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Top CIA official: Obama "changed virtually nothing"
by GLENN GREENWALD
"With a notable exception of the enhanced interrogation program, the incoming Obama administration changed virtually nothing with respect to existing CIA programs and operations."
What Democrats can do about Obama
by MATT STOLLER
"If a few of the key constituency groups in the Democratic Party publicly wondered whether Obama should run for reelection, rumblings would start."
Long-Term Unemployment: States Search For Strategies To Counter Joblessness
by Arthur Delaney
Party of Patriots
by Gary Hart
Facts and myths in the WikiLeaks/Guardian saga
by GLENN GREENWALD
Labor Day 2011
America isn't working

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
How a normal, healthy government behaves
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Watching the U.S. Government refuse even to pretend to care that Israel killed one of its unarmed citizens was one of the most glaring episodes yet demonstrating how defending Israel is prioritized by the U.S. above even a defense of its own citizens."
Recognize Palestine and Reaffirm Israel As a Jewish State
by Rabbi Michael Lerner
"A far wiser strategy is for the U.S. to introduce a resolution to the Security Council providing full membership in the U.N. to Palestine while simultaneously reaffirming Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Both sides win."
How America's empire will be remembered
by MIKE DAVIS
The perils of partisan punditry in the Obama age
by GLENN GREENWALD
9/11 Times Ten
Al Qaida lost. But so did America

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Republicans wage war on good government, and no one notices
by ALEX PAREENE
Why the GOP's electoral college scheme is probably doomed
by STEVE KORNACKI
One Betrayal Too Many
by Robert Scheer
"It's getting too late to give President Barack Obama a pass on the economy."
The meaning of political rituals like 9/11 Day
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Everything about 9/11 Day -- like all political rituals -- was deeply politicized to its core."
Post-September 11, NSA ‘enemies’ include us
by JAMES BAMFORD
"Somewhere between Sept. 11 and today, the enemy morphed from a handful of terrorists to the American population at large, leaving us nowhere to run and no place to hide."
Don't expect a New Deal from Obama's new jobs guy
It's great that Alan Krueger is a well-regarded labor economist. But that doesn't mean unemployment will fall

by ANDREW LEONARD
Goodnight, Irene
Strong winds and flooding came, not from the storm, but the media

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Secrecy, leaks, and the real criminals
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The Obama DOJ has continuously claimed that victims of the U.S. rendition, torture and eavesdropping programs cannot have their claims litigated in court because what was done to them are "state secrets" -- even when what was done to them has long been publicly known and even formally, publicly investigated and litigated in open court in other countries."
Cheering for state-imposed death
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Wildly cheering the execution of human beings as though one's favorite football team just scored a touchdown is primitive, twisted and base."
How Little We Know About the Origins of 9/11
by Robert Scheer
"We remain in ignorance as to what drove religious zealots formerly allied with the United States to turn against us, and what was the role of our ally, Saudi Arabia, the country of origin for most of the hijackers and their financing."
The War Budget Is Burning Down Our Economy
by Robert Greenwald
"The simple truth is that, beyond war industry hype, military spending costs us jobs."
Elizabeth Warren's Moment
by Brent Budowsky
"In a nation where some are waging a war against workers, Warren will be a powerful voice for Made in America jobs, at fair wages, with good working conditions, and with great respect for the hardworking Americans of every race and background who want nothing more than a fair deal."
A revealing outbreak of candor
Political and financial Masters of the Universe make it clear who "matters" -- and it's not the American people

by DAVID SIROTA
The perils of Obama's lazy narrative
Why is this brilliant orator unable to tell the simple story of how we landed in this economic mess?

by GENE LYONS
"Every political failure in a democracy begins with bad storytelling. When false narratives and incoherent story lines dominate public conversation, poor decisions are sure to follow."
The ACLU on Obama and core liberties
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The ACLU decided to use the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack to comprehensively survey the severe erosion of civil liberties justified in the name of that event, an erosion that -- as it documents -- continues unabated, indeed often in accelerated form, under the Obama administration."
Did We Lose the War?
by Michael Vlahos
"You have lost when you feel you have lost, no matter what you say in public. You have lost when your instruments of war fail to achieve your goals, and instead lead you to a place of strategic vulnerability and disadvantage -- when you are in a worse situation coming out of war than going in."
GOP Debate: From Birthers to Earthers
by Ari Melber
"The most striking part of the first full-blown debate in the Republican primary was the total rejection of science."
The DOJ's escalating criminalization of speech
by GLENN GREENWALD
There's no way for Democrats to dump Obama
The left is losing patience, but most Democrats like the president and he's still competitive against GOP rivals

by ED KILGORE
EIGHTY-NINE QUESTIONS: WHAT DID LIBYA DO FOR THE C.I.A.?
by Amy Davidson
"How many more ways can evidence of America’s rendition and torture practices come to light?"
The GOP War on Voting
In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year

by Ari Berman
Day’s End
The 9/11 decade is now over. The terrorists lost. But who won?

by Frank Rich
"For most Americans, the cloud of 9/11 has lifted. Which is not to say that a happier national landscape has been unveiled in its wake."
The Election March of the Trolls
by Chris Hedges
The seduction of Howard Dean
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
"Dr. Dean has taken on a less-noticed role: paid advocate for interest groups that would find few fans among the progressive voters once energized by Dean's 2004 presidential bid."
Rick Perry's Secret Plan to Save Blue States from the Red States
by Robert Reich
"On average, citizens of states with strong Republican majorities get back more from the federal government than they pay in."
What Hurricane Irene Can Teach Us About the Jobs Crisis
by Arianna Huffington
Celebrating the fall of a dictator
by GLENN GREENWALD
Why libertarians apologize for autocracy
by MICHAEL LIND
"The history of democratic nation-states since the 19th century proves that Macaulay, and von Mises, and Hayek, as well as lesser lights like Patri Friedman, have been right to argue that democracy is incompatible with libertarianism."
Why Is DOJ Sealing Evidence in the Google Case?
by Nathan Newman
The decade's biggest scam
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Despite these increasing economic insecurities -- actually, precisely because of them -- the sprawling domestic Security State continues unabated."
Cheney Book: Photoshopping Plamegate
by David Corn
Omitted facts from the 9/11 commemoration
by GLENN GREENWALD
In Libya, a Bloodbath Looms
by Robert Parry
"NATO's war in Libya, which began with high-minded declarations about "protecting civilians," now appears likely to end with a bloodbath that will claim the lives of many civilians, albeit pro-Gaddafi civilians, not the earlier threatened anti-Gaddafi civilians."
A Story...The Last Whistleblower
by Paul Craig Roberts
A prime aim of the growing Surveillance State
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The free flow of information and communications enabled by new technologies -- as protest movements in the Middle East and a wave of serious leaks over the last year have demonstrated -- is a uniquely potent weapon in challenging entrenched government power and other powerful factions."
Obama bans war criminals, except our own
by Nat Hentoff
Why 'Constitutional Conservatives' Like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry Have No Respect for the Constitution
It's ironic that those claiming fealty to the constitution habitually thumb their noses at its most sacred principle.

by Joshua Holland
Obama v. Bush on power over Congress
by GLENN GREENWALD
The power that a president does -- and doesn't -- have
by JONATHAN BERNSTEIN
U.S. Mideast policy in a single phrase
by GLENN GREENWALD
How Washington lost faith in America's courts
by KAREN GREENBERG
"If, in fact, we are a 'nation of laws,' you wouldn't know it from Washington's actions over the past few years."
The Libya War argument
by GLENN GREENWALD
"...what virtually all wars have in common -- is the rhetorical manipulation used to justify them and demonize critics."
Why Libya Isn't a 'Quiet Win' for America
by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
"So on one hand, Obama can modestly take credit for the role the U.S. played in Qaddafi's downfall...On the other hand, Obama has violated the Constitution..."
The "redneck-blackneck" politics of the Deep South
by STEVE KORNACKI
What's the worst that could happen in a Ron Paul presidency?
by ALEX PAREENE
"A Ron Paul presidency would really not get very much done, at all, actually. That is by design, because Ron Paul does not much like the government he seeks to sit at the top of, and by necessity, because the things Ron Paul will want to do will be opposed by the legislature."
Democrats must push back
by Norman Solomon
"Compromise is one thing, but capitulation is another -- especially when core principles of decency and fairness are at stake."
Pakistani belief about drones: perceptive or paranoid?
by GLENN GREENWALD
The freedom-seekers America ignores
by RASHID KHALIDI
"Once again Israel is doing its utmost to block Palestinian aspirations for self-determination, unleashing its diplomats in order to obstruct Palestinian efforts to secure some semblance of statehood and freedom at the United Nations this September."
Big Ideas and the Concentration of Wealth
by Jared Bernstein
"The financial crash of the 2000s revealed a confluence of many powerful and socially disruptive forces: levels of income inequality not seen since the dawn of the Great Depression, stagnant middle-class living standards amidst strong productivity growth, solid evidence that deregulated markets were driving a damaging bubble and bust cycle, deep repudiation of supply-side economics, and most importantly, even deeper repudiation of the dominant, Greenspanian paradigm that markets will self-correct."
What we lose when we lose anonymity
Ridding the Web of incognito users may increase civility, but it destroys an essential tool for whistle-blowers

by DAVID SIROTA
The Pentagon's new China war plan
Despite budget woes, the military is preparing for a conflict with our biggest rival -- and we should be worried

by STEPHEN GLAIN
Iraq foots the bill for its own destruction
by Murtaza Hussain
Why "business needs certainty" is destructive
by Yves Smith
Firebaggin' It
Did an Obama polical hack just give the left an identity?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The New Stillson
A Stephen King nasty stalks the land

