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, By Paul Krugman
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, By Charles M. Blow
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- Not Just A Movie. By Maureen Dowd
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- Time for a Pause, By Thomas L. Friedman
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New articles added from the past week that discuss: America's dirty brigades in Iraq, how Republicans are getting worse and why Ted Cruz will attract all the wingnuts, why Satanyahu's win might benefit the Palestinians, the lies we keep telling ourselves about our exceptionlism, Mexico is the ISIS right next door, the truth about Ukraine the MSM doesn't care to discuss, 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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American patriotism is for suckers: Dwight Eisenhower, George W. Bush and the end of Manifest Destiny
Ike famously warned us about our military-industrial complex. Sixty years later, his nightmare is coming true

By NAN LEVINSON, TOMDISPATCH.COM
"Of course, the Big Dick School of Patriotism isn’t new — revolutionary roots, manifest destiny, history as the great pounding of hooves across the plain, and all that."

America’s “dirty brigades” in Iraq
By Niles Williamson
"It has now emerged that even as Obama and other officials were declaring their abhorrence of ISIS atrocities, they were concealing, with the connivance of the media, photographic and video evidence of similar crimes being carried out on a large scale by US-backed forces in Iraq."

“Republicans are getting worse”: Barney Frank unloads on GOP bigotry — and Obama’s mistakes
One of the biggest political personalities of our time tells Salon about his new memoir and his theory of change

By ELIAS ISQUITH

Ukraine's Oligarchs Turn on Each Other
By Robert Parry
"In other words, the new U.S.-backed 'democratic' regime, after overthrowing democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych because he was 'corrupt,' was rewarding one of Ukraine's top thieves by letting him lord over his own province, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, with the help of his personal army.

Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for Palestine
By YOUSEF MUNAYYER
"IF anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch."

Republicans’ private terror: Why they despise the modern American state — and embrace fanaticism
That letter to Iran said more about the GOP than Tom Cotton and company ever intended. Here's their demented logic

By KIM MESSICK

America’s immoral exceptionalism: The lie we keep telling ourselves about foreign policy and democracy
Americans are disgusted with all of these wars, but feel powerless to do anything about it

By PATRICK L. SMITH

Journalism as Subversion
By Chris Hedges
"The assault of global capitalism is not only an economic and political assault. It is a cultural and historical assault."

PATRIOT Act strikes again: How little-known language could enable massive spying — on you
Dragnet aiming to collect all Americans' phone records is set to expire in June. Here's how that could now change

By MARCY WHEELER

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise
By James Wall

Remarkable New Radiofrequency Radiation Cancer Animal Study
By Katie Singer
"A new animal study challenged many of the assumptions that lie at the heart of claims that RF radiation--whether from cell phones, cell towers or Wi-Fi--is safe."

Noam Chomsky: “Intentional ignorance” fuels American racism
Linguist and activist tackles America's original sin in new interview

By LUKE BRINKER

Crimeans Keep Saying No to Ukraine
By Robert Parry
"Consistently, over the past year, polls conducted by major Western firms have revealed that the people of Crimea by overwhelming numbers prefer being part of Russia over Ukraine,"

Fed war on health care spending abuse needs to include Medicare Advantage
By Wendell Potter

Identity Crisis
The Supreme Court’s Identity Crisis on Voting Rights

By Linda Greenhouse

5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy
One-percent elections. Congressional gridlock. An increasingly demobilized public. Our democracy is on life support

By TOM ENGELHARDT, TOMDISPATCH.COM

GOP’s Netanyahu problem: Will it stop pretending to support a two-state solution, too?
The Republican party, at least on paper, still supports a two-state solution. Will they drop the pretense now?

