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U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe

Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Reefer Sanity Takes Hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Paul Morse

On Unemployment, Today’s Congress Is Meaner Than George W. Bush

Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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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


Judge on NSA Case Cites 9/11 Report, but It Doesn’t Actually Support His Ruling

In a new decision in support of the NSA’s phone metadata surveillance program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cites an intelligence failure involving the agency in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. But the judge’s cited source, the 9/11 Commission Report, doesn’t actually include the account he gives in the ruling. What’s more, experts say the NSA could have avoided the pre-9/11 failure even without the metadata surveillance program.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Amanda Lucidon

2013: Not As Bad As You Think

Something else happened this year that may, over time, prove far more important than the great website flop.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Happy New Year, Mr. President

It’s been a rough year for the president, but history will put things in better perspective.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE


The GOP’s Fight Has Just Begun

The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Progressives on the Take

The Podesta brothers are the faces of the so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party that, like the president himself, will talk a good game of reducing income inequality, while catering to the interests of the very corporations that have initiated the problem. 

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE


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The Republican Mainstream Strikes Back

The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat—a change in tactics—but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Contrite, But Resolute

It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Needs His Friends Back

President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE


NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

Posted on Nov 13, 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



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The Noise Around Obamacare

The ace political and baseball prognosticator Nate Silver titled his book about prediction and statistical mastery “The Signal and the Noise.” Rarely has it been more important to distinguish between the two than in the uproar over the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE


The Single-Payer Signal in the Obamacare Noise

The new law cemented the industry’s profit-extracting role in the larger health system—and it still leaves millions without insurance.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Out-of-Control NSA

Let’s get this straight: The National Security Agency snooped on the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Perhaps for as long as a decade? And President Obama didn’t know a thing about it?

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

How Much Did Obama Know About NSA Spying? Depends on Whom You Ask

Intelligence officials speaking anonymously (do they know any other method?) are reportedly pissed that the White House seems to be distancing the president from the NSA’s metastasizing eavesdropping scandal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Obama’s Take on McCarthyism to Blame for Obamacare Troubles?

President Barack Obama’s pursuit of leakers, which turns government workers against one another, is reported to extend into every department, including Health and Human Services.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Maybe the Tea Party Won

With a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share the tea party’s hatred of Washington.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Back in Business: Shutdown Ends After Congress Overwhelmingly Caves

With the stroke of his pen, just after midnight Wednesday, President Obama ended the government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Official Describes Iran Negotiations as ‘Intense, Detailed, Straightforward, Candid’

White House spokesman Jay Carney says negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have had “a level of seriousness and substance that we had not seen before,” however “no one should expect a breakthrough overnight.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



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House Will Not Block Budget Deal

The Senate reached a budget compromise Wednesday that will end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Job Approval Keeps Sinking

Maybe it’s the NSA spying, the fact that the economic recovery has mostly benefited the richest Americans or the threat to bomb Syria. Regardless, a growing majority of the country disapproves of the president’s job performance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Brazil Cancels State Visit Over NSA Spying

Calling the U.S. government’s spying on Brazilian officials “a grave matter, an assault on national sovereignty and individual rights, and ... incompatible with relations between friendly nations,” the South American country has pulled out of the only White House state dinner scheduled this year.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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



DoD/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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


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