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- China Versus America, By Roger Cohen
- Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K., By Paul Krugman
- An Affair to Remember, Differently, By Maureen Dowd
- Failures of Competence, By Joe Nocera
- What Markets Will, By Paul Krugman
- Asia’s American Angst By Roger Cohen
- A Pump War?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Amazon Plays Rough. So What?, By Joe Nocera
- The Instruction of Pestilence
Ebola, Denial, Fear and Panic
, By Roger Cohen
- Revenge of the Unforgiven. By Paul Krugman
- Lady Psychopaths Welcome, By Maureen Dowd
- I.S. = Invasive Species, By Thomas L. Friedman
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3, By Nicholas Kristof
- Putin Shows His Hand, By Joe Nocera
- God Bless America, By Roger Cohen
- Secret Deficit Lovers, By Paul Krugman
- Rules to Vote By, By Gail Collins
- The Diversity of Islam, By Nicholas Kristof
- Running on Empty
The Secret Service and the Political Class
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- ‘Moment of Truth’ on Emissions, By Joe Nocera
- Voodoo Economics, the Next Generation, By Paul Krugman
- For Israel, a Time of Self-Scrutiny, By Roger Cohen
- Too Many Secrets, Not Enough Service
Julia Pierson and the Glass Ceiling
, By Maureen Dowd
- ISIS, Boko Haram and Batman, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Walrus and the Politicians, By Gail Collins
- Apple’s Irish Luck, By Joe Nocera
- Depression Denial Syndrome, By Paul Krugman
- What ISIS Could Teach the West, By Nicholas Kristof
- Securing Social Security, By Gail Collins
- Order vs. Disorder, Part 4, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Hole in Holder’s Legacy, By Joe Nocera
- Here There Is No Why
For ISIS, Slaughter Is an End in Itself
, By Roger Cohen
- Our Invisible Rich, By Paul Krugman
- From Pen and Phone to Bombs and Drones, By Maureen Dowd
- Who Had It Easier, Reagan or Obama?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Stranger Danger and Guns, By Nicholas Kristof
- Not for the Faint of Heart
Congressional Campaign Ads Are Scary
, By Gail Collins
- Paralysis Isn’t Inevitable
Income Inequality and N.R.A. Dominance May Not Last Forever
, By Joe Nocera
- The Show-Off Society, By Paul Krugman
- The Ebola Fiasco, By Nicholas Kristof
- Florida Goes Down the Drain
The Politics of Climate Change
, By Gail Collins
- ISIS Crisis, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Truths of a French Village, By Roger Cohen
- Behind the Chevron Case, By Joe Nocera
- Those Lazy Jobless, By Paul Krugman
- Up From Pain, By Charles M. Blow
- Alicia Keys Asks: Why Are We Here?, By Nicholas Kristof
- Three Cheers for Pluralism Over Separatism, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Two Redheaded Strangers
Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd’s Pain
, By Maureen Dowd
- Getting It Wrong
Roger Goodell Speaks for the N.F.L. and Says Nothing
, By Joe Nocera
- Exercising the Right to Rant, By Gail Collins
- Errors and Emissions
Could Fighting Global Warming Be Cheap and Free?
, By Paul Krugman
- On Spanking and Abuse, By Charles M. Blow
- Sex Is the Least of It
Mark Sanford Just Can’t Stop Sharing
, By Gail Collins
- From D.C. to Syria, a Mess
The ISIS Campaign Is Off to a Shaky Start
, By Nicholas Kristof
- Take a Deep Breath
ISIS and the Arab World
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Criminal Card Games, By Joe Nocera
- How to Get It Wrong, By Paul Krugman
- Ray Rice and His Rage, By Charles M. Blow
- The Great Unraveling, By ROGER COHEN
- What’s Their Plan?
Obama’s Strategy for Fighting ISIS Isn’t All About Us
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Throw the Bums Out
Roger Goodell, Ray Rice and the N.F.L.’s Culture
, By Maureen Dowd
- Candidates Playing Possum, By Gail Collins
- N.F.L. Stands By Its Leader, By Joe Nocera
- The Inflation Cult, By Paul Krugman
- The Cost of War, By Charles M. Blow
- Critique From an Obama Fan, By Nicholas Kristof
- A Man With a Plan, By Gail Collins
- It Takes a Mentor, By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
- Inversion Delusion, By Joe Nocera
- Crime, Bias and Statistics, By Charles M. Blow
- Scots, What the Heck?, By Paul Krugman
- A War of Choice in Gaza, By Roger Cohen
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 2, By Nicholas Kristof
- Leading From Within, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Is It WWIII or Just Twitter?, By Maureen Dowd
- Passion for the Pill, By Gail Collins
- The Price of Glory, By Joe Nocera
- The Deflation Caucus, By Paul Krugman
- The Down Side of Reclining, By Gail Collins
- ISIS, Deep in the Heart of Texas, By Charles M. Blow
- Ready, Aim, Fire. Not Fire, Ready, Aim., By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Human Toll of Offshoring, By Joe Nocera
- The Medicare Miracle, By Paul Krugman
- Obama and the Warmongers
The Politics of the ISIS Threat
, By Charles M. Blow
- Diplomat and Warrior
Richard Holbrooke, the Arlington Cemetery and Lost American Resolve
, By Roger Cohen
- High Tea With Mr. Fancypants Sheen, By Maureen Dowd
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It
After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less
, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Fall of France, By Paul Krugman
- Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?, By Nicholas Kristof
- Bill O’Reilly and White Privilege, By Charles M. Blow
- He Has a Dream, By Maureen Dowd
- The Making of a Disaster, By Roger Cohen
- Wrong Way Nation, By Paul Krugman
- A Funeral in Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
- Order vs. Disorder, Part 3, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Golf Address, By Maureen Dowd
- Gift Horses Gone Wild
Lessons From the Trial of Bob McDonnell
, By Gail Collins
- Lessons Not Learned, By Joe Nocera
- Patient No. 9413, By Roger Cohen
- Hawks Crying Wolf, By Paul Krugman
- Constructing a Conversation on Race, By Charles M. Blow
- Tell It to the Camera, By Gail Collins
- The Man Who Blew the Whistle, By Joe Nocera
- Ambivalence About America, By Roger Cohen
- Why We Fight Wars, By Paul Krugman
- Frustration in Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
- Sister Acts, By Nicholas Kristof
- Where’s the Justice at Justice?, By Maureen Dowd
- Northern Exposure
Alaska’s Senate Primary and Sarah Palin’s Passion
, By Gail Collins
_ The Draw of the New City-States, By Roger Cohen
- The Forever Slump, By Paul Krugman
- Don’t Dismiss the Humanities, By Nicholas Kristof
- What’s Next With Hillary?, By Gail Collins
- Michael Brown and Black Men, By Charles M. Blow
- It’s the Loyalty, Stupid, By Maureen Dowd
- From Sneakers to O’Bannon, By Joe Nocera
- Back to Iraq, By Maureen Dowd
- Is a Hard Life Inherited?, By Nicholas Kristof
- Will the Voices of Conscience Be Heard?
The Gaza War, and Israel’s Ethical Challenge,
By Roger Cohen
- Obama on the World
President Obama Talks to Thomas L. Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- This Is Reform?
The N.C.A.A.’s Feeble Reform Impulse
, By Joe Nocera
- It’s a Can’t-Lose Year, By Gail Collins
- Inequality Is a Drag, By Paul Krugman
- Fighting Ebola for Us All, By NICHOLAS KRISTOF
- The Panda Angle, By GAIL COLLINS
- War Against Whites? I Think Not, By Charles M. Blow
- A Modest Proposal, By Maureen Dowd
- Dear Guests
Revelations in the Gaza War
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Start With Gaza, By Roger Cohen
- Obama’s Other Success
Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Is Working
, By Paul Krugman
- The Do-Even-Less Congress, By Charles M. Blow
- How This War Ends, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Go Take a Hike!, By Nicholas Kristof
- Throw the Book at Him, By Maureen Dowd
- Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do, By Roger Cohen
- Sympathy for the Devil
Those Bogus Claims Against BP
, By Joe Nocera
- Congress: The Road to Roads, By Gail Collins
- Knowledge Isn’t Power, By Paul Krugman
- None Dare Call It Impeachment, By Gail Collins
- Age of Identity, By Charles M. Blow
- Our Blind Spot About Guns, By Nicholas Kristof
- Night at the Opera?, By Maureen Dowd
- ‘Maybe in America’, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Zionism and Its Discontents
Zionism and Israel’s War with Hamas in Gaza
, By Roger Cohen
- Teaching Teaching, By Joe Nocera
- Corporate Artful Dodgers
Tax Avoidance du Jour: Inversion
, By Paul Krugman
- The Fight Over ‘Impeachment Lite’
The Republican Move to Sue Obama
, By Charles M. Blow
- What Is News?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Angell in the Outfield, By Maureen Dowd
- The World’s Coolest Places, By Nicholas Kristof
- Chamber of Commerce Lost Its Way in Right Turn, By Joe Nocera
- Hope in the Abattoir
The Shared Destiny of Israel and Gaza
, By Roger Cohen
- Left Coast Rising, By Paul Krugman
- An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality, By Nicholas Kristof
- Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet, By Charles M. Blow
- The Suns of August
Flight 17: Ukraine’s War and Europe’s Passivit
y, By Roger Cohen
- Did Dodd-Frank Work?, By Joe Nocera
- The Fiscal Fizzle
An Imaginary Budget and Debt Crisis
, By Paul Krugman
- Who’s Right and Wrong in the Middle East?, By By Nicholas Kristof
- A Popular President, By Maureen Dowd
- And Now for a Bit of Good News . . ., By Thomas L. Friedman
- The $300,000 Drug, By Joe Nocera
- Addicted to Inflation, By Paul Krugman
- Germany Is Weltmeister, By Roger Cohen
- Leading Through Great Loss, By Nicholas Kristof
- Tears for the Border Children, By Charles M. Blow
- Order vs. Disorder, Part 2, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Where’s the Oval Avatar?, By Maureen Dowd
- Helping Big Companies Compete, By Joe Nocera
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New articles added from the past week below discuss: Our endless state of war against any and all suspected terrorists no matter how many new ones we create in the process and what if anything can be done to stop this, how the courts are being used to undermine civil liberties. the Conservative/GOP plan to take over the country by buying as many Governorships as possible, the devastating attack on GOP voter suppression laws by a Reagan appointed federal judge, a model of a new Cnstitution to fix what is broken in our current one, plus lots more in Sounding Off. You might also ienjoy our large selection of progressive political humor, our interactive projects plus our free music downloads. --RJ Crane, editor

