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Sadly, the old slander that a liberal is someone who has never been mugged is turning out to be true.

How the right is using trade law to overturn American democracy.

There is mass hunger and need in Afghanistan, and the UN is under great pressure to get supplies through.

The Bush administration is trying to win hearts and minds—through a carefully stage-managed media campaign.

The inclusion of women in peace negotiations would go a long way toward addressing their exploitation and abuse in war-torn areas.

Death rates are alarming but lower than claimed. Saddam shares responsibility.

An interview with Vincent Bugliosi about the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Bush v. Gore.

Civil rights are under attack through legislation and executive actions that purport to help fight terrorism.

Will academic freedom survive?

Events in the recent past are receding as the ominous future comes into focus.


A painful reminder of how long the debacle has dragged on. Newspaper editorials failed for years to advocate a phased U.S. withdrawal, and there was no "Cronkite moment" coming from TV. In fact, the first MSM legend to come out for a pullout was an unlikely advocate.

May 17, 2010

Your morning "cheat sheet," today featuring "60 MInutes" on the oil slick,  David Carr on SEO, Pete Seeger on newspaper workers, the New Yorker on Andrew Breitbart,  Rachel Maddow commences,  and much more.

May 17, 2010

The Lakers Coach's views on Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 make his team's upcoming series against Los Suns a battle between fear and resistance.

May 16, 2010

Our daily updates, this time featuring Frank Rich on rent boys, Sarah Palin on rednecks, Bill Moyers on film censorship, Georgia says no to Colbert  and much more.

May 15, 2010

The legendary L.A. institution faces a heartbreaking financial crisis.

May 14, 2010

The oil leak gets (even) worse, Colbert on Beck, Chomsky on the Tea Party, Studs Terkel returns, conservatives rake muck, cable news on Kagan and softball,  Elizabeth Warren on cover of TIME, and much more. 

May 14, 2010

Don't count single-payer out yet. Vermont just passed a bill mandating a study of three approaches to universal healthcare, including single-payer, and will adopt the best plan.

May 13, 2010

We previewed "Fair Game" last week and now it's about to be screened at Cannes.  Here's the first look, as Valerie (Naomi Watts) and Joe (Sean Penn) argue in a playground.

May 12, 2010

"Advocating ethnic solidarity" is now illegal in Arizona public schools.

May 12, 2010

Lawrence Lessig and Glenn Greenwald debate Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination.

May 12, 2010