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Dave Hackel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Hackel

Everyday the news is filled with statements that just don't make any sense. I write them down and then I study them later. Many still puzzle me. Maybe you can help me make sense of them.

Obama Blows the Olympics

Guy T. Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Guy T. Saperstein

Losing the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro just shows that Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans have been right all along. Relying on reasoning, discussion and goodwill is bullshit.

Sam Stein Discusses Cheney 2012, Condoleeza Rice's Afghanistan Comments On Rachel Maddow Show (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein weighs in on Condoleeza Rice's comments on Afghanistan during an appearance Tuesday evening on The Rachel...

You Lie!

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The GOP is now the Party of lies, misinformation, misdirection, torture, infidelity, illegal wars, bloated government, higher taxes, broken health care, and murder of the innocent.

Bruce Fein On CIA Torture Investigation: "My Objection Is It's Much Too Narrow," Needs To Include Cheney (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bruce Fein, a former associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan, made a couple of important points tonight on Hardball regarding the inv...

McCain Backs Torture as Recruiting Tool for Al Qaida; Policy Led to the Deaths of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Alexander

I was the first to say that the policy of torture and abuse was directly linked to U.S. deaths in Iraq. It's a hard pill to swallow, but true.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest, is it Alright to Torture?

Gwen Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gwen Davis

This latest revelation of the horrors endorsed and probably conceived by that administration is insupportable, once digested.

Why Rendition?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The president should be challenged. His campaign words on torture are empty, rendered meaningless with his "new" policy on rendition.

CIA Documents Don't Back Up Cheney Claims On Waterboading | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Internal CIA reports released by the Obama administration on Monday suggest that former vice president Dick Cheney was right about one thing: the CIA'...

Yes, Scots, That's Outrageous

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

There's a wacked out reward system going on in world culture these days

Cheney Memoir: Former VP Uncloaks His Frustration With Bush

AP | Barton Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes his old boss, President George W. Bush, gradually turned away from his advice during their secon...

The Iraq War: Too Important for Town Halls?

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

If major issues affecting the populace for decades require a thorough national discussion, how come there were no town hall meetings back in 2003 to debate the wisdom of invading Iraq?

Mary Cheney Difficult For Secret Service Agents: Book

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last month, the New York Post reported that a new book depicted President George W. Bush's daughters as a nightmare for Secret Service agents. Now ano...

The Birth of Desperation: Irresponsible Opposition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Republicans are imploding, and the resulting compression into a black hole of nothingness is not pretty. Apparently nothing can escape this growing object, not even light or logic.

Cheney, Bush Officials, Considered Using The Military To Arrest Terror Suspects In U.S.

AP | MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID JOHNSTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending U.S. troops into a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in...

Obama's Health Plan: We're Being Bamboozled

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Critics who refer to Obama's proposed public health plan as socialism have got it all wrong. The menace we face is the triumph of corporatism; the corporate state wedded to the government.

Hey War Hawks: What Are You Thinking These Days?

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Dick Cheney may have thought we'd be welcomed as liberators, but anyone who compared the Middle East of 2003 to Europe before World War Two was off the rails.

An Endstate Strategy in Afghanistan, Not Exit Strategy

Jonathan Morgenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Morgenstein

Exit strategy implies that the top military priority is getting our troops out. An endstate strategy envisions what we want the conditions on the ground to look like and figures out how to get there.

Cheney Meant Well

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Criminal law says that facts aren't enough to establish guilt. There also has to be mens rea -- a guilty mind. Here's the best I can do on Cheney's behalf: He meant well and he knew better.

Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

CIA Secret Program Was To Capture Or Kill Al Qaeda Operatives

Wall Street Journal | SIOBHAN GORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to c...

Obama Learns the Bush Maneuver

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

The Democratic response to criticism was lifted directly from the Bush playbook. They are saying that without the stimulus things would be much worse.

How Iceland's Lawyers Enabled Fraud

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

The lack of clear ethical rules and the frontier justice mentality in Iceland continues to cause confusion and raise questions about the legal profession's ability to regulate itself in Iceland.

In Dependence Day 2009

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

We have never been more reliant on the generosity of others and less able to act like grown-ups and fend for ourselves than any time since the Revolution.

The Meaning of Treason

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

I first read Rebecca West's Meaning of Treason in the 1990s. At the time I was more interested in the looping grace of West's sentences than in h...