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Out of Iraq? Don't Hold Your Breath
by William Rivers Pitt
Oil Swell
That doesn't end swell

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Terrorism: The inevitable blowback from drone attacks
If a foreign power were dropping missiles on your town, would you call the resistance "terrorism"?

To Kagan, sounding "tough" trumped simple justice
When President Clinton confronted disparities in cocaine sentencing, she bluntly urged him to put politics first

Staggering Hypocrisy
by John Cole
Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram
by Marc Ambinder
"The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) runs a classified interrogation facility for high-value detainees inside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, defense and administration officials said, and prisoners there are sometimes subject to tougher interrogation methods than those used elsewhere."
How US Weapons Grade Uranium was Diverted to Israel
Declassified GAO Report Exposes Fatally Flawed Israel Investigations

by Grant Smith
Elena Kagan's Strange Bedfellows
by Raymond J. Learsy
"In May of last year, Elena Kagan, as Solicitor General, filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court against the claim of thousands of victims and family members of the September 11 terrorist attack."
Obama and the myth of the public opinion excuse
What explains the anti-establishment sentiment?
"After last night's election results, there's no doubt that the electorate has contempt for Washington incumbents and the political establishment."
Doomsayers Beware, a Bright Future Beckons
“Forget wars, religions, famines and poems for the moment,” Dr. Ridley writes. “This is history’s greatest theme: the metastasis of exchange, specialization and the invention it has called forth, the ‘creation’ of time.”
Fear Comes Of Age
by David Michael Green
Creeping Terror: The New American Way of War
by Chris Floyd
The Kagan Retreat
by Brent Budowsky
"The nomination of Elena Kagan to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the legal lion of liberals for a generation, is the latest retreat by Democrats that reveals how conservatives in Washington differ from liberals, and why liberalism remains in retreat no matter how many elections Democrats win."
Equating sexual orientation with "sex life"
Democrats weigh value of an Obama endorsement
Strategists say president will be tapped to raise money and reach out to black voters, but not much else

In this era, "homeland security" is an oxymoron
With Faisal Shahzad's failed plot, we got lucky. Again. But sooner or later, our luck is going to run out

Is Obama's war on terror working?
Republicans complain that the Times Square bomb fizzle was pure luck. But why are so many terror plots botched?

Bipartisan statesmanship reigns in Senate banking debate
by David Lightman
Pinto Beings
The financial crisis of 2008 is back, assuming it ever went away

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn't the only stream of toxic waste that is spreading rapidly and threatening to engulf innocent people miles away. The global financial crisis is also threatening to do the same—and it has the potential to do even more damage in the long run."
Mr. Obama: Tear Down This War!
by Bernard Weiner

"The U.S. cannot "win" in Afghanistan. Even Obama admits this. So why is he doubling down on Bush's war?"
The White House's Kagan talking points are wrong
We questioned Harvard Law's diversity record under Elena Kagan. The White House pushed back. But they got it wrong

The latest on Elena Kagan
Seymour Hersh on Obama Being "Dominated" by the U.S. Military
from speech given at Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva on April 24, 2010
Obama's natural choice of Kagan
"Nothing is a better fit for this White House than a blank slate, institution-loyal, seemingly principle-free careerist who spent the last 15 months as the Obama administration's lawyer vigorously defending every one of his assertions of extremely broad executive authority."
Kagan May Mean a More Conservative Court
by Stuart Taylor Jr.
Progressives Divided over Obama’s Nomination of Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
transcript of Democracy Now interview
"Washington Intellectual Dishonesty" defined
"Elena Kagan no longer thinks Supreme Court nominees should have to answer direct questions."
Kagan in '97 urged Clinton to ban late abortions
Tom Daschle's compromise bill failed, but not for lack of trying.

The Problem With Elena Kagan Is Barack Obama
by Cenk Uygur
"His every action drips of conciliation, compromise, gradualism and incrementalism. The conservatives take miles of ideologically territory and convert it into the status quo. Then Obama brags about converting inches back. This isn't change we can believe in. This is pocket change."
Bagram --The Cat's Slightly Out of the Bag
by Harry Shearer
Assassination of US Muslim Cleric is Illegal, Immoral and Unwise
by Bill Quigley
Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Will Move the Court to the Right
by Marjorie Cohn
"Elena Kagan, Obama's choice to replace Justice Stevens, has never been a judge. But she has been a loyal foot soldier in Obama's fight against terrorism and there is little reason to believe that she will not continue to do so."
Done right, immigration reform will boost the U.S. economy
by Victor Corral
Israel's fated bleak future
by John J. Mearsheimer
"President Barack Obama has finally coaxed Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. He and most Americans hope that the talks will lead to the creation of a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank. Regrettably, that is not going to happen. Instead, those territories are almost certain to be incorporated into a "Greater Israel," which will then be an apartheid state bearing a marked resemblance to white-ruled South Africa."
Grading Kagan as Dean
Kagan Built Bridges on Divided Campus, but Other Factors Helped Her Along

New target of rights erosions: U.S. citizens
"The most recent liberty-abridging, Terrorism-justified controversies have focused on diluting the legal rights of American citizens (in part because the rights of non-citizens are largely gone already and there are none left to attack)."
More Obama DOJ attacks on whistle-blowers
The Gulf catastrophe brings back memories of Santa Barbara

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Obama's criticisms of the Warren and Burger Courts
Drone Pilots Could Be Tried for ‘War Crimes,’ Law Prof Says
by Nathan Hodge
Deficit Commisson's Most Realistic Goal: Scaring The Hell Out Of Americans
by Dan Froomkin
"The co-chairs of President Obama's deficit-cutting task force acknowledged today that the chance of their group actually reaching any substantial conclusions is slim."
When whistle-blowers suffer
Revealing government misconduct shouldn’t be a crime.

by Jesselyn Radack
"As someone who has been the target of a ruthless leak investigation, I believe, and the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 says, that government employees should be protected, not retaliated against, when they disclose conduct evidencing illegality, fraud, waste or abuse."
U.S. targets an American abroad
Should the executive branch be allowed to put a citizen on a CIA death list without judicial review?

by Vicki Divoll
Making It Up As We Go Along
by Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Program
"At least 30 journalists and human rights observers descended on Guantánamo this week to witness the pretrial hearings in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr."
The White House Press Correspondents Dinner: With Millions Unemployed and Soldiers Dying Abroad, It's Time to Crack Some Jokes and Slap Some Backs
by Wendy Button
GOP's past gives the lie to "colorblind" claims
Republicans claim Arizona's new immigration law has nothing to do with racial profiling. Oh please

Israel's tyranny of the majority is dangerous
Though Anat Kamm won't be executed, Israel's democratic government has already been put on trial.

by Gideon Levy
Terrorists should keep their citizenship
If the goal is to expedite the interrogation and punishment of terrorists, this is precisely the wrong way to achieve it

by David Frum
The drill is gone: Republicans argue over offshore oil
While Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin still promote offshore drilling, moderate Republicans are not on board

Various matters
The U.S. does not have an indiscriminate power to kill
by Anthony D. Romero
"The Post endorses a program of targeted killing under which the executive branch has unilateral authority to hunt and kill individuals -- including U.S. citizens -- anywhere in the world ["In defense of drones," editorial, April 13]. The program is unlawful."
Rage and Rebellion: How Will the Left Respond?
by Bernard Weiner
Netanyahu moves forward on colonizing West Bank
By settling in Jerusalem and expelling Palestinians, Israel is making a two-state solution impossible

Has Chuck Schumer EVER Criticized Israel or its Leadership in the Way He Just Unloaded on Obama?
by Steve Clemons
Where Are the Tea Party Protests About Wall Street?
by Cenk Uygur
"I really feel sorry for them. They're dupes. They think they are so fiercely independent when in fact they are the most easily manipulated people in the country."
Will the Real Obama Please Stand Up for Reform? Six Ways to Know if the Financial Reforms Are for Real
by Les Leopold
A Kinder, Gentler Gitmo
Obama hasn't departed from the Bush administration tactics on national security; he's just changed tone.