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"Given the extremism and general lunacy that has gripped the GOP, it's a bit hard to see where Perry stands out. It's a bit like being the Bull Goose Loony at Arkham Asylum, where the competition includes The Joker, The Scarecrow and Two-Face."
The fruits of elite immunity
by GLENN GREENWALD
"As he embarks on his massive publicity-generating media tour of interviews, Cheney faces no indictments or criminal juries, but rather reverent, rehabilitative tributes..."
There's a Riot Goin' On
Class warriors are lighting matches in a powder keg

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"Fox News apparently believes they can SHAME people into accepting that their fate is to be cheated, lied to, and screwed."
A progressive case for Obama's foreign policy greatness?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"There seems to be this sense that while it's regretful that Obama had to break the law to wage this war, the outcome is so good, the cause was so imperative, that we can accept this."
Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency
by David Bromwich
"The record shows impressive continuities between the two administrations, and nowhere more than in the policy of 'force projection' in the Arab world."
The Elusive Big Idea
by NEAL GABLER
"If our ideas seem smaller nowadays, it’s not because we are dumber than our forebears but because we just don’t care as much about ideas as they did."
Rick Perry: a Ron Paulite on entitlements
by Suzy Khimm
The misery of the protracted presidential campaign season
by GLENN GREENWALD
The President's Bold Jobs Bill (Maybe)
by Robert Reich
The administration's stated budget priorities
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Just think about that for a minute.  We have a Democratic administration installed in power after millions of liberals donated large amounts of their time and money to help elect them.  Yet here we have a top official in the President's cabinet demanding cuts to Medicare and Social Security in order to protect the military budget from further reductions."
Democracy Died First in Wisconsin -- Long Live the Oligarchs
by Thom Hartmann
"Thanks to an irrational and likely illegal Supreme Court ruling, we have moved into an era of oligarch-run politics."
Our Troops do NOT Protect Our Freedom and We Should Stop Thanking Them for Doing So
by Jesse Richard
"The saddest truth however, is that the members of the US military serve today with no honor. They are dangerous and a threat to all free people, here and abroad. In plain terms -  they volunteer to kill at the behest of people who have lied to them for generations about why they are being sent to kill."
What Happened to Obama?
by DREW WESTEN
"The real conundrum is why the president seems so compelled to take both sides of every issue, encouraging voters to project whatever they want on him, and hoping they won’t realize which hand is holding the rabbit."
Bank of America death-watch
by Yves Smith
"So why is Bank of America at risk? The short answer is that it may be insolvent even if it is liquid."
Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy
by Robert Scheer
"We don't need draconian cuts in government spending at a time when the economy remains mired in deep unemployment, when state and municipal governments are shedding jobs and when the housing market is on life support."
The exclusively foreign proclivity for violence
by Murtaza Hussain
"On the other hand when violence happens at home it is not reflective upon the broader society at all and it is always an aberration needing no further explanation, regardless of the shocking regularity with which it occurs."
Why are the big banks getting off scot-free?
by YVES SMITH
GOP balks at bin Laden film
It's a partisan move, but at least we're seeing a challenge to the cozy Hollywood-Pentagon relationship

by DAVID SIROTA
"Scandalous as it is to leverage public property to promote militarist entertainment products and inhibit anti-militarist entertainment products, the Military-Entertainment Complex has received scant attention from the media and, more problematically, from lawmakers who are supposed to be overseeing our government. But this week, that may finally be changing thanks to a serendipitous alignment of partisan interests."
Why the president doesn't present a bold jobs plan
by ROBERT REICH
"Americans are deeply confused about why the economy is so bad -- and their president isn’t telling them. In fact, the White House apparently has decided to join with Republicans and blame it on the long-term budget deficit."
Could the Tea Party actually be Obama's salvation in 2012?
by STEVE KORNACKI
"Released on Tuesday, the CNN/Opinion Research Center survey found that just 33 percent of voters say they have a favorable opinion of the GOP, while 59 percent have an unfavorable view."
Obama's Tipping Point
by Cenk Uygur
"I have been saying for a long time now that President Obama is the world's worst negotiator and has absolutely no interest in fighting for progressive principles."
If Rick Perry is seriously a presidential front-runner there's something wrong with all of us
by ALEX PAREENE
The market meltdown and the hopeless politics of 2011
by STEVE KORNACKI
The best way to fight the two-party monopoly
by MICHAEL LIND
"What America needs is not a new party but a new movement of reform, a movement that, even if it is largely identified with one national party, includes members of the other."
How the GOP just screwed us all
Ready for economic collapse?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Signs
“Everywhere there's signs...”

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"America is dysfunctional, and has gone astray from the values that made it great. In particular, it has lost the unique American trait that government is there to serve the people, rather than the other way around and that government should respond to the people, and not corporations, aristocrats, or churches."
The Pentagon's manipulative PR stunt
by ANDREW BACEVICH
The myth of Obama's "blunders" and "weakness"
by GLENN GREENWALD
"It appears to be true that the President wanted tax revenues to be part of this deal.  But it is absolutely false that he did not want these brutal budget cuts and was simply forced -- either by his own strategic "blunders" or the "weakness" of his office -- into accepting them."
A Few More Comments on the Pending Deal
by Jared Bernstein
The Cave
Heigh ho, into the darkness we go!

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Not Another Ransom Note
from Congressman Boehner

by Greg Palast
Democratic politics in a nutshell
by GLENN GREENWALD
Fatal Vision: Last Bad Deal Gone Down
by Chris Floyd
"The 'debt ceiling' crisis has been "resolved" by a further maniacal destruction of the commonweal, in a bipartisan pact that completely ignores the murderous imperial wars as the primary drain on the nation's treasury."
Is the Internet for elites?
A new study finds some truth in a favorite GOP talking point: Much of the Web is a 'playground for the affluent'"

by DAVID SIROTA
The Tea Party, the debt ceiling, and white Southern extremism
by MICHAEL LIND
"The mainstream media have completely missed the story, by portraying the Tea Party movement in ideological rather than regional terms."
The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery
by Robert Scheer
"The die has been cast. Obama's 'nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists,' as an editorial in the normally sedate New York Times described the deal to raise the debt ceiling, is a disaster in the making."
Obama's whistleblower war suffers two defeats
by GLENN GREENWALD
"This is an important victory for the First Amendment, and for the freedom of the press in the United States."
Why Obama still can't fix the jobs crisis
by ROBERT REICH
"But what precisely will he fight for now that the debt deal has tied his hands?"
How many secret wars are we fighting?
by NICK TURSE
The history lesson Obama has ignored
by DAVID WOOLNE
"President Obama sells the Budget Control Act of 2011 as a victory for the American people; as an important 'first step' in solving the 'deficit crisis.' But he has missed a fundamental point: the most effective way to reduce the federal deficit in the long term is to spur economic growth in the short term."
Various matters
by GLENN GREENWALD
"So now this secrecy doctrine is used to tell victims of alleged discrimination that their claims cannot even be heard by a court because what was done to them is a 'state secret' -- even though courts possess numerous powers to safeguard actual secrets.
Obama's anti-jobs agenda
The president's proposed tax cuts and trade deals will leave even more Americans out of work

by DAVID SIROTA
When did the American empire start to decline?
by Stephen M. Walt
Olbermann on debt deal: ‘You’ve got to get mad!’
by David Edwards
The F.A.A., After the Republicans
NYT editorial
Obama on the Backs of the Poor
by Ray McGovern
How Rupert Murdoch Dragged Media Into the Swamp
by Matt Taibbi
The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of "Terrorism"
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Al Qaeda is always to blame, even when it isn't, even when it's allegedly the work of a Nordic, Muslim-hating, right-wing European nationalist."
GOP leaders must free themselves from the Tea Party’s grip
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"The Tea Party’s followers have endangered the nation’s credit rating and the GOP by pushing both House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor away from their own best instincts."
Society Against Itself: Howard Schwartz On The Suicide Of Western Civilization
by Thomas F. Bertonneau
The Oslo attacks
by GLENN GREENWALD
Debt Ceiling Is Health Care All Over Again
by Trey Ellis
The Debt Ceiling Impasse: The Myth of Grand Bargains and Win-Win Unicorns
by Arianna Huffington
"Indeed, no version of the Grand Bargain we've heard so far will have any impact on the real problems that are affecting people's lives right now, or even in the foreseeable future."
Barack Obama is gutting the core principles of the Democratic party
The president's attacks on America's social safety net are destroying the soul of the Democratic party's platform

by Glenn Greenwald
George Bush owns this deficit
Useless news alert: Tax cuts and war contribute more to our burgeoning debt than Obama's new policies

by ANDREW LEONARD
Why the jobs crisis is about to get worse
by ROBERT REICH
"If consumers can't and won't buy, and employers won't hire without customers, the spender of last resort must be government."
An un-American response to the Oslo attack
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Norway's government understandably intends to investigate what happened and correct any needed gaps in security, such as slow police response; but what it refuses to do is transform itself into a closed, secret surveillance state."
Whirlpool of Crazy: A Letter to European Friends
by Bernard Weiner
Budgetary Deceit and America's Decline
by Jeffrey Sachs
"Every part of the budget debate in the U.S. is built on a tissue of willful deceit."
The transformation of Anwar al-Awlaki
by GLENN GREENWALD
Utopian Dystopia
The best of all possible worlds will still have mosquitoes

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Four stories
A grim day in the news

