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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



Public Opinion Strategies

The Biggest Problem With Congress? There Is No Middle Anymore

Republican political consultants dissected the recent battle over Obamacare and the government shutdown and concluded that consensus is hard to find in the House because the political middle has disappeared. Blame gerrymandering, big bucks campaigning, and voters. Yep, we got the government we asked for. Well, that some people asked for.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Life and Times of Glenn Greenwald

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: An intimate portrait of new journlism’s banner carrier, how the shutdown affected people of color, lying liars and the economics of mendacity, the Green Party responds to the 60 percent of Americans calling for a third party and The Mantle’s Shaun Randol on Africa and super-independent publishing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



Chips Ahoy Maker Wants to Spy on You

The company that owns Ritz, Nabisco and other snack brands wants to install grocery shelves that track the age and gender of passers-by; the NSA accesses Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s email; meanwhile, the stenographer who went on a Freemason-themed rant in Congress says God made her do it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock

Maybe the Tea Party Won

With a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share the tea party’s hatred of Washington.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock

Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions of Jobs, Risks Millions More

If Americans learn anything from this month’s shutdown-and-debt-ceiling debacle, they ought to realize that political extremism brings real costs.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown Winners and Losers

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the government un-shutdown, Chris Hedges on American collapse, a Florida teen is in jail for dating a girl, and Jesmyn Ward’s memoir of institutional racism.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Back in Business: Shutdown Ends After Congress Overwhelmingly Caves

With the stroke of his pen, just after midnight Wednesday, President Obama ended the government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Thousands of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home During Shutdown

The shutdown of the U.S. government has made our nation’s nukes more dangerous than ever.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Even More Americans Than Before Blame GOP for Shutdown

Things are not looking good for the Republicans, as the Grand Old Party takes more of the blame every week for the shutdown that has crippled the government.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Raise Their Ante

A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



Shutterstock

Shutdown: Senate Makes ‘Tremendous Progress,’ House Pouts

Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate came close to a budget deal Monday.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



The Advocacy Project (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Victims of Domestic Abuse Affected by Shutdown

As the government shutdown continues to rack up casualties, another group of victims comes to light. Women in abusive relationships seeking shelter from the violence may find many doors shut while they’re at their most vulnerable.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Amanda Lucidon

Obama Can’t Waste This Moment

The key in politics is to snatch victory from the jaws of victory. 

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created by Their own Donations

The frightened corporate leaders surely know how this happened—because their money funded the tea party candidates and organizations responsible for the crisis.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



UNLV Photo Services/GERI KODEY (CC-BY-ND)

Emboldened by Shutdown Polls, Democrats Push Spending

Smelling blood in the water, Senate Democrats over the weekend rejected a Republican proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE


Boehner in the Catbird’s Seat

Don’t feel sorry for John Boehner. His party and his country may be losers in this absurd crisis, but he clearly intends to come out a winner.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Republican Favorability Dives to Record Low

Only 28 percent of those polled had a favorable view of Republicans—that’s down 10 points from last month and “the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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House GOP Shutdown an Exceptionally Reckless Waste of Time

Abroad, what is happening in Washington remains to most a mystery of very little interest.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



Shannon (CC-BY-SA)

The Heartbreak of Extremism

The only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Garry Wills Calls Out Moderate Republicans as Cowards

The award-winning historian draws comparisons between tea party Republicans and pre-Civil War secessionists—and criticizes the failure of Republicans to confront the extremism in their midst.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



Studying the Rich’s Pathologies

To gain insight into the workings of American society, it may be productive to focus on the 1 percent’s erratic behavior; Japan’s prime minister has asked for international assistance to deal with the Fukushima leaks; meanwhile, is Speaker John Boehner the Berlusconi of the States? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Polls Show Obama Is Winning the Shutdown Argument

Although as arguments go, this one was pretty much a lob to the president.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



Fibonacci Blue (CC-BY)

The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Boehner Doubles Down, Threatens Default

House Speaker John Boehner went on television Sunday to scare the hell out of everybody.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE


Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


Next GOP Move: Impeach Obama!

If the Republicans in Congress are unable to prevent the United States from paying its bills later in this month of shutdowns and deficit limits, I assume their next move will be an attempt to impeach President Obama.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Shutdown: Do Republicans Even Know What They Want?

This week on Truthdig Radio: A repeal of Obamacare is off the table and the GOP can’t seem to decide what to do. Meanwhile, the exchanges are open—sort of, California rescues housekeepers and Congress takes on the NSA.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown: Do Republicans Even Know What They Want?

This week on Truthdig Radio: A repeal of Obamacare is off the table and the GOP can’t seem to decide what to do. Meanwhile, the exchanges are open—sort of, California rescues housekeepers and Congress takes on the NSA.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


A Different Sort of Shutdown

Republicans are badly divided over the government shutdown while Democrats are united.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE


Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



NASA on Instagram

Shutdown: NASA Says Ta Ta for Now on Instagram

The space agency waved a cheeky goodbye from the social image site Tuesday, saying “we won’t be posting or replying to comments during the U.S. government shutdown.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

If a Government Shutdown Happens, It Will Be John Boehner’s Fault (Video)

President Obama on Monday blamed the looming shutdown on “one faction of one party,” but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid puts the onus on just one man.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr / cliff1066™ (CC-BY)

Senate OKs Compromise Funding Deal

Senate leaders struck a compromise late Monday on the issue of disaster relief funding that is likely to avert a federal government shutdown, the third such threat this year. (more)

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE


Attack of the GOP Budget Rider Leeches

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Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


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The End of Shutdowns

One image perfectly captured the absurd, irrational and wholly unnecessary confrontation over whether to shut down the federal government on the basis of differences over a small part of the budget.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE



Quinn Dombrowski (CC-BY-SA)

Government Agencies Prepare for Shutdown, Pols Fight Over Pocket Change

With the prospect of a government shutdown so real the White House has ordered government agencies to batten down the hatches, it’s hard to believe all this is over a few billion dollars. House Republicans are insisting on more cuts than President Obama has agreed to, and if both sides can’t get together by Friday ... (more)

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Shutdown Looking Unlikely on Capitol Hill

The good news: It doesn’t seem as though disputes between congressional Republicans and their Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill and in the White House over spending cuts will bring the government to a standstill. The bad news ...

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE


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