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Bourne, Again: Leftish Spy Thriller Scores While Other Summer Tentpoles Fall

William Bradley | Posted 08.30.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In this year of mostly misfiring big budget genre films, the rather belated return of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the 'Jason Bourne' espionage franchise is a rare solid success.

Anybody But Trump, Anybody But Carter, Anybody But McGovern

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.01.2017 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The party establishment is aghast. An insurrectionist candidate is close to securing the party's nomination. Fears arise on the part of the party establishment that this candidate will get clobbered in the General Election

In the Sanders-Clinton Battle, It's the 1970s vs. the 1990s

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Generally presented as some sort of out-of-the-blue challenge to the orthodoxy of our financialized politics, the Sanders vs. Clinton battle actually has deep roots in decades past.

One Galvanizing Issue Can Rocket Launch a Potential Presidential Candidacy: Scott Walker Is One Example

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Scott Walker is one of a very small number of Presidential candidates to have been catapulted into the national spotlight by a single galvanizing issue or event. Walker's challenge to public sector unions struck a nerve with rank-and-file Republicans, as well as with Libertarian-oriented Tea Party voters and GOP benefactors.

NSA? No Problemo... Until?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

This level of dangerous blowback is exactly the harm Snowden blew the whistle on! But isn't it also what Senator Obama campaigned he would change, if elected to the presidency, before further damage could occur to our Constitutional rule of law?

Feinstein vs. CIA Fight Points Up Need for A New 'Church Committee'

William Bradley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

If the CIA becomes regarded as monstrous and out of control by not just the usual critics but also by much of the mainstream in the U.S. and around the world -- and they are on that cusp right now -- some of the most important tools in protecting the United States and its interests short of war become, at best, decidedly double-edged swords.

Otis Pike and U.S. Intelligence Abuses

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Karl Grossman

These days it's the scandal involving widespread surveillance by the National Security Administration. Four decades ago it was the investigation of U....

Jerry Brown for President: The Way We Were

William Bradley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

At the least, Brown clearly wants to influence the politics of 2016, which prompts this discussion of his first three presidential campaigns, each of which was telling and intriguing in its own ways.

Matt Sledge

Group That Curbed NSA Spying In 1970s May Have To Do It Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

Four decades ago, a special Senate committee exposed what was then the worst of domestic surveillance abuses by the FBI, CIA and National Security Age...

The NSA: 'The Abyss From Which There Is No Return'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"The National Security Agency's capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, suc...

Bill Colby: An Honorable Man

Al Eisele | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
Al Eisele

I watched the recent documentary film about William Colby, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam War, with more than casual interest, even before it stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy.

Did We Save Bin Laden From a "Fate Worse Than Death"?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It would have been better and wiser for us and the world -- and worse for al Qaeda -- if we hadn't summarily assassinated Osama bin Laden.

SENATORS: WE'RE ALL BEING LIED TO

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Amid the constant fracas of daily political life, it is often hard to see the big picture of power in America (and, for that matter, the world.) In re...

Unanimous Conformity in the Senate

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Every living senator voted Wednesday to approve Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Call it the unanimity of lemmings -- except the senators and their families aren't the ones who'll keep plunging into the sea.

A Tea Party's Quixotic Effort to Recall the Senate

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John R. Bohrer

Never mind the Constitution: a Tea Party group from a rural northern New Jersey county is trying to recall Senator Robert Menendez.