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Obama Talks Religion and Politics

In this June 2006 speech before a Chicago congregation, Sen. Barack Obama opens up about his past struggles with religion, his eventual commitment to Christianity, and his belief that spirituality and politics can enrich and complement each other. 

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy Giuliani
AP Photo / Gary Kazanjian

The Ghost of Giuliani’s Political Past

Rudy Giuliani is often presented as a political moderate whose thriving presidential campaign need only negotiate the hurdle of a conservative primary, but his pre-9/11 record as New York’s mayor—particularly his policies toward working-class and minority residents—should greatly alarm progressives.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Bush Turns to a Trusted Source

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Iraq oil
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Iraq Nears Oil Sharing Deal

The Iraqi Cabinet has approved an oil revenue sharing plan that would divide profits among the provinces based on population, and allow foreign oil companies unprecedented access to Iraq’s reserves. Distributing the wealth of Iraq’s natural resources has been a major political obstacle, as most of the nation’s current oil fields are in Shiite territory.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Pariah or Prophet?

Many have dismissed Ralph Nader’s recurring candidacy as an “ego trip,” but veteran journalist Chris Hedges argues that the activist and agitator has in fact taken a consistent and necessary stand against the consumer fraud of American politics.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


The Character Assassin

Even as jurors pondered whether Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff should be convicted of lying about what the Bush administration did to smear one of its critics, there was Cheney accusing another adversary of doing the work of the terrorists.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Thurmond and Sharpton
whdh.com

Genealogists Uncover Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond Connection

The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Slim Pickings for Christian Right

The Rev. Jerry Falwell held a hush-hush summit earlier this month with other conservative Republicans from the Council for National Policy to discuss the 2008 presidential race.  The exclusive group is facing a status downgrade when the Bush years end and can’t find anyone in the lineup of candidates who clearly fits the council’s bill.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Talabani
news.bbc.co.uk

Iraq President Hospitalized

After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture—he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


Media Ignore Lieberman’s Caucus Fickleness

According to Media Matters, several media outlets noted a statement Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman made to Time magazine that there is a “very remote possibility” he will stop caucusing with Senate Democrats but failed to mention his pre-election promises to continue to caucus with them.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007 READ MORE


The Turning Point

The co-editor of the American Empire Project book series and author of “Every Man a Speculator” brings a historical perspective to the 2006 election, and the coming battle for the presidency.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Grow Up or Get Out

The childish feud between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this week trampled over the real issues while giving Republicans a pass. The two Democratic front-runners had better move beyond self-obsessed pettiness—and fast—or they risk handing the election to the GOP.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Senate Dems Try New Tack

Senate Democrats have given up pushing a nonbinding anti-escalation resolution, and instead will try to limit the scope of military operations in Iraq, the first step, they say, in ending the war. Meanwhile, the House plans to pursue a different strategy altogether, hoping to choke off the supply of troops to the Iraq grinder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton to Antiwar Voters: Bring It On

The senator’s attitude toward critics is reminiscent of Bush’s famous invitation to terrorists, and may prove to be just as big a blunder.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


Right-Wingers Have Repented, but The Times Hasn’t

Even with the benefit of years of hindsight, The New York Times has failed to accept responsibility for its role in hyping the phony Whitewater accusations against the Clintons.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Let’s Get Out of the 2002 Trap

Primary voters and pundits should stop browbeating Clinton over her Iraq war vote and instead take a hard look at her and the other candidates’ plans for Iraq.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


The Perils of Cyberbaggage

Politicians know all too well the impact the blogosphere can have on their careers, but bloggers themselves are discovering their words can come back to haunt them.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
msnbc.com

Clinton and Obama Feud

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious. Update: More quotes from the feud.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
globeweeklynews.com

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Iraq War Vote

Hillary Clinton is apparently so concerned with the specter of flip-flopping she will never apologize for her vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Speaking at a recent campaign event, the candidate herself said, “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.” Indeed, there are.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Libby Trial Reveals Cheney’s Upset

There can be no doubt after multiple witnesses and now audio recordings from Libby himself that the White House was hopping mad about Joe Wilson’s assertion that the administration cherry-picked intelligence to make the case for war. On the tapes, Libby describes the vice president as “upset” and “disturbed” over what he considered a political assault.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Hillary Prepares to Join the Conversation

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McCain and Hagel

McCain vs. Hagel

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., took turns trash-talking each other’s Iraq proposals on Sunday’s “This Week.” Hagel threw McCain’s words back at him, calling his benchmark plan for Iraq “disingenuous,” while McCain said that, other than his own, “they’re all bad options….”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Super Bowl Edition: Dave Meggysey, James Harris and Robert and Joshua Scheer

Former All-America linebacker and author Dave Meggysey joins James Harris, Robert Scheer and Joshua Scheer for a discussion on the NFL’s racist history, the black coach milestone and more in this special Super Bowl edition of the Truthdig podcast. 

