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Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

January 31st, 2013

Chuck Hagel Told a Really Funny Lie Today About Tables

It's the law, everybody in the U.S. government has to tell this funny lie: SEN. CLAIRE MACASKILL: Do you believe that all options should be on the table when we confront Iran? HAGEL: Absolutely. Now, of course Hagel does not "absolutely" believe this. For instance, one obvious option for dealing ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 31st, 2013

Drones Are a Local Issue

No city is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main.I write from Charlottesville, Va., but am hopeful that this message applies to your city, town, or county as well.In the absence of state or federal laws, localities around the United ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

January 31st, 2013

When Truth Tried to Stop War

Ten years ago, Katharine Gun, then a 28-year-old British intelligence officer, saw an e-mailed memo from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) that confirmed for her in black and white the already widespread suspicion that the U.S. and U.K. were about to launch war against Iraq on false pretenses. Doing ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

January 31st, 2013

The Hagel Hearings: The Last Best Chance for the Truth About a Lost War and America’s War-Making Future

Crossposted from TomDispatch He’s been battered by big-money conservative groups looking to derail his bid for secretary of defense.  Critics say he wants to end America’s nuclear program.  They claim he’s anti-Israel and soft on Iran.  So you can expect intense questioning -- if only for theatrical effect -- about ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 30th, 2013

Timothy Geithner Saved Wall Street, Not the Economy

The accolades for Timothy Geithner came on so thick and heavy in the last week that it's necessary for those of us in the reality-based community to bring the discussion back to earth. The basic facts of the matter are very straightforward. Timothy Geithner and the bailout he helped engineer ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 29th, 2013

Shouldn’t Every Life Have Value on the South Side of Chicago?

Does the University of Chicago believe every life that can be saved should be saved during the Golden Hour of emergency trauma care?  Or is trauma care to be reserved for those with enough cash and enough insurance coverage or only those who live in the right neighborhoods? Many young ... continue reading

Steve Fraser

Historian

January 29th, 2013

The Politics of Debt in America: From Debtor’s Prison to Debtor Nation

Crossposted from TomDispatch. This essay will also appear in the next issue of Jacobin Shakespeare’s Polonius offered this classic advice to his son: “neither a borrower nor a lender be.”  Many of our nation’s Founding Fathers emphatically saw it otherwise.  They often lived by the maxim: always a borrower, never a ... continue reading

Ann Jones

Author

January 29th, 2013

Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan: Three Lousy Options: Pick One

Crossposted from TomDispatch Kabul, Afghanistan -- Compromise, conflict, or collapse: ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings. 2014, of course, is the year of the double whammy in Afghanistan: the next presidential election coupled with the departure of most ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

January 28th, 2013

Bush's Greatest Lie Ten Years Ago Today

Just like the greatest actors are never the biggest movie stars, the greatest lie in George W. Bush's January 28th, 2003 State of the Union address has never gotten the recognition it deserves. Everyone got all excited about the "uranium from Africa" and "aluminum tubes" lies, but when award season ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

January 28th, 2013

Art, Yoga, and the Plight of America’s Unconventional Worker

Adam Grossi was just an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, when his paintings started popping up in galleries across Pittsburgh. “Grossi skips pushing the high-profile buttons – like war, poverty and racism – and goes after the societal dispositions that enable such larger problems,” said a 2007 review of Adam’s ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

January 27th, 2013

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: Peabody Energy: Bad for the Planet

On January 25th, I was in St. Louis, Missouri where I met up with some friends in Veterans for Peace.  It was a long drive from D.C., so I admit to being a bit road weary, but the action I was there to capture for Searching for Occupy was so ... continue reading

Rebecca Solnit

Author

January 27th, 2013

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year: Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere)

Crossposted from TomDispatchHere in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the rape and gruesome murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi on December 16th was treated as an exceptional incident. The ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 25th, 2013

A New Model Drone Resolution

In the absence of state or federal laws, localities around the United States are proceeding to put unmanned aerial vehicles in our skies as they see fit.  The federal government has authorized the flight of 30,000 drones, and the use of drones up to 400 feet by police departments, at ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