The New York Times' Muslim problem
The False Religion of Mideast Peace
And why I'm no longer a believer.

The Arizona of 2010 Is the Alabama of 1963
by Robert Creamer
Obama Rejects Bipartisan Bank Deal
by Robert Kuttner
Democrats willing to test GOP in Wall St. showdown
In wake of Goldman Sachs fraud, new financial overhaul legislation has public support

War propaganda from Afghanistan
A Middle East peace that could happen (but won't)
The basic contours of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement are obvious -- if only Israel and the U.S. were serious

Not All Jobs Are Created Equal: Why Wall Street's Gain Has Been America's Loss
by Arianna Huffington
"Since the recession began in late 2007, we've lost 8.4 million jobs. Over 2 million of those were manufacturing jobs, the kind of jobs that have traditionally delivered American families into the middle class -- and kept them there."
Behind the Arizona Immigration Law: GOP Game to Swipe the November Election
by Greg Palast
"What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote -- and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one."
Dems chance to save 2010
by Brent Budowsky
"The No. 1 issue in the 2010 campaign, by far, is jobs. Americans want jobs, not talking points about jobs."
Iran a Threat? I Mean, Really?
by Ray McGovern
The right court fight
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"The genius of American conservatives over the past 30 years has been their understanding that the most effective way to change the country is to change the terms of our political debate. On issue after issue, they have done just that."
The Real War Reporters
by William Rivers Pitt,
White House reporters afraid to criticize the White House
The Teabaggers' Lament
How the bogeymen let them down

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Is Obama Honest*?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
What happened to "look forward, not backward"?
"The Obama Justice Department today announced that it has secured a ten-felony-count indictment against Thomas Drake, an official with the National Security Agency during the Bush years.  Drake's indictment, of course, has nothing to do with the criminal surveillance undertaken by the NSA."
What the whistleblower prosecution says about the Obama DOJ
"The more I think and read about the Obama DOJ's prosecution of NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, the more I think this might actually be one of the worst steps the Obama administration has taken yet, if not the single worst step -- and that's obviously saying a lot."
Obama hints that "two-state solution" may be impossible
Remarks during arms negotiations show Obama administration's uncertainty about peace in region

Why Does the U.S. Let Israel Get Away With Having a Nuclear Arsenal?
by Ira Chernus
More Than 53 Percent of Your Tax Bill Goes to the Military
by Dave Lindorff
Some terrorist groups can survive assassinations
Taking out the head of a radical movement doesn't necessarily kill the body

Spying, Civil Liberties and the Courts
NYT editorial
"Succumbing to the politics of fear during the 2008 campaign, Congress seriously diluted the First and Fourth Amendment rights of Americans by changing the 1978 law that governs electronic surveillance."
Holder Picks Wrong Crowd For Defense Of Military Commissions
by Dan Froomkin
Exxon's Income Tax: $0 [UPDATED]
by Adam Weinstein
"Eaarth": Earth is over
A climate pioneer declares the planet -- with its rising humidity and hot oceans -- dead

Journalism today: A haven for parasites and double-dealers
Don't be fooled by this week's Pulitzer glitz. The state of journalism is sorrier than ever

The White House seeks out Kagan defenders
Tax Dollars Must Go to Jobs, Not Wars
by Mary Zerkel
Kucinich: White House Assassination Policy Is Extrajudicial
by Jeremy Scahill
"here has been almost universal silence among Congressional Democrats on the Obama administration's recently revealed decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki."
What Do We Get For Our US Tax Dollars?
We like to think of Europeans as poor overtaxed serfs but the benefits they receive show the shortcomings of the US system

by Steven Hill
The long, clear, inspiring record of Diane Wood
"If one were to analogize the search for Justice Stevens' replacement to the recently concluded health care debate, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood would be the public option."
A Federal Judge Rules Against the Government in a Warrantless Wiretapping Suit
Baghdad recount could change Iraq election results
Court-ordered tally could tilt result toward Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, inflame sectarian tensions

Why economic sanctions on Iran won't work
There are no good military options, and oil always finds a way around sanctions

An Insignificant Yemeni at Guantanamo Loses His Habeas Petition
by Andy Worthington
Shorting The Middle Class: The Real Wall Street Crime
by Arianna Huffington
Unlearned lessons from the Steven Hatfill case
"Hatfill is the former U.S. Government scientist who for years was publicly depicted as the anthrax attacker and subjected to Government investigations so invasive and relentless that they forced him into almost total seclusion, paralysis and mental instability, only to have the Government years later (in 2008) acknowledge that he had nothing to do with those attacks and to pay him $5.8 million to settle the lawsuit he brought."
Looting Main Street : How the nation’s biggest banks are ripping off American cities with the same predatory deals that brought down Greece
by Matt Taibbi
A world about to be destroyed by propaganda
by Mark R. Crovelli
The Obama administration's righteous stance against indefinite detention
"For those who believe that there are certain types of hypocrisy and double standards too blatant and shameless even for the U.S. Government to invoke, I'd like to point out how wrong you are."
Arizona's Immigration Bill Is a Social and Racial Sin
by Jim Wallis
Howling Wind: The Unrepented Genocide
by Chris Floyd
by Jane Mayer
The Accomodationits: Memo to Liberals on the White House Death Warrants
by Chris Floyd
Justice Stevens' retirement and potential replacements
Civil Liberties Coaltion: Don't Bother Closing Gitmo If You're Just Going To Bring It Here.
by A. Serwer
Look away, Dixieland: Why the South remains Confederate territory
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's proclamation renewed the South's swooning -- and sinister -- romance with old Dixie

Is America heading toward a "dirty war" at home?
Media-inspired death threats against politicians, and real extremist violence, pose a bloody threat to democracy

Obama, NYT Keep Israeli Nuke Secrets
By Robert Parry
Murder Replaces Torture, Brilliant!
by David Swanson
The death of Dawn Johnsen's nomination
Justice Stevens' retirement and Elena Kagan
Will the U.S. leave Iraq?
by Steve Burns
Dawn Johnsen and the myth of Obama as Rorschach test
by Paul Rosenberg
Justice Stevens, Last Of His Line
by Dan Froomkin
"Justice John Paul Stevens's departure from the Supreme Court represents the end of an era. Just not the one you are probably thinking of."
How Christianity Lost Jesus
by the Rev. Howard Bess
More cause and effect in the War against Terrorists
"The extreme paradox of our actions in the Muslim world is now well-documented: namely, the very policies justified in the name of fighting Terrorism (invasions, occupations, bombings, lawless detentions, etc.) are the precise ones that most inflame and exacerbate that threat."
by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett
"Republicans and hawkish Democrats appear to have bought the specious argument that threatening Iran with nuclear attack will somehow deter Tehran from further development of its nuclear capabilities."
Dawn Johnsen's Fall and Justice Stevens' Replacement
by Ari Melber
The case against Elena Kagan
What Sarah Palin forgets (or never knew) about Ronald Reagan
She warbles a macho fantasy about our 40th president. But the real Reagan wanted a world free of nuclear arms

