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Truthdig Radio: Hedges, Scheer, Shockley and Prins

Truthdig editors discuss WikiLeaks with Chris Hedges, the pope with the Rev. Madison Shockley and Fed revelations with Nomi Prins in this radio special for Pacifica’s KPFK.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


Truthdig Radio: Hedges, Scheer, Shockley and Prins

Truthdig editors discuss WikiLeaks with Chris Hedges, the pope with the Rev. Madison Shockley and Fed revelations with Nomi Prins in this radio special for Pacifica’s KPFK.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Korean Clash, Taliban Scam

What are we to make of the recent outburst of aggression between the two Koreas? And while we’re on the subject of puzzling moments in international diplomacy, what exactly is America’s goal in Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Commission; Obama’s Overseas Bust

The commission to study how to get federal debt under control floated a trial balloon when it released recommendations by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles ... and it seems that just about nobody likes or believes what they’re saying.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Political Upheaval, Bernanke’s Billions

There’s a lot of unpacking for “Left, Right & Center” regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller to do after last Tuesday’s midterm elections. What does the vote mean? Where are we headed? And did Obama really pick up what Americans were putting down, so to speak, at the polls?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ann Heisenfelt

Payback at the Polls

Barack Obama deserved the rebuke he received at the polls for a failed economic policy that consisted of throwing trillions at Wall Street but getting nothing in return. His amen chorus in the media is quick to blame everyone but the president for his sharp reversal of fortunes.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: An Obit on Our Hopes

Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer made a recent appearance on “GRITtv with Laura Flanders” and went straight for the jugular with his pronouncement, now two years since the presidential election and on the brink of the midterms, that it’s time for “an obit on our hopes.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



Big Thumbs Up for Scheer’s ‘Stickup’

We here at Truthdig know that our own Robert Scheer really wishes that he didn’t have to write his latest book “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street,” but ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rahm Gone, Tea Party, Whitman-Brown

Rahm Emanuel steps down as chief of staff; now he wants to run for mayor of Chicago. Is this a shakeup or just normal job burnout? Is the White House in flux? With the House voting to impose import tariffs on China, will the Senate bring the issue to a vote?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Summers and Volcker, GOP Pledge, Taxes, Schools

This week on “Left, Right & Center,” the gang chats about the shakeup in Obama’s economic team, the GOP’s alleged new ideas, the Democrats’ spine on taxes, and the ever important but little-discussed issue of schools. Tune in to find out more.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Amy Goodman Give Larry Summers a Proper Send-Off

So, clearly President Obama felt obliged to get all gushy about outgoing adviser Larry Summers’ contributions to his administration’s efforts to save our nation’s economy from total catastrophe. Now hear the real deal on Summers, courtesy of Robert Scheer and Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

So Long, Summers

Finally! The announced departure of Lawrence Summers as the president’s top economic adviser is welcome news. Harvard’s loss in taking back its $586,996-a-year professor and “president emeritus,” who is also paid millions by Wall Street on the side, is the nation’s gain.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks Economic Crisis

In appearances on MSNBC and KCRW, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer is coming out with rhetorical guns blazing to talk about the economic crisis, Wall Street pandering, and the culpability of both parties in all of it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tea Party Surges; Elizabeth Warren Serves

Has President Obama finally made a major change for the better in enlisting Elizabeth Warren to do some heavy lifting for his new consumer protection agency? Tony Blankley doesn’t think so on this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE



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The Life and Death of Conrad and the Los Angeles Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad passed away this month at the age of 86. Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer, a longtime friend and colleague, delivered this eulogy at the public memorial service held Sept. 11.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE



‘The Great American Stickup’: Blame Clinton More Than Bush for the Economy

Since the collapse happened on the watch of President George W. Bush at the end of two full terms in office, many in the Democratic Party were only too eager to blame his administration.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



‘The Great American Stickup’: How Wall Street Occupied Washington

The big cop-out in much of what has been written about the banking meltdown has been the argument by those most complicit that there was “enough blame to go around” and that no institution or individual should be singled out for accountability. “How could we have known?” is the refrain of those who continue to pose as all-knowing experts.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Flops?; Saving the Middle Class

Did Obama have anything to offer in the way of, say, hope during his latest news conference on the economy? Will Elizabeth Warren’s likely appointment to head up Obama’s Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection represent a much-needed boost for the struggling middle class?

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Amy Goodman Interviews Robert Scheer About ‘The Great American Stickup’

We’ve heard about the robber barons on Wall Street who brought on our current economic crisis, but they couldn’t have done it without the help of key political players like Bill Clinton, for one, as Robert Scheer tells Amy Goodman in this “Democracy Now!” interview about his new book.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?

Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Bernanke Bucks, Mehlman Comes Out

Fed chief Ben Bernanke says he hasn’t ruled out buying up more bad paper to prop up the economy. Is it good news, bad news or no real news at all? What do the primaries portend about the midterm elections ahead?

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq; ‘Mosque’-troversy

This week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” offers some new twists, including producer Sarah Spitz moderating for returning regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley. This week’s menu of topics ripped from the headlines includes ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: How Low Can We Go?

A recent Wall Street Journal poll registered America’s sour mood about politics, policy, the war in Afghanistan and the economy, and massive disappointment in both the major parties. So what’s the good news?

