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Malice, Blowback, and the "Yeah, So?" Gambit

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

Kennedy's last public act before he died was to write the Massachusetts Democratic leadership and plead for the law that forbids a governor from appointing a senator's successor, be changed.

Edward Kennedy's Passing -- A Window of Opportunity

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

It is 10:30 AM EDT on Saturday, August 29. As many of you, I am watching the funeral service of Senator Edward Kennedy. I am aware that you and I are also looking at a window of opportunity.

Remembering the Rock: How Senator Kennedy Helped 200,000 People Fall in Love

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Thanks to Kennedy, passage of comprehensive immigration reform is no longer a matter of if but of when.

Take That! Moms in Capes Bust Healthcare Myths Across the Nation

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

SuperMoms dressed in red capes are distributing powerful truth flyers to passersby to educate them about what health care reform will really do and how it will help.

A Plea to Barack Obama from the Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Four months ago, 17 unjustly detained prisoners wrote a letter to Obama asking for their release. The government censors have only just cleared it and I have reprinted it here.

Obama Sends the Wrong Message to Our Children

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bruce Tenenbaum

Obama and Gates drank purely foreign libations while Crowley's choice, Blue Moon, is, like Obama, only half American. Is this really the message we need to convey as our economy struggles to climb out of recession?

Americans, Not Washington, Will Determine Health Care. So Where's the Grassroots Movement?

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

When President Obama takes his case for health care to the American people tonight, his job is this: re-energize the large base of Americans who were adamant about the issue a year ago.

Race in America: Comments on the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha St Jean

One commentator said, " I am tired of the race card being played every time a black person is arrested/questioned or anything else that happens with the police."

What's Right About the House Health Care Plan

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Tenenbaum

Now that the House members have proposed legislation, it seems fair that I take a few minutes to talk about what they appear to have gotten right.

How to Resolve the Abortion Conflict

Aspen Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aspen Baker

A just and lasting peace between pro-choice and pro-life people is possible, but it lies in the history of those who have fought over this issue, not in the tired rhetoric of "common ground."

California TV Stations "Just Say No" to Drug Policy Ad

Anthony Citrano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Anthony Citrano

Marijuana decriminalization is getting fresh attention due to broad public support of the new AB 390 bill, but only a handful of media outlets, including CNN and CNBC, will air pro-legalization ads.

Why Trial Date for African Embassy Bombing Suspect Is Good News

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Gay Benefits Call With Berry Reveals...Very Little

Jennifer Vanasco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Vanasco

"This is a first step, not the final step," Berry said. "It's practicing before preaching." I wish the White House would stop practicing and would start moving on gay civil rights issues for real.

Why Army Suicides Continued to Rise in May, and What We Can Do

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The root causes of combat stress leading to suicide are three-fold, mostly out of the hands of our generals, and therefore must be addressed by the Federal government.

The Free Market's Marked Men, From The Niger Delta To The Amazon

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy Goodman

Ken Saro-Wiwa's family and others just won a landmark settlement in U.S. federal court, ending a 13-year battle with Shell Oil. Alberto Pizango's ordeal is just beginning.

From Guantanamo to the South Pacific: Is This a Joke?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Could there be an answer to the Obama administration's Uighur problem?

It's Law: Gay Marriage Is Now a Reality in New Hampshire

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

With Obama having stated he supports civil unions over gay marriage, the grassroots seems to be pretty far ahead of elected officials on this issue.

Lucky Finds Her Prince Charming in Prince Harry

Wendy Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Wendy Diamond

Lucky and I dropped by the New York League of Humane Voters City Council event and listened to politicians jockeying for top-dog positions.

Forgotten: The Second Anniversary of a Guantanamo Suicide

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Today, unnoticed in the Western media (although I can't vouch for the Arabic world) is the second anniversary of the death at Guantánamo -- apparently by suicide -- of Abdul Rahman al-Amri.

Petraeus Says U.S. Violated Geneva Conventions - What Will Cheney and Rush Say?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

I was stunned when Gen. Petraeus admitted today that the United States has violated the Geneva Conventions.

Lessig: To Overturn Prop 8, Avoid the Courts

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

And what does this situation say about our democracy? What have our courts come to if civil rights are determined by popular vote?

The Real Story Behind How Supreme Court Justices Are Chosen; Gingirch Leading Fight Shows WH Winning On Sotomayor

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

The right will put up a fight to keep the base happy, but to really derail Judge Sotomayor, they will need something even bigger than Anita Hill was for Clarence Thomas.

Sotomayor Pick Will Drive GOP Crazy: Saved Baseball, Ended Nude Photo Show

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

In picking Sonia Sotomayor, Obama picked a judge who did a couple things that will make it hard to peg her as liberal activist judge.

My Message To Obama: Great Speech, But No Military Commissions and No "Preventive Detention"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Look at the sentence, "Hold[ing] individuals to keep them from carrying out an act of war," replace "an act of war" with "any crime," and you will realize why the proposed policy is so terrifying.