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Obama and the Left: a problem for the WH?
by GLENN GREENWALD
How the U.S. government uses its media servants to attack real journalism
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Scahill's discovery of this secret prison in Mogadishu -- this black site -- calls into serious doubt the Obama administration's claims to have ended such practices and establishes a serious human rights violation on its own."
The CIA's Secret Sites in Somalia
by Jeremy Scahill
IT'S NOT DEFAULT OF OBAMA:
JAIL GOP DEADBEATS FOR DEBT CRISIS

by Greg Palast
The War on Terror, now starring Yemen and Somalia
by GLENN GREENWALD
"There is a concerted campaign underway to ensure that the War on Terror bonanza continues unimpeded in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death..."
DOJ casts serious doubt on its own claims about the anthrax attack
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Since that initial wave of doubt, the FBI's case against Ivins has continuously deteriorated even further."
More Washington Doublespeak on Social Security
by Dennis Kucinich
"Today the so-called 'Gang of Six' published a draft report that acknowledges the solvency of Social Security, but incorporates it into a deficit reduction plan anyway."
Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No
by Robert Scheer
"Obama's refusal to take the fight to Senate Republicans by nominating Warren should be taken as the vital measure of the man. This gutless decision comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown."
New study proves falsity of John Brennan's drone claims
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Contrary to Brennan's public assertions, 'a detailed examination by the Bureau of 116 CIA 'secret' drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2010 has uncovered at least 10 individual attacks in which 45 or more civilians appear to have died.'"
How long will the Washington Post continue to employ a lying torture-apologist, exactly?
by ALEX PAREENE
"Remember Marc Thiessen, the former Bush speechwriter whose black heart loves nothing in this world besides the torturing of America's many enemies and people who have been mistaken for our enemies?"
The great generational threat
by GLENN GREENWALD
Address the Jobs Crisis First
by Robert Kuttner
"As unemployment keeps rising and the economy faces a period of prolonged stagnation, political elites of both parties can only yammer about debts and deficits."
The catastrophic debt ceiling debate
by JAMES K. GALBRAITH
"What is going on in Congress at this moment already violates that mandate. It is an effort to subvert the authority of the government to meet and therefore to incur obligations of every possible stripe."
Iraq War veteran on Manning, the media and the military
by GLENN GREENWALD
The terrorist threat we're ignoring
How the high-tech software we import from China is setting us up for potential cyberattacks

by DAVID SIROTA
UN torture official accuses US of rule violations
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The United Nations' torture investigator on Tuesday accused the United States of violating U.N. rules by refusing him unfettered access to the Army private accused of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks."
America's creditor identifies its budget problem
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army, Chen Bingde, told reporters he thought the U.S. should cut back on defense spending for the sake of its taxpayers."
The GOP's Sick Priorities
by Robert Scheer
"How deceptive for politicians to stress "entitlements" when they talk about gutting Social Security and Medicare, two programs long paid for by their beneficiaries."
Will North America Be the New Middle East?
It's Yes or No For a Climate-Killing Oil Pipeline -- and Obama Gets to Make the Call

by Bill McKibben
US more unpopular in the Arab world than under Bush
by GLENN GREENWALD
October Surprise Evidence Surfaces
by Robert Parry
"In other words, as Newsweek and The New Republic were making the October Surprise story into a big joke in mid-November 1991, Bush's White House had information that contradicted the smug self-certainty of the two magazines. Not surprisingly, the White House made no effort to clarify the record."
Wired publishes the full Manning-Lamo chat logs
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The Interrogator:" A CIA insider's crisis of conscience
In a secret prison, a true believer in the war on terror realized he was tormenting an innocent man

by LAURA MILLER
The motives of Bradley Manning
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Anthony Trial
Not guilty? So what?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The three fundamentalisms of the American right
by MICHAEL LIND
"The project of creating an American version of Burkean conservatism has collapsed. What has replaced it is best described as triple fundamentalism -- a synthesis of Biblical fundamentalism, constitutional fundamentalism and market fundamentalism."
Major new leak investigation needed into Pakistan revelations
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Two "senior administration officials" -- a term that applies to a relatively small number of high-level Obama appointees -- have leaked highly classified information to that paper without (according to the article) authorization, a leak that is likely to cause very serious damage to U.S. relations with Pakistan..."
The Republican Spectrum of Ignorance
by Bob Cesca
"In the last six or seven months alone, there are enough examples of Republicans botching very basic ideas and facts to fill volumes of "Bushism" style novelty calendars."
Obama’s Original Sin
The president’s failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down has cursed his first term, and could prevent a second.

by Frank Rich
"The bigger political problem is that a far larger share of the American electorate views him as a tool of the very fat-cat elite that despises him."
Why Bradley Manning is an American hero
by CHASE MADAR
"We still don't know if he did it or not, but if Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old Army private from Oklahoma, actually supplied WikiLeaks with its choicest material -- the Iraq War logs, the Afghan War logs, and the State Department cables -- which startled and riveted the world, then he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom instead of a jail cell at Fort Leavenworth."
Why a debt ceiling apocalypse won't happen
After all the sound and fury, Democrats and Republicans will cut a deal both sides can misrepresent as "win-win"

by ANDREW LEONARD
Reports: Obama pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare
by GLENN GREENWALD
2050, the year we all eat each other
By Mark Morford
"Here it is: A mere 40 years from now, the world population, which just recently reached a sweating, gasping seven billion, will be well over nine billion."
Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
Torture crimes officially, permanently shielded
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Consider what's being permanently shielded from legal accountability.  The Bush torture regime extended to numerous prisons around the world, in which tens of thousands of mostly Muslim men were indefinitely imprisoned without a whiff of due process, and included a network of secret prisons -- "black sites" -- purposely placed beyond the monitoring reach of even international human rights groups, such as the International Red Cross."
Is Obama embracing unconstitutional powers?
A recent Hill article on Libya reveals the administration's disturbing disdain for checks on presidential authority

by DAVID SIROTA
Congress vs. the president on war powers
by GLENN GREENWALD
Three Ways Democrats Could Choose to Lose in 2012, and What They Can Do to Avoid It
by Drew Westen
"Democrats have always found creative ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, so the title of this piece may unfairly limit the possibilities."
The Budget Debate, and What Should Be Obvious
by Jared Bernstein
"The case for revenues is a simple one. Given the level of deficit reduction to which both parties are committed, around $4 trillion over 10-12 years, if you try to get there solely by cutting spending, you'll be forced to cut too deeply into parts of government that vulnerable people depend on. In short, you'll do more harm than good."
U.S., Israel escalate threats against flotilla, including U.S. citizens
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Lawless Presidency
Obama's lawyers are foundering in explaining the legal rationale for his Libyan adventure. Bruce Ackerman on our broken system of giving presidents legal advice—and how to fix it.

by Bruce Ackerman
John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas
by John Dean
"For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas."
Those reckless Republicans
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
"This Republican Party is addled by an extremist ideology and cankered by a vengeful partisanship."
The Cave
Heigh ho, into the darkness we go!

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Plurality of Americans love Gadaffi
by GLENN GREENWALD
Insurers' Bait and Switch
by Wendell Potter
"More and more Americans are falling victim to one of the most insidious bait-and-switch schemes in U.S. history. As they do, health insurance executives and company shareholders are getting richer and richer."
Does Obama idolize the military?
by Tom Engelhardt
Michele Bachmann, hell's Barbie
By Mark Morford
To defend President Obama, Harold Koh criticizes candidate Obama
by GLENN GREENWALD
"In other words, said the President's designated legal spokesman, what Obama the Candidate said on this crucial issue when trying to persuade Democrats to nominate him was wrong and is now officially repudiated."
Climate of Fear: Jim Risen v. the Obama administration
by GLENN GREENWALD
Bill Clinton's Legacy of Denial
by Robert Scheer
"Does Bill Clinton still not grasp that the current economic crisis is in large measure his legacy?"
Despite White House claims, Libya is a war
by JONATHAN SCHNELL
The Weiner resignation: our political system in a nutshell
by GLENN GREENWALD
Did the CIA spy on Iraq war critic Juan Cole?
Former agency officer claims the Bush White House asked for personal information on antiwar blogger

by EMMA MUSTICH
Washington’s Deeper Immorality
by Joe Conason
"While the well-deserved departure of Anthony Weiner draws rapt attention in our tabloid nation, the depredations of less colorful but more powerful politicians go unnoticed, so long as no genitalia are involved."
With AARP Supporting Social Security Benefit Cuts, It’s Time to Burn My AARP Card
by Eric Kingson
Bob Gates’s ‘Business’ of Lying
by Robert Parry
"Despite his current reputation for candor, Gates’s honesty or lack thereof was a key issue during his earlier incarnation as a young, ambitious national security bureaucrat elbowing his way through the corridors of Washington power in the 1980s and early 1990s."
Feingold to Netroots Nation: Call Out Corporate Democrats
by John Nichols
"If it is wrong for Republicans to fuel their campaigns with corporate cash, then it is wrong for Democrats to do so."
Obama's John Yoo Moment-- Cherry Picking Lawyers to Break a Major Law
by Rob Kall
"It was bad for Bush to justify torture by finding an integrity-challenged attorney to cover his ass. Now, we have Obama starting a war with the help of lawyers who say it's okay."
Obama rejects top lawyers' legal views on Libya
by GLENN GREENWALD
"It should go without saying that even if the GOP had refused to support the war, that would not remotely be an excuse for violating the law and waging it without Congressional approval."
How and Why Is a Real Democratic Agenda Being Suppressed?
by Richard Clark
Gaza and American ‘Security’
by Ray McGovern
Public opinion and Endless War
by GLENN GREENWALD
"This state of Endless War continues despite the fact that, as a new poll shows, 72% of Americans believe the U.S. is fighting too many wars."
Obama Is Wrong About Congress and Libya
by JAMES FALLOWS
"...I've lived through enough cycles of America entering, waging, and recovering from wars to be absolutely sure in saying: the Obama Administration is making a big mistake in so stubbornly refusing to involve Congress in the commitment to war in Libya."
Afghanistan: A Case Study in How Much Easier It Is to Start a War Than to Finish One
by Arianna Huffington
Today in Endless War
by GLENN GREENWALD
How Not to End the War on Terror: the Bin Laden Effect
by Karen Greenberg
"Yet you wouldn't know it in Washington where, if anything, the Obama administration and Congress have interpreted the killing of al-Qaeda's leader as a virtual license to double down on every "front" in the war on terror."
Legal Acrobatics, Illegal War
by BRUCE ACKERMAN
"It has now been over three months since the first NATO bombs fell on Libya, yet President Obama has failed to request Congressional approval for military action, as required by the War Powers Act of 1973."
Obama’s novel definition of ‘hostilities’
by Eugene Robinson
"Let’s be honest: President Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it."
The true definition of "Terrorist"
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But whatever one's views are on those moral questions, in what conceivable sense can it be called "Terrorism" for a citizen of a country to fight against foreign invading troops by attacking purely military targets?"
In a pure coincidence, Gaddafi impeded U.S. oil interests before the war
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Whistle-Blowers of 1777
by STEPHEN M. KOHN
"The tension between protecting true national security secrets and ensuring the public’s “right to know” about abuses of authority is not new. Indeed, the nation’s founders faced this very issue."
Rep. Brad Sherman on the illegality of the Libyan War
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The very idea that the President can start and prosecute wars on his own, without democratic consent, is not only lawless but is the hallmark of an empire, and it's long past time to put an end to that abuse."
Why the Republican War on Workers' Rights Undermines the American Economy
by Robert Reich
Obama's Thinking on Anthony Weiner Reveals a Disturbing Double Standard
by Roger Shuler
Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now
by Daniel Ellsberg
"What we need released this month are the Pentagon Papers of Iraq and Afghanistan (and Pakistan, Yemen and Libya). We're not likely to get them; they probably don't yet exist, at least in the useful form of the earlier ones. But the original studies on Vietnam are a surprisingly not-bad substitute, definitely worth learning from."
Yet another illegal war -- now in Yemen
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But what's new is that this will be a CIA drone attack program that is a massive escalation over prior bombing campaigns; as the Post put it: 'The new tasking for the agency marks a major escalation of the clandestine American war in Yemen, as well as a substantial expansion of the CIA's drone war.'"
China's Cyberassault on America
If we discovered Chinese explosives laid throughout our national electrical system, we'd consider it an act of war. China's digital bombs pose as grave a threat.