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the WikiLeaks Revelations

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing with readers his latest column, “Thank God for the Whistle-Blowers,” on the WikiLeaks revelations, or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read the full transcript here.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Deal; Midterm Elections; BP Well Capped

The financial regulation bill that finally passed has many flaws; chief among them, says Arianna Huffington in this meeting of the “Left, Right & Center” minds, is that it doesn’t prevent the “too big to fail” phenomenon from happening again.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Obama and Big Business (Update: Video)

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing with readers his latest column, on Obama and big business, or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read the full transcript here.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

There’s Just No Pleasing Some Robber Barons

The flight from reason that now marks American public discourse came home for me last Friday when I found myself on public radio debating whether Barack Obama is anti-business.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Obama Anti-Business?; U.S. v. Ariz.

How did this “Obama is anti-business” political meme begin and what does it mean? Is the U.S. v. Ariz. immigration suit going to be good or bad for the Democrats and Obama—and where does McCain stand on it?

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Kagan & Immigration

The employment situation is looking grim for our nation. What’s to be done? And financial regulation got derailed—score another one for big banking! Can “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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The Chinese Aren’t Coming

Peace has descended on the most contentious point of conflict between East and West for the past six decades—but don’t expect the folks at the Pentagon or their military contractors to celebrate.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Truthdig Wins Big at L.A. Press Club Awards

We’re pleased to announce that Truthdig won four first-place honors, more than any other website, in the Southern California Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday evening in Los Angeles.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The McChrystal Affair; Financial Regulation Redux

On this week’s show, Robert Scheer opines that the current financial regulation bill favors big banks—here we go again—and doesn’t do much to help consumers. Meanwhile, Gen. Stanley McChrystal is free to explore other career options.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on McChrystal

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column and Gen. McChrystal with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read the full transcript here.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: All BP, All the Time

Sparks fly on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” when the topic turns to the giant enviro-tastrophe that is the BP spill and what the role of government should be in the handling of same. Tony Blankley and Bob Scheer, take it away.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE



Our Webby Acceptance Speech

The Webby Awards were held Monday night in the posh Cipriani ballroom (once the lobby of the bank that would become Citi) on Wall Street. Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer took the opportunity to stick it to the neighborhood. Video after the jump.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Primaries Galore

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features two special guests—Lawrence O’Donnell as moderator and David Frum as Tony Blankley’s right-wing substitute—for a virtual round table on ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: BP and BHO; Israel-Gaza; the Gores

It was the Week of the Flotilla, and the controversy over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound convoy was ongoing as “Left, Right & Center” commentators Robert Scheer, David Frum and Matt Miller took to the airwaves in the latest show.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Drew Angerer

Treat Palestinians Like Jews

If nothing else, this assault on decency by the Israeli government was clearly intended to derail the peace talks that President Barack Obama has encouraged. But instead of calling Israel on its savagery, the U.S. is virtually alone in the world in its embarrassingly mild rebuke.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Big Spill, Sestak and Spain

This week’s “Left, Right & Center” features a cameo appearance from David Frum, who fills in for the show’s Mr. Right, Tony Blankley, to take on the week’s big topics: the BP oil spill, Joe Sestak, Spain and the global economy. 

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

On Thursday Robert Scheer responded to reader questions and comments about his column “Blame Clinton, Not Paul.” Scheer said, “both Democrats and Republicans have betrayed the interests of black and brown people and those who got stuck with subprime mortgages, and that’s the pressing civil rights issue right now.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



Reminder: Live Chat With Robert Scheer at 3 PT

Join Robert Scheer at 3 PM Pacific for a live discussion on Rand Paul and social justice. Can’t make it? Submit a question now and Bob will try to answer during the chat.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Who’s This Rand Paul Guy, Anyway?

The Republican Party’s high hopes may hang on Ron Paul’s son, Rand, after he busted his way onto the national stage with his big primary victory this week in Kentucky, but is he the man for the GOP job? Just who likes Paul the Younger, and who isn’t crazy about him, may surprise you ... (continued)

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul

Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama and Big Oil; Midterm Mania; Justice Kagan?

How best to deal with the mess Big Oil has wrought this past week? “We need a time out for greed,” Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” but Tony Blankley disagrees. Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington isn’t buying President Obama’s knuckle-rapping stance toward oil execs.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Econo-Anxiety; UK Votes; N.Y. Bomber

Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (or PIGS, as the likes of Stephen Colbert have pointed out) have seen better days—debt is overpowering the eurozone and impacting the U.S. as well. The UK election: Will it be a hung parliament? Plus: Newsweek’s for sale. Any takers?

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Fraud?; Financial Reform; Tax Day Tea Party

The SEC has taken its first action against Goldman Sachs for alleged investor fraud—will it help efforts for financial reform and regulation? Or will the financial giant just be slapped with a fine and then allowed to continue business as usual?

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the Financial Crisis

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his latest column, the financial meltdown and its enablers with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Justice Stevens, Financial Hearings and Nukes

The announcement of Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement is bound to set off a political battle of immense proportions. Will it be a test of the merits of the potential candidates or just another political throwdown? And does America’s new nuclear posture justify Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Nuclear Weapons

If you missed Robert Scheer discussing his column, nuclear weapons and President Obama with readers or you just want to relive the excitement, you can read a full transcript right here.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nation Divided

Why is America so deeply polarized, politically speaking? This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” finds Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley discussing the partisan divisions in the country and agreeing at least on the point that those rifts have never been this deep. But why is there so much anger?

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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