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|Ed Miliband's Commitment to Austerity Sealed his Fate
In the UK elections, there were two big winners -- the Tories and the Scottish Nationalists. The losers were the pollsters, who believed that there would be another hung parliament, along with ...
|Why Hillary Clinton's Stance on Immigration Doesn't Go Far Enough
Today, the New York Times editorial board lauded Hillary Clinton's stances on immigration, saying that they were much more progressive than Obama's, who deported millions of immigrants. While the ...
|Deflategate Shows Patriots "Win at All Costs" Mentality
A new report released today shows that the Patriots "more likely than not" deflated footballs on purpose in order to get an advantage in their playoff game with Indianapolis last year. These ...
|Mike Huckabee Plans Presidential Announcement Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Mike Huckabee is planning to announce his second Presidential run. Cillizza notes that his strength is that ...
|Marilyn Mosby Charging of Freddie Gray Officers Should Only Be the First Step
Today, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. The fundamental question we have to ask ourselves is, does the law mean ...
|James Risen: American Psychological Association Secretly Bolstered Bush's Torture Program
James Risen reports today that the American Psychological Association secretly bolstered the Bush Administration's torture program at a time when it was in serious trouble. This secret involvement ...
|WaPo Story Alleging Freddie Gray Tried to Injure Self Fails to Prove Case
A Washington Post story alleging that Freddie Gray tried to injure himself based on the testimony of another prisoner leaves a lot of room for skepticism. The story is based on the testimony of an ...
|Protests Spread from Baltimore to Union Square in NYC
Protests against the death of Freddie Gray have spread to New York City, where hundreds of people have gathered in solidarity with the Baltimore protesters. Umaara Elliott, one of the New York ...
|Why are the Baltimore Youth Rioting?
One of the questions asked is, if the Baltimore riots are a result of 400 years of oppression, then why are the youth rioting? I submit that the reason lies in the hopelessness that many of them ...
|The Baltimore Uprising: 400 Years of Disenfranchisement Leading to Anarchy
400 years of disenfranchisement is coming to a head in Ferguson, New York City, and now Baltimore. This is the logical consequence of our actions ever since we began colonizing the New World. When ...
|Certain Police are Rioting in Baltimore, Too.
We all condemn the violence in Baltimore. Anyone who engages in it should face the consequences in a court of law. But that is beside the point. The problem is that certain members of the Baltimore ...
|Hillary Says Full Participation of Women & Girls Great Unfinished Business of 21st Century
Hillary Clinton rightly said at the recent Women in the World Conference that the full participation of women and girls in societies around the world is the great unfinished business of the 21st ...
|Martin O'Malley was Architect of Failed Baltimore Police Plan
Martin O'Malley was the architect of Baltimore's failed plan to reign in crime, the New York Times reported yesterday: Civil rights advocates and some elected officials here trace the tensions to “
|Pope Francis' Snub of France's Ambassador
Pope Francis' recent snub of France's ambassador, Laurent Stefanini, shows that while the Catholic Church has made some laudable reforms, it has not done enough to make itself a relevant institution ...
|US Drone Strikes Kill Two Hostages; Highlight Failure of Drone Attacks
In today's paper, we read that an American drone strike killed two hostages, one an American citizen and one an Italian citizen, who were being held by Al-Qaeda in January. By all accounts, proper ...
|Police State Tactics Will Only Worsen Mediterranean Crisis
The Guardian reports that nearly all of the 150,000 or so of refugees who are attempting to cross into Europe will be sent back to Africa and only 5,000 or so will be settled in Europe. This is a ...
|Automation Could Exacerbate Problems with TPP
As the TPP deal is being fast-tracked through Congress, Zeynep Tufekci writes that even having a college degree will not necessarily protect your job from being outsourced. More and more, jobs which ...
|Holding Hillary's Feet to the Fire -- Which Side is She On?