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All older articles that appeared in this section through December 31, 2012 can be found in our archives. Starting in 2013 we will no longer be archiving articles in this section.

My day at the gun nuts’ confab: Blunt talk, high drama and mass paranoia
At a bizarre strategy meeting, I learned they're secretly terrified of losing on background checks. Here's why

By Alexander Zaitchik
"For Jeff Knox and much of the gun-rights movement, to even accept the future possibility of federal background check legislation constitutes apostasy."

Reagan-Appointed Judge Who Approved Photo ID Law in 2008 Writes Devastating Dissent AGAINST Photo ID Voting Restrictions
By Brad Friedman
"If there was ever a concise and airtight case made against Photo ID laws and the threat they pose to our most basic right to vote, this is it."

Secrets of the bailout, exposed: Why you should be watching the AIG trial
To this day, information on the banks' heist and how it went down is pathetically scant. That's about to change now

By David Dayen

It's the Stupid, Stupid
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
"Barack Obama is not stupid and he says he doesn't want his administration to do 'stupid things' in foreign policy. So why, then, has he done a reckless, stupid thing by starting a new, two-theater war in the Middle East?"

The Anglo-American Empire’s War of Conquest. The War on the Islamic State (ISIL) is a Lie
By Larry Chin
"It is the same fetid Big Lie that is the ?war on terrorism?, reheated and updated with new, bloodier special effects, new propaganda, a familiar but revised cast of demonic villains and a new military attack calendar."

Rand Paul’s dopey science: How Ebola and climate change exposed a quack
Despite claims that he’s the candidate Dems should fear most, here's why people are onto the far right “doctor” now

By JOAN WALSH

Can MSM Handle the Contra-Cocaine Truth?
By Robert Parry
"Thus, in the 1980s, the MSM treated the Contra-cocaine scandal as a 'conspiracy theory' when it actually was a very real conspiracy."

Why the GOP hates U.S. history: Inconvenient truths that freak out American conservatives
The right is losing its mind over new testing standards that aren't "patriotic" enough. Time for a history lesson!

