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The Yes Men Fix The World One Prank at a Time

Liza Weisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Liza Weisberg

In their new HBO documentary The Yes Men Fix the World, the eponymous pranksters take aim at unapologetic free market profiteers.

Third Screen: How Now Dow... Chemical?

Vickie Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vickie Karp

Corporations don't always do what's right. Maybe they can't. Maybe they don't want to. Maybe they want to but the shareholders wouldn't like it. Cue: The Yes Men.

Can Obama Avoid Another Abu Ghraib?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The president's recent objection to a provision in the 2010 defense funding bill that would make interrogation an "inherently governmental function" is a huge step backwards.

Dick Cheney Passes the Keys to the Dungeon to Daughter Liz

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

If Liz chooses to follow in her dad's footsteps, she will have some pretty big and pretty evil shoes to fill. That's why it's important for Dick to ease her in. Keep her from being too evil, too soon.

Is Halliburton Forgiven and Forgotten?

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pratap Chatterjee

How did Halliburton, once branded the ugly stepchild of Dick Cheney and a poster child of war profiteering, receive absolution from anti-war activists and the media?

Dullness: A Euphemism for Status Quo

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judith Ellis

Brooks and his ilk also like to pretend that there is some big separation between government and big business when in reality they have been in bed for years.

US Army Paid KBR Bonuses Despite Soldiers' Deaths Resulting From Shoddy Work

Reuters | Thomas Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Army paid $83.4 million in bonuses to KBR Inc., its biggest contractor in Iraq, despite accusations its wiring work has been linked to the el...

Dick Cheney: The Quintessential Villain of the American West

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Sadly, in both the Old West and the new West, the big boys in the smoke-filled rooms always need a Dick Cheney.

5 CEOs Obama Should Fire

Casey Gane-McCalla | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Casey Gane-McCalla

Obama pressured GM CEO, Rick Wagoner to step down; here are five other CEOs he should consider firing.

"Mission Accomplished" Bush Gets the Last Laugh in Iraq and Afghanistan

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

For years, George W. Bush has been roundly criticized, even lampooned, for declaring "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. But maybe declaring "Mission Accomplished" was not that crazy after all.

Government 'Of The People, For The People' Returns To America

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Tucker

Our new president didn't have a powerful father to place him in things, or get him out. He worked hard to become the 44th president. He is of the people, which tends to make a person for the people.

Government Forced to Back Down on Misdirected Halliburton Case

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The U.S. Justice Department withdrew its 10-count major frauds charge against Jeff Mazon and instead accepted a misdemeanor plea agreement -- a victory for Mazon and a black eye both for the Justice Department and Judge McDade,

Generational Theft?

Alan Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Fein

The capital projects coming out of the stimulus plan and the Obama budgets are designed to create long-term wealth, and assets that will ensure to the benefit of generations to come.

Air America Poll: 90% Want Bush Crimes Investigation

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

Air America conducted a poll that asked a question raised by Time Magazine's Joe Klein: "Should Obama pardon George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick...

The Audacity of Hopelessness

Erica Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Heller

Curmudgeons or not, unseemly right now or not, some things are worth staying angry about, even as we pat ourselves on the back, smile broadly at tomorrow and turn the page.

Don't Tell, But the Military Is Now Recruiting Foreigners

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Foreigners on student or work visas are probably at least as good a bet as the serious felons the armed forces have been reduced to chasing after. Provided they're straight, of course.

KBR Sued for Giving Soldiers Ice with 'Traces of Body Fluids and Putrefied Remains'

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

The former Halliburton subsidiary also failed to manage a medical incinerator properly, disposing medical waste and human remains in an open air burn pit.

Halliburton Disappointed, Concerned About Falling Gas Prices

Footnoted | Michelle Leder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Anyone who drives a car regularly has noticed that gas prices have fallen pretty sharply over the past month -- something that fellow Brandeis grad Th...

Bush Administration Moves to Defend Halliburton and Cheney

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

The Bush administration moved to prevent Jeff Mazon from making a defense that would most certainly shift the blame from charges he took a bribe in th...

What Did My Son Die For?

John Scripsick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Scripsick

Author's son died in Iraq. He died because of the Bush administration's shoddy anti-terrorism operations before 9/11, and after 9/11 so fat cats could become richer.

Bush Does a 9/11 Replay in Asking for Unprecedented Powers and Unprecedented Budget

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

What is shocking about the presentation by Bush -- and the deal that is unfolding is that we don't see any acceptance of responsibility for the failure of his team's stewardship of the economy.

The Dead Core of McCain's Republican Party

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

Now that it has thoroughly discredited the market economy it was ostensibly pushing, the Republican Party is left with no clear, logical economic agenda.

Tit for Tat

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

In the run-up to the federal election, signs of the republican's self-confidence are, to paraphrase Pete Townsend, 'f-f-f-fading away'. But let me re...

What Does "Change" Really Mean?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Barack Obama needs to stop talking about nebulous, floating on a cloud change. And start talking about how he is going to kick these people's asses. We need someone to take our government back.

The October Surprise Shouldn't Come as One

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

What will it be? A nod to Israel to bomb Iran? An American-engineered coup in Pakistan? Whatever it is, it is coming and if Obama intends to weather the dirty trick he will have to be prepared.