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- Putin’s Bubble Bursts, By Paul Krugman
- The Obamas, Race and Slights, By Charles M. Blow
- Welcome Back, Cuba!, By Nicholas Kristof
- This Israeli Election Matters, By Thomas L. Friedman
- When Football Gets the Ax, By Joe Nocera
- America, Who Are We?, By Charles M. Blow
- Wall Street’s Revenge
Dodd-Frank Damaged in the Budget Bill
, By Paul Krugman
- Trying to Reinvent Italy, By Roger Cohen
- A Shooter, His Victim and Race, By Nicholas Kristof
- Why 2014 Is a Big Deal, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Way Back to Iran, By Roger Cohen
- Prosecuting Insider Trading, By Joe Nocera
- Dinner Party Political Primer, By Gail Collins
- Mad as Hellas, By Paul Krugman
- What if Whites Were the Minority?, By Nicholas Kristof
- This Is Your Moment, By Charles M. Blow
- It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A., By Gail Collins
- We’re Always Still Americans, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The New Republic’s Rebellion, By Joe Nocera
- A New Age of Activism
From Eric Garner and Michael Brown to the Ballot Box
, By Charles M. Blow
- Recovery at Last?, By Paul Krugman
- Annus Mirabilis 2014, By Roger Cohen
- Gifts That Inspire, By Nicholas Kristo
- How ISIS Drives Muslims From Islam, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Woes of Working Women, By Gail Collins
- über vs. Uber, By Joe Nocera
- Democrats Against Reform, By Paul Krugman
- The Consolations of Italy, By Roger Cohen
- Of Taxes, Pigs and Congress, By Gail Collins
- Abusing Chickens We Eat, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Perfect-Victim Pitfall
Michael Brown, and Now Eric Garner
, By Charles M. Blow
- The Gift That Keeps Giving, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The N.C.A.A.’s Big Bluff, By Joe Nocera
- Being Bad Europeans, By Paul Krugman
- From Oops to Whoops
The Long Road From American to English
, By Roger Cohen
- Crime and Punishment, By Charles M. Blow
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 5, By Nicholas Kristof
- Doing Some Heavy Lifting. By Gail Collins
- Nicotine Without Death, By Joe Nocera
- Pollution and Politics, By Paul Krugman
- Get Real, Boris Johnson!,By Roger Cohen
- Counting Benghazi Blessings, By Gail Collins
- Fury After Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
- Bill Cosby, U.V.A. and Rape, By Nicholas Kristof
- News Drumsticks, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Keep Pushing for an Iran Deal, By Roger Cohen
- Committed to Carbon Goals, By Joe Nocera
- Rock Bottom Economics
The Inflation and Rising Interest Rates That Never Showed Up
, By Paul Krugman
- Bigger Than Immigration, By Charles M. Blow
- Stampeding Black Elephants, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Uber’s Rough Ride, By Joe Nocera
- Immigration Enriches You and Me, By Nicholas Kristof
- Suffer Little Children, By Paul Krugman
- Tough Times for Penguins, By Gail Collins
- The Solid South Will Rise Again, By Charles M. Blow
- Two Ideas of Israel-Palestine, By Roger Cohen
- Did Dubai Do It?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Putin Plays Hardball, By Joe Nocera
- When Government Succeeds, By Paul Krugman
- Partisanship Breaks the Government, By Charles M. Blow
- Who Are We?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 4, By Nicholas Kristof
- Net Neutrality Rules, By Joe Nocera
- Congress Extends Itself, Gail Collins
- China, Coal, Climate, Paul Krugman
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- The Lame-Duck Dynasty, By Gail Collins
- Mere Human Behavior, By Roger Cohen
- Race, to the Finish, By Charles M. Blow
- Freud and the Middle East, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Obama Opposition, By Charles M. Blow
- The Iran-Ukraine Affair, By Roger Cohen
- Death by Typo
The Latest Frivolous Attack on Obamacare
, By Paul Krugman
- Makers and Breakers, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A Changed China Awaits Mr. Obama, By Nicholas Kristof
- Big Money Wins Again in a Romp, By Joe Nocera
- Republicans ♥ Pipeline, By Gail Collins
- Triumph of the Wrong, By Paul Krugman
- America’s Broken Politics, By Nicholas Kristof
- Always Look on the Bright Side
Finding Good News in the Election Results
, By Gail Collins
- The Bear Turns
Russia, pivoting to Asia, defines itself against the West
, By Roger Cohen
- Looking Back, Looking Forward, By Charles M. Blow
- Recent Elections Missed the Biggest Challenge of All, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Guns and Public Health, By Joe Nocera
- Business vs. Economics, By Paul Krugman
- Blacks, Obama and the Election, By Charles M. Blow
- Teenagers Stand Up to Backpage, By Nicholas Kristof
- Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A Cup of G.I. Joe, By Maureen Dowd
- Election Day Pop Quiz, By GAIL COLLINS
- The Guantánamo Tapes, By Joe Nocera
- Apologizing to Japan, By Paul Krugman
- A Political Crystal Ball, By Gail Collins
- The Ebola Hysteria, By Charles M. Blow
- An Old Man in Prague
The Discretion of Nicholas Winton
, By Roger Cohen
- SIS and Vietnam, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Are Our Courts for Sale?, By Joe Nocera
- Ideology and Investment, By Paul Krugman
- A Climate of Fear, By Roger Cohen
- The Last Train, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The American Dream Is Leaving America, By Nicholas Kristof
- Carl Icahn’s Bad Advice, By Joe Nocera
- Once Again, Guns, By Gail Collins
- Plutocrats Against Democracy, By Paul Krugman
- Active Fatalism, By Roger Cohen
- What Women Want
Women’s Issues Dominate 2014 Campaigns
, By Gail Collins
- How to Defeat Ebola, By Nicholas Kristof
- Putin and the Pope, By Thomas L. Friedman
- A World Without OPEC?, By Joe Nocera
- 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
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- 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
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- 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
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- N.F.L. Stands By Its Leader, By Joe Nocera
- The Inflation Cult, By Paul Krugman
- The Cost of War, By Charles M. Blow
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- 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
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The Politics of the ISIS Threat
, By Charles M. Blow
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Richard Holbrooke, the Arlington Cemetery and Lost American Resolve
, By Roger Cohen
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- When Whites Just Don’t Get It
After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less
, By Nicholas Kristof
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- The Making of a Disaster, By Roger Cohen
- Wrong Way Nation, By Paul Krugman
- A Funeral in Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
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New articles added from the past week that discuss: The militarization of the U.S., the Senate report on the illegal CIA torture program including good summaries of what was in this report and opinions on holding those who tortured criminally liable for it, which is the duty our elected officials took an oaty to uphold, why we can't allow the torture apologists to whitewash this report, and do the Dems really want campaign finance reform?, 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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White House’s shameful AUMF request: Give us a blank check for war
The president says he won't deploy ground troops to fight ISIS -- but he doesn't want the law to forbid that

