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Satire: Abortion Bill Would Require Fetal Consent

The Onion pokes fun at the sometimes ridiculous abortion debate by floating an absurd proposal: fetal consent.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Al Gore on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart managed to get through an entire interview with Al Gore without asking if he’s going to run for president. The result is a thoughtful conversation on the state of media and the assault on reason.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Americans Back Immigration Proposals

While opposition in Washington to the new immigration bill spans the political spectrum, the major proposals of the legislation find widespread support among the American people, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents say they support reforms to the immigration system, including the eventual legalization of immigrants and a guest worker program.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Grow Up, Progressives!

The veteran political observer argues that the Democrats’ retreat on the war spending bill is but a temporary setback in a much longer struggle they are sure to win, if only opponents of the war are patient, determined and ready for the next fight.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Play Softball With Scandal

With one startling revelation after another rolling out of the Justice Department, one would think congressional Republicans would feel enough duty to the Constitution, their constituents and themselves to investigate the assault on one of America’s most sacred institutions.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall

And the War Goes On

With a backdrop of increased sectarian violence, the discovery of a missing U.S. soldier’s corpse and the president’s promise of more troop casualties, Congress has approved $100 billion in funding for the Iraq war.  Bush is happy with the bill, but from her comments, it’s clear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t: “This is like a fig leaf. ...”

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Fightin’ Dems

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Bush as Narcissus

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Apocalyptic Times for the GOP Faithful

The party Jerry Falwell worked so hard to promote to white evangelical America may soon tear itself apart over one candidate who dares to be Mormon and another who is dangerously sane on gays, guns and abortion.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


America’s Love-Hate Relationship With Immigration

America has always had an immigration “problem,” just as it has always been a beacon for the downtrodden who seek a better life here and, in doing so, make it a better country.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges: I Don’t Believe in Atheists

On Tuesday night, Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debated “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.” The following is Hedges’ opening statement, in which he argues that Harris and other critics of faith have mistakenly blamed religion for the ills of the world, when the true danger lies in the human heart and its capacity for evil.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Cave on Timetable

The Democratic leadership in Congress is close to a deal with the White House to provide funding for the war without a timetable for withdrawal. The legislation will include benchmarks for U.S. aid, close to $8 billion in domestic spending and a minimum-wage increase, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she cannot bring herself to vote for a bill that doesn’t set a withdrawal date for U.S. troops.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Why Gore Won’t Run

Boy, it would be fun if Al Gore changed his mind and ran for president—fun for the voters, anyway. Imagine a candidate whose pre-election book is devoted in large part to an attack on the media for waging war on reason.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Justice O’Connor Warns Against Judicial Inconsistency

In an apparent rebuke to the Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told Fox News that the law “shouldn’t change just because the faces on the court have changed.” O’Connor, who time and again swung the court in favor of a woman’s right to choose, also criticized lawmakers who try to put political pressure on the judicial process.

Posted on May 20, 2007 READ MORE


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We’ll Always Have Baghdad

Tony Blair is getting one last glimpse of the mess he helped make before stepping down. The outgoing prime minister’s staff says the purpose of Blair’s Baghdad visit is to highlight the connection between security and political stability, but we can’t help but notice an emerging trend. Remember Donald Rumsfeld’s farewell tour of Iraq?

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Has ‘Full Confidence’ in Gonzales

More lawmakers are calling for Alberto Gonzales’ resignation and the Senate is even considering a symbolic no-confidence vote, but the White House announced Friday that the president will stand by his man: “The attorney general has the full confidence of the president. ... We think he’s been a very strong attorney general and we continue to support him.”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


Pledge of Malfeasance

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A Diverse Picture in French Cabinet

Newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy has made something of a splash with his new cabinet. Seven of the government’s 15 ministers will be women. Bernard Kouchner, the socialist founder of Doctors Without Borders, will serve as the conservative government’s foreign minister. Justice Minister Rachida Dati is France’s first senior cabinet official with an ethnic minority background.

