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Posted on Apr 10, 2013 ENLARGE    


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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


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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



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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



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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



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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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



AP/Carolyn Kaster

The Big Idea in This Election

This isn’t just a choice of philosophies, but the long-awaited showdown between post-FDR Democrats and post-Reagan Revolutionaries.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Coming Soon: Ronald Reagan in Hologram Form

The hologram version of Ronald Reagan is set to debut soon. Yes, the wait is almost over! President Reagan in an, errr, reanimated state will soon be a thing!

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Fox News Speculates Hologram Reagan Will Endorse Romney at Convention

What better way to remind Republicans that Mitt Romney is not Ronald Reagan than by bringing out the former president in hologram form at the convention?

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration

Stockman Redux

As he became president in 1981, Ronald Reagan called in a 34-year-old congressman from Michigan named David Stockman, considered by many to be the most articulate and intellectually imposing Republican of the moment.

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Reagan and Hoover, Sittin’ in a Tree

“Subversives” shows how the two men and their allies sabotaged the careers of law-abiding citizens, defended reckless police violence and exploited an appalling double standard in the political use of FBI intelligence.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Booed at NAACP Speech, Lower Taxes and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republicans’ 33rd(!) attempt to repeal Obamacare and gay marriage getting put to a vote in Maryland.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



The Case of the Missing Cuban Internet Cable

The promised $70 million project to quicken Cuba’s Internet connection speed was never delivered; German voters are on Angela Merkel’s side when it comes to the European economy; meanwhile, a vial with Ronald Reagan’s blood is being auctioned, along with one of Scarlett Johansson’s used tissues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on May 24, 2012 ENLARGE


Did Reagan Raise Taxes? Let GOP Candidates Answer

Politicians and their flacks lie every day, but it is unusual for someone prominent to utter a totally indefensible falsehood like the whopper that just sprang from the mouth of Eric Cantor’s press secretary on national television.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Queen Victoria’s Undies Sold at Auction

These are strange times in British culture, what with all the Wills-and-Kate worship set against the backdrop of turmoil over austerity measures and a faltering economy, plus the recent news that the terms of Old Blighty’s outworn monarchical system are being updated to pander slightly less blatantly to the old boy’s club.  (more)

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney’s ‘Reagan Economic Zone’

Not content to limit his worship of Ronald Reagan to the usual dewy-eyed remembrances and genuflection practiced by all Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney has decided to build an international monument to the former president in the form of a multilateral free trade zone.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



National Archives

The Money Melodrama in Washington

Any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don’t know anything about economics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Let’s Unveil One for the Gipper

This Fourth of July, during a transatlantic Age of Austerity, roughly 2,000 people paid to attend a private celebration near the American Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square, where a statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled. (more)

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Department of State

Huntsman Throws In for Campaign 2012

Here are some fun facts about Jon Huntsman Jr.: He’s the former governor of Utah; he’s a Mormon; he last worked as an envoy to China for President Obama; and he’s now challenging his former boss for the White House by running for president on the Republican ticket. Updated

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



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The Doctors Are Turning Left

While medical doctors are a historically conservative bunch, many physicians are beginning to lean left as they abandon the high costs and responsibilities associated with running private practices to take salaried jobs in hospitals, doctors’ advocates say. (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and Cameron Take a Page from Reagan and Thatcher

Some may question their choice of reference material, but President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron teamed up to pen a column for The Times of London, comparing this year’s Arab Spring to the Cold War—and themselves to that era’s ... (more)

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


Lessons of Libya

Launched almost exactly a quarter-century after Ronald Reagan first bombed Tripoli, America’s new war in Libya was guaranteed to be yet another fist-pumpin’, high-fivin’ remake of a big-budget 1980s action movie.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Reagan’s Defense of Collective Bargaining

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan defended collective bargaining as a fundamental human freedom. Soon after his election victory, both he and others in his party promptly forgot that stand.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Failure of the Deficit Hawks

The president has proposed some serious spending cuts and some modest revenue increases to keep things stable. This annoys his deficit-obsessed critics. He should smile, let them rage, and go about his business.

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 READ MORE


The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Reagan’s Democrats

As we mark the centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth, one of our major political parties has become imbued with the Gipper’s political philosophy and governing style. I mean the Democrats, of course.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



Reagan Library

The Last Reagan Campaign: Legacy

When President Reagan left office in 1981, his legacy did not seem Mount Rushmore quality.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Obama’s New Role Model: Ronald Reagan?

What could Ronald Reagan possibly have in common with Barack Obama, except, say, a certain demonstrable allegiance to Wall Street? Time’s Michael Scherer and Michael Duffy tease out some ways in which The Gipper’s legacy has informed ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 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



White House / Pete Souza

Solar Panels to Add Power to the White House

It’s time someone tended to the pressing issue of how the White House gets its power, and President Obama has apparently caved to special interest groups urging him to take the radical step of reinstalling solar panels on the roof at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Yes we can!

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



‘A’ Is for Afghanistan

Today on the list: Afghanistan on life support, obsessing over punctuation, and how the Supreme Court (kind of) legalized bribery.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rob Shenk (CC-BY-SA)

Jim Webb to Military Gays: Not So Fast, Mary

Democratic Sen. Jim Webb says he won’t vote for the compromise ending the ban on gays in the military until the Pentagon completes its review of the policy, even though the whole point of the compromise is that the ban wouldn’t actually end until the military completes its review. (continued)

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Political Preschool

In understanding the foibles of politicians, I’ve always found it is a benefit to have spent large amounts of time with toddlers.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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