No reasonable person can argue that Hillary Clinton is no better than any of the 16+ or so Republicans who are lining up to face her. Her focus on pocketbook issues is a welcome focus, something ...
|Like Vietnam, "Military Advisers" can Snowball in Ukraine
Today, in the papers, it was announced that the US has sent 300 military "advisers" to Ukraine to train their army. That measure seems for all the world like it is a safe choice for President Obama --
|Everyday Sexism Running Rampant in US
The topic of equal pay is a main point of debate in this country. Currently, women only get 78% of the pay that men do for equivalent work. I submit that it is a symptom of a much bigger problem -- ...
|President Obama, in Equal Pay Town Hall, Says Healthcare Has to be a Right
President Obama is conducting a series of town halls with women about the success of Obamacare as well as the need to create equal pay for equal work. He traveled to Charlotte, NC and took questions ...
|Massive Black Lives Matter Protests Hit Streets
Massive Black Lives Matter protests are hitting the streets in at least three cities (and possibly more) in this country -- New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. The hashtag #ShutDownA14 was, ...
|The Dark Side of Marco Rubio's Faith -- War with Iran
In the runup to Marco Rubio's Presidential announcement tonight, much has been made about his religious faith. He has been influenced by the Catholic Church, the LDS, and the Southern Baptist ...
|Democratic Presidential Preference Poll
As usual, every single Democratic candidate would be better than any of the Republican candidates contemplating a run for President. Since Hillary Clinton has finally thrown her hat in the ring, it ...
|Obama is Mending Fences with Raul Castro; Now He Must Do More
The President is mending fences with Cuba , something that he had promised to do when he was campaigning back in 2008. Now, he must do more. He must mend fences with Venezuela, who is not a clear ...
|David Brooks, Iran, and Appeasement
David Brooks breaks out his bag of deal-killing goodies and throws out all the reasons why the present Iran deal could be a failure. He implies that any final deal between Obama and Iran would ...
|Shooting of Walter Scott Hardly a New Phenomena
Police shootings of people like Walter Scott and Mike Brown or the recent police beating of a man in San Bernadino, CA on an allegedly stolen horse after he had fallen off are hardly new.
|The Trans-Pacific Partnership would Sell Out US Sovereignty
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would sell out US sovereignty by putting large multinational corporations in charge of our government instead of the other way around. It would upend over 200 ...
|98 Year Old Japanese War Pilot Fights for Peace while Judith Miller Wants More War
A 98 year old Japanese war pilot is fighting for peace. He has serious concerns about Japan's move to modify its pacifist constitution 70 years after the end of World War II. “I fought the war ...
|Universal Employment and Mitigating the California Drought
President Obama's preliminary deal with Iran is a good one for many reasons, and one of them is economic -- we simply don't have the resources to militarily impose our will on the world and take ...
|Going Clear, Mike Pence, and Black Brunch Protestors
I am much more worried about authoritarian belief systems than I am about a group of protesters who interrupt my lunch to talk about race issues. Something like that actually happened to me while I ...
|POLL -- Kshama Sawant: Favorable or Unfavorable?
Kshama Sawant says that if we in the left want to rebuild from the 2014 elections, we have to take Socialism seriously: Socialism has been declared dead many times. After the fall of the Berlin ...
|John Bolton Calls for War with Iran, Contemplates Presidential Run
John Bolton is whipping up hysteria against Iran by calling for war as he contemplates a run for President. If President Obama's approach has "brought a bad ...
|Saudi Arabia Bombs Yemen, Masses 150,000 Troops on Border
Any war can become a third world war and a nuclear holocaust, and Yemen is no exception. Last night, news reports from NBC News indicated that Saudi Arabia was committing 150,000 troops and 100 ...
|Hate Week -- Certain Rush Limbaugh Followers Crash Feminist Conferences
In Orwell's 1984, one of the scenes involves Hate Moments. That is when everyone stops their work and hates whoever Big Brother says to hate. As the hated figure gives some impassioned speech ...
|Paul Krugman and the Case for Universal Employment
Paul Krugman took aim in today's NYT at failed Republican attacks on White House economic policies. He notes that Paul Ryan's attacks on Obama's economic policies back in 2009 were wrong; they did ...
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|A Look Back in History: Delaware and the Whipping Post, 1915
Every once in a while, we like to go back in history and see how things were. We all know what happened in the news 50 years ago. But there was something that happened 100 years ago, on March 8th, ...
|The Disturbing Parallels Between Ferguson and Jim Crow
The failure to indict Officer Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown was a gross perversion of justice that draws deeply disturbing parallels to Jim Crow and the murder of Emmett Till. In some ...
|US Can Only Do So Much Unless Nigeria Wishes to Help Itself
The conflict in Nigeria highlights the limitations of US power and the difference between peoples' expectations of US power and the actual reality. US officials today candidly discussed the ...
|Ukrainian Miners Wrest Control of Mariupol from Pro-Russian Groups
Thousands of Ukrainian steelworkers -- some of the very people whom the separatists were claiming to represent -- wrested control of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists who were trying to get the ...
|Since When is Rush Limbaugh a Moral Example for Kids?
