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Taibbi: ‘Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War Is a Joke’

British bank HSBC received a settlement deal from the Justice Department for laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and violating a host of international banking laws. Matt Taibbi calls the preferential treatment “the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who’s ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge.”

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Camden, N.J.: A Catastrophic Cautionary Tale

Camden, N.J. is a stone’s throw from tourist-friendly Philadelphia, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi notes, but it’s nothing like its neighbor city. It’s one of the starkest examples of communities in crisis across the nation—an “un-Fantasy island of extreme poverty and violence” where everyone is scarred and few are employed.

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Bodies of Missing Afghans Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base

The bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found near a base in the country’s Wardak Province shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate it in the spring. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by U.S. Special Forces, including, it seems, a unit known as “The A-Team,” which has also been linked to eight other slayings in Wardak.

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New Details Emerge About Michael Hastings’ Death

When journalist Michael Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles early on the morning of June 18, he left a trail of questions in his wake. On Tuesday, L.A. officials—along with his family—finally had some answers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Detroit Goes Broke and Zimmerman Goes Free

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Motor City’s declaration of bankruptcy, the neighborhood watch captain’s not guilty verdict and Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Judge a Magazine by Its Cover

America’s apparent outrage over the Rolling Stone cover featuring a photo of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveals a great deal about this country’s insecurities and prejudices.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Hastings

Hastings’ death is a loss to readers who would have profited from his continued devotion to telling the stories of American politics and the military with fewer inhibitions than lesser reporters.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow Gives Emotional Tribute to Michael Hastings

On her program Tuesday, the MSNBC host recounted her many years of friendship with the young but accomplished journalist who had died in a car crash in Los Angeles earlier that day.

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Reporter Who Brought Down the ‘Runaway General’ Dead at 33

Michael Hastings is best known as the Rolling Stone contributor whose reporting ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal but more important, he was a fearless reporter who did not suffer bullshit answers. He died Tuesday at the age of 33 in a car crash.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


The Final Days of a Bad Campaign

Beneath his cool exterior, there is passion and a trash-talking crudeness hidden in President Obama.

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Cover-Up of a Horrific American Hospital in Afghanistan (Graphic)

A congressional inquiry revealed that a high-ranking U.S. Army general in Afghanistan attempted to obstruct an investigation into conditions at a $180 million American-funded hospital in Kabul where patients were treated and kept in “Auschwitz-like” conditions. Michael Hastings with Rolling Stone has followed the story closely.

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How Big Banks Victimize Our Democracy

Yves Smith, creator and editor of the finance blog Naked Capitalism, and Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone spoke with Bill Moyers about the continuing fallout of the economic crisis and the corruption, ignorance and collusion that guarantee the situation will not improve for most Americans.

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Matt Taibbi: Bank of America ‘Too Crooked to Fail’

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi joins “Democracy Now!” to discuss the dual history of Bank of America and the deregulation of banking ownership in the United States and to expose the holes in the $26 billion settlement deal that President Obama said would provide relief for American homeowners.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis

It may seem quaint that a high-ranking Army officer with a career spanning some 27 years would look to Jimmy Stewart’s everyman hero in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” for inspiration in his own life, but it’s a darned good thing that Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis holds such old-fashioned ideals as truth-telling in high regard.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



Team Obama’s Creative Crowd-Sourcing Fail

Nice try there, Mr. President. Although he’s gotten some lift before from the resuscitated publishing relic that is Rolling Stone magazine, Jann Wenner’s music rag didn’t give POTUS a pass for a cute idea his promotions team recently cooked up that offered designers the exciting chance ... (more)

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Taibbi’s List: Five Demands for OWS

Much has been made—including a lot of noise—about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s supposed lack of a cohesive message or handy list of bullet points to rally around, which even New York Times editors noted is somewhat beside the point. Regardless, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has come up with five action items for OWS, which ... (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Military Establishment Takes Three Whacks at Robert Gates

Robert Gates, who left his role as defense secretary this summer, has drawn criticism from members of the military establishment for allegedly lacking long-term vision, allowing military leaders to usurp civilian control and inadequately briefing and preparing the president for war. (more)

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The ‘Kill Team’ Story Gets Worse

The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters ...