By JIM NEWELL

“I’m glad that he won”: The surprising Palestinian reaction to Netanyahu’s win
Netanyahu's victory was greeted with apathy -- or embrace -- by many Palestinians in the West Bank. Here's why

By BETHAN STATON

The left’s real choice in 2016: Why it doesn’t need Elizabeth Warren to run
For all the talk of needing to primary Hillary, here's how liberals really take over the party -- and America

By Mike Conrad
"Individuals and organizations are perfectly capable of deciding which candidates merit what kind of support while as an overall force engaging in more definitive agenda-setting."

Tea Party’s absurd advantage: Why America’s budget talk is so messed up
Paul Ryan & co. repeatedly unveil plans from the far right fringe -- and get taken seriously each time. Here's why

By Heather Digby Parton

Republican Budget Games
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"This Congress seems content to leave undisturbed the mandated cuts for domestic programs, many of which affect the poor and middle class, but Republicans as well as some Democrats are now seeking a hefty increase of as much as $100 billion in Pentagon spending from a base budget of $499 billion."

Bill Moyers: 'We Are This Close to Losing Our Democracy to the Mercenary Class'
The great journalist sounds the alarm about the rise of the plutocracy and the shredding of the social contract.

By Bill Moyers / Tom Dispatch
"The historian Plutarch warned us long ago of what happens when there is no brake on the power of great wealth to subvert the electorate."

The 1 percent rigged everything: Why no one can end Ronald Reagan’s “dead wrong” voodoo economics
A thriving middle class is the cause of growth. The middle class creates rich people -- not the other way around

By PAUL ROSENBERG

Caught On Tape: What The Netanyahu Really Thinks Of US
By Justin Raimondo

America’s ISIS next door: Mexico, billion-dollar cartels and the colossal failure of the war on drugs
They behead people by the hundreds. And like ISIL, Mexican gangs are flourishing as a result of failed U.S. policy

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com

Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs
By Mark Bittman
"Now that the safety of glyphosate is clearly in question, perhaps it’s time to mandate that the corporation — not the taxpaying public — bear the brunt of determining whether it should still be sold. Since the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have the resources to test, let Monsanto pay for the necessary, and independent, research."

“Crack cocaine for the Pentagon”: Meet the secret slush fund that’s getting hawks high
While the right cuts tons of basic services, here's the secret slush fund the military doesn't want you to discover

By DAVID DAYEN

Scott Walker’s “freedom” sham: Legalized bribery, ALEC and an assault on workers
As a worker at Fair Oaks Farms in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I know first-hand what Walker's selling -- and it's ugly

By TYRONE SUTTON

Imagine President Ted Cruz
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Of course, if you know Mr. Cruz, or are familiar with how government is supposed to work, or with reality in general, you’ll find some of his imaginaries problematic, like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, sealing the border, or 'repealing every word of Obamacare.'”

President Obama Could Unmask Big Political Donors
By TERESA TRITCH
"Of all the individuals and groups aiming to curry favor and buy influence, perhaps none are more motivated than private-sector federal contractors."

“Wrath upon those who do evil”: Why Ted Cruz chose Liberty University to launch his campaign
To understand the kind of America Cruz wants, here's what to know about the Christian university he spoke at Monday

By MATTHEW PULVER

The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future
Despite overwhelming scientific consensus, Americans remain split on climate change. Here's why

By EDWARD L. RUBIN

No Cause to Delay the Afghan Pullout
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"There is little indication that Mr. Ghani has the ability to turn these bleak trends around, or that an extended or even indefinite American military presence will lead to the defeat of the Taliban and a functioning Afghan state."

The “Hindenburg Trap”: Dump Oil, Coal & Gas Stocks if you Want to Retire
By Juan Cole
"Worse, because so many loans and other investments are anchored by the supposed value of coal, oil and gas, the world is walking an economic tightrope and the gentlest of breezes could knock it off into a crisis that would make 2008-2009 look like a minor hiccup.

America is literally on fire: How out-of-control oil spills are destroying our population centers
Disasters are raging with such force and regularity that firefighters have to give up. Welcome to the new reality

By David Dayen
"Because so much oil is transported by rail these days, the probabilities of catastrophe have elevated significantly."