By Jim Newell

Dark Again After Report on C.I.A. Torture
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Employees of the C.I.A. and the military, as well as private contractors, illegally detained, tortured and abused prisoners — some of them really dangerous men, but also some who should never have been detained. None of them should have been dealt with in such a shameful and evidently unlawful way."

Noam Chomsky discusses Ferguson: “This is a very racist society; it’s pretty shocking”
Professor Chomsky sat down with GRITtv's Laura Flanders to discuss the Middle East, the CIA and Ferguson VIDEO

By Sarah Gray

Dems’ campaign finance secret: Why the party isn’t all that unhappy with further gutting of restrictions
Dem fundraising committee leaders are mum on gutting campaign finance. Perhaps because they welcome it?

By Jim Newell

The War Hero and the Chicken Hawk
By Timothy Egan
"They’re old men now, one unable to dress himself without help, the other living with a transplanted heart...This may be the last big fight of the two old men: a struggle over the accepted narrative of a time when a nation lost its way because of fear."

Another Baseless Attack on Health Law
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The opponents of the Affordable Care Act have filed another long-shot lawsuit that could undermine health care reform and force many consumers to pay more for health insurance if the suit succeeds."

A Partisan Divide in the Face of Our National Shame
By SERGE SCHMEMANN
" Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the committee, deserves great credit for her perseverance in having at least the executive summary of the report released despite the resistance of Republicans and the timidity of the White House."

Did Salaita Cross the Line of ‘Civility’?
By JOSEPH LEVINE
"But more important, expressing moral outrage in this way — intentionally breaching civility by refusing to merely engage in calm persuasion — is itself part of the very process by which social-political perspectives shift.

