Politics

Julian Assange Says ‘Publishers Must Be Free To Publish’

Julian Assange sat down with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft to talk about WikiLeaks. Assange views WikiLeaks as no different than any other publisher and therefore, if the US government were to arrest him that would blow a hole right through the First Amendment. “Publishers must be free to publish,” Assange told Kroft.

Revolution Egypt: January 30, 2011 (Update)

The following post will be updated as new information comes out of Egypt. Obviously, this is a rapidly evolving story. Jan. 30, 2011 – 19:04 EST — NBC’s Richard Engel reporting from Cairo about Egyptian military show-of-force and looting. Many Egyptians, Engel said, believe that Mubarak is allowing the looting to take place because he

Inside the White House: The State of the Union Address

At 9 p.m. Eastern time, President Obama is going to deliver his third State of the Union address. The White House released this video to show a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes leading up to tonight’s event.

In Egypt, Protesters Follow Tunisia and Seek New Government

Bolstered by the success of the Tunisian revolution, anti-government protesters took to the streets of Cairo today to call for an end to President Hosni Mubarek’s 30-year reign. The best source of information on this breaking story is from The Guardian.

Krugman: The Competition Myth

According to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the Great Recession was a teachable moment for Americans to learn that unregulated markets are unstable. That’s not the only thing Krugman would like Americans to learn from the latest recession, but it’s a key point that he feels was missed. Another one is that corporations don’t

Darrell Issa Releases ‘High Quality’ Oversight Committee Video

This is evidently part one in a series of “high quality” videos Darrell Issa will be producing as the chairman of the House Oversight committee. The portion of the video with the Geto Boys is me, but the rest, beginning with “Oversight Productions” is 100 percent Issa. Step away from iMovie.

Seymour Hersh’s 21st Century Crusades Conspiracy

On Twitter today, Oliver Willis tweeted, “looks like seymour hersh got caught talking out of his rear again http://wapo.st/gTKb7c.” Seymour Hersh often has interesting things to say, so I clicked. Apparently Hersh has been going around giving speeches about a conspiracy involving top military brass engaged in a modern-day Crusade against Islam. “In a speech

The US Constitution Created the Federal Government

There are a lot of people, including some members of Congress, who don’t understand what the US Constitution is and why it was created. Freshman Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) was asked the following question by talk-radio host Doug Fabrizio about whether the federal government should be involved in dealing with a natural disaster. “You said

Exiting the Hyperbolic Chamber

I’ve spent too much time blogging, tweeting and bickering with radicals and nutcases over the last few years. I’m done. I’m stepping out of the hyperbolic chamber. From this point forward, this space will be used to elevate the political discourse in America. I won’t be blogging about Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin unless they

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’

On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was arrested for his part in the Birmingham Campaign. The Birmingham Campaign was a non-violent protest against the unequal treatment of African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama. 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent

JFK Uncovers Nixon Bribes and He’s the Bad Guy?

For some reason modern “journalists” get their panties in a wad over false moral equivalencies. In the Washington Post, Mark Feldstein, wrote a story about how John F. Kennedy’s campaign actually stole the 1960 election by burglarizing a Nixon office and stealing incriminating evidence, which the Kennedy campaign gave to the press. To be fair,

Tax Cut Bill Contains $55 Billion in Industry Subsidies and Giveaways

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen has a story today about the $858 billion tax-cut compromise hashed out between President Obama and his Republican colleagues last week. It’s wending its way through Congress right now. Eggen reports that buried inside the legislation is more than $55 billion worth of “giveaways and tax reductions from some of

Michael Moore: Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange

Today, Michael Moore wired $20,000 to a London court to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on bail. Here’s why Moore says he did it. — Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000

President Barack ‘Argumentum Ad Populum’ Obama

According to recent polls, most Americans support tax cuts, and according to Obama, they support his recent compromise with Republicans to extend all of President Bush’s tax cuts for the middle class and millionaires alike. I don’t know if all of that is true. I can’t tell from the polls if Americans just like the

The Nation: Obama’s Drug War

The Nation’s Michelle Alexander story “Obama’s Drug War” highlights the ridiculous drug war launched by the US under President Richard Nixon and continues today by President Obama. Among the very few people celebrating our country’s fiscal crisis are criminal justice reformers. Bill Piper, national affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance, gushed recently, “Budgetary issues