Robert Reich: Most Americans have no influence at all
The former secretary of labor explains why the preferences of the average citizen have zero effect on public policy

By ROBERT REICH, ROBERTREICH.ORG

America’s broken brain trust: Why public intellectuals are hastening our empire’s demise
Give the op-eds and Sunday shows to high school social studies teachers. America's chattering class is useless

By ANDREW BACEVICH, TOMDISPATCH.COM
"Policy intellectuals — eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office — are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality."

Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users
By JIMMY WALES and LILA TRETIKOV
"TODAY, we’re filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month. We’re doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas."

America’s “bipartisan” delusion: How the White House learned to ignore Republicans
President Obama soared to office promising to reach across the aisle. Here's why he finally quit wasting his time

By HEATHER DIGBY PARTON
"The administration has now decided that in many cases, even adversarial bargaining fails because the Republican leadership is not capable of planning tactically."

Ford and Helsinki, Obama and Iran
By TYLER CULLIS
"As Congress seeks to interject itself once more into delicate international negotiations — this time, with regard to Iran’s nuclear program — it is useful to consider how our world would be different had Mr. Ford and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, succumbed to the invective of outside analysts (the much-maligned Munich agreement between Nazi Germany, Britain, France and Italy was the historical epithet then as much as it remains now) and refused to pursue an agreement with the Soviet Union."

The George W. Bush email scandal the media has conveniently forgotten
Back in 2007, the White House "lost" more than five million private emails. The story was barely covered

By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters
"Even for a Republican White House that was badly stumbling through George W. Bush’s sixth year in office, the revelation on April 12, 2007 was shocking. Responding to congressional demands for emails in connection with its investigation into the partisan firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the White House announced that as many as five million emails, covering a two-year span, had been lost."

The Most Dangerous Woman in America
By Chris Hedges
"Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle."

Republican Idiocy on Iran
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The letter was an attempt to scare the Iranians from making a deal that would limit their nuclear program for at least a decade by issuing a warning that the next president could simply reverse any agreement. It was a blatant, dangerous effort to undercut the president on a grave national security issue by communicating directly with a foreign government."

Maybe Obama's Sanctions on Venezuela are Not Really About His "Deep Concern" Over Suppression of Political Rights
By Glenn Greenwald
"Absolutely nobody expects the "deeply concerned" President Obama to impose sanctions on the Saudis -- nor on any of the other loyal U.S. allies from Egypt to the UAE whose repression is far worse than Venezuela's."

Fox News is worse than Bill O’Reilly: Why the pundit’s fabrications are almost beside the point
The right's star pundit is a serial liar, yes. But the damage he inflicts is nothing compared to the network itself

By SOPHIA A. MCCLENNEN, ALTERNET
"But the real story here is not just the decline of truth telling in television news, it’s the way that the truth has been replaced by fear."

Official Washington’s Delusions on Delusions
By Robert Parry
"Official Washington operates in its own bubble of self-delusion in which the stars of U.S. politics, policy and media don’t realize how the rest of the world sees their sociopathic behavior. This craziness is now reaching a crisis point on Iran and Russia."

Big Oil's Broken Business Model
The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

By Michael T. Klare
"Welcome to the asylum! I'm talking, of course, about this country, or rather the world Big Oil spent big bucks creating.You know, the one in which the obvious -- climate change -- is doubted and denied, and in which the new Republican Congress is actively opposed to doing anything about it."

Shutting Down AIPAC
Removing Israel from American politics

By Philip Giraldi
"American protection of Israel in international bodies like the United Nations is a disgrace, making the United States de facto complicit in Israeli violations of international law, to include its settlement expansion, as well as its war crimes."

The CIA's Torturers and the Leaders Who Approved Their Actions Must Face the Law
Even the most junior level intelligence officers know that torture is both unethical and illegal. So why didn’t our political leaders?

