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Winning the Argument

In his bid to be remembered as a transformational leader, President Obama is following the playbook of an ideological opposite, Margaret Thatcher. First you win the argument, she used to say, then you win the vote.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Is Making More Sense Than the Loyal Opposition

President Obama said "jobs" 47 times in his State of the Union message last Tuesday night, so we know what’s on his mind.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Secret Message of Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was so wide ranging and inclusive, it’s almost difficult to recall the most ambitious proposals.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The New Politics of Immigration

On immigration, the parties are now competing to share credit for doing something big. It’s wonderful to behold.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE


Lost in Their Own Wilderness

Republicans shouldn’t worry that President Obama is trying to destroy the GOP. Why would he bother? The party’s leaders are doing a pretty good job of it themselves.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



Johan Larsson (CC-BY)

Why Textbooks Should Be Written Like Facebook Posts

Curmudgeons the world over will tell you that TV makes you go blind and expressing ideas 140 characters at a time makes you soft in the head, but some actual scientists looked into this and the results were surprising.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Kenneth G. Takada

The President of Perpetual War

Four years into his presidency, Barack Obama’s political formula should be obvious.

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



White House/Chuck Kennedy

The Amazing Grace of It All

Reflect for a moment: A black man stood on the Capitol steps and took the oath of office as president of the United States. For the second time. Meaning that voters not only elected him once—which could be a fluke, a blip, an aberration, a cosmic accident—but turned around and did it again.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE


The Conservative Learning Curve

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



Our Climate Future and the Doha Summit

The annual United Nations climate summit has convened, this year in Doha, the capital of the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



401(K) 2012 (CC-BY-SA)

Cracks in the Anti-Tax Wall

We’re seeing the first signs in years that on the question of taxation—one of the fundamental responsibilities of government—the GOP may be starting to recover its senses.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



Simon Gibbs (CC-BY-SA)

Maybe British Newspapers Are So Awful They Need to Be Regulated

Will Hutton, writing in The Observer, says the “precious freedom of speech of an individual is different from the freedom of speech of a media corporation with its capacity to manipulate the opinions of millions.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Matt Rourke

Yes We Can, We Did, and Now Obama’s Second Term Is Our Responsibility

Election night was a heck of a party, but morning in America already feels too much like a hangover.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



David Drexler (CC-BY)

America’s Increasingly Diverse Electorate Is Heard

Abroad, the widely noted aspect of Barack Obama’s re-election victory was its social and class character. The president was re-elected by a majority of American minorities.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



Obama for America/Christopher Dilts

Bill Clinton to the Rescue

While Obama flew home to take command of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the campaign marched on Monday, with 66-year-old Bill Clinton trying to catalyze the youth vote in Florida.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


The Heartland Election

We still make a lot of stuff in the United States of America, and one of the good things about this election is that it is likely to be decided in the nation’s industrial heartland.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE


Sherrod Brown’s Lessons for Obama

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s uncompromising advocacy on behalf of workers, toughness on trade, and progressive policies on a broad range of other issues have allowed him to build a formidable organization across Ohio, and a large cadre of small donors.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE


Hearing an Echo on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney claims to disagree with President Obama on many aspects of foreign policy. We’re still waiting to hear what those differences might be.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Campaign’s Moral Hole

There are forces working to make the campaign about something more than a suffocating battle to influence tiny slivers of the electorate.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Choice Between Automatons and Leaders

Ask corporate executives what they really want in a legislator, and they probably won’t use words like “principled” or “well-informed.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Has a Jobs Plan ... for China

You may never have heard of Sensata Technologies, but in this election season, you’ve probably heard the name of its owner, Bain Capital, the company co-founded and formerly run by Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Desmond Kavanaugh (CC-BY-ND)

The ‘Unloved America’

Americans shouldn’t be looking for love abroad. The goal should be respect—and we already have that.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



A Voting Issue That Isn’t (Video)

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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

Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

The Freeloaders in Mitt Romney’s Orbit

Watching Mitt Romney talk about the 47 percent of Americans he says are freeloaders, I thought of Paul Ryan’s mom, a Medicare recipient.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/John Minchillo

We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/John Raoux

We Vote, They Rule: The Case for Voter Rebellion

Democratic and Republican politicians keep each other in business.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Alexis O'Toole (CC-BY-SA)

The American Election’s Global Reach

The movement in the presidential race reflects a broader trend visible in many nations.

Posted on Sep 16, 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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Meet the New Progressives Who Are Getting It Done

These community organizers, mostly Latino and African-American, are practical working people who like the president and aren’t fixated on his shortcomings. They want solutions now, and they’re working to get them.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP/David Goldman

Democrats Can Win the Argument and Lose the Election

Talking to volunteers, I saw the immensity of Obama’s task, especially as the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Republican super PACs overwhelm the voters with misleading ads.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Advantage, Romney’s Openings

Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn’t stand a chance. But then a candidate with Mitt Romney’s shortcomings, including his failure to ignite much enthusiasm within his own party, wouldn’t stand a chance, either.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Hope and Change 2.0

The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Called Out by Republicans, Clinton Answers in Masterful Convention Speech

There has been no political leader since FDR with Clinton’s capacity to perform this rhetorical magic, and there is none today who can match him.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Vahid Salemi

A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran

President Barack Obama said, “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions.” The refusal of 120 countries to boycott Iran undermines the point.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Chuck Burton

Want Hope and Change? Build a Real Left

It’s fine to catalog the sins of Obama, but it’s a largely meaningless parlor game unless we offer a coherent vision that outlines a winning strategy.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



Obama for America/Christopher Dilts

Democrats Show Republicans How It’s Done

Judging by the party conventions, you’d wonder why this election is even close.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Lies and Liars

I once wrote, about Gerald Ford, that an honest politician is one who lies only when he has to. Ford, a pretty straight shooter, is gone now. He has been replaced by Mitt Romney the ignorant and Paul Ryan the liar.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE


Ryan’s Diet of Whoppers

Has there ever been a more dishonest presidential campaign than the one Republicans are waging right now?

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Santorum Wants to Hold Your Hand

Rick Santorum ran a little wild Tuesday night in Tampa, saying he held the hand of dirty farmers as well as the American dream, and referring to President Obama in dictatorial terms.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE


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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Isaac Lamberth

Did Someone Say ‘War’?

Nobody in the U.S. and the allied countries, except for the relatives of the victims, gives a damn about Iraq. That will be true of Afghanistan, too, when it’s over. Or when it is replaced by war with Iran.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and the Go-for-Broke Election

Conservatives and a Republican Party now under their control hope to eke out a narrow victory in November on the basis of a quite radical program that includes more tax cuts for the rich and a sharp rollback in government regulation.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE


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