Posted on Feb 3, 2007 READ MORE


Berlusconi and Wife
washingtonpost.com

Hell Hath No Fury Like an Italian Woman Scorned

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his job thanks to his support of the Iraq war and alleged abuses of power, but he had another headache altogether this week. In a letter that appeared on the front page of a major newspaper, Berlusconi’s wife browbeat him for his public flirtations and demanded an apology—which she got.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Even Barney Won’t Play

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Al Franken
realcities.com

Franken Decides to Run for Senate

Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Molly Ivins
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

A Tribute to Molly

  • Robert Scheer remembers the irreplaceable voice and generous spirit of Truthdig’s most beloved columnist.
  • Anthony Zurcher, a longtime editor and friend, says goodbye and pays tribute to Ivins’ life, work and wisdom.
  • Plus: Molly Ivins’ last column—a stirring call to action against the war.

  • Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    csus.edu

    We’ll Miss You, Molly

    Molly Ivins died today at the age of 62. As a veteran journalist and columnist, Molly’s sharp tongue and stubborn determination to cut through the bull and fight for what’s right touched the lives of millions. America is poorer for her absence.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Nancy Pelosi
    npr.org

    Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

    Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    AP Photo / Seth Wenig

    Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

    Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    berkeley.edu

    Get Well Soon, Molly

    Fans of Molly Ivins have probably noticed that her work has been absent from this page and others in recent weeks. Unfortunately, Molly’s battle with cancer has forced her to take a break from her crusade against the war. Our thoughts and hearts are with her at this difficult time.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Cheney’s Alter Ego

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    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton
    nytimes.com

    Hillary Jokes About Bill’s Bad Behavior

    While speaking at a rally in Iowa, Hillary Clinton tried out a tactic she may come to rely on during the campaign—humor. Responding to a question about the bad men of the world, Clinton made a veiled reference to her notorious marital difficulties, and sent the crowd into an uproar.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Raleb Majadele
    knesset.gov.il

    Historic Appointment for Israel

    For the first time in its history, the Israeli government has named an Arab Muslim to the Cabinet. Raleb Majadele said his promotion was the first step to giving Israel’s 20 percent Arab minority a “feeling of belonging.”

    Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer, James Harris and Joshua Scheer on Alternative Energy, the State of the Union and More

    Robert Scheer joins Truthdig contributors James Harris and Joshua Scheer for a conversation on the State of the Union, alternative energy, Nancy Pelosi, Iraq, Oakland and more.

    Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


    Bush
    nialler9

    How to Put Impeachment Back on the Table

    Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman writes in The Nation that in the year since she called for Bush’s impeachment, the case against him has only gotten stronger. Just because Nancy Pelosi has taken impeachment off the table, Holtzman argues, doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen.

    Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


    ENTER_ALT_TEXT

    Hagel Puts the Senate to Shame

    Chuck Hagel has been on a tear lately, but it’s hard to beat this stirring indictment of the war and its enablers: “These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad are not beans. They’re real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we’re doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder. We better be as sure as you can be.”

    Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


    Minimum-Wage Boost Stalled in Senate

    The first minimum-wage increase in 10 years took a hit in the Senate Wednesday, failing to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. Republicans have been fighting to include tax cuts for businesses, and will probably succeed unless the Dems can get six more defections.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Even Republicans Resist Bush Appeal

    Despite his State of the Union plea to give the Iraq war another chance, the president is suffering defections from his own party, including a number of GOP senators who have emboldened Democrats in their fight against Bush’s planned escalation of the war.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


    Jim Webb

    Democrats’ Response to State of the Union: ‘We Will Be Showing Him the Way’

    During his response to President Bush’s State of the Union address, Sen. Jim Webb (shown above with congressional leaders Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi) referred to the crises of division and war faced by two of history’s better Republican presidents, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, and then issued an ultimatum to the current occupant of the White House. Watch it.

    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


    Powell: State of the Union

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    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


    All the News That’s Fit to Skip

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    ENTER_ALT_TEXT
    From Haaretz.com

    Israeli President to be Charged With Rape

    The office of the attorney general of Israel intends to charge President Moshe Katsav with rape and abuse of power. He will be allowed to present his case before charges are filed. Katsav has indicated he might resign if indicted.

    Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


    Bill Richardson
    governor.state.nm.us

    Another Potential ‘First’ Joins the Race

    Add another potential milestone to the growing list: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) is running for president. Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic president if elected, also served as energy secretary and a diplomat.

    Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


    Webb
    BradBlog.com

    Brad Friedman: Stop Whining and Start Leading

    If Congress wants to be treated like a coequal branch of government, it has to act like one, and Bush’s State of the Union address is the perfect time to start.  Pictured above, Sen. Jim Webb, who will deliver the Democratic response to the president’s speech.

    Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


    Hugo Chavez
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Chavez Consolidates Power

    Hugo Chavez has won preliminary approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The Venezuelan president has said he intends to enact sweeping reforms, including the elimination of term limits for the president and the nationalization of some key industries.

    Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Our Iraqi Friends Befriend Our Enemies

    Should the United States attack Iran, which side would the Iraqi government support? The answer to that simple question is far from clear, despite the thousands of lives and billions of dollars we have sacrificed to support the ruling coalition in Baghdad.

    Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Senators Hijack Minimum-Wage Increase

    Senate Democrats and Republicans have shamelessly joined in a bipartisan effort to pad the well-off at the expense of the working poor.

    Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


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