Inside Wall Street’s new heist: How big banks exploited a broken Democratic caucus
Want to really know how that provision watering down bank reform got in the CRomnibus? Here's the ugly truth

By DAVID DAYEN
"As the CRomnibus becomes law, many rank-and-file liberals have wondered how Democrats, needing to reconnect with the public after another midterm debacle, could in their first order of business help roll back a key Wall Street reform."

3 dangerous assumptions about America’s torture practices
This isn't just on Bush. Mainstream coverage of the Senate report reveals the depths of our collective naïveté

By REBECCA GORDON

Dick Cheney’s grotesque legacy: Why the record is so much worse than reported
He was an unpopular VP, whom history won't remember kindly. But this is Dick Cheney's real contribution to America

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON

The sick motivation behind the religious right’s Obamacare sabotage
Wingnuts would rather millions live in destitution than concede government programs can accomplish great things

By ADAM LEE, ALTERNET
"The ACA isn’t a perfect solution, but its successes deserve to be celebrated. And they’re especially notable in light of the fact that the law has had to run (and is still facing) a gauntlet of the most ferocious opposition that’s ever confronted any major piece of legislation: a blizzard of lawsuits, filibusters, attack ads spreading ludicrous scare tactics, lockstep opposition from conservative politicians."

Torture apologists’ quiet setback: Why Brennan’s hazy torture dodge could be lethal
John Brennan says it's impossible to know if torture works -- and that poses a big problem for the pro-torture camp

By SIMON MALOY

America’s moral foundation collapses: Why we can’t simply “look forward” on torture
The torture report didn't just reveal unthinkable horrors — it exposed the lie of our most basic public policies

By FALGUNI A. SHETH
"These detainees were tortured before the CIA ever determined whether they might cooperate. A significant percentage of the torture victims were wrongly held."

The chilling rise of American militarism
Chuck Hagel's ouster signals a shift in foreign policy. Welcome to the new Washington, where peace is a dirty word

By TOM ENGELHARDT, TOMDISPATCH.COM
"It’s seldom acknowledged, however, that the most essential crisis isn’t in Ukraine or Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan or Iran, but in Washington. There, a bankrupt 13-year-old policy of war to the horizon remains, unbelievably enough, in the ascendancy and 'war fever' seems to be breaking out yet again."

Most Soldiers are Non-Killers:
The Impact of State Sanctioned Violence and Its 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."


Tortured by Psychologists and Doctors
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"One of the most disturbing revelations in the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation program was the deep complicity of psychologists and doctors in torturing suspected terrorists."

We are f***ing sadists: We are not decent, and we are not a democracy
The torture report requires us to look in the mirror -- and accurately assess the monster that we see

By PATRICK L. SMITH
"Who we are and what we have become are exactly the questions before us. Their implications for foreign policy were not immediately evident, at least not to me, but they are now and they are of monumental importance. Elephant in the living room, I have to admit."

The kidnapping and torture of Maher Arar in my name is a personal stain
The CIA torture plane stopped to fuel in Bangor, an absurd parallel to daily life in my small New England town

By MARIE TESSIER

U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform For American Torturers, But None To Their Victims
By Glenn Greenwald
"Whenever America is forced to confront its heinous acts, the central strategy is to disappear the victims; render them invisible. That's what robs them of their humanity: it's the process of dehumanization. That, in turns, is what enables American elites first to support atrocities, and then, when forced to reckon with them, tell themselves that -- despite some isolated and well-intentioned bad acts -- they are still really good, elevated, noble, admirable people."

Rula Jebreal: Torture defenders are driving America to moral suicide
The journalist and MSNBC contributor on the Senate's CIA report -- and how we close this nightmarish chapter

By RULA JEBREAL, ALTERNET
"But the danger of publication lies not in the threat of some sort of violent backlash from the Muslim world. The real peril is that Americans will dismiss the devastating revelations, falling into line with an official narrative that seeks to whitewash the practice of torture as the country drifts towards a complete moral collapse."

John Pilger: War by media and the triumph of propaganda
The inversion and suppression of truth has reached truly criminal dimensions.

By JOHN PILGER
"Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?"

Mr. Obama’s Historic Move on Cuba
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Mr. Obama could have taken modest, gradual steps toward a thaw. Instead, he has courageously gone as far as he can, within the constraints of an outmoded 1996 law that imposes stiff sanctions on Cuba in the pursuit of regime change."

What Obama’s “new approach” to Cuba means for the American South
Ending the embargo could create new economic growth opportunities for some of the country's poorest states

By STEVEN ROSENFELD, ALTERNET
"The Obama Administration’s Wednesday announcement that it will take steps to end a half-century of diplomatic and economic warfare against Cuba is a very big deal."

