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The Tea Party: Remember George Wallace

It is refreshing for me to find myself in agreement with "mainstream" Republicans, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan. I think.

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The Year of the Low-Wage Worker

In 2014, legislation and labor actions could narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Tim Larsen

‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression

American Jews are expected to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swath of American Jewry.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Male Speech Patterns Are Changing

“Uptalk,” the habit of increasing the pitch of one’s voice at the end of sentences, is on the rise among California males, new research shows.

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Mandela: The Man and the Movement

Nelson Mandela’s passing last week at the age of 95 has been met with a global outpouring of remembrance and reflection.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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How History Will Remember Obama (Hint: Not Well)

The man elected to end war and turn the page on George W. Bush instead expanded American militarism and persecution of dissidents.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Raise the Minimum Wage

Now that President Obama has outlined the crisis in economic mobility, he should begin by pressing his demand that Congress raise the minimum wage—and not by a little, but a lot.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Bigger Playing Field

The debate over the Affordable Care Act can stay small, focusing on website failures and other short-term difficulties facing the law. Or it can get bigger, with wider insurance coverage seen as part of a larger struggle for social justice in a nation growing steadily less equal.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Harry Harris

What We Lost

Whenever we reflect on the horror of Nov. 22, 1963, we mourn not only the murder of a graceful and inspiring leader but also a steady ebbing in the years thereafter of our faith in what we could achieve through public life and common endeavor.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



Election 2013: A Grass-Roots Resurgence

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grass-roots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

Posted on Nov 6, 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



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The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

Posted on Oct 14, 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



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.

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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



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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



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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



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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



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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



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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.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE


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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



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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



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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



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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


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