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Her Own Worst Enemy

Responding to a chorus of outrage touched off by her comments about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) made a bold attempt at damage control today by distancing herself from herself.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


‘God Damn the Democrats!’

Harriet Christian’s total meltdown at the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting was outrageous enough to make it to the top of YouTube’s political charts. Her tirade illustrates some of the challenges facing the Democratic Party and the Barack Obama campaign as it woos Hillary Clinton’s more colorful supporters. This one, though, is probably a lost cause.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Ex-NBA Star:  Olympians Should Speak About Human Rights in China

John Amaechi is not your typical basketball star. The former center for Utah, Orlando and Cleveland is the first NBA alumnus to openly declare that he’s gay, and now he’s combining sports and cultural politics in another sense by serving as Amnesty International’s sports ambassador to this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Gary Indiana on Hobsbawm?s ‘On Empire’

Eric Hobsbawm, one of our most celebrated historians, looks at what makes the American Colossus uniquely dangerous in its imperial overreach at the dawn of the third millennium.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Lamont Lesson

Though he lost in the general election, Ned Lamont showed that representing the public’s anti-war sentiment and ignoring Washington’s self-appointed gurus wins national elections. And as the current campaign unfolds, the Lamont Lesson is resurfacing.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and the Rage of Women

How much anger is there among women about how Hillary Clinton has been treated during this campaign? Some of the nation’s leading female politicians will tell you: quite a lot.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Study: Media Were Mean to McCain, Not Clinton

A new study by two of journalism’s leading independent institutions has found that complaints from Hillary Clinton and her campaign that the media treated her unfairly are largely unfounded. According to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, it’s John McCain who should be upset with the coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Blame to Share in Primary Farce

When the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday to determine the status of the votes cast in the Michigan and Florida primaries, its members should try to look past self-serving campaign arguments and bumbling party leaders’ silly attempts to save face.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Close but No Health Care

More than halfway through a political season in which public concern about America’s porous, confusing and costly health insurance system has consistently emerged as one of the chief worries of a squeezed electorate, this is what we can expect when the new president takes office next year: not so much.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Assassin

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Un Mensaje Personal a Puerto Rico

Barack Obama brushes up on his Español for this commercial airing in Puerto Rico. The Democratic front-runner trails Hillary Clinton ahead of the island’s Sunday primary.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE



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‘Recount’ Gets It Right, Even if America Didn’t

Leading election integrity journalist Brad Friedman reviews HBO’s portrayal of the 2000 Florida recount and wonders whether we’re not headed for another stolen election.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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This Is Mike Gravel, Signing Off

The former senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record in 1971 tells a small group after his failed bids for the 2008 Democratic and Libertarian nominations: “This is the end of my political career.” But don’t worry about Mike Gravel. He certainly doesn’t: “What’s the worst thing that’s happened to me? I go back to a normal life? At my age? This is terrible?”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Disintegration of Hillary Clinton

If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Liz Trotta

Fox’s Trotta Says Sorry for Obama Comment

The Fox News personality who incited outrage with a horrible giggly tailspin of a comment about “knocking off” Barack Obama apologizes for her “lame attempt at humor” and chalks it up to a “very colorful political season.”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


The Pornography of Power

Robert Scheer discusses his new book, “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America,” with USC’s chair of history on the “Politics of Culture” radio show.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Oh Say Can You Sí

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Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE    


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Castro Slams Obama

Semi-retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro thinks Barack Obama is “the most-advanced candidate in the presidential race,” so he must have been disappointed to hear that Obama would continue an embargo against the island nation. That policy, Castro wrote in a column that appeared in state newspapers, is “a formula for hunger for [Cuba].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Worst Fox News Comment Ever?

Fox News contributor Liz Trotta has a chuckle over the idea of knocking off “Osama ... uh ... Obama ... well both, if we could [laughing].”

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Vermont Leads the Way for Progressives

The rise of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has six members in the 150-member Vermont House, is another indication that Vermont, which has battled back everything from Wal-Mart to urban sprawl to billboards, may be one of the few sane states left in the nation.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Fighting Until the End, and Then Some

Just moments after former presidential candidate John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama for president, Hillary Clinton vowed to “continue the fight” for Edwards’ endorsement.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Chair Blames Obama Camp for RFK Flap

Clinton campaign chair Terry MacAuliffe told “Fox News Sunday” that the Obama campaign was responsible for stirring controversy over Hillary Clinton’s assassination remark. MacAuliffe also challenged the basis for uproar: “If Robert F. Kennedy Jr. doesn’t find offense to it, why is it that everybody else should?”