January 25th, 2013

In Defense of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

There comes a point about two-thirds of the way through 'Zero Dark Thirty' where it is clear something, or someone, on high has changed. The mood at the CIA has shifted, become subdued. It appears that the torture-approving guy who's been president for the past eight years seems to be, ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

January 23rd, 2013

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: The Best Laid Plans

Why is it that the best-laid plans never work out… or, at least, they don’t work out like you planned them?  More to the point, why haven’t I learned this lesson by now?  I always find myself surprised that the things I thought were a ‘done deal’ tend to crumble ... continue reading

January 23rd, 2013

Top Wall Street Banker: "It's a Shame We Can't Pay [Geithner], 'Cause That's a Guy Who Really Earned a Big Time Bonus"

In his new book Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President, Ron Suskind describes the perspective of a top Wall Street banker on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the Obama administration in September, 2009, soon after Obama delivered a speech about financial reform in Manhattan: One ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

January 22nd, 2013

Powder Keg in the Pacific: Will China-Japan-U.S. Tensions in the Pacific Ignite a Conflict and Sink the Global Economy?

Crossposted from TomDispatch Don’t look now, but conditions are deteriorating in the western Pacific.  Things are turning ugly, with consequences that could prove deadly and spell catastrophe for the global economy. In Washington, it is widely assumed that a showdown with Iran over its nuclear ambitions will be the first ... continue reading

Jonathan Schell

Nation Institute

January 22nd, 2013

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?: A New Book Transforms Our Understanding of What the Vietnam War Actually Was

Crossposted from TomDispatch For half a century we have been arguing about “the Vietnam War.” Is it possible that we didn’t know what we were talking about? After all that has been written (some 30,000 books and counting), it scarcely seems possible, but such, it turns out, has literally been ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 21st, 2013

A Pauper’s Inaugural: Mrs. Smith Bids Washington Farwell

Today marked a new beginning of sorts for the nation.  At least that’s what an inaugural celebration is slated to be.  With much pomp and fanfare, public leaders, like President Obama are installed in their positions and the world pauses to watch.  But some of us held different sorts of ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 20th, 2013

MLK Injustice Index 2013: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values…when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967 While the US celebrates the ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

January 18th, 2013

“Healthy Artists” Film Series Captures the Heart of Single-Payer

In January 2012, I started filming my friends in the Pittsburgh arts scene for a grassroots documentary series called Healthy Artists. I visited the apartments and art studios of local painters, musicians, writers, adjunct professors, and beyond, to get a sense of their lifestyles, creative passions, and health care stories. ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

January 18th, 2013

America's Gun Crackpots: Our Homegrown Al Qaeda?

We keep hearing that Wayne LaPierre, the fire-breathing mouthpiece for the National Rifle Association, is far more radical than most members of the N.R.A. and that most of them would support common-sense gun safety measures if they could. Really?  How many have stepped up to challenge LaPierre?  What are they ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 17th, 2013

Nixon Went to China, Who Will Go to Iran?

Iranians are now beginning to die for lack of medicines kept out by U.S.-imposed sanctions.  I recently questioned (and videoed) former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about her notorious defense of sanctions that killed over a half million young Iraqi children.  She said she'd been wrong to say what ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

January 17th, 2013

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: Occupy Maine

About to leave Portland, Maine for Augusta.  It has been non-stop since we started on this quest to Search for Occupy.  Before leaving, I heard from the checker at the health food store and the guy at the dog groomer’s (where Wilma, my Japanese Chin, got her beauty treatment for ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

January 17th, 2013

Crying for Manti Te'o

Crossposted from the Nation Two years ago, I called the Notre Dame football program a moral cesspool. Two weeks ago, I wrote a story about the horrible treatment of women who have accused members of the Notre Dame football team of sexual assault, harassment and rape. These strands knotted together ... continue reading

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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
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
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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
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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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
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
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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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