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Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 31st, 2012

My New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! Have you made your resolutions for 2013? Here are mine: 1. Learn the names of the people two doors down from me and invite them over for dinner. 2. Learn how to make dinner. 3. Buy a gun. Stroke it. Squeeze it. Hold it. Love it. Shoot ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 31st, 2012

Michael Moore Answers Twitter Questions About Bowling for Columbine, Sunday, December 30th

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Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

December 28th, 2012

The Larger Question of Chuck Hagel

The Israel Lobby is hell bent on sabotaging President Barack Obama’s tentative plan to appoint former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. And – with Obama now dithering about this selection – the Lobby and its neocon allies sense another impending victory. Perhaps The New Yorker’s Connie Bruck described ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 28th, 2012

Michael Moore Answers Twitter Questions About Bowling for Columbine, Thursday, December 27th

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Rebecca Solnit

Author

December 27th, 2012

The Sky’s the Limit: The Demanding Gifts of 2012

Crossposted from TomDispatchAs this wild year comes to an end, we return to the season of gifts. Here’s the gift you’re not going to get soon: any conventional version of Paradise. You know, the place where nothing much happens and nothing is demanded of you. The gifts you’ve already been ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 24th, 2012

Celebrating the Prince of Peace in the Land of Guns

After watching the deranged, delusional National Rifle Association press conference on Friday, it was clear that the Mayan prophecy had come true. Except the only world that was ending was the NRA's. Their bullying power to set gun policy in this country is over. The nation is repulsed by the ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 24th, 2012

Doing Time for Peace

Hundreds of Americans, young and old, are regularly going to prison, sometimes for months or years or decades, for nonviolently resisting U.S. militarism.  They block ports, ships, submarines, trains full of weapons, trucks full of weapons, and gates to military bases.  They take hammers to weapons of mass destruction, cause ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 22nd, 2012

Michael Moore Answers Twitter Questions About Bowling for Columbine, Friday, December 21st

Bowling for Columbine will be shown on Current TV at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT and 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT every day except Christmas from Saturday, December 22nd to Friday, December 28th   RT @THuff7 how long did all that research take? The film took a little over three ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 22nd, 2012

Maybe Aetna Could Help Solve Gun Violence Crisis

With the slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, gun violence in America has reached the point where there is a public outcry for action.  Americans don’t want little kids shot at school.  From that one single point of agreement, perhaps we’ll finally make some ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

December 20th, 2012

A Grief-Stricken Randi Weingarten Engages Hesitant Unions on Gun Control in Wake of Sandy Hook

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog“The teachers and the principals were absolutely heroic. So were the others, who were in lockdown, and kept their kids calm and quiet in what had to be a traumatizing fear. I don’t think it is possible, if one was not that in ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

December 20th, 2012

Remembering Mira

As the country, and indeed, the world, mourns the tragic and unnecessary loss of so many young lives to the Newtown School Massacre, many peace activists and advocates for non-violence around the world are mourning another loss… the loss of a tireless advocate for peace and reconciliation, a blogger on ... continue reading

Peter Van Buren

Author, 'We Meant Well'

December 20th, 2012

An All-American Nightmare: Why Zero Dark Thirty Won’t Settle the Torture Question or Purge Torture From the American System

Crossposted from TomDispatch If you look backward you see a nightmare. If you look forward you become the nightmare. There’s one particular nightmare that Americans need to face: in the first decade of the twenty-first century we tortured people as national policy. One day, we’re going to have to confront ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 19th, 2012

Michigan Republicans Deny Police Officers and Firefighters the Right to Work

That is what the headlines would say if anyone really believed that the anti-union laws passed last week in Michigan actually had anything to do with the rights of workers. When the legislature outlawed contracts requiring workers who benefit from union representation to pay for that representation, it explicitly exempted ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 18th, 2012

The Government and Your Guns

We're in the grip of twin madnesses, and those who have overcome one of them can still be completely controlled by the other. The first madness is the idea that spending a trillion dollars a year on weaponry and war preparations makes us safer, that 1,000 military bases abroad protect ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

December 17th, 2012

The NRA's Quiet In Wake Of Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

I've been mulling over in my head for the past couple of days, what if anything I would have to contribute to the discourse about the absolutely horrible events that took place this past Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary.  The fact is, I really don't know what to say.  I ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

December 17th, 2012

Remember All the Children, Mr. President

Remember the 20 children who died in Newton Connecticut. Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments. Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006. Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

December 17th, 2012

A Tipping Point Moment Against Guns

The truth-twisters of the right wing are already pushing back against the “anti-gun hysteria” that has followed the school massacre of 20 children and six educators last week in Connecticut. The Gun Guys are clever and subtly deceitful.  The only “hysteria” evident is from the grief of the parents and ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

December 16th, 2012

A Note From Michael Moore

I am truly beside myself this time. I tried to ring a warning bell about this a decade ago. The disease has only gotten worse. But...you feel something different in the air across America tonight, don't you? People have had it and the outrage is loud and visible. I'm convinced ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2012

In an Instant We Learn and Forget Again: Life is Precious

Nineteen years ago tonight I comforted my son, Russell, as he learned of the shooting that happened at his workplace.  Five shot and four killed at the Chuck E Cheese pizza parlor in Aurora, Colorado, where he had just finished his evening shift.  Marge, Colleen, Sylvia and Ben dead.  Bobby injured.  ... continue reading

Barry Eisler

Author and former CIA agent

December 13th, 2012

David Ignatius, Civics Expert

There really ought to be some sort of remedial civics licensing course for the David Ignatiuses of the world. Here's the pundit's latest in the Washington Post. It's about Katheryn Bigelow's new film Zero Dark Thirty, her "almost journalistic" account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Note that in ... continue reading

Jeremiah Goulka

Writer

December 13th, 2012

The Botox Solution: Why the Formerly Grand Old Party Needs to Change and Won’t

Mitt Romney had hardly conceded before Republicans started fighting over where to head next.  Some Republicans -- and many Democrats -- now claim that the writing is on the wall: demography is destiny, which means the GOP is going the way of the Whigs and the Dodo.  Across the country, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 13th, 2012

Veterans For Peace Opposes Military Intervention in Syria

Veterans For Peace urgently calls on the United States and NATO to cease all military activity in Syria, halt all U.S. and NATO shipments of weapons, and abandon all threats to further escalate the violence under which the people of Syria are suffering. NATO troops and missiles should be withdrawn ... continue reading

Yoko Ono

Artist, Musician and Peace Activist

December 12th, 2012

YOKO ONO & SEAN LENNON LAUNCH THE #DONTFRACKNY VIDEO CONTEST

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo recently delayed until February a decision on whether to allow fracking for gas in the state.  To help inform the Governor and the public, Artists Against Fracking announces the #DontFrackNY video contest. Help us make the case in the most compelling and moving way.  ------------------------ ... continue reading

Brendan Fischer

Center for Media and Democracy

December 11th, 2012

Michigan Passes "Right to Work" Containing Verbatim Language from ALEC Model Bill

Amidst massive pro-labor protests, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed sweeping legislation attacking private and public sector unions, just hours after passing the lame-duck legislature. The operative language in the bills is nearly identical to the American Legislative Exchange Council's "model" Right to Work Act. Both HB 4003, which affects public ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

December 11th, 2012

Interview with Larry Cohen, President of the Communications Workers of America

Interview by Beverly BellGiven the path we’ve been on in this country, the American dream is in tatters. Whether it’s a voice on the job or our standard of living or health care or education, all are being destroyed on our watch. But we can stand up and fight back. ... continue reading

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Apr 5th
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
12:58 PM
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
1:40 PM
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