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Report: Army Leader Wanted to Go All ‘Psy-Ops’ on U.S. Officials

Well, this is embarrassing: It’s not surprising that two unnamed senators mentioned in this Fox News report about Rolling Stone’s latest Afghan war exposé “played down” the possibility that members of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan might have tried some woo-woo ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now’: Matt Taibbi’s Still on Wall Street’s Case

Good thing for that, too, as the middle and lower classes are clearly still feeling the fallout from Wall Street bandits’ fraudulent scheming. Here, Taibbi names some names and tells Amy Goodman how the architects of our current economic catastrophe got away with their crime ... so far.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Beaten to Death

David Kato, a 43-year-old gay rights activist (above, right) in Uganda, was murdered in his home near Kampala on Wednesday, less than four months after his picture was published in a Ugandan tabloid under the words “Hang Them” in a story about gays “recruiting” local schoolchildren.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Rolling Stone Finds ‘Lost’ Lennon Interview

Handily aligning with the unleashing of The Beatles’ music into the iTunes computerverse, as well as with the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Rolling Stone magazine has published heretofore unreleased portions of the slain Beatle’s final interview ... (continued)

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Ugandan Paper Stirs Gay Witch Hunt

In a horrific witch hunt, violent assaults against gays have followed publication in an Ugandan newspaper of an article headlined “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak.” The paper, called “Rolling Stone,” said it plans to continue to publish the names of gay individuals.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Hey Michelle, Read My Book

On Tuesday, I received yet another deceptively personal e-mail addressed to “Robert” from Michelle Obama asking me once again to contribute to the “amazing journey” toward “progress” that her husband has led.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Gen. McChrystal’s Last Champion

It might have been better for Gen. Stanley McChrystal if Defense Secretary Robert Gates had piped up a little earlier but, nonetheless, Gates comes to McChrystal’s, uh, defense in this interview with The Associated Press.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Rolling Stone’s Hastings Bags Book Deal

Rolling Stone scribe Michael Hastings is still riding high from his big score about “Runaway General” Stanley McChrystal—who has, it should again be noted, been obliged to evacuate the scene of the story since the piece was published—and now ...

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It’s Time to Negotiate

It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone?

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



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We Can’t Afford War

The U.S. will eventually negotiate its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The only difference between now and then will be the number of dead, on all sides, and the amount of (borrowed) money that will be spent.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Ted Green

When the ‘Right War’ Goes Wrong

The Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels, that of the war itself and the domestic political effect of Obama’s misguided decision to replace “Bush’s war” in Iraq with his own in Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Toppling Gen. McChrystal

Rolling Stone’s It Boy Michael Hastings shows up in this clip from Monday’s “Colbert Report” to clarify that he didn’t have an explicit agenda to get Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired, even though that’s what ended up happening.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


‘We’re Fucking Losing This Thing’

From our friends at Brave New Films: “With all the drama around General McChrystal’s resignation, the media missed the real story in the explosive Rolling Stone article: ‘... [W]e’re f****ing losing this thing.’—Staff Sergeant Kennith Hicks.”

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


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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


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‘Daily Show’: McChrystal’s Balls

What was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking when he allowed Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings the kind of access that several other members of the media can only marvel about obsessively in this “Daily Show” clip?

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


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So Long, Gen. McChrystal

To complete the thought, we should add: Hello, Gen. Petraeus. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama confirmed rumors that he would replace the embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal with the more administration-friendly ... (continued) Updated

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


Report: Obama Gives McChrystal the Boot

Prior to official word from the White House about the fate of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, NBC News reported on Wednesday that the president “has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over all U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.”

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Thomas Dow

General Discharge

Rolling Stone’s definitive piece on the “Runaway General” establishes the man in charge of the Afghanistan misadventure as an egotistical flake whose half-baked Afghan war-fighting strategy should never have been endorsed in the first place.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

11 Revelations From Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Profile

Early reports already chewed over the insults to Ambassadors Eikenberry and Holbrooke and National Security Adviser Jones, but there’s a lot more to the Rolling Stone article that could mean Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s ass. Here (after the jump) are 11 jaw-droppers, groaners and sigh-inducers.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Gibbs: ‘All Options Are on the Table’ in McChrystal Crisis

Yes, Gen. Stanley McChrystal should have exercised a little military discipline over his own behavior in front of a Rolling Stone reporter when he chose to show a less-than-professional attitude toward ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

McChrystal Apologizes for Scandalous Magazine Profile (Updates)

America’s top general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, and his staff are quoted saying nasty things about Obama administration officials in a new Rolling Stone article, for which McChrystal apologized Tuesday. (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Investigation Finds Massive Bid to Steal the Election

As John McCain and GOP operatives rattle their sabers about ACORN’s alleged “voter fraud” tactics, tag-team investigators Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have released some truly scary findings, in the latest Rolling Stone, from their investigation into Republican efforts to steal the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Worst Congress Ever’

Rolling Stone examines the tragedy and absurdity of the legislature under Bush.  Also, don’t miss its picks for the 10 worst Congress members in America.

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Rolling Stone: Worst President in History?

The magazine is said to be on the verge of running a story in which a leading American historian concludes that the Bush presidency “appears headed for colossal historical disgrace.”

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