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Tuning Out Obama


If you didn’t catch Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, you’re not alone. According to Nielsen ratings, Obama’s hour-long presentation garnered less than 34 million viewers, an all-time low for the president and the “second-lowest rated since Nielsen began recording viewership in 1993.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE

Rep. Cathy Rodgers Exemplifies GOP: Benefit From Gov’t Yourself, Deny Benefits to Others


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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in giving her response to President Obama’s State of the Union message exemplified everything wrong with today’s Republican Party.

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College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

State of the Union

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Jon Stewart: President Obama Is Apparently Now in the ‘Fuck It’ Stage of His Presidency

Though “The Daily Show” was taped before Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, Stewart found a way to comment on the speech and the commentary to follow without having heard a single word.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Dovish SOTU: Obama Will Veto AIPAC Iran Sanctions, Pledges Afghanistan Wind-Down


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President Obama’s State of the Union address addressed some key foreign policy issues—Afghanistan and Iran above all—though it was primarily aimed at domestic issues.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens to Throw Reporter Off ‘Fucking Balcony’ for Asking the Wrong Question

As State of the Union rebuttals go, it’s going to be hard to top Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Spying Scandal Taints Obama’s Rosy SOTU Story – and His Legacy


Edward Snowden was not one of the honored guests at the State of the Union speech Tuesday night. But the whistle-blower’s presence was felt, at least to a small degree.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE

Obama’s State of the Union 2014 Speech: Full Text


President Obama played on themes of harmony and unity for the nation, while issuing warning notes to his congressional combatants and (gesturing at) reprimanding Wall Street’s high-rollers, in his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE

Watch the State of the Union Right Here (Updated)

Well that’s a wrap. If you missed the State of the Union, you can watch the enhanced version below.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE

The President and the Post-Obama Era


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President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is about more than the final three years of his presidency. Its purpose should be to influence the next decade of American political life and begin shaping the post-Obama era.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE

State of the Union

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Obama to Get ‘Optimistic,’ but Not Too Ambitious, in State of the Union Speech


Tuesday’s State of the Union address practically writes itself: President Obama will gesture, once again, at the fanciful notion of bipartisan cooperation (while flexing executive muscle) and restate the need to rebuild America’s middle class—all with an eye on the Senate race in 2014 and beyond.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE

Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama


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Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE

Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Hagel Filibuster, SOTU, Pope and North Korea

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the Senate Republicans’ filibuster of Chuck Hagel, the president’s State of the Union speech, North Korea’s nuclear test and the pope’s resignation.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE

Winning the Argument

In his bid to be remembered as a transformational leader, President Obama is following the playbook of an ideological opposite, Margaret Thatcher. First you win the argument, she used to say, then you win the vote.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE

The Fix Is In

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Washington Is Broken

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Obama Is Making More Sense Than the Loyal Opposition

President Obama said "jobs" 47 times in his State of the Union message last Tuesday night, so we know what’s on his mind.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE

Ted Nugent

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Thirsty Rubio

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Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door


For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Lawmaker’s ‘Socialist’ Obama Claim, Will Ferrell’s Mayoral Endorsement, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including an assertion made by Sen. Marco Rubio during his SOTU response is questioned and the Republicans’ so-called Benghazi witch hunt makes its way into Treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew’s confirmation hearing.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

This Clip Is All You Need to Know About Marco Rubio’s SOTU Response

The only thing anyone is likely to remember about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s State of the Union rebuttal is that he awkwardly paused during it to grab a sip of water.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

Obama: The Audacity of Freedom


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President Obama is a freer man than he has been at any point in his presidency. He is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that Republicans in Congress would work with him readily, from the threat of a rising tea party movement, and from the need to win re-election.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

The Secret Message of Obama’s State of the Union


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President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address was so wide ranging and inclusive, it’s almost difficult to recall the most ambitious proposals.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

State of the Union Speech 2013: Full Text


Here is President Barack Obama’s entire 2013 State of the Union address, as prepared by the White House.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

Senate Passes VAWA, O’Reilly Visits Letterman, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including an excerpt from President Obama’s State of the Union speech and Chuck Hagel clears a big hurdle in the Senate.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

‘Operation SOTU’: Anonymous Vows to Hack State of the Union


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“We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet,” a statement posted to one of the websites affiliated with the group said. “There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

Ted Nugent to ‘Demilitarize’ Before Attending State of the Union


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Ted Nugent, the musician and gun rights activist who last year told an audience at an NRA conference that he’d end up “dead or in jail” if President Obama was re-elected, will attend Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address as the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

Green Talk Is Cheap at the State of the Union


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If President Obama reprises the environmental theme in Tuesday night’s speech, “he’ll join a long list of predecessors to warn that we’re leaving a mess for future generations. And if past is prologue, the green talk and pageantry may be the only things delivered on the president’s lofty words,” writes Peter Dykstra, publisher of The Daily Climate.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

North Korea Goes Boom in the Night


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North Korea carried out its third and largest nuclear test since 2006 on Tuesday, drawing international condemnation and a rebuke from China, the nation’s closest ally.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE

A State of the Union Preview, ‘SNL’ Mocks GOP on Israel, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s warning to Karl Rove and the latest Republican threat against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

Coming Tuesday (Hopefully): The State of the Union’s Economy


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The President should make it clear that any Republican effort to hold the nation hostage to the GOP’s ideological fixation on the budget deficit and a smaller government will slow the economy, likely pushing us into another recession. And that those most imperiled are the middle class and the poor.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Drones and the Saturday Mail Shocker

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the war over drones that has erupted during confirmation hearings for John Brennan as CIA director. Should the president be allowed to use unmanned drones to execute a U.S. citizen overseas without due process or judicial review?

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE

The State of Obama


White House/Pete Souza

President Obama seems to grasp that he has a lot more power to move public opinion than he used in his first term. He also understands that most of the GOP’s positions on the issues are unpopular with the public, divisive within the Republican Party and just plain bad policy. So will he maximize his advantage?

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE

Congress Self-Corrects With Insider Trading Bill


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Just in time for election year, the U.S. Senate successfully ushered a bill—the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, cleverly abbreviated as the Stock Act—through to passage, and it now awaits final approval from President Obama.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE

The Lowdown on Fracking


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Proposed new rules would require oil and gas companies to divulge the kinds and amounts of chemicals used in their underground hydraulic fracturing operations. But environmental and health advocates say drillers could exploit some loopholes.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE

Congressional Insider Trading Bill Clears House


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Looks like that request President Obama made, in last month’s State of the Union address, to send him a bill to sign that would restrict members of Congress from taking financial liberties in their own investment activities wasn’t just a passing reference to score points with the public. Above, Rep. Eric Cantor.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Campaigning vs. Governing

Up for consideration on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” are such considerable topics as President Obama’s State of the Union address and the state of play in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. On board for the discussion are regulars Matt Miller and Robert Scheer, as well as guest panelists David Frum and Chrystia Freeland. You know you want to listen.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE

An Argument Obama Can Win

If you heard a loud “gulp” Tuesday night after President Obama’s State of the Union address, it probably came from Republican political strategists as they realized their party’s odds of capturing the White House this fall are getting longer.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE

State of the Union

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Obama’s Faux Populism Sounds Like Bill Clinton


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I get angry because betrayal by the “good guys” for whom I have ended up voting has become the norm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE

Mitch Daniels: Bombast From the Past


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Why the Republicans chose Mitch Daniels to deliver a rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address is puzzling. Isn’t he the former Bush budget director who said the Iraq War would cost $50 billion when it ended up costing $3 trillion?

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE

Job Restriction

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