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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


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



AP/Charles Dharapak

The Great Deregulator

Bill Clinton bears as much responsibility as any politician for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the wild applause for his disingenuous speech at the Democratic National Convention last week is a sure sign of the poverty of what passes for progressive politics.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


Democrats Call for a Nation of ‘Shared Prosperity’

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Clinton said the Democrats stand for “a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.” Also on the show: voter disenfranchisement and a report from the Syrian border.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats Call for a Nation of ‘Shared Prosperity’

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Clinton said the Democrats stand for “a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.” Also on the show: voter disenfranchisement and a report from the Syrian border.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Underbelly of the Republican Convention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We take a hard look at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., from the partying to the homophobia to the shadowy fundraising. And what’s this about welfare reform?

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



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The Underbelly of the Republican Convention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We take a hard look at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, from the partying to the homophobia to the shadowy fundraising. And what’s this about welfare reform?

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Campaign Heating Up ... The Planet Too

Polls show Romney isn’t connecting with voters. Has Obama defined him? An anti-Romney ad features a steelworker’s story of losing his wife to cancer right after a Bain restructuring cost him his job and his company medical insurance. And the month of July set new temperature records, but policymakers aren’t budging on climate change. These issues and more are debated on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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What Americans Don’t Get About Afghanistan

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ed Girardet has been reporting from Afghanistan for 30 years and he predicts things will fall apart. Also: new infections of HIV among young, gay black men up by 48 percent; one of the architects of financial deregulation wants a do-over; and sportswriter Mark Heisler goes out on a limb looking for answers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE


What Americans Don’t Get About Afghanistan

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ed Girardet has been reporting from Afghanistan for 30 years and he predicts things will fall apart. Also: new infections of HIV among young, gay black men up by 48 percent; one of the architects of financial deregulation wants a do-over; and sportswriter Mark Heisler goes out on a limb looking for answers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE



Tao Ruspoli

Goodbye, Old Friend

He could be infuriating in his lust for truth and social justice, but no serious student of our time can deny Alexander Cockburn’s importance as one of the most principled and insightful political journalists of the past half-century.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Shooting Rampage in Colorado

A gunman opened fire in a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing a dozen people, wounding scores of others, and inviting a national debate about gun laws and mental health policy.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 READ MORE



Zuade Kaufman/Truthdig

Robert Scheer Wins Prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award

Truthdig’s editor-in-chief has taken top honors in the Online Column Writing (Independent) category.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE


What Would MLK Say About Obama’s Drones?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Civil rights leader Julian Bond says, “Things are better than they used to be; they’re worse than they should be.” Also: Tom Cruise, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone; good news about jobs, and the edge of sports.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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What Would MLK Say About Obama’s Drones?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Civil rights leader Julian Bond says, “Things are better than they used to be; they’re worse than they should be.” Also: Tom Cruise, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone; good news about jobs, and the edge of sports.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


Truthdig on Link TV

Catch Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges and Dennis Kucinich’s speeches from the 2012 Truthdig Retreat in Santa Fe on Link TV all month. Check your local listings for airtimes, and check back with Truthdig for the complete footage.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

Crime of the Century

Forget Bernie Madoff and Enron’s Ken Lay—they were mere amateurs in financial crime.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE


John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Supreme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



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John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Surpeme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obamacare? Romneycare? Robertscare?

The Supreme Court retained President Obama’s health care overhaul. Congressional opponents of the law plan a House vote on repeal as early as two weeks from now. And the House voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress over the refusal to disclose documents related to a bungled firearms sting.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Barry Thumma

See You at the Club: Fed Fat Cats Dip Into the Till

American families have lost 20 years of growth while at least 18 bankers and tycoons sat on Fed boards that coincidentally bailed out their institutions.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari: A Spirited Debate

Robert Scheer and KPFA’s Philip Maldari chat about issues including state politics, Rambo Obama’s use of executive power, the facade of the two-party system and the unresolved economic crisis.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Will Europe Decide the 2012 Presidential Race?

Democrats have a lot to worry about if this week’s recall vote in Wisconsin was a bellwether for November’s election. But there’s another problem that might be even more worrisome for Barack Obama: the economic crisis in Europe and its potential spread across the globe. If the upcoming election is all about America’s economic fortunes, what’s a president to do?

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Morry Gash

Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin

Voters in Wisconsin bought the tea party line because the president and his party have not been able to provide a believable alternative.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Democrats’ Private Equity Paradox

President Obama’s attack on Mitt Romney for his time at the private equity firm Bain Capital drew words from Newark mayor and rising Democratic Party star Cory Booker. Booker scolded both campaigns for their attacks before praising Bain for supporting and growing businesses, a move that appears to belie his dependence on Wall Street for success in a potential Senate run.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hong

Do the Bain Hustle

President Obama is to be applauded for questioning Mitt Romney’s legacy, although his motives seem to be as opportunistic as those of Romney’s opponents in the Republican primaries who took the same tack.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdig in the Running for 6 L.A. Press Club Awards

Truthdig is a finalist for six Los Angeles Press Club awards, with special recognition for the site as a whole, the Ear to the Ground blog, Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, Richard Schickel and Mr. Fish.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

Obama Can’t Knock the Hustle

How did we end up with such smart scoundrels? Even after it was known that Jamie Dimon’s bank blew more than $2 billion, Barack Obama still had praise for the intellect of his political backer.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Ben Margot

Hope and Hesitation in Obama’s Sudden Conversion

Once again President Barack Obama has come tantalizingly close to being terrific.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan: ‘Get Out, Get Out, Get Out’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rep. Dennis Kucinich takes “nothing good” from the president’s visit to Afghanistan, Robert Scheer on China, Occupiers and organizers, and California’s autism unfairness.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Shannon Stapleton

Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Playing the Bin Laden Card

This week’s panelists discuss the U.S. economy hitting a molasses spring, Obama reminding voters that he killed bin Laden, Romney appearing to be the last Republican standing and Syria showing a tin ear for U.N. criticism.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE



woodleywonderworks (CC-BY)

Halfway Through the Lost Decade

Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


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