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‘Left, Right & Center’: CIA Torture Report, Congressional Spending Bill

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on torture. Scheer says it calls into question whether there are “inalienable rights that human beings have by virtue of being human.” Also, Congress struggles with the year-end omnibus spending bill.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Police Troubles and Rolling Stone’s Apology

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider the grand jury’s clearing of a white police officer in the chokehold death of black Staten Island man Eric Garner. “Are grand juries going to allow police officers to be held accountable?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Left, Right and Gratitude

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider what it means to be an American. David Frum says it’s about participating in the life of the country, but mourns the creation of a class of “somewhat Americans.” Scheer recalls hard times and the men in his family being given turkeys at the factory.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Hong Kong, Secret Service, Ebola

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether China has an incentive to handle tens of thousands of protesters peacefully, just what has gone awry at the Secret Service, and what the U.S. should do to stop the spread of Ebola.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Cantor Goes Down to Defeat and Debating Iraq

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to a tea party challenger. The National Review’s Rich Lowry calls it “one of the most stunning upsets any of us have ever witnessed.” Scheer says the defeat is “a response to pain” in the region. And what should the U.S. do as Sunni insurgents advance in Iraq?

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: VA Scandal, China’s Cyber War and NSA Spying

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, the Justice Department’s announcement that it will charge Chinese military officials with stealing business secrets from U.S. corporations, and reports in The New York Times that the NSA acknowledges corporate spying.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jill Abramson Fired, Karl Rove on Hillary, VA Scandal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the big and sudden changes that shook up the newsroom at The New York Times this week. Does the ousting of executive editor Jill Abramson represent a setback for women at the Gray Lady and in newsrooms everywhere?

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Good and Bad Economy, Ukraine, the Death Penalty

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 288,000 jobs added to the economy in April. The good news stands in contrast to a report earlier this week that showed the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.1% during the first quarter.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 7 Million Signed Up, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists count 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Also, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a conservative businessman and eliminates limits on aggregate campaign contributions.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Shrinking the Military, and Gay Marriage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk about the threat to Ukraine’s economy and territorial integrity, the Pentagon’s intention to shrink the Army to pre-World War II levels and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a law that would have allowed private businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Imperial President or Small Ball?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he would try to find ways to work around a dysfunctional Congress makes him an imperialist president.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Personality and Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether Syria can be solved and respond to a new study that finds it’s no harder to climb the economic ladder today than it was 20 years ago.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s New NSA Plans

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists have a heated discussion about President Obama’s new plans for the National Security Agency.

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Dismal Jobs Report and Christie Bridge-Gate

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask: With only 74,000 jobs created last month, who or what is to blame? Also, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie solved his Bridge-gate troubles or is his image permanently tarnished?

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Saving Mr. Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss The New York Times’ call for clemency for Edward Snowden. National Review editor Rich Lowry, providing the perspective from the right, acknowledges that Snowden’s case is “ambiguous,” while insisting he broke the law.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Year of Inequality—Scourge or Spur?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists respond to President Obama’s declaration that inequality is the major issue of our time and the pope’s apparent agreement.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Takes Stock at Year-End

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists assess “the running debacle of the health care law” amid President Obama’s historic low rating in the polls, new information from Edward Snowden, “Duck Dynasty” and the tapering stimulus.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: An Iran Deal, Supremes on Obamacare, Gratitude

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate whether the Iranian nuclear deal is a “game changer” or a “very bad idea.” Also, the Supreme Court agrees to hear more arguments against Obamacare.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Debating Filibusters, Gay Marriage and JFK’s Legacy

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a procedural rule change in the U.S. Senate that would allow a majority vote on judicial and executive appointees, other than for the Supreme Court.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Liberalism in Crisis? China in Transition

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the president’s announcement that he would temporarily allow health insurance companies to renew some plans, China’s decision to relax its one-child policy and end labor camps, and the Republican bill to extend health plans.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nuclear Deal With Iran? Electoral Tilting

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s hopes for a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s enthusiasm for a plan and whether U.S. election results mean the country is leaning left.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care, the Snowden Files, JPMorgan’s Big Fine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the congressional hearing about Healthcare.gov. Also, another Edward Snowden leak leads to tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Washington Chaos—Is There a Way Out?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether there is a way out of the government shutdown. Host Matt Miller proposes an option that could be a face saver for both sides of the aisle.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Debate Crescendo and More NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s failure to win broad support for military action against Syria during the G-20 Summit in Russia. The lack of enthusiasm is not helping him win over Congress.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Carlos Danger, an Economic Reboot and Insider Trading

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists confront the unavoidable Carlos Danger. How many second chances should a former congressman get? Elsewhere in the country, President Obama tries to declare an economic reboot. Is he part of the problem? Also, the NSA surveillance program lives to see another day.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Holder Meets the Press

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists eye Attorney General Eric Holder’s off-the-record meeting regarding possible changes at the DOJ, a Pew study showing 40 percent of households have mothers as breadwinners, the state of Medicare and more.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The White House Scandal Trifecta

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the Obama administration will be distracted and ineffective from here on out. The head of the IRS apologizes and claims there was no political motivation behind its treatment of conservative groups. Is it a benign symbol of an unwieldy, too-big government, or a terrifying reminder of the Nixon years?

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Israel, Nukes and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s reception in Israel, the possibility of that country attacking Iran if nuclear development continues and the deadly blunder of 10 years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Plus, a GOP autopsy.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Sequester Madness, Republicans Love Obamacare?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask: Will sequester madness lead to across the board budget cuts? If you’re not pro-universal health care, then are you pro-euthanasia? And at the Oscars, should it be “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Argo”?

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


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