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Wednesday, May 20, 2015(6 comments)
George W. Bush's CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public
For a dozen years, the Bush-Cheney crowd have been trying to escape -- or cover up -- an essential fact of the W. years: President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their lieutenants misled the American public about the WMD threat supposedly posed by Saddam Hussein in order to grease the way to the invasion of Iraq.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The Jeb Bush Adviser Who Should Scare You
In February, the Jeb Bush campaign released a list of 21 foreign policy advisers; 17 of them served in the George W. Bush administration. And one name stood out: Paul Wolfowitz, a top policy architect of the Iraq war -- for the prospect of Wolfowitz whispering into Jeb's ear ought to scare the bejeezus out of anyone who yearns for a rational national security policy.
Friday, May 1, 2015 Are the Clintons More Transparent Than the Bushes?
Nonprofits are not compelled to reveal their funders, and most treat their financial sources as top-secret information. But the Clinton Foundation does release the names of all its donors and the general amount of each donation (though it has acknowledged screwing up on occasion).
Friday, April 24, 2015(1 comments)
Cruz Campaign Accuses Paul and Rubio of Wimping Out on Gun Rights After Newtown
With the gaggle of GOP 2016 presidential contenders growing, the Republican wannabes have largely refrained from assailing one another and have instead focused their wrath on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But now Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has launched one of the first R-on-R attacks, and he has done so regarding an issue of primal importance to the Republican voting base: guns.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015(5 comments)
Why Hillary Clinton Needs Martin O'Malley to Run for President
There's about nine months to come before the first voting occurs in the Iowa caucuses -- and 19 months until the general election. That's a long time. Clinton, who is hardly a fresh face, will find it tough not to appear stale to some voters during that stretch. She is already at a super-saturation level of media coverage.
Friday, April 10, 2015(3 comments)
As a Private Lawyer, Ted Cruz Defended Companies Found Guilty of Wrongdoing
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) boasts of what he did as Texas solicitor general to defend the Second Amendment, the Pledge of Allegiance, and US sovereignty -- all conservative causes. But Cruz does not detail another important chapter in his legal career: his work as a well-paid private attorney who helped corporations found guilty of wrongdoing.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 The Iranian Nuclear Deal: What the Experts Are Saying
Under the framework, Iran would give up two-thirds of its centrifuges used to enrich uranium and would reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium (which is the raw material used to develop bomb-quality highly-enriched uranium) from 10,000 kilograms to 300 kilograms. These two developments alone -- and the framework has many other provisions -- would diminish Tehran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
Friday, March 20, 2015 Mitt Romney's Email Hypocrisy
Romney aides wiped the administration's email from the state's server. They did more than push a delete button. Eleven of his aides purchased their state-issued hard drives, so they could skedaddle with all their records. They also took another step to leave no records behind: they replaced the remaining computers in the governor's office before Romney's Democratic successor, Deval Patrick, took office. The result:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Netanyahu's Speech: Mansplaining Iran to Obama
Netanyahu's speech to Congress has been covered as a spectacle orchestrated by the conservative GOP-Likud alliance to undercut President Barack Obama's effort to reach a deal with Iran limiting that government's nuclear program. But this stunt did highlight a significant aspect of the the ongoing debate over Iran -- Netanyahu's position is extreme and unworkable: Iran should yield completely, or there will be war.
Monday, February 23, 2015 The Proofiness of Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly tried to win the day by producing documents that, he asserted, showed how he had been unfairly tarred. "In what I consider to be a miracle," he declared, "I found this CBS internal memo from 33 years ago praising my coverage" of a protest in Buenos Aires that happened just as the 1982 Falklands war ended.
Friday, January 30, 2015 Netanyahu to American Jews: Get Lost
Certainly, Netanyahu realized that this audacious move would strain his already-ragged ties with the Obama administration and tick off the president, who will be in office for the next two years and quite able to inconvenience Netanyahu should he hold on to power. But what was surprising was how willing Netanyahu was to send a harsh message to American Jews: Drop dead.
