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- Take a Deep Breath
ISIS and the Arab World
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Criminal Card Games, By Joe Nocera
- How to Get It Wrong, By Paul Krugman
- Ray Rice and His Rage, By Charles M. Blow
- The Great Unraveling, By ROGER COHEN
- What’s Their Plan?
Obama’s Strategy for Fighting ISIS Isn’t All About Us
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Throw the Bums Out
Roger Goodell, Ray Rice and the N.F.L.’s Culture
, By Maureen Dowd
- Candidates Playing Possum, By Gail Collins
- N.F.L. Stands By Its Leader, By Joe Nocera
- The Inflation Cult, By Paul Krugman
- The Cost of War, By Charles M. Blow
- Critique From an Obama Fan, By Nicholas Kristof
- A Man With a Plan, By Gail Collins
- It Takes a Mentor, By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
- Inversion Delusion, By Joe Nocera
- Crime, Bias and Statistics, By Charles M. Blow
- Scots, What the Heck?, By Paul Krugman
- A War of Choice in Gaza, By Roger Cohen
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 2, By Nicholas Kristof
- Leading From Within, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Is It WWIII or Just Twitter?, By Maureen Dowd
- Passion for the Pill, By Gail Collins
- The Price of Glory, By Joe Nocera
- The Deflation Caucus, By Paul Krugman
- The Down Side of Reclining, By Gail Collins
- ISIS, Deep in the Heart of Texas, By Charles M. Blow
- Ready, Aim, Fire. Not Fire, Ready, Aim., By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Human Toll of Offshoring, By Joe Nocera
- The Medicare Miracle, By Paul Krugman
- Obama and the Warmongers
The Politics of the ISIS Threat
, By Charles M. Blow
- Diplomat and Warrior
Richard Holbrooke, the Arlington Cemetery and Lost American Resolve
, By Roger Cohen
- High Tea With Mr. Fancypants Sheen, By Maureen Dowd
- When Whites Just Don’t Get It
After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less
, By Nicholas Kristof
- The Fall of France, By Paul Krugman
- Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?, By Nicholas Kristof
- Bill O’Reilly and White Privilege, By Charles M. Blow
- He Has a Dream, By Maureen Dowd
- The Making of a Disaster, By Roger Cohen
- Wrong Way Nation, By Paul Krugman
- A Funeral in Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
- Order vs. Disorder, Part 3, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Golf Address, By Maureen Dowd
- Gift Horses Gone Wild
Lessons From the Trial of Bob McDonnell
, By Gail Collins
- Lessons Not Learned, By Joe Nocera
- Patient No. 9413, By Roger Cohen
- Hawks Crying Wolf, By Paul Krugman
- Constructing a Conversation on Race, By Charles M. Blow
- Tell It to the Camera, By Gail Collins
- The Man Who Blew the Whistle, By Joe Nocera
- Ambivalence About America, By Roger Cohen
- Why We Fight Wars, By Paul Krugman
- Frustration in Ferguson, By Charles M. Blow
- Sister Acts, By Nicholas Kristof
- Where’s the Justice at Justice?, By Maureen Dowd
- Northern Exposure
Alaska’s Senate Primary and Sarah Palin’s Passion
, By Gail Collins
_ The Draw of the New City-States, By Roger Cohen
- The Forever Slump, By Paul Krugman
- Don’t Dismiss the Humanities, By Nicholas Kristof
- What’s Next With Hillary?, By Gail Collins
- Michael Brown and Black Men, By Charles M. Blow
- It’s the Loyalty, Stupid, By Maureen Dowd
- From Sneakers to O’Bannon, By Joe Nocera
- Back to Iraq, By Maureen Dowd
- Is a Hard Life Inherited?, By Nicholas Kristof
- Will the Voices of Conscience Be Heard?
The Gaza War, and Israel’s Ethical Challenge,
By Roger Cohen
- Obama on the World
President Obama Talks to Thomas L. Friedman About Iraq, Putin and Israel
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- This Is Reform?
The N.C.A.A.’s Feeble Reform Impulse
, By Joe Nocera
- It’s a Can’t-Lose Year, By Gail Collins
- Inequality Is a Drag, By Paul Krugman
- Fighting Ebola for Us All, By NICHOLAS KRISTOF
- The Panda Angle, By GAIL COLLINS
- War Against Whites? I Think Not, By Charles M. Blow
- A Modest Proposal, By Maureen Dowd
- Dear Guests
Revelations in the Gaza War
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Start With Gaza, By Roger Cohen
- Obama’s Other Success
Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Is Working
