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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



9/11 photos (CC BY 2.0)

Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

For those who never knew, the Bush White House received numerous warnings from the counterterrorism desk at the CIA of an imminent attack by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida on the United States. Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells of the still-classified briefs issued to the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

The GOP’s Hidden Campaign Against Obama

If the election is tight, two Republican tactics—one well known and the other just emerging from the political sewer—could be enough to defeat President Barack Obama.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


The Wrong Kind of Experience: Paul Ryan’s Big Foreign Policy Credential

Defending himself against the perception that he has no significant foreign policy experience, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has drawn fresh attention to one of the most controversial acts of the past decade.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Syria: Obama Has Contingency Plans for Chemical Weapons

The president says he is not eager to dive into Syria’s 17-month-old civil war, but his administration has “put together a range of contingency plans” in case embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad decides to move or use the stockpiles of chemical weapons he is alleged to hold.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Plans for Presidency, Touré Apologizes for N-Word Use, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s budget hurts the poor and Geraldo Rivera’s latest controversy.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Criminalizing Dissent

The very name of the law itself—the Homeland Battlefield Bill—suggests the totalitarian credo of endless war waged against enemies within “the homeland” as well as those abroad.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads an essay first published in 2007, in which the author and iconoclast suggested that perhaps there was a more sinister explanation for President Bush’s fiascoes than mere incompetence: He was out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras (CC-BY-SA)

Anti-Obama Animus on the Left Reaches Hysterical Proportions

While going through my weekly ration of hate comments from my ultra-left readers, I wondered what they expect to achieve by their actions—or inaction.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Romney Tells Israel Obama Has Emboldened Its Enemies

There can be no confusion when the Republican candidate, speaking from Jerusalem, says “Diplomatic distance in public between our nations emboldens Israel’s adversaries” that he refers to the frosty relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Altaffer

This Just In: Nonsense

There is a great hunger for trivial news and reporters have agreed to censor themselves in order to feed it.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Chuck Kennedy

Shame on the News: Pols Get to Edit Their Quotations

The New York Times reports that it is now commonplace for everyone from campaign advisers to the Treasury Department to edit and approve quotes before journalists allow themselves to print them. Keith Olbermann calls it “appalling,” and that’s being nice.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Andrew Buckingham (BY-SA-CC)

An Economics of National Pride

Democrats typically tie themselves up in strategic knots debating whether their future lies in the center or on the left.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by U.S. Navy/MC2 Mark Logico

Defining American Exceptionalism

The Founders did not regard their weak new republic as intrinsically superior or chosen by God to rule the world—but argued instead that the ideals of popular sovereignty and constitutional freedom represented the natural rights and the future of humanity everywhere.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE


Fox’s Brazen Star: Karl Rove Rebukes Obama on Executive Privilege Claim

Forever incapable of embarrassment, let alone sober reflection, Karl Rove is very well suited to his current roles as Fox News commentator and Crossroads Super PAC smear sponsor.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ Tracks a Splurge of GOP Fundraisers

Jon Stewart discusses the fundraising efforts of prominent Republican donors, who held three separate events last weekend to raise money for GOP candidates and causes in the upcoming election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Most Americans want pretty much the same outcome from health care reform, and it’s not what either major-party candidate is offering.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE


How Soon Republicans Forget Ken Starr

Having demanded a federal investigation of intelligence leaks, Republicans on Capitol Hill now claim to be outraged because Attorney General Eric Holder has asked two United States attorneys to conduct that probe—and one of the two happens to be a Democrat.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Paulina Clemente (CC-BY)

A Movement Built by Dreamers

Undocumented immigrants in the United States number around 12 million people, a group larger than the populations of most countries on the planet.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore

Ron Paul’s Social Security Hypocrisy, Jon Stewart Catches Another Fox News Distortion and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top Obama administration official facing a contempt vote, a new birther conspiracy and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart takes on Fox News (yet again).

