VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)
Jul25

VIDEO: Snowden and Elsberg at the HOPE X Summit (Hope X, New York)

This is an extraordinary video of an exchange between Edward Snowden and the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Elsberg. The encounter took place on Monday at the HOPE X Hacker’s summit in New York City. Snowden recieves a hero’s welcome with long ovations and unmitigated praise from Elsberg, who says Snowden’s emergence gave him ‘hope’ for the first time in many years. To Snowden’s critics,...

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Blind ideological justice
Jul25

Blind ideological justice

WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use...

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As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul24

As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Generally speaking, it takes a lot to knock the Dutch off balance, but the catastrophe in Ukraine has done so, even to the point of bringing Dutch threats of unilateral military action. Continuing with our monitoring of the Dutch reaction to the crisis, for Elsevier, columnist Afshin Ellian lashes out at Vladimir Putin and the ‘mafia state’ that according to him, comprises part of a new ‘axis of evil.’...

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Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution
Jul24

Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution

“…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying,,,, If that doesn’t stop America’s barbaric executions, I don’t know what will. Certainly the Supreme Court is pushing to enter the hall of shame. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, one day after the United States Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution granted by a federal appeals court last Saturday, the execution of Joseph R. Wood III commenced....

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Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul23

Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

The depth of Arab agony over the Palestinian predicament and the future of the Muslim world pours out of this column from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran. Columnist Moncef Wafi, expressing a sense of betrayal and frustration over almost every decision-making authority imaginable, writes that the Arab Spring is to Arabs what the White man was to the American Indian: ‘a cancer that has metastasized, infecting almost the...

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Renisha McBride: Trayvon Again
Jul23

Renisha McBride: Trayvon Again

The jury is being chosen in Detroit for what some think of as a repeat of the Trayvon Martin case. This time it’s about a 19-year-old woman — Renisha McBride — who, after a car accident likely caused by drinking, knocked on the door of a 55-year-old white man and was shot as a prospective “burglar.” In Detroit, you understand, burglars commonly knock first. [Theodore] Wafer shot McBride on his front porch...

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Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch Have Elite Troops for a Reason! (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul22

Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch Have Elite Troops for a Reason! (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Just 24 hours ago, as this column from Elsevier of the Netherlands shows, there was significant talk among the Dutch of the need to threaten the use of elite forces to secure the MH17 crash site and the corpses of the dead – most of whom are Dutch. Whether the events of the last 24 hours have diminished that impulse is unclear. For Elsevier, columnist Eric Vrijsen begins his preroration by highlighting the growing pressure on...

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Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)
Jul22

Fox News: Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation ‘Endangers Religious Liberty’ (Updated)

Read an Opinion by the New York Times Editorial Board following the post. On Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the existing Executive Order...

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Inversion or Perversion?
Jul22

Inversion or Perversion?

The house is on fire and the occupants are eating dinner and not paying attention. While our tax base is being whittled away by large American corporations, members of Congress are twiddling their thumbs and doing nothing. The willingness of Congress to allow these “inversions” to occur is another sign of the dysfunction in Washington and the “perversion” in the American political system. To escape higher corporate taxes in the U.S.,...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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House GOP’s Hilarious Strategy is Born to Lose
Jul20

House GOP’s Hilarious Strategy is Born to Lose

House GOP’s Hilarious Strategy is Born to Lose By Dick Polman Recently, I wrote that summer is the time for stupid political stunts, and John Boehner should honor that tradition by making good on his vow to sue President Obama for alleged executive abuses. “Do it, Mr. Speaker,” I urged. “Give us a laugh during silly season.” Yes! He’s doing it! A House GOP committee has drafted Boehner’s...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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Federal Judge Rules California’s Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional
Jul17

Federal Judge Rules California’s Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Orange County, California, has ruled that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional. Although many blogs and news outlets are trumpeting the decision as a blow against the death penalty broadly, close examination of the order shows that the effect may actually be quite narrow. Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled that lengthy delays in carrying out executions under California’s death penalty undermined any...

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The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)
Jul17

The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)

Today we have three columns on the immigration crises from Mexican newspapers El Universal and Excelsior, and from La Prensa of Honduras. All three reflect frustration with the handling of the crisis by the governments in Mexico and Central America, and notably, none expresses any real consternation with the United States. First, as the flow of child migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border continues to build, this...

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Unreality and Child Protection
Jul15

Unreality and Child Protection

South Carolina police have jailed a mother and placed her daughter in protective custody. The mother’s crime? Allowing her daughter to play in a park crowded with other children while mom worked at McDonald’s. The case highlights a little-noticed problem in how laws protecting children have evolved. Basically, the concept of “endangerment of a child” means . . . whatever county social workers want it to mean....

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Bordering on Heartless
Jul14

Bordering on Heartless

WASHINGTON — Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States. “Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said....

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Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.
Jul13

Military Retirees: Light ‘Em Up – at Your Own Risk.

I am a military retiree. In the back of my mind I knew that retired members of the armed forces (who are entitled to pay) are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). As a hopefully law-abiding retiree I have never given it much thought, however. Furthermore, it was my understanding that if a retiree was ever “hauled-in” to face military justice, it would be for some very severe crime. In a recent article, the...

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Cartoon: Boy Named Sue
Jul13

Cartoon: Boy Named Sue

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)
Jul12

Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)

Is Hillary Clinton positioning herself to win the ‘Dick Cheney’ vote? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, if Republicans nominate a candidate with more isolationist tendencies like Rand Paul, is likely to result in significant neocon-Republican support for the former first lady. For Le Figaro, Pierre Rousselin begins by examining the devisive...

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GOP Split on Boehner’s Lawsuit Against President Obama
Jul12

GOP Split on Boehner’s Lawsuit Against President Obama

GOP Split on Boehner’s Lawsuit Against President...

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