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Her memoir, ‘Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour,’ takes readers on a three-year odyssey from the depths of despair, to the former mega-pastor’s being ‘cured’ of his homosexual ‘compulsions.’  

By Bill Berkowitz

The mega-takeaways from Gayle Haggard’s new memoir about the trials and tribulations she went through after her husband Ted’s involvement with a gay prostitute and his solicitation of drugs came to light in November 2006, a

by Dafna Linzer, ProPublica 

For anyone wondering how one of President Obama’s signature pledges seemed to unravel between Monday and Friday, here’s a look at the week that was.

Savvy readers of The New York Times may have noticed a letter to the editor in Tuesday’s edition, co-signed by three city council members including the speaker, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the chairwoman of the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee. One month after the Christmas Day terror plot aboard a Detroit-bound flight, all three city officials came out against trials for five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in Manhattan. The officials’ letter was in response to a speculative article, which ran a week earlier, about possibilities for moving the trial 800 yards out of Manhattan, to nearby Governors Island.

On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly reversed his earlier support for the administration’s trial plan and -- backing the city council members -- also called for the trials to be moved out of Manhattan. It’s hard to overstate the damage that Bloomberg’s position has inflicted on the White House’s efforts to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in New York, as the Justice Department announced last November that it planned to do.

Thursday, 28 January 2010 09:00

CIA and Intelligence Community Mythologies


By Mel Goodman

It is time for serious soul-searching regarding the role of the CIA and the intelligence community.

The man who dressed as a pimp and was responsible for a series of surreptitious videos ‘exposing’ ACORN may wind up in the company of real pimps if he is convicted and serves time for being part of a plot to tamper with the phones in the office of Senator Mary Landrieu.
By Bill Berkowitz
On his way into the offices of ACORN (the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now), dressed in a pimped-out outfit circa the 1970s -- fur jacket, cane, and fedora hat -- James O’Keefe looked conf


By Bill Berkowitz

California’s Field Poll finds that three in ten registered voters ‘identified’ with the Tea Party movement and three in ten don’t believe Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen.
If you are an ultra-conservative candidate and you’re running a Senatorial campaign that a poll released last week had you finishing third in the Republican primary with just 6 percent support, the results of this week’s Field Poll might boost your flagging spirits. That’s likely how California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore feels after seeing the results of The Field Poll regarding the Tea Party movement. However, this poll, like others on the same subject, pretty much confirmed that the Tea Party movement appears to be the traditional Republican Party/conservative movement in a new set of clothes. 


By Bill Berkowitz 

The Tea Party-related National Precinct Alliance is organizing in precincts across the country to remove every RINO (Republican in Name Only) while grabbing control of the GOP state by state. 
Maybe it was inevitable that a decade that began with heated warnings of an oncoming apocalypse, whose president – a fervent born-again Christian – believed he was chosen by God to shepherd the country through perilous times, and for a brief period saw a light at the


by George Lakoff


In forming his administration, President Obama abandoned the movement that had begun during his campaign for deal-making and a pragmatism that hasn’t worked. That movement is still possible and needed now. Here is look at what is required, and how a version of it is forming in California.

We begin with this week’s triple whammy.

Freedom vs. The Public Option

Saturday, 23 January 2010 23:45

Progressives: Don't Mourn, Organize


By Michael Winship

Tragic events continuing out of Haiti make all the bad news for progressives this week wither in comparison.


By Nikolas Kozlof

Watch the U.S. media and its coverage of the crisis in Haiti, and you get the impression that Washington is a benevolent power doing its utmost to help with emergency relief in the Caribbean island nation. But tune into al-Jazeera English or South American news network Telesur and you come away with a very different view. I was particularly struck by one hard hitting al-Jazeera report posted on You Tube which serves as a fitting antidote to the usual mainstream fare.


By Jim Hightower

Last September, I wrote The Hightower Lowdown about how the Roberts' Court could throw out over 100 years of campaign finance law.

Remember their names: Alito, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas.

Yesterday, from within the dark isolation of the Supreme Court, these five men pulled off a black-robed coup against the American people's democratic authority.

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