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Engage In Talks With The Taliban Now

Engage In Talks With The Taliban Now

You had to love the headline the Philadelphia Inquirer put on the jump page of columnist Trudy Rubin’s Sunday commentary about word that the Obama administration is hoping to talk with at least some mid-level Taliban leaders about giving up the fight and “coming over” to the “government” side. “Relax–No deal with Taliban is Imminent,” the headline read. “I suggest everyone take a deep breath,” Rubin wrote. “The US position toward talks with the Taliban has shifted somewhat, but no deal with top Taliban leaders is imminent, or even likely.”

Can The White House Control The Media?

Can The White House Control The Media?

Now that one of every four Americans gets the news online, a communications authority wonders if the White House is still able to control the news. “The transformation of media has not only undermined the imperial institutions of the mainstream media; it has undermined the imperial Presidency,” writes Ken Auletta, a media authority, in the January 25th The New Yorker.

Rep. Donald Payne: ‘I Won’t Oppose War Money Because Obama’s President’

Rep. Donald Payne: ‘I Won’t Oppose War Money Because Obama’s President’

This week I asked Rep. Donald Payne if he would commit to voting No on the next $33 billion for war. I asked him privately, just after he’d given a long speech to a Progressive Democrats of America conference in New Jersey, a speech about how much he opposes the wars. Payne told me that he didn’t want to commit to voting No on the next “emergency war supplemental” because Obama is president, echoing Jan Schakowsky’s comments last June when she made a similar reversal.

Tony Blair Grilled Over Legality Of Iraq War

Tony Blair Grilled Over Legality Of Iraq War

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair told the Chilcot Inquiry that he has no regrets over sending British troops to war in Iraq. Tweet

Obama Describes “Messy Process” During Healthcare Negotiations, Takes “Responsibility”

Obama Describes “Messy Process” During Healthcare Negotiations, Takes “Responsibility”

At the House Republican conference meeting Friday in Baltimore, President Obama is asked by freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) about opening health care negotiations to television cameras. President Obama describes a “messy process” and says he takes “responsibility.” Tweet

Justice Department Will Look For A New Venue To Hold 9/11 Trial

Justice Department Will Look For A New Venue To Hold 9/11 Trial

The Obama administration has signaled that it wants the Justice Department to relocate the 9/11 terror trials, according to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The Senator’s spokesman, Josh Vlasto, said Schumer spoke “with high-level members of the administration and urged them to find alternatives.” The move comes a little more than a day after Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on the Justice Department to change the venue of the trial.

Blunt: What Say You?

Blunt: What Say You?

Newsmakers weigh in on the latest political issues.

Howard Zinn: “Largest Lie” Was US War On Terrorism

Howard Zinn: “Largest Lie” Was US War On Terrorism

The “largest lie,” wrote hisorian Howard Zinn who died yesterday at age 87, is that “everything the United States does is to be pardoned because we are engaged in a ‘war on terrorism.’” “This ignores the fact that war is itself terrorism, that the barging into people’s homes and taking away family members and subjecting them to torture, that is terrorism, that invading and bombing other countries does not give us more security but less security.”

A Preview Of Tony Blair’s Testimony Before The Iraq War Inquiry

A Preview Of Tony Blair’s Testimony Before The Iraq War Inquiry

A report giving the context that led Tony Blair to give evidence at the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war. . Tweet

The Supreme Court’s Right-Wing Clique has Given Us a Great Opportunity

The Supreme Court’s Right-Wing Clique has Given Us a Great Opportunity

Flash! The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision overturning the over 60-year-old ban on corporations giving money to political campaigns is not the end of democracy as we know it, or the onset of fascism in America, as some of hyperventilating progressives have been claiming. Sure it’s an outrage to say, as the court majority did, that corporations have the same rights as people. But let’s face it: Corporations have long dominated the American political scene. They didn’t need to be free to donate in their own corporate names.

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