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White House/Pete Souza

The Inconvenient Truth About Jack Lew

I suppose that he can’t be much worse than Timothy Geithner, but that should be scant cause for cheer over the news that the president has nominated Jack Lew as Treasury secretary.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Picks Next Treasury Secretary, Jon Stewart Weighs In on Guns, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including AIG’s decision on whether to join a lawsuit against the government over the financial crisis bailout and the White House’s response to a petition to deport Piers Morgan.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


Biden: White House Will Take Action on Gun Control

The vice president pledged Wednesday that the White House will take action on gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Barack Obama Getting Serious About Global Warming?

Americans demoralized by President Obama’s lack of initiative on the climate problem are being told he is “seriously considering” hosting a summit at the White House, intended not to outline his plan to tackle the crisis, but to “apprise” members of the public “about how they can act.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s CIA Pick Stinks of Torture, Targeted Killings

John Brennan has spent the last four years as President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser and the “architect” of the administration’s expansive drone assassination program. Some time before that, he was a deputy executive director of the CIA when that agency pioneered the use of extradition and torture under President George W. Bush.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE


Fiscal Deal Passes as House GOP Clown Car Crashes, Again

The House of Representatives has increasingly been dominated over the past two decades by a coterie of tantrum-prone extremists who lack the probity and steadiness required for democratic self-government.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Rendition Persists Despite Due Process Concerns

The Obama administration continues to embrace rendition—“the [controversial] practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process”—as it remains at odds with Congress over how to apprehend and try such suspects overseas, The Washington Post reports.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Petition Reaches White House Milestone

The petition to classify unofficial hate group Westboro Baptist Church as an official hate group is the White House’s most popular ever. But WBC members say they don’t understand the push to label their organization as such.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Petition Seeks Piers Morgan’s Deportation Over Anti-Gun Comments

A petition seeking to deport the CNN host for speaking out in favor of gun control has garnered enough signatures to elicit an official response from the Obama administration.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE


What Americans Should Learn From the ‘Republican Apocalypse’

What may finally consume the House Republicans is their boundless contempt for the American public—a contempt bluntly demonstrated in their refusal to consider any reasonable compromise with President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” Dec. 31.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



The NRA Responds to Sandy Hook Shooting, Richard Engel Is Freed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a serious female contender to become the next defense secretary and Nate Silver’s analysis of gun ownership in America.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Westboro Baptist Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Challenged

Despite its vitriolic activities and protests that are political in nature, the hate group Westboro Baptist Church has somehow managed to keep its IRS tax-exempt status. But after its publicly announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions hoping to change that.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


Wonderland on a Cliff

Are you as sick of the “fiscal cliff” as I am? Actually, that’s a trick question. You couldn’t possibly be.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Death Star Petition Meets White House Goal

A petition on the White House’s We the People site calling to secure funding and resources for the creation of a Death Star has gotten the 25,000 signatures it needs to elicit a response from the Obama administration.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Obama, Romney Raised More Than $2 Billion in 2012 Race

The two major candidates took in the equivalent of the GDP of Sierra Leone in their quest for the White House—and that doesn’t count super PAC fundraising.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



Tom Lohdan (CC-BY)

The Making of the President: 2062

It was Yogi Berra who supposedly said, "It’s very hard to predict things, especially about the future."

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 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



White House/Pete Souza

In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Signs Whistle-Blower Protections Into Law

The president put his seal of approval Tuesday on legislation extending support to federal employees who reveal fraud, graft and abuse.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?

The White House is trying to scare average people about the consequences of the “fiscal cliff.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama and the End of Decline

If Obama is looking for a single, unifying objective, it should be to make sure that by the time he leaves office, the vast majority of Americans will have abandoned their declinist fears.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Hatem Moussa

Israel Continues Gaza Bombardment While Preparing Ground Troops

Health officials quoted by The Guardian said that of the 21 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrikes Sunday, nine were children and four were women. Haaretz reports meanwhile that “the Israel Defense Force is continuing its intensive preparations for the ground phase of Operation Pillar of Defense.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sandy Huffaker

The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



Torben Hansen (CC-BY)

Ending the Drug War: The Next Serious Step Through the Haze of Comedy

What’s next? Amid all the munchie-themed jokes from reporters, political elites and late-night comedians, this remains the overarching question after Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the same way alcohol is already legalized, regulated and taxed.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



InsideClimate News/Osha Gray Davidson

How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Perry Says ‘No’ to Secession as More States Petition White House

Residents from nearly 40 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States on the White House’s “We The People” site since President Obama’s re-election.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



CIA

A Bizarro Spy Tale With Missing Pieces

The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Shouldn’t Back Down

It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country. If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE


The Election—In a Word

Mike Allen, for those who don’t know, is Washington’s insiders’ insider.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

When Obama Won, So Did America’s Future

What Barack Obama tried to tell America in the hour of his remarkable victory is that the nation’s future won on Election Day.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Rocky Anderson Decides Not to Get Arrested

Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson stood outside the White House on the eve of the election demanding that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder respond to the stripping away of American rights that began under George W. Bush and accelerated when Obama took office in 2008.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Gilded Age vs. the 21st Century

The 2012 campaign began on Aug. 2, 2011, when President Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco. At that moment, the president relinquished his last illusions that the current, radical version of the Republican Party could be dealt with as a governing partner. From then on, Obama was determined to fight—and to win.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jae C. Hon

Non-Kenyan White Men for Romney

Won’t it be great to have someone in the mold of George W. Bush back in the White House?

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Real Election 2012 October Surprise: Hurricane Sandy

With eight days to go until voters head to the polls to elect the next president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are being forced to alter their campaign schedules because of Hurricane Sandy. The impact may be felt, however, beyond that.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by David Drexler (CC-BY)

Obama’s Task Tuesday Night

First, he has to show up. Then, in his second debate with Mitt Romney, President Obama needs to offer not just history lessons and dire warnings, but also a hopeful vision for the next four years.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE


Debating Social Security: If Not Now, When?

If we can’t have a debate about Social Security before we make a presidential choice, at what point can we ever have such a debate in a way that honors our democratic ideals?

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE



Illustration based on a photo by White House/Lawrence Jackson

White House Confirms Cyberattack, Won’t Blame China

Off the record, the administration has confirmed an Internet-based attack on the White House, but says “These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have mitigation measures in place.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP/John Minchillo

We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/John Raoux

We Vote, They Rule: The Case for Voter Rebellion

Democratic and Republican politicians keep each other in business.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Obama Refuses to Meet With Netanyahu, or Maybe He’s Just Busy

According to a Haaretz source, the president has no time for the Israeli prime minister during a U.S. visit this month.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



From 9/11 Commission report

Robert Scheer: Why We Don’t Know Our Enemy

“Without Precedent” (2006), a book by the former co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, tells the inside story of how the White House endeavored to squelch any real examination of the enemy whose actions kicked off the so-called war on terror. Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Truthdig in August 2006.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE


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