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Israel’s Gift to Iran’s Hard-Liners

Juan Cole, who offers the single best available running commentary on the Middle East, considers the ways in which, on the first anniversary of the fraudulent Iranian elections and the rise of the Green Movement, the policy moves of both the U.S. and Israel continued to backfire in Iran.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Mean Girls in Politics

What is this, middle school? Women are marching forward in politics, but the new Republican nominee for senator from California is taking us back to the cattiness of the school cafeteria.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


A Loss Won’t Silence the Democratic Left

This week’s primaries should have been good news for Democrats. Instead, a stray comment from an Obama aide briefly threatened a civil war in the Democratic Party, which needs all the unity it can get.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



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It Cost Meg Whitman Only $81 Million to Buy a Shot at the Mansion

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has promised voters to apply her business savvy to running the state that roughly one-tenth of Americans call home. She can start by explaining why she had to spend $81 million, most of it hers, to win the Republican nomination for governor of California. Her opponent, Steve Poizner, spent $25 million.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Russia Has Trouble Escaping the Past

Russia has come a long way, but geopolitics in Eastern Europe are still overshadowed by a mutual distrust rooted in World War II.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



Biden Watersports Don’t Inspire Confidence in the Media

What to make of elite journalists trading their quills and cameras for water guns and a few laughs with the White House subjects they’re supposed to be covering? Glenn Greenwald writes that “all of this just helpfully reveals what our nation’s leading ‘journalists’ really are: desperate worshipers ...” (continued)

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



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A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat of Elites

Whether in war or finance, the imperial mentality of elites is increasingly threatening the “unpeople” of the world, as Noam Chomsky writes in his latest book.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Double Bind

The simple truth is that the most important issue facing the nation is not the oil spill, however horrific its effects will be, but the economy.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Marijuana Delivery Services Evade Bans on Dispensaries

A flourishing and unregulated industry of pot delivery services is circumventing bans on storefront dispensaries and bringing medical marijuana directly to homes, offices and more unconventional locations across California, records and interviews show.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE


From Shared Sacrifice to Hedonism

After Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt delivered a national address making eight references to the “sacrifice” that would be needed in the impending war and three mentions of the “self-denial” we would have to endure.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


BP’s Mr. Sunshine

How is it possible that BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward hasn’t been fired? At this point, how can anyone believe a word the man says? If he told me my mother loves me, I’d want a second source.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Ralph Nader on Prop. 14

What Ralph Nader has to say about California’s Prop. 14, Rupert Murdoch’s billion-dollar disaster, and reports and videos on the flotilla raid you won’t find in U.S. media.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


Lawrence Lessig Says Democrats Suck at Free Culture

In this TEDTalk from April, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig argues that Republicans are better at community creativity.

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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Administration Says Yes to New Oil Well in Gulf

With atrocious timing, the Minerals Management Service has approved a new oil well to be drilled off the coast of Louisiana. As decisions go, this one seems dumber than a bag of nails. Why not just build an offshore bucket? There’s plenty of oil in the water these days. You can thank Team Obama, which let a ban on shallow drilling expire, for this bizarre development.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE



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George W. Bush Makes Facebook Friends

The Decider has become The Poker. George W. Bush is officially on Facebook, where he’s now updating fans on his latest post-presidential blunders. We can’t wait to see how he fallows Farmville, makes up words in Scrabble and posts inappropriate comments on Angela Merkel’s wall.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


Cone of Silence









Posted on Jun 2, 2010 ENLARGE    


Intoxicated on Fundraising

“You don’t have to drink. You just have to pay.” Has there ever been a better summary of how Washington works—and the need for campaign finance reform—than this line from a 2007 e-mail?

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Who Runs America’s Response to the Oil Blowout?

The conduct of Barack Obama in the BP affair, and all that preceded it, has become to this writer all but incomprehensible. I cannot imagine a more compelling portrayal of impotence.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Five Reasons Obama Should Take Over BP

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich writes, “If the government can take over giant global insurer AIG and the auto giant General Motors and replace their CEOs, in order to keep them financially solvent, it should be able to put BP’s north American operations into temporary receivership in order to stop one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE



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This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Memorial Day and Our Discontents

Why is it that every Memorial Day we note that a holiday set aside for honoring our war dead has become instead an occasion for beach-going, barbecues and baseball?

