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Did You Hear the One About the Pope and the Dirty War?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: All about Francis: Do we even need a pope? And did he collaborate with a brutal military dictatorship? Also: Why corporations don’t pay taxes, and more.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Left, Aequum et Centrum

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new center of gravity, geographically speaking, of the papacy will bring a shift in the church’s positions. Also, another Rep. Paul Ryan budget arrives.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You?

The U.S. government exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational corporations, but those firms feel no obligation to pay for that protection in return.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Tale of Two Economies, Obama’s Charm Offensive

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Osamu Honda

Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

Where is the Occupy movement now that the depravity of the super rich is on full display?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Fiscal Cliff Forever, Saucy Scalia and Double Pope

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, economist Robert Reich and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s criticism of the sequester cuts. Has Capitol Hill devolved into a state of perpetual dysfunction or is this disagreement finally proof that there’s something worth fighting for?

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Hagel Filibuster, SOTU, Pope and North Korea

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the Senate Republicans’ filibuster of Chuck Hagel, the president’s State of the Union speech, North Korea’s nuclear test and the pope’s resignation.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president’s nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Frank Franklin II, File

Why Ed Koch Never Became President

He was an original, as you must already know. I briefly flirted with the idea that this man could become president of the United States. The first Jewish president and the loudest. He blew his chance, if he really ever had one, in 1982 when he decided to run for governor.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

It’s Good to Be a Goldman

Here’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, and while we’re at it, take this obscenely huge bonus for having wrecked the economy.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Inauguration, CIA Leaks, and a New Cop at the SEC

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama’s inaugural speech means he’s becoming the liberal Ronald Reagan. They also consider whether the Pentagon’s lifting of the ban on women in combat is social progress or simply a military necessity.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Guns, Inauguration Day and the GOP Retreat

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists explore President Obama’s plan for lowering gun violence. Will it have a measurable effect on shootings? Or is it a first step in changing the terms of debate?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



Still from "Zero Dark Thirty," released by Columbia Pictures.

Another Word for Propaganda

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

I suppose that he can’t be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Our Best Year Ever?

Was this the best year in human history? “Obviously not,” says Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. He and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the positives and negatives of 2012 both for Americans and humanity as a whole.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Elise Amendola

Cerberus Collected Ex-Government Opportunists

How fitting that Dan Quayle, a bumbling excuse for a vice president of the United States, should end up as a top executive of a $20 billion private equity firm mired in controversy.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ Guns and the Naked Fiscal Cliff

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists discuss the NRA’s call for armed security at schools, violent media’s relationship to gun violence and the push for new gun control legislation on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michael S. Green

Crony Capitalism’s Power Couple

Where are Phil and Wendy Gramm hiding now that UBS, like Enron before it, has been nailed by the G-men?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ School Shooting, Susan Rice Withdraws, and More

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the “Left, Right & Center” crew discuss the horrific school shooting in Connecticut, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the top slot in the State Department, Michigan’s new status as a right-to-work state and more.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: All Fiscal Cliff, All the Time

The fiscal cliff draws nearer. The Republicans may be in the worse position because doing nothing puts them in an inferior place politically. But President Nixon’s Madman Theory—make your opponent think you’re crazy enough to put everyone at risk and they’ll back down—might be encouraging the stalemate. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators consider the heights and more on this week’s show.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes

Reports in the business press tout a prime participant in the great banking hustle as a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Palestine, Rice and the Fiscal Cliff

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly—and over the vociferous objections of the U.S. and Israel—to elevate the status of Palestine to “nonmember observer state.” Will this shift the balance of power in the Middle East? Is this a recipe for peace or for even greater conflict? The “Left, Right & Center” commentators consider the possibilities on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE


Rockets Near Jerusalem and Petraeus on the Hill

The world braces for a ground attack in Israel as rockets rain on Jerusalem and Israel showers air assaults on the Gaza Strip, while President Obama and congressional leaders begin discussing the looming fiscal cliff. The panelists tackle these issues and others on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Notion Building

For those who love pointless games of aggression, rocks will always beat scissors. And the reason why that will never change is because logic has nothing to do with arguing for or against the rules of a game.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE    



AP/Sandy Huffaker

The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A New American Majority and the Fiscal Cliff

The election suggests a new political landscape in the United States. With a new American majority, will Barack Obama and Congress really compromise on the impending fiscal cliff? Or will victorious Republican representatives remain committed to the Ryan budget? The “Left, Right & Center” commentators will consider these questions and others on this week’s program.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Matt Rourke

Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama’s Second Term Is Our Responsibility

Election night was a heck of a party, but morning in America already feels too much like a hangover.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jack Dempsey

Vote for the B-

I have been a harsh critic of the president, but a vote for Barack Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hon

Non-Kenyan White Men for Romney

Won’t it be great to have someone in the mold of George W. Bush back in the White House?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson Have Their Say

This week on Truthdig Radio: There’s an election Tuesday, and we invite the two main alternative candidates to make a case for why we should take a chance on them in an election that is already too close to call. Also: Mo Rocca and Robert Scheer.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson Have Their Say

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: There’s an election Tuesday, and we invite the two main alternative candidates to make a case for why we should take a chance on them in an election that is already too close to call. Also: Mo Rocca and Robert Scheer.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Women, war and support for alternative candidates could all decide the election, which remains extremely close.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Factors That Could Decide the Election

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Women, war and support for alternative candidates could all decide the election, which remains extremely close.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My President

Barack Obama must have done something right, or the hucksters at Goldman Sachs wouldn’t hate him so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charlie Neibergall

Sigh No More: Obama, Romney Leave No Room to Argue

The presidential debate this week was much ado about nothing, and Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama because he was more energetic in distorting the significance of their miniscule differences.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Presidential Debates and Bibi Draws a Line

Romney and Obama face off in their first presidential debate next week. Whom do they need to reach? What topics should they address? Are their portrayals of American workers accurate or productive? How should the U.S. respond to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran’s uranium enrichment program? The “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate these questions on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


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