Ten Years Since Mission Accomplished: Let’s Review the Imagery

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Joseph Palermo: In U.S.-occupied Iraq, every car bomb, every I.E.D., every suicide bomber, and every sectarian killing that followed that sunny day in May off the San Diego coast made a mockery of Bush’s premature spiking of the proverbial football and brought deserved derision from the rest of the world.

Iraq: A Ten-Year Anniversary We’d Rather Forget

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Joseph Palermo: And after throwing away so many lives and so much money we’re now being told (by many of the same people who sold us the Iraq War) that we have no resources left to ensure that our children get a good education, or that our elderly can retire in dignity, or our poor people are given hope for a better future.

Washington Agog as Petraeus Caught with Pants Down

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Karen Finney: Whether or not an extramarital affair should be grounds for stepping down from a high-level post, it’s a tragic and potentially dangerous reality of hyper-partisan Washington that events are so easily perverted into partisan witch hunts.

Democrats Hold Upper Hand As Fiscal Cliff Approaches

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Robert Reich: Democrats want a deal that raises taxes only on America’s wealthy and doesn’t substantially alter Medicare, and Social Security — which is the opposite of what Republicans want.

Issa Launches Libya Witch Hunt Against Obama Administration

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Julie Driscoll: Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and former Bushie Brad Blakeman are pissing on our legs and telling us it’s raining, claiming falsely that there’s a “bipartisan” committee, when it’s nothing more than a witch hunt run by Darrell Issa

Voters Rejecting Republican Policies, Not Just Mitt Romney

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Randy Shaw: The truth is that no Republican could win the White House in 2012 running on the failed tax cuts and disastrous war-first foreign policy of President George W. Bush.

Latino Vote Uphill Climb for Romney

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Pilar Marrero: Mitt Romney continues to overwhelmingly lose the Latino vote and has low levels of favorability among the majority of the Latino electorate.

Condi’s Augusta National Membership Nothing to Celebrate

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Dave Zirin: I’m sure it’s tempting to look at today as an advance for women in sports. But it’s very difficult think that today’s national celebration of a multi-billionaire and a war criminal has anything to do with women’s liberation.

Republicans Panicked That Obama Might Run with Hillary Clinton

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Brent Budowsky: Romney-Ryan promises the third term of President George W. Bush, which is why Romney wisely and cowardly hides Bush when Republicans meet at their convention. While Obama wisely and proudly showcases Bill Clinton when Democrats meet at theirs.

Bain Matters

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Kaaren Finney: Romney is asking Americans to believe that while he signed documents affirming he was president, CEO and sole shareholder of a company, he had no involvement in it, and Bain and its investors were comfortable with that arrangement.

Romney at the NAACP

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Karen Finney: Romney could strike his own legacy and tell the audience that while he and President Obama differ on many issues, they are both children of God and sons of America.

Is the Latina Single Mom Vote in Play?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Latinos were the hardest hit by the recession, but Latina single moms and their families, were dealt the hardest blow. Will this blow shape the political preferences of Latina single moms come November.

Romney’s Gay Fall Guy

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Rev. Irene Monroe: It is also evident that Romney is neither a friend nor ally to those LGBTQ Republicans who would work on his behalf to get him elected.

Leaving the Dumb War in Iraq

Vijay Prashad: Having Iraq exercise its sovereignty is not sufficient to justify the war in the first place. Eight years after the war, no justifications remain. It was a dumb war, and it remains so.

How Maliki and Iran Outsmarted the U.S. on Troop Withdrawal

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Gareth Porter: The ambitious plans of the U.S. military to use Iraq to dominate the Middle East militarily and politically had been foiled by the very regime the United States had installed

Bishop Eddie Long Takes a Sabbatical

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Sharon Kyle: Bishop Eddie Long announced he will be taking a sabbatical. Reported in the AP, this comes days after his wife Vanessa announced that she had filed for divorce

What Brings Democrats and Republicans Together: A White President?

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Anthony Samad: The rise of the Tea Party wouldn’t have taken place had we had a white president. Blink if you want to…but the fact this has not happened to any other President has raised my “Race-dar,” beyond anything ideological battles could muster. Race(ism) has not disappeared in this country. It’s just been codified.

The West Has a Double Standard in Terrorism Cases

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Ivan Eland: In the case of al-Qaeda, focusing on Islam is just a way of avoiding a much-needed introspective examination of U.S. foreign policy to see if unneeded, and often counterproductive, U.S. interventions in the Muslim world could be eliminated.

Racism in K-12 Public Schools

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Jessie Daniels: The clever, sinister thing about institutional racism in education is that it operates relentlessly on its own, like a machine, even when people of good will want it to operate differently.

Ending Wars Fought to Hike Corporate Profits

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Sherwood Ross: Humanism has little place in U.S. global affairs these days when government acts as the enforcement arm of capitalism-run-amok.

Geneva Conventions Redefined: The New U.S. Department of War

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Gary Corseri and Eric Shine: Today, the most disturbing sign of this take-over of all of the civilian commons by the military, at least in the U.S., comes in the form of a new, or reinvigorated, Department of War.

Real Immigration Reform Needed, Not Just Words

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Alvaro Huerta: Instead of sympathetic words for immigrants in a re-election, campaign-style format, we need for Obama to make immigration reform a top priority in lieu of pandering to a growing Latino electorate.

Immigration Bill Too Much for Mitt to Read

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Andrea Nill: Romney has decided to play it safe by touting border security and opposing immigration reform on the grounds that he’d have to read a really long bill

Bush Concerned Nation ‘Going Through Period’ of Nativism

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Andrea Nill: The Bush brothers don’t appear ready to fully acknowledge the role their party has played in stoking nativism and killing the chances for sensible immigration reform in the near future.

We Create Our Own Reality

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Berry Craig: Tea Party types are cool with Bachmann because she loves what they love — guns and the Good Lord, for instance. And she disdains what they disdain — immigrants, gay people and the “Kenyan” “Muslim Marxist” in the White House whose “plan” is “white slavery” come to mind.

AARP’s Magazine Plays Softball in the Bush League

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Sherwood Ross: Next to the happy, smiling face of this clueless warmonger are the words: “What he regrets, what he wants next (grandkids!)” — as if Bush is some typical retiree who hadn’t started two wars over resounding global protests and brought misery and death to millions.

Supreme Court Overturns Giant Victory in World Series

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Ron Wolff: In a stunning and unexpected development, the United States Supreme Court has vacated the recent victory of the San Francisco Giants over the Texas Rangers, awarding the World Series crown to the team from the Lone Star State.

Obama at Midterm – Grading on a Presidential Curve

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Gil Troy: The “Yes We Can” Candidate of 2008 – who seemingly could do no wrong – is now seen by millions as the President who can do no right leading a sobered “No We Can’t” citizenry, many of whom have lost jobs, lost hope for the future, and lost faith in the man who seemed so promising as a leader just two years ago.

Bob Woodward and All the President’s Men

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Andrew J. Bacevich: Once a serious journalist, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward now makes a very fine living as chief gossip-monger of the governing class.

Are Seniors Right of Center?

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Tina Dupuy: A right-of-center nation would have never embraced the extremely liberal notion of public retirement insurance for its citizens. And government-funded health care for seniors like Medicare?! That’s not “free market” – that’s not “freedom.”

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