By SEAN MCELWEE

Why voters don’t care more about income inequality
A new study suggests Americans vastly underestimate the current gap between the country's rich and poor

By DAVID SIROTA
"In the United States, for example, the researchers found the median American respondent estimated that the ratio of CEO to worker income is about 30-to-1. In reality, the gap is more than 350-to-1."

Key Democrats, Led By Hillary Clinton, Leave No Doubt That Endless War Is Official U.S. Doctrine
By Glenn Greenwald
"But any doubts about whether Endless War -- literally -- is official American doctrine should be permanently erased by this week's comments from two leading Democrats, both former top national security officials in the Obama administration, one of whom is likely to be the next American president."

Crusaders and Zionists
By Uri Avnery

The State-by-State Revival of the Right
By Thomas B. Edsall
"While politics in Washington remain gridlocked, the conservative revolution has been thriving outside the Capitol beltway. Republicans in states across the Midwest and the South are determined to eviscerate liberal policies and to entrench the political power of the right.

The Trial of Stanley L. Cohen: Justice as Farce
By Chris Hedges
"The use of the courts to erode our civil liberties, as well as expand the ability of the state and corporations to commit fraud and other crimes with impunity, has been accompanied by a campaign to silence the handful of activist attorneys who defend those demonized by the government."

Why right-wing Christians are actively promoting genocide
A leading Evangelical magazine is calling for the destruction of Islam. It's not the outlier we might like to think

By ADAM LEE

This is our new Constitution: How we fix gun rights, the Supreme Court, inequality — and foster true democracy
Freedom, fairness, equality: Here is how we get there, while fixing problems caused by gun nuts, right-wing judges

By ANDREW BURSTEIN AND NANCY ISENBERG
" Individual liberty is not won by 'getting government off our backs'; it is gained through good government.

We’ve corporatized the planet: The unseemly secret about America’s foreign policy
In Ukraine, however, these efforts seem to have failed. Here's why that's a good thing

By PATRICK L. SMITH

A Murder Mystery at Guantanamo Bay
By Ray McGovern
"Some very experienced investigators who have examined the evidence suspect the three were victims of homicides amid the torture regime employed by President George W. Bush's underlings."

Edward Snowden's Girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, Moved to Moscow to Live With Him
By Glenn Greenwald

Secretly Buying Access to a Governor
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"An accidental Internet disclosure last month showed that the stealthy form of political corruption known as 'dark money' now fully permeates governor’s offices around the country, allowing corporations to push past legal barriers and gather enormous influence."

Why Americans are so easily terrorized by ISIS
Fear-mongering has been the U.S. media soundtrack since 9/11. Like Muzak, it's affected us in ways we don't realize

By TOM ENGELHARDT
"Inside the American Terrordome, the chorus of hysteria-purveyors, Republican and Democrat alike, nattered on, as had been true for weeks, about the 'direct,' not to say apocalyptic, threat the Islamic State and its caliph posed to the American way of life."

Israel and the G-word
By Jonathan Cook
"But the idea that Israel is committing genocide may not be quite as hyperbolic as is assumed."

GOP goons suddenly run scared: What three anti-women warriors want to hide
Scott Walker, Cory Gardner and Thom Tillis have a problem with women they need to cover up -- and they know it

By Joan Walsh

Having to Rebuild Gaza, Again
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Still, as Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials convene in Cairo on Sunday for an international conference of prospective donors to discuss the reconstruction challenge, one question arises over and over: What is the point of raising and spending many millions of dollars (the Palestinians say $4 billion is required) to rebuild the Gaza Strip just so it can be destroyed in the next war? It’s a harsh question. Given the region’s tragic history, it is also inevitable."

Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion
By REZA ASLAN

Are We Really Conscious?
By MICHAEL S. A. GRAZIANO, Gray Matter
"I believe a major change in our perspective on consciousness may be necessary, a shift from a credulous and egocentric viewpoint to a skeptical and slightly disconcerting one: namely, that we don’t actually have inner feelings in the way most of us think we do."

Supreme Authority: The Growing Power of the US Supreme Court and Democratic Alternatives
By Greg Coleridge

The progressives are coming!: Why the latest attempt to “save” Democrats from populism is so pathetic
Center-right Democrats finally face a formidable challenge -- and that has them terrified

By LUKE BRINKER

They won, we lost: How corruption became America’s national pastime
How the nation's corporate elite "extorts hard working people for their own political and financial gains"

By JANINE WEDEL
"Excerpted from 'Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security.'”

