Is Democracy in Trouble?

May 20, 2013
We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation's capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about -- jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education -- it's worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy.
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Truthdigger of the Week: Naomi Wolf

Oct 21, 2011
Author and feminist Naomi Wolf, whose dedication to helping protesters understand and exercise their rights got her arrested outside a private, black-tie event, is our Truthdigger of the Week.Author and feminist Naomi Wolf, whose dedication to helping protesters understand and exercise their rights, got her arrested is our Truthdigger of the Week.

A Closer Look at Citizen Whitman

Sep 10, 2010
Looking back at Meg Whitman's history of fulfilling public obligations as a California citizen, we can measure whether her current commitment to public service matches her record of participation in some public spheres of citizenship in the Golden State.We can only assume that Meg Whitman wants to be governor so she can provide a public service for the citizens of California.

Paris Fetes Dalai Lama

Apr 22, 2008
Despite disapproval from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party, which is working on improving relations with the Chinese government, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has championed the Dalai Lama by making the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader an honorary citizen of the City of Light.

Surge Success at a Rate of $10 a Day

Jan 9, 2008
Here's an interesting idea for dampening insurgent violence in Iraq: Pay the would-be troublemakers to temporarily join America's side and watch the surge success reports roll in. That's the tactic the U.S. military has employed with some 70,000 former insurgents, according to this NPR report.

Robert Scheer: Hayden–the Spook in Your Phone

May 10, 2006
UPDATE: Michael V. Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA, is the man responsible for the most extensive attack ever on the privacy of U.S. citizens. While head of the NSA, he oversaw the program that recorded the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans. Want to take action? Check out (includes video proof that Hayden is smugly incorrect about the privacy foundation of the Fourth Amendment).