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Barr Wins Libertarian Nomination

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has been chosen by Libertarians to carry the party’s banner in November, beating out Mary Ruwart, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel and others. Given John McCain’s trouble with conservatives and Barack Obama’s focus on Georgia, Barr could be something of a spoiler in the general election.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Blind, Endless Movement

Clinton wants only one thing—the presidency—and she wants it now, not later. If success means using the Florida and Michigan “issue” to tie the party in knots until the convention, so be it.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Ready to Cheer

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Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE    


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Kennedy Said to Prefer Wife as Successor

The New York Daily News is reporting that Ted Kennedy wants his wife, Vicki, to succeed him in Congress. Although the lion of the Senate retains his post, his recent cancer diagnosis has many speculating as to who will eventually take the seat once held by John F. Kennedy. Ted, it seems, has an answer.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Rejects Hagee

With the nomination well in hand, John McCain has at last rejected the endorsement of pastor John Hagee, who once suggested that the Holocaust was a case of divine providence. McCain stood by Hagee in the past, when the minister’s incendiary remarks about Catholicism and the supposedly divine cause of Hurricane Katrina first came to light.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


Who if Not Hillary?

A woman? Yes. But not that woman. It is the platitude of the moment, an automatic rejoinder to any suggestion that Hillary Clinton has struggled so desperately—and so far unsuccessfully—to grasp the Democratic presidential nomination in some measure because she is female.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


A Pretty Picture of Diversity That Faded

Is there anyone who still remembers the folksy winter tableau? Eight Democratic candidates against the picturesque backdrop of Iowa and New Hampshire. It was a feel-good photo op of diversity.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain’s Cuba Policy: The Same Old Stuff

In keeping with his image as a president for yesterday, John McCain promised a crowd in Florida he would do nothing to upset the policy of isolation that has proved so ineffective in regard to Cuba. “Florida will be yours!” shouted a grateful foe of the Castro regime.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


She Keeps Going and Going ...

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Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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A Split in Kentucky, Oregon Primaries

As predicted, Hillary Clinton won Tuesday’s Kentucky primary by a huge margin while Barack Obama took the contest in Oregon with a substantial lead. Although Clinton scored another impressive victory, the Obama campaign says it now has a majority of the pledged delegates at stake, hinting that the race is effectively over.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush?s Commitment Problem

George W. Bush’s attempt to juggle Israel’s 60th anniversary, Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and his hostility toward Iran means that Palestinians lose again.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Friends and Foes Respond to Kennedy News

As the sad medical news about Ted Kennedy sinks in, a number of his colleagues and even some of his political enemies have responded. Time’s Mark Halperin has collected the statements of the presidential candidates, the president and others.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Less-Than-Straight Talk Express

You’ve probably heard by now that John McCain has been less than consistent since he decided he really wanted to be president. Assembled by the Brave New folks, here are some prime examples of McCain flip-floppery at its best.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Whites for Obama

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Al Gore to the Rescue

The former vice president’s “we” campaign has made a point of building bridges across the political spectrum, but it looks as though Al Gore is prepared to return to his partisan roots in order to get a Democrat back in the White House. Gore will preside over a major fundraiser that will unite Clinton and Obama donors in an effort to bring the DNC up to speed with the GOP.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama: ‘Lay Off My Wife’

Barack Obama responds to the Tennessee GOP, which went after his wife,  Michelle, in a recent ad.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Ferraro Might Not Vote for Obama

Geraldine Ferraro, the former vice presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton supporter, caused a stir earlier in the campaign when she said Barack Obama’s primary success came from being black and that “they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?” Now she tells the New York Times she might not vote for the Democratic front-runner, because “I think Obama was terribly sexist.”

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Gay Marriage Paradox

Imagine what it would be like not to be able to marry the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Then imagine how tens of thousands of gays and lesbians in California must have felt last week when the California Supreme Court declared that homosexuals have a right to marriage under the state’s constitution.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Other Man

In what some Democratic Party insiders are calling a particularly ominous sign for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, former President Bill Clinton today became the latest superdelegate to switch from Sen. Clinton to her rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on Our ‘Managed Democracy’

Sheldon Wolin’s new book offers a controversial but ultimately convincing diagnosis of how America’s democracy has succumbed to an unacknowledged totalitarian temptation.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help

The Reagan era in American politics is about to end, and we have George W. Bush to thank for its demise.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


A Lesson for Republicans

Panic has taken hold of the party following its loss in a ruby-red district, and some Republicans are warning of disaster for the GOP unless it revamps its stale “brand.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


State of the Race

Earlier this week, Truthdig editors Robert and Peter Scheer stopped by the Michael Jackson radio show for a free-ranging discussion on politics, disaster in Burma and more.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


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