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Ted Cruz, Not Donald Trump, Could Become the GOP’s Nominee

Trump clearly has maintained his stranglehold on the media and certain swaths of the American population since he arrived, all bombast and swagger, on the 2016 election scene back in June. But according to The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, Trump is actually not the one to watch—or beat.

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As Trump Surges, New Polls Underscore Corporate Media’s ‘Bernie Blackout’

“The [corporate]-owned media may not like Bernie’s anti-establishment views, but for the sake of American democracy they must allow for a fair debate in this presidential campaign.”

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Hear a Network CEO Revel in the Amazing Profits of Candidates ‘Throwing Crap at Each Other’ (Audio)

An inside look at why the corporate media egg on Trump’s divisive—and lucrative—braggadocio, in the words of Les Moonves, chief executive of CBS Corp.

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Trump’s ‘Muslim Policy’ Conjures Up Demons From Fascism’s History

If you think it’s impossible for a demagogue to seize control and destroy American democracy, think again. Trump’s hate-filled call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S. appeals to many angry and scared Americans.

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Obama’s ‘Suspected Terrorists’ Gun Ban Makes for Great Sound Bite but Terrible Policy

To achieve gun control, Democrats should embrace principle, not repackage Bush-era civil liberty abuses to troll the GOP.

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With Anti-Muslim Bombast, Trump Doubles Down on ‘Fascist Demagoguery’

“The truth is his language is dangerous,” Bernie Sanders and other critics say.

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Private GOP Memo Suggests That a Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning

“Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave,” the leaked message from the campaign arm for Senate Republicans declares.

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Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

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Why Hate Speech by Presidential Candidates Is Just Plain Despicable

Hate crimes will never be eliminated entirely. But this doesn’t absolve the politicians who have been fueling hatefulness.

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The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

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To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP’s Political Correctness Dodge

The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



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How Did Our Presidential Election Process Become a Circus?

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader in the coming years, yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Big Debate Gaffe: Bizarrely Linking Her Wall Street Donors to 9/11 Reconstruction

Bernie Sanders attacked her Wall Street reforms and donor base. Some in the media are predicting Clinton’s response will come back to haunt her.

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The Winner of the GOP Debate: Foolish Economic Policy

The real headline from this week’s Republican debate wasn’t that the candidates clashed over immigration and national security. It was that they agreed on economic policies that have proved unpopular and unwise—and that may make the eventual nominee unelectable.

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Even War Has Rules

Neither of the two recent Doctors Without Borders hospital attacks has been mentioned in any of the U.S. presidential debates or forums. Doesn’t anyone remember the Geneva Conventions?

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GOP Debate Primer: It’s Fox Business Time

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s team is still talking tough, despite the fact that their boss has been forced to join the warmup act in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Fox Business is hoping Maria Bartiromo and her co-moderators will be the “anti-CNBC”—but will Ben Carson agree?

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Donald Trump on ‘SNL’: Further Proof that Realiticians Are Running the Show

Then there was that time that a billionaire-real-estate-tycoon-turned-reality-television-magnate-turned-presidential-candidate broke recent network records with his hosting stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” thus ensuring that high ratings would boost him in his bid to buy his way into the White House. It’s all about ratings, right?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Republican Explains How His Party Descended Into Insanity and Chaos

The other night I phoned a former GOP congressmen with whom I’d worked on legislation in the ’90s. I wanted his take on something: Are the presidential hopefuls really as weird as they seem?

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Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

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The GOP Debate: Don’t Blame It All on the Moderators

The Republican debates have been a disaster for some candidates, a boon for others and an uninspiring spectacle for the nation to witness—and the questioners have come in for some questioning themselves. In the latest faceoff, the moderators’ queries may have been confrontational, but they weren’t crazy.

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VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Debuts First Campaign Ad

Called “Real Change,” the ad casts Sanders as a principled and down-to-earth populist leader with the backing of millions of individual donors and a determination to take on Wall Street.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

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AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power

By Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



8 Lies, Distortions and Misrepresentations From the Third GOP Debate

The debates took place in an alternate reality, where facts are made up on the spot.

