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Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

June 30th, 2012

How Iran Might See the Threats

In CIA jargon, “Aardwolf” is a label for a special genre of intelligence report from field stations abroad to headquarters in Washington. An Aardwolf conveys the Chief of Station’s formal assessment regarding the direction events are taking in his or her country of assignment – and frequently the news is bad. ... continue reading

Deena Bess Sherman

Writer, Mother

June 29th, 2012

Anthony Comstock Would Be Proud

Anthony Comstock would be so proud!  When House Speaker James Bolger and Majority Leader, Jim Stamas, silenced Representative Lisa Brown in the Michigan Legislature for using the word, "vagina," I couldn't stop thinking about Comstock--head of the New York Society for Suppression of Vice (NYSSV) and author of the 1873 ... continue reading

Mira Dabit

Palestinian activist

June 29th, 2012

World's Longest Standing Peace Vigilist's Home at Risk of Foreclosure

Impossible you say? This isn’t foreclosure in the classic sense, and the vigil in front of the White House, maintained  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is not yet the issue.  But, the house where the woman who has maintained a presence against nuclear war and weaponry for ... continue reading

Robert Weissman

President, Public Citizen

June 29th, 2012

We Still Need Medicare-for-All

It will take some time to digest the Supreme Court's decision today, but it appears to have averted some terrible jurisprudence that might have very seriously restricted the government's overall ability to regulate the economy and protect citizens. In upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court lets ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

June 28th, 2012

More Than a Victory, the Decision Today Was a Mandate for Us to Act

Even though it's been a few hours now, I'm guessing you're still pinching yourself to make sure you're not dreaming. But yes, it happened. At 10:07 this morning, the conservative Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, not only joined with the liberal justices to completely uphold almost ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 28th, 2012

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers: Which Model Do We Want?

It’s a big day.  And the corporate model for healthcare in America just triumphed over our humanity.  The corporate Supreme Court honored all of its masters mightily in upholding the position that patients are consumers, taxes are bad, and full steam ahead on a healthcare system that includes a bailed-out ... continue reading

Linda Pershing with Lara Bell

Professor/Student

June 27th, 2012

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night: The Tragic Death of Brian Arredondo

Brian Arredondo never really recovered from his brother’s death in the Iraq War. When they were kids, Brian adored his older brother Alexander and tagged along with him whenever he could. They were often seen playing together in parks and schoolyards in communities surrounding Boston, Massachusetts, and Bangor, Maine, where ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

June 27th, 2012

The American People Are Angry

The American people are angry.  They are angry that they are being forced to live through the worst recession in our lifetimes – with sky-high unemployment, with millions of people losing their homes and their life savings.  They are angry that they will not have a decent retirement, that they ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

June 27th, 2012

American Autumn: An Occudoc

Dennis Trainor, Jr., has produced a full-length movie of the Occupy movement, and he's done a hell of a great job. The Occupy movement was created, as are all movements in the United States, in large part by the corporate media.  They didn't understand it.  They didn't want it.  They ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 26th, 2012

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

It hurts.  The stories hurt.  The aching, pounding, insistent sounds of Californians telling the nurses where it hurts.  This is what the Medicare for all for life bus tour is all about in California.  And just as you cannot unring a bell, there is no way you can unfeel the ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

June 26th, 2012

And You Thought It Would Be Easy?: Graduating the Class of 2012 Onto Our Overheated Planet

Crossposted from TomDispatch[Note: No one invited me to give this graduation speech.  It was concocted freely in the campus of my mind and it’s meant for the rest of us in the class of 2012.] Class of 2012, greetings! It’s a deceptively glorious day, even under this tent in the ... continue reading

Lewis Lapham

Lapham's Quarterly

June 26th, 2012

Magic and the Machine: Living in an American Age of Techno-Wonder and Unreason

Crossposted from TomDispatch. A longer version of this essay appears in "Magic Shows," the Summer 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly. As between the natural and the supernatural, I’ve never been much good at drawing firm distinctions. I know myself to be orbiting the sun at the speed of 65,000 miles ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

