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Ted Rall, a political cartoonist, is the author of "The Anti-American Manifesto." He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, raised in Kettering, Ohio and graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1981. His first cartoons were published in the Kettering-Oakwood (OH) Times. He majored in physics at Columbia University's School of Engineering from 1981 until 1984, where he drew cartoons for the Columbia Daily Spectator, Barnard Bulletin and The Jester humor magazine. He was expelled in 1984, between his junior and senior years, for academic and disciplinary reasons. Ted Rall is the author of "Bernie," a biography written with the cooperation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "Bernie" is now on sale online and at all good bookstores.

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Buck Stops Here, Baby! Sunday, May 1, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Working for the U.S. Government Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry One telltale sign that the government is engaged in a cover-up is timing: when it releases a report just before the weekend news blackout, you know something nasty is afoot. Obama's latest whitewash, dumped online Friday, is the Administration's attempt to drown its responsibility for one of the most heinous acts of mass murder in years in 3,000 pages of spin, dissembling and circular logic.

Hillary Clinton Saturday, April 23, 2016 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What's Up with Black Voters? Sanders has consistently championed racial equality and fought poverty and income disparity, two economic scourges that hurt blacks worse than anyone else. As First Lady, Clinton pushed her husband's 1994 crime bill, which accelerated mass incarceration of blacks. Hillary is essentially a Republican. Since when do blacks vote Republican?

Bursting the US media bubble Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Inside the Media Bubble, No One Can Hear Us Scream You may be tempted to join the media when they dismiss Trump as a whiner. In business, Trump is the consummate insider. But he's a political naïf. When someone as sleazy and unprincipled as Donald Trump is shocked by how dirty politics are, you have to take note. And if they can steal elections from someone as rich as Donald Trump, there is nothing left of American democracy.

Donald Trump Friday, April 8, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It Happened Here Seeing opportunity amid the armies of the alienated and dispossessed, the perennial almost-candidate of the nationalist, nativist far-right began campaigning in earnest. Breaking all the rules of conventional campaigning, he drew huge crowds with a simple message: Believe me. Trust me, he assured his audiences, and I will make the country great again.

Donald Trump Friday, April 1, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Everyone But the Media Saw Trumpism Coming There are scores -- maybe hundreds -- of opinion writers who do know what's going on in their own country. Who write well. Who get stories right. Pundits who saw the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders populist phenomena coming. But you won't find any of them in the print pages of major newspapers like the Times, or even in the low-pay ghettos of their web-only content.

Donald Trump Thursday, March 24, 2016 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Trump is Positioned to Win the Presidency Trump, used to getting his way all the time, is a bully. A president convinces. An authoritarian orders you. Do what he says, or else. This November, nothing less than the American political system is at stake. So it's time to get real. The establishment types are still in denial. Wake up, idiots!

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders Saturday, March 19, 2016 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The First 100 Days: What Would Donald/Hillary/Bernie Do? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders -- and what they would do in the first 100 days of their presidency...

Hillary Clinton Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Clinton Proves Best PR in the World Can't Sell a Terrible Product Hillary looks presidenty. She talks presidentish. A lot of voters don't know how badly she screwed them, especially by pushing NAFTA and free trade. So she is favored to win the Democratic nomination. But she's a terrible candidate. Tracking polls show that she has lower odds than Bernie of defeating Trump in November.

Apple vs FBI: Tim Cook says Apple won't build backdoor for Feds in San Bernardino Saturday, February 27, 2016 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
FBI v. Apple Is Really About Edward Snowden Apple, says the Obama Administration, is siding with "its business model and public brand marketing strategy" ahead of public safety. That's not it, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. He says his company is "a staunch advocate for our customers' privacy and personal safety."

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Thursday, February 18, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, Politics is Personal Clinton and Sanders represent two worldviews: one for whom wealth and privilege have long been assumed as her due, the other whose sympathies lie with those who suffer and die simply because they had the bad luck to be born into the vast majority of Americans, who are broke.