, By Paul Krugman
- The Do-Even-Less Congress, By Charles M. Blow
- How This War Ends, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Go Take a Hike!, By Nicholas Kristof
- Throw the Book at Him, By Maureen Dowd
- Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do, By Roger Cohen
- Sympathy for the Devil
Those Bogus Claims Against BP
, By Joe Nocera
- Congress: The Road to Roads, By Gail Collins
- Knowledge Isn’t Power, By Paul Krugman
- None Dare Call It Impeachment, By Gail Collins
- Age of Identity, By Charles M. Blow
- Our Blind Spot About Guns, By Nicholas Kristof
- Night at the Opera?, By Maureen Dowd
- ‘Maybe in America’, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Zionism and Its Discontents
Zionism and Israel’s War with Hamas in Gaza
, By Roger Cohen
- Teaching Teaching, By Joe Nocera
- Corporate Artful Dodgers
Tax Avoidance du Jour: Inversion
, By Paul Krugman
- The Fight Over ‘Impeachment Lite’
The Republican Move to Sue Obama
, By Charles M. Blow
- What Is News?, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Angell in the Outfield, By Maureen Dowd
- The World’s Coolest Places, By Nicholas Kristof
- Chamber of Commerce Lost Its Way in Right Turn, By Joe Nocera
- Hope in the Abattoir
The Shared Destiny of Israel and Gaza
, By Roger Cohen
- Left Coast Rising, By Paul Krugman
- An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality, By Nicholas Kristof
- Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet, By Charles M. Blow
- The Suns of August
Flight 17: Ukraine’s War and Europe’s Passivit
y, By Roger Cohen
- Did Dodd-Frank Work?, By Joe Nocera
- The Fiscal Fizzle
An Imaginary Budget and Debt Crisis
, By Paul Krugman
- Who’s Right and Wrong in the Middle East?, By By Nicholas Kristof
- A Popular President, By Maureen Dowd
- And Now for a Bit of Good News . . ., By Thomas L. Friedman
- The $300,000 Drug, By Joe Nocera
- Addicted to Inflation, By Paul Krugman
- Germany Is Weltmeister, By Roger Cohen
- Leading Through Great Loss, By Nicholas Kristof
- Tears for the Border Children, By Charles M. Blow
- Order vs. Disorder, Part 2, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Where’s the Oval Avatar?, By Maureen Dowd
- Helping Big Companies Compete, By Joe Nocera
- Israel’s Bloody Status Quo, By Roger Cohen
- ‘The Buck Stops With Me’
Boehner’s Empty Charge Against Obama
, By Charles M. Blow
- Obamacare Fails to Fail, By Paul Krugman
- The World According to Maxwell Smart, Part 1, By Thomas L. Friedman
- Those Girls Haven’t Been Brought Back, By Nicholas Kristof
- Isn’t It Rich?, By Maureen Dowd
- Rules to Run By, By Gail Collins
- American Apparel Is a Lesson in How Not to Run a Company, By Joe Nocera
- Who Wants a Depression?, By Paul Krugman
- Fat Britain, Roger Cohen
- The Rant Agenda, By Gail Collins
- Religious Freedom in Peril, By Nicholas Kristof
- France Decapitated, By Roger Cohen
- The Crisis of Children at the Border, By Charles M. Blow
- Silicon Valley Sharknado, By Maureen Dowd
- Beliefs, Facts and Money
Conservative Delusions About Inflation
, By Paul Krugman
- Ramparts Against Republicans
Democrats Face a Tough Fight to Hold the Senate
, By Charles M. Blow
- Who Do We Think We Are?, By Maureen Dowd
- When They Imprison the Wrong Guy, By Nicholas Kristof
- About Those Presidential Polls, By Gail Collins
- My American Family, By Joe Nocera
- Build We Won’t, By Paul Krugman
- Porsches, Potholes and Patriots, By Nicholas Kristof
- Lawless Holy Land
Cycles of Revenge in Israel and Palestine
, By Roger Cohen
- Barack the Bear, By Charles M. Blow
- Political Pop Quiz, By GAIL COLLINS
- My Head’s Exploding
Is That the Iraq Drumbeat From Cheney & Co. Again?
, By Maureen Dowd
- People of Influence
Why the Fate of Ukraine Matters
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- From 9/11 to BP to G.M., By Joe Nocera
- The Socialist World Cup, By Roger Cohen
- Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas, By Paul Krugman
- ‘Jane’ Didn’t Get the Help She Needed
When the Juvenile Justice System Isn’t the Answer
, By Nicholas Kristof
- Arsonists and Firefighters
Who Is Setting the Sectarian Fires in the Middle East?
, By Thomas L. Friedman
- The Eggs and Us
The Abortion Wars Rage On
, By Gail Collins

