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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 31st, 2014

Yes, I am Thankful for My Insurance Even as I Fight for Single-Payer

It was the day after Christmas when I fell ill. Just five days before I was due to change insurance policies from the $875/month COBRA/Aetna coverage I had to the new $456/month Kaiser plan I selected from the Connect for Health Colorado exchange site. The Affordable Care Act (with its ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 30th, 2014

Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization

Today we issue an international call for Spring Days of Action – 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to:          End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization The campaign will focus on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers.The campaign will provide information on:1. ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

January 29th, 2014

A Final Q&A with Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

I found myself crying when I heard the news of Pete Seeger’s death today. When I was a child, my mother would wake me up in the morning by singing “If I Had A Hammer,” the progressive anthem that Seeger wrote for Peter, Paul and Mary. His music played a ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

January 29th, 2014

The Pacific Pivot: Why America’s Strategic Rebalance is Really Just Retreat

Crossposted from TomDispatch In a future update of The Devil's Dictionary, the famed Ambrose Bierce dissection of the linguistic hypocrisies of modern life, a single word will accompany the entry for "Pacific pivot": retreat.It might seem a strange way to characterize the Obama administration's energetic attempt to reorient its foreign ... continue reading

Greg Grandin


January 29th, 2014

The Two Faces of Empire: Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them

Crossposted from TomDispatch A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville’s most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power, most ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

January 28th, 2014

If Henry Ford Could Pay a $15 Minimum Wage 100 Years Ago, So Can We

In the State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is going to call for a national minimum wage of $10.10. Then in their response the Republicans will say that'd be a huge disaster that would make the Washington Monument fall over, Mt. Rushmore explode, etc. But here's what neither ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

January 27th, 2014

Pay no attention to those insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain!

If you go to 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, in Washington, D.C. in search of what you’ve been told is the address of a grass roots organization concerned about “cuts” to Medicare, you will likely be surprised what you find there. You will indeed find an organization that is ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 25th, 2014

'Mercy Killers' -- Drama Sheds Light on the Darkness That is the US Health Care System

If you live in New York City or close enough to get there, there is a one-man show currently on an Off Broadway run that will provide you with a different way to view the US health care system and its deadly dysfunction. The play, "Mercy Killers," written and performed ... continue reading

Julianna Forlano

Absurdity Today!

January 25th, 2014

Verizon v. FCC just crushed democracy, justice, AND cat videos in one swoop.

Did Verizon v. The FCC just end democracy, justice, AND cat videos in one swoop? Absurdity Today uses its trademark humor to expose the sordid backstory behind the fall of net neutrality. continue reading

Joe Lapointe


January 23rd, 2014

Let the games begin!

NEW YORK -- In that Edward Snowden is spending so much time in Russia, perhaps – in a gesture of world solidarity – Snowden should light the Olympic flame next month when the Winter Games begin in Sochi.He’s a uniter, not a divider, as a great man once said.  By ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 23rd, 2014

The Thugs of Halftime

Three remarkable items in Thursday's Charlottesville Daily Progress.  First, a football player explaining that when he proclaimed his superiority to his opponent after a game he was caught up in the game's passion, and that the overblown reaction to his obnoxious comments seems racist. Indeed it does, but it seems ... continue reading

January 22nd, 2014

T.R. Reid, Author of 'The Healing of America,' Explains Why We Must Take Profit Out of Health Insurance and Why the Senate Finance Committee Refused to Allow That

T.R. REID: I've known Max Baucus for quite a long time, he's the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. And he had me come make a presentation on my film and my book to the Finance Committee. And all sixteen members showed up on a Monday, which is pretty unusual ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

January 21st, 2014

One of Ezra Klein's Last Wonkblog Posts Made an Unwonky Mistake About My Obamacare Op-Ed

My New Year's Day op-ed in the New York Times seems to have kickstarted a discussion about how to make Obamacare better. I hope you can read it if you haven't already and get involved. But it also attracted criticism from, surprisingly, the otherwise very smart and very cool Ezra ... continue reading