Should animals be people under the law?
"A legal person is a legal concept. It is not a biological concept."

By JOANNA ROTHKOPF
"'Chimpanzees are autonomous, self-determining beings. Why shouldn’t they be legal persons?'” asked attorney Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project on Wednesday."

They're among the brightest young minds in the country... and they think America is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS: Harvard video survey reveals the value of a $60,000-a-year education
By David Mccormack and Annabel Grossman

Republicans are Ebola hypocrites: What they really think of public health
Republicans slash public health funding -- then blame Obama for the crisis? Here's why he needs to call them out

By JOAN WALSH

Big Brother is so much bigger than the NSA
Intelligence agencies aren't the only ones spying on us. Corporations are now collecting our metadata

By DAVID SIROTA

Is Obama Being Threatened by US Hawks with ‘Security Risks’?

Is there something more significant to the rash of disclosures than mere incompetence among the president’s security detail? Are powerful people within the US government perhaps trying to send Obama a grim warning?
By Finian Cunningham

Atheism, Islam and liberalism: This is what we are really fighting about
The debate raging in American culture boils down to an even simpler divide than you think

By Andrew O'Hehir
"In a conversation between Richard Dawkins and Pope Francis (and I’d definitely pay to watch that), both would politely acknowledge that they hold divergent views about the fundamental nature of reality. What I really mean is the difference between humanities majors and science majors."

America’s counter-terrorism lie: Waging war with secret rules, hypocrisy and worse
Our latest bombings in the Middle East remind us of a scary truth: Here's what the "war on terror" is really about

By Elias Isquith
"It’s no longer a surprise, of course, to find Obama upholding Bush’s legacy on national security policies. What’s troubling, though — and what the new war on ISIS has made even more clear — is that despite being nearly six years through the Obama era, our famously cautious, rational and legalistic president has done little to clean up and clarify the legal and political counterterrorism framework left to him by his predecessor. The war on terror is bigger and more entrenched than ever, and it’s still being waged according to secret rules."

End the U.S. Embargo on Cuba
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"For the first time in more than 50 years, shifting politics in the United States and changing policies in Cuba make it politically feasible to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and dismantle the senseless embargo."

The South’s victim complex: How right-wing paranoia is driving new wave of radicals
New wingnut pols may be laughed at as they enter Washington, D.C. But here's why their anger is deadly serious

By MATTHEW PULVER
"Ironically, the Southern persecution narrative, born of defeat, has spread nationwide to form the basis of Republican victories since Reagan and the conservative hegemony that moderated President Clinton, establishing through President George W. Bush nearly 40 years of rightward movement at the national level."

After Feigning Love For Egyptian Democracy, U.S. Back To Openly Supporting Tyranny
By Glenn Greenwald
"It is, of course, very difficult to choose the single most extreme episode of misleading American media propaganda, but if forced to do so, coverage of the February, 2011 Tahrir Square demonstrations in Egypt would be an excellent candidate."

The “rubber stamp” SCOTUS: How corporations’ ugly myth became law
American corporate law is broken, ruining our democracy -- and worse than you thought, a leading author tells Salon

By ELIAS ISQUITH

The 1 percent’s twisted new scheme: The Kochs and other billionaires are determined to buy the White House in 2016
Kochs and co. learned their lessons from Obama v. Romney, and can't wait to apply them in 2016. Here's the strategy

By DARRELL M. WEST
"In preparation for the long-term battle, these billionaires already have altered their campaign approach to maximize the odds of winning."

Noam Chomsky: Only One Thing Will Make Israel Change Course
By Noam Chomsky
"For more than 20 years, Israel has been committed to separating Gaza from the West Bank in violation of the Oslo Accords it signed in 1993, which declare Gaza and the West Bank to be an inseparable territorial unity."

Jeremy Scahill on Obama's Orwellian War in Iraq: We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be Fighting
By Democracy Now

College is ripping you off: Students are cash cows, and schools the predators
Higher ed is sold as the key to an affluent life. It's really a big business designed to leave you buried in debt

By THOMAS FRANK

You don’t “have nothing to hide”: How privacy breaches are quietly controlling you
Government data collection is scary for many reasons. But least understood: what it does to our personal creativity

By FALGUNI A. SHETH
"Another reason why privacy is important, as Greenwald and many others, including the philosopher Hannah Arendt, have argued, is that privacy is crucial to personal exploration, creativity, dissent — those interests and thoughts that reflect the complexity of human beings and their ability to flourish and lead meaningful lives."

