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Joe Lapointe

Reporter

April 17th, 2012

Top Ten Possible GOP Vice Presidential Candidates

With Rick Santorum out of the race for President, Mitt Romney looks like the only viable Republican surviving. But even a billionaire can’t simply buy a vice-presidential running mate as if the veep candidate was just another Cadillac for the missus.  He has to select one based on appeal to ... continue reading

Dilip Hiro

Author

April 17th, 2012

Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War

The following ingredients should go a long way to produce a political thriller. Mr. M, a jihadist in an Asian state, has emerged as the mastermind of a terrorist attack in a neighboring country, which killed six Americans. After sifting through a vast cache of intelligence and obtaining a legal ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

April 17th, 2012

25 Years Since Al Campanis Shocked Baseball: What's Changed and What Hasn't

On April 6, 1987, all eyes in the world of sports were supposed to be on the fight to end all fights: Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. “Sugar” Ray Leonard. In this pre-internet era, ABC's award-winning news program Nightline with Ted Koppel was devoting its broadcast to that epic long-awaited encounter, ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

April 16th, 2012

Iran’s Phantom Menace

Last Thursday, I took part in a panel discussion on “Targeting Iran: Sanctions and War” at California State University, Fresno. The panel discussion took place against the backdrop of all-too-familiar warnings to Iran that it has one “last chance” to stop doing what the CIA and pretty much all serious ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

April 16th, 2012

Stop the Nuclear Industry Welfare Program

By Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander This nation is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol Hill is the idea of ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 16th, 2012

Fool’s Gold: U.S. Healthcare System Cheats Patients

In case any one of us needs reminding, the profit-driven healthcare system in America is broken.  Driven by its primary motivation to make money, there is little that compels those currently in control to care about patients like you and me.  We are most assuredly a necessary component of the ... continue reading

Chase Madar

Lawyer

April 15th, 2012

What the Laws of War Allow: Do the WikiLeaks War Logs Reveal War Crimes -- Or the Poverty of International Law?

Anyone who would like to witness a vivid example of modern warfare that adheres to the laws of war -- that corpus of regulations developed painstakingly over centuries by jurists, humanitarians, and soldiers, a body of rules that is now an essential, institutionalized part of the U.S. armed forces and ... continue reading

Jo Comerford

National Priorities Project

April 13th, 2012

Fifth Grader Says: 'I'm Kind of Mad at the Government'

“If we had a trillion dollars,” dream the youth of Bresee Community Center in Los Angeles, “we would buy materials to build homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, skate parks and soccer fields.” Young people from the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City would buy ... continue reading

Juan Cole

Informed Comment

April 12th, 2012

Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster

It’s a policy fierce enough to cause great suffering among Iranians -- and possibly in the long run among Americans, too.  It might, in the end, even deeply harm the global economy and yet, history tells us, it will fail on its own.  Economic war led by Washington (and encouraged ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 10th, 2012

If the Other Shoe Drops, I Want Medicare

There has never been any doubt in my mind that if I face another cancer diagnosis that requires prolonged treatments and has an uncertain outcome, I would rather die than fight it.  As an insured American who knows first-hand how quickly a cancer in my body turns to full out ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

April 10th, 2012

Top Ten Koch Facts

Co-authored by Jesse Lava Everyone seems to be investigating Charles and David Koch lately, with exposés of their corrupt political behavior popping up in places like the New Yorker, AlterNet, ThinkProgress, and Brave New Foundation’s film Koch Brothers Exposed. Naturally, the billionaire brothers don’t like the attention, so they’re responding ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

April 10th, 2012

As We Ruin Our Kids' Planet, They Take Us to Court

Here in the land of the free lunch and the home of the instant gratification, most people make a huge deal out of children's rights or fetuses' rights, or occasionally both.  Which is extremely bizarre -- crazier perhaps than bombing houses in Afghanistan to protect the rights of the women ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

April 10th, 2012

Sean Hannity's Negrophobia

Even by the sleazy standards of Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity is a notable bigot and demagogue.  He proved it again Monday evening with an astounding 20-minute display of Negrophobia that could be used to recruit for the Ku Klux Klan. After opening his show with a free airing of ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