by RICHARD CLARKE
The Rise of the New Global Elite
by CHRYSTIA FREELAND
"F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he declared the rich different from you and me. But today’s super-rich are also different from yesterday’s: more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity—and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind."
No Justice in Kafka's America
by Chris Hedges
Seven Republican Dwarfs
by Robert Scheer
"Not one of the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination who debated Monday night rose to a point of seriousness in addressing the nation's grievous problems."
Obama strikes out on global warming
by BILL MCKIBBEN
The Gitmo no one talks about
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
"There are currently more than 1,700 detainees at Bagram, up from over 600 at the end of the Bush administration."
WashPost: criminal law is not for political elites
by GLENN GREENWALD
Fears of a corporate police state
From private prisons to warrantless searches, the government is working with corporations to trample your rights

by DAVID SIROTA
Is a bipartisan coalition emerging to oppose the National Security State?
by GLENN GREENWALD
Darkness Too Visible
Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?

by MEGHAN COX GURDON
How the global energy crisis will change our lives
by MICHAEL KLARE
Do The American People Support the 'Special Relationship?'
by Stephen M. Walt
"For starters, many Americans recognize that one-sided support for Israel is a problem for the United States, and that figure is even higher among 'opinion leaders.'"
This is why the United States is doomed
The GOP response to the jobs report: The Earth is flat and two plus two equals five

by ANDREW LEONARD
Sarah Palin’s revisionist ride
by Eugene Robinson
"Sarah Palin is a fraud with charisma — and enough political support to effectively hold the Republican Party hostage. She is ridiculous and dangerous in equal measure."
Could Obama lose Arab-American voters over Israel?
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Neocons Spin Two ‘Lost’ Wars
by Robert Parry
"American neocons still insist that they achieved “victory at last” in the Iraq War and can “win” in Afghanistan, although both bloody conflicts are now grinding inexorably toward grim conclusions as two of the worst strategic defeats in U.S. history."
The joys of repressed voyeuristic titillation
by GLENN GREENWALD
"What makes the Anthony Weiner story somewhat unique and thus worth discussing for a moment is that, as Hendrick Hertzberg points out, the pretense of substantive relevance (which, lame though it was in prior scandals, was at least maintained) has been more or less brazenly dispensed with here."
A Budget for the Rest of Us
The other budget that the House won't consider

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"The GOP made about the worst mistake a doctrinaire political party can possibly make. They started believing their own propaganda."
The Water Is Wide: Building a Revolution
by Bernard Weiner

"In short, the Right is openly and aggressively trying to take America back to the Robber Baron days of the late-19th century when rapacious greed was king, when moguls and industries devoid of regulation and oversight were unimpeded in their race to power, with no safety nets for those crushed in the process."
WikiLeaks Grand Jury investigation widens
by GLENN GREENWALD
"This latest subpoena reveals how active the criminal investigation is and how committed the Obama administration is to criminally pursuing the whistleblowing site."
Sen. Benjamin Cardin's impressive feat
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Cardin has been on a crusade to punish Russian officials because of their intolerance for whistleblowers."
When do war criminals deserve justice?
Obama says he looks forward to seeing Mladic tried in court. Why didn't bin Laden merit the same treatment?

by DAVID SIROTA
Questions about Ratko Mladic
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Why is it legitimate to demand that Serbians Look Backward and risk extreme domestic divisiveness in order to punish their accused war criminals, while the U.S. refuses to do so?"
Debunking our myths about Israel
by IRA CHERNUS
The Republican death wish
by ROBERT REICH
"So now it’s official. The 2012 campaign will be about the future of Medicare."
Borderline Case: Some Real News Beyond the "Reset" Rhetoric
by Chris Floyd
From Wisconsin to Florida, Strong Winds of Political Remorse
by Joe Conason
How Obama enables Israel's worst impulses
by RASHID KHALIDI
Obama Comes for the Journalists
by Rory OConnor
"I was reminded of Niemoller recently when federal prosecutors issued a subpoena intended to force New York Times reporter James Risen, the author of a book on the Central Intelligence Agency, to testify at the criminal trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former C.I.A. officer."
Establishment thought and the War on Terror
by GLENN GREENWALD
Obama, Bush, and the Patriot Act
by David Bromwich
"The tone of the present administration is more soothing than that of its predecessor. But ever since Obama gave his National Archives Speech, in May 2009, the continuities with Cheney-Bush have been unmistakable."
Morality Without "Free Will"
by Sam Harris
Everything you've heard about fossil fuels may be wrong
by MICHAEL LIND
"What if the conventional wisdom about the energy future of America and the world has been completely wrong?"
Criminalizing free speech
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Indeed, the First Amendment not only protects the mere 'attending' of a speech 'promoting the violent overthrow of our government,' but also the giving of such a speech."
Weather or not
With global warming, the weather is just the same, only more so

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Brinkmanship
Where even fools fear to tread

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"I'm guessing that by the time 2017 rolls around, if we're still here then Medicare will be too, and the Trustees will release a report saying, subject to the state of the economy, that Medicare will die in 2019, or maybe 2023, or maybe 2056."
Afghanistan "sovereignty"
by GLENN GREENWALD

"So we're in Afghanistan to bring Freedom and Democracy to the Afghan People, but the President of the country has no power whatsoever to tell us to stop bombing Afghan homes."
How to Get Washington's Attention
by Robert Reich

"We're coming full circle: The stock market is dropping because corporate earnings are slowing. Corporate earnings are slowing because consumers are pulling back. Consumers are pulling back because they don't have enough jobs or adequate wages."
The war in Libya growing more illegal by the day
by GLENN GREENWALD
IRAN AND THE BOMB
How real is the nuclear threat?

by Seymour M. Hersh
The WH/Politico attack on Seymour Hersh
by GLENN GREENWALD
The slap that sparked a revolution
The Arab spring was triggered in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after claiming he was slapped by policewoman Fedia Hamdi.

by Elizabeth Day
Osama: Poster boy for defense waste
It cost the U.S. at least $3 trillion to find a poorly guarded man camping out with his VCR in Abbottabad

by DAVID SIROTA
A New Wall Street Investigation: Is the Hammer Finally Coming Down?
by Matt Taibbi
There is Much More to Say
by Noam Chomsky
"The bin Laden operation could have been the spark that set off a conflagration, with dire consequences, particularly if the invading force had been compelled to fight its way out, as was anticipated."
Who Ordered the Kent State Shootings? Obama Justice Department Refuses to Investigate New Evidence
by LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Eric Schneiderman v. Wall Street and its political servants
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But most noteworthy and impressive is his seemingly solitary fight to hold Wall Street accountable for the vast corruption and criminality that spawned the 2008 financial crisis, which continues to impose serious financial hardship and anxiety on hundreds of millions of people around the world."
The always-expanding bipartisan Surveillance State
by GLENN GREENWALD
"We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national-surveillance state."
Has America miscalculated in Pakistan?
by DILIP HIRO
"A recurring feature of the Obama administration's foreign policy has been its failure to properly measure the strengths (as well as weaknesses) of its challengers, major or minor, as well as its friends, steadfast or fickle."
Obama and the Israel Lobby
by GLENN GREENWALD
"This week's hysterical, reality-deprived reaction to President Obama's pronouncements on the Israel/Palestine conflict genuinely provoked laughter on several occasions."
Netanyahu gets more standing ovations than Obama
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
The Patriot Act and bipartisanship
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The law that was once the symbolic shorthand for evil Bush/Cheney post-9/11 radicalism just received a vote in favor of its four-year, reform-free extension by a vote of 74-8: only resolutions to support Israel command more lopsided majorities."
How China Plans to Leapfrog the American Economy (And it's Not What You Think)
by Ian Fletcher
"The basis of China's strategy is the fact that the world is heading rapidly into the era of fundamental resource constraints...In our rush to green energy, we've forgotten something. Those pretty blue photovoltaic cells glinting in the sunlight don't grow on trees. Neither do those magnificent 300-foot windmills or their smaller cousins."
Don't take the Senate bait, Elizabeth Warren!
by STEVE KORNACKI
"Apparently, Democrats are now urging Elizabeth Warren to give up her effort to win confirmation as the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and instead to run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, where Scott Brown will stand for reelection next year."
Paul Ryan is just plain wrong
by JARED BERNSTEIN
The End of the World
There's a new Last Airbender movie planned, so that's not a bad thing

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Great American Patriots
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Indeed, according to ABC News, Netanyahu received more standing ovations from the U.S. Congress (29) than the U.S. President did the last time he spoke (25); all of the ones Netanyahu received were from the super-patriots of the GOP caucus (and most from the Democratic caucus as well), whereas those right-wing patriots joined in only a small fraction of the ones received by their own country's President."
Clapper: We Need to Pass PATRIOT to Make Sure Apple Continues to Track Your Location
by Marcy Wheeler
Getting Osama Bin Laden: The Case Against Torture
by Doug Bandow
Bin Laden mission evokes more questions than answers
by DAVID SIROTA
"Is America a country where self-reflection is valued? Or are we a country where these critical questions are no longer permitted?"
The quaint and obsolete Nuremberg principles
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Yet the very same country -- and often the very same people -- collectively insisting upon the imperative of punishing civilian deaths (in the bin Laden case) has banded together to shield George Bush from any accountability of any kind."
Obama and the Middle East
A good speech, with good intentions. But...

