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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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Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


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


Schwarzenegger
cnn.com

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


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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


Scientists Study Memory Loss Among Politicians

This week the satirist targets the convenient forgetfulness of politicians, who so frequently can’t remember why, when and how they screwed up.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Lieberman Bashes Pelosi

For a guy who says he’s a Democrat, Joe Lieberman doesn’t show much party loyalty. The senator took a break from defending Bush and his war on Sunday to pile on the criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria. Luckily Arlen Specter, a Republican no less, was on hand to defend the logic of diplomacy.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


At Bottom of the Polls, GOP Candidates Duke It Out

An odd thing happened Sunday: Mike Huckabee took a shot at Mitt Romney’s credibility. With only four percentage points of support for the two of them, according to the most recent Gallup poll, you’d think the former Arkansas governor would have bigger fish to fry. He may.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


Civil War

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Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert Endorses Child Labor

The pseudo-pundit argues that the best way to leave no children behind is to put them to work.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


David Wu

Red Alert! There are ‘Faux Klingons in the White House’

Rep. David Wu brings some much needed Star Trek fandom to the capital, arguing that unlike the wise and logical Vulcans, the administration has behaved like a pack of war-hungry Klingons.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


King George Loses His Crown

In his quest to expand presidential authority, George W. Bush has claimed extraordinary powers, whether to imprison American citizens without charge or ignore the laws of nature. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the EPA is a breath of fresh air, not just for the environment but for our democracy.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


McCain’s Magic Carpet Ride

Sen. John McCain invaded a Baghdad market with a small army this week, determined to sell the surge. But Americans and Iraqis know better: No matter how many soldiers are sacrificed to delay the fact, the war is lost.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


The Obama Bombshell

Barack Obama surpassed expectations Wednesday with the announcement that his campaign raised $25 million in the first quarter, almost as much as Hillary Clinton with her record $26 million. Though Clinton pulled in more overall, Obama had twice as many individual donors and outraised the front-runner online.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Still Fuming Over Pelosi Diplomacy

The White House has continued to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria, while ignoring an earlier trip by a Republican congressional delegation. The speaker’s office maintains that it is worth meeting with “every country that has an interest in avoiding a chaotic Iraq.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


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The Fox Attack on Black America

The Congressional Black Caucus has agreed to cosponsor two debates with Fox News, one for Democrats and the other for Republicans. But as Robert Greenwald and the folks at Fox Attacks demonstrate in this video, the network has a history of attacking black America.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Fighting a Mockery of Democracy

With the 2008 presidential election on the horizon, a novel plan to circumvent a constitutional amendment and eliminate the anti-democratic Electoral College is gaining momentum in Maryland and other states.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Air America

Truthdig Podcast: Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s largest progressive radio network. Pictured above, Al Franken, who was an Air America host.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Air America
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Saving Air America

Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn’t work, what he’s going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America’s only progressive radio network.

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Clinton Rakes It In

Hillary Clinton has easily set a fundraising record, pulling in $26 million between January and March. The Clinton campaign would not publicly say how much of the money it plans to save for the general election. A number of pundits have predicted this will be the most expensive election in American history.

Posted on Apr 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Pelosi Goes Over Bush’s Head

Over the president’s objections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit the president of Syria next weekend. Pelosi’s spokesman said the meeting was inspired by the Iraq Study Group, which recommended engaging regional players—a recommendation the Bush administration has so far ignored.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Risks Might Pay Off in ‘08 Race

Candidates on both sides are playing it safe, but the signs are that voters will reward strong ideas and bold positions.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE


Let the Showdown Begin

The president has threatened to veto a war spending bill that includes a timetable for the withdrawal of troops, but that didn’t stop the Senate on Thursday from passing one. The next step is for the House and Senate to work out the differences between their competing withdrawal plans, and then it’s off to the White House.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Ignore the Pundits and Bark Louder

The Washington press elite has warned the Democrats not to pursue the U.S. attorney scandal, but lawmakers should listen to the polls, not the “cable sages” who have so frequently been wrong.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Pentagon Cowers Behind Wordplay

The military covered its ass on Monday, with a report on the investigation into the exploitation of Pat Tillman that stank of non-denial denials. After three years of lies and obfuscation, the Tillman family deserves better.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Politics Is Personal

The caricature of John Edwards as a preening politico evaporated the day he and Elizabeth publicly faced cancer with the same humanity and sense of mission that have been the hallmarks of his campaign.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


In the Battle Over the War, Pelosi Wins

The president and his allies seem eager for a constitutional showdown, but with the people on their side, the Democrats and the Congress are poised for victory. Updated to reflect Tuesday’s Senate vote

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans, to Their Peril, Stand With Bush

Now that Republicans in Congress have expressed their overwhelming support for the status quo in Iraq, the war has gone from Bush’s pet disaster to the albatross around his party’s neck.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Justice Department Official to Avoid Testimony

The Justice Department’s liaison to the White House announced she would take the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination rather than testify in the U.S. attorney scandal. Meanwhile, Alberto Gonzales said he was “really pained” by diminishing support from lawmakers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Republicans Waver on Gonzales

Three prominent Republican senators expressed their lack of confidence in Alberto Gonzales on Sunday. GOP support has dropped off since Justice Department documents released on Friday caught the attorney general misrepresenting when he first knew about a plan to fire eight U.S. attorneys.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Bipartisanship

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Posted on Mar 24, 2007 READ MORE    


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jeffcohen.org

Media Critic on Why It’s Only Getting Worse

Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of “Cable News Confidential” (excerpted here).

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


Seeing Presidential Privilege Through a Partisan Lens

The looming showdown over subpoenas and presidential privilege is as insincere as it is distracting. How quickly politicians forget their rock-hard principles when applying them to another administration. The politicization of the justice system is a real scandal—one that demands an open inquiry.

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

‘The Campaign Goes On’

Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer is back, in an incurable but treatable form.  However, the couple announced Thursday that the campaign would go on. John Edwards called his wife the most unselfish woman he has ever met, and said that when she received the news her first thoughts, after their children, were of John and the American people.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


DeLay’s New Career: Comedian

Tom DeLay’s new self-obsessed memoir, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” turns out to be a hoot from start to finish. Take the title—this from a man who ended his disgraced career with a resignation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


The Ultimate Taboo

Pete Stark may not be gay, black or a woman, but he raised eyebrows last week when he made a startling announcement that shattered a political taboo: He doesn’t believe in God. No big deal? He’s the first member of Congress ever to say that.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
allposters.com

Limbaugh Picks a Fight with Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had enough of Rush Limbaugh, who refers to the California governor as a “closet liberal.” On Tuesday’s “Today Show,” Arnold fired back, saying “Limbaugh is irrelevant.” That was apparently too much for Rush, who responded on own show by saying Arnold has clearly “sold out.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Divided Over War Spending

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Whip James Clyburn are having a hell of a time convincing rebellious Democrats to support the new Iraq spending bill. Conservative “blue dogs” don’t like the readiness requirements and withdrawal timetable, while House progressives object to spending “another dollar or another dime to support this war.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


The Post-Bush Awakening

Americans are starting to learn the real lessons of the Iraq war: Dissent has value, political conformity costs lives and leaders who fail time and again don’t deserve one more chance.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


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