Friday, January 23, 2015(2 comments)
Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney the Progressive Champion
Not because his possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential contest could cause chaos for the GOP. But because Romney, apparently seeing the error of his "severely conservative" ways, has become a progressive crusader.
Friday, January 16, 2015 Mitt Romney Has a Huge New Conflict-of-Interest Problem
there's another matter that will be be added to the pile of financial controversies for Romney to face: Solamere Capital, the $700 million private equity firm cofounded by his son Taggart that Romney has helped run since March 2013. Who has Romney been investing with, and what has he been investing in? These are questions that Romney 2016 will confront and that, no doubt, the firm will not want to answer.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014(10 comments)
Cheney on Torture: Lying or Ignorant?
Cheney insisted the extreme interrogation practices "absolutely did work." He asserted that waterboarding in the defense of the United States is no vice. And he kept thrashing at a straw man, accusing naive torture critics of equating these interrogation methods with the bloody deeds of Al Qaeda.
Thursday, October 23, 2014(4 comments)
Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington
As Rand Paul, the government-bashing tea partier moves toward a White House bid, journalists scrutinize his every wiggle and whisper. But one core component of his political personality has largely escaped exploration: The senator is close to being a full-blown conspiracy theorist.
Friday, October 17, 2014 How Harry Shearer Discovered the Soul of Richard Nixon
In Nixon's the One, a series that first aired on British television and premieres October 21 as a YouTube series, the 70-year-old Harry Shearer reenacts the follies of our 37th president word for word from Nixon's secret Oval Office recordings.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 The ISIS Speech: Obama and the Dogs of War
Obama has to present the ISIS problem in accurate terms. It's now a threat to the region and US interests there, not an existential threat to the so-called homeland. Yet neocons and other hawks--John McCain, Dick Cheney, etc.--have gone full war, declaring that ISIS presents a profound danger to the United States and that Washington must go all-out (unilaterally, if necessary) to destroy this enemy.
Friday, July 25, 2014 How America Finances the Destruction in Gaza -- and the Cleanup
Each year, the United States gives Israel about $3.1 billion in military assistance. About $800 million underwrites Israeli manufacturing of weaponry and military products. The rest finances what is essentially a gift card that the Israeli military uses to procure arms and military equipment from US military contractors. So to a certain degree, the destruction in Gaza does have a made-in-the-USA stamp.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Can Obama Weather the Current Geopolitical Shitstorm?
Being president can be a b*tch. Barack Obama is in charge of the world's most consequential superpower (when you combine economic might and military force) at a time when the world seems to be cracking up more than usual. The public tend not to support the demands of the hawks and neocons. But the incessant charge that Obama is indecisive and weak does become part of the never-ending background noise of American politics.
Friday, June 27, 2014(1 comments)
Rand Paul: Republicans Are "Too Eager for War"
Paul, who is mulling a 2016 presidential bid, has not hesitated to challenge the hawks of the GOP, he has softened his language. He no longer accuses Cheney of pushing the Iraq war to reap corporate profits. (He even recently claimed that was not what he had meant to say.)
Friday, June 20, 2014 On Iraq, McCain Won't Take McCain's Advice
On Thursday, McCain went full McCain. He called for ousting Maliki. (Obama and his aides are trying to nudge Maliki aside, but it's not a snap-of-the-fingers task to get rid of a Washington-endorsed guy who was elected.) And McCain demanded, yes, airstrikes.
Thursday, June 12, 2014(1 comments)
"Serious-Minded" Benghazi Committee Chair Pushed Anti-Obama IRS Conspiracy Theory
When Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was anointed last month by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to lead yet another congressional investigation of Benghazi, the second-term tea party congressman, a former prosecutor, was hailed by his Republican colleagues as an evenhanded lawmaker who had no political ax to grind in this endeavor.
