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The New U Now

<b>This is a process that I put together for myself about 15 ago - after years of struggle and frustration.</b><p>And it's THE single biggest determining …

The Raid

Three years after killing Osama, America is still haunted by Pakistan. So am I.<p>The morning the news broke that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, three years ago this weekend, I was pursuing a very different kind of story.<p>My Pakistani colleagues and I were traveling to …

Bush crew’s deplorable return: How their reemergence sends a deadly message

Enough with puff pieces about painting, and platforms for their self-defense. It only damns us to repeat the past<p>It’s been more than five years since Dick Cheney left the White House and nearly eight years since Donald Rumsfeld was booted from the Pentagon. With the obvious exception of George W. …

First They Attacked A Mall, Then They Repelled SEAL Team Six: The Rise of Al Qaeda 2.0

Few Americans had ever heard of al Shabaab before the fall of 2013. That changed on Sept. 21, when gunmen armed with AK-47s entered the Westgate Mall, a suburban-style shopping center in an upscale neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, and began calmly, methodically hunting down and murdering shoppers, …

The Clinton library's secret files

A trove of Clinton White House records long processed for release remains hidden from public view at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock — even though the legal basis initially used to withhold them expired more than a year ago.<p>The papers contain confidential advice given to or sought …

Now the banks are ruining pot! The inside story of their latest blackmail ploy

<b>(Reuters/Rick Wilking)</b><p>Financial overlords are holding marijuana sellers hostage in a selfish deregulation scheme. Here’s the awful story<p>David Dayen<p>February 19, 2014 12:43pm (UTC)<p>Legal marijuana businesses and their allies thought they earned a victory Friday. As I reported last month, traditional …

Vietnam whitewash! How the Pentagon is trying to water down history

<b>Richard Nixon (AP)</b><p>An initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war is selectively choosing which facts to tell<p>Nick Turse<p>February 19, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It’s 2053 -- 20 years since you needed a computer, tablet, or smart phone to go online. At …

“Where do you get that nonsense?” Jesse Ventura unloads on millionaires, “Duck Dynasty” and drones

Former Minnesota governor sounds off to Salon on taxes, labor and Mandela — and the 1 member of Congress he likes<p>Former pro wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura pulled off a rare upset in 1998, becoming the fifth person in five decades to win a governor’s race as neither a Democrat nor a Republican. …

The right’s hopes are dashed: Why there’s no civil war among Democrats

Hacks and pundits are desperately seeking conflict between the Warren and Clinton “camps.” Democrats shouldn’t help<p>The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Philip Rucker apparently made it official, for the Beltway, anyway: There’s a split in the Democratic Party that threatens its post-Obama future. The …

How Richard Nixon reinvented American warfare

As the public soured on Vietnam, Nixon rebooted U.S. military strategy — and paved the way for Iraq and Afghanistan<p>In 1972, with the Vietnam War still raging, Democrats certainly hoped to make the large loss of American life a pivotal issue in their effort to oust Nixon. Washington Post cartoonist …

Why the GOP’s civil war is only going to get uglier

Again, they misunderstand Econ 101 — and the ride they’re being taken on by the Tea Party and religious right<p>When it comes to explaining complex political dynamics, the media tends to adopt simple narratives rather than sophisticated commentary. This has been particularly evident when examining …

Obama’s Three Challenges for January

President Barack Obama returned to Washington on Sunday after a 2½-week vacation in Hawaii. Waiting for him is an imposing mix of unfinished work and …

Democrats May Get Their Own Destructive Tea Party Movement

The rise of Bill de Blasio and Elizabeth Warren shows the progressive wing is powerful and angry. How soon until their fans pick primary fights with …

After Liz Cheney’s Departure, Here Are Three GOP Senate Primaries That Matter

As Liz Cheney ap­par­ently real­ized, de­feat­ing a well-liked and deeply con­ser­vat­ive sen­at­or in a Re­pub­lic­an primary is tough. At least …

Republicans

From Nixon to Paul Ryan: How right-wing radicals deceive America

By shifting the spectrum of debate, here’s how America’s rightward march has been normalized throughout history<p>From Nixon to Reagan to Gingrich to Bush to Paul Ryan and Chris Christie today, leaders who've shifted America to the right have been aided by moderating misrepresentations. In the case of …

Morning Must Reads: January 6

Sudan’s Lost Boys Are Drawn Into War at Home [NYT]<p>Who Lost Fallujah? [TIME]<p>Obama’s 3 Challenges for January [TIME]<p>Profitable Learning Curve for …