When the Army Uses "Enhanced Interrogation" on an American Soldier
by Joshua Kors
The Obama DOJ's warrantless demands for emails
"A very significant case involving core privacy protections is now being litigated, where the Obama Justice Department is seeking to obtain from Yahoo "all emails" sent and received by multiple Yahoo email accounts, despite the fact that DOJ has never sought, let alone obtained, a search warrant, and despite there being no notice of any kind to the email account holders."
Things that would not happen today
Offshore drilling: Did Rahm Emanuel sell out too soon?
Behind Obama's decision to drill is the same misguided political strategy that came close to killing health reform

Would President Obama Trade Drill, Baby Drill for Health Care Votes?
by Michael Kieschnick
Recovery Act in Action: A Window Into a Change of Heart
by Jared Bernstein
Ten Things You Can Do to Help Progressive Journalism
by ZP Heller
What's wrong with this picture? Air America vanishes into the ether, while Glenn Beck indoctrinates 2.7 million daily viewers with his histrionic brand of right-wing lunacy."
CAFE oh late
But better late than never

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"At this point, the GOP is utterly outflanked. The CAFE changes have widespread support, and the mountaintop mining ban nearly universal support, even in the states that derive small economic benefits from it."
What Happens When We Don't See the Tipping Points
by Bernard Weiner

"Often in our busy daily lives, we miss the significance of a piece of news. Sometimes it's not until years later that we realize how very important that news event was in shifting the paradigm."
Ruling Against Bush Wiretaps Also Slaps Down Obama's Executive Overreach
by Dan Froomkin
"Wednesday's landmark court ruling that the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program was flatly illegal is, unfortunately, not only of historical significance."
Single-Payer: Ten Years and Counting
by Stephen Pizzo
The Bomb-Bomb-Iran 'Parlor Game'
by Robert Parry
"Normally, if two countries with powerful nuclear arsenals were openly musing about attacking a third country over mere suspicions that it might want to join the nuclear club, we’d tend to sympathize with the non-nuclear underdog as the victim of bullying and possible aggression."
Open Letter to Berkeley Students on their Historic Israeli Divestment Bill
by Naomi Klein
US Recants Zubaydah's Terror Charges
by Jason Leopold
"The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration made about Abu Zubaydah, the alleged al-Qaeda leader who was the first suspected terrorist subjected to the torture of waterboarding and other White House-approved 'enhanced interrogation techniques.'"
Looting Main Street
How the nation's biggest banks are ripping off American cities with the same predatory deals that brought down Greece

The Case for Impeachment of President Barack Obama
by Dave Lindorff
"Sadly, it is time to say, just 14 months into the current term of this new president, that yes, this president, and some of his subordinates, are also guilty of impeachable crimes--including many of the same ones committed by Bush and Cheney."
The Fed in Hot Water
by Robert Reich
"The Fed has finally came clean. It now admits it bailed out Bear Stearns -- taking on tens of billions of dollars of the bank's bad loans -- in order to smooth Bear Stearns' takeover by JP Morgan Chase."
Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”
by Patrick Martin
Taming Israel
“My fellow Americans, tonight I’m going to talk frankly about a pesky little nation called Israel … “

How Americans are propagandized about Afghanistan
U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are committing atrocities, lying, and getting away with it
by Jerome Starkey
The Silence of the Liberal Lambs: Outrage at Outliers, Hosannas for State Crime
by Chris Floyd
"Now, considering that U.S. government imprisons more of its own citizens than any other in the history, with 25 percent of the world's prisoners; that it has more military bases in more countries than any previous empire in history, and has killed millions of people from Iraq to Vietnam; and that its current head, Barack Obama, is openly targeting for extrajudicial killing Americans and foreigners alike, one might ask: why is a liberal magazine so concerned about this state's legitimacy?"
The Next Supreme Court Justice Nominee
by Michael Gass
"When Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retires, who will President Obama nominate to replace him?"
WikiLeaks releases video of slaughter in Iraq
"Those two stories came together perfectly when WikiLeaks today released a video of the U.S. military, from an Apache helicopter, slaughtering civilians in Iraq in 2007 -- including a Reuters photojournalist and his driver -- and then killing and wounding several Iraqis who, minutes later, showed up at the scene to carry away the dead and wounded (including two of their children)."
Iraq slaughter not an aberration
Follow-up points on the WikiLeaks video
Obama's looming legal trap in Afghanistan
The president may create another Guantanamo -- in Afghanistan. Here's why it could backfire on him in a big way

The Muted Plain: Anticipating the Wake of the Wikileaks Revelation
"So, thanks to Wikileaks.org, Americans now know that their soldiers often gun down civilians in occupied countries during reckless missions based on little or no intelligence (in every sense of the word)."
Why the Fight for Financial Reform Needs to Get Much More Personal
by Arianna Huffington 
"One of the biggest mistakes of the health care fight -- and one of the main reasons the fight dragged on so long -- was the White House's failure to put the effect reform would have on the lives of real Americans front and center."
Confirmed: Obama authorizes assassination of U.S. citizen
"Today, both The New York Times and The Washington Post confirm that the Obama White House has now expressly authorized the CIA to kill al-Alwaki no matter where he is found, no matter his distance from a battlefield."
The 9/14 Presidency
Barack Obama is operating with the war powers granted George W. Bush three days after the 9/11 attacks.

by Eli Lake
"When it comes to the legal framework for confronting terrorism, President Obama is acting in no meaningful sense any different than President Bush after 2006, when the Supreme Court overturned the view that the president’s war time powers were effectively unlimited."
Did Obama sandbag his own health care bill?
by David Michael Green 
In today's media, substance is no match for BS
Drudge, Fox News, talk radio -- and even Keith Olbermann: Too many media voices revel in baseless incitement

Olbermann on Obama's assassination program
by David Remnick
"Polls and conversations with right-leaning Israelis have long reflected a distrust of Obama and a free-floating anxiety about what they imagine to be his view of the world—specifically, his indifference to Israel."
Reforming a broken mortgage system
Israel & Aid
by Ralph Nader
The horrible prospect of Supreme Court Justice Cass Sunstein
Israel's far-right government only helps Iran
By thumbing its nose at the U.S. and the world, Israel makes it harder to build a coalition against Iranian nukes

The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters
"A newly leaked CIA report prepared earlier this month (.pdf) analyzes how the U.S. Government can best manipulate public opinion in Germany and France -- in order to ensure that those countries continue to fight in Afghanistan."
Mike McConnell, the WashPost, & the dangers of sleazy corporatism
"Soul of a Citizen": Barack Obama, Vaclav Havel and When Small Steps Yield Unforeseen Fruits
by Paul Rogat Loeb
Obama's Bagram Fly-In: What He Didn't Visit
by Harry Shearer
"So I guess this war is enough like the Iraq War that President Obama, like his predecessor, can only visit the troops at night, in secret."
Do Hannity and North operate a "charitable" fraud?
Sean Hannity and Ollie North say they collect millions of dollars for veterans' kids. But where did the money go?

