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Peter Van Buren

Author, 'We Meant Well'

March 6th, 2014

Silencing Whistleblowers Obama-Style: Supreme Court Edition?

Crossposted from TomDispatch The Obama administration has just opened a new front in its ongoing war on whistleblowers. It’s taking its case against one man, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Air Marshal Robert MacLean, all the way to the Supreme Court. So hold on, because we’re going back down the rabbit ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

March 6th, 2014

Missing in Action: What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Crossposted from TomDispatch There is, it seems, something new under the sun. Geopolitically speaking, when it comes to war and the imperial principle, we may be in uncharted territory.  Take a look around and you’ll see a world at the boiling point.  From Ukraine to Syria, South Sudan to Thailand, ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

March 6th, 2014

Dizzying array of options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

With fewer than 30 shopping days left before Obamacare open enrollment ends on March 31, if you want to get coverage through the health insurance marketplace and avoid having to pay a penalty, you should log on sooner rather than later. Although most of the problems with HealthCare.gov have been ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

March 2nd, 2014

A Powerful Art Show for Universal Health Care (VIDEO)

The New York Times recently internet-debuted our short film, Healthy Artists: The Movie. The film chronicles a revolutionary moment in 2013: Our city’s art scene stood up for universal health care. We did it by engaging local artists, college students, and health care advocates in a big, colorful art show. ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

March 2nd, 2014

Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?

Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative “regime changers” of Official Washington and their sophomoric “responsibility-to-protect” (R2P) allies in the Obama administration? Have they dangerously over-reached by pushing the putsch that removed duly-elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych? Russian President Vladimir Putin has given an unmistakable “yes” ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 27th, 2014

Oppose Force to Save Starving Syrians

I've been asked to debate Danny Postel on the question of Syria, and so have read the op-ed he co-authored with Nader Hashemi, "Use Force to Save Starving Syrians."  Excellent responses have been published by Coleen Rowley and Rob Prince and probably others.  And my basic thinking on Syria has ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 27th, 2014

Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity

The dysfunction of the US health care system does more damage than causing the deaths and the bankruptcies forced on the sick and injured who don't have enough coverage or cash to afford life-saving care. The damages extend to robbing millions of people of their personal sense of security and ... continue reading

Karen Greenberg

Center on Law and Security

February 27th, 2014

The Five Commandments of Barack Obama: How “Thou Shalt Not” Became “Thou Shalt”

Crossposted from TomDispatch In January 2009, Barack Obama entered the Oval Office projecting idealism and proud to be the constitutional law professor devoted to turning democratic principles into action.  In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all ... continue reading

Ira Chernus

Professor of Religious Studies

February 27th, 2014

Apocalypses Everywhere: Is There Any Hope in an Era Filled with Gloom and Doom?

Crossposted from TomDispatch Wherever we Americans look, the threat of apocalypse stares back at us. Two clouds of genuine doom still darken our world: nuclear extermination and environmental extinction. If they got the urgent action they deserve, they would be at the top of our political priority list. But they have a hard ... continue reading

Greg Grandin

Historian

February 24th, 2014

The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It’s More Than Back Wages)

Crossposted from TomDispatch Many in the United States were outraged by the remarks of conservative evangelical preacher Pat Robertson, who blamed Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake on Haitians for selling their souls to Satan. Bodies were still being pulled from the rubble -- as many as 300,000 died -- when Robertson ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 20th, 2014

Working Class Movement for Economic Justice in Health Care: Who Leads?

I was listening to a news report this morning and hearing yet another wealthy person ramble on about their ideas on social and economic justice. It seems to me that unless and until working class and poor people are truly leading the movements for economic justice and equality, it will ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 20th, 2014

Documenting Darkness: How a Thug State Operates

Crossposted from TomDispatchHere, at least, is a place to start: intelligence officials have weighed in with an estimate of just how many secret files National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took with him when he headed for Hong Kong last June. Brace yourself: 1.7 million.  At least they claim that as ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

February 19th, 2014

Prescription for a More Just American Society

A recent report by the Hamilton Project, a policy initiative launched by the Brookings Institution, has concluded that nearly half of all American families are living in poverty, near poverty, or are one major setback in income away from being plunged into poverty. This coincides with census data that came out in 2011.More broadly, research by ... continue reading

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

February 18th, 2014

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern sues State Dept. for Putting Him on Watch List: Lawsuit Challenges Brutal Arrest at Clinton speech

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of U.S. military veteran and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern against John Kerry, in his capacity as the Secretary of State, and against officers at George Washington University. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District ... continue reading

Julianna Forlano

Absurdity Today!

February 17th, 2014

Funny! Comcast Screws Up: Tells The Truth About Time Warner Merger. (Absurdity Today; Episode 50)

Comcast's bid to acquire Time Warner Cable, if allowed to occur, would be the 10th largest corporate merger in American history. The company is seeking approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice, who are charged with making sure the giant corporations aren't breaking any anti-trust laws. But they ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 17th, 2014

Top Six Reasons to Stop Fighting Wars

1. War is immoral.Murder is the one crime that we're taught to excuse if it's done on a large enough scale. Morality demands that we not so excuse it. War is nothing other than murder on a large scale.Over the centuries and decades, death counts in wars have grown dramatically, ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 17th, 2014

After Historic UAW Defeat at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant, Theories Abound

Crossposted from In These Times Workers and organizers cite outside interference, management collusion, union missteps, two-tier agreements and Neil Young “I am excited,” auto worker Justin King told me as he put on his cowboy boots to get ready for the victory party planned for late Friday night. At approximately ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

February 16th, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About U.S. Foreign Policy in One Short Paragraph

This is from the March 10, 1919 diary entry of Cary Grayson, Woodrow Wilson's personal doctor: …the President said…that if the present government of Germany is recognizing the soldiers and workers councils, it is delivering itself into the hands of the bolshevists [sic]. He said the American negro returning from ... continue reading

Laurel Krause

Director, Kent State Truth Tribunal

February 15th, 2014

Final Update to the Kent State Truth Tribunal Submission to UN Human Rights

The Kent State Truth Tribunal (KSTT) was founded in 2010 upon the emergence of new forensic evidence regarding the May 4, 1970 Kent State massacre. KSTT is a non-governmental organization focused on revealing truth and bringing justice to Kent State victims and survivors. Representing Allison Beth Krause, 19-year-old student protester ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 10th, 2014

Barium in My Belly, That Old Familiar Terror in My Gut

I stepped up to the appointment check-in desk last Thursday as I prepared to have the CT scans needed to find out what the heck is going on with my body. Many know I have been ill off and on since the day after Christmas, and I spent a week ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

February 9th, 2014

Jon Stewart Will Save American Health Care.

Jon Stewart (Photo Credit: Robert Gordon)  Article by Julie Sokolow, featured in SALON on Feb. 8. Updated Feb. 9 w/ additions.As a 12-year-old suburban kid, "The Daily Show" opened my mind and won my heart. It was an odd favorite, because I otherwise avoided politics. The cathartic laughter over revelations ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 3rd, 2014

Ending the World the Human Way: Climate Change as the Anti-News

Crossposted from TomDispatch Here’s the scoop: When it comes to climate change, there is no “story,” not in the normal news sense anyway. The fact that 97% of scientists who have weighed in on the issue believe that climate change is a human-caused phenomenon is not a story.  That only ... continue reading

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

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

Apr 22nd
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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...

Apr 20th
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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... 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
2:19 PM
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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 ...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
4:48 PM
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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
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 ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com 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 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
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 ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com 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
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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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