Don't Shed a Tear for the Magazine That Backed Genocides and Coups for Decades
The New Republic was a vicious imperial mouthpiece.

By Robert Parry
"There has been much handwringing of late in Official Washington about an editorial shakeup at The New Republic and the possibility that the century-old political magazine’s legacy will somehow be tarnished by its new owner. But the truth about The New Republic is that it has more blood on its hands than almost any other publication around, which is saying something."

How Reagan Promoted Genocide
By Robert Parry

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio humiliate themselves on Cuba: Inside their Guantánamo hypocrisy
Do these guys have any self-awareness? Here's why their talk about human rights and Cuba is so hollow -- and ironic

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON

Hectoring Venezuela on Human Rights
By DIOSDADO CABELLO

The Rank, Reeking Horror of Torturing Some Folks
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout
"This level of institutionalized cowardice and knee-jerk ass-covering is exactly and precisely what allows sociopaths in positions of unimaginable power to run wild and bathe in the tears, blood and viscera of their victims."

Why New York’s fracking ban is a victory for communities everywhere
From here on out, one fractivist tells Salon, "it'll be hard to get people to believe there's nothing they can do"

By LINDSAY ABRAMS

Mike Lofgren | The Implications of the Torture Report
By Mike Lofgren, Truthout
"The reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee's "Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program" is as significant as what the study uncovered about the psychology and methods of those who run the Deep State that rules us."

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one
By Tom Carter
"This is the first of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program, released last week."

Rise of the paranoid South: How defending against “outsiders” brought the region together
Throughout history, the region has always coalesced politically. Here's what really accounts for the unity

By JARRET RUMINSKI

Addition by Subtraction
By Gaius Publius
"Perhaps the best way for Democrats to win elections is to "clean house" first — to eliminate money-compromised corporatists and neoliberal privatizers from leadership positions and diminish their numbers so that progressives can control the party's direction and policies."

Giving the Torturers a Pass
By Marjorie Cohn
"In light of the gruesome revelations in the torture report, it is high time President Barack Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty to enforce the law. The U.S. Constitution states the president 'shall take care that the laws are faithfully executed.' Yet Obama refuses to sanction prosecutions of those responsible for the torture."

Whitewashing CIA Torture: "We Are (not so) Awesome" after All
By Ramzy Baroud

The Biggest Economic Myths, Debunked
By Dean Baker

Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You're a Cop
By John Whitehead
"Although the courts have historically held that ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law, in its 8-1 ruling in Heien v. State of North Carolina, the Supreme Court gave police in America one more ready excuse to routinely violate the laws of the land, this time under the guise of ignorance."

GOP beating up its own: Why the right isn’t buying Boehner’s immigration proposal
Hardliners like Steve King want to force Boehner's hand on immigration and are reminding him they've done it before

By SIMON MALOY

They got it all wrong: New data shows how Dems can win back America
Turns out conservatives are getting crushed in family values debates. Here's 5 other findings the left should know

By ANAT SHENKER-OSORIO AND JEFFREY PARCHER

Israel’s Legal Apartheid and the Global BDS Movement
By SIMONA SHARONI
"The public debate over the introduction of the 'Jewish Nation-State bill' in Israel calls the bluff of Israel’s insistence that it can be both a democracy and a Jewish state, laying bare its Apartheid-like laws and policies for the international community to witness and to respond."

We Must Stop Police Abuse of Black Men
By ERIC L. ADAMS

Who Am I? Who Are You?
When We Speak of Nationality, What Do We Mean?

By TAIYE SELASI

Eric Garner and the Legal Rules That Enable Police Violence
By SHAKEER RAHMAN and SAM BARR
"ERIC GARNER was not the first American to be choked by the police, and he will not be the last, thanks to legal rules that prevent victims of police violence from asking federal courts to help stop deadly practices."

Backsliding in Afghanistan
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The decision by Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, to lift the ban on night raids imposed by his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, could also push American troops into direct fighting."

Rand Paul’s “anti-torture” sham: Why his ignoring CIA scandal says so much
GOP celebrity senator loves to talk about the dangers of big government. So why's he been so quiet about the CIA?

By Elias Isquith

Military Sexual Assault Unresolved
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The total number of assaults is too high by orders of magnitude and the incidence of reporting is far too low. Only a very small fraction of those who experience assaults are reporting them, and an even smaller number are sufficiently confident of their fair treatment in the military justice system to actually pursue an official investigation.