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New articles added from the past week below discuss: The massacre of Gazans by the corrupt Israeli-American war machine, the lies upon iles told by US politicians about the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the history and causes of America's economic decline, the history of America's addiction to dirty oil, the militarization of US police forces, and the con of the 1%, plus lots more in Sounding Off. You might also ienjoy our large selection of progressive political humor, our interactive projects plus our free music downloads. --RJ Crane, editor

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All older articles that appeared in this section through December 31, 2012 can be found in our archives. Starting in 2013 we will no longer be archiving articles in this section.

Choking the Oceans With Plastic
By CHARLES J. MOORE
"Plastics of every description, from toothbrushes to tires to unidentifiable fragments too numerous to count floated past our marine research vessel Alguita for hundreds of miles without end."

“The Russian Aggression Prevention Act” (RAPA): A Direct Path to Nuclear War with Russia
By Steven Starr

At an Immigrant Detention Center, Due Process Denied
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD

How cops get away with it: Why the government can read your emails, but not count shooting deaths
There's no way to know how many people are shot and killed by police each year. That needs to change now

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON
"No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why."

6 numbers that tell you everything you need to know about America’s busted priorities
If you're wondering why wages are stagnating and inequality is on the rise, look no further

By PAUL BUCHHEIT

Right-wing hawks want another war? Make them vote on it
Obama critics like Lindsey Graham are demanding a big old war plan. They may get one! And they should vote on it

By JIM NEWELL

Questions on Airstrikes in Syria
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"One problem is the administration’s incomplete knowledge about ISIS, its numbers and organization. This is alarming given the billions of dollars spent since Sept. 11, 2001, in developing technologies and strategies for detecting and assessing terrorist threats."

Fox News is tearing us apart: Race baiting and divisiveness hits disgusting new low
Night after night, Fox News doubles down on hate. Whether George Zimmerman, Bundy or Ferguson, it just gets worse

By PAUL ROSENBERG
"Just because liberals don’t like someone doesn’t mean he should automatically be a hero to conservatives."

Secrets of the right-wing lie machine: How Rush Limbaugh and others distorted CNN’s Ferguson scoop
It took only one guest to speculate a CNN recording was a hoax, and the right launched its master distortion plan

By JOHN AVIGNONE

Stop Hiding Images of American Torture
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Ten years later, the photos leaked from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq remain seared into the American consciousness. But while the United States government was unable to prevent their release, more than 2,000 other photos taken at various American military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan have remained hidden under a 2009 law."

Endless Assault on Health Care Reform
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The opponents of the Affordable Care Act make no secret of their consuming hatred for the law that has already provided health care to millions of lower-income people."

The 1 percent’s long con: Jim Cramer, the Tea Party’s roots, and Wall Street’s demented, decades-long scheme
Wall Street has the most to lose from real democracy. Which is why they posture as rebels and not The Man

By THOMAS FRANK

“It shocks people, but it’s important”: Lawrence Lessig on the “radical” shift in American politics
The Harvard Law professor tells Salon how the goal of his anti-corruption activism is often misunderstood

By Elias Isquith

Militarized police are everywhere: “When police officers are armed and trained like soldiers, it’s not surprising that they act like soldiers”
First, we outsourced war to Blackwater and others. Now, they're training our police. No wonder we have Ferguson

By ANN HAGEDORN

Cataclysm in suburbia: The dark, twisted history of America’s oil-addicted middle class
How the same things that contributed to the rise of the middle class are also now leading to its downfall

By ROBERT O. SELF
"Understanding the unique historical characteristics that brought that household into being helps us understand its current foundational weaknesses."