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Defending Our Natural Resources From Presidents and Profits

Barack Obama is, in many admirable ways, our most progressive president in decades. But as an environmentalist, let’s face it, he’s no Richard Nixon.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

On Thursday Robert Scheer responded to reader questions and comments about his column “Blame Clinton, Not Paul.” Scheer said, “both Democrats and Republicans have betrayed the interests of black and brown people and those who got stuck with subprime mortgages, and that’s the pressing civil rights issue right now.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


There Goes Palin’s Neighborhood

I’m with Sarah Palin on this one. Her new neighbor, it turns out, is author Joe McGinniss. Coincidence? I think not. McGinniss wrote an unflattering profile of Palin for Portfolio magazine last year, and he’s now writing a book about the former Alaska governor.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Reminder: Live Chat With Robert Scheer at 3 PT

Join Robert Scheer at 3 PM Pacific for a live discussion on Rand Paul and social justice. Can’t make it? Submit a question now and Bob will try to answer during the chat.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



When Oil and Hurricane Mix

What happens when you mix a massive oil spill with a hurricane? When Obama finally decides to negotiate with the Taliban, what will he ask for? And how did Jane Austen become such a big celebrity? Answers to these and other vexing questions after the jump.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


In the Bag









Posted on May 27, 2010 ENLARGE    


The Muddle Oozing From the Gulf

So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government? The answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


What Rand Really Believes

Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding “overexposure.” When he emerges from hiding and explains his most extreme positions, even many Republicans may think twice or three times before they vote for him.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Jonathan Alter: Health Care Puts Obama in FDR’s League

Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter talks about his new book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” and why “Just by getting health care through ... [Barack Obama is] now standing alone with Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson in terms of domestic achievement.”

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Jonathan Alter: Health Care Puts Obama in FDR’s League

Newsweek senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter talks about his new book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” and why “Just by getting health care through ... [Barack Obama is] now standing alone with Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson in terms of domestic achievement.”

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


Palin Refuses to Learn Anything

Sarah Palin has had ample time now, outside the crash course of a presidential campaign, to develop and exhibit some understanding of the issues. Her learning curve, from all the available evidence, is a flat line.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Give Some Answers, Dr. Paul

Not so fast, everybody. Rand Paul can’t abruptly disavow the extremist views on civil rights that he’s been espousing for years and expect us all to just move along.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Petros Giannakouris

The Greeks Get It

Here’s to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


Family Values and Glass Houses

Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians on the one side and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists on the other.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Soul Mates Bork and Paul

That Robert Bork took a stand against the Civil Rights Act in 1963 is bad enough; back then, Bork had plenty of company. That Rand Paul seems to hew to these views in 2010 is as disturbing as it is amazing.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul

Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Political Preschool

In understanding the foibles of politicians, I’ve always found it is a benefit to have spent large amounts of time with toddlers.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


A Smorgasbord, Not a Tea Party

Almost all the shibboleths of Washington conventional wisdom took a hit in Tuesday’s voting. Yet advocates of a single national political narrative keep spinning the same old tale.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Voters Reject Party-Switching Specter

Former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter’s plan to switch parties in order to avoid losing a primary battle didn’t exactly work out. Despite support from the president, Specter lost the Pennsylvania Democratic primary Tuesday.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Fed Up With Israel, Chomsky Will Do Video

Noam Chomsky might have made it through an Israeli border crossing into Palestinian territory on his second attempt, but the aged intellectual, frustrated by what he called Israeli games, has opted instead to deliver his lecture via videoconference.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Throw the Bums Out









Posted on May 18, 2010 ENLARGE


Primaries Show Off Dems’ Diversity

This year’s elections may exacerbate the difference between our two political parties, but not in the way most people are talking about.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us

Imagine an alternate universe in which a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


The Elena Kagan You Won’t See

Brace yourself for several months of occasionally biting but essentially meaningless political theater over the nomination of Solicitor General Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Jerusalem Jews Tell Elie Wiesel to Get Real

You may recall Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s letter urging President Barack Obama to lay off of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem. A group of prominent intellectuals who actually live in the city have written their own withering response, calling Wiesel’s letter a fantasy “replete with factual errors and false representations.”

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Stuck in a Rut









Posted on May 12, 2010 ENLARGE


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