April 10th, 2012

The Afghan Syndrome: Vietnam Has Left Town, Say Hello to the New Syndrome on the Block

Take off your hat. Taps is playing. Almost four decades late, the Vietnam War and its post-war spawn, the Vietnam Syndrome, are finally heading for their American grave.  It may qualify as the longest attempted burial in history.  Last words -- both eulogies and curses -- have been offered too ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

April 10th, 2012

Arms Down

Every year, in the last two weeks of their final semester, a group of seniors in the 20th-century world history class at my high school played a mysterious game. They were honor-bound not to tell anyone what they were doing. All we knew was that, while their fellow seniors goofed ... continue reading

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN

April 9th, 2012

The Medical Caste System of America

I am the mother of three boys, but the parent of two. My three children were born extremely prematurely, but it was just too much for my first son. My surviving boys, Oliver and Victor, weighed 1 lb 11 oz and 1 lb 13 oz respectively. Because being born at ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

April 9th, 2012

Why the Insurance Industry Needs Obamacare to Stay in Business

If there is a group of people more anxious about how the Supreme Court will rule on the health care reform law than President Obama and the millions of Americans who are already benefiting from it, it is health insurance executives. Not only have their companies been spending millions of ... continue reading

Peter Van Buren

Author, 'We Meant Well'

April 9th, 2012

Left Behind: What We Lost in Iraq and Washington, 2009-2012

People ask the question in various ways, sometimes hesitantly, often via a long digression, but my answer is always the same: no regrets. In some 24 years of government service, I experienced my share of dissonance when it came to what was said in public and what the government did ... continue reading

April 6th, 2012

20-Year Veteran to Face Jail Time for Act of Civil Disobedience

PRESS ADVISORY20-Year Veteran to Face Jail Time for Act of Civil DisobedienceDisruption of Congressional “Super Committee” could result in 6-month sentenceRetired Naval Commander Leah Bolger will appear in court Thursday, April 12th 2012 on charges stemming from her arrest on October 26th, 2011.  Bolger, who is a peace activist and ... continue reading

Laurel Krause

Director, Kent State Truth Tribunal

April 6th, 2012

28 Days for Kent State Peace

4/6/12 ~ Our third posting into 30 Days for Kent State Peace, a VIRTUAL PETITION to Pres Obama & AG Holder. Our Plea: EXAMINE the New Evidence in the Kent State Tape. It is going on TWO YEARS since new Kent State evidence emerged yet we have NOT RECEIVED ONE ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 6th, 2012

Spring Has Sprung and So Has My New Medical Debt

It’s only April – early April at that – and my medical debt is already taking its toll.  After surgery in January, the bills started rolling in before I was able to return to work.  Yes, I have insurance, and I have a job.  So I do consider myself lucky ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

April 6th, 2012

Render to Caesar, Extraordinarily

Some of us pause on Good Friday to mark the torture and death of a high-value detainee rendered, extraordinarily, to Roman occupiers. Although the charges against Jesus of Nazareth were trumped up, the Romans decided to err on the safe side by going to the “dark side.” They applied enhanced ... continue reading

Laurel Krause

Director, Kent State Truth Tribunal

April 6th, 2012

29 Days for Kent State Peace

4/5/12 ~ Yesterday we began 30 Days for Kent State Peace, our VIRTUAL PETITION of the Obama Administration. OUR PLEA is for an Immediate Investigate into the New Evidence in the May 4th Kent State Massacre. In 29 days it will be the 42nd anniversary of the slaughter of Allison ... continue reading

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

April 5th, 2012

Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History

Along with “fivedollaragallongas,” the energy watchword for the next few months is: “subsidies.” Last week, for instance, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez proposed ending some of the billions of dollars in handouts enjoyed by the fossil-fuel industry with a “Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act.”  It was, in truth, nothing ... continue reading

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN

April 4th, 2012

A life without contraception

My mother was raised in poverty of Dickensian proportions. Crowded public housing, never enough money for coal, and always hungry. One sister spent much of her youth in a tuberculosis sanatorium. During the war the major source of income was selling ration coupons on the black market and when my ... continue reading

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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
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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
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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
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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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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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