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Truthdigger of the Week: Mike Lofgren

Retired Republican congressional staffer Mike Lofgren outed the “political terrorism” of the lunatics and crackpots who make up the GOP today, and that’s why he’s our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE


George W. Bush

Bush Backpedals on ‘Stay the Course’

UPDATE: Check out a better video version
The president is rewriting history again, this time on ABC’s “This Week,” where he told George Stephanopoulos: “Well, hey, listen, we’ve never been ‘stay the course,’ George. We have been—we will complete the mission….” (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


Bob Woodward
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Truthdigger of the Week: Bob Woodward

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Bob Woodward, whose book “State of Denial” plowed over much-trod territory and still managed to surface plenty of fresh headlines. (Video and more after the jump…)

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq War Cost: $2b a Week

That’s the word from a new congressional report, which tallies the spending at $379 billion in total, or 20% more than last year, as we spend more and more on establishing long-term bases in the area.

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


Rep. Peter Hoekstra
From Crooks and Liars

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Peter Hoekstra

Truthdig salutes Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who rapped Bush in a letter for not briefing Congress on various intelligence-gathering programs. Check out a video of Hoekstra publicly defending the letter on Fox News: “It is not optional for this president ... or people in the executive community not to keep the intelligence committees fully informed of what they are doing.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


John Paul Stevens
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Truthdigger of the Week: John Paul Stevens

Truthdig salutes the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down the military tribunals Bush set up to try Guantanamo detainees. But more important, this decision, in the words of a Yale law professor, “effectively undermines the Administration’s strongest claims about Presidential power,” and may constitute the legal framework necessary to halt the more egregious of Bush’s civil liberties-infringing programs—like warrantless wiretapping and holding terrorism suspects without trial.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


Ron Suskind and 'The One Percent Doctrine'
Book: Amazon.com / Suskind: virginia.edu

Truthdigger of the Week: Ron Suskind

Truthdig salutes Ron Suskind, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose most recent book, “The One Percent Doctrine,” stripped down Vice President Dick Cheney’s counter-terrorism philosophy to its Strangelovian essence: If there is a 1% chance of a terrorist attack, America must respond as though it is a 100% certainty.

  • Click here for disclosures from the book, Suskind TV appearances, links to other writings and biographical information.

  • Posted on Jun 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Truthdigger of the Week: John Murtha

    Truthdig salutes Pa. Rep. John Murtha for his sustained leadership in demanding a pullout of U.S. troops out from Iraq. Particularly inspiring was his conduct during Thursday’s congressional debate over the war. A GOP congressman all but called Murtha a coward, and the 38-year Marine veteran thundered back a response that sent the congressman scurrying for cover. In doing so, Murtha again demonstrated the Republican fallacy of equating a call for withdrawal with weakness. It’s a lesson more Democrats could stand to learn.

  • Watch the video of Murtha on the House floor
  • Read Murtha’s words from the day of the debate (Wash Po, AP, N.Y. Times)
  • UPDATE: Murtha steamrolls over Tim Russert (h/t: Huff Po)

  • Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Gay Macy's Mannequins
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    Macy’s Removes Gay Mannequins After Hate Group Complains

    Macy’s department store in Boston removed from its window a duo of mannequins—one wearing a gay pride flag—after a conservative group complained the display was offensive. (h/t: Towleroad )
    Macy’s deserves all the criticism it’s getting for caving in to the puritans.

    Posted on Jun 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Did Telcos Use Scapegoat-for-Hire in NSA Case?

    Via Business Week, we learn that an entire niche industry has sprung up to provide the government with commercially purchased telecommunications records that the government isn’t allowed to purchase itself. (TPM Muckraker has a good sum-up.)

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


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