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Tag: Ronald Reagan

Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

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Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Former CIA Agent Trying to Reveal How the U.S. Runs Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Is in Jail

A retired CIA analyst claims the U.S. government is trying to frame him in order to quiet his tell-all book on drug smuggling in Afghanistan; Ronald Reagan’s offspring send Donald Trump a message; meanwhile, a Los Angeles man wakes up from a coma speaking ancient Hebrew. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Trump Reined In by Rivals in Second GOP Debate

When Donald Trump showed up Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Library for the second Republican debate, 10 other conservative presidential contenders were waiting for him—with their gloves off.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Ben Carson Picks Up Steam

Donald Trump may be talking tough while aboard vintage battleships these days, but he’s going to need more than macho swagger and vague generalities to keep his lead over other GOP presidential contenders for another year.

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Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

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Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

That Time Ronald Reagan Opened Iran and Illegally Sold Weapons to Khomeini (Video)

Reagan, prevented by law from selling U.S. weaponry to Iran, arranged the shipment using a notorious Israeli arms dealer as an intermediary. Meanwhile, he was militarily supporting Iraq—Iran’s enemy. In return, Iran agreed to pressure the Lebanese Shiites to let American hostages go. Then, with the money from Khomeini, Reagan financed right-wing death squads in Nicaragua.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

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Reagan: The Life

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Reagan: The Life

Drawing heavily on the former president’s diaries and a raft of memoirs by insiders, author H.W. Brands’ “Reagan: The Life” tells its story briskly, punctuated by doses of well-tempered historical context, occasional and always gentle corrections of Reagan’s flawed representations, and a dash of analysis.

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Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

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The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE

President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’ Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

When Ronald Reagan famously ate grapes on television as governor of California in 1969, he was thumbing his nose at a growing movement for the rights of farmworkers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

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Al-Sisi’s Run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money

Egypt’s Brig. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement was more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan.

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Rand Paul Slams He Who Must Not Be Named (Ted Cruz)

Fresh off a big straw poll win at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a new op-ed taking aim without mentioning names at second-place finisher and fellow conservative heartthrob Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Stephen Colbert Spent All Weekend Watching the Sochi Olympics, and Here Are His Only Complaints

The murky (and possibly deadly) hotel water and the U.S. bobsledder who had to break out of his bathroom are not worthy of the pundit’s attention.

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Mandela’s Crucial Lesson for America—and the Republicans Who Never Learn

Beyond the eulogies bestowed this week on the late and truly great Nelson Mandela—a visionary, revolutionary and peacemaker—there is much for Americans to learn from the story of his vexed relationship with our country.

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Before Mandela Was a Hero, the Right Called Him a Terrorist

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death, it also should take a clear-eyed look at his life and the world in which he struggled—and remember those who aligned with the racist apartheid regime of South Africa.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE

AIDS Epidemic Met With Silence and Laughter by the Reagan Administration

Everyone knows President Ronald Reagan ignored the AIDS epidemic, but few know his press secretary publicly chuckled about it; Hillary Clinton hasn’t weighed in on the Iran deal, prompting some to wonder whether there are neocon forces pulling her strings; meanwhile, a $40,000 TV went on sale on Amazon, leading to hilarious comments mocking the uber-rich. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE

A Great American Tradition

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Health Care: Deja Vu All Over Again

Just as the Republicans in Congress are desperate to destroy the Affordable Care Act, their predecessors tried to kill Medicare in the 1960s and Social Security in the 1930s.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Obama Goes Big

Leaders who want their achievements to endure know their task includes leaving behind an intellectual legacy that shapes how future generations see the country and its possibilities. FDR accomplished this. So did Reagan. And on Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech that launched his effort to join them.

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SCOTUS Rules for Rumsfeld, Maher Slams ‘Original Teabagger’ Reagan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a petition to pardon NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is created and a former colleague of Fox News host Sean Hannity has some tough criticism for him.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE

Sen. Sanders Lays Into Obama for Attacking Social Security

The senator stood before a crowd of retirees, veterans and their supporters Thursday to point out that the president’s proposal for a “Chained CPI” adjustment to the calculation of retirement benefits would wreak destruction on the lives of elderly and disabled Americans.

