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VIDEO: Missed the Eighth GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

If you didn’t have a chance to watch the Republican debate Saturday night, or simply want a refresher, here are some of the most important moments.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Celebrates ‘Happy Ending’ of Iowa Caucus

By Janet Allon / AlterNet

“Tonight we finally find out who has been elected president of Iowa.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Rhetorical Terror: GOP Candidates Pledge War Crimes, Carpet-Bombing and Asian Land Wars (Video)

At the Trumpless GOP debate last week, the candidates once again promised to bankrupt us with military and intelligence spending and to commit vast war crimes—with reckless disregard for the lives of women, children and noncombatant men—of the sort not openly plotted since the demise of the Axis powers in 1943-45.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



The Seventh GOP Debate: Let’s See Some Identity, Please

With just four days to go before the Iowa caucuses, the stakes haven’t been higher for Republican presidential hopefuls. Can any candidate, present or absent, rescue the Republican Party? Seven of them were on hand in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday night to claim they were up for that job. Updated

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Consultant for a Day

The value of free advice is measured by what you pay for it, and Republicans don’t usually ask me for mine. Nonetheless, the GOP’s presidential race is one of the most fascinating political brawls in years. It’s about to hit full stride, and I can’t resist kibitzing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



The GOP Will Be Changed Forever

History will remember 2015 as the year when The Republican Party As We Knew It was destroyed by Donald Trump. An entity called the GOP will survive—but can never be the same.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


Republi-Claus Is Coming to Town: A Truthdig Holiday Animation

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Stocking

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Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



Playing TV Tough Guys

It was billed as a foreign policy debate, but Tuesday’s encounter among Republican presidential candidates was in large part an acting competition over who could convey the impression of being the baddest, meanest foe of the terrorists—and of Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


Fifth GOP Debate

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Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed Tuesday’s GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

If you didn’t have a chance to watch CNN’s Republican debate, or simply want a refresher, here are some of the most important moments.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Rand Paul Leaves Turkey Out of Refugee Calculation

In Tuesday’s GOP debate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said “no one” in the Middle East is doing anything to accommodate the refugees fleeing war in the region. He must have missed Turkey, which has spent $7.6 billion caring for 2.2 million Syrians since the outbreak of civil war.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 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


VIDEO: Missed the Fourth GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

Don’t want to sift through all the video footage of Tuesday night’s Republican debate? Here are some of the highlights to get you caught up on the headlines.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



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?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 2, 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



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.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


Debate Prep

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Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Trump, Carson, Rand Paul and Other GOP Candidates Defy the Constitution with Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE


Trump Vaxxer

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When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

The Republican rejection of reality—which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come—inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Is It Possible to Out-Trump Donald Trump?

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump’s inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

Posted on Aug 20, 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



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



’Twas the Week Before the Republican Debate

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Sen. Rand Paul Will ‘Try to Force a Vote’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE


The Gospel of Denial

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Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



You Can Call Him Jeb!

Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb Bush has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn’t everyone else quaking in fear?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE


GOP Punchline

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Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE


Send In the Republicans

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Feeding Frenzy

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

These strange bedfellows, who share the view that unrestricted government spying is a violation of the Constitution, were the major forces in ending the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and passing the USA Freedom Act.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


Spy in the Sky

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Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


Too Many Republican Presidential Candidates

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Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: If the Patriot Act Is Working So Poorly, Why Are These Guys Adamant We Have to Keep It?

Though it seems our nation did not collapse after the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, some politicians would have you believe the end is drawing nigh. The “Daily Show” host, however, begs to differ.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Dear NSA: This Call Will Not Be Recorded

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Islamic State Advances

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss who is responsible for allowing Islamic State to renew its offensive in Iraq and Syria. Sen. Rand Paul blames hawkish Republicans, while Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says Iraqis lack the will to fight.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE


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