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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


Ahmadinejad’s U.N. Speech Prompts Another Delegate Walkout

Delegates from the United States and Europe walked out of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday afternoon in the middle of a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he began expressing anti-Israeli sentiment.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Racial Divide Is There and Waiting

As was the case in 2008, the racial divide in American society is a huge obstacle to President Barack Obama’s chances of electoral victory in 2012.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace

Wright says Barack Obama came to him in 2008 and asked, “ ‘You know what your problem is?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ ”

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Tunnel Vision

Don’t fall for it. There’s no “new tone” coming from the Republican-controlled House. It’s just a remix of the same old song.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Much Has Obama Learned About Republicans?

The Republican presidential debate last week should have taught us that we are no longer in the world of civics textbooks. Does the President finally understand that?

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Tells Congress Americans Don’t Have 14 Months

By far the most stirring line in the president’s jobs speech Thursday was his acknowledgment that “the next election is 14 months away and the people who sent us here—the people who hired us to work for them—they don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months.”

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gregory Bull

What the Country Needs Is a New New Deal

For $300 billion the president could do something truly different—he could eliminate unemployment altogether.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Previews Jobs Agenda

The president will officially unveil his plan to create jobs and rescue the economy at a joint session of Congress on Thursday, but he offered a sneak peek Monday to union workers in Detroit. It comes down to bridges and taxes. (more)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Howard Liberman

The Last Labor Day?

We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as worthy of genuine respect.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Bazemore

Republicans Put Wars Ahead of People

Republican spending knows no limits when it comes to going into debt for failed and useless wars. But it’s another story when it comes to providing federal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irene or other catastrophes we may face in the months ahead.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Paradox Problem

Call it the Party-of-Government Paradox: If the nation’s capital looks dysfunctional, it will come back to hurt President Obama and the Democrats, even if the Republicans are primarily responsible for the dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Dark Art of Propaganda

“When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it,” wrote Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s Reich minister of propaganda, in 1941. Former Vice President Dick Cheney seems to have taken the famous Nazi’s advice in his new book, “In My Time.”

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Dick DeMarsico

The Real Dr. King: An Extremist for Justice

We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



ElvertBarnes (CC-BY-SA)

MLK’s Vision of Justice

King was a passionate advocate for economic justice, speaking not just for African-Americans but for all Americans seeking to pull themselves out of poverty and dysfunction. On this score, we haven’t just failed to make sufficient progress. We’ve stopped trying.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

President Bachmann: Another Mideast Messiah

A review of Michele Bachmann’s messianic and irrational foreign policy statements reveals a potential president looking for other conflicts, especially with Iran.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The New Old Obama

The mood of the White House crowd and past experience suggest that a new Obama—or, in many ways, the old Obama of 2008—is about to appear.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



Hypersensitive Cops Use Internet Stalking Law to Punish YouTube Meanie

A warrant is out on Mrfuddlesticks. Apparently the cops in Renton, Wash., can’t take a joke, and that has put a constitutional right in jeopardy.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Photo graphic by PZS from President Eisenhower's official portrait

Who Wants to Go Back to the ’50s?

Obama’s Eisenhower nostalgia is troubling. That was half a century ago—before the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and federal aid to education.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

War, Debt and the President

The history of the U.S. national debt is inexorably tied to its many wars. The resolution this week of the so-called debt ceiling crisis is no different.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes to Moderation, No to Centrism

What the country yearns for is moderation. What we hear about is the political center. But centrism has become the enemy of moderation.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE


Monday’s Obama-Boehner Debt Speeches, Minus the Grandstanding

We’re all about in-depth coverage, but when it comes to political grandstanding, better to just skip to the good stuff. Here are two minutes or so each from the president and House speaker’s Monday debt ceiling speeches (during which John Boehner said it’s “not going to happen.”)

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE


What If Jesse Jackson Had Been the First Black President?

A group of rhetoric scholars once got together and decided that Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Democratic National Convention speech is the 12th most significant address of the 20th century, behind the words of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, among others.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Calling the GOP’s Bluff

Obama’s in-your-face attitude seems to have thrown Republicans off their stride. They thought all they had to do was convince everyone that they were crazy enough to force an unthinkable default on the nation’s financial obligations. Now they have to wonder whether Obama is crazy enough to let them.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / loop_oh

The Drawdown That Wasn’t

Tom Engelhardt, a fellow at The Nation Institute and creator and editor of TomDispatch.com, takes a close accounting of President Obama’s Afghanistan speech delivered in late June, in which Americans were told that this year the U.S. would begin winding down its war in that country. (more)

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and the Agony of Prudence

Among Dana Carvey’s most brilliant sketches on “Saturday Night Live” were his dead-perfect impersonations of President George H.W. Bush, which made a permanent contribution to America’s political language. “Not gonna do it!” Carvey-as-Bush would say. “Wouldn’t be prudent!”

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

Why Does the War Go On?

The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.

Bad News for a Country Tired of War

Barack Obama’s plan for a limited withdrawal from Afghanistan means tens of thousands of American troops will remain there, many of them fighting, for several years to come.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Expected to Announce Afghanistan Decision Wednesday

Set your TiVos: The White House announced Monday that the president will deliver an Afghanistan speech Wednesday. Obama’s advisers have been debating how many of the more than 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to bring home, with the military’s top brass pushing to keep most there indefinitely.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


The Difference Between Rhetoric and Reality

President Obama went over to Toledo, Ohio, to thank the workers at a Chrysler plant for the bailed-out auto industry’s newfound profitability, but, as this video attests, the workers of that community are not feeling the love from Obama’s corporate welfare.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE



By Therealbs2002 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

GOP’s Self-Destruction Derby

My advice to Sarah Palin, not that she would take it, is that she’d better be careful. If she keeps pretending to run for the presidential nomination, people might take her seriously.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP/ Chris Pizzello

Exclusive: Ry Cooder’s ‘No Banker Left Behind’

The legendary musician tells Robert Scheer that his new album, including a song inspired by one of Scheer’s Truthdig columns, was written out of feeling frustrated, helpless and angry with current events.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Speech Obama Should Have Given to AIPAC

Former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando imagines what the president might have said to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Boehner’s Catholic Lessons

When the headline is “Catholic Progressives Challenge Conservative Politician on Social Justice,” this is something new and complicated. It’s far easier to write the 10th story of the week about Newt Gingrich.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Time for Peace Is Running Out, Obama Tells Israel Lobby

Speaking to the AIPAC conference on Sunday, the president said “The status quo is unsustainable” and “Delay will undermine Israel’s security and the peace that the Israeli people deserve.” He also softened his call in a Thursday speech for a return to the 1967 borders, which didn’t go over well with Israel’s hard-liners—like the prime minister.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


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