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Tim Robbins Blasts Bush and U.S. Media Ignorance of ‘High Crimes’ in Iraq

At a news conference in Athens promoting his stage version of George Orwell’s “1984,” actor/director Tim Robbins blasted the U.S. government’s policy on terrorism and the U.S. media’s failure to critically examine it. “We have right now a media that is willfully ignoring the high crimes and misdemeanours of the president of the United States,” […]

If Only Dick Cheney Treated Other Daughters and Sons Like His Own

As hard as it may be to tell, even Dick Cheney isn’t all bad. Evidence of this is seen in Mary Cheney’s memoirs, as reported by Vanity Fair: In her new memoir, Now It’s My Turn (Simon & Schuster/Threshold Editions, 2006), Mary Cheney writes that when she told her parents she was gay, the first […]

Why We Must Leave Iraq

Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, Director of the National Security Agency from 1985 to 1988 and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute explains in Foreign Affairs why it is in our national interest to Cut and Run from Iraq: Two facts, however painful, must be recognized, or we will remain perilously confused in Iraq. First, […]

The Taliban Threat

If only George Bush had been serious about fighting terrorism after 9/11, rather than seeking political gain and an excuse to implement previously held plans for Iraq. If he had been serious, he might have concentrated on destroying the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan (and capturing bin Laden). The New York Times reports on […]

Kennedy and Bi-partisan Group of House, Senate Colleagues Call for Voting Rights Act Extension

Today, as primaries got under way in many states including Ohio, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of House and Senate Democrats and Republicans including Senators Reid, Frist, Specter, Leahy, Obama, Salazar and Representatives Hastert, Pelosi, Lewis, Sensenbrenner, Conyers, Watt, Chabot, and Nadler to call for the reauthorization of the Voting Rights […]

Leahy Accuses FBI of Spying on Anti-war Groups

Senator Patrick Leahy took the FBI to task today at the Senate Judiciary hearing on FBI oversight (see earlier post here). Leahy complained that “there was “evidence” the federal agency was monitoring peace groups, including the Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice, a Roman Catholic organization from Pennsylvania, and the “Raging Grannies” group of […]

What Your Kids Are NOT Learning in School

Do you know what your kids are learning in school? Or, put more bluntly do you know what your kids are NOT learning in school? Geography. Sadly, “nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi.” Americans between the ages of 18 and […]

Fact Check: U.S. Government Commissioned Spanish-Language ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ in 1919

From ThinkProgress today on the hubbub on the right, over the Spanish version of the Star Spangled Banner… The right wing is up in arms over a new version of the Star-Spangled Banner written in Spanish. Last week President Bush stated that “the national anthem ought to be sung in English.” Yesterday Sen. Lamar Alexander […]