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A Bridge to the 19th Century

Compared to the Democrats’ groundbreaking lineup of candidates, the 10 white men who gathered for last week’s Republican debate showed a determination to cling to the bad old days.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Ten Bodies, but Not Much of a Pulse

The announced Republican candidates for president did nothing in their first debate to discourage the unannounced Republican candidates—Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, maybe Chuck Hagel—from wading in. The water doesn’t look very deep.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


The French Bellwether

Is Europe moving right? Is the democratic left in trouble? The decisive victory of Nicolas Sarkozy over Socialist Segolene Royal in France’s presidential elections on Sunday was the most recent example of the battering that moderate-left parties are taking from the forces of globalization and discontent over immigration.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher: Vive La France!

The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Conservative Wins French Election

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has conceded to conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France. In his acceptance speech, Sarkozy promised to unite a divided nation and urged Washington to address climate change more aggressively.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


Bush: Hate Crime Bill ‘Unnecessary’

The House has passed an expansion of hate crimes legislation to include discrimination against gender, sexual orientation and disability. Though the measure succeeded with bipartisan support and is expected to make it through the Senate, President Bush has vowed to veto the bill, calling it unnecessary.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Maverick Candidate Mike Gravel

Presidential candidate Mike Gravel’s performance in the first Democratic debate took him from off the radar to Truthdigger of the week. Naturally we just had to pick his brain. The former senator from Alaska, who helped end the draft, tells Truthdig why he’s running, why there are so few mavericks in politics these days and why war makes him angry.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Stamp Happy

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Oregon Will Have Civil Unions

Oregon is about to become the seventh state to offer civil unions to gay couples, including all the rights and privileges of marriage except one—the title.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


Time to Reevaluate Hillary?

Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her relatively hawkish stand on the war, but the candidate made an aggressive move Thursday to counter that perception. Joined by antiwar Sen. Robert Byrd, Clinton announced plans to de-authorize the war, saying: “If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him.” Update: Kucinich calls out Clinton…

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush, Democrats Sound Off on the Veto

The president says the Democrats are trying to substitute political opinions for military judgment (he should talk). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president wants a blank check for the war and he’s not going to get one (at least for now). On Wednesday they meet to debate the issue in person. Here’s a preview.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Democrats to Hold Wheel-Spinning Session

President Bush is set to meet with members of Congress on Wednesday to try to work out a compromise on the Iraq spending bill. It’s not clear what they could possibly agree on, since Bush has said he won’t sign any legislation that calls for a withdrawal, and the essentially nonbinding timetable in the last measure was basically the least the Democrats could do to signal their opposition to the war.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


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A Political Bridge for 2008

Steve Kornacki, community outreach director of Unity08, the online independent party, speaks with Truthdig about his organization’s vision for a third way in the coming election, why our political system is broken and how he intends to fix it.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Dominos Theory

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Steve Kornacki of Unity08

The community outreach director of Unity08, the online independent party, speaks with Truthdig about his organization’s vision for a third way in the coming election, why our political system is broken and how he intends to fix it.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


My Democrat Can Whip Your Democrat

Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century political realist and schemer, would relish the intricate calculations the three leading Democratic presidential candidates are required to make.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Minimum Compassion for Wage Slaves

Senate Republicans continue to oppose a minimum-wage hike, despite the fact that the buying power of the working poor hasn’t approved in five decades.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Alleged D.C. Madam Will Name Clients

Deborah Palfrey, the alleged head of a multimillion-dollar prostitution service in the nation’s capital, says she plans to call on high-profile clients to testify at her trial. Last week a deputy secretary of state who had called for cracking down on global prostitution admitted he was a client of her escort service and resigned.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Murtha Clarifies Impeachment Talk

Jack Murtha’s spokesman has told TPM Café the antiwar congressman doesn’t feel impeachment is appropriate “at this time.” Murtha mentioned impeachment as one way to influence a president on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” prompting speculation around the blogosphere and mainstream media that the Democrats might consider taking more aggressive action against George W. Bush.

Posted on Apr 30, 2007 READ MORE


Unreasonable Expectations

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Religious Tension Mounts in Turkish Politics

Turkey’s leading presidential candidate has Islamist roots, a cause for concern among the country’s many secularists. The Turkish military has even weighed in on the issue, saying the armed forces were troubled by the election and would display their “positions and attitudes” as “a staunch defender of secularism” at the appropriate time.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


When All Else Fails, Blame the Democrats

President Bush and Vice President Cheney cannot make the case that their Iraq policies have succeeded, so they are doing one thing they do very well: taking a serious argument over the future of American foreign policy and turning it into a petty partisan squabble.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Front-Runners Upstaged at Democratic Debate

MSNBC just hosted the Democratic candidates in their first-ever presidential debate, and it was quite the bore. That is, except for former Sen. Mike Gravel, who stole the show with an electrifying and inspirational outburst. Update: More debate clips added.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Wanda Sykes on Gay Marriage

The comedian sounds off on why the controversy surrounding gay marriage strikes her as ridiculous.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Tony Blair Takes Your Questions

The British prime minister made an unprecedented appearance on Youtube (of all places) to respond to questions from the host of “Labour:vision” and viewers at large.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


McCain and Stewart

Stewart Confronts McCain, Calls Administration ‘Almost Criminal’

Jon Stewart did not pull his punches with recent guest John McCain in what was more of a showdown than an interview. At one point, the audience applauded Stewart and McCain said wryly, “I think I know whose side they’re on.” The host replied: “They’re on America’s side, because they’re patriots.”

