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Challenges and Opportunities in the Coming Decade

(27) Comments | Posted January 3, 2010 | 1:44 PM

Crossposted with openDemocracy, which asked writers to reflect on three questions:
1) What was the most significant trend in the century's first decade?
2) What do you most hope for, and most fear, about the decade to come?
3) What idea do you see...

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The Battle Between McCain and Bush: The Cancelled First Night, The "Furious" President and the Palin Gambit

(446) Comments | Posted September 2, 2008 | 9:48 AM


The cancellation of the first night of the Republican National Convention marks the renewal of the rivalry between George W. Bush and John McCain. Since their bitter contest over the Republican nomination in 2000, they have taken years to make peace. But now McCain's last chance has collided...

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Why Palin? McCain v. Rove

(364) Comments | Posted August 31, 2008 | 6:18 PM

Why did John McCain select Sarah Palin as his running mate? The real reason is that he made an impulsive decision to prove his independence in reaction to pressure from Karl Rove, who was lobbying for Mitt Romney, as I explain in a forum on Firedoglake.com on my new...

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The Strange Death of Republican America

(180) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 2:07 PM

On July 29, President George W. Bush appeared at the Lincoln Electric Company in Euclid, Ohio, where he spoke about energy and then asked the audience for questions. The opportunity for people in a small town in the Midwest to pose a question directly to the president of the United...

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The MPAA Censors our Taxi to the Dark Side Poster

(33) Comments | Posted December 19, 2007 | 9:59 AM

As executive producer of Taxi to the Dark Side, I am appalled at the Motion Picture Association of America' censorship of the poster for our documentary because its depiction of the reality of the Bush policy of torture is too disturbing. This acclaimed film, which has already won numerous...

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The Means And Ends of Bush's White House Receive a Verdict

(20) Comments | Posted March 8, 2007 | 9:52 AM

The conviction of I Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, on criminal charges of obstruction of justice and perjury brings only a partial conclusion to the sordid political tragedy that is the Bush presidency. Yet the judgment on this matter goes to the heart...

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American Revolution 2006

(23) Comments | Posted November 10, 2006 | 10:16 AM

The concession by George Allen, confirming that James Webb has won in Virginia, a victory that gives the Democrats a majority in the Senate, completes the party's sweep of both houses of the Congress and ratifies the repudiation of President Bush and his policies, especially in the Iraq war.

Bush's...

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How Bush Rules: And How Sonny Bono Predicted the Downfall of the GOP Congress

(44) Comments | Posted October 23, 2006 | 9:53 AM

As the fortunes of the Republican Party in the Congress collapsed, I found myself in the middle of a book tour in Palm Springs, California. Promenading down Palm Canyon Drive, I stopped by the larger than life statute of a smiling mustachioed man with an open collar sitting on the...

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The Sexual Predator and the Sock Puppet: Why Hastert Did Nothing

(36) Comments | Posted October 5, 2006 | 1:41 AM

Why shouldn't the cover-up of a sexual predator roaming among the congressional pages have worked? For Dennis Hastert, Mark Foley's cruising was a trivial, forgettable non-issue to be assigned to a non-member, the Clerk of the House, Jeff Trandahl, to insure that the Speaker would never hear of such a...

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How Bush Rules: Bush's Crusade for Lawlessness

(48) Comments | Posted September 21, 2006 | 12:26 AM

The U.S. military is battling against Bush's torture policy and for the rule of law

President Bush's war on terror now exists outside the law. His great struggle for "freedom" and "democracy" has turned into a crusade for lawlessness. After the Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v Rumsfeld that his...

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How Bush Rules: The Torturer-in-Chief

(139) Comments | Posted September 18, 2006 | 10:11 AM

President Bush tried to armor the Republican Party before the mid-term elections by projecting himself as the commander-in-chief. Now he has torn the epaulets from his uniform to reveal himself as something no other president has ever been: torturer-in-chief.

Bush's torture policy is central to his idea of his imperial...

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How Bush Rules: How Republicans Are Hyping Fear to Keep One-Party Rule

(87) Comments | Posted September 14, 2006 | 7:21 PM

President Bush's radical presidency is the underlying number one issue in the mid-term elections campaign. His drive to concentrate unaccountable and unchecked power in the executive has depended on one-party Republican control of the Congress. Without a Republican Congress that does the White House bidding, the Bush agenda would never...

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How Bush Rules: Bush's Radicalism is Leading to a GOP Crackup

(107) Comments | Posted September 12, 2006 | 7:16 PM

The inescapable signs of disillusionment surrounding the Bush administration in its sixth year, facing a second mid-term election, suggest far more than the usual syndrome of incumbent weariness. These are the rumblings of a regime crisis.

President Bush's whole party bears the burden of his accumulated self-generated difficulties not...

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