Since when is Rush Limbaugh a moral example for kids? Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won the "Author of the Year Award" at the Children's Choice Book Awards for his book Rush Revere ...
|James Inhofe Calls for War with Russia, Raves at Climate Change Supporters
Politician Foot in Mouth Disease -- James Inhofe plays armchair psychologist on the men who advised the Department of Defense on climate change issues. “There is no one in more pursuit of ...
|National Review Claims White House Waging War on Men
Straw Man #1 by Peter Wood, writing in the National Review -- the White House is waging a war on men. Straw Man #2 -- If a woman alleges sexual harassment, she is always telling the truth. It is ...
|EU Google Ruling Pits Free Speech Against Privacy
Recently, the EU made a ruling requiring Google to take down links to incriminating information upon the request of a certain party. If an EU resident requests that they take down embarrassing ...
|Robert Parry: Obama, Putin Working Behind the Scenes on Ukraine
After some of the worst violence so far of the current conflict in Ukraine, President Putin's suddenly conciliatory rhetoric has caught Washington and Kyiv off guard. But Robert Parry says that it ...
|The Blaze Explodes After Michelle Obama Joins "Bring Back our Girls" Movement
Will Cain of The Blaze exploded after Michelle Obama joined the "Bring Back our Girls" movement which is demanding action to free the 200+ girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. It doesn't matter ...
|Bill O'Reilly's "Culture Wars:" Grand Conspiracies and Straw Men
We're currently reading Bill O'Reilly's "Culture Wars," and his work is revealing, to say the least. On the one hand, there are the "secular progressives," a group of atheistic people in the media ...
|Howard Dean Sells Out on Iran
While human rights are important, sometimes, we need to put our differences with other nations aside so that we can promote and maintain stability around the world. For instance, we put aside our ...
|Arizona Preacher to Campus Women: "You Deserve Rape!"
An Arizona student, Dean Saxton, spent time on the streets shouting at women whom he deemed to be dressed too provocatively, "You deserve rape!" Interviewed by Vice, he doubled down on his hate ...
|Due to Death Penalty, US Has No Moral Standing to Lecture Russia
During the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the parties have forgotten basic Diplomacy 101. Instead of compromises, we have all sides lecturing each other instead of working with each other to resolve the ...
|NYT Editorial Pages Form Circular Firing Squad on Obama's Foreign Policy
The entire opinion pages of the New York Times for tomorrow form a circular firing squad on Obama's foreign policy, or alleged lack thereof. Obama's foreign policy, as all acknowledge, is ...
|The Insanity in Ukraine Must Stop
Yesterday was the bloodiest day so far of the conflict. There are too many people on all sides who are happy to see the conflict continue as it is. All sides need to stop the madness, or it will ...
|Alexander Dugin: Open Letter to American People on Ukraine
Russian Nationalist Alexander Dugin wrote a letter to the American people to explain Russia's position on the Ukraine crisis. A "mystic", an extreme right-winger, and a Russian nationalist, Dugin ...
|President Obama Makes New Push for Minimum Wage
In a speech at the White House yesterday, the President made a new push to get a minimum wage passed after the GOP blocked an attempt in the Senate to raise it to $10.10 an hour. Jesus talked ...
|Tom Friedman: Sanctions on Russia May Work Too Well
Tom Friedman says that our sanctions on Russia may work too well. There is a debate to be had on whether Russia's sanctions are effective. On the one hand, it may be that they are causing Putin to ...
|Ukraine Government Says Security Forces Helpless in East as Russia Escalates Chaos
Ukraine's government says that it is helpless to control the security situation in the east as Russia's seizures escalated and the OSCE hostage crisis in Solvyansk continued with no movement to ...
|Alex Jones Calls Glenn Beck a "Judas Goat" Over Bundy
The right wingers can't run far enough away from Cliven Bundy after his racist remarks went public, and the bickering and fingerpointing over the fiasco is just starting. Alex Jones is digging his ...
|David Brooks: US Suffering Death by a Thousand Cuts
David Brooks argues today that the US is suffering death by a thousand cuts. As far back as the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, dominant powers tried to establish procedures and norms to secure ...
|Obama's Sanctions on Russia over Ukraine Not Half Measures
The Washington Post Editorial Board is incorrect when they say that Obama's new sanctions on Russia are "half-measures." In fact, these sanctions, despite White House denials, are designed to target ...