June 25th, 2012

Asylum for Julian Assange -- Former Awardee for Integrity

(for Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence) Holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London seeking political asylum sits Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who has been responsible for spreading more truth around than any single journalist in recent memory. This, basically, is why he has been labeled all ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

June 25th, 2012

Flip-flop on health care reform casts President as modern-day Julius Caesar

Et tu, Ron? As President Obama read former Aetna CEO Ron Williams’ op-ed in The Wall Street Journal renouncing his support for a key provision of the health care reform law, he must have felt like Julius Caesar when Caesar realized, as he drew his last breath, that his close ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 22nd, 2012

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

My cancer won’t wait and doesn’t care about what nine robed judges in Washington, DC, say about healthcare.  Cancer doesn’t care.  Obamacare.  Romneycare.  No matter.  Cancer doesn’t care.  But the nurses do.Unrelenting and not fearful of any CEO’s rage or the loss of a political contribution, cancer, illness and injury ... continue reading

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

Iran specialists

June 21st, 2012

How the Obama Administration Is Stalling Its Way to War with Iran

Crossposted from TomDispatchSince talks with Iran over its nuclear development started up again in April, U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that Tehran will not be allowed to “play for time” in the negotiations.  In fact, it is the Obama administration that is playing for time. Some suggest that President Obama ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

June 21st, 2012

Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?

Crossposted from TomDispatchAs details of his administration’s global war against terrorists, insurgents, and hostile warlords have become more widely known -- a war that involves a mélange of drone attacks, covert operations, and presidentially selected assassinations -- President Obama has been compared to President George W. Bush in his appetite ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

June 21st, 2012

Julian Assange’s Artful Dodge

Barring a CIA drone strike on the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s sudden appeal for asylum there may spare him a prison stay in Sweden or possibly the United States. Assange’s freedom now depends largely on Ecuadorian President Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado, a new breed of independent-minded ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 20th, 2012

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

San Diego – Take heart, America.  After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare for all to a standing room only crowd in San Diego. As the ... continue reading

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN

June 19th, 2012

Why should anti-choice politicians focus on Roe when the states are such easy pickings?

My last post detailed a case in which a young woman with a serious heart condition required a pregnancy termination for medical reasons. She ended up at the State hospital because they offer “free care.” Many of you know that the idea of “free care” at a State hospital is ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

June 19th, 2012

Label Genetically Engineered Food

In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don’t.  That is why I have introduced, along with Sen. Barbara Boxer, an amendment to the agriculture ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

June 19th, 2012

Amnesty’s Shilling for US Wars

By Ann Wright and Coleen RowleyThe new Executive Director of Amnesty International USA – Suzanne Nossel – is a recent U.S. government insider. So it’s a safe bet that AI’s decision to seize upon a topic that dovetailed with American foreign policy interests, “women’s rights in Afghanistan,” at the NATO Conference ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

June 19th, 2012

Liberals Working for the Right

Last week Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent picked up on a blogpost from Democracy editor Michael Tomasky about how liberals should be touting the merits of "government." That is a great idea, if the point is to advance the conservatives' agenda. It is astounding how happy liberals are to work ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

June 18th, 2012

UnitedHealth Group's misleading promises

Several years ago, when I was still a health insurance company PR guy, I was accused by a furious CNBC producer of withholding important information when I cajoled her into having my CEO on “Squawk Box” to talk about some new initiative we were rolling out. “You played us like ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

June 17th, 2012

My Illegal Abortion

We can feel the so-called "right to lifers" nipping at our heels.  Legislators, mostly male, are trying to take us back to the days of deadly back alley abortions.  In an effort to contribute to the struggle to keep them legal, I offer here the story of my own abortion at a time when they were ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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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
2:00 PM
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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
7:38 PM
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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
3:55 PM
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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
5:41 PM
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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
5:38 PM
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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
9:40 PM
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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
4:59 PM
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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
10:07 AM
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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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Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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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
6:48 PM
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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
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