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The Stateless and the State of the Union

That symbol, the empty chair, creates a moment to reflect on who else wasn’t seated in that august gallery in the Capitol, like the undocumented immigrants rounded up in the New Year’s raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Obama Offers a First Draft of His Legacy in Last State of the Union Speech

The president claimed he had the long view in sight when he addressed both houses of Congress, as well as the American people, in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. But much of the work of his final appeal had to do with securing his legacy and boosting his party in the near future. 

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



In His Last Year, Can Obama Complete the Unfinished Business of Gun Control?

The president’s recent executive actions—spurred by mass shootings that seem to be endless—promise to breathe new life into the debate on gun control. But will Congress act?

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Rides a Big Wave of Disgust

For Democrats who might be rooting for the Republican presidential contender, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Announces Executive Action Plan for Gun Control

President Obama is well aware that he faces one of the biggest battles of his White House tenure in taking up the gun control issue, but on Tuesday, he exercised his executive authority and moved to restrict sales of certain kinds of firearms.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



In Address About San Bernardino Attack, President Obama Lays Out Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State

Obama sought to convince Americans, including his opponents, that he is capable of handling this phase of the global conflict by pressing forward with a multipart strategy.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

President Barack Obama has yet to fulfill the promise he made in his Jan. 22, 2009, executive order to shut the Guantanamo Bay detention camp “no later than one year from the date of this order.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump and Ben Carson: The Outsiders Have Found Their Way In

Why haven’t Trump and Carson faded away? Because they’re saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Cost of Obamacare’s Most Popular Insurance Plan Is Set to Rise 13 Percent

Premiums for some plans in the exchanges set up by the so-called Affordable Care Act will have double-digit rate hikes in 2016.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is on Cuba

Millions of Americans believe that President Obama has normalized relations with Cuba and ended over 50 years of American efforts to strangle its economy. So they might have been puzzled by the U.S.’ opposition to a recent U.N. resolution.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama Scores With Budget Deal Draft Despite Congressional Pushback

President Obama may soon be rounding the final bend of his presidency, but he apparently hasn’t lost his ability to push contested legislation through the congressional gantlet.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



For Clock-Building Texas Teen, an Episode of Prejudice Winds Up in a White House Invitation

Texas freshman Ahmed Mohamed’s engineering project should have met with high marks and encouragement from his high school’s authorities, but instead the 14-year-old Muslim’s creation, a carefully wired clock housed in a pencil case, landed him in handcuffs earlier this week.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Still Think ‘Reverse Racism’ Exists? Here’s Why You’re Wrong.

New York media company NowThis News teamed up with The Huffington Post to release a handy video that explains why anyone crying out “reverse racism” should stop.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: President Obama on Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: ‘New Orleans Is Coming Back’

Those hoping for a nuanced takedown of the response to the epic catastrophe that washed away much of what the city once was will have to look elsewhere for that sort of thing.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



In Alternative Energy Tussle, Obama Takes On Kochs, Fossil Fuel Companies

President Obama is letting it be known that he isn’t on the same side as David and Charles Koch and Big Oil when it comes to their approach to keeping consumers hooked on fossil fuels and discouraging them from exploring other options.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Bet

Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Donald Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jon Stewart Reveals the Truth About His Not-So-Secret Meetings With President Obama

After a media storm over allegedly secret meetings at the White House, Jon Stewart admits that President Obama was probably trying to influence him. It turns out Obama’s not the only president to have summoned Stewart, however.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Calls for Overhaul of Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, fresh off the news of a successful nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama turned his attention to another fraught issue, this one on the domestic front.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



A Little Slavery and Some Mass Graves Won’t Deter Obama From the TPP

After the Obama administration and congressional Republicans failed last month to delete from the controversial trade deal language banning trade with countries on a State Department human trafficking list, the president appears to have simply reclassified an offending nation.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE



Who Controls Iraq: President Obama or Islamic State?

Don’t feel bad if you’re confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn’t seem to know, either—or else he won’t say.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why Federal Disaster Relief Money Poses a Bit of Awkwardness for Texas

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested—and President Obama has granted—federal help.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Call for Reparations Rises Again

In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive “40 acres and a mule” to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves’ descendants is coming back to life.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU 2015: Obama Sets the Tone for His Final Stretch

President Obama will face two Republican-controlled chambers of Congress during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Poised to Veto Keystone Pipeline Legislation

He might be viewed by some as a lame duck cornered by an antagonistic Congress eager to shut him down, but President Obama is apparently still willing to flex his executive powers when it comes to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would stretch from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



No Winners in Ray Rice’s Game

What happens behind closed doors—or rather closing doors—does not always stay behind them.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE


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Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE


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President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 12, 2014 ENLARGE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


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