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Was the Third GOP Debate Jeb Bush’s Last Stand?

The evening in Boulder, Colo., will be remembered for interruptions, non sequiturs, mangled facts and general chaos. But the most significant impact may have been to dramatically lengthen the odds that Bush will follow his father and brother into the White House.

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The Third GOP Presidential Debate: Leaner, Probably Meaner and on the Money

Much has transpired between the last Republican presidential debate and the third installment of what The New York Times rightly called “the nation’s favorite reality TV show,” on tap Wednesday evening.

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Among the Current Crop of Presidential Candidates, Who Exhibits Leadership and Who Doesn’t?

America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can declare himself or herself a candidate for the presidency—which makes it all the more important that we distinguish leaders from demagogues.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Ben Carson Says He’s Against Abortion in All Cases, Makes Slavery Comparison

The Republican presidential candidate isn’t shy about making comparisons with slavery in order to draw attention to present-day socio-political issues in America, and during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he invoked that historical disgrace once again in reference to abortion.

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VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Defends Her Legacy as Secretary of State at Benghazi Hearing

Hillary Clinton showed up ready Thursday for hours of questions before the House Select Committee on Benghazi to defend her actions as secretary of state during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Updated

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Why Didn’t Joe Biden Run for President?

There are obvious political explanations but only one reason for his decision not to throw his hat in the ring.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Joe Biden Announces He Won’t Run for President

After weeks of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, the vice president gave pundits and Democratic candidates something concrete to work with: He won’t be joining the lineup of Democratic presidential hopefuls for the 2016 election.

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The People vs. Citizens United: 7 Steps to Reversing Runaway Political Spending

The struggle against the corporate stranglehold on our democracy won’t be conducted in courtrooms or legislatures. It will arise from below, in organized, mass demands for change.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP Was Right to Fear Hillary Clinton

Before all the craziness—before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates—Republicans’ biggest fear about next year’s election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.

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The Moon: Who Will Lead It?

He already thinks he hung it, so Donald Trump would be a natural leader for Jeb Bush’s future moon colony.

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Casino Capitalism: Democrats and Republicans Gamble With Democracy

“We are live at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas!” So opened the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 electoral season—that’s right, in a Las Vegas casino.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed the First Democratic Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

For those of you who didn’t have a chance to watch the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race on CNN on Tuesday night, here’s an 18-minute clip that can get you caught up.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Will the Democratic Debate Expose the Gulf Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton?

And will the moderator and his colleagues ask tough questions on issues like Wall Street accountability, campaign finance reform and health care?

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Joe Biden’s Camp Confirms He’ll Be a No-Show at Tuesday’s Debate

Vice President Joe Biden might still be planning to try to take over for boss Barack Obama in 2016, but for now he’s apparently going to keep us all guessing. 

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Tuesday’s Debate: Can Bernie Sanders Show the Country He’s Presidential Material?

Plenty is at stake and there are many reasons to tune in. For Sanders, the big challenge will be demonstrating he’s not merely a darling of the progressive left but has the vision, capacity and skills to lead the nation at a tough time.

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VIDEO: Newt Gingrich: GOP Can’t ‘Starve’ Trump, Dems May Pick ‘First Open Socialist in Modern Times’

Newt Gingrich got out his crystal ball to make his prognostications about the 2016 presidential contest. So what did the former GOP speaker of the House see?

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Go Ahead, Back Hillary Clinton and Forget All About Her Record

The candidate has been profoundly wrong on the two most pressing issues of our time—economic injustice and unbridled militarism—and seems incapable of learning from her dangerous errors in judgment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: No, Donald Trump, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be More Stable Under Saddam and Other Dictators

Donald Trump alleged this weekend that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still around or Bashar al-Assad could be restored in Syria.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



What Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Tells Us About the GOP

Rep. McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” But why?

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: ‘Respectable’ Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory

And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



10 Best Satirical Campaigns for President of the United States

They’re not much more ridiculous than the real thing, but in general they’re a lot more entertaining.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



What People Around the World Think of America After Trump’s Bewildering Rise

Americans are no strangers to embarrassing exports. But when it comes to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, we may have outdone ourselves.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE


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