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David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 14th, 2011

Why Pentagon Claims MLK Would Love War Today

According to the Pentagon's lawyer, Martin Luther King Jr., if alive today, would view the US war on Afghanistan as both the act of a Good Samaritan and as necessary self-defense.Jeh C. Johnson, the "Defense" Department's general counsel, said, on the one hand:"I believe that if Dr. King were alive ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 13th, 2011

Oh, For Civil Healthcare in America

Ah, we must be more civil. No more taunts. No more tirades. No more gun crosshair targets, no matter how innocently placed on our graphics (though I am not sure gun crosshairs are ever really innocent in placement). We’ll be more civil in our discourse. In light of the tragedy ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 13th, 2011

What Eisenhower Got Wrong

Fifty years ago this Monday, President Dwight Eisenhower gave a farewell address in which he famously warned of the dangers of influence on our government by the "military industrial complex." Our current Secretary of War, Robert Gates, has proposed to retire this year and has recommended that his successors stop ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

January 13th, 2011

Lawmakers in Idaho Fail test

Every morning, I tend to follow a usual pattern.  Wake up, make my son breakfast.  Then I drop him off at school.  Followed by pouring a cup of coffee, I then turn to peruse several of my favorite online news sources.  For a little bit of light entertainment, I always ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 11th, 2011

Tell Joe Klein It's Stupid NOT to Get Out of Afghanistan

Joe Klein thinks you're stupid for wanting to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.Here's what he said on a recent CNN appearance: "I was on Ed Schultz' show to discuss Afghanistan...And the guy writes on a piece of paper, 'Get out now,' and holds it up on the screen. That's ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

January 11th, 2011

OMB Orders Government Agencies to Monitor Disgruntled Employees -- What's Next?

By Linda Lewis and Coleen Rowley As Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano recently admitted, the notion of "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" is so totally passé. (She didn't explain, of course why, if Bush's old rationale is no longer valid, we still ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 11th, 2011

The Progressive Case Against Obama’s New Team

Most reports on the selection of William Daley as President Obama’s new chief of staff and Gene Sperling as the head of his National Economic Council included a few lines of criticism from progressives who were unhappy with these picks. Since there was not much space for the argument, these ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

January 9th, 2011

Guns and Terrorism: Two Unasked Question in Tucson Mass Murder

Question: How does a mentally unstable man who was kicked out of school and had run-ins with the law buy an assault weapon? The weapon reportedly used in the mass murders in Tucson was an assault weapon - a Glock 19, semi-automatic pistol, with an extended magazine. That weapon was ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 8th, 2011

The History Channel Says No to JFK Doc

The History Channel chose to live up to their name today, by refusing to air a propaganda miniseries about President Kennedy, staring Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes.Brave New Films has been in the fight to stop this series since before it went into production. The series was nothing but a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 8th, 2011

How Many Dead Arizonians?

The budget crisis in Arizona means the Republican Governor Jan Brewer and her Republican legislature have decided some death is preferable to more debt. Human life has a very measureable price in Arizona, and those who look the other way as folks who might be saved die in Arizona can ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

January 8th, 2011

Don't Change That Channel!

Whenever I started a new job, there was one thing that was always told to me after employee orientation and given my start date.  One tiny little sentence that served as a potential tone setter for my entire time at whatever place of employment I was going to be at.  ... continue reading

Dahr Jamail

Independent Journalist

January 8th, 2011

Illnesses linked to BP oil disaster

Despite BP having capped its well in the Gulf of Mexico in July, the health-related after-effects of the disaster subsist.Gulf Coast residents and BP cleanup workers have linked the source of certain illnesses to chemicals present in BP's oil and the toxic dispersants used to sink it - illnesses that appear to be both ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

January 8th, 2011

'Dear Afghanistan': A New Year's Call for Peace

Here are some of the e-mails from Minnesotans (beginning with my own) sent today, New Year's Day 2011, taking advantage of the "Dear Afghanistan" communication exchange opportunity organized by the Afghan Youth Voices of Peace. Given our ongoing war situation, some (like mine) probably commenced a little awkwardly but at ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 6th, 2011

Will Vermont’s Babies Have a Better Chance?

