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Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

December 16th, 2011

Help NAACP End Voter Suppression

In 2012, we will work with NAACP to ensure every American has the ability to vote. Across the country, community activists are joining us in this effort. Please take a moment to read the blog below from Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of NAACP and watch the video. We're ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 16th, 2011

Set Your Doomsday Clock to 11:51

The National Defense Authorization Act is not a leap from democracy to tyranny, but it is another major step on a steady and accelerating decade-long march toward a police state. The doomsday clock of our republic just got noticeably closer to midnight, and the fact that almost nobody knows it, ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

December 16th, 2011

The Speech I Wish Obama Would Deliver

Good evening, my fellow Americans. This week marks the 220th Anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. This historic document, ratified in 1791, guaranteed all of us the freedoms that became the bedrock of our Republic. We separated ourselves from despotic regimes the world over by guaranteeing our ... continue reading

Barbara Ehrenreich

Author

December 15th, 2011

The Making of the American 99%

Crossposted from TomdispatchWritten by Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich “Class happens when some men, as a result of common experiences (inherited or shared), feel and articulate the identity of their interests as between themselves, and as against other men whose interests are different from (and usually opposed to) theirs.” -- ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

December 15th, 2011

Keep Nataline's Spirit of Christmas Alive

It was four years ago today that I received a phone call from a Los Angeles TV reporter that would change my life, although I certainly didn't realize it at the time. The reporter said she had been told that CIGNA, the big health insurer I worked for back then, ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

December 14th, 2011

The Danger from Politicizing ‘Terror’

Glenn Greenwald’s critique – regarding the recent U.S. indictment of 38-year-old Iraqi Faruq Khalil Muhammad  Isa (currently in Canada) – is spot on about “terrorism” coming to simply mean opposing United States’ interests or resisting U.S. military invasions. U.S. authorities have now dropped any requirement that the “terrorists” target or ... continue reading

John Scripsick

Gold Star Father

December 14th, 2011

A Purple Heart for Christmas

I’m glad the United States is bringing America’s sons and daughters, our troops, home from Iraq before Christmas.   My son Bryan died in Iraq, in a town named Albu Hyatt, north of Bagdad, Sept. 6, 2007. He and 3 others died, but 40 to 50 troops behind them lived. ... continue reading

December 13th, 2011

Pietà

Excerpted from Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life by Michael Moore I was lost. I had paused for perhaps too long to inspect the statues in the hallways and the Rotunda, bronzed and marbled renditions of an odd assortment of great and not-so-great Americans: Will Rogers, Daniel Webster, George ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

December 13th, 2011

Chicken Little and the Arab Spring Elections

I decided to wait a couple weeks just to make sure. So far, so good. Citizens went to the polls in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. A plurality of voters threw their support behind Islamist parties. I take a look outside. The sky is still intact. Still, there is no shortage ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

December 13th, 2011

Making Repression Our Business

Crossposted from TomdispatchAs the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon acted decisively.  It forged ever deeper ties with some of the most repressive regimes in the region, building up military ... continue reading

Kevin Zeese

Attorney, Activist

December 13th, 2011

Occupy is Not Just About Occupying: The Goal is Not to Occupy it is to End Corporate Rule

With encampments being closed across the country it is important to remember the end goal is not to occupy public space, it is to end corporate rule. We seek to replace the rule of money with the rule of people. Occupying is a tactic but the grand strategy of the ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

December 12th, 2011

FOX News, OWS, Banksters, and Bombs

Last week, tragedy was averted when savvy security at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, spotted a suspicious package and sequestered a letter bomb intended for the DB CEO. This was the second time Deutsche Bank was attacked in this manner. In 1989, their CEO was killed by a bomb later ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 12th, 2011

Occupying Love and Joy for Nataline

Every year for the past four years around this time, Nataline Sarkisyan’s parents build toward an unimaginable anniversary filled with sorrow and pain.  On December 20, 2007, they lost their only daughter, 17-year-old Nataline to corporate greed and insurance company cruelty.  Nataline died after the insurance giant CIGNA initially denied ... continue reading

Emma Kaplan

World Can't Wait

December 11th, 2011

Disrupting The Democrats and the National Defense Authorization Act

What a night! I went down to Occupy Seattle up at SCCC. Met some folks who were going to protest Maria Cantwell at the Paramount Theater.  They told me about how Maria Cantwell voted for the National Defense Authorization Act.  And yes, she is a democrat. The National Defense Authorization ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

December 11th, 2011

How to Turn Election Year Into Election Life

Crossposted from TomDispatchSometimes words outlive their usefulness.  Sometimes the gap between changing reality and the names we’ve given it grows so wide that they empty of all meaning or retain older meanings that only confuse us.  “Election,” “presidential election campaign,” and “democracy” all seem like obvious candidates for name-change. I ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

December 9th, 2011

Saving Our Democracy

The Constitution of this country has served us well, but when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger. That is why I have introduced a resolution in the Senate calling ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 9th, 2011

I'll Sign It, Wrap It & Climb Down Your Chimney -- IF You Order My Book as a Christmas Gift

Right now, your conservative brother-in-law, your HR person at work, your next door neighbor who just found Jesus, are all wondering -- "Who will give me Michael Moore's book for Christmas?" They can't be seen going into a bookstore and walking out with an object that has me on the ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 8th, 2011

Try Not to Think of a Newt

The current President and Congress are destroying our Constitutional rights, our planet's climate, and the vestiges of a social safety net, and you are obsessing over a freak show of self-hating homosexuals and anti-intellectual intellectuals jumping through hoops in a corporate media circus with Ringmaster Donald Trump. Is this a ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 8th, 2011

Turn, Turn, Turn

I have some wonderful news, after almost two years and much stress, heart break, and inspiration, I am within a couple of weeks of finishing my project, Revolution, A Love Story.As some of you may remember, or not, Revolution, A Love Story began as a documentary project after I traveled ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

December 7th, 2011

Burma: Engagement or Appeasement?

Several years ago, I wrote an article about Burmese cooking. My editor at the magazine inserted a sentence at the end of the piece that read something like this: “And there has never been a better time to visit Burma and sample its delicious cuisine.” I immediately called up the ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

December 7th, 2011

Massey Mine Explosion Settlement Doesn’t Address Basic Problem: Company’s Anti-Unionism

Crossposted from In These Times' Working blog Yesterday, Alpha Natural Resources, the owner of subsidiary company Massey Energy, agreed to pay $209 million in civil and criminal penalties and in restitution for its role in the mine explosion that killed 29 men in Upper Big Branch, West Va., in April ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 6th, 2011

The Winter of Our Occupation

And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them. They couldn't be more wrong. Have they not heard of Washington and the troops at Valley Forge? The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike in the ... continue reading

Barry Eisler

Author and former CIA agent

December 6th, 2011

Leon Panetta is Full of Sh*t

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants you to be scared. In a letter to Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, Panetta warned that after possible cuts in the military budget, "we would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

December 6th, 2011

Using PR Playbook to Keep Us in the Dark About Health Insurance Coverage

If you wonder why the health insurance industry has to set up front groups and secretly funnel cash to industry-funded coalitions to influence public policy, take a look at the most recent results of the Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly Health Tracking Poll. In its November poll, KFF added a few ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

December 5th, 2011

The Fed Bailouts: Money for Nothing

I think it's fair to say that Congressman Ron Paul and I are the parents of the GAO's audit of the Federal Reserve. And I say that knowing full well that Dr. Paul has somewhat complicated views regarding gay marriage. Anyway, one of our love children is a massive 251-page ... continue reading

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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