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
By Paul Craig Roberts
"The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery."

A Rising Tide Only Lifts All Boats When Everyone Has a Boat
By Thom Hartmann
"According to a shocking new study out of the Brookings Institution, around 12 million Americans survive on less than $2 per day. To put that number in perspective, 12 million people is about about 25 percent of the 46.5 million people living under the poverty line and about 4 percent of the U.S. population as whole."

Microsoft’s $29.6 billion scam: Tech giant leads the way in tax-avoiding innovation
More and more companies who enjoy huge benefits operating in the U.S. are trying to weasel their way out of taxes

By DAVID SIROTA
"According to the SEC documents, the company is sitting on almost $29.6 billion it would owe in U.S. taxes if it repatriated the $92.9 billion of earnings it is keeping offshore. That amount of money represents a significant spike from prior years."

White privilege: An insidious virus that’s eating America from within
Ferguson offers white people a chance to understand the price of our privilege

By ANDREW O'HEHIR
"But the most insidious power of white privilege, the albatross effect that makes it so oppressive to white people themselves, is the way it renders itself invisible and clouds the collective mind."

Memorandum For: Angela Merkel: Beware of Fixed Intelligence on Ukraine-- Think WMDs
By Coleen Rowley

Harold Meyerson: The Rosetta Stone of America's economic decline
By HAROLD MEYERSON
"Like Thomas Piketty, Lazonick, a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, is that rare economist who actually performs empirical research. What he has uncovered is a shift in corporate conduct that transformed the U.S. economy — for the worse."

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Ken Ham’s beliefs are even crazy for Christians
The "Cosmos" host sounds off on the creationist movement, Answers in Genesis and its increasingly unhinged leader

By DAN AREL
"Tyson said as an educator, his goal is not to tell people what to think, but to teach them how to think and provide them with scientific facts. It’s up to them to decide what to do with this knowledge."

The Israel Lobby Eliminates Another Critic
By Paul Craig Roberts
"The United States, wallowing in arrogance and hubris, pretends to be "the world's sole superpower," the "exceptional and indispensable nation" chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world. In truth, the US is the two-bit punk puppet of the Israel Lobby. If the Zionist government orders Washington to eat dog excrement, Washington eats it....Thanks to the cowardice and integrity deficit of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise, Professor Steven Salaita is the latest victim of the Israel Lobby."

The War for Nothing
By Uri Avnery
"The Israeli security forces used the opportunity to implement a prepared plan. All known Hamas activists in the West Bank were arrested, as well as all the former prisoners who were released as part of the deal to free the Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit. For Hamas this was the violation of an agreement."

Gaza, Israel, and America: Crime and Demolishment
From The Polemicist
"What we’ve been witnessing in Gaza for the past month is this Israeli-American war machine relentlessly pummeling those captive 1.8 million fish in a barrel people, and deliberately destroying their social infrastructure, on a scale that is almost unimaginable. The Israeli-American war machine has used all its modern weaponry to blow up homes, schools, hospitals, water and power plants—demolishing and depopulating whole neighborhoods, and killing any number of civilians and children (at least 380) that it pleases. When it’s the equivalent of gatling guns vs. arrows, when the civilian casualty rates are 4% on one “side” and 86% on the other, it’s not a war, it’s a massacre."

U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge
By Juan Cole

The 7 Strangest Libertarian Ideas
We must challenge libertarians on the extreme nature of their ideology.

By Richard Eskow
"The Rand Paul school of libertarianism is at least as far outside the mainstream on the right as, say, a rather doctrinaire old-school form of Marxism/Leninism is on the left."

What Combat Veterans See in Ferguson, Missouri
By Matthew Farwell
"I couldn’t get past the fact that the police in Ferguson were wearing better battle-rattle and carrying more tricked-out weapons than my infantry platoon used in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan."

The Double Identity of an "Anti-Semitic" Commenter
Smearing a Progressive Website to Support Israel

By Lance Tapley

Why Jews Are Worried
Deborah E. Lipstadt on the Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe

By DEBORAH E. LIPSTADTAUG

By Any Means Necessary
By Linda Greenhouse
"The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — has endured so many near-death experiences that digging into the details of still another effort to demolish it is admittedly not an inviting prospect."