Military Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How Bernie Can Pay For His Ambitious Agenda? Slash the Military The Sanders campaign hasn't issued a detailed plan explaining how President Sanders would cover the costs of free college tuition and Medicare for All. Maybe they're worried about getting attacked as weak on national security by the hawkish Secretary Clinton and, in the general election, by the Republican nominee (probably Trump or Cruz).

Hillary Clinton Monday, February 8, 2016 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary Clinton: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly When Hillary criticizes Bernie Sanders for advocating changes that would be hard to get through Congress and expensive to pay for -- free college tuition, Medicare for everybody -- she projects a radical pessimism that makes many ask, why not? Why can't the country that invades everyone, that sent a man to the moon, provide the same social benefits as most other nations?

Bernie Sanders Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernie Sanders Could Win. America Could Become Socialist. Are We Witnessing the Failure of Propaganda? The ruling elite's old tricks are indeed failing them. But it's too early to declare propaganda dead and gone. Propaganda works. That's why those in power keep using it. Here's what I think is really going on: old institutions have been discredited. Sanders' growing support and Iowa's surprisingly socialist hordes reflect public contempt for everyone in charge.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday, January 11, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Liberal Democrats and the Depersonalization of Evil The lower your status in society, the more harshly you will be treated by the justice system. The darker your skin, the longer your prison sentence. The poorer you are, the higher the fine. The fewer resources you have to get through life -- like, if you suffer from mental illness -- the more brutality you will experience at the hands and fists of police and prison guards.

Ohio Grand Jury Rules Not to Indict Police Who Shot Tamir Rice Monday, January 4, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cops Are Too Crazy To Be Trusted with Guns Sometimes a jury verdict relies on so many false assumptions, baseless assignments of privilege and twisted logic that you have to call it out. The decision of a Cleveland grand jury not to indict the cop who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice to death is one such time. Officer Timothy Loehmann blew Tamir away between 1.5 and 2.0 seconds after arriving at the scene.

Mark Zuckerberg Thursday, December 3, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do Not Be Impressed by Mark Zuckerberg's Phony Generosity If Zuck wants a "gives 99% of his stock to charity" headline, he ought to earn it -- by giving 99% of his stock to actual charities. Charities that aren't named after him. Charities he doesn't control. "Zuckerberg To Maybe Eventually Do Things He Deems Good With Some Of His Fortune" would be more accurate. The vagueness of the Zuckerberg's announcement highlights how little anyone should be impressed.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Where Are the Passionate Editors? Editors are wimps. Journalists say that all the time. That was probably always true -- but there were fewer wimps and more heroes in the past. Years of budget cuts and downsizing have made editors who still have their jobs terrified of rocking the boat. All they want to do is coast to retirement before getting fired.

Carly Fiorina Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Carly Fiorina, Identity Politics and the Death of Feminism Feminists -- most of whom are, by definition, politically liberal or progressive -- are confused by the disconnect between Carly Fiorina's projection of strong, competent womanness, and her retrograde right-wing politics. For this generation of image feminists, Fiorina is seductive because cuts a fine figure in a high-end corporate outfit and refuses to absorb Donald Trump's cheap shots at her looks.

Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Pour into Europe Tuesday, September 15, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
There Is No "Flood" of Syrian Immigrants Were the U.S. to accept Syrians in the same proportion to its population as it took in Southeast Asians in the 1970s, we could absorb 1.2 million -- close to the total who have fled to Europe since the crisis began last year. If one or two million Syrians want to come here, the U.S. should welcome them with open arms.

Stupid Americans Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Americans Are Stupid What makes stupidity in America stand out is that most Americans -- the dumb ones -- don't think it's bad to be dumb. Far from being ashamed, they're dumb and proud. To the contrary -- the dumb ones make fun of the small-and-constantly-shrinking population of intelligent ones: the "nerds."

Run or think? Saturday, April 18, 2015 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary Clinton Runs First, Thinks Last Hillary's lameness towers above the rest if for no other reason than the fact that she's had at least 20 years to think about what she'd do as president. If this is all she can think up after all this time, how slowly will she react when she gets that hotline phone call at 3 a.m.?