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa
by Greg Palast
 
Israel opens its gates to the world, shuts them to Palestinians
The covert deportation of West Bank residents in order to increase the number of Jews in the West Bank, like the declaration of land as “state land” to build settlements on it, is an example of the occupation’s rotten fruit.

Haaretz Editorial
Obama's Religion Problem: White House Funnels Money to Discriminatory Religious Groups
by Catholics for Choice
They hate us for our freedoms
by GLENN GREENWALD
Obama mimics Bush on the border fence
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
To Learn the Game, the Left Could Use a "Weekend at Bernie's"
by Richard (RJ) Eskow
The Osama bin Laden exception
by GLENN GREENWALD
"We know very little about the circumstances of bin Laden's killing, because the U.S. government has issued so many contradictory claims, which in turn contradict the reported claims of those at the scene."
How Crazy is Too Crazy to be President?
by Stephen Pizzo
The Awkward Exit of Mideast Envoy George Mitchell
by Daniel Stone
"According to Fawaz Gerges, director of the London School of Economics' Middle East Center, 'the reality is that, with Mitchell leaving, Barack Obama basically lost the ideological battle [over how to confront the peace process].'"
Mitch Daniels, Architect of US Debt Crisis
by Robert Parry
"In other words, the "fiscal conservative" Daniels oversaw the federal budget as it was making its precipitous dive from a $236 billion surplus -- then on a trajectory to eliminate the entire federal debt in a decade -- to a $400 billion deficit by the time he left in June 2003."
Freedom's Just Another Word for Blowing Shit Up
Why are we bombing Libya? For freedom!

by Jonathan Schwarz
Got Health Insurance? Pray You Won't Get "Purged"
by Wendell Potter
"For several years now, insurance companies have been "purging" small business accounts they no longer consider profitable enough or that their underwriters believe pose too much risk."
Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden
by Michael Moore
Jane Mayer on the Obama war on whistle-blowers
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Secret Sharer
Is Thomas Drake an enemy of the state?

by Jane Mayer
Comprehensive immigration reform is dead -- and the left is to blame
by MICHAEL LIND
SCOTUS Rejects Extraordinary Rendition Case
by ADAM SERWER
"What this means is that if the government sends you to be tortured in a foreign country you have no recourse against the private company that facilitated your torture as long as the government declares it a state secret."
The biggest political lesson of the Trump "campaign"
The NBC star's withdrawal from the 2012 race provides a blueprint for beating every single other Republican

by ALEX PAREENE
Donald Trump's Legacy: Would You Buy a Used Apartment From This Man?
by Dan Collins
Don’t Fall for Ron Paul
by Pham Binh
Yes, They Lied; Yes, a Million Died; and Yes, They Want It To Go On
by Chris Floyd
The West Is Trapped In Its Own Propaganda
by Paul Craig Roberts
The illegal war in Libya
by GLENN GREENWALD
"If nothing happens, history will say that the War Powers Act was condemned to a quiet death by a president who had solemnly pledged, on the campaign trail, to put an end to indiscriminate warmaking."
Yes, The Libyan War Is Illegal
by Daniel Larison
Obama's Unconstitutional War
By unilaterally going to war against Libya, Obama is bringing America closer to the imperial presidency than Bush ever did.

by BRUCE ACKERMAN
New trade pacts will kill jobs, and Obama knows it
The White House contradicts itself as it tries to sell the public on deals with Panama, South Korea and Colombia

by David Sirota
Are Insurers Writing the Health Reform Regulations?
by Wendell Potter
A Volcano of Lies
by ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"Barack Obama, who pledged to restore ethical honor to the White House after the Bush years, is now burying himself under an active volcano of lies, mostly but not exclusively concerning the assassination of Osama bin Laden."
The Ten Year Itch
Scratching the surface

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"Osama bin Laden is dead, and in the seven days since Obama's spectacular announcement, Americans have gone into a frenzy of biting, scratching and licking behavior."
Staged Bin Laden Killing Hokum
It would also render international law null and void. No nation for any reason can be judge, jury and executioner, with no allowed exceptions.

by Steve Lendman
What were They Thinking? Suspicions will Inevitably Grow about the Extermination of Osama bin Laden
by Dave Lindorff
U.S. tries to assassinate U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But one policy where Obama has gone further than Bush/Cheney in terms of unfettered executive authority and radical war powers is the attempt to target American citizens for assassination without a whiff of due process."
Washington’s official story unravels, confirming extra-legal execution of Bin Laden
by Barry Grey
A Troubled Nation Feeds On bin Laden's Corpse
by John Grant
Day of the Dead: The Hit Man as Hero
by CHRIS FLOYD
Bin Laden's death doesn't end his fear-mongering value
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Even in death, bin Laden continues to serve the valuable role of justifying always-increasing curtailments of liberty and expansions of government power."
My reaction to Bin Laden’s death
by Noam Chomsky
The Trump campaign is dead
Long live the Trump campaign!

by ALEX PAREENE
Democratic principles in the War on Terror
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Targeted Assassination of Osama Bin Laden
by Marjorie Cohn
"Targeted assassinations violate well-established principles of international law. Also called political assassinations, they are extrajudicial executions."
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred
by Chris Hedges
The WikiLeaks Grand Jury and the still escalating War on Whistleblowing
by GLENN GREENWALD
Truth to Tell
What would the Greek philosophers make of P.J. Crowley?

by Jonathan Lear
The bin Laden dividend
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But America's National Security State and its posture of Endless War was and remains motivated by far more than one man, or even Al Qaeda generally.  There's no will on the part of the political class to reverse it -- quite the opposite -- and there won't be until the citizenry demands it."
A Cost of Denying Climate Change: Accelerating Climate Disruptions, Death, and Destruction
by Peter H. Gleick
The financial cost of bin Laden: (At least) $1.3 trillion
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Osama Bin Laden -- Everyone's Missing the Point
by Barry Lando
"In many ways, the figure gunned down in Pakistan was already irrelevant -- more a symbol of past dangers than a real threat for the future."
Osama bin Laden
A good death

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Beyond Retaliation
by Kathy Kelly
Donald Trump Has Revealed the Truth About the Republican Party
by Johann Hari
"He is the Republican id, finally entirely unleashed from all restraint and all reality."
Classless Action
Tony and the Gang declare open season on consumers

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
How conspiracy theorists think
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
The roots of birtherism go beyond race
by STEVE KORNACKI
This makes Obama a shoo-in for '12, right?
by STEVE KORNACKI
Is the U.S. about to defund the Palestinians?
by NATASHA LENNARD
Killing of bin Laden: What are the consequences?
by GLENN GREENWALD
Terrorism Concerns After bin Laden
by Richard N. Haass
The many deaths of Osama bin Laden
A look back at the years of false reports that preceded Sunday night's announcement of the real thing

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Obama: The Man Who Got the Job Done
by Meredith Bagby
"USA! USA!" is the wrong response
by DAVID SIROTA
Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death
from Truthdig
In bin Laden killing, media -- as usual -- regurgitates false Government claims
by GLENN GREENWALD
No dignity at Ground Zero
As a US Muslim I abhor the frat boy reaction. We should be celebrating the Arab spring, not this

by Mona Eltahawy
The illogic of the torture debate
by GLENN GREENWALD
Osama bin Laden: US responds to questions about killing's legality
Doubts remain over manner in which al-Qaida figurehead died but US officials defend Barack Obama's action

by Owen Bowcott
Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?
an Analysis by Thomas Darnstädt
"Is this what justice looks like? Al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a secret military operation in Pakistan. Americans are celebrating, but there are serious doubts about whether the targeted killing was legal under international law and the laws of war."
JSOC: The Black Ops Force That Took Down Bin Laden
by Jeremy Scahill
It's a Question of Pakistani Sovereignty
by Dave Lefcourt
"What is questionable is not that the operation to get bin Laden was done clandestinely but that it was conducted without the prior knowledge, agreement and authorization of Pakistan."
If Obama Got Terrorist Bin Laden, Is George Bush Next?
by Sherwood Ross
Where Have All the Graveyards Gone?
The War That Didn't End War and Its Unending Successors

by Adam Hochschild
"Would it bring the fighting to a halt more quickly if we could see hundreds of thousands of tombstones, military and civilian, spreading hill after hill, field after field, across our landscape?"
Osama bin Laden's Useful Death
by Paul Craig Roberts
With Osama Found, a Congresswoman Asks: Where's the Afghanistan Exit Strategy?
by John Nichols
US Knew Where Osama Was Since 2005
by ISRAEL SHAMIR
"The unredacted Guantanamo files show clearly  that the trail to Abbottabad was known to the US intelligence services at least since 2005, when al-Libi, another Abbottabad dweller, was captured."
If This is Victory, Shouldn't US Forces Go Home?
Why are We Still in Afghanistan?