White power won’t give in — and that’s why there will be more Fergusons
When it comes to American race relations, it is always Groundhog Day, because the power structure will not change

By PAUL ROSENBERG

The dark truth about American military power
The U.S. military has been corrupted by its addiction to airstrikes. Here's why that's so dangerous

By WILLIAM ASTORE

It’s racism, not “principled conservatism”: The South, civil rights, GOP myths — and the roots of Ferguson
True GOP believers insist their small government beliefs have nothing to do with race. They're deluding themselves

By PAUL ROSENBERG

Missouri’s tortured history of racism: Why the inferno in Ferguson is no surprise
For decades the state has been a hot bed for the country's most virulent racists, from neo-Nazis to the KKK

By JOE CONASON

Behind Obama's "Chaotic" Foreign Policy
By Robert Parry
"So, we have Obama covertly arming Syrian rebels, many of whom were interchangeable with Islamic jihadists, but then sending the U.S. military back into Iraq to fight some of these same extremists who spilled back into Iraq, the country where they got their start after President George W. Bush's neocon-inspired invasion."

The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists
A new poll reveals that three quarters of reporters agree the public isn't getting the information it needs

David Sirota

Son of Death
By Uri Avnery
"THE WAR was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted. And then, suddenly, the war came back".

More government shutdowns! McConnell admits what GOP Senate will wreak
Mitch McConnell reveals his plan for a Republican Senate is to take hostages and bring back crisis government

By SIMON MALOY

Questions to Ask Your Pro-Israeli Friends
By Paul Kinzelman
"So if you find yourself in a discussion with a pro-Israel person who seems willing to have a rational conversation (as opposed to just shouting slogans), I've come up with a list of questions you might consider asking."

This has always been America: Ferguson and our dangerous delusions on race and democracy
We believe we're the world's champion of freedom. In reality, we torture, invade, violate rights, stop and frisk...

By AARON R. HANLON
"Politicians both left and right turn to the troubling doctrine of American exceptionalism to justify unilateral military intervention abroad, but what happens when we turn that dangerous delusion of unbounded moral supremacy against our own citizens on our own soil?"

Seeking Accountability for Gaza
By Marjorie Cohn
"The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion Americana de Juristas) sent a letter on Friday to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza."

People in red states and blue states are equally clueless about abortion
Yet another survey underscores the need for comprehensive, medically accurate sex education across the U.S.

By JENNY KUTNER

False facts and the conservative distortion machine: It’s much more than just Fox News
Social scientists use "knowledge distortion" index to test partisanship and reality. Guess who is wrong most often?

By Paul Rosenberg
"Misinformation in public life isn’t the exception, it’s the rule, and researchers have been grappling with that fact, and its implications, for some time now"

The End of Liberal Zionism
Israel’s Move to the Right Challenges Diaspora Jews

By ANTONY LERMAN
"The romantic Zionist ideal, to which Jewish liberals — and I was one, once — subscribed for so many decades, has been tarnished by the reality of modern Israel. The attacks on freedom of speech and human rights organizations in Israel, the land-grabbing settler movement, a growing strain of anti-Arab and anti-immigrant racism, extremist politics, and a powerful, intolerant religious right — this mixture has pushed liberal Zionism to the brink."

Spineless frauds exposed by Ferguson: Where pols really stand on militarized cops
Here's the real truth about our government and warrior cops -- and why this new bipartisan consensus may go nowhere

By Tim Donovan

Why Washington's War on Terror Failed
The Underrated Saudi Connection

By Patrick Cockburn
"But U.S., Western European, Saudi, and Arab Gulf policy is to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, which happens to be the policy of ISIS and other jihadis in Syria. If Assad goes, then ISIS will be the beneficiary, since it is either defeating or absorbing the rest of the Syrian armed opposition."

How Uber will conquer America
It doesn't matter if Democrats or Republicans run the country — tech's new powerhouse will still win in the end

By ANDREW LEONARD

Obama Cares. Look at the Numbers.
By TALI MENDELBERG and BENNETT L. BUTLER
"A true measure of a president’s priorities lies hidden in plain sight in his budget proposals. Under that standard, Mr. Obama has been more committed to communities like Ferguson than any Democratic president in the past half century."

Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives be the Arbiters of What We See and Read?
By Glenn Greenwald
"It's tempting to support criminalization of, say, racist views as long as one focuses on one's contempt for those views and ignores the serious dangers of vesting the state with the general power to create lists of prohibited ideas."

How to wreck the GOP in 3 easy steps!
Congress is a mess, but that doesn't mean Obama is powerless. Now's the time for change — and here's how to make it

By Thomas Frank

“I have not seen any evidence of successful U.S. intervention to stop such violence in our modern history”
Ex-State Dept. expert to Salon: Outside intervention caused Iraq mess, helped create ISIS. It's not the solution

By LEIGHTON WOODHOUSE

Michelle Rhee’s real legacy: Here’s what’s most shameful about her reign
The "education reform" leader who just stepped down gets plenty of criticism. But people overlook this

By Matt Bruenig

Turning America Into a War Zone, Where 'We the People' Are the Enemy
By John Whitehead
"What Americans must understand, what we have chosen to ignore, what we have fearfully turned a blind eye to lest the reality prove too jarring is the fact that we no longer live in the 'city on the hill,' a beacon of freedom for all the world."

Israel's Crazy Doctrine for Justifying Deaths of Over 1,000 Gazans
The worsening of life for people in Gaza is a deliberate goal of the Israeli military.

By Alex Kane
"But Israel, shielded from accountability by the U.S., continues to violate the laws of war. In fact, it is following a specific military doctrine developed by Israeli military officials that calls for punishing the civilian population in the territory where resistance to Israeli actions emanates from."

The West’s selective amnesia: Gaza, the war on terror and the paradox of human rights
The current post-9/11 paradigm amounts to protecting "national security" -- no matter who else's lives it may cost

By FALGUNI A. SHETH

JPMorgan Chase's $13 Billion Shadow
By Richard (RJ) Eskow
"If nothing else, William D. Cohan's recent Nation article about JPMorgan Chase's $13 billion settlement should confirm the public's darkest suspicions about that institution and its CEO."

Why Do They Hate Us?
By ANDRE VLTCHEK
"And this is why ‘they’ really hate us – we want to stop this horrific experiment on human beings. We want human life to be much more important than the profits of some corporations and twisted individuals. We want to be proud again of being part of the human race."

Nixon’s Vietnam Treason
By BOB FITRAKIS & HARVEY WASSERMAN
"Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them to refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson."

All older articles that appeared in this section through December 31, 2012 can be found in our archives. Starting in 2013 we will no longer be archiving articles in this section.

Links to Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World cartoons

Links to Mark Fiore animations and other funny animations.

All of the past Bushspeak and Bushisms that we collected

Growing Pressure on Obama to Do Something Stupid
satire by Andy Borowitz

Used Tool Purchased for $1.8 Million
satire by Andy Borowitz

Furious Obama Says Calls to Putin Going Straight to Voice Mail
satire by Andy Borowitz

BP Ruling
cartoon by Nick Anderson

ISIS Propagandists
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Two Obamas
cartoon by Nick Anderson

National Football League
Posted by Nick Anderson

Need a laugh? Check out my collection of funny signs!
Enjoy this collection of funny and unusual signs.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama's ISIS strategy
President Obama finally has a strategy for dealing with ISIS

cartoon by Mike Thompson

The minimum wage battle
The debate over a minimum wage increase heats up again.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

A special message for African Americans
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

The NFL's personnel playbook
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Tips and tricks for new college students
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Enhanced sharia techniques
cartoon by Matt Bors

Reality collapse
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The Golden Pipeline
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

The Presidential Painsuit
animation by Mark Fiore

Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons
BY ANDY BOROWITZ

Critics Blast Obama’s Three Meals a Day
BY ANDY BOROWITZ

NRA Logic
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Burger King
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Kidnappings
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Michigan really is the comeback state!
Gov. Rick Snyder is hailing Michigan as the comeback state.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Your Labor Day celebration!
It's almost time for the Labor Day celebration. What are you looking forward to?

cartoon by Mike Thompson

What stings about the Burger King, Tim Hortons deal
Fast Food giant Burger King is moving its headquarters to Canada.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Radioactive sludge in your backyard?
Michigan's becoming a dumping ground.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Bank of America's slap on the wrist
What's $16 billion to Bank of America?