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

Citigroup to Move Headquarters to U.S. Capitol Building
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cruz: Stop Blaming Bush for Things He Did
satire by Andy Borowitz

Cheney Calls for International Ban on Torture Reports
satire by Andy Borowitz

Fox: Obama Seeks Advice on Establishing Monarchy
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republicans Question Obama’s Motives for Fixing Economy
satire by Andy Borowitz

Torture
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Big 12
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Body Cams
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cheney’s Torture Anthem
animation by Mark Fiore

The Plio Diet!!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Good cop, bad cop
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Gift Guide for Torture Apologists
Redaction pens and shredders top the list.

By BRIAN McFADDEN

Bias for breakfast: Exclusive dining in the Ivy League
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

White people problems
cartoon by Matt Bors

Lessons learned
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Sullying our image.....
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

New Proposal Would Provide Grand Juries with Eyes
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Signs Order Converting Little-Used Government Building into Housing for Amnestied Immigrants
satire by Andy Borowitz

G.O.P Aide Regrets that Attack on Obama Daughters Overshadowed Insults About Their Parents
satire by Andy Borowitz

To Serve and Protect
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Government Is Incompetent
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Defense Secretary Nominee
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Black Friday
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Who Killed Michael Brown?
animation by Mark Fiore

Survival strategies for existing while black
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Uncivil defense
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Better call Police-Pal Prosecutor
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

X-Race Specs
cartoon by Matt Bors

Black and white
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Do nothing Xmas
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Turkey Day
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Ferguson
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Co-conspirator
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Congressional Turkeys
animation by Mark Fiore

Richard Scarry's busy 21st
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The ghost of Black Friday
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Grandpa Perkins' Thanksgiving tirade
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Maybe let’s stop killing black kids?
cartoon by Matt Bors

The future: it's UBER-IFFIC!
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The color of justice
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Republicans Accuse Obama of Treating Immigrants Like Humans
satire by Andy Borowitz

G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan: “We Must Make America Somewhere No One Wants to Live”
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Cosby Show
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Executive Orders
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Temple Mount
cartoon by Nick Anderson

NFL
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The adventures of Bob
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The adventures of Lame-Duck Man
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Life in the billionaire bubble
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Ku Klux Klan rebrands
cartoon by Matt Bors

What's the big deal?
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Stupidheads
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Sustainable Keystone XL
animation by Mark Fiore

Republicans Demand Return of Passive Obama
satire by Andy Borowitz

McConnell’s Election as Majority Leader Announced With Puff of Toxic Black Coal Smoke
satire by Andy Borowitz

Nation of Three Hundred Million Understands President Can Only Come From Two Families
satire by Andy Borowitz

Country on Wrong Track, Say People Who Did Not Vote
satire by Andy Borowitz

Projectile Vomiting
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Regressives
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Pet Neutrality
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Veterans Day
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Screw You Strategy
animation by Mark Fiore

Who's looking out for Lucky Ducky?
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Mitch McConnell's Senate agenda
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Low-information nation: Midterm elections edition
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Net Neutrality is... Obamacare?
cartoon by Matt Bors

Midterm mayhem
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The people* have spoken!
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

San Diego Hosts Convention of People Who Shot Bin Laden
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Orders Two-Year Supply of Crossword Puzzles
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Urged to Work Closely with People Suing Him
satire by Andy Borowitz

Fox News Ends Ebola Coverage: “Our Work Is Done”
satire by Andy Borowitz

In Final Indignity, Fence Jumpers Abandon White House
satire by Andy Borowitz

Exit Polls Indicate Nation Suffering from Severe Memory Loss
satire by Andy Borowitz

Congressional Seats Sell for Record Four Billion Dollars
satire by Andy Borowitz

McConnell Campaign Rocked by Photo Showing Him with Science Book
satire by Andy Borowitz

Grumpy Voters
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Bloodbath
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Midterm Elections
cartoon by Nick Anderson

A cartoonist’s take on the midterm elections
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Voter Apathy
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Last Campaign Ad Ever
animation by Mark Fiore

Obama's new Ebola czar!
cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama at the Republicans' mercy
President Obama is in for a rough ride.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Christie & Cuomo's guide to Ebola
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Bedside manners
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Desperation nation
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Street harassment—find your match today!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Risk assessment
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Poli Sci
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

 

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