by ROBERT FISK
Guantánamo Diaries
Revelations expose cowardice and mistreatment of prisoners

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Nobel peace drones
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Can someone who defends these drone attacks please identify the purpose?"
The GOP's Misplaced Rage
by Bruce Bartlett
"Until conservatives once again hold Republicans to the same standard they hold Democrats, they will have no credibility and deserve no respect."
Ryan's Medicare Plan Would Be a Windfall for Insurance Companies
by Wendell Potter
President Obama speaks on Manning and the rule of law
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The impropriety of Obama's public pre-trial declaration of Manning's guilt ("He broke the law") is both gross and manifest."
The vindication of P.J. Crowley
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
"Just this week, Crowley was vindicated when the Pentagon moved Manning -- the soldier charged with leaking classified information to WikiLeaks -- from solitary confinement at Quantico, Va., to a medium-security facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas."
Newly leaked documents show the ongoing travesty of Guantanamo
by GLENN GREENWALD
Guantanamo Bay: Why Obama hasn’t fulfilled his promise to close the facility
by Peter Finn
The Obama/Gitmo timeline
by NATASHA LENNARD
"Looking at Obama's shifting rhetoric on the issue, we can trace the shrinking likelihood that promises to close the controversial detention center will be fulfilled."
Guantanamo Files: The essential primer
The newest Wikileaks trove reveals classified information about the prison's inmates. Here's what you need to know

by NATASHA LENNARD
Washington on the Rocks
An Empire of Autocrats, Aristocrats, and Uniformed Thugs Begins to Totter

by Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly
Trump Beats All
by David Michael Green
"Every once in a while you get a development that nicely symbolizes the present state of American culture (or, perhaps, "culture")."
Strong anti-American sentiment in Egypt
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Wageless Recovery
by Robert Reich
"Much of Wall Street thinks inflation is now the biggest threat to the U.S. economy. As has been the case in the past, the Street is dead wrong. The biggest threat is falling into another recession."
By Accepting the Conventional Wisdom on the Deficit, Obama Is Ignoring the Lessons of 2008
by Arianna Huffington
"At some point in the not-too-distant future, the GOP is going to send out the clowns -- and the game is going to shift dramatically."
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
by Marcy Wheeler
What’s Left of the Left
Paul Krugman’s lonely crusade.

by Benjamin Wallace-Wells
Petraeus, a Threat to CIA Analysis
by Ray McGovern
"The news that President Barack Obama has picked Gen. David Petraeus to be CIA director raises troubling questions, including whether the commander most associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will tolerate objective analysis of those two conflicts."
All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print
by Robert Scheer
"There is a craven disconnect between the eagerness of leading editors to exploit the important news revealed by WikiLeaks and their efforts to distance themselves from both the courageous website and Bradley Manning, the alleged source of documents posted there."
A more militarized CIA for a more militarized America
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The nomination of Petraeus doesn't change much; it merely reflects how Washington is run."
If He's Ryan He's Lyin'
CBO shows that Ryan plan would be devastating

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Mission transformation in Libya
by GLENN GREENWALD
False pretense for war in Libya?
by ALAN J. KUPERMAN
"EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya."
Obama v. Obama on signing statements
by GLENN GREENWALD
Three myths of Israel's insecurity
by IRA CHERNUS
The legend of the persecuted white guy
Don't buy Newsweek's hyped cover story -- white men are still the most privileged group in America

by DAVID SIROTA
Fixing the Deficit by Getting Help From the Top 1%
by Leon Friedman
Priorities in the Land of the Free
by GLENN GREENWALD
Donald Trump: The president we deserve
He's got Reagan's blarney, Clinton's libido and plenty of experience with massive debt and bankruptcy. Perfect!

by ANDREW LEONARD
The New Corporate World Order
by Robert Scheer
Barack Obama's Memento Presidency
by Arianna Huffington
"Back in the heady days of the 2008 campaign, a powerful, impassioned speech like the one Obama delivered would have had a definite positive impact on the numbers. But the soaring rhetoric now comes with a bitter aftertaste."
Paul Ryan's Reverse Robin Hood Budget
His plan for reducing the deficit isn't 'the only game in town.' It's only the worst.

by ALAN S. BLINDER
"The plan threatens to eviscerate Medicare by privatizing it—with vouchers that, absent some sort of cost-control miracle, would fall further and further behind the rising cost of health insurance."
Lessons from Manning's transfer out of Quantico
by GLENN GREENWALD
"For multiple reasons, the treatment of Manning has been a profound stain on the Obama administration."
Without Strategy, Libya Will End in Disaster
by Gian P. Gentile
"In Libya over the last few weeks all that we have seen are tactics. First, it was the political decision to deploy tactical airstrikes against the Gaddafi regime; now we're pondering the tactic of arming the rebels."
Is the world too big to fail?
by Noam Chomsky
Beltway austerity values
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Washington Post's dependence on the government it covers
by GLENN GREENWALD
The president who cried wolf on taxes
Obama says it's time to roll back Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy. And we should believe him this time because ...?

by ANDREW LEONARD
Think about Budgets
2012 Budget is pretty pathetic, no matter how you look at it

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Restoring American Democracy
by Jeffrey Sachs
"It is hard to exaggerate the disaster that passes for American democracy these days."
Manning, Obama and U.S. moral leadership
by GLENN GREENWALD
"...the Manning controversy exploded into national prominence and Obama has explicitly defended the treatment, leaving no doubt that it directly reflects on who he is as a leader and a person."
"When Gadgets Betray Us": The danger in that iPad
The gizmos we so love can unwittingly leak important security info. An expert explains what you should know

by JACOB SUGARMAN
ON JEWISH INTOLERANCE
by GILAD ATZMON
"In a New Statesman article, law professor John Dugard ,who was a Judge on The International Court of Justice as well as being Special Raporteur for United Nations Commission on Human Rights, summarises the Goldstone apology saga : ‘there are no new facts that could possibly have led Richard Goldstone to change his mind about the UN-backed investigation into Israel and the conflict in Gaza.’"
Obama's "bad negotiating" is actually shrewd negotiating
by GLENN GREENWALD
"What evidence is there that Obama has some inner, intense desire for more progressive outcomes? These are the results they're getting because these are the results they want -- for reasons that make perfectly rational political sense."
Medicare isn't the problem -- it's the solution
by ROBERT REICH
"The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie beneath Medicare. They're costs all of us are bearing in the form of soaring premiums, co-payments, and deductibles."
How America conducts foreign policy
by ANDREW J. BACEVICH
"Along with prolonging and expanding one war in Afghanistan, the Nobel Peace laureate has played a leading role in starting another war in Libya."
Obama's broken Libya promises
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
by Chris Hedges
"A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind."
The 9/11 trials at Guantanamo will create a distressing legacy
by David K. Shipler
"Once the military commission apparatus becomes established, every future administration will have a ready instrument to arrest, judge and sentence wholly within the executive branch, evading the separation of powers carefully calibrated in the Constitution."
Pity the Poor Tea Partier!
by Robert Parry
Taibbi on a Fed Bailout the Business Press Buried
by Ryan Chittum
How 'Independent Expenditures' Are Remaking Elections
by Dan Froomkin and Jake Bialer
"The 2010 midterm elections were the first of a new era, one in which campaign finance rules no longer limit the amount of money special interests can raise and spend on political advertising."
The two-tiered justice system: an illustration
by GLENN GREENWALD
"That's because the overarching "principle" of our justice system is that criminal prosecutions are only for ordinary rabble, not for those who are most politically and financially empowered."
Why does Israel have a veto over the peace process?
by Alan Hart
How a president loses his party's base
by STEVE KORNACKI
The secret militarism of Obama's defense spending cuts
by DAVID SIROTA
"But most of the Washington press corps has missed the underlying story: The administration's spending cuts would actually make defense an even larger part of the overall discretionary budget."
Citizenship duties
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Odds on Obama
by Mark Penn
"But I do believe President Obama can overcome those odds and win reelection if he takes the right road."
Obama Caves to Fear -- and to Politics -- in KSM Trial Reversal
by Daphne Eviatar
"There was something pathetic about watching Attorney General Eric Holder announce this afternoon that the Obama administration will bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 plotters to trial in military commissions at Guantanamo Bay on the same day that President Obama announced the start of his presidential re-election campaign."
The most uncounted cost of Endless War
by GLENN GREENWALD
"All wars have the same effect, as many of the most abusive assaults on core civil liberties in American history have been justified by appeal to war."
Bad influences: JFK, Ike and Obama
by MICHAEL LIND
"Unfortunately, President Obama has provided the exact opposite, combining the domestic policy of Eisenhower with the foreign policy of Kennedy."
Why we must raise taxes on the rich
by ROBERT REICH
"Here's the truth: The only way America can reduce the long-term budget deficit, maintain vital services, protect Social Security and Medicare, invest more in education and infrastructure, and not raise taxes on the working middle class is by raising taxes on the super rich."
The myths that just won't die
by STEVE KORNACKI
The impotence of the loyal partisan voter
by GLENN GREENWALD
"One thing is for certain: right now, the Democratic Party is absolutely correct in its assessment that kicking its base is good politics."
GOP lawyer drafts Obama impeachment
by Ben Smith
Richard Goldstone did not Retract the Report
by Jordan Thornton
The Peasants Need Pitchforks
by Robert Scheer
"The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy."
When Pigs Rule
by David Michael Green
Paul Ryan's Plan, the Coming Shutdown, and What's Really at Stake
by Robert Reich
America's two party system
by GLENN GREENWALD
It May Take 27 Years to Undo the Damage Glenn Beck Caused in 27 Months
by Will Bunch
Top Bush-era GITMO and Abu Ghraib psychologist is WH's newest appointment
by GLENN GREENWALD
An Open Letter to the Left on Libya
by Juan Cole
"I am unabashedly cheering the liberation movement on, and glad that the UNSC-authorized intervention has saved them from being crushed."
Question for Juan Cole
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Midwest’s new class politics
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life."
Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers
BY GLENN GREENWALD
The Kill Team
How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – and how their officers failed to stop them. Plus: An exclusive look at the war crime photos censored by the Pentagon