By Chelsea E Manning

Did 47 U.S. Senators Just Commit Treason By Attempting to Sabotage Iran Deal?
The backlash to the Iran letter continues.

By David Knowles
"While Iran has been a U.S. enemy for some time, no official war declaration exists. It's hard to see how the negotiation of a nuclear deal, or the opposition to one, would rise to the level of treason."

Un-patriot games: GOP senators' letter to Iran is a treacherous betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system
By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"Regardless of President Obama’s fecklessness in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican U.S. senators engaged in treachery by sending a letter to the mullahs aimed at cutting the legs out from under America’s commander-in-chief."

“A new degree of pettiness”: Why is the U.S. really sanctioning Venezuela?
While the administration claims Venezuela poses a dire threat to our security, the facts show a different reality

By Marcy Wheeler
"If this is about human rights, the U.S. should be sanctioning a long list of countries before sanctioning Venezuela, regardless of some real reason for concern."

Getting Past The Issue Of Being Jewish
By Lawrence Davidson

Tom Cotton’s war on reality: The GOP will recognize no limits
The extreme right will risk global conflict to preserve the fading dream of America's eternal hegemony

By PATRICK L. SMITH
"That letter Republican senators, 47 of the 54 now seated, sent to Iran this week to sabotage the Obama administration’s nuclear talks is preposterous in numerous dimensions."

An Israeli Election Turns Ugly
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"Mr. Netanyahu showed that he was desperate, and craven, enough to pull out all the stops. On Monday, he promised that if his Likud faction remained in power, he would never allow the creation of a Palestinian state, thus repudiating a position he had taken in 2009."

Congress’s Duty on Authorizing Force
By THE NYT EDITORIAL BOARD
"The Republicans in the Senate seem to have had no trouble inserting themselves into the Iran nuclear negotiations, when they had no business interfering. Yet they have shown little interest in carrying out a job that is squarely within their constitutional mandate — drafting an authorization for war against ISIS that Democrats can support and President Obama will sign."

The University of Oklahoma Video, and the Problem Fraternities Can’t Fix Themselves
By MATTHEW W. HUGHEY

Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism
By GEORGE YANCY and NOAM CHOMSKY

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

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All of the past Bushspeak and Bushisms that we collected

Israel's Bitches
photo by topplebush.com

Shoot-Em-Up Charlie Loves Cop Killers
animation by Mark Fiore

Is God-Man good?
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Grand old pen pals
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Degrader, the insult watch
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Not Lovin' It
cartoon by Matt Bors

Just kidding!
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

E Pluribus Watch'em
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Congress’s Approval Rating No Longer Detectable by Current Technology
satire by Andy Borowitz

Hillary Releases Twenty Thousand Spam E-Mails from Old Navy
satire by Andy Borowitz

Kim Jong-un Feels Snubbed by Absence of Letter from Republicans
satire by Andy Borowitz

Iran Offers to Mediate Talks Between Republicans and Obama
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Water’s Edge
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Scarlet Letters
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Defusing the Bomb
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Violence Against Women
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Triumph of the counterintuitive
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

D.I.Y health insurance
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Special preferences
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

About the Hillary Clinton thing...
cartoon by Matt Bors

The case of Partisan Hackery v. Obvious Intent
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Bedevilled
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Racist EZ-Cash
animation by Mark Fiore

Joe Biden Releases Both E-mails Written While Vice-President
satire by Andy Borowitz

Boehner Invites Man Who Hated Obama in High School to Address Congress
satire by Andy Borowitz

Poll: New Scandal Not Up to Clintons’ Usual Standards
satire by Andy Borowitz

Boehner Calls Netanyahu Closest Ally in Fight Against Obama
satire by Andy Borowitz

Kids and Guns
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Ferguson Police
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Government Transparency
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Standing Together
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Putin’s Critics
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Greater Republica
animation by Mark Fiore

