Obama’s Zig Zag Maneuvers with Israel and Iran

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*+-Gareth Porter: Netanyahu, like every previous Israeli prime minister, understands that an Israeli strike against Iran depends not only on US tolerance, but direct involvement against Iran, at least after the initial attack.

Ten Years On: Operation Torture

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*+-Vijay Prashad: There is no such thing as a little torture or a little illegal bombing, a little war, a little fear. As with bloodletting, torture weakens the body politic. It is another legacy of 9/11.

Why Mitch McConnell Will Win the Day

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*+-Robert Reich: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s compromise on the debt ceiling is a win for the President disguised as a win for Republicans. But it really just kicks the can down the road past the 2012 election – which is what almost every sane politician in Washington wants to happen in any event.

On Neo-Tory Counter-Revolutionaries

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*+-Bob Barker: today’s “Conservative Republicans” are a serious, amoral army of ignorant, self-centered, social predators driven by greed and power.

The Unintended Consequences of the Loughner Rampage

*+-Jasmyne Cannick: I can almost guarantee you that it’s going to be next to impossible for the average citizen to meet with their representative. Because if they didn’t have good cause for blatantly avoiding you before—you can betcha bottom tax dollar they do now.

Obama’s Upcoming Hush-Hush Damage-Control Meeting with LGBTQ Leaders

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*+-The President has been an Obama-nation on LGBTQ issues since he’s taken office. The political carrots Obama dangled before us as campaign promises are now looking like merely empty rhetoric that was used to court our votes and to collect our campaign dollars. But with a 74% disapproval rating the President now has with us […]