Friday, June 6, 2014(13 comments)
Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs Problem
Hillary Clinton's shift from declaimer of Big Finance shenanigans to collaborator with Goldman -- the firm has donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation -- prompts an obvious question: Can the former secretary of state cultivate populist cred while hobnobbing with Goldman and pocketing money from it and other Wall Street firms?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Mitch McConnell's Big Mitch Problem
McConnell's political unpopularity among Democrats is not surprising. He lacks the slightest hint of charisma or charm -- or personality -- that conservatives sometimes can employ to win over Dems, especially in southern states. He certainly doesn't look good holding a gun. Given McConnell's low standing, almost any Democrat who doesn't drool would stand a chance against this well-funded, influential Washington powerbroker.
Friday, May 16, 2014 Former GOP Senator Who First Hired McConnell Slams Him for Opposing Obamacare
Marlow Cook, now 87 years old, says he is aghast that Mitch McConnell is a fierce advocate of killing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. "If he had any knowledge of the lack of health and medical facilities in the hills of Kentucky," Cook says, "he'd know it's a problem we need to solve.
Friday, May 2, 2014(8 comments)
Why There Is No Cure for the GOP's Benghazi Fever
Benghazi is a candy store for many conservatives -- no matter that the bins are empty. They will not -- cannot -- let it go. Nor can they simply focus on the real issues of what went wrong that dreadful night and what must be done to prevent another such disaster. They are love-sick for Benghazi. And for that, there is no cure.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan
As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ponders a presidential bid, he has lately made efforts to wrap himself in the banner of Ronald Reagan. In op-eds and speeches, the libertarian tea partier has increasingly invoked the Republicans' most holy icon, especially after being attacked by members of his party's establishment who have accused him of isolationism.
Friday, April 11, 2014(1 comments)
Rand Paul: GOP Should Reject Cheney for Defending "Torture"
In 2009, Paul called on the GOP to disassociate itself from Cheney because the ex-veep was defending his administration's use of torture. On March 29, Cheney warned that there was "an increasing strain of isolationism" within the GOP, and he slammed the less hawkish members of his party. He didn't name names, but the message was clear: He meant Rand Paul, among others.
Thursday, March 27, 2014(8 comments)
More Evidence of Paul Ryan's "Inner Cities" Problem
It's no shocker when Ryan—or other libertarians—denounce government assistance programs for breeding dependency and preventing recipients from developing a robust work ethic. But Ryan contends all this assistance leads to a cultural problem.
Sunday, March 2, 2014(1 comments)
The Clinton Memos: Advice on How Hillary Should Talk to a Single-Payer Advocate
Newly released documents from Bill Clinton's library show how Hillary Clinton was tasked to coax and flatter lawmakers during the 1993 heath care reform debate. It was very "House of Cards"-ish (but without the murders)-- setting up a health care "university" to educate lawmakers on key policy components, mounting a "massive public communications campaign," and coaxing -- that is, ego-stroking -- of individual lawmakers.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 GOP Group Attacks Dem for Holding Social Security Position GOPers Promoted
Hypocrisy is nothing new in politics. Nor is playing politics with Social Security. But the National Republican Congressional Committee, the outfit assigned the task of protecting the GOP majority in the House, pegged the needle in Social Security-fueled political hypocrisy with its recent attack on Florida Democrat Alex Sink.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014(1 comments)
Rand Paul's Woman Problem
If Paul believes it's fair game to dredge up the personal past of Bill Clinton, he might prepare for similar vetting—particularly if he decides to run for president. Has he always shunned those with less-than-stellar private lives? Has he ever done anything shun-worthy himself? And will he be able to make Bill Clinton's old indiscretions more of an issue than his current stances on policy matters directly affecting women?