|John Kerry Warns Israel could Become Apartheid State
Another game-changer for US foreign relations. John Kerry, in a speech that was leaked to the Daily Beast, said that Israel could become an Apartheid State. If there’s no two-state solution to ...
|Violence Spreads to Kyiv as Hostage Crisis in Ukraine Continues
The violence in Ukraine has now spread to Kyiv. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry (MVD) has released a statement on a shooting near Kiev this morning. According the the MVD, local police received ...
|Despite Bad Faith, Renewed Russian Aggression in Ukraine, White House, EU Split on Further Sanctions
Despite the fact that the Russians are dealing in bad faith and there is renewed Russian aggression in Ukraine, the White House and the EU are split on further sanctions on Russia. This is despite ...
|US Sees Putin as Similar to Koch Brothers
The sanctions that the US is seeking to impose on Russia are targeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin personally. Speculation is that Putin's wealth is worth around $40 to $70 billion. This has been ...
|Tom Friedman: Russia and Ukraine in Existential Struggle
Tom Friedman writes in tomorrow's New York Times that the current conflict in Ukraine is an existential struggle for both Russia and Ukraine. He recently traveled to Kyiv, where he interviewed some ...
|Ukraine's Tymoshenko Scaremongering Against Russia
The right is continuing to beat the drums of war against Russia. Yesterday, Ukrainian candidate Yulia Tymoshenko gave an interview to the Washington Post in which she called for war. I think it all ...
|John McCain Advocates Dangerous Brinksmanship against Russia over Ukraine
John McCain is advocating a dangerous game of brinksmanship against Ukraine in his latest op-ed in the Washington Post along with three other Republican senators. We recently visited Norway, Estonia,
|Ukrainian Prime Minister Accuses Russia of Trying to Start World War III
The Prime Minister of Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to start World War III. "The world has not yet forgotten world war two, but Russia already wants to start world war three," Yatseniuk told ...
|Putin on Verge of Monumental Historical Blunder
The Ukrainian government made progress today in its efforts to reassert authority in the East. This provoked an angry response from Russia, including a massive show of force on the Ukrainian border. ...
|Dana Milbank Laments Obama is an Empty Suit
Dana Milbank laments that President Obama is an empty suit. Obama will have the requisite news conferences with foreign leaders, although questions are likely to be about Ukraine. Rice described ...
|Ukrainian Army Launches Military Offensive in East; Putin Enraged
The Ukrainian Army has launched an offensive in the east to regain buildings seized by pro-Russian forces. Slovyansk and Mariupol are the two main targets of the fighting today. The Ukrainian ...
|Certain Ukraine Units Refusing Orders to Stop Protestors as Russia Threatens Invasion
Certain Ukrainian units are refusing to move against Russian special forces, "self-defense" squads, and separatist and federalization protestors. At a Ukrainian military base near Kramatorsk, about ...
|Washington Post Editorial: Obama Lacks Strategy on Syria
The Washington Post Editorial Board laments the fact that the Obama administration lacks a strategy on Syria. Meanwhile, the United States — the one power with the means to end the horrific ...
|Slovyansk is Ground Zero for Ukraine Tensions
Slovyansk is currently Ground Zero for the chaos in Ukraine that is continuing despite an agreement signed last week by the US, Ukraine, Russia, and the EU. Hundreds of enraged residents of that ...
|Chaos in Crimea as Capital Flight from Russia Continues
It is easy for a country like Russia to grab chunks of territory from a smaller country like Ukraine, especially with its modernized special forces. The abilities the Russian military has displayed ...
|Parties in Ukraine Need to Give Peace Process a Chance to Work
The parties in Ukraine have an obligation to give the fragile peace process a chance to work. When the Good Friday Accords were signed in Northern Ireland, it was not the end of the process, but ...
|National Review Whips up Hysteria Against Rand Paul
Rand Paul is considering running for President and Quin Hillyer of the National Review is not very happy. But just about every fortnight or so, a new Rand Paul speech or a newly resurfaced old ...
|Will Ukraine be Partitioned?