With Greg Craig Out Of The Way, Coast Is Clear For White House To Make Legal Calls On Political Grounds
by Dan Froomkin
Saints, Sinners and Boycott:  Rachel Corrie and the State of Israel
by Diane V. McLoughlin
Matt Drudge and the Republican Delusion
by Brent Budowsky
Torture Diaries, Drawings and the Special Prosecutor
by Jason Leopold
"Attorneys defending Abu Zubaydah, a Guantanamo prisoner designated as the first "high-value" detainee by the Bush administration, have finally gained access to three volumes of diaries he wrote while he was in the custody of the CIA and brutally tortured by agency interrogators and contractors at a secret "black site" prison."
Is America "Yearning for Fascism'?
by Chris Hedges
"The language of violence always presages violence. I watched it in war after war from Latin America to the Balkans."
Not 'Loyal Opposition' Within the Democratic Party?
by Leo Hindery, Jr.
"It's pretty obvious that there are people in the administration telling the president every day that he's exactly 'where he needs to be' in the tug-of-war between Progressives on the left and the Tea Party-goers on the right. But there's a big difference between moving away from the 'crazies' and ignoring your true political base, which I would argue for President Obama is mostly the American workers who gave him victories in those states that John Kerry unfortunately was not able to win in 2004."
The U.S. is stuck in the Cold War
America is following security and trade policies that made sense just after World War II, but are disastrous now

"What does America's deepening war in Afghanistan have to do with the American trade deficit? Answer: Both are the results of Cold War policies that made sense at one time but are now harmful to the United States."
White House access is a jackpot for reporters
A Center of Gravity
Controlling a brain's “morality center”

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"Reporting" on Iran should seem familiar
Hyping The Evil Iranian Empire
by Steve Hynd
Robert Gibbs endorses denial of civilian trials
"Virtually everyone I know who regularly works on civil liberties issues believes it's a fait accompli that Obama will reverse Eric Holder's decision and deny civilian trials to the 9/11 defendants, sending them instead to military commissions (just as George Bush did)."
The criminal NSA eavesdropping program
"Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker yesterday became the third federal judge -- out of three who have considered the question -- to find that Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program was illegal..."
Democrats mimic GOP sleight-of-hand
They're selling huge giveaways to insurance companies and Big Pharm as reform that helps the middle class

Industry interests are not in their "twilight"
"Indeed, PhRMA is so in favor of this bill that, over the last week, they've spent $6 million on an ad campaign aimed at undecided House Democrats to try to pressure them to vote for the bill."
Iraq War Anniversary: Seven Years of Waste, Fraud and Abuse
by Robert Greenwald
The GOP's newfound defense of "consent of the governed"
Healthcare triumph a credit to Nancy Pelosi's savvy
Republicans like to ridicule her as a clueless liberal. But her legislative mastery just put them to shame -- again

A Near-Death Experience, and On From Here
by Rep. Alan Grayson
"But we're not done. The framework for a comprehensive health care system is in place. Now we must finish the job."
The Great Thing About the Health Care Law That Has Passed? It Will Save Republican Lives, Too
by Michael Moore
How healthcare reform makes history
This isn't a return to the New Deal or the Great Society. It's an incremental step forward, with big implications

Daniel Ellsberg Says Pres. Obama Is Lying About Wars
by Jonathan Nack
"Daniel Ellsberg told a San Francisco rally of trade unionists that President Obama is lying about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."
"Shallow Throat": Obama, the GOP and "Potomac Fever"
by Bernard Weiner
The Night Before
The day that was

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
More on those "neutralized" special interests
The Moment
by Lawrence Lessig
"However good, however essential, however transformative this health care bill may be, we should not mistake success here as a sign that Washington has been cured."
Release of Guantanamo detainee has everything to do with torture
A judge has freed Mohamedou Ould Salahi. Some on the right want to blame ... Obama? But it's the torture, stupid

Ten reasons why East Jerusalem does not belong to Israel
Israeli hawks say that Jerusalem is theirs because of a long, romantic national history there. Too bad it's made up

Obama, Free at Last on Health Reform
by Robert Parry
"The long-delayed passage of health-care reform may indeed be a historic moment for the United States, but it also marks something else – the moment when President Barack Obama has been freed, finally, to pursue a more innovative foreign policy, including a more aggressive approach to Middle East peace."
The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species
by Robert Scheer
Is health-care reform constitutional?
by Randy E. Barnett
When presidential sermons collide
"If a leader is going to demand that other countries adhere to the very 'principles' which he insists on violating himself, it's probably best not to use antithetical clichés when issuing decrees, for the sake of appearances if nothing else."
Right-Wing Terrorism Stoked by Conservative Leaders Again
by Bob Cesca
U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are committing atrocities, lying, and getting away with it
by Jerome Starkey
Drone Wars, Without Any Rules
by Dan Froomkin
"The CIA's extensive use of unmanned drones to kill alleged terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere is arguably against international law and raises the possibility that top U.S. officials will someday be tried at the Hague for war crimes, a law professor told a congressional oversight panel on Tuesday."
The warped platitude of DC "centrism"
In defense of Dennis Kucinich
Why I'll be cheering if his vote kills healthcare reform

Salon Radio: Manipulative use of the term "Terrorism"
CIA drone attacks produce America's own unlawful combatants
by Gary Solis
"In terms of international armed conflict, those CIA agents are, unlike their military counterparts but like the fighters they target, unlawful combatants. No less than their insurgent targets, they are fighters without uniforms or insignia, directly participating in hostilities, employing armed force contrary to the laws and customs of war."
U.S.-Israel rift undermining some long-standing taboos
"The rather extraordinary dust-up between the U.S. and Israel has, among other benefits, shined a light on two of the most taboo yet self-evidently true propositions:   (1) our joined-at-the-hip relationship with Israel is a significant cause of anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, fuels attacks on Americans, and entails a very high price for the U.S. on multiple levels; and (2) many American neoconservatives have their political beliefs shaped by allegiance to Israel."
Bagram FOIA
report from the ACLU
"The ACLU is asking the Obama administration to make public records pertaining to the number of people currently detained at Bagram, their names, citizenship, place of capture and length of detention, as well as records pertaining to the process afforded those prisoners to challenge their detention and designation as "enemy combatants."
Obama threatens to veto greater intelligence oversight
"To their credit, Congressional Democrats -- over the objections of right-wing Republicans -- have been attempting since the middle of last year to fix this serious problem, by writing legislation to severely narrow the President's power to conceal intelligence activities from the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and abolish the 'Gang of Eight' process...Yet these efforts to ensure transparency and oversight have continuously run into one major roadblock:  Barack Obama's threat to veto the legislation."
A Detention Bill You Ought to Read More Carefully
by Marc Ambinder
"Why is the national security community treating the 'Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,' introduced by Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman on Thursday as a standard proposal, as a simple response to the administration's choices in the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt?"
PROMISES, PROMISES: Is gov't more open with Obama?
Israel Crackdown Puts Liberal Jews on the Spot
by Chris Hedges
"The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel that are accused--often falsely--of assisting Goldstone's U.N. investigators."
Spy Takes US-Israeli Secrets to Grave
by Robert Parry
"Last week’s death of Israeli spymaster David Kimche – and the omissions in his obituaries about his most sensitive operations, especially those regarding the United States – are a reminder of how much crucial history is being lost as key figures from this era take their secrets to the grave."
Iraq War Triumphalism Ignores a Key Matter: Dead Civilians
by David Corn
The Woman Who Just Might Save the Planet and Our Pocketbooks
What if our economy was not built on competition? Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom talks about her work on cooperation in economics.