by Mark Boal
The Collapse of Globalization
by Chris Hedges
"The uprisings in the Middle East, the unrest that is tearing apart nations such as the Ivory Coast, the bubbling discontent in Greece, Ireland and Britain and the labor disputes in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio presage the collapse of globalization."
Obama and American exceptionalism
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Does the U.S. indeed occupy a special place in the world, entitling and even obligating us to undertake actions that no other country is entitled or obligated to undertake?"
Obama Raises American Hypocrisy To A Higher Level
by Paul Craig Roberts
"What does the world think? Obama has been using air strikes and drones against civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and probably Somalia."
What's Wrong With Tonight's 'Frontline' on 'The Private Life of Bradley Manning'
by Greg Mitchell
"The segment closes with a title card that simply reports that Manning is currently being held in the brig at Quantico -- without describing the conditions he is held under, or mentioning that this has been roundly denounced by human rights organizations, top newspaper editorials and even Hillary Clinton's top spokesman at the State Department (who lost his job after protesting)."
Obama's new view of his own war powers
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Yesterday, Hillary Clinton told the House of Representatives that 'the White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission.'"
Aging Hippies
Unite! The GOP says you have nothing to lose but your brains

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Obama on Libya: This Ain't Iraq
by David Corn
"Obama was detailing a doctrine of limited and realistic intervention, with several sliding scales. Bottom line: no more Iraq invasions."
The wisdom and legality of arming Libyan rebels
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The no-fly zone was established long ago; the focus is now on attacking Gadaffi's ground forces, enabling rebel advancements, and regime change."
Libya and the familiar patterns of war
by GLENN GREENWALD
Through the US Media Lens Darkly
by Robert Parry
"As Americans turn to their news media to make sense of the upheavals in the Middle East, it’s worth remembering that the bias of the mainstream U.S. press corps is most powerful when covering a Washington-designated villain, especially if he happens to be Muslim."
The "coalition" has no clothes
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
"But it's quickly becoming clear that the bombing campaign -- at least so far -- is almost entirely an American operation, albeit one that has been packaged to give it an international look."
War in Libya: Barack Obama Gets in Touch With His Inner Neocon
by Doug Bandow
"What is the U.S. doing in Libya? It is hard to imagine, given the dearth of American interests in that nation."
The Libyan war: Unconstitutional and illegitimate
by MICHAEL LIND
"The civil war in Libya is a perfect case of 'a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.'"
Obama's Libya Policy Makes Strange Bedfellows Of Congressional Critics
by Amanda Terkel
The Imperial President
by Andrew Sullivan
Court allows constitutional challenge to new FISA law
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But today, a three-judge appellate court dealt a serious blow to the Bush/Obama tactic for shielding government eavesdropping from judicial review (i.e., placing secret executive surveillance above and beyond the rule of law)."
The false defenders of Obama's war in Libya
by MICHAEL LIND
"The Constitution cannot be amended by statute. It cannot be amended by treaty. It cannot be amended by precedent. It cannot be amended by public opinion poll. It cannot be amended by election result. It cannot be amended by humanitarian pity. The U.S. Constitution can only be amended by the procedures set forth in Article V of the Constitution itself."
Not Worth It: First Day of Libya Strikes Cost More Than $100 Million
by Robert Greenwald 
The manipulative pro-war argument in Libya
by GLENN GREENWALD
Miranda is Obama's latest victim
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Today, the Obama DOJ unveiled the latest -- and one of the most significant -- examples of its eagerness to assault the very legal values Obama vowed to protect. The Wall Street Journal reports that 'new rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.'"
WH forces P.J. Crowley to resign for condemning abuse of Manning
by GLENN GREENWALD
"So, in Barack Obama's administration, it's perfectly acceptable to abuse an American citizen in detention who has been convicted of nothing by consigning him to 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, barring him from exercising in his cell, punitively imposing "suicide watch" restrictions on him against the recommendations of brig psychiatrists, and subjecting him to prolonged, forced nudity designed to humiliate and degrade. But speaking out against that abuse is a firing offense."
The clarifying Manning/Crowley controversy
by GLENN GREENWALD
Three Cheers for the Sendai Quake
Of course, those ungrateful Japanese might not see the blessing

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Deficit Reduction Requires Shared Sacrifice
by Sen. Bernie Sanders
This shameful abuse of Bradley Manning
The WikiLeaks suspect's mistreatment amounts to torture. Either President Obama knows this or he should make it his business

by Daniel Ellsberg
Obama's Afghan Legacy: More Civilian Death
by Dan Froomkin
Wikileaks: Obama Pressured Spain Into Dropping Bush Torture Prosecutions
by Susie Madrak
The Abuse of Private Manning
NYT editorial
Obama Gets Pushed Out of His Comfort Zone -- and Pushes Back
by Daphne Eviatar
"The news on Sunday that State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was forced to resign for his frank comments about the treatment of Bradley Manning is sparking lots of justifiable criticism."
Obamanomics: Guess Who Came to Dinner; Guess Who Didn't Even Get Asked?
by Leo Hindery, Jr.
The great Social Security taboo
by MICHAEL LIND
"Whether offered by liberals or conservatives, almost all of the proposals for Social Security are doomed by political realities that the authors of these plans refuse to acknowledge."
Is Obama Even Worse Than Bush?
by David Swanson
What if we’re not broke?
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
The Arab Lobby
How the Tiny Kingdom of Bahrain Strong-Armed the President of the United States

by Nick Turse
Various matters: Afghanistan, Libya & Manning
by GLENN GREENWALD
Petraeus' Propaganda War on Congress: The Truth Behind His Testimony
by Rep. Mike Honda
Bradley Manning, Barack Obama and the National Surveillance State
by Jack Balkin
Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand
by Chris Hedges
"The liberal class has busied itself with the toothless pursuits of inclusiveness, multiculturalism, identity politics and tolerance -- a word Martin Luther King never used -- and forgotten about justice."
Inside America's 'Adjustment Bureau'
By Robert Parry (A Special Report)
"The strategic importance of narrative is why the Right has invested so much in building media to redirect and control the national storylines."
Obama on presidential war-making powers
by GLENN GREENWALD
The serial deceit of Geoff Morrell
by GLENN GREENWALD
"On January 26, 2011, Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell stood before the Pentagon press corps and made a series of patently false statements about Bradley Manning."
Bradley Manning's forced nudity to occur daily
by GLENN GREENWALD
Bush's Interrogators Stressed Nudity
by Robert Parry
"The disclosure that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning was subjected to seven hours of forced nudity on Wednesday – amid new pressures aimed at getting him to identify others involved in the WikiLeaks case – recalled how the Bush administration used nudity and other abusive tactics to break down “war on terror” detainees."
What our Secretaries of Defense keep getting wrong
by TOM ENGELHARDT
The neocons are trying to talk us into war -- again
by MICHAEL LIND
"Could America's war in Libya remain limited? The hawks glibly promise that the U.S. could limit its participation in the Libyan civil war to airstrikes, leaving the fighting to Libyan rebels."
Obama's new executive order on Guantanamo
by GLENN GREENWALD
"In other words, Obama -- for reasons having nothing to do with Congress -- worked from the start to preserve the crux of the Bush/Cheney detention regime."
This is what happens when you pay the GOP's ransom
by ROBERT REICH
"It's called ransom. That's what Republicans are demanding from the White House and congressional Democrats for not pulling the plug on the government."
Cut Head Start But Keep Subsidies for Big Oil? Earth to Boehner...Come In!
by Robert Creamer
Arab-Style Democracy: The Answer to the Post Dictatorship Era
by Elza S. Maalouf
"To help shape the newly liberated Middle East, we should look at what type of institutions must be created to harness the dreams of the people demonstrating in the streets and co-design for their emergence."
The "Bush-tortured" excuse for indefinite detention
by GLENN GREENWALD
Amnesty calls for protests over Bradley Manning's treatment
by GLENN GREENWALD
"In particular, Amnesty said that 'the conditions inflicted on Bradley Manning . . . amount to inhumane treatment by the US authorities" and "appear to breach the USA’s human rights obligations.'"
The Push of Conscience and Secretary Clinton
Bby Ray McGovern
"It was not until Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walked to the George Washington University podium last week to enthusiastic applause that I decided I had to dissociate myself from the obsequious adulation of a person responsible for so much death, suffering and destruction."
Wars, Vampires, Burned Children, and Indelicate Imbalances 
by Tom Engelhardt
When a Country Goes Insane
by Robert Freeman
"Let’s be clear. It was the Republicans who wrecked the economy. Both their people and their policies drove the economy into the ditch. They wrecked the economy not once, but twice in the last eighty years."
The Republican shakedown
by Robert Reich
"But as long as Democrats refuse to talk about the almost unprecedented buildup of income, wealth, and power at the top -- and the refusal of the super-rich to pay their fair share of the nation's bills -- Republicans will convince people it's all about government and unions."
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators
by Michael Hastings
"The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators."
The military/media attacks on the Hastings article
by GLENN GREENWALD
"In other words, military officials want to impugn Holmes and Hastings, but are afraid to attach their names to their claims and thus be accountable for them -- exactly the way these officials seek to influence the Afghanistan war debate with covert propaganda, all without any accountability."
America's “Free Press”
The more corporations spend on it, the less value it has

