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Molly Ivins: Greatest Hits

“I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn’t actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle.”

February 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

David Huddle: My Presidents

The nation formerly known as the United States of America has revealed its new name –– Trumpiana Unum Aeternitas.           —Fox News, June 22, 2022 . Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, … Continue reading

April 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ken Levy: Sorry, But It’s Entirely the Right’s Fault

Many commentators are suggesting that both right and left are equally to blame for all the polarization between them. They’re wrong. The reason for all the bitterness between left and … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: The Speech That Made Obama President

In 2004, a one-term senator from Illinois took the stage to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. By the time Barack Obama had finished speaking, … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

Video: A Conversation with President Obama and The Wire Creator David Simon

President Obama hosts David Simon (the creator of The Wire) at the White House, and the two men have a frank conversation about the TV show and the war on … Continue reading

January 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Paul Street: “Progressive” Obama — He’s Melting, He’s Melting

Priceless Beneath progressive pretentions, Barack Obama the national political phenomenon has never been anything other than a tool of the United States’ corporate and financial ruling class. Obama rose to … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Barack Obama’s Terrifying Otherness

GOP letter to Iran is not about treaty but about undermining the legitimacy of President Obama. Republicans, and Democrats for that matter, have every right to make public their opposition … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: My War on Terror — Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: President Obama’s new tax proposal

What took Obama so long to address our unfair tax system? And why is his plan so complicated? Barack Obama started with majorities in both the House and Senate. Six … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

More Military Interventions? For what, Ashton Carter?

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Ashton Carter, I have some questions W.J. Astore The juxtaposition of two stories in my NY Times military “feed” got me to thinking this…

December 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

David Vine: The Bases of War in the Middle East

From Carter to the Islamic State, 35 Years of Building Bases and Sowing Disaster With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: On Being An Indispensable Nation

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement speech to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2012 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. It was May 23, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Malala Yousafzai: Drones Fuel Terrorism

Missing Malala’s message of peace: ‘US Drones fuel terrorism.’    On October 10, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai–who received worldwide attention after being attacked by the Taliban for her advocacy for … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Let’s Bomb the Whole Middle East

Footage released by the Pentagon shows a target being hit by U.S. missiles inside Syria. Let’s bomb the Muslim world – all of it – to save the lives of … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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