by Fran Korten and Elinor Ostrom
Those authoritarian, torture-loving French
Has Rahm's assumption about progressives been vindicated?
Washington Post Blames Obama First, on Israel
by Robert Parry
"In a phrase that the neocons used in the 1980s to demonize Americans who criticized Ronald Reagan’s bloody policies in Central America, it could be said that the Post’s editorial writers are “blaming America first” – and largely taking the side of Israel."
Jerusalem and Washington: On Stage/Backstage
by Michael Brenner
"Theatre provides the most apt metaphors for understanding what is happening between Washington and Jerusalem. For it is more about a script gone awry than a conflict over objectives and interests."
The Woeful Washington Post
By Robert Parry
"Though there are still a few liberal voices, like Eugene Robinson, the Post’s opinion sections are dominated by neoconservatives and right-wingers who pile up mountains of misinformation that then shapes the potent conventional wisdom of the nation’s capital."
The Court Must Defend Torture Victims' Rights
by Sen. Arlen Specter
The Tea Party Is All About Race
by Bob Cesca
"The tea party is almost entirely about race, and there's no comparative group on the left that's similarly motivated by bigotry, ignorance and racial hatred.
The WP: Obama close to reversing Holder on civilian trials
The WP's employment of a fear-mongering smear artist
Does the Obama Administration Even Want to Win in November?
by Simon Johnson
Lynn Woolsey Should Resign as Head of the Progressive Caucus
by Jane Hamsher
The full-scale collapse: From Murrow to Blitzer
Reform the Filibuster
by Sen. Michael Bennet
"The filibuster was originally intended to protect minority rights and encourage meaningful debate on the Senate floor. Today, this important rule is being abused at an unprecedented rate, and it's grinding the business of the Senate to a standstill."
Tearing up the social contract, piece by piece
Thanks to Cheney, kids now grow up thinking that torture is a "controversy" rather than plain wrong

Who are the actual "crazy" people in American politics?
How Reagan's Propaganda Succeeded
By Robert Parry (A Special Report)
"In the 1980s, CIA propaganda experts and military psy-war specialists oversaw the creation of special programs aimed at managing public perceptions in targeted foreign countries as well as inside the United States, according to declassified documents at Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library."
The Way Forward on Health Care
by Drew Weston
Why do journalists expect to have credibility?
Calling All Rebels
by Chris Hedges
"There are no constraints left to halt America’s slide into a totalitarian capitalism. Electoral politics are a sham. The media have been debased and defanged by corporate owners."
Jason Leopold on Cheney, Torture, and Obama's Shortsightedness
by Joan Brunwasser [interview]
Congressional condemnation of Cheney/Kristol?
"It would therefore not only be politically plausible, but valuable, for the Congress to officially condemn these McCarthyite attacks on Justice Department lawyers."
Fiction of Marjah as City Was US Information War
by Gareth Porter
"Marja is not a city or even a real town, but either a few clusters of farmers' homes or a large agricultural area covering much of the southern Helmand River Valley."
Obama sabotages himself with fake "pragmatism"
"All of this underscores a vital point:  the Obama White House is hamstrung by its own embrace of the Bush/Cheney Terrorism template in advocating for its own policies."
The Oath Keepers: The Militant and Armed Side of the Tea Party Movement
Meet the fast-growing "patriot" group that's recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration.

by Justine Sharrock
Should Progressives Give Up on Obama? Chris Hedges vs. Rabbi Lerner
by Chris Hedges and Michael Lerner
American elites abandon their faux regret over Iraq
"For tribalists and nationalists, America can err in its execution but never in its motives."
Small Government Conservative
How can you be in two places at once...?

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"The Hurt Locker": When Great Art Meets Lousy Politics
by Bernard Weiner
Carville/Greenberg strategists and national security
Military commissions: A bad idea
They are a legal experiment that the Supreme Court has rejected. Federal courts can handle complex terrorism trials

The Democrats' scam becomes more transparent
"Faced with the dilemma of how they could possibly justify their year-long claimed support for the public option only now to fail to enact it, more and more Democratic Senators were pressured into signing a letter supporting the enactment of the public option through reconciliation; that number is now above 40, and is rapidly approaching 50." 
Entering the Scary "Lacuna" of American Politics
by Bernard Weiner
Doing the WaveWhen the tide turns, it turns for thee
by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Why Bob Gates needs a course in IR theory
by Stephen M. Walt

"The only way to get our European allies to bear a significantly larger share of the collective defense burden would be to reduce our own contribution significantly; nagging them as Gates did hasn't worked in the past and won't work now."
Why Patrick Leahy Is Afraid to Subpoena Yoo
by David Swanson
Iran in the Middle
by Peter G. Cohen

"For Iran, there is the goad of seeing Israel violate dozens of UN. resolutions and build hundreds of nuclear weapons without joining the Non Proliferation Treaty or allowing international inspections."
The NYT Veers Neocon
by Robert Parry

"Many American progressives don’t want to recognize how bad the U.S. mainstream news media has become."
The Enthusiasm Gap
by Robert Reich

"The Democratic base is lethargic because congressional Democrats continue to compromise on everything the base cares about."
Genuine American exceptionalism on due process

"The Obama administration has made explicitly clear its intention to deny civilian trials to scores of detainees, by sending some to military commissions and imprisoning others indefinitely without any charges.  And for those cases where it has deigned to provide real due process -- such as its decision to try the 9/11 defendants in a criminal court -- it is moving in the wrong direction."
Dredging up the Israel/apartheid question
Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama
by Chris Hedges
Muslims Are Their Own Worst Enemy
By Paul Craig Roberts

"Divisions among Muslims, especially between Sunni and Shi'ites, have consigned the Muslim Middle East to almost a century of Western control."
Twin Swelling Heads of Empire and Oligarchy Driving USA into Ever-deepening Corporate State, Wholly Incompatible With Democracy
by Ralph Nader
Salon Radio: The lawyers smeared by Liz Cheney
Transcript: Jonathan Hafetz on GITMO lawyers
Northwest at risk of earthquake like one in Chile
After Chile, an earthquake and possible tsunami threaten the U.S.

Rahm Emanuel: Obama's Chief Of Sabotage
by Dan Froomkin
Are we better off without religion?
We should be careful about drawing rash conclusions from the correlation between religiosity and societal breakdown

by Sue Blackmore
Iraq Withdrawal in Danger
Dear Mr. President: Scrap the Military's Contingency Plans for an Extended Stay in Iraq

by Tom Andrews

"Just when you thought that the proverbial fat lady was about to launch into an aria over the final withdrawal of US military forces in Iraq, the US military announced that it is drawing up contingency plans to delay the withdrawal."
The GOP cage-match strategy
Republicans are relying on media complicity and public ignorance to paralyze government. It's brazen, and risky

If Rahmbo is going rogue, what will Obama do?
Rahm Emanuel wins plaudits in the mainstream media, even as his boss plunges. But he isn't talking, "on the record"

US Media Replays Iraq Fiasco on Iran
by Robert Parry
"Major U.S. news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, are engaged in a replay of the kind of slanted coverage that paved the way to war in Iraq, only this time regarding Iran."
Obama's Nuclear Decision Day
by Joe Cirincione
The Media's Billion Dollar Ad for Evan Bayh
by Cenk Uygur
"Bayh masked his craven capitulation to corporate lobbyists with a veneer of bipartisanship and moderation."
Band-Aids, Bipartisanship and Baby-Steps: How Not to Deal With a Jobs Crisis
by Arianna Huffington
Happy Anniversary, Recovery Act
by Bob Cesca
Terrorism: the most meaningless and manipulated word
DANIEL ELLSBERG: Evaluating Obama so far
by Joan Brunwasser
It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is A Police State
by Paul Craig Roberts
Who's in control in the White House?
If you thought the rogue sensibility went away with the Bushes, think again