Friday, January 31, 2014(4 comments)
Why Henry Waxman Was One of the Most Important Congressmen Ever
Henry Waxman is retiring. This Democratic congressman from Los Angeles has been a Capitol Hill fixture and progressive crusader for decades, since he was first elected in 1974. He vigorously pursued Big Tobacco and enthusiastically championed climate change legislation. He's been a fierce advocate for consumer rights, health care, and the environment.
Friday, January 17, 2014 WATCH: Government-Funded Israeli Groups Attack John Kerry With Scatological Parody Video
As Secretary of State John Kerry strives to revive the Middle East peace process, while also toiling to craft a nuclear deal with Iran and a resolution to the Syrian conflict, he has come under attack in an unusual manner. An Israeli group funded by the Netanyahu-led government is mounting an anti-Kerry campaign by promoting a video that employs a scatological joke to lampoon and deride the United States' top diplomat.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 New Memo: Kissinger Gave the "Green Light" for Argentina's Dirty War
A new memo has emerged that provides clear evidence that in 1976 Kissinger gave Argentina's neo-fascist military junta the "green light" for the dirty war it was conducting against civilian and militant leftists that resulted in the disappearance -- that is, deaths -- of an estimated 30,000 people.
Friday, December 13, 2013(1 comments)
The Right's Obsession With Obama the Flirt
The conservative New York Post this week has done extra duty to promote the idea that the president is a cad (and Michelle Obama is the resentful, jealous, and bossy wife). After photos emerged of Obama taking a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (with British PM David Cameron the third wheel) and the first lady looking displeased, the media was all abuzz.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Why Obamacare Means Life and Death...for Both Political Parties
as the fierce mud-wrestling over Obamacare continues, it's not going too far to say that this clash is darn close to a life-and-death battle between the Democrats and Republicans. Which explains why the conflict is not ending, even as the White House patches up the glitchy Healthcare.gov website.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 CBS News' Benghazi Review Leaves Several Big Questions Unanswered
The report suggests that Logan was driven by both a desire to find something new in a story already much covered and her belief that the Obama administration was misrepresenting the threat posed by Al Qaeda. This is damning: she failed to do a basic task of reporting and she might have had an agenda.
Friday, November 22, 2013(3 comments)
The Real Conspiracy Behind the JFK Assassination
If this is the closest we can get to the truth so many years down the road, it still offers an important--and painful--lesson that deserves attention: once the dogs of war (or secret war) are unleashed, there's no telling where they will run.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Does Ted Cruz Believe His Critics Will be Condemned by God?
Speaking to the North Texas Tea Party last year on behalf of his son, the elder Cruz called President Barack Obama an "outright Marxist" who "seeks to destroy all concept of God." At that event, Rafael Cruz also urged the crowd to send Obama "back to Kenya." Or ship him "back to Indonesia."
Saturday, October 19, 2013(1 comments)
Ted Cruz vs. Twitter: Does Obamacare Hurt Americans?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the fellow who led the GOP further into a PR abyss, hailed the political crisis that was ending (at least for now) as "a remarkable thing" and claimed that it showed that "millions upon millions" had risen up against Obamacare.
Thursday, October 10, 2013(1 comments)
How the GOP's Kamikaze Club Hijacked John Boehner
Boehner has chosen to lead by being led. He may have been carjacked by a well-organized gang that stuck to a well-designed and well-financed plan, but he is not blameless. After all, he gave up the keys to this car without much of a fight.
Friday, October 4, 2013(1 comments)
Can Obama Disrupt the Shutdown Narrative?
National parks are closed. Food safety inspections have been curtailed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be halting its flu program--just as the flu season is arriving. Of course, hundreds of thousands of American families will have to go without paychecks because a breadwinner employed by the federal government has been furloughed.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 The GOP's Obamacare Suicide
With Sen. Ted Cruz wagging the party, the GOPers pushing for the government shutdown--aided and abetted by Rush Limbaugh, the Heritage Foundation, and other influentials of the far right--have focused exclusively on Obamacare. So if the Republican party stands for anything today, it is obstructing Obamacare.