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Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Hillary Clinton's Vision for America a Sharp Contrast to Tea Party Congress

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

As recriminations continue over whose fault it is that Democrats lost the Senate, one potential positive is Hillary Rodham Clinton will be able to run full-out against the ultra-conservative Congress.

Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans have made questions of how safe we are -- from disease, terrorism or something unspoken and perhaps more ominous -- central in their attacks against Democrats. But this is nothing new.

Rove, Benghazi Lift Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The GOP brand has become a foul-tasting stew of wars against women, insults against seniors, alienation of Hispanics, dog-whistle undertones of racism against blacks, abusive congressional hearings and internecine warfare of Republican against Republican. Thank you, Karl Rove.

60 Years Ago, Edward R. Murrow Took Down Joseph McCarthy

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Media

Sixty years ago, Edward R. Murrow performed one of the most famous acts of journalistic evisceration in American television history. On March 9th, ...

McCarthyism in Korea?

John Feffer | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

North Korea's influence in South Korea has declined -- from an already low point -- and yet the South Korean government has reacted as if the opposite has happened.

ALEC Demands Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance - to ALEC

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Voters have a right to know where the allegiance of their lawmakers' lies. They should be asking if their elected representatives have sworn to serve ALEC first. And if so, those should be the first to go.

Corporate America: 'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Today the Teamsters and American workers face a moment of reckoning. The time has come where people must stand up and say enough is enough to companies that seek to take advantage of employees and taxpayers.

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney, Al Jazeera America and the Future of News

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Brent Budowsky

To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...

Ted Cruz Defends Aggressive Style After Drawing Criticism

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

By Corrie MacLaggan LEANDER, Texas, Feb 19 (Reuters) - First-term Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday staunchly defended h...

Blacklisted Screenwriter Dead At 98

AP | Posted 02.15.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES -- A blacklisted screenwriter who later named names to Communist hunters during the McCarthy era has died in California. Richard Collins w...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Good Night, and Good Luck's David Strathairn

Dan Persons | Posted 12.26.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Released at a time when America's faith in journalism was undergoing serious turmoil, George Clooney's drama Good Night, and Good Luck was a stirring reminder of the importance of the institution.

Occupy Wall Street: A Year Later

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's far too early to tell what the overall impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be on American politics. One year later, we know that the action in Zuccotti Park changed the conversation by putting economic injustice back on the nation's radar.

Patrick Svitek

GOP Congressman Says He'll Never Forget Seeing A Muslim Get Through Airport Security 'With A Smirk'

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that the TSA's security screening in U.S. airports needs to be more selective so grandmothers don't get "the spre...

Reclaiming What It Means to Be an American

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

I was born in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany in 1948. From the day I became a naturalized US citizen, I have been as much an American as anyone. It is depressingly disconcerting, therefore, to hear the cacophony of voices accusing the President of the United States of not being "American," of being somehow foreign.

Ellison Challenges Bachmann: Put Up or Shut Up

James Zogby | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

Michelle Bachmann and four Congressional colleagues released letters calling for an investigation on whether individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood have "had an impact on the federal government's national security policies."

The Assault on Civil Liberties Continues

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Assaults on our constitutional protections are not new. They have been a recurring phenomenon for at least the last hundred years.

WATCH: Rep. Allen West and the Ghost of McCarthy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

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Sarah Palin: Time To Change The Game On The Game Changer

Christopher Lamb | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

There is no other contemporary politician in the United States who reveals more about the sound and fury of the far right than Sarah Palin. Palin is nearly as important to our time as U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy was to the 1950s.

Have You Left No Shame, Mr. Limbaugh?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.05.2012 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

Rush Limbaugh's bullying of the young law student Sandra Fluke recalls the incident that finally knocked Sen. Joe McCarthy off of his pedestal in 1954.

Peter King Chooses Demagoguery in Targeting Muslim-Americans

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Throughout our history, unpopular groups have been targeted for the public's wrath in difficult times. Demagogues like King have been only too anxious to steer and cheer on this wrath.

Review of Jay Feldman's 'Manufacturing Hysteria'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Michael Roth

Manufacturing Hysteria is a political book, aimed at reminding those dedicated to civil liberties (especially the right to dissent) how fragile our freedoms are and how "close to a police state" we have come over the last century.

Anthony Weiner, Sarah Palin and the Case Against Apology

Stanley Bing | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Stanley Bing

Hey you, famous person now going about your business being stupid or venal or immoral or injudicious or criminal, even. When you get caught and the big, voracious media death star starts howling for your apology... stop.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

During two of the most religious times of the year, shouldn't we pause and ask: When is some of the hatred and downright meanness that seems so prevalent in our political discourse going to end?

King's Hearings Worth A Tweet, Not A Speech

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

The annals of history might record King's hearings through the tweets they inspired. Here are a few.