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Escape Artists

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AP/Louis Lanzano

Truthdigger of the Week: David Stockman

Former Reagan-era budget director David Stockman is under attack by pundits everywhere for confirming that money for Wall Street and nothing for Main Street stands as an upper-class attack on the American public.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE

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Truth Telling Is Offensive

Paul Craig Roberts was an assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Like many Americans, he has been wounded by the government he helped create, and he’s tired of being called offensive and depressing for talking about it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE

Public Opinion Shifts on Pot, Colbert Declares War on Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Connecticut’s tough new gun laws and a recently created PAC looks to support candidates based on one nonpolitical trait.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE

George W. Bush
AP/Ron Edmonds

Bush’s Economic Policies Bankrupted U.S., Reagan Budget Director Says

David Stockman, who served as Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985, leveled some harsh criticism at his former boss as well as at President George W. Bush in an op-ed he penned about the dire state of the economy for The New York Times titled “Sundown in America.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 READ MORE


The Orwellian Consequences of the War on Drugs

Without much notice, the drug war has expanded government search and seizure powers, turned children into their parents’ monitors and urged many Americans toward blind obedience to authority, Kevin Carson writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Shortchanged Workers Fuel the Missing Recovery

“Today the stock market is high not from profits from expanding sales revenues, but from labor cost savings,” former Reagan Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


How Reagan Neocon Aides Planted the Seeds of Iran-Contra

Newly released documents show that the U.S. endorsed a third-party deal to send weapons to Iran just six months after the hostage crisis ended there, a move that helped plant the seeds for the later Iran-Contra scandal.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


Who Are the Most Overrated U.S. Presidents in History?

The annual Presidents Day holiday usually gives American history scholars a chance to intellectually fight it out over over which U.S. presidents are the best and the worst. But Think Progress went a different route this year and instead ranked the five most overrated ones.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Charles Dharapak

Green Talk Is Cheap at the State of the Union

If President Obama reprises the environmental theme in Tuesday night’s speech, “he’ll join a long list of predecessors to warn that we’re leaving a mess for future generations. And if past is prologue, the green talk and pageantry may be the only things delivered on the president’s lofty words,” writes Peter Dykstra, publisher of The Daily Climate.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Anonymous Obamacare Explainer

Mindful of the bewildering complexity of the issues they report, the best journalists are also teachers who patiently explain the deep meanings and consequences of their findings in language literate audiences can understand. With the Affordable Care Act going into full effect in less than a year, a detailed lesson on how it will impact many Americans’ finances is urgent.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 READ MORE

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The Anti-Economist: Misleading American History

By ignoring the historic role government played in enabling economic growth, the prevailing myths about how the U.S. became prosperous allow lawmakers, officials and lobbyists to craft policies that prevent the majority of Americans from taking their rightful share of the national wealth, Jeff Madrick writes in Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE

The White House/Pete Souza

The GOP Crackup: How Obama Is Unraveling Reagan Republicanism

Soon after the president’s second inaugural address, House Speaker John Boehner said the White House would try “to annihilate the Republican Party” and “shove us into the dustbin of history.” Actually, the GOP is doing a pretty good job of that itself.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Paarlberg

After leaving a trail of dead in the private sector, the “long and steady march toward a fully disposable workforce” has turned sharply toward the public sector in recent years, the labor scholar tells us in a column for The Guardian.

Posted on Jan 26, 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

Reagan Library

Reagan Is Obama’s Touchstone

To understand how Barack Obama sees himself and his presidency, don’t look to Franklin Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE

‘Most Antagonistic’ Toward Israel? That Would Be Ronald Reagan’s Defense Secretary

Whatever Chuck Hagel’s perspective on Mideast policy may be, it would be absurd to compare him with the secretary of defense whose hardline hostility toward Israel became notorious during the Reagan administration.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 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

Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE

The Kind of Man Mitt Romney Is

Romney’s rushed statement Tuesday night calling the Obama administration’s response to the violence in the Middle East “disgraceful” was a new low in a campaign already scraping bottom.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE

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