As Peter Shumlin was officially sworn in as governor of Vermont, there was and is great hope that at least in one state we may see passage and implementation of a truly universal, single-payer healthcare system. From Shumlin’s January 6, 2011, inaugural address: The rising cost of healthcare for Vermont's ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

January 6th, 2011

Wall Street Attacks Your Garbage Collector

The wealthy right wing have always liked to pick on the working class. And now Wall Street wants to blame Main Street for the financial crisis our country is in. Big bankers taking home large bonuses are blaming the childcare workers and parking-meter collectors in this country, saying that their ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

January 3rd, 2011

"Dear Afghanistan": A Global Listening Project for Peace

Note: The five boys I met in Kabul, Afghanistan, from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers were young – the oldest only 20 – and as charming and well-mannered as teenage boys can humanly be. Their mentor, Hakim, displayed patience and tireless compassion. I found it easy to settle into a ... continue reading

William Black

Former financial regulator

January 3rd, 2011

How Did a Relatively Small Number of Subprime Loans Cause a Record Crisis?

A number of analyses of the U.S. and global crisis begin by attempting to explain what they assume to be a paradox -- how could so small a market segment (subprime housing and CDOs backed by subprime) have caused (1) the largest financial bubble in history, (2) a U.S. economic ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

December 31st, 2010

15 Good Things to Celebrate in a Bad Year

This year was marked by turmoil at home and abroad, including a deepening financial crisis that continues to leave millions jobless and homeless, as well as ongoing and expanding wars. But despite the setbacks and disappointments, here is a list of victories to be thankful for, starting with three inspirational ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 29th, 2010

Let It Snow: We Need the Leadership

Whether it’s snow, wind or flood or acute injury or illness or sudden and unexpected loss of job, food, shelter or basic necessities of life, crisis happens in most lives and in most communities. We are human, and sometimes the forces of nature or man-made forces larger than our own ... continue reading

William Black

Former financial regulator

December 29th, 2010

2011 Will Bring More de Facto Decriminalization of Elite Financial Fraud

The role of the criminal justice system with regard to financial fraud by elite bankers in 2011 is likely to reprise its role last decade -- de facto decriminalization. The Galleon investigation of insider trading at hedge funds will take much of the FBI's and the Department of Justice's (DOJ) ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 28th, 2010

Eight Homeless Youth Die in New Orleans Fire – What Does It Say About US?

Eight young people, who the Fire Department said were “trying to stay warm,” perished in a raging fire during the night in New Orleans. The young people were squatting in an abandoned wood framed tin walled warehouse in a Ninth Ward neighborhood bordering a large train yard. The young people ... continue reading

William Black

Former financial regulator

December 27th, 2010

Why Cash Incentives for Whistleblowers Are So Useful Against Control Frauds

Marty Robins' December 15, 2010, column "Blow the Whistle on Pointless Whistleblowing" in The Huffington Post opposed the SEC implementing the Dodd-Franks Act's provision that the SEC should develop a system of financial incentives for whistleblowers. Mr. Robins is a former corporate counsel with strongly conservative, anti-regulatory views. His purpose ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 27th, 2010

Obama’s Liberty Problem: Why Indefinite Detention by Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People

By Bill Quigley and Vince Warren,  Executive Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). The right to liberty is one of the foundation rights of a free people. The idea that any US President can bypass Congress and bypass the Courts by issuing an Executive Order setting up a ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

December 24th, 2010

Don't Go, Don't Kill!

The recent repeal of the US military policy of "Don't ask, don't tell" is far from being the human rights advancement some are touting it to be. I find it intellectually dishonest, in fact, illogical on any level to associate human rights with any military, let alone one that is ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 24th, 2010

'Twas the Night Before 2010 Christmas in America

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation, Not a creature had true healthcare, except the richest in station. The wealthy were planning, all smug and all flush, For the days of their future, and their settings most plush. Other children of poor folks were weary of hearing ... 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...

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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
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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
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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
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