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Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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The Xenophobe Party

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul urged him to reconsider immigration legislation because of the bombings in Boston.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


Congress’ Best Side

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Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


Resolute, but With an Asterisk

The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists—and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


GOP and Guns

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Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE


Senate Votes Against Background Checks

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Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE


Senate Gun Fail

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Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE


Sandy Hook Legacy

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Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Way Forward on Guns

Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is—or at least should be—with the Senate’s morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE


Gun Heart

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Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Latest From Boston, Gun Bills Go Down

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the urge to jump to sweeping conclusions about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Gun control legislation goes down in the Senate, and economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff of Harvard make an epic Excel error.

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Sir Ian McKellen Speaks Ill of the Dead

The British actor says what the obituaries are leaving out about Margaret Thatcher—her administration was nasty, especially when it came to homosexuality; gruesome images, like those taken during the Boston Marathon attacks, can teach us true sympathy and should not be censored or ignored; and maybe our Founding Fathers are to blame for the seeming impossibility of gun control. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE


Married to Guns

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Protecting the ‘Second Amendment Rights’ of Thugs and Terrorists

The gun lobby and its legislative servants are “soft on crime”—although they routinely pretend to be tough on criminals.

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Backbone Checks

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And He Is Us

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Pressure Cooker

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Giffords ‘Furious’ Over Gun Vote, Stewart Mocks ‘Human Centipede’ CNN, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a setback for privacy rights advocates and the bizarre connection between the alleged sender of ricin-laced letters and one of the targets.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE


Scarborough Rages Against Republicans for Blocking Gun Reform Bill

“You don’t ignore 90 percent of what the voting population wants when you’re talking about the safety of Americans,” the MSNBC host said. “This sort of extremism is going to be called out.”

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White House/Pete Souza

Deadly Poison Found in Letter Addressed to Obama

Authorities believe a letter sent to President Obama containing a suspicious substance that tested positive for ricin came from the same person who mailed an envelope that was also filled with the deadly toxin to a Republican senator.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE


Obama in the Middle

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Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Newtown’s Call to Reason

The heroic and inspiring role played by the families of the Sandy Hook massacre’s victims should not be used to create what would be a dangerously misleading narrative about how they changed the politics of guns.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Miracles

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Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



Time for the Majority to Vote on Gun Control

The longer this drags out, the less likely anything will get done. That is why President Barack Obama’s announcement of a commission, just four days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, was a harbinger of failure and inaction.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Will the GOP Block Background Checks?

Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hell-bent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


NRA

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Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


Denying Victims a Vote

Shame on Harry Reid for killing any prospect of an assault weapons ban. I understand why he did it, but that doesn’t make it right.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Aleppo Media Center

Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Alex Brandon

Fed Chairman Bernanke: ‘I Agree With Elizabeth Warren 100 Percent’ on Big Banks

If Bernanke’s stance is any indication, Sen. Warren, who was just sworn in this January, is already having a positive impact on Washington.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Good Intentions, Bad Information at CPAC

Libertarians, whom the Republican National Committee has largely shut out, assumed a more energetic role at CPAC this year, using the failed election as evidence that the GOP should return to their philosophy’s ideals.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE


When in Rome

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Calling Out Ryan’s Radicalism

Paul Ryan’s budget could prove to be a perversely useful document.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Senate Television

Truthdigger of the Week: Rand Paul

The confirmation of John Brennan, the man tapped by President Obama to head the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared to be a slam dunk. That is, until Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor to begin a lengthy filibuster of Brennan’s nomination that served as a scathing indictment of the Obama administration’s targeted killings policy.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Talks the Talk

Rand Paul was right. There, I said it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Praises Rand Paul’s Filibuster of Brennan Nomination

On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, host Jon Stewart applauded the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul’s epic “old-school style” filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan’s CIA Nomination

Telling his colleagues he would “speak until I can no longer speak,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to mount an old-school filibuster of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


Partisanship

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Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE


Closed Capitol

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Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


While Republicans Warn Against ‘Greece,’ That Is Exactly Where Austerity Budgeting Will Lead U.S.

Indebted America is in danger of turning into destitute Greece, or so congressional Republicans and conservative commentators have been warning us for years now. For many reasons, this is an absurd comparison—but it may not always be quite so ridiculous if Washington’s advocates of austerity get their way.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

Ending the Permanent Crisis

Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE


The Tea Party’s Ghost

The deficit that should concern us most right now has to do with time, not money. Money can be recouped. Time just disappears.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Is Going Over Congress’ Head

On Friday, journalist and historian Jon Meacham said on HBO’s “Real Time” that President Obama should, like FDR and Ronald Reagan, ignore Congress and campaign directly to the American people. It appears that is what Obama intends to do.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


Hagel Nomination Stalled

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Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


Hagel Attack

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Posted on Feb 18, 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



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Julian Assange to Run for Office

From his de facto prison in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder intends to seek a seat in the Australian Senate as a member of the newly formed WikiLeaks Party, reports the Australian daily The Age.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State

The courts will now decide if we will fatally damage our democracy and become a military state or protect what is left of our rights as citizens.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE


McCain’s Valentine

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