German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Germanwings Mass Murder-Suicide Caused by Punitive Rules, Coldhearted Capitalism At first glance, an incident like the Germanwings disaster seems to call for increased physical and mental monitoring. But leaning harder on pilots would only fix half the problem. The current system is punitive -- thus, it encourages lying.

US Fights IS Group (AKA ISIS) On Social Media Sunday, September 14, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Trolled by ISIS After the videos, a war-weary American public's apathetic stance toward the civil war in Syria flipped toward strong support in favor of the bombing campaign announced by Obama (who paradoxically continues to poll poorly on foreign policy). Clearly ISIS' top brass believe they stand more to gain than to lose from the coming onslaught by U.S. drones and fighter jets. This should frighten us.

Image created from image crediting Saturday, January 25, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
End the Death Penalty. Allow Vigilantism. Given the finality of capital punishment, proof that one innocent person has ever been executed is enough for me to find the practice abhorrent. The fact, is numerous innocents have died in American death chambers. Most of the world agrees. Only 21 out of the world's 195 nations carried out any executions last year.

Friday, November 8, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Coverage of the anti-NSA Protest is an Example of a New Way to Disseminate Government BS Categorizing strong political views of swaths of Americans as weaker, more moderate and watered down than they really are is a relatively new tactic for American media gatekeepers. The message of the marchers was unambiguous: they demanded that the NSA stop spying on Americans, or be shut down. If the things marchers said weren't clear -- "this isn't about right and left -- it's about right and wrong."

Sunday, November 3, 2013 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to Save Obamacare An intelligent, pro-human solution is not in the cards. Not in bankster-owned America. Not now, anyway. Both the Democrats and Republicans are owned by the big corporate insurers that stand to make billions from the Affordable Care Act. Before the country, and eventually its political class, get real and get serious, we'll have to waste a few years on attempts at reform.

Friday, May 3, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why Closing Guantanamo Is Easy: Obama Doesn't Need Congress -- He Needs Travelocity All detainees--every last one of them, the schlubs who have been officially cleared by the Pentagon and, yes, even the scary dudes the government insists are "the worst of the worst"--can, should and--if the US Constitution means anything at all--must be released. Obama should stop blaming Congress. He signed their legislation into law. He owns this mess.

Thursday, January 12, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Republican Socialists, Democratic Capitalists Forget 9/11 -- everything changed on 9/14/08, when Lehman Brothers hit the skids. Millions lost their jobs. Millions more lost their jobs. And the government refused to help them. To the contrary, the powers that be are calling for austerity, for gutting what's left of the safety net.

Thursday, January 5, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Our Suicidal Ruling Class: Why Won't the Rich and Powerful Try to Save Themselves? America's corporate rulers and their pet politicians know that people are furious. They understand that their actions and policies are accelerating the pace of income inequality and creating a growing, permanently alienated underclass. They know history. Sooner or later, the downtrodden rise up, overthrow and kill their oppressors.

Monday, September 5, 2011 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We Learned Nothing From 9/11 Maybe if it stopped spending so much time and money killing foreigners the American government could protect Americans. A lot changed on 9/11, but not everything. We're still governed by corrupt idiots. And we're still putting up with them. What does that say about us?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Down and Out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: What I Would Do If I Were Obama Jobs, jobs, jobs. Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans have been preoccupied with jobs. Unemployed people need work. The underemployed need more work. The employed want salaries that go up instead of down.

Friday, August 5, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How the US media marginalizes dissent If the only alternative to endless war and occupation and oppression by US and NATO forces in Afghanistan is civil war and Taliban domination, wouldn't it be better to leave the carnage to the Afghans?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Revolution Will Not Be Deactualized October 6th has lit up the leftie blogosphere. If things come together, it could be The Big One: the major event that marks the beginning of the end of the two-party trap and a political system that extracts wealth from the poor and middle-class for the benefit of the wealthy.