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Coming Soon: You Have a Right to Unlock Your Phone for Free

After more than 114,000 people signed a White House petition, the administration is moving to make phone and tablet unlocking a legal right.

Posted on Sep 17, 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



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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

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



Meet the Press

Case Against Assad Based on ‘Common Sense,’ Not ‘Irrefutable’ Evidence

The White House is certain of Bashar Assad’s culpability, despite a lack of proof.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE


Seven Little Words; Let’s Go to War Again

I have been appalled and outraged by the stupidity and ignorance of American leaders going into one war after another in places with strange names, faraway countries where we never had a chance to prevail.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Polls Show Americans Are Dead Set Against Syrian Airstrikes, Aid to Rebels

If Obama sounds like a salesman, it’s because the public strongly opposes getting involved in Syria.

Posted on Sep 3, 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



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U.S. Caves to Tobacco Lobby on Trade Pact Position

The investigative website Fair Warning reports that the White House has bowed to pressure from Big Tobacco and pro-business groups, and will drop a stance aimed at curbing smoking globally.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin

The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama had canceled a scheduled visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision follows the country’s decision to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden temporary asylum for a year.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

U.S. Decides to Talk to Russia Despite Massive Pouting

Sorry to take the hard news edge off the story, but this is so high school.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Might Actually Be Working

For the first time in decades, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers is, to quote the head of the CDC, “moving in the right direction.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

When Obama Trashed the Huffington Post, Was He Talking About This Column?

When President Obama told Democratic lawmakers not to believe everything they read in The Huffington Post, he might have been referring to this column by Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Or this one.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE


Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


A Case That Challenges Government Immunity

You may not know about this case, but you should. Called Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, it illustrates the extremism driving the policies being made in the public’s name.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Words Obama Had to Say

Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Helen Thomas

The woman who broke the barrier against female reporters in the White House and criticized the deceitful and secretive practices of the Bush and Obama administrations died Saturday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

For Obama, Mum Should Be the Word

We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The End of Obamacare?

President Obama will veto the House effort to delay the individual mandate, weeks after volunteering to delay the employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation cheers the demise of its own idea.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



Rubio’s Anti-Abortion Crusade, Nugent Weighs Presidential Bid, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House responds to a slew of petitions about the Westboro Baptist Church and Egypt has a new interim president.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE


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The GOP’s Endless War on Obamacare, and the White House Delay

The official reason given by the administration for delaying, by one year, the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employers with more than 50 full-time workers provide insurance coverage or face fines, is that employers need more time to implement it. The unofficial reason has more to do with the Republicans’ incessant efforts to bulldoze the law.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s ‘Insider Threat’ Turns Government Employees Against Each Other

For nearly two years, the White House has run a program that turns government employees into policemen monitoring their colleagues’ behavior and reporting anything suspicious, McClatchy senior national security reporter Jonathan Landay told “Democracy Now!” on Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. and Taliban Announce Direct Negotiations

After more than 11 years of war in Afghanistan, a country known as “the graveyard of empires” for its inability to be conquered and held, the White House announced Tuesday that it will sit down with the Taliban and try to work things out with words instead of bombs.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


White House Chief of Staff: Obama Doesn’t Believe Privacy Violated by NSA Surveillance

On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning, Denis McDonough defended the Obama administration’s sweeping surveillance methods, which were recently revealed in a series of blockbuster reports by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Snooping, John Oliver’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a lawmaker makes history on the U.S. Senate floor and outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to fundraise on her campaign site.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Eric Draper

For the First Time in Years, Most Americans Like George W. Bush

Although it’s true that people tend to feel better about presidents the further removed they are from office, not every president is George W. Bush.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE


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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Administration Has ‘Lost All Credibility,’ New York Times Admonishes

In a scathing editorial, the Gray Lady says Barack Obama’s presidency, which once promised unprecedented transparency, is instead “proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Season of Challenge

What is President Obama fighting for? What is the point of his second term?

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


Rep. Issa Accuses White House of Lying Over IRS Scandal

Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning that interviews with workers from the IRS’ Cincinnati office revealed that the order to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status likely came from Washington.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Bachmannism’s Legacy

The Minnesota right winger deserves to be memorialized with an “ism” because she perfected a tactic well suited to the current media environment.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


White House Detours

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Posted on May 29, 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


‘Left, Right & Center’: The White House Scandal Trifecta

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the Obama administration will be distracted and ineffective from here on out. The head of the IRS apologizes and claims there was no political motivation behind its treatment of conservative groups. Is it a benign symbol of an unwieldy, too-big government, or a terrifying reminder of the Nixon years?

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



What the Benghazi Emails Reveal, Rove Blames Obama for Scandals, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest sign that Anthony Weiner will enter the New York City mayoral race and televangelist Pat Robertson’s dubious marital advice for women.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’

“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Syria: U.S. Guns, Goggles and Military Intervention All on the Table

Seeking to clarify his “red line” position on the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons, President Obama said Tuesday that he would consider a “range of options,” but he also urged patience.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



Biden Weighs In on Torture Report, Senators Face Backlash Over Vote, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s hilarious White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech and top U.S. political figures give their take on NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Deadly Poison Found in Letter Addressed to Obama

Authorities believe a letter sent to President Obama containing a suspicious substance that tested positive for ricin came from the same person who mailed an envelope that was also filled with the deadly toxin to a Republican senator.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE


Obama in the Middle

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Police in Schools Do More Harm Than Good

Schools patrolled by cops see a surge in criminal charges against students for behavior that used to be handled in the principal’s office, and police presence does not make students safer, some youth advocates and legal professionals say.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


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Google Wants to Give You a Ring

The Internet giant is seeking to replace your memorized passwords with jewelry; the tobacco and soda industries share more in common than you think; and is there such a thing as an ethical smartphone? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Crusades Against Big Banks, NYC Soda Ban Struck Down, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details of a bipartisan agreement on immigration and the reason Donald Trump is willing to help the White House financially.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


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