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AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Bernie Sanders Explains Why Congress Fears Citizens United

Senator Bernie Sanders has a much more sophisticated take on political corruption than the conventional view of campaign reformers.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Christopher Hitchens: Reason in Revolt

What zeal this man had to eviscerate the conceits of the powerful, whether their authority derived from wealth, the state or a claim to the ear of the divine.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


Banana Republicans’ Assault on Democracy

In a speech last week to the Heritage Foundation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell used that war on terror-flavored jeremiad about an existential “threat” to describe a grassroots effort aimed at electing presidents via a national popular vote.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Rest in Peace, Comrade

Christopher Hitchens died Thursday of esophageal cancer. He was, in the words of The Washington Post, “master of the contrarian essay” and, as his home publication Vanity Fair describes him, “a wit, a charmer and a troublemaker.” (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The New Newt

Despite living most of his adult life in Washington, D.C., Newt Gingrich does not have many friends among his neighbors.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE


Go Away Trump









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White House / Pete Souza

Human Rights Watch Says Obama Will Go Down in History—and Not in a Good Way

President Obama’s decision to not veto the defense authorization bill, which “would codify indefinite detention without trial into U.S. law for the first time since the McCarthy era,” is a “historic tragedy,” Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

A Huntsman Moment?

Jon Huntsman could pull off a Granite State miracle if Republicans see him as a winner (and a real conservative), and independents view him as the sane guy in a preposterous crowd (and a moderate).

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Germany Dominates Europe Once Again

Germany, as we all know, is a problem—especially a disproportionately powerful and united Germany. (Update)

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



America the Battlefield

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass a measure to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the “war on terror,” allowing the U.S. military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



April and Randy (CC-BY-ND)

Krugman Calls It a Depression

The Nobel Prize-winning economist writes in his New York Times column Sunday that even though “it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression,” people continue to suffer without work and we should call the thing by its name.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE


Death of Internet Democracy









Posted on Dec 11, 2011 ENLARGE


Madame Pelosi









Posted on Dec 10, 2011 ENLARGE



Obama Still of Two Minds on Gay Rights

While the Obama administration has spoken up for gay rights, it has yet to support gay marriage; Kevin Spacey has been heckling noisy audience members in his role as Richard III; meanwhile, L.A. and Occupy L.A. have come to a similar consensus about corporate personhood: It needs to go! These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Reinvention









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AP / Jae C. Hong

War With Iran? School Prayer? Just More Republican Campaign Promises

Newt Gingrich might drag us into a war with Iran on the side of Israel. Rick Perry seems to envision the United States as a conservative Christian theocracy. No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Reality Show Gets Weirder and Weirder

I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Square Deal

President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


Newt Tidings









Posted on Dec 6, 2011 ENLARGE


Nott Romney









Posted on Dec 6, 2011 ENLARGE


Hillary and Aung San Suu Kyi









Posted on Dec 6, 2011 ENLARGE


All I Want for Christmas









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Mittbott









Posted on Dec 5, 2011 ENLARGE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Trump? The Republican Primary Is Now Officially a Gong Show

Marketing genius is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Donald J. Trump’s newest incarnation as the announced host—he can hardly be called a “moderator”—of a post-Christmas Republican debate sponsored by Newsmax, the conservative magazine.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE


Islamic Spring









Posted on Dec 4, 2011 ENLARGE


U.S. Regrets Friendly Fire Deaths in Pakistan









Posted on Dec 3, 2011 ENLARGE


Cain’s Toast









Posted on Dec 3, 2011 ENLARGE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

The Sayings of Chairman Barney

"I’m used to being in the minority," he said. "I’m a left-handed gay Jew."

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE


Naughty Herman Cain









Posted on Dec 1, 2011 ENLARGE


Dual Trigger Double Barrel









Posted on Dec 1, 2011 ENLARGE



AP / Dan Steinberg

You Can Arrest an Idea

Count the liberal mayor of Los Angeles as one of those apologists for suppressing truth in the name of civic order.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Let’s Talk About Inequality, Baby

Occupy has opened up the conversation about economic inequality in the U.S.; UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has had her hand in more than just the UC system; and a woman says she had an affair with Herman Cain for more than a decade. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

Cheering for the Chinese

Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we’re hearing about China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Pants on Fire









Posted on Nov 29, 2011 ENLARGE


New Slogan for Cain









Posted on Nov 29, 2011 ENLARGE



AP / David Goldman

Below the Safety Net

The courageous people who work day and night in overcrowded urban emergency wards are forced to confront society’s failures.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Teenager Refuses Orders to Apologize to Conservative Governor

Emma Sullivan, 18, says she will not write an apology to Sam Brownback after telling her roughly 65 followers on Twitter that the Kansas governor sucks. Sullivan has gained thousands of additional followers since her high school principal ordered her to apologize to Brownback.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


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