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


No One Should Be Above the Law

On Wednesday a group of activists, politicians, writers and thinkers came together in Washington to call for the impeachment of the president. Among them were Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, Daniel Ellsberg and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, who argued that the president must be held accountable for his repeated violations of the rule of law, both at home and abroad.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Blames the Troops

Ignoring the fact that we have a system of civilian control over the military, which is why he, the elected president, is designated the commander in chief, Bush hides behind the fiction that the officers in the field are calling the shots when in fact he has put them in an unwinnable situation and refuses to even consider a timetable for getting them out.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Ranger Ordered to Conceal Information in Tillman Case

“I was ordered not to tell them,” testified U.S. Army Spc. Bryan O’Neal on Tuesday. According to the AP, the Army Ranger was instructed by a superior to conceal information about the friendly-fire incident from Pat’s brother and fellow Army Ranger Kevin Tillman on threat of punishment.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Super-Duper Friends

This viral cartoon imagines the political landscape as an epic battle between comic-book super heroes and villains, featuring George Bush as “Petro-Man,” Karl Rove as “Doctor Spin,” John Edwards as “the Arbitrator” and more.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


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France’s Vote Turnout Highest in Decades

France has experienced its highest voter turnout in nearly 50 years, with right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segolene Royal, pictured, headed for a runoff. If she wins, Royal will be France’s first woman president, but she took in fewer votes than Sarkozy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2007 READ MORE


Borders, Bullies and Global Health

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is hurting politically, and so he has despicably turned against the vulnerable, arguing recently that Australia should have a blanket ban against HIV-positive immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Hillary’s Downward Spiral

The folks at Gallup have noticed a unique trend in the race for the White House: Hillary Clinton’s numbers have been heading steadily down. In fact, no other candidate, whether Republican or Democrat, shows as clear and consistent a trajectory. Time for a May surprise?

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


McCain and Obama

Obama vs. McCain

It looks like the two senators have decided to skip their respective primaries and run against each other directly on the “Situation Room.” In all fairness, this isn’t a feud so much as John McCain sniping at Barack Obama’s airtime with e-mail.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Politics Aside, Guns Still Kill

Gun control may be politically passé, but even basic precautions might have saved lives in Virginia. Winning elections at the expense of human life simply isn’t worth it.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Raising the Bar

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The Dark Side of Ethanol

A new study out of Stanford University says ethanol could worsen smog problems, as the alternative fuel may produce dirtier air than gasoline. Ethanol has already been something of a mixed bag for environmentalists, who are desperate for politically viable alternative fuels but troubled by the high cost of corn-based ethanol.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Maher: Bring Back Elitism

The “Real Time” host argues that many of America’s problems aren’t caused by the liberal, Washington, Hollywood or media elite, but by the prevalence of unqualified “hayseeds” in George W. Bush’s government. Take Monica Goodling, who, in her early 30s and with no prosecutorial experience, oversaw the U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


Rove Loses His Grip

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Putin Puts Kasparov in Check

Vladimir Putin’s regime, with the aid of 9,000 police officers, attempted to prevent a rally in Moscow by arresting opposition leader Garry Kasparov along with dozens of other protesters and even some journalists. The chess phenom has accused Putin of trampling on democracy.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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The Final Act of Submission

The former weapons inspector who foretold the Iraq disaster argues that the newly empowered Democrats have allowed the Israel lobby to subvert America’s foreign policy by tacitly endorsing war with Iran.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Have Your Hummer and Hug It Too

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to make the environmental movement sexy. Why get rid of Hummers, California’s governor argued Wednesday, when you can make them run on biofuel and hydrogen, like his? Schwarzenegger has a warning for politicians who stand in the way of environmental progress: “Your political base will melt away as surely as the polar ice caps. ... ”

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Obama on Letterman

Obama Laughs It Up With Letterman

Barack Obama recently sat down with David Letterman and managed to hold his own with the humor. When asked why his campaign needed so much money, the candidate said evenly: “We’ve got to advertise on the Letterman show.” According to Amy Goodman, that’s no joke.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


NAB-bing the Election

As the TV pundits on the networks gab about the tens of millions of dollars raised by the top presidential candidates, what they don’t talk about is where that money is going: to their own networks.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Congress Beats Bush in Approval Ratings

Forty percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest AP poll. That may not seem like much, but it’s up from 25 percent just before the last election and higher than Bush’s mid-30s. A word of warning to candidates who are still fleshing out their Iraq positions: The same poll suggests voters, especially those coveted independents, are really sick of this war.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdig Podcast: ‘Jesus Rode a Donkey’ Author

Linda Seger explains why Jesus’ teachings have more in common with Democrats than Republicans, how Christians have been manipulated into compromising their values and what the Bible really says about homosexuality.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE



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‘Jesus Rode a Donkey’ Author

Linda Seger explains why Jesus had more in common with Democrats than Republicans, how Christians have been manipulated into compromising their values and what the Bible really says about homosexuality.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Tragedy of John McCain

John McCain’s 2000 campaign for president failed, but it was an unruly and joyous romp. His campaign this time feels quite different: carefully planned, meticulously calculated—and a tragedy.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Swift Boat Appointment Obscures the Real Threat

How much damage can an ambassador to Belgium do? Probably not as much as an ardent antagonist of Social Security might unleash in a top policymaking position at the agency that millions of Americans depend on.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


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