Bibi rocks The House
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Captain's Log. Spock's dead. The cartoons... are bad
cartoon by Matt Bors

'Right to be a jerk' states
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

America at war: with Bill O'Reilly
cartoon by Brian McFadden

My school week of magical thinking
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in Third Grade to Compete in Primary
satire by Andy Borowitz

Scare Tactics
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Netanyahu’s Speech
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The Alamo
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Houses of Worship
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Real Americans
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Gay Marriage in Texas
cartoon by Nick Anderson

The first scientist
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Punditspew, ISIS edition
cartoon by Brian McFadden

If people treated their homes like they treat the earth
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

They can't handle the truth!
cartoon by Matt Bors

Does the Supreme Leader truly love our land mass?
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Shock and Awe II
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

America the Rudyful
animation by Mark Fiore

Obama Says He Even Loves America’s Idiots
satire by Andy Borowitz

Forgotten Man Seeks Attention
satire by Andy Borowitz

Bush Says He Will Harm Nation Differently from His Brother
satire by Andy Borowitz

The President’s views on Islam
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Shopping
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Free Speech
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Campus Carry
cartoon by Nick Anderson

To Kill a Watchman
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Presidents' Day sales pitch
cartoon by Brian McFadden

If people treated their homes like they treat the earth
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

See spot run
cartoon by Matt Bors

Quick! What's your opinion?
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The unreliable narrator
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Je suis CHARLIE *
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

The Long War of Foreverness
animation by Mark Fiore

U.S. Orders Alabama to Grow Up
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republican Voters Responding to Walker’s Opposition to Knowledge
satire by Andy Borowitz

Alabama Loses Yet Another Fight to Remain in Eighteenth Century
satire by Andy Borowitz

Veteran Suicide
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Candy Hearts
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Dead in the Water
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Moore’s Law
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Off-Road Fun
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Brian Williams in 'American Liar'
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Love is in the news
cartoon by Brian McFadden

The screen
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Why are you unvaccinated?
cartoon by Matt Bors

Valentine's Day cards for 2015
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

The arc of the moral universe ...
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Brian Williams and the Frog of War
animation by Mark Fiore

Zombie Jonas Salk Rises from Grave to Hunt Idiots
satire by Andy Borowitz

The Fact-Checked Adventures of Brian Williams
satire by Andy Borowitz

A Letter from Joni Ernst About Measles
satire by Andy Borowitz

Bush Campaign Hopes to Stoke Nostalgia for Nation’s Most Glorious Era
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama’s New Popularity Could Force Congressional Democrats to Admit to Knowing Him
satire by Andy Borowitz

Misremembering
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Open Carry
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Militant Islam
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Pseudoscience
cartoon by Nick Anderson

How to Avoid Killing and Maiming Children
animation by Mark Fiore

The Unicorn Whose Tears Were 1976 Ford Fiestas, and more Super-Fun-Pak Comix
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Everything's a reboot
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Mike Huckabee is right about gay marriage
cartoon by Matt Bors

Digital doctor deniers, or the 'webcam abortion' myth
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The liberation of Biff
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Romney Incredibly Relieved That He Can Keep All His Houses
satire by Andy Borowitz

Obama Signs Executive Order Closing Congress
satire by Andy Borowitz

Republican Candidates Descend on Iowa
satire by Andy Borowitz

Football Emergency
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Drilling
cartoon by Nick Anderson

Sarah Palin
cartoon by Nick Anderson

King Abdullah: Royal Pain
animation by Mark Fiore

Chagrin Falls: A patriotic debate
cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Deflation nation
cartoon by Brian McFadden

Useful tips from Joni Ernst
cartoon by Jen Sorensen

The future of climate debate
cartoon by Matt Bors

Science stuff
cartoon by Tom Tomorrow

Occupied Territory
cartoon by Matt Wuerker

 

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