Nicholas Kristof , whose parents were from West Ukraine, went to the home of his parents to get their perspective on the present conflict. The kids here learn English and flirt in low-cut bluejeans.
|Ukraine Truce Shattered
The truce in East Ukraine has been shattered. Unknown gunmen drove up to a checkpoint manned by separatist protestors in Sloviansk and opened fire. There are conflicting reports of casualties, with ...
|Israel Denying Palestinian Christians the Right to Worship in Jerusalem
We have read a lot about Israeli's treatment of the Palestinian people. But what is not being reported widely is the fact that the Israeli government is actively and systematically denying the right ...
|Jonah Goldberg Trapped in the Whale of Exceptionalism on Ukraine
Here's a clue for Jonah Goldberg -- the US does not have a monopoly on what is true and good in the world. Here's another -- Obama headed off the crisis in Ukraine for the moment through the use of ...
|Russia Today Admits Kyiv Deactivated Military Operations
Russia Today reports that Kyiv has deactivated military operations in the east out of respect for the Easter Holiday and out of respect for the Geneva Accords. The Kiev authorities are expecting ...
|Donetsk Protestors Refuse to Give Up Buildings; Economic Boycott of Russia Kicks In
A deal has been signed to reign in extremist activities yesterday, but militants refuse to leave buildings in Donetsk as required by the agreement. On April 18, the head of the separatist Donetsk ...
|Michael Gerson Concern Trolls the GOP Tea Party's Opposition to Civil Rights
In tomorrow's Washington Post, Michael Gerson engages in a bout of concern trolling at the GOP. Specifically, the tea party elements are pining away for another coming of Barry Goldwater. But as he ...
|Parties Reach Deal to De-Escalate Chaos in Ukraine
The four parties have reached a deal to deescalate the violence in Ukraine today. Text of the deal is as follows: The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to ...
|For John McCain, the Cold War Never Ended
For John McCain, the Cold War with Russia never ended. He has never met a war he didn't like, having called for 50 more years in Iraq and having called for the bombing of Iran. Now, on CBS Face the ...
|Ukrainian Army Units Switch Sides to Pro-Russian Protestors
The questions about the legitimacy of the new Ukraine government in the eyes of its people grew. The Ukrainian army took control of the Kramatorsk airfield yesterday and proceeded to move into the ...
|US has Attempted 80 Coups since 1953
Since 1953, the US has either attempted or carried out 80 coups since 1953. That is more than one per year. To place the coup in Ukraine in historical context, this is at least the 80th time the ...
|Putin: Ukraine on the Edge of Civil War
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a phone conversation with German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, said that Ukraine was on the edge of civil war. We can argue back and forth about whether whether ...
|Obama, Putin Agree to Intensify Diplomatic Efforts Over Ukraine
President Obama and President Putin spoke by phone today and agreed to intensify diplomatic efforts ahead of next week's four-party talks between the US, EU, Russia, and Ukraine. Last night, the OSCE,
|Federal Judge Orders Ohio to Recognize Out of State Same Sex Marriages
Ohio is the newest state in the union to recognize out of state same-sex marriages. Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize same-sex marriage is a violation of constitutional rights ...
|USAID Cuban Twitter Program was Covert Operation
New documents obtained by Al-Jazeera show that contrary to testimony, the USAID Cuban Twitter program was a covert operation laying the groundwork for a possible overthrow of the Cuban Government ...
|Palestinian Professor Takes 27 Students to See Auschwitz
A Palestinian professor took 27 of his students to see Auschwitz in a trip that was funded by the German Government. The trip created an uproar within Palestine; however, cultural exchanges of this ...
|Are Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine?
The US and Ukraine have been asserting that Russian troops are secretly in Eastern Ukraine. The one thing missing is physical evidence that would tie them. Now, Interpreter has posted two pictures ...
|Shooting Breaks Out in East Ukraine
Shooting has broken out in East Ukraine. Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from a police headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with ...
|Pro-Russian Protests Spread in East Ukraine
Two more police stations fell in East Ukraine. Pro-Russian activists took over a police station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Saturday after a firefight. The 20 men were apparently ...
|Former US Iraq Interrogator Calls for Opening the Book on Torture
Eric Fair, a former US contract interrogator in Iraq during the height of the war there, has now called for the government to totally open the book on the methods that were practiced there. In ...
|Armed Men Seize Police Station in Slavyansk, Ukraine
The crisis in Ukraine, after calming down, has flared up again. Armed men in Solvyansk, Ukraine, have seized control of the police station there. It is 55 miles south of Donetsk. Yesterday, an ...
|Brendan Eich and Tolerance
Connor Friedersdorf doesn't get it when it comes to tolerance. We should, of course, be respectful of other views. Even right-winger Charles Krauthammer, in his new book, talks about the need to ...
|Senator Jeff Sessions: Obama Plotting to Collapse Law Enforcement System
It's too bad that Senator Jeff Sessions is unopposed this year. Because now, he can say whatever he wants without any fear of retribution. "Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and ...
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