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White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Most Important Diplomacy

President Obama’s foreign policy now seems to be defined by a series of ironies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Remembers He’s Not George W. Bush

It may come to naught—calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war—but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


Russell Brand Banned From Awards Party for Speaking Truth to Rich People

The comedian, who received the ironically titled Oracle Award from GQ last week, went on to poke fun at his hosts, the fashion world and event sponsor Hugo Boss, who made the Nazis “look fucking fantastic.” He was banned from the afterparty. Judging by this video of his speech, Brand probably welcomed the disinvitation.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bebeto Matthews

Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



Tim Pierce (CC-BY)

Elizabeth Warren Slams the Corporate Court

“You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a speech Sunday to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE


The New High School Diploma

Whether or not President Obama’s recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi’s must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


The Weight on Obama’s Shoulders

President Obama’s words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial were bound to be criticized as underwhelming, no matter what he said. The context, though, was nothing short of mind-blowing.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Syrian Agony

President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Gag Me With Lawrence Summers

President Obama thinks his former economic adviser is brilliant, but as Summers’ second trip through the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street reveals, he’s just greedy.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



Wellesley College Archives/Photo by Stimmell

Hillary Clinton Was A Lot More Revolutionary in 1969

Robert Pinsky, three-time poet laureate of the U.S., recalls with nostalgia the young woman who stood up to give a graduation speech but instead declared her disdain for the commencement speaker’s use of “a lot of rhetoric.”

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Photologue_NP (CC-BY)

Getting Back to Netroots

Online activism is just part of the fabric of political communication now, used for recruiting, fundraising and organizing, but there was some tension at last month’s Netroots conference between streets and screens.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Declaring the 9/11 Era Over

President Obama wisely avoided the phrase “mission accomplished” in his major speech last week about the “war on terror,” but columnists aren’t obliged to be so circumspect: It is time to declare victory and get on with our lives.

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Three Questions Left Unanswered by Obama’s Counterterrorism Speech

The president’s address Thursday left at least three core issues in the war on terror entirely unsettled: when Guantanamo will close, who will oversee future drone attacks and when surveillance of the press will end.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



Pregnant Anti-War Soldier Sent to Prison

“Ultimately, the success of the nation depends on the character of its citizens.” So said George W. Bush in his speech at the dedication of his presidential library in Texas last week.

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

What’s Next for Mitt Romney?

The twice-beaten presidential contender will return to the national stage with a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, the National Review reports.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


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



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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


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