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP Identity Crisis

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, every leading candidate declared independence from some piece of dogma or another—even as all of them clung for dear life to the word conservative.  They sounded like religious doubters who compensate for their ebbing faith by shouting ever more fervently: “I believe!”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah’s Politics Club

I don’t doubt Oprah Winfrey’s marketing magic, although we don’t know yet whether she can do for politics what she’s done for publishing. Her endorsement of the candidate Obama may not be as successful as it was for the author Obama.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Not So Secret Weapon

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Scheer and KPFK’s Weissman on War, Religion, Politics

In this far-ranging interview on KPFK’s “Beneath the Surface” radio show, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with host Suzi Weissman about the coming presidential election, the consolidation of mass media and Truthdig’s May 22 debate between Chris Hedges and Sam Harris on the roles of religion and politics. Update: Full transcript now available.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


‘Family Guy’ on the Debates

“The Family Guy” spoofs the recent presidential debates and the superficiality of horse-race politics. Lois starts the debate badly, then realizes all she has to do to win over the crowd is repeatedly refer to 9/11 and Jesus.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


Phased Withdrawal

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Harvard.edu

The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. It would be decades before Americans officially began celebrating Mother’s Day, and much of the original spirit of the proclamation has since been lost.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


War Memorial

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Fantastic Idea

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New Jersey Considers Mandatory HIV Test

A new proposal would make New Jersey the first state to require HIV testing for pregnant women and their babies, unless the women decline the test in writing. Currently four states test just mothers, and two others only newborns. The bill is opposed by the D.C.-based Center for Women Policy Studies on the grounds that it limits health rights.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Blair’s Bittersweet Exit

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s announcement that he’s stepping down won’t quell the anger felt on so much of the antiwar left. But my own reaction is a deep sadness that he tarnished a formidable legacy.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Americans Want Timetable for Iraq

According to Gallup, a majority of Americans disapprove of the way all parties involved are handling Iraq, though the Dems got slightly better numbers than Bush or congressional Republicans. Most Americans want some kind of timetable, and a huge majority wants benchmarks for progress.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Explains Himself

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‘Legal Stealing’

This is the four-minute highlight reel from “Iraq for Sale” that documentarian Robert Greenwald wanted to screen for Congress as part of his testimony. Republicans blocked him from doing so. If you haven’t been following the outrageous war profiteering going on in Iraq—like many of our elected officials—this is a must-see clip.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP’s Reaganesque Tall Tales

Sensing their own smallness, contemporary politicians often seek to puff themselves up by appealing to myth and legend. For Republicans, there is no mythology more appealing than that of Ronald Wilson Reagan, as the party’s presidential candidates eagerly demonstrated during their May 3 debate in the library that bears his name.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Give Bush a Timetable

A delegation of 11 moderate House Republicans visited the White House on Tuesday to warn the president that he risks losing more support from his party if conditions in Iraq do not improve by fall. The lawmakers lamented dwindling support for the war among their constituencies during the meeting, which was described as “no-holds-barred.”

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert on Hillary’s ‘Legislative Time Machine’

Stephen Colbert targets Hillary Clinton, who would rather revoke the authorization for the war than admit that voting for it in the first place was a mistake.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


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allscifi.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Execution Chamber

Democratic legislators in California are upset over a new execution chamber to be built in San Quentin Prison. Some lawmakers have accused Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of trying to “bypass the Legislature” by concealing details of the project.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Dems Struggle Over the ‘Surge’

The Pentagon has told more than 35,000 troops that they could be headed to Iraq in the fall in order to maintain the “surge.” Meanwhile, House Democrats may decide to fund the war in two-month spurts, with an opportunity to cut off funding in July. The Senate will likely have to pursue a different strategy (see below).

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert Has a Gay Old Time at Dobson’s Expense

Stephen Colbert (above) mocks “Focus on the Family” host James Dobson for suggesting that the hate crimes legislation passed by the House discriminates against Christians because it would punish gay-bashing.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Will Try Again to End War Funding

Sen. Russ Feingold, Majority Leader Harry Reid and eight other Senate Democrats have decided to respond to Bush’s veto with an amendment that would halt war funding if troops were not safely withdrawn from Iraq by March 31, 2008. Exceptions would include operations against terrorist organizations, training for Iraqi soldiers and protection of U.S. infrastructure and personnel.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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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interet-general.info

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


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