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Presidential Campaign Posters

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Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Flagman and ‘Our Martyrs in Sinai’

Yes, Flagman—surely you’ve heard of the Egyptian superhero who scaled the 21 floors of the Israeli Embassy in the predawn hours Sunday.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



Ed Schipul (CC-BY)

Perry’s Big Mouth Is Giving Republicans Headaches

In theory, Democrats should be nervous about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to enter the presidential race. In practice, though, it’s Republicans who have zoomed up the anxiety ladder into freak-out mode.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Save His Presidency

President Obama has only one option as he ponders a world economy teetering on the edge: He needs to go big, go long and go global.

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Election Year

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Jobs Program

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Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

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White House / Pete Souza

What Obama Should Learn From Wisconsin

With Wisconsin’s epic state Senate recall battle now over, the results carry a clear message that ought to resonate all the way to Washington—and especially the Obama White House.

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Tea Party Animal

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AP / David J. Phillip

Killer in Chief

Gov. Rick Perry is a happy executioner, having presided over 230 executions in Texas. That’s more, reported The Texas Tribune, “than any other modern governor of any state.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE


Jim Hightower and Rick Perry’s Army of God

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Texan populist Jim Hightower and Robert Scheer discuss Rick Perry’s entry into the presidential race while Texas Observer Editor David Mann tells us about Perry’s “army of God.” Update: Full transcript.

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Iowa Straw Poll

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Iowa Straw Poll

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AP / Charlie Neibergall

Straw Poll Winner: Obama

The Iowa Straw Poll has shifted the GOP contest sharply to the right. This may fire up the Republican base, but it may also turn off independents who have made clear their distaste for uncompromising partisanship.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Why Is Everyone Ignoring Ron Paul?

Michele Bachmann has been riding high ever since she won her party’s straw poll in Iowa, but Ron Paul, who finished less than a percentage point behind her in a virtual tie, can’t seem to get anyone to pay attention to his campaign. (more)

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Eli Christman (CC-BY)

Obama Job Approval Sinks to a New Low

The president’s job-approval rating has never been lower, according to the number crunchers at Gallup. Obama currently clocks in with 39 percent approval, lower by Gallup’s reckoning than every president since Harry Truman at this time in their respective terms—except for Jimmy Carter. That’s not much to brag about.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Math

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Franken Calls for Oversight of Ratings Agencies

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is disturbed by the monopolistic power of the ratings agencies—and still determined to curb their abuses, as he tried to do last year with an amendment to the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE


Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

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London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE


Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

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AP / Ben Curtis

Dispatches From Cairo: Ramadan, Revolution and Rumors

Ramadan Kareem, my friends. This year’s month of fasting and purification, healing, reflection and prayer has fallen in the hottest month, August, and comes amid unprecedented earthly distractions in Egypt, the ongoing tragic massacre in Syria and crazily careening instability around the globe.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



WisPolitics.com (CC-BY-SA)

Wisconsin Republicans Win Recall Battle, 4-2

Democrats won only two of six state Senate seats in Wisconsin on Tuesday, leaving Republicans with control of the Senate, the Assembly and the governor’s office. Put another way, the Dems managed to unseat two Republicans and reduce the GOP majority in the Senate to the smallest possible margin.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Julian Farmer (CC-BY-ND)

London Riots: They’re Paying Attention Now

It’s day four of riots and madness in the U.K., and if we want to understand what’s happening, we’d best pay attention to young journalists like Laurie Penny, who wrote Tuesday: “Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Adam Campbell (CC-BY-ND)

The Man Who Doesn’t Want to Be President

Barack Obama seems unwilling to be president. What a contrast he makes to George W. Bush, in his boots and with his swagger—the Decider.

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White House / Samantha Appleton

Can America Still Lead?

The world is looking to the United States to help power a recovery and provide leadership at a time when we are suffocatingly inward-looking—and when ultraconservatives are so dogmatic about slashing government that they are prepared to boot away our nation’s influence.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Perry to Run for President Starting This Weekend

The Texas governor will almost certainly launch a broadside against current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney this weekend when he takes the wraps off his campaign for president. (more)

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE



Surian Soosay (CC-BY)

Londoners Riot for a Third Day (Video)

There were scenes from a “war zone,” as one pub manager described it to the BBC. It’s the third day of rioting in London since police shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and the city’s mayor have canceled their vacations to return to their burning metropolis.

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Fowl Business

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Americans Could Learn From Israel’s Tent City

Economic frustrations, particularly the high cost of rent, have breathed new life into the Israeli left. Residents of a tent city in Tel Aviv, constructed to protest financial woes, put Israel’s conservative prime minister on the defense, forcing him to announce a committee Sunday to look into reforms.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



Tony the Misfit (CC-BY)

The Bizarro FDR

Barack Obama is a lot of things—eloquent, dissembling, conniving, intelligent and above all, calm. But one thing he is not is weak.

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The Wrong Problem ‘Solved’

The debt-ceiling fight generated enough hyperventilation and heartburn to replace a coal-fired power plant. The resulting product? It’s starting to look kind of puny and irrelevant.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Photo graphic by PZS from President Eisenhower's official portrait

Who Wants to Go Back to the ’50s?

Obama’s Eisenhower nostalgia is troubling. That was half a century ago—before the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and federal aid to education.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE


Hostage Crisis

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Kick the Can

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Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Kucinich Says Obama Got the Deal He Wanted

Is the president a bad negotiator, or did he get the deal he wanted all along, as Rep. Dennis Kucinich suggests? Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the phony Social Security scare, teaching Shakespeare in Iraq and more.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Will Be There

The Truthdig columnist pledges to join others in acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest in Washington on Oct. 6,  because, among other reasons, “we don’t have much time left.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE



House Democrats Rescue GOP to Pass Debt Compromise

We were told to expect some resistance in the House to the debt ceiling compromise that would cut trillions from the budget, but Republicans in the lower chamber, helped by half the Democratic caucus (including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), had no trouble passing the bill. (more)

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Relax

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White House / Pete Souza

A Retreat, Not a Rout

It’s supremely galling. It’s unbalanced, unfair and mostly unwise. For President Obama and the Democratic Party, it’s a comprehensive defeat. But it’s not the end of the world.

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U.S. Navy / Gus Pasquarella

Krugman Calls Obama’s ‘Surrender’ a ‘Catastrophe on Multiple Levels’

Here’s one way to feel worse about the debt ceiling deal announced by the president Sunday night: Read Paul Krugman’s column. The Nobel Prize-winning economist is about as harsh in his assessment of the deal as can be, saying it “will take America a long way down the road to banana-republic status.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



Karl-Ludwig Poggemann (CC-BY)

The Difference Between Hacking and Attacking

In this age of terrorism and anxiety, we sometimes let loose a little too freely with loaded words like “attack.” Take the case of LulzSec, the humorous hacker collective that brought down the CIA’s World Factbook, penetrated PBS and resurrected Tupac. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

‘A Terrible Deal’

In an editorial published shortly after the announcement of a new deal to raise the debt ceiling, The New York Times calls the agreement a “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE


Back in the Bottle

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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



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

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


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