The GOP's "small government" tea party fraud
"There's a major political fraud underway:  the GOP is once against donning their libertarian, limited-government masks in order to re-invent itself and, more important, to co-opt the energy and passion of the Ron-Paul-faction that spawned and sustains the 'tea party' movement."
The Bush nostalgia of Rahm and the Beltway
Justice Department Will Not Punish Yoo and Bybee Because Most Lawyers Are Scum Anyway
by Jack Balkin.
"In deciding not to refer charges to state bar committees, Margolis does not tell us that Yoo and Bybee behaved admirably or according to the high standards that we should expect from Justice Department lawyers."
The flailing falsehoods of America's war criminals
"I didn't think it was possible, but former Bush officials -- desperately fighting what they know will be their legacy as war criminals -- have become even more dishonest propagandists out of office than they were in office."
The Binyam Mohamed case and the threat of dictatorship
by Robert Stevens
"The mounting evidence of the routine use of torture and abuse is of great political significance not only in Britain, but in the United States and internationally. These cases reveal that the entire state machinery in the US and Britain is guilty of heinous crimes, including sadistic torture."
How to tell what's what in Afghanistan
Five questions about the progress of the surge

Do it with 51 votes
The 60-vote requirement for healthcare is made up. 51 is a majority, and it's all we need

President Obama, A CEO Would Change Up the Team
by Steve Clemons
"President Obama's closest handlers -- Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Robert Gibbs -- are under fire from a number of observers, including this one, for deploying the President's political capital badly, failing to animate and empower the considerable policy and political talent they have appointed to key positions on their team, poorly sequencing their policy gambits, and not having 'plan B's' ready to go after they threw down the gauntlet on some challenge (Israeli settlements comes to mind), among other sins."
Inside the mind of Newsweek on "terrorism"
Wall Street’s Bailout Hustle
by Matt Taibbi
Marjah Offensive Aimed to Shape US Opinion on War
by Gareth Porter
"The Post report, by Greg Jaffe and Craig Whitlock, both of whom cover military affairs, said the town of Marjah would not have been chosen as a target for a U.S. military operation had the criterion been military significance instead of impact on domestic public opinion."
The GOP is betting America fails
by Brent Budowsky
War game shows how attacking Iran could backfire
by Warren P. Strobel
Excessive bipartisanship and other matters
Goodbye to All That
"Barack Obama stood in as a kind of third-party candidate in 2008, with an attractive message of hope, change and a post-partisan approach. He captured that popular, centrist energy for the Democrats. So far, I’m sorry to say, he’s proving my assertion that Republicans lead in the wrong direction and Democrats are unable to lead in any direction at all."
Should We Fear China?
by Simon Johnson
Propaganda meets professor at the health summit
The Republicans brought standard propaganda to Blair House -- where the president confronted them with basic facts

Michael Mukasey: Then and now
"Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey has become the leading spokesman for a Cheneyite national security attack, which relies on scaring Americans into believing that Obama is endangering their lives in those rare instances when he deviates from Bush's Terrorism approach."
Obama vs. Obama
by Michael Brenner
"A few elements of Obama's personality are now evident: a strong narcissistic streak, an ingrained sense of superiority, a nimbleness - intellectual and political - enabled by the incredible lightness of his conviction about anything, an audacious ambition yet no gumption for a fight."
by Ted Rall
Hard Times for Holder Continue
by Kyle Berlin
Our human rights v. The Others
Religious faith in government accusations
"In other words, if one hears only the Government's unchallenged, untested accusations about detainees and others whom it labels Terrorists and Enemy Combatants, it semes clear and obvious that the person is an Evil, Dangerous and Bad Man.  But when those accusations are actually subjected to scrutiny by courts, it turns out that -- in the overwhelming majority of cases -- there is virtually no reliable evidence to support them."
Obama's secret prisons in Afghanistan endanger us all
by Johann Hari
Empathic Myopia
by Digby
"There's something about the American right that requires a very specific degree of identification for them to be empathetic and it goes beyond race, although race is certainly a factor."
The all-powerful Lindsey Graham must not be displeased
Seven Paragraphs
NYT editorial
"There are times when governments fight to keep documents secret to protect sensitive intelligence or other vital national security interests. And there are times when they are just trying to cover up incompetence, misbehavior or lawbreaking."
Progressive Hardball
by Robert Kuttner
"If Democrats can start sounding like Democrats again, they'll have a better shot at holding onto their majority in Congress next November."
The Democrats' Response to Citizens United: Not (Even Close to) Good Enough
by Lawrence Lessig
Cheney Exposes Torture Conspiracy
by Robert Parry
"If the United States had a functioning criminal justice system for the powerful – not just for run-of-the-mill offenders – former Vice President Dick Cheney would have convicted himself and some of his Bush administration colleagues with his comments on ABC’s 'This Week.'"
A profile in cowardice
Special Comment: Tea Parties And Race
by Keith Olbermann
Dick Cheney's taunting
Evan Bayh's farewell: Self-serving, smarmy and false
Mainstream journalists repeat Bayh's complaint about extremists on both sides. But they (and he) know it is a lie

The Info Super-Sewer; Are Corporations Using the Net to Accelerate Our Cultural, Political and Economic Decline?
by Chris Hedges
Does Dick Cheney Want to be Prosecuted?
by Scott Horton
The Mysterious Death of Bush's Cyber-Guru
by Simon Worrall
"The plane, it was said, had been sabotaged and the pilot murdered to cover up the GOP’s alleged theft of the Ohio vote in the 2004 presidential election."
The U.S. Has Been Torturing. Case Closed -- Literally
by Harry Shearer
WellPoint's heart-stopping rate increase
The health insurance company finds itself in congressional investigators' cross hairs

Hillary Clinton gets tough with "military dictatorships"
More Continuity Than Change
Snow Flakes
Right wing losing what passes for its mind over global warming

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
What Locals Know About Real Estate--and what the Big Guys could learn (but won't)
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Can the Ticking Middle East Conflict Be Defused?
by Bernard Weiner
The Lynch Mob mentality
Wall Street owners angry with their purchase
"I will not back down"
In an interview, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discusses peace talks with Israel, disappointment with Obama

Yes, the 9/11 trial should be held in New York
Mayor Bloomberg's flip-flop embarrassed the Obama administration and himself. He was right the first time

The GOP's bad old ideas
Bomb Iran and privatize Social Security. Really? That's all you've got?