NSA defenders think they can make surveillance reform vanish. This is how wrong they are
A dirty trick by politicians will come back to haunt them if a looming fight exposes the motherlode of spying power – and shuts off the data vacuum

By Spencer Ackerman
"If Congress refuses to vote on the USA Freedom Act when they come back for their lame duck session after Election Day, their strategic cowardice will set up a showdown come June, when Congress must re-authorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act – the law allowing the NSA to vacuum up every American’s phone records."

America’s war of words: The devious language games of modern political theater
What the Supreme Court under John Roberts tells us about the powerful influence of the well-chosen analogy

By JOHN POLLACK
"In this leadership role, Roberts has indeed led the court to change many rules of the game—from the way corporations can help finance political campaigns to expanding the limits of permissible search and seizure through secret national security courts."

John Holloway: cracking capitalism vs. the state option
Interview by Amador Fernández-Savater

The legacy of US Attorney General Eric Holder
By Tom Carter
"During his six-year term, Holder, as the head of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice, has presided over the most comprehensive and aggressive trampling of democratic rights in US history, as well as the buildup of the infrastructure of a police state."

Robert Reich: The Reagan revolution is killing America’s middle class
The former secretary of labor explains why the economy will never benefit from the rich having more money

By ROBERT REICH

Most Soldiers are Non-Killers in Battle:
The Aftermath of State Sanctioned Violence and Who It Targets

By Heather Gray
"The human cost of war reaches far beyond the battlefield - it has a lasting affect on spouses, children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles for generations, and of course on the soldiers themselves."

“You think we’re this dumb?”: Inside the sick, cynical mind of Mitch McConnell
The man who may be our next Senate majority leader is everything wrong with Washington, Alec MacGillis tells Salon

By ELIAS ISQUITH

8 disturbing ways the Kochs have amassed their fortune
The billionaire industrialists are living proof that oligarchs aren't exclusive to developing nations

By TERRELL JERMAINE STARR

Beyond 935 Lies
By David Swanson
"Charles Lewis' book, 935 Lies, would make a fine introduction to reality for anyone who believes the U.S. government usually means well or corporations tend to tell the truth in the free market."

Paying Afghanistan’s Bills
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"By the end of the year, Congress will have appropriated more money for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, when adjusted for inflation, than the United States spent rebuilding 16 European nations after World War II under the Marshall Plan."

From 9/11 to ISIS: The massive failure of U.S. intelligence
Taxpayers are pouring $68 billion annually into 17 intelligence outfits. Why do they seem to offer anything but?

By TOM ENGELHARDT

We need a new constitution: Here’s how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent
Washington is drowning in lobbyist money and it has swamped the public good. It's time to start over from scratch

By ANDREW BURSTEIN
"Though they haven’t articulated it as such, Americans want a new constitution that actually does what the original Constitution was supposed to do: serve the public good. So, what would that document ideally look like?"

All older articles that appeared in this section through December 31, 2012 can be found in our archives. Starting in 2013 we will no longer be archiving articles in this section.

Links to Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World cartoons

Links to Mark Fiore animations and other funny animations.

All of the past Bushspeak and Bushisms that we collected

Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science
satire by Andy Borowitz

CNN Defends New Slogan
satire by Andy Borowitz

Sermon Subpoenas
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Wheelchair
cartoon by Nick Anderson

CDC Protocols
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Contagion
cartoon by Nick Anderson

2014 Nobel Peace Prize
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Voter Fraud Vigilantes
animation by Mark Fiore

What if our leaders vanished for weeks?
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama's new Ebola czar!Obama's critics need to make up their minds.
cartoon by Mike Thompson

In defense of the 'R' word
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The bizarro Nobel prizes
cartoon by Brian McFadden

America of the future
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

No boots about it
cartoon by Matt Bors

The counter-intuitivist
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

We are what we drink
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

North Korean Government Reassures Citizens It Has Deep Bench of Brutal Madmen
satire by Andy Borowitz

Man Infected with Ebola Misinformation Through Casual Contact With Cable News
satire by Andy Borowitz

