

President Obama left unsaid in his dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial that King, were he alive, would most likely be protesting Obama administration policies.

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© Jeff Pappas

Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movements More Alike Than Not

Both movements are essentially populist protests. The OWS people want to break the power of finance and the rich in America. So do tea party voters.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges in Times Square

Occupy TVNY has this interview with Chris Hedges, who, during the major global protests on Saturday, compared Occupy Wall Street to the other movements he’s covered around the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.

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Road Kill

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Spanking the Monkey

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White House / Pete Souza

The Occupy Windfall

“Defend Wall Street” is not likely to be a winning campaign slogan in 2012. For Republicans, this is an obvious problem. For President Obama and the Democrats, it’s a golden—if largely undeserved—opportunity.

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AP / Ted S. Warren

A Movement Too Big to Fail

There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Santorum’s Family Provocation

Lost in the hubbub over Herman Cain’s love affair with the number 9 during last week’s Republican debate were some compelling observations by Rick Santorum about “the breakdown of the American family” and its relationship to poverty.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Tax Hikes That Republicans Love

Rather than close the grossest loopholes and deductions exploited by billionaires, Republican politicians want to punish all those families living large on $300 a week by taxing them more.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Cory Doctorow (CC-BY-SA)

From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park: Lessons in Inequality

Nicholas Kristof writes in The New York Times that, although there are parallels between the revolutionary protests in Egypt and the occupation of Wall Street, Americans actually experience worse income inequality than Egyptians.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Flavor of the Week

Just be patient and you, too, can lead the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Witness the ascent of Herman Cain.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

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Occupy Sesame Street

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Already Occupied

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Occupy Wall Street 24/7

We have a new Dig where you can find all of our Occupy movement coverage from Truthdig editors, contributors and commenters, as well as the latest from Twitter and around the Web. Check it out here.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

Which Side Are You On!

I am all for Occupy Wall Street—and a lot of other places—but I wish I understood where this is going. And why it took so long to get going.

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There’s Something Happening Here

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

There’s Something Happening Here

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Herman Cain’s Tax Plan Is Shared With ‘SimCity’

With presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s ascension to the top of the GOP field, everyone is talking about his 9-9-9 tax plan—or should we say “SimCity’s” 9-9-9 tax plan? (more)

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The Rise of the Reverse Houdinis

Senate Republicans sent a signal in voting as a bloc against President Obama’s jobs bill: Don’t just do something, stand there. But doing nothing is at least preferable to the ideas coming out of their party’s presidential candidates.

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Oct. 15 Is the Big Day

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, your friends at Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Madrid would like for you to jump into a global day of action scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15.

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



Neon Tommy / Didi Beck (CC-BY-SA)

Proof That L.A. Is Better Than New York

Whereas protesters occupying Wall Street depend on a McDonald’s to relieve themselves, their counterparts in Los Angeles have port-a-potties. Whereas New York’s billionaire mayor and pepper-spraying police appear to have sided with the 1 percent, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



Dennis Jarvis (CC-BY-SA)

China Fears Are Misplaced

The preoccupation of American think tanks and policymakers with China’s growing military and economic power is unrealistic.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



David Shankbone (CC-BY)

A New Bush Era or a Push Era?

Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE


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