Weathervane Week
by Robert Kuttner
"Obama seems to be determined to give bipartisanship one more shot, hoping that his reasonableness will trump Republican obstruction."
Core Chicago Team Sinking Obama Presidency
by Steve Clemons
"But those around him have a more specific diagnosis - and one that is striking in its uniformity. The Obama White House is geared for campaigning rather than governing, they say."
The mythical potency of Terrorism fear-mongering
The Tea Party 600: Canaries in the Political Coal Mine?
by Arianna Huffington
"Yes, some of the Tea Party movement is ugly. Yes, some of the Tea Party movement is race-based. Yes, some of the Tea Party movement is being bankrolled by conservative political groups -- and all of it promoted by Fox News. But focusing only on those elements obscures the fact that some of what's fueling the movement is based on a completely legitimate anger directed at Washington and the political establishment of both parties."
Obamanomics One Year Out
by Robert Reich
Refocusing Washington's Policy Lens on Iran
by Ali Safavi
A Reality TV President: Only a Matter of Time
by Barry Levinson
"We embrace reality stars without reason. And because it is a baseless adulation, no negatives can dilute our affections."
Palin, Psy-Ops & 'Condescending' Libs
by Robert Parry
"The trick, he [legendary CIA psy-war specialist Edward Lansdale] said, was to plant propaganda in a publication that was perceived to be open and honest because the readers’ defenses would be down and thus they would be more susceptible to the message. In other words, they first had to be fooled about who controlled the outlet and what its biases were.
The Carp of Truth: Jack Straw, Colin Powell and the Smoking Guns of War Crime
by Chris Floyd
"But as Chris Ames points out in the Guardian, in the wind-up of its first phase, the Chilcot panel seem to be trying to tell the public, obliquely, about some of the smoking guns in these buried documents: an official record of knowing deceit that confirms, yet again, the damning fact that the US and UK were determined to invade Iraq no matter what: with or without UN backing, whether or not Iraq had WMD -- and as we have pointed out here for many years, even if Saddam Hussein were no longer in power."
The Seven Paragraphs: Released Binyan Mohamed Abuse Evidence Poses Problems for Both British and US Governments
by Stephen Soldz
"In a major development in the struggle to curb the abuses committed as part of the War on Terror, the British government today released under court order previously redacted information on the abuse of Binyan Mohamed by US interrogators."
The Sorry State of the Union
by Robert Scheer
"There is no doubt that Obama and his party represent the lesser evil, but it is deeply disturbing to have to defend the leaders of our nation in those terms."
Remember the illegal destruction of Iraq?
"British political news has been consumed for the last several weeks by a formal inquiry into the illegality and deceit behind Tony Blair's decision to join the U.S. in invading Iraq."
Answer to the court: The American Elections for Americans Only Act of 2010
by Brent Budowsky
"Do we want the massive investment of Chinese money in America to give the Chinese government a massive power to influence American elections by pushing for millions of dollars of campaign spending to defeat members of Congress who defend American interests?"
Some remedies for the Supreme Court power grab
by Martin Lobel
"Under the now stricken McCain-Feingold legislation, corporations could spend money that was 'voluntarily' contributed to Political Action Committees (PACs) or to overpaid lobbyists who in turn would contribute or bundle contributions to candidates."
Scream Bloody Murder
by Steve Benen
"It's not exactly a mystery. Republicans believe they can use tactics that ignore election results, make a mockery of democratic norms, and effectively prevent a governing majority from functioning because they're pretty confident that Democrats won't effectively raise a fuss, the media won't care, and the public won't know. And they're right."
Nostalgia for Bush/Cheney radicalism
"As has been voluminously documented here, one of the most notable aspects of the first year of the Obama presidency has been how many previously controversial Bush/Cheney policies in the terrorism and civil liberties realms have been embraced."
"Digital Nation": What has the Internet done to us?
We're Googling ourselves stupid. Even tech guru Douglas Rushkoff has regrets. PBS investigates our Information Age

Susan Collins spreads central myth about the Constitution
"Collins recklessly accused the Obama administration of putting us all in serious danger by failing to wage War against the Terrorists."
To Pass Health Care, Dems Should Be Against It
by Bill Maher
Love, Love Me Do
by Robert Kuttner
What exactly did Bush and Cheney do wrong?
"As I noted several days ago, it is not only Republicans -- but Democratic and media establishment figures as well -- who clearly crave the preservation of the Bush/Cheney approach to Terrorism and civil liberties."
Did Tony Blair blow it as Mideast envoy?
Blair's Iraq-inquiry gaffes roused anger against him in Britain -- and may disqualify him as peace envoy

On the claimed "war exception" to the Constitution
"Although Blair emphasized that it requires "special permission" before an American citizen can be placed on the assassination list, consider from whom that "permission" is obtained:  the Preisdent, or someone else under his authority within the Executive Branch."
Now It's All About Results, Not Theories and More Promises
by Leo Hindery, Jr.
Defining the Second Great Depression
by Dylan Loewe
Terrorism Derangement Syndrome
The GOP's scare tactics work so well because the public is terrified already.

by Dahlia Lithwick
"The real problem is that too many people tend to follow GOP cues about how hopelessly unsafe America is, and they've yet again convinced themselves that we are mere seconds away from an attack."
"Voodoo Histories": When smart people believe dumb things
From 9/11 to the moon landing, how conspiracy theories have changed history -- and why we must fight back

The twilight struggle for the leadership of Iraq
Iran, the U.S. and Iraqi groups dance around each other as election approaches

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News
by Chris Hedges
"The creed of objectivity and balance, formulated at the beginning of the 19th century by newspaper owners to generate greater profits from advertisers, disarms and cripples the press."
The Supreme Court's Partisanship
by Robert Parry
What Obama Should Say, But Won't
by Dan Froomkin
Is White House Pressuring DOJ to Delay Torture Report Until Health Care Bill Passes?
by Jason Leopold
President Put Politics First on Afghanistan
by Ray McGovern
Obama Needs To Teach The Public How to Get Out Of The Mess We're In, But He's Not
by Robert Reich
Now We Impeach Jay Bybee
by David Swanson
SOTU plus 66
It was the other appearance that deserved attention

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Obama to indefinitely imprison detainees without charges
"But all year along, Barack Obama -- even as he called for the closing of Guantanamo -- has been strongly implying that he will retain George Bush's due-process-free system by continuing to imprison detainees without charges of any kind."
What the Supreme Court got right
"The case, Citizens United v. FEC, presents some very difficult free speech questions, and I'm deeply ambivalent about the court's ruling."
Farewell, Air America, when we need it most
It hurts to lose Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, healthcare reform and a progressive media voice all in the same week

Thank Scott Brown for Obama's bank crackdown
It took a Democratic meltdown for the president to realize he should get tough on Wall Street

Ignoring Gaza's humanitarian crisis
Haiti isn't the only place that needs help, but in Gaza, Israel is keeping aid away

"When a relief plane for Doctors Without Borders isn't allowed to land by U.S. military authorities at the airport in Port-au-Prince, there is an outcry. But Israeli military authorities will not allow any relief planes at all to land in the Gaza Strip (the Israelis destroyed Gaza's airport in 2001)."
The Supreme Court's Citizen United Decision Is Terrifying
by Jason Linkins
How Massachusetts Can Turn Out to Be a Blessing for Democrats
by Arianna Huffington
"In the wake of Massachusetts, he should take a step back, take a metaphorical trip to the mountaintop, and reconnect with the reasons why he ran -- and why he got elected."
The price of our Middle East policy
"Israel's conduct, and America’s attitude toward that conduct, are an important lens through which Muslims see the United States."
US Democracy's End of the Road
by Robert Parry
"Especially after the Supreme Court ruling allowing corporations to spend whatever they want to punish some politicans and reward others, it is hard to see a road back for American democracy."
Time for George Mitchell to resign
"If Mideast special envoy George Mitchell wants to end his career with his reputation intact, it is time for him to resign."
Where's The Movement?
by George Lakoff
"In forming his administration, President Obama abandoned the movement that had begun during his campaign for deal-making and a pragmatism that hasn't worked. That movement is still possible and needed now."
New Study Suggests U.S. Ambassador Rice Isn't Engaging the UN
by Richard Grenell
The sanctity of military spending
The Silence and the Shield: Depraved Indifference to the Atrocities of Power
By Chris Floyd
The Return of the Neocons
Neoconservatism was once deemed dead—'Buried in the sands of Iraq.' But it persists, not just as the de facto foreign-policy plank of the Republican Party but, its proponents assert, in Obama's unapologetic embrace of American military might.