G.O.P. Leader: Five Million Forced Back to Work Under Obama
satire by Andy Borowitz

Quarantine
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Gay Marriage
cartoon by Nick Anderson

An optimistic Terri Lynn Land
cartoon by Mike Thompson

The Republicans' Benghazi obsession
cartoon by Mike Thompson

How the ape brain assesses risk
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Julia Pierson's looking for work
cartoon by Brian McFadden

The GOP's fight against early voting explained
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Police practicality
cartoon by Matt Bors

Do your part
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The Armchair Generals
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Citing Security Concerns, Iraq’s Prime Minister Cancels Visit to White House
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama to Move to Doorman Building
satire by Andy Borowitz

Bursting Their Bubble
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Guard Dog
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Intelligence Failure
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The ISIS Threat
cartoon by Nick Anderson

White House Security Breach: Coming Home
animation by Mark Fiore

Obama and uninvited guests
Cartoon by Mike Thompson

Mitt Romney stumps for Terri Lynn Land
Cartoon by Mike Thompson

The U of M concussion controversy
Cartoon by Mike Thompson

Congressman proves we have nothing to fear from global warming because Science
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The climate denial march on reality
cartoon by Brian McFadden

March of doom
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

A few good rebels
cartoon by Matt Bors

Climate of terror
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Koch addict
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Republicans Air Early Attack Ad on Newborn Clinton
satire by Andy Borowitz

Colorado School Board Votes to Ban Students
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cheney: “No Fair” That Obama Gets to Bomb Syria
satire by Andy Borowitz

Americans Who Have Not Read a Single Article About Syria Strongly Support Bombing It
satire by Andy Borowitz

Largest Climate-Change March in History Unlikely to Convince Idiots
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Latte Salute
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Climate Change Denial
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Secret Service
cartoon by Nick Anderson

ISIS and Syria as told in cartoons
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Arming the Rebels
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Climate Blah, Blah, Blah, Change
animation by Mark Fiore

The Beheading Coalition
animation by Mark Fiore

Obama approves flood aid for Michigan
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama’s latte salute
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Climate change deniers are getting desperate
cartoon by Mike Thompson

The endless war
America's at war...again.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Yes, women deserve equal pay for equal work
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Unemployment isn't a bug -- it's a feature
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The space privatization race
cartoon by Brian McFadden

A dose of their own medicine
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

My fantasy football league
cartoon by Matt Bors

Building blocks of war
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Win Win!
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Queen Accepts Scotland’s Apology
satire by Andy Borowitz

Queen Rips “Scottish Bastards” in Angry Televised Address
satire by Andy Borowitz

Female G.O.P. Senators Propose Earning Seventy-one Per Cent As Much As Male Colleagues
satire by Andy Borowitz

Kerry Claims U.S. Has Found a Moderate Syrian Rebel
satire by Andy Borowitz

Integrity Disqualifies Sanders for White House
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Unable to Sleep After Learning Limbaugh Liked His Speech
satire by Andy Borowitz

Independence?
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Fantasy Football
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Boots on the Ground
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Adrian Peterson
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Apple Watch Out
animation by Mark Fiore

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Shplourks, and more
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

iRaq War 3.0
cartoon by Brian McFadden

The guide to e-holes
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The banality of barbarism
cartoon by Matt Bors

The existential threat
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

What does the fox say....?
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Washington's ISIS fixation
There are plenty of domestic problems to keep you busy, Washington.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

White House Vows to Use Every Synonym for War Against ISIS
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cheney Says Iraq Would Be Stable If He Were Still President
satire by Andy Borowitz

CNN Begins Coverage of Royal Pregnancy
satire by Andy Borowitz

McCain Rips Obama’s Failure to Bomb Stonehenge
satire by Andy Borowitz

Now they’ve gone too far
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Executive Inaction
cartoon by Nick Anderson

ISIS?
cartoon by Nick Anderson

From the front lines of the war on seat reclines
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Inside the hacked files of D.C.'s elite!
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Phone phunnies: Release of the iPhone 6
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The nude selfie sage
cartoon by Matt Bors

Capt. Kirk vs. the internet
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Dysfunction Junction
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Is Terri Lynn Land the invisible candidate?
If you want to serve in the United States Senate, you need to debate.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

 

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