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Tag: Barack Obama

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE
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Will Political Chaos in North Carolina Lead to a ‘Third Reconstruction’?


The Rev. William Barber has hope: “[Republicans] are afraid. ... They know that if we have policy movement along with this kind of moral movement, it will not only energize North Carolina, but it could energize the rest of the South.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

Obama’s Grants of Clemency Top 1,300 in Effort to Address Justice System Problems


On Tuesday, he granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations—the record for any president in a single day—to individuals with nonviolent offenses.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’


On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Continues the Manipulation of Populism by ‘Swamping Up’ His Path to Power


Beneath populist pretense and slander, the coming Trump presidency is shaping up as a great monument to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money. The only real mystery is how far it will deliver on its reactionary promises.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State


At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

The Mafia State


The greed of the 1 percent and their dismantling of good governance have given rise to a criminal economy and criminal state embodied in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles


Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win


The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama Spent ‘Unprecedented’ Billions on Fossil Fuel Projects Around the World


The Obama administration financed 70 fossil fuel projects in countries from India to Australia to South Africa with nearly $34 billion through the Export-Import Bank.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

Tyranny at Standing Rock: The Government’s Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Working


We’re seeing martial law sold to the public as a necessity for keeping the peace in North Dakota.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE

Deconstructing Thanksgiving at Standing Rock


The indigenous tribes gathered in North Dakota are showing us a path for the future based on respect, nonviolence, humility and love that should inspire us for the difficult times ahead.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE

On the Road With Our American Selves


After the fluorescent circus of Election 2016, I imagine what would be truly exceptional: an America that values all human life in the same way.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama, First ‘Cautiously Optimistic,’ Felt ‘Deep Disappointment’ After Trump’s Win


A new report by The New Yorker follows the outgoing president in the days leading up to and following Donald Trump’s stunning victory.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Dying Mule Always Kicks Hardest


We have some difficult days ahead. But our forebears were up against more with less. Donald Trump’s election means “we must work together for a third Reconstruction in America.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE

The World Is Worried About Donald Trump, the Climate Denier


The implications of a Trump administration were discussed at the United Nations climate change summit. Fortunately, the fate of the planet is not in the hands of one man. It’s up to movements everywhere to save it.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue


President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump


Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert on the ‘Making of Trump’ and What Unites Americans (Video)

On election night, the “Late Show” host made an attempt to make sense of the difficult 2016 election season and asked Americans to agree it would never happen again. Now that Donald Trump is president, that may not be possible, however.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Enablers Who Helped Donald Trump Do Incalculable Damage to America


The Republican candidate couldn’t have eroded the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on without three sets of enablers. They must be held accountable, too.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

How the Left Should Approach Life After the Election, With Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in Charge


No matter who wins the presidency, the work of the electorate doesn’t end after voting. Leftists must continue to build strong social movements and engage in the day-to-day, bottom-up politics beyond the major-party carnival.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE

James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner and Our Descent Into Pulp Fiction Democracy


Forget WikiLeaks, speeches to Goldman Sachs and the behind-the-scenes machinations of John Podesta. The FBI director’s letter to Congress was the ultimate October surprise.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Dakota Access Pipeline CEO Kelcy Warren Should Face the Music


Folk/rock legend Jackson Browne and other musicians are banding together to support the land and water protectors at Standing Rock—and to implore Warren to stop construction of the pipeline.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE

Photo of the Week: Obama, Who Let Citigroup Staff His First Cabinet, Calls for Voter Solidarity

A 2008 email made public by WikiLeaks this month revealed that a bank executive essentially picked most of the president’s Cabinet appointments—including the people who bailed out Wall Street. If you want “a chance to shape history,” speak up before this election.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Millennials ‘Search for Truth’ on Election and Distrust Media, Intelligence Firm Reports


Young voters are using critical thinking, research and social media engagement to decide whom they want as their next president. The big question is whether they will be motivated to vote for candidates that anger and disappoint them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE

In a Rigged System, Hillary Clinton Is Too Big to Indict


The Democratic presidential nominee got a pass this summer on her “extremely careless” handling of classified information while secretary of state. But now the FBI is reopening its investigation.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’


The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Ready to Flip the Script for Women


Not enough has been made of two obvious facts: Hillary Clinton, if she wins the presidency, would be the first woman elected to the White House. And it will have been the votes of women who put her there.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank on Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this repost, Truthdig Editor in Chief Scheer interviews the author to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how the Democrat Party abandoned the American working class. (Frank will join Scheer in Los Angeles on Oct. 30 for a public discussion about the upcoming presidential election and Frank’s book. See the jump for more information.) Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War


A slew of bipartisan reports are hoping to push the former secretary of state to increased military action in the Middle East, particularly Syria.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE

Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election


To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Would Be a Blessing for the Supreme Court; Gary Johnson Would Be a Disaster


Of all the candidates, the Green Party nominee would move the judicial branch in the most progressive direction as president. But the sobering reality is that she has the least prospect of doing so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

Wishful Thinking: The First Hundred Days After Nov. 8


If Hillary Clinton is elected president, hopefully Elizabeth Warren will challenge her in the 2020 Democratic primaries if Clinton isn’t sufficiently progressive and bold during her first term.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE

Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan


Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

Silence on Climate Change Is Another Form of Denial


The global environmental issue is real, and it is worsening. That it should play a central role in the U.S. elections is undebatable.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head


President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution is wrong. “Good Germans who were only following orders” are not exempt from the bar of justice. Individuals must be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

A Path That Could Lead to the Unthinkable: Nuclear War With Russia


The U.S. propaganda campaign against the Russian Federation is rolling downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a catastrophic showdown.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Acknowledges Future Presidents May Wage Perpetual, Secret Drone War


The president agrees with one of the most significant critiques of his drone war: that its precedent could encourage future presidents to engage comfortably in perpetual covert wars “all over the world”—just as he did.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE

Low Voter Turnout Will Benefit Donald Trump the Most on Election Day


If you care who wins the election next month, get off the couch, go down to your polling place and vote.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘Patron’ of the Israeli Occupation


Despite the ups and downs in his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facts and figures from Obama’s presidency tell a story of unprecedented support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t


Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

White House Arts and Humanities Medals Recognize Americans’ Collective Experience


As the nation nears the end of a highly divisive political season, President Obama uses the awards ceremony to focus on common ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil


The next president of the United States will have the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body—and redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution for a generation or more.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

America the Great ... Police State

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Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life


The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE

Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming


The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Powers Through Bizarre Interview With Zach Galifianakis

The Democratic presidential nominee follows in the footsteps of President Obama, who appeared on “Between Two Ferns” in 2014.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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