cartoon by Mike Thompson

God-Man: Enter the Purse Thief!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Buckets of awareness
cartoon by Brian McFadden

If cops treated bankers the way Ferguson cops treat black people
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Let's Be Cops!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Approved responses
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Who do you think you are?
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Pentagon Hymn, the shores of Tripoli
animation by Mark Fiore

Fighting Words from Rick Perry
satire by Andy Borowitz

Widespread Support for Sending Politicians to Prison for Ninety-Nine Years
satire by Andy Borowitz

Message to ISIS
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Trust Us
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Abuse of Power
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Post-Racial America Alert
animation by Mark Fiore

Billy Dare and the protective flashback
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Military industrial surplus
cartoon by Brian McFadden

It's the excessive force, stupid
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Fear of a black victim
cartoon by Matt Bors

Officer Friendly
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Echoes of 1967 Detroit riot in Ferguson, Mo. protest
Powerful photos from 2014 and 1967 make you wonder if we've made any progress at all during the past half century.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

That zany George W. Bush takes The Ice Bucket Challenge!
That former President George W. Bush is quite the jokester!

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Democratic rights under attack in Ferguson
Basic rights are under attack in Ferguson, Mo.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

America the police state
When did police officers start to look like commandos?

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Military Police
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Media Suppression
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Depression
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Robin Williams
cartoon by Nick Anderson

In the Grip
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Hypocritical much, President Obama?
President Barack Obama needs to remove the log from his eye.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Pinocchio, Inc.
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Outbreaks in America
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Getting burned
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Homespun charm offensive
cartoon by Matt Bors

Press conference
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

John McCain's Bomb It
animation by Mark Fiore

Weapon of Mass Destruction
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Afghan Soldiers
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Surgical Removal
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cease Fire
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Those Central American child immigrants
You say you care for children? Put your money where your mouth is.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

A photo gallery of rather funny signs
Taking photos of funny signs is a hobby of mine.

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Injured? Better put Boehner on retainer!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

John Boehner: speaker at law
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Quiz time: First Amendment
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The Blacklist Pages
cartoon by Matt Bors

Media madness
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Camp Do-Nuttin', recess for Congress
animation by Mark Fiore

Furious at Being Called Crazies, Republicans Sue President
satire by Andy Borowitz

Putin Holds Emergency Meeting of Imaginary Friends
satire by Andy Borowitz

Millions Pay for Rare Opportunity to Hear Sarah Palin Speak
satire by Andy Borowitz

Congress Blocks Obama’s Attempt to Order New Office Supplies
satire by Andy Borowitz

CIA Snoops
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Citizen Militias
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Unintended Consequences
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Iron Dome
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Not Equal: Gaza in over 1000 frames
animation by Mark Fiore

Chagrin Falls: Corporate Sky-Deity Bless America
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

John Kerry's Middle East travel tips
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Sincerely screwed
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Surgeon General's Warning: NYPD
cartoon by Matt Bors

The interview
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

If you're not confused, you're just not thinking clearly
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

The winner of our Obama vs. Putin cartoon caption contest!
Check out the winner of our cartoon caption contest and the funny finalists!

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Impeach Obama?
All this talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is getting old, ain't it?

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Obama and Europe are slapping sanctions on Russia
Take that, Russia! And that!

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Rick Perry Orders Dallas Cowboys to Mexican Border
satire by Andy Borowitz

Royal Baby’s First Year Widely Considered Disappointing
satire by Andy Borowitz

Perry Boosts Presidential Stature by Using Troops for No Reason
satire by Andy Borowitz

Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Crisis in Ukraine
A gallery of cartoons on the conflict in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s rule of Russia by Nick Anderson

Missile Launcher
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Texas National Guard
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Border Politics: a Gallery of Cartoons
cartoon by Nick Anderson

GM Ignition Trouble
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Ukrainian Separatists
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Rick Perry's "Operation Strong Candidate"
animation by Mark Fiore

Terri Lynn Land's troubling campaign finances
Hey, who among us hasn't lost track of $3 million at least once in their lives?

cartoon by Mike Thompson

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Vampire Hunter, Zombie Slayer & more!
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Affordable infrastructure improvements
cartoon by Brian McFadden

1-800-GOON-SQUAD
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Hobby Lobby joins a cult!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Breaking news
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The Gaza grip
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

 

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