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"If America had a free press at the mainstream level that was worth a damn, then the Republican Party would be finished by now."
The DOJ's creeping war on whistle-blowers
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Covertly obtaining and then digging through the phone, banking, and travel records of journalists is about as extreme a step as can be taken in trying to detect and punish whistleblowers."
Partisan bliss
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Of course -- as the torture photo and civilian trial controversies also demonstrated -- one of the joys of partisan fealty and devotion to a leader is that one need not have any actual beliefs or positions:  you get to say whatever you need to say at any given moment to justify the leader's conduct, even if it completely contradicts what you said months or weeks earlier in service of the same objective."
Wisconsin's Political Crisis Is a Good Deal More Serious Than Its Fiscal Crisis
by John Nichols
"Less than a month ago, a Fiscal Bureau memo [2] reported that the state had a $121.4 million surplus through the remainder of the current fiscal year."
The story behind the "Roger Ailes indictment" story
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Chris Dodd shows how Washington works
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Dodd is barred from formally working himself as a lobbyist for two years after leaving the Senate, but the core purpose of his new job is to oversee lobbying activities and to convert his influence and inside knowledge of Washington into favorable legislation and desired regulatory action (or inaction) for the MPAA."
We Are All Part of the Labor Movement Now
by Robert Creamer
"In a matter of less than a month, since Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared war on the right of public service employees to organize and negotiate the terms of their employment, the public's perception of organized labor has fundamentally changed."
No Smoke Without Mirrors -- Disinformation About the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
by Simon Johnson
"On a closely related front, there is now a concerted effort to undermine the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), mostly by spreading disinformation about its supposed lack of accountability."
Shifting editorial standards
by GLENN GREENWALD
U.S. continues Bush policy of opposing ICC prosecutions
by GLENN GREENWALD
State crises mean new language of deceit
by DAVID SIROTA
On the Significance of the Roemer Announcement
by Lawrence Lessig
"In an event in Baton Rouge, Roemer announced that he was launching an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency. He also announced a campaign different from the campaign of every other candidate."
Bradley Manning could face death: For what?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Most of the charges add little to the ones already filed, but the most serious new charge is for "aiding the enemy," a capital offense under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice."
Will labor strife in Wisconsin cascade across the country?
Strapped budgets across the U.S. have many wondering if Wisconsin labor dispute will beget similar scenes elsewhere

by PETER FINOCCHIARO
Wisconsin Revolt
About “taking our country back”

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The bigger Clarence Thomas scandal
by BEN ADLER
"Now Common Cause has just revealed that Thomas took an all expenses paid trip in 2008 to Palm Springs for four days to make a speech with money that he says came from a conservative legal group but that may have actually come from the controversial company Koch Industries."
American Manufacturing Slowly Rotting Away: How Industries Die
by Ian Fletcher
"Real industries are not abstract aggregates; they are complex ecosystems of suppliers and supply chains, skills and customer relationships, long-term investments and returns."
Scientists warn that Earth could be "unrecognizable" by 2050
Combined effect of surging population and depleting resources could cause an ecological catastrophe within 40 years

by PETER FINOCCHIARO
Serious doubt cast on FBI's anthrax case against Bruce Ivins
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Madison Protests: It's Not About the Money
by Howard Schweber
U.S. Justice v. the world
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The U.S. Government stands virtually alone in steadfastly blocking all such investigations even though it was the U.S. in the lead in creating this torture and detention system."
This week in winning hearts and minds
by GLENN GREENWALD
"There's the gross hypocrisy of the U.S. State Department invoking lofty "rule-of-law" and diplomacy principles under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations -- the very same State Department that just got caught systematically violating that convention when WikiLeaks cables revealed that U.S. "diplomats" were ordered to spy on U.N. officials and officials in other countries."
The NYT's journalistic obedience
by GLENN GREENWALD
The dirty secret of public-sector union busting
by ALYSSA BATTISTONI
"Amid all the rightful outrage over Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to do away with collective bargaining rights for public sector unions in Wisconsin, one important point has been neglected: The demise of public sector unions would be most detrimental to women and African-Americans, who make up a disproportionate share of the public sector workforce."
The Incredible Shrinking Budget Debate: Why the Only Choice We're Being Offered Is Between Bad and Worse
by Arianna Huffington
Where Are the Wisconsin-Style Protests Against the Congressional Republicans?
by Bob Cesca
Does Obama really mean it on DOMA?
by JUSTIN SPEES
The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters
by GLENN GREENWALD
More facts emerge about the leaked smear campaigns
by GLENN GREENWALD
Why Bradley Manning Is a Patriot, Not a Criminal
An Opening Statement for the Defense of Private Manning

by Chase Madar
A Cry From Guantánamo: Adnan Latif -- "Who Is Going to Rescue Me From the Injustice and the Torture I Am Enduring?
by Andy Worthington
"In the litany of injustices that still permeate the "War on Terror" prison at Guantánamo -- including President Obama's decision to hold 47 men indefinitely without charge or trial, the resistance by lawmakers to proposals to free prisoners cleared for release by the President's Guantánamo Review Task Force, or to allow federal court trials for the handful of men who are genuinely accused of terrorist activities -- the most disdainful disregard for notions of fairness or due process is reserved for the Yemenis, who make up over half of the 172 prisoners still held."
When Glenn Beck Attacks!
by David Corn
The Rise of the New Global Elite
by Chrystia Freeland
Journalists angry over the commission of journalism
by GLENN GREENWALD
Obama's choice: Fight fire with gasoline
by ROBERT REICH
"Today, Obama pours gas on the Republican flame by proposing a 2012 federal budget that cuts the federal deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years. About $400 billion of this will come from a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending -- including all sorts of programs for poor and working-class Americans, such as heating assistance to low-income people and community-service block grants."
Climate Change -- A Glimpse of the Future
by Mary Robinson
"Travelling by seaplane to Koyra, in the delta area of Bangladesh, was the equivalent of a journey some years into the future, when the devastating effects of climate change will be an accepted reality worldwide."
Revolution in 2012?
If it must come, let it be guided by wisdom

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"One of the more interesting side effects of the Jasmine Revolution – the middle-eastern upheavals that have toppled the governments of Tunisia and Egypt and threaten a half a dozen others – is the response to it here in America.
The Conservative Class War, Continued
by Eric Alterman
"Led by Newt Gingrich, conservatives are floating the notion that states should be allowed to declare bankruptcy to escape their pension obligations to firefighters, cops, teachers and, yes, sanitation workers."
Ronald Reagan, Enabler of Atrocities
by Robert Parry
The Egyptian mirror
by GLENN GREENWALD
Egypt
Outline notes of a revolution

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Muscular Liberalism
A strong defense against religious mania

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Guantanamo death highlights U.S. detention policy
by GLENN GREENWALD
"A 48-year-old Afghan citizen and Guantanamo detainee, Awal Gul, died on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack."
Ron Paul will ruin the dreams of the 2012 fringe candidates
by ALEX PAREENE
The Tea Party and civil liberties
by GLENN GREENWALD
"It's long been clear that the best (and perhaps only) political hope for civil liberties in the U.S. is an alliance that transcends the standard Democrat v. GOP or left v. right dichotomies.  Last night's surprising (and temporary) failure of the House to extend some of the most controversial powers of the Patriot Act -- an extension jointly championed by the House GOP leadership and the Obama White House -- perfectly illustrates why this is true."
Stop kidding yourself, Mr. President
by ROBERT REICH
"So what, exactly, is the deal Obama is pitching to the Chamber?"
New Obama strategy: Beat up poor people
To prove it is "serious" about the deficit, the White House proposes cutting a program that helps pay heating bills

by ANDREW LEONARD
What the right won't admit about Reagan
by GENE LYONS
"He's right. Reagan increased payroll taxes in 1983. History records that, alarmed by spiraling deficits, he signed tax increases during six of his eight years in office. Even so, his administration tripled the national debt, to almost $3 trillion."
Obama To Cut Energy Assistance For Poor; Kerry Urges Him To Reconsider
by Sam Stein
Hey Obama, Read WikiLeaks
by Robert Scheer
"After a good start, the Obama administration’s response to the democratic revolution in Egypt has begun to exude the odor of betrayal. Now distancing itself from the essential demand of the protesters that the dictator must go, the administration has fallen back on the sordid option of backing a new and improved dictatorship."
How the U.S. screwed up globalization
Harvard's Dani Rodrik explains: If you play in the global economy, you bring an industrial-strength safety net

by ANDREW LEONARD
Rand Paul, David Vitter join forces to violate Constitution
Birthright citizenship may be established by the 14th Amendment, but two senators don't like it

by ALEX PAREENE
The Big Ghost
Is it possible to disbelieve in Nothing and call it God?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Why Obama has to get Egypt right
by George Soros
Why military spending remains untouchable
by ANDREW J. BACEVICH
"The essential facts remain: U.S. military outlays today equal that of every other nation on the planet combined, a situation without precedent in modern history."
The New Obama Narrative
by George Lakoff
"As of his 2011 State of the Union Address, he has one: Competitiveness."
Al Jazeera's Egypt coverage embarrasses U.S. cable news channels
by ALEX PAREENE
Onward Christian Soldiers ... To Hypocrisy
by William Rivers Pitt
Egypt's communications 'kill switch'
Just what Joe Lieberman wants for America?

by DAN GILLMOR
"The Egyptian government's move to shut down Internet access, among other communications, amid the escalating protests is nearly unprecedented—and it foretells a future, unless we work hard to prevent it, of centralized information control."
The Right to a Future: Urgent Need for a New Lens and Lexicon for
Conveying Climate Collapse

by Raffi Cavoukian
Eyewitness account: Inside the Egyptian protests
When I arrived in Tahrir Square yesterday, there was freedom in the air -- and not a policeman to be found

by SARAH CARR
Why we shouldn't fear the Muslim Brotherhood
by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Why Washington is so blind on Egypt
by HELENA COBBAN
The Birther Plan To Block Obama's Reelection
by David Corn
"The birthers have a plan to end Barack Obama's presidency—and in Arizona, they're making progress."

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