President Obama says he thinks gay marriage should be legal, but isn't looking to legislate. JPMorgan Chase, the "best of the banks," loses a $2 billion bet and reignites the debate over bank regulation. The French election has austerity hawks worrying about a resocialized euro, and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's primary loss could usher in a new era of ideological warfare.
Is America really a "center-right" nation? Is "The Daily Show" secretly a left-wing commune? These questions and more are answered in these clips from "Fox News" superstar Bill O'Reilly's visit to Jon Stewart's studio Thursday.
In the latest edition of "Left, Right & Center," co-commentators Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley (Arianna Huffington is still at large) give their expert analyses of Thursday's vice presidential debate, inspecting Sarah Palin's and Joe Biden's arguments and self-presentation styles down to the smallest detail.
It's really hard to look at these photos of President Bush meeting with severely wounded veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio without just saying "wow" over and over. We're hard pressed to imagine what Bush might've been thinking as he saw the effects of his foreign policy on these young soldiers.
After five years, we must ask: How did the path from Ground Zero somehow lead us to Abu Ghraib? Where did the elemental goodness that inspired us in those first days and weeks after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon go?
Join Truthdig's Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Lawrence O'Donnell for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture. This week: Plan B, for Lebanon, Iraq and America's women; a look back at a decade of welfare reform; Republican Congressman Christopher Shays says "let's get out" of Iraq.
In what could be tantamount to dropping a neutron bomb on xenophobes like Lou Dobbs, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that high levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers. But some economists question the study's technique.
The N.Y. Times says "World Trade Center" marks a departure for filmmaker Oliver Stone in that the movie has no hint of a political agenda. It's a "harrowing return to a singular, disastrous episode in the recent past and a refuge from the ugly, depressing realities of its aftermath."
On this week's episode: Iraq Civil War?; Will Israel Fighting Ever Stop?; Fidel; Mel Gibson; Min-wage, Death-Tax Debates Die.