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Will Ahmed No-Pack Rain on Obama's Parade?

Wednesday, 12 November 2008, 3:26 pm | Steve Weissman

If state officials across the country ever count all the absentee and provisional ballots, Obama's popular vote might equal his landslide victory in the Electoral College, adding weight to his overwhelming mandate to fix the economy, end our dependence ... More >>

Obama Won, but Capitalists Tool On

Friday, 7 November 2008, 11:06 pm | Steve Weissman

Poor John Galt. Only last year, The New York Times referred to Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" as "one of the most influential business books ever written," and portrayed Galt, the novel's iconic hero, as a role model for corporate CEOs in their dogged ... More >>

Welcome to the Revolution

Thursday, 16 October 2008, 1:51 pm | Steve Weissman

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States proclaimed itself the world's only super-power and hawked American-style capitalism as the only economic system worth considering. How the mighty have fallen. A needless war in Iraq now calls into ... More >>

America's Right-Wing Zealots Will Not Fade Away

Friday, 10 October 2008, 12:11 am | Steve Weissman

In 1964, Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona ran for president as a rock-ribbed conservative who yearned to roll back both the Soviet Empire and FDR's New Deal. He carried only six states with 52 electoral votes, and Lyndon Johnson remained the commander-in-chief ... More >>

Sarah Palin: A Gidget for God's Truth

Thursday, 11 September 2008, 4:52 pm | Steve Weissman

"The Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation," declared John McCain back in September 2007. With his vice-presidential pick of Governor Sarah Palin, he has found a winsome soul mate who is even more of a Christian nationalist, ... More >>

Steve Weissman: Bashing Obama's Dream?

Wednesday, 3 September 2008, 10:42 am | Steve Weissman

Hearing Barack Obama speak last week in Denver, I found it hard to avoid bittersweet memories of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in August 1963. How far our country has come! And how much further we have yet to travel on ... More >>

Bush's Deal With Iraq: A Time Bomb Set to Explode

Thursday, 28 August 2008, 10:29 am | Steve Weissman

Back in January, the Bush administration proposed a Status of Forces Agreement to govern relations between American troops and the Iraqis after the UN mandate expires in December 2008. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton accused the White House of ... More >>

Russian Jerks Meet Western Knee-Jerks

Tuesday, 26 August 2008, 12:17 am | Steve Weissman

The Russians can be real jerks, but they are not the only ones dragging us into a cold war redo. Blockheads on all sides are bringing back the risk of all-out nuclear conflict, along with a new arms race and the thrusting of American power from the ... More >>

McCain's War: Playing With Nuclear Fire

Wednesday, 20 August 2008, 3:19 pm | Steve Weissman

John McCain calls the conflict in Georgia "the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War," and he is doing everything he can to make it his own, even at the cost of upstaging the shrinking President Bush. But the tragedy ... More >>

Big Bad Russkies and Nasty Neocons

Sunday, 17 August 2008, 4:22 pm | Steve Weissman

When Soviet troops marched into Hungary and Poland in 1956, I remember watching the agony unfold on black and white television, a young infomaniac in the making. One night, I watched with my father's uncle Jack, an old Hungarian Jew who had no ... More >>

Warrior John McCain: Far More Dangerous Than Bush

Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 11:39 am | Steve Weissman

During the hottest days of the Cold War, Gen. Thomas Power headed the Strategic Air Command, whose nuclear-armed B-52s were meant to deter the Soviet Union. General Power, like many of the Air Force brass at the time, believed that nuclear war with ... More >>

Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden

Wednesday, 16 July 2008, 1:