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Eric Harris

Eisenhower’s Warning Ignored, Presidential Power Has Risen to Sinister Level

President Barack Obama is making sure that foreign policy will remain in the hands of the military-industrial complex. Whoever is in charge, the military, the intelligence spooks and the war industries always seem to co-opt the president.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: Keep the Change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Barry Thumma

See You at the Club: Fed Fat Cats Dip Into the Till

American families have lost 20 years of growth while at least 18 bankers and tycoons sat on Fed boards that coincidentally bailed out their institutions.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Drone Warfare Foretells an Ever-Expanding and Illegal War

President Barack Obama’s acts consciously undermine the civilized order of modern society. The United States has quite deliberately made itself an outlaw state.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore

Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

Wisconsin Exit Poll Surprise, Romney Email Hack and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Wisconsin exit polls, President Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the slap heard ’round the Badger State.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Artist rendering

Three Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Reveal Dangerous Intentions

As the country waits in fear and loathing for the high tribunal to drop the dime on Obamacare, we might do well to parse the damage Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have already done this term to our collective rights and liberties.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Nam Y. Huh

Daddy’s Boy: Andrew Sullivan’s Presidential Crush

The wider political pathology here is authoritarianism, and not simply a garden variety of British royalism.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Rafiq Maqbool

Hope Burning

So now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who, according to a lengthy leaked insider account in The New York Times, hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Bob Dylan Given Presidential Medal of Freedom

Along with 11 other Americans and an Israeli, Robert Zimmerman on Tuesday received the highest civilian honor his nation can bestow. Bob Dylan’s contributions to music go without saying, but did you know he also published three books of art? You might say Dylan has gone eclectic (ouch). (Full list of honorees after the jump.)

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

The President’s Kill List

Barack Obama campaigned to become the 44th president with vows to close Guantanamo, stop torture and end the war in Iraq. But campaigning and governing are two entirely separate things, as Obama quickly found out when confronted with the sustained threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the realities of fighting two foreign wars.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mark Lennihan

Obama Can’t Knock the Hustle

How did we end up with such smart scoundrels? Even after it was known that Jamie Dimon’s bank blew more than $2 billion, Barack Obama still had praise for the intellect of his political backer.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Bureaucrat Torpedoes Plea for a Presidential Pardon

The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron’s sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



Anthony Alvernaz (CC BY 2.0)

The White House Gets Another Show

Americans attracted to White House-themed television shows will be pleased when NBC’s “1600 Penn,” a sitcom written by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, hits the airwaves.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Dengrier Baez

The Dark Side of the Prestigious Marine Barracks

The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the showplace of the Marine Corps. It is also the home of officers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps who have been accused of sexually harassing, assaulting and raping female Marine officers and enlisted and civilian women who work there.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Wicks (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Obama’s Re-Election Campaign Begins

In an effort to improve upon the 2008 slogans of “Hope” and “Change,” the Obama campaign insisted before an Ohio audience Saturday that the president would take the country “Forward” if voters (and corporate sponsors) elected him to four more years in the White House.

Posted on May 5, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore

Newt’s Out, Finally

On Wednesday, the former House speaker formally ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, despite previously vowing to stay in the race until the GOP convention in August.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 28, 2012 READ MORE


Will GOP Exploit Secret Service and GSA Scandals?

Concerned as President Obama must be over the unfolding embarrassments in the Secret Service and the General Services Administration, he may actually be comforted by the feeble attempts of a few politicians to wring political profit from those scandals.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Your CISPA Primer

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. What is it, and what does it mean for freedom and security on the Web? RT has assembled a quick guide to answer those questions.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan

Karzai Seeks Speeded-Up Exit of U.S. Troops

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for an accelerated departure of American forces a day after controversial photos were published showing U.S. soldiers posing with body parts of insurgents.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE


The End of ‘Shut Up and Play’

As high-profile events periodically prove, politics and athletics have long had a love-hate relationship.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE


Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Steven Senne

Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice

With Mitt Romney’s super-PAC limo now on cruise control to victory at the GOP convention, voters are left with only two reasons to vote against Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE


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