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Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman

By Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino
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America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

By David Armstrong and Joseph J. Trento
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Votes

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Frankenstorm Election

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Republicans, Racism and Romney

Romney’s campaign is benefiting from racism among voters; Catalonia’s cry for independence is inspiring violent threats from Spanish institutions; meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” immense popularity reflects the modern sexual condition. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE


Debate Tuesday

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Steady Leadership

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Debate Fallout

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Campaign Drones

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Elections

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Election 2012

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Cuts to Medicare

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Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE


Obama Is Going to Win

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Steroids

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Voter ID Laws

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Paul Ryan

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The Diplomat

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Romney’s British Bankers Dinner

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Romney and Obamacare

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Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Say ‘Hi-Ho!’ as They Strip-Search You

Reflecting on his arrest with Kurt Vonnegut while protesting apartheid outside the South African consulate in the early 1980s, David Lindorff, founder of the news blog This Can’t Be Happening, says he and the author might be treated differently if they were arrested today.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Youth and Revolution

The rough mobilization and confrontation that have occurred at every juncture in Egypt’s post-revolutionary evolution is happening again as the first true presidential election in the nation’s long history approaches.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Unimpressed With North Korea’s Missile-Launching Prowess

North Korea’s missile launch Friday didn’t quite go as planned, as the country’s $850 million (or so) show of military technology fizzled out after a couple of minutes.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Egyptians Rally Against Suleiman

Of all the people to step in and take the still-revolutionizing nation of Egypt to another level in its post-Arab Spring era, former President Hosni Mubarak’s intelligence chief Omar Suleiman probably isn’t the man for the job.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



Slouching Toward Washington

Mark Edward Taylor’s “Branding Obamessiah: The Rise of an American Idol” lays out the six sacred branding strategies—taken from the world of advertising—used to turn a mere mortal from Chicago into the image of an American savior.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitt’s It: Santorum Bows Out

After a long primary season involving sudden upswings and fizzles, plus a couple of comebacks, there is little room left for doubt that Mitt Romney is going to be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now that his biggest competition, in the form of the sweater vest containing Rick Santorum, has dropped out of the contest.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 READ MORE


White House Easter Egg Hunt Leftover

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama, Candidate in Chief

President Obama shifts into full campaign mode as Romney inches closer to inevitability in his race to become the Republican nominee. In his day job as sitting president, Obama faced some setbacks from SCOTUS and a weaker-than-expected jobs report.

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AP/Carolyn Kaster

Women as Wedge Issue

It’s high election season, and that means the leaders in this year’s presidential battle need a good wedge issue or two to get voters all exercised and in touch with their innermost convictions (read: Get them to the polls). Why not seek that in the collective form of roughly half the nation’s population?

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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New Job Numbers for March Don’t Meet Expectations

This would feel like horse-race politics, employment edition, if only the stakes weren’t so high: The Department of Labor released employment data on Friday for the month of March, and the results didn’t match more optimistic projections for the blustery month.

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Obama’s (Smaller) Army of Volunteers

The night after President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act was being mercilessly attacked by U.S. Supreme Court conservatives, I was surprised to find a group of Obama volunteers cheerfully gathered in a nondescript office building east of Los Angeles to make phone calls for the president’s campaign.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney Blasts Obama’s Rhetoric as Editors Look On

Mitt Romney sure is acting like a man who has it in the bag, and he practically does after racking up more wins lately in the GOP primary sweepstakes. That means, of course, that it’s time to show President Obama what he’s got, and on Wednesday he threw down by accusing Obama of ... “rhetorical excess.” Wait, what?

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


Sinking Gingrich Calls for One More Debate

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Why Can’t Ron Paul Get More Traction?

He doesn’t lack enthusiastic supporters, nor is his campaign short on cash, and he’s galvanized scores of younger voters. So why isn’t Ron Paul able to clinch the Republican presidential nomination—or even come within spitting distance—this time around?

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Medvedev to Romney: Get With the 2012 Program

When American politicians have flashbacks to a Cold War mentality, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is ready with a comeback and a friendly reminder to quit it with the ’70s nostalgia, as he did Tuesday in response to a comment Mitt Romney made the day before about Russia being America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Print Press Defects From Gingrich Camp

For presidential hopefuls, surely this is an unmistakable sign of impending apocalypse: GOP contender Newt Gingrich, who was not so long ago enjoying an improbable—and ultimately ephemeral—streak of campaign success, now finds himself free of those pesky embedded print reporters. 

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama’s Private Missile Talk With Medvedev Goes Public

During what he apparently thought was a private huddle with his Russian counterpart at a nuclear summit meeting in Seoul, South Korea, President Barack Obama was caught in a hot-mic moment, giving Dmitry Medvedev an election-year pointer on the delicate subject of missile defense.

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AP / Sue Ogrocki

Jeb Bush Throws In for Romney

It’s not exactly a bold or risky move at this point—more like he knows which way the wind blows—but former Florida governor and current Bush clan member Jeb Bush has pledged his support to Mitt Romney’s campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Steven Senne

Romney Foresees an Economic Comeback

Maybe he should hold this kind of optimistic talk until after the election, but on Monday, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said he thinks things are looking up for our recession-ravaged economy. Just not as much as they would have been had he been in charge over these last three years.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Going for Brokered?

Who benefits if Republicans head to Tampa, Fla., at the end of August without a decisive winner? President Obama’s poll numbers are down with gas prices up. But what can he do about it?

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE


Surprise

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Hollywood Democrats Wary of Super PACs

With less than eight months until Election Day, President Obama is getting trounced in the super PAC department—partly by design, as Obama only recently capitulated to this democratically challenged trend, but also because certain members of a particular class of Democratic donor aren’t too keen on giving money this way if it contributes to a larger problem.

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Sarkozy Slapped With the Ultimate French Slight

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has already famously been called “Sarko the American,” but the campaign team behind his challenger François Hollande (pictured) found another brand of international insult to toss at the incumbent and see if it sticks in time to do damage at the polls in April.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE


Candidates on Iran

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AP / Lawrence Jackson

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Since he first entered elected office more than 40 years ago, Dennis Kucinich has proved time and again to be an indefatigable fighter and principled politician—a rare creature indeed—who never forgot where he came from or those for whom he was responsible.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Campaigning Dems Register Higher on the Obamameter

Whatever President Obama is doing to reinstate closer ties with some high-profile members of his party is working, at least when it comes to congressional Democrats looking to extend their stays on Capitol Hill. So what’s his winning strategy?

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

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Putin Rival Warns of Arab Spring for Russia

If Vladimir Putin, the expected winner of Russia’s upcoming presidential election, isn’t careful, he may face the kind of upsurge in revolt that occurred a year ago in Tunisia, Egypt and other nations when the regional sea change we now know as the Arab Spring took hold. So says Putin’s former ally and now rival, Sergei Mironov.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Where President Romney Would Take Us

The Republicans want to make the presidential race about values, which they define as returning the nation to Victorian morality, laissez faire economics and a heavy dose of conservative Christian theology.

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Montana Judge Caught Up in Racist Email Controversy

It’s an election year, and that means it’s time for the ugliest sides of humanity to come trotting out, and not just in candidates’ debates and ads or on Fox News. Thanks to the Interwebs, we now can also look forward to hearing about some less-than-noble sentiments shared in forwarded emails.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Make Your Vote Count for Socialism

Stewart Alexander believes fair elections are worth a fair fight and he’s asking for your vote. The Occupy Wall Street movement encouraged a more honest discussion of class and capitalism in this country, but Alexander is not simply a critic of big banks and high finance.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


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