by David Margolick
Is the president panicking?
His spending freeze invokes memories of Clinton's shift right in '94. It's worse because it could doom the recovery

by Robert Reich
Presidential assassinations of U.S. citizens
"Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose 'a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests.'"
A million green jobs, cheap!
Obama's green-collar economy dream may wilt in his deficit freeze. But Bill Clinton says he knows how to save it

Drifting Toward Catastrophe: A Seven-Headed Beast
by Bernard Weiner
My Country 'tis of thee—Corporatocracy! Of Thee I Sing
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Manchurian Candidates:
Supreme Court allows China and others unlimited spending in US elections

By Greg Palast
An "independent" healthcare expert, bought and paid for by ObamaCo
by Mark Crispin Miller
Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal
"In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and psuedo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government."
Krugman, Gruber and non-disclosure issues
"Specifically, Gruber was receiveing large, undisclosed payments from the Obama administration at exactly the time when the Obama White House (and Gruber himself) were holding him out as an "objective" expert endorsing various parts of the President's the health care plan."
Democratic Presidential Bush Enablers Rehabilitate Criminal Bush
by Rob Kall
The Right Testicle of Hell:
History of a Haitian Holocaust
Blackwater before drinking water

by Greg Palast
Congress takes a bold stand against surveillance abuses
Will Scott Brown Ruin Republicans' (Secret) Plan to Pass Obamacare?
by Lawrence O'Donnell
"There are no columnists or pundits who understand Senate parliamentary procedure. There are actually very few senators who do. McConnell knows that. He knew everyone would fall for the silly stunts that looked obstructionist while he was surrendering all his power to Reid."
The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle
by Scott Horton
"Furthermore, new evidence now emerging may entangle Obama’s young administration with crimes that occurred during the Bush presidency, evidence that suggests the current administration failed to investigate seriously—and may even have continued—a cover-up of the possible homicides of three prisoners at Guantánamo in 2006."
The Official Response Begins
by Scott Horton
"When a cover-up is exposed, nothing is more telling than the first reactions from those who are involved."
The crime of not "Looking Backward"
"The single biggest lie in War on Terror revisionist history is that our torture was confined only to a handful of "high-value" prisoners.  New credible reports of torture continuously emerge.  That's because America implemented and maintained a systematic torture regime spread throughout our worldwide, due-process-free detention system."
It's the fault of the all-powerful Left
"In what universe must someone be living to believe that the Democratic Party is controlled by "the Left," let alone "the furthest left elements" of the Party?"
Great challenges make great leaders
Yes, Obama inherited a presidency in bad shape. But he's yet to deliver the "change" he promised

Undressing the Terror Threat
Running the numbers on the conflict with terrorists suggests that the rules of the game should change

Crunching the Risk Numbers
"Most of us are horrible assessors of risk. Travelers at American airports are taking extensive steps due to fears of terrorism."
Bill Moyers & Thomas Frank: How America's Demented Politics Let the GOP Off the Hook for Their Giant Mess
by Bill Moyers and Thomas Frank, Bill Moyers Journal
'Hardball' & Dumbed-Down US Politics
By Robert Parry
Why Martha Lost
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Accepting various truths
"The U.S. pro-Israel policy and our shocking neglect of the beleaguered Palestinians underlie almost every initiative or tactical tilt that comes out of Washington."
US Mercenaries Set Sights on Haiti
"We saw this type of Iraq-style disaster profiteering in New Orleans, and you can expect to see a lot more of this in Haiti over the coming days, weeks and months."
How I fought to survive Guantánamo
For nearly six years, British resident Omar Deghayes was imprisoned in Guantánamo and subjected to such brutal torture that he lost the sight in one eye. But far from being broken, he fought back to retain his dignity and his sanity

by Patrick Barkham
Obama Finally Gets His Victory For Bipartisanship
by Drew Westen
"It is a truly remarkable feat, in just one year's time, to turn the fear and anger voters felt in 2006 and 2008 at a Republican Party that had destroyed the economy, redistributed massive amounts of wealth from the middle class to the richest of the rich and the biggest of big businesses, and waged a trillion-dollar war in the wrong country, into populist rage at whatever Democrat voters can cast their ballot against."
Crimes Against Humanity
Complaint Filed Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al
International Arrest Warrants Requested
We tried to warn Obama, but he wouldn't listen
by Rabbi Michael Lerner
Critical Mass: Dem Agenda Opens Right-Wing Doors
by Chris Floyd
"And what is Barack Obama's agenda? What is his political program? It breaks down into three main elements: unwinnable wars, unconscionable bailouts, and unworkable, unwanted health care "reform" that forces people to further enrich some of the most despised conglomerates in the land."
MA Vote is a Rejection of "Look Forward, Not Backward"
by Roger Shuler
What Massachusetts Got Right
by Robert Scheer
"Obama’s opportunistic search for win-win solutions to our health care concerns and our larger economic problems is leading to a lose-lose outcome for the president and the country."
How Obama Lost His Way
by Robert Parry
"President Barack Obama spent his first year in office trying to reassure the Washington/New York establishments that he was not going to upset their apple carts too much, that they shouldn’t panic, that he would – despite all the speeches – be more about continuity than change."
Massachusetts and Haiti
How the latter affects the former

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
terrorism designation Cuba doesn't deserve
by Eugene Robinson
After Helping Gordon Gekko Evade the SEC, Will Geithner Finally Now Be Fired?
by David Sirota
Never Mind the Facts, let’s have a war…
by Finian Cunningham
"This is a propaganda system at work: the choice of words and framework of logic designed to condition people into accepting certain options. In this case, the pre-determined option is a unilateral military strike on Iran either by the US or Israel."
Helen Thomas deviates from the terrorism script
"Helen Thomas shows -- yet again -- that she's one of the very few White House reporters willing to deviate from approved orthodoxy scripts.  She asks the prohibited question about the motives of Terrorists, and keeps asking as she receives complete non-responses, until they all just decide to ignore her."
Tim Geithner Must Go
by Henry Blodget
Guantánamo and Yemen: Obama Capitulates to Critics and Suspends Prisoner Transfers
by Andy Worthington
Fool Me Over and Over and Over Again
by Dan Froomkin
"Our elite media has been repeatedly suckered into trumpeting glaringly unsupported assertions about the number of Guantanamo detainees that have "returned" to the battlefield. This was quite a week for it."
Did the CIA Deploy a Blackwater Hit Team in Germany?
"German prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into allegations that the CIA deployed a team of Blackwater operatives on a clandestine operation in Hamburg, Germany, after 9/11 ultimately aimed at assassinating a German citizen with suspected ties to Al Qaeda."
The Implosion Of The American Political Consciousness
by David Michael Green
"In fact, the health of this country is tenuous, and that's on a real good day. All the obvious and tangible manifestations are there: massive unemployment, polarized wealth suitable for any banana republic, broken government and political system, environmental catastrophe and more."
"Political reporting" means "royal court gossip"
Giving corporations an outsized voice in elections
Voters stand to lose out if the Supreme Court treats political spending by businesses and other big-money players as protected speech.

by Monica Youn
Why Harry Reid Should Retire
by Dylan Loewe
The fundamental unreliability of America's media
An Iranian nuclear physicist is murdered
The last big healthcare question: Who pays?
The only major issue still on the table is whether the tax burden falls on the rich or the middle class

A user's guide to the 2010 elections
Key dates, trends and themes that Democrats and Republicans alike are watching between now and Nov. 2

Obama disconnected
The people-power candidate brought a lot of Wall Street folks to the White House. That's no way to build a movement


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