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Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.

Boehner's blunder

Daniel Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Menaker

John Boehner uses this honest word of "torture" as part of a defense of these methods, but the diction says more than the defense.

POLL: 79% Of ASU Faculty Say Obama Should Receive Honorary Degree

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

TEMPE, ARIZONA - This week, two Arizona State University physics professors, Mike Thorpe and Jose Menendez, polled ASU faculty on whether President Ba...

The Prop 8 Monologues, Vol. 2 of 2: The Law is Gay

Steven Shehori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Shehori

The truth however, is that despite Prop 8, gay marriage has been embraced in California since that first studio exec flew business class out of the Earth's primordial goo four billion years ago.

ASU Says "We Blew It," Alumni Rescind Donations

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Although the ASU community is angry and embarrassed over the brouhaha, there is also a consensus that -- whether snub or snafu -- the incident will not affect Obama.

ASU Honorary Degree Policy For Sitting Politicians Not Documented

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

TEMPE, ARIZONA - Arizona State University became the unlikely focus of a political firestorm last week when news broke that ASU would not be conferrin...

North Korea Does Not Matter

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

It's time Washington ignored Kim Jong-il... and his neighbors acted as though they understand North Korea fundamentally is their problem.

ASU Apologizes, Establishes "Barack Obama Scholars" Program

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

ASU expects to enroll more than 1,000 Arizona students in the President Barack Obama Scholars program. The program will cover the full cost of tuition, fees, books, room, and board for students who come from families with the greatest financial need, typically those unable to attend a university.

Bridging The DOD-VA Gap

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Brian McGough knows the pain of navigating from Department of Defense medical care to Department of Veterans Affairs care all too well.

Obama Got Afghanistan/Pakistan Right

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We've finally left fantasy-land, where America can simply go somewhere, topple a government, and western-style democracies will pop up and thrive. Afghanistan is a very different beast.

A Letter to Barack Obama from a Guantanamo Uighur

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Mr. President, seventeen of my brothers remain in Guantánamo today. It is three years since I left the prison, and still they are there. Please end their suffering soon.

Obama on Leno: This is Why This President Got Elected

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

Going on Leno was the best communications strategy possible during a week of bloodletting over AIG bonuses and the chord it has struck. He is taking his message directly to viewers.

Guantanamo's Long-Term Hunger Striker Should Be Sent Home

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Ahmed Zuhair, a 35-year old Saudi prisoner at Guantánamo -- and a father of ten -- has been on a hunger strike since June 2005, at the start of a fra...

Comedian vs. Clown: The Race for Charles Schumer's Senate Seat

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

Imagine putting a New York City comedian in a political showdown against the senior senator of New York State? Well, it may happen.

Conservative Campaign Against Steele Growing

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

An email campaign against Steele is growing in conservative circles, with his comments about the abortion issue and taking on Rush Limbaugh providing grist for his detractors.

China Matters, Now...an Open Letter to the President

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric C. Anderson

Dear Mr. President: I find myself compelled to write this letter as there seems to be a significant disconnect in the White House interagency coordin...

How A Charter School Turns Union

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexander Russo

It seemed at first like the unionization effort at the KIPP school in Brooklyn might happen without too much conflict. By early February, however, reports started coming out about stalled negotiations and alleged intimidation by KIPP administrators.

Time Running Out For Filipino Veterans

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jonah Lalas

Many thousands of Filipinos answered Roosevelt's call to join the U.S. forces fighting Japan in the Philippines, but had been denied the benefits they were promised until last month.

DC Has Waited More Than Two Centuries, Can It Wait Another Week?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

It's good that the actual mechanics of democracy are reexamined every now and again. It keeps everything moving smoothly.

Happy To See My Mug Shot on the Home Page of the NY Times

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

The reason my mugshot was on the New York Times site is because they featured me in a video on the New York Assembly passing legislation yesterday to overhaul the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Republican Elephant Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

The Republican Party has finally become a living metaphor of itself: a lost, little boy, who thinks he's a cowboy, and who really believes a society can be built upon an ideology of selfishness.

Who Is Binyam Mohamed, The British Resident Released From Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I thought it appropriate to relate a few anecdotes that bring Binyam the human being, rather than Binyam the prisoner, to life.

Peaceful Revolution: Blood Money or Wall Street Bonuses? Pres. Obama, Get Your Signing Pen Ready

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

While Wall Street rails against restrictions on executive salary bonuses, families are suffering. Some moms are selling their blood plasma to put food on the table.

Who's Running Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

On January 20, the answer to that question seemed obvious. However, on January 29, the Commissions' recently appointed chief judge provided the first challenge to the president's plans.

Keeping Anderson Cooper Honest: How CNN and the Media Flubbed Obama's 2nd Swearing In

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ronald B. Robinson

The same media that is creating a negative impression of President Obama is saying little about the outgoing administration's widespread destruction of official government records.