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NDAA Update: Another Legal Victory

A federal judge on Wednesday said that her earlier ruling on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act applied to everyone, not just the plaintiffs in the case. She made the clarification in upholding a preliminary injunction that would block the military from indefinitely detaining American citizens it accused of supporting terrorists. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges (above) is among the plaintiffs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



Talk Radio News Service

Stevens Sees Eventual Collapse of Citizens United Ruling

Will Citizens United stand the test of time? John Paul Stevens, the former Supreme Court justice who led the dissent in the court’s highly controversial decision that eased restrictions on corporate donations in political campaigns, thinks the answer is “no.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE


Clinton’s Answer to a Romney Snark Attack

For Mitt Romney, the president’s greatest vulnerability seems to be that Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton—and he is seeking to exploit that perception in his public speeches attacking the incumbent.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Altaffer

A Victory for All of Us

We hoped we could draw attention to the injustice of the law. None of us thought we would win. But every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE



DoD

Obama From Afghanistan: ‘This Is Where It Will End’ (Update: Video)

First the president spoke to the troops, then to the American people. In a live address from Afghanistan, Barack Obama echoed his predecessor: “I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security.”

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Obama by Default

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You

Our 16 national intelligence agencies and army of private contractors justify their existence by turning even the mundane into a potential threat. And by the time they finish, the nation will be a gulag.

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE


Kucinich: A Prayer for America

Among the contests getting much more attention this Super Tuesday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is fighting a primary battle in Ohio to stay in the House of Representatives.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Santorum in the Extreme

Beneath that sweater vest beats the heart of a calculating and increasingly desperate politician who has gone beyond pandering all the way to shameless demagoguery.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE


Pay Close Attention to China

China, for better or worse, is a serious country. The United States had better start acting like one.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

White Nationalists Share Spotlight With GOP at CPAC

The annual Washington showcase of the far right is plunging toward new depths of disgrace by featuring “white nationalists” among its speakers.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Overriding Ambition

Criticism of Mitt Romney for lacking a coherent message is grossly unfair. He has been forthright, consistent and even eloquent in pressing home his campaign’s central theme: Mitt Romney desperately wants to be president.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Elections Are for Suckers

Bribes from billionaires? Let’s just dip our fingers in purple ink and pose for photos.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



The Huffington Post

Clint, Rick and the Limits of Pessimism

What do Rick Santorum and Clint Eastwood have in common?

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s 1 Percent Nation Under God

After he and the pro-Romney super PACs flooded the airwaves with millions of dollars’ worth of ads in a state where nearly half of the homeowners are underwater, Mitt Romney talked about whom he wants to represent.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Romney Rights the Ship in Florida

After Mitt Romney took a beating in South Carolina and his Iowa victory was annulled, his candidacy was beginning to look precarious. But a big win in Florida on Tuesday night put Romney back on course, and now he’s speaking as though the race is nearly over. (more)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE


An Argument Obama Can Win

If you heard a loud “gulp” Tuesday night after President Obama’s State of the Union address, it probably came from Republican political strategists as they realized their party’s odds of capturing the White House this fall are getting longer.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Saul Loeb

Obama’s Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton

I get angry because betrayal by the “good guys” for whom I have ended up voting has become the norm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Mitch Daniels: Bombast From the Past

Why the Republicans chose Mitch Daniels to deliver a rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address is puzzling. Isn’t he the former Bush budget director who said the Iraq War would cost $50 billion when it ended up costing $3 trillion?

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Late Payment to Mortgage-Fraud Victims

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Raising Cane Against the ‘Morality Police’

Some Egyptian women have an answer for vigilantes armed with walking sticks: welts and words that are far from submissive.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dusan Vranic

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Dream That Came True

In these sour, pessimistic times, it is important to remember the great lesson of King’s remarkable life: Impossible dreams can come true.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Moving Obama to Europe

This is what progress looks like for a president named Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE


Two-for-Two and Game On

It’s going to be mean and dispiriting, this campaign. We’ll be assailed with talk of “European socialism” and “vulture capitalism”—not “hope” and “change”—and the months between now and November will seem an eternity.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


What Kind of Capitalist Was Romney?

Thanks to Mitt Romney and such well-known socialist intellectuals as Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, the United States is about to have the big debate on the nature of modern capitalism that should have started back in 2008.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans Divided, Citizens United

The Republican caucuses in Iowa, with their cliffhanger ending, confirmed two key political points and left a third virtually ignored.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: The Conservative in 2012

The GOP is engaged in a wholesale effort to redefine the government help that Americans take for granted as an effort to create a radically new, statist society.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE


Banana Republicans’ Assault on Democracy

In a speech last week to the Heritage Foundation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell used that war on terror-flavored jeremiad about an existential “threat” to describe a grassroots effort aimed at electing presidents via a national popular vote.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



DOJ

The Attorney General Has a Great Idea

During a speech in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Eric Holder provided an exhaustive summary of the mostly bigoted and partisan efforts to disenfranchise voters across the country, and somewhere buried toward the end he came out with a brilliant idea. (more)

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Abroad: Democratic Realism

It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader blame the United States for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Square Deal

President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Harvard Feeds the Plutocracy

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Joseph Voves (CC-BY)

Thought Crime in Washington

Morris Davis was fired by the Library of Congress not because of his work performance, but because he wrote a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on his own time, using his own computer, as a private citizen. The government just did not like what he wrote.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE


Romney and the South Carolina Conundrum

Can Mitt Romney be dislodged as the fragile but disciplined front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination? If he can, South Carolina is the best bet for the role of spoiler.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



© Jeff Pappas

3 Signs Anti-Wall Streeters Are Succeeding

We may be reaching an inflection point, the moment when the terms of the political argument change decisively.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Speaking Up for That ‘1 Percent’

Before Paul Ryan delivers another lecture on the “fatal conceit of liberalism,” he ought to examine his own silly conceit: that he and others like him represent the hardworking majority, when he was merely born at the top.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

Denunciation and Disruption: The Vision That Drives Occupy Wall Street

The occupiers have made it known in a most disrespectful manner that the parasite class is not welcome anymore. That’s a good start.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street

President Obama left unsaid in his dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial that King, were he alive, would most likely be protesting Obama administration policies.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Palestine Vote Showcases the Decline of American Power

It is often the little things that trip up empires and send them spiraling into geopolitical feebleness.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



Avinash Kunnath (CC-BY)

Fidel Castro Surfaces to Criticize Obama

Barack Obama’s recent U.N. speech on “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” failed to impress Fidel Castro, who, in a newspaper column, called the text “gibberish” and asked, “Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?” (more)

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



Rana Ossama (CC-BY-SA)

Dispatches From Cairo: Who’s the Bad Wolf Today?

The view from Cairo is like a kaleidoscope of images of struggle crises hope despair joy misery loyalty betrayal beauty ugliness. The forces of light and darkness compete across a range of shifting shades.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE


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