Yoko Ono

Artist, Musician and Peace Activist

January 20th, 2014


Dear Japanese Fishermen of Taiji, I understand how you must feel about the one-sided-ness of the West to be angry at your traditional capture and slaughter of Dolphins. But that tradition was made only when the world, and Japanese Fishermen did not know what it meant to do harm to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 18th, 2014

The Terror of the Night When Sick -- US Health Care System Thrives on It

It has been a long time since I last posted here. I have been very ill. And the longest hours have come through the nights when the rest of the world goes to sleep and rests up. The lonely, fearful hours of the night are even more so when physical ... continue reading

January 16th, 2014

Chelsea Manning Awarded Sam Adams Integrity Prize for 2014

Announcement by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII)The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) have voted overwhelmingly to present the 2014 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, U.S. Army Pvt. Manning is the 25 year-old intelligence ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

January 14th, 2014

Wendell Potter on 'Obamacare: What's in It for Me?'

Get Wendell Potter's new ebook 'Obamacare: What's in It for Me?'Michael Moore has called Wendell Potter "the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America." In 2008 Potter walked away from a lucrative 20-year career at the top of public relations for CIGNA and other insurance companies to pull back the curtain on ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 13th, 2014

Building a Global Movement to End All War

I've been involved in starting enough activist campaigns and coalitions to know when one has more potential than any other I've seen.  When hundreds of people and organizations are signing up on the website before you've announced it anywhere, and nine months before you plan to officially launch, and when ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

January 12th, 2014

Peak Oil Is Dead Long Live Peak Oil!

Crossposted from TomDispatch Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited.  The explosive development of shale oil and other unconventional fuels in the United States helped ... continue reading

Nick Turse

Journalist, TomDispatch

January 12th, 2014

America’s Black-Ops Blackout: Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military

Crossposted from TomDispatch “Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me. More than a month before, I had called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

January 9th, 2014

Unconventional “Street Doctor” Treats the Homeless (VIDEO)

Dr. Jim Withers was willing to risk his standing in the medical institution, when he started dressing like a homeless person.  It was 1992. After working a long day at the hospital, he’d hit city streets to dole out aspirin and cough medicine and take blood pressure.  Homeless people seldom ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

January 8th, 2014

NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong

In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders William Binney, Thomas Drake, Edward Loomis and J. Kirk Wiebe explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/11, covered up the mistakes, and violated the constitutional rights of the American people, all while wasting billions of dollars and misleading the public. January ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt


January 6th, 2014

American Jihad 2014: The New Fundamentalists

Crossposted from TomDispatchIn a 1950s civics textbook of mine, I can remember a Martian landing on Main Street, U.S.A., to be instructed in the glories of our political system.  You know, our tripartite government, checks and balances, miraculous set of rights, and vibrant democracy.  There was, Americans then thought, much ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

January 4th, 2014

Michael Hirsh Aims at Edward Snowden, Accidentally Blows Off Own Leg

One of the most surprising things about members of the U.S political establishment is that they often don't know anything about anything. You'd think they would, in the same way you assume your doctor knows where your spleen is. But in many cases they're unfamiliar with the most basic facts ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

January 3rd, 2014

Snowden Accuser Gordon G. Chang Works for Think Tank Run by Notorious Liars

Gordon G. Chang, currently seen in the Daily Beast claiming Edward Snowden had "high-level contact" with Chinese officials while in Hong Kong, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. That's notable because the main people who run Gatestone are John Bolton (chairman) and Amir Taheri (chairman, Gatestone Europe), ... 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... 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 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 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
9:48 AM
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors 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
2:00 PM
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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 Donna Smith 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? Donna Smith 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
5:38 PM
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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
9:40 PM
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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
9:08 PM
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
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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 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? 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
6:48 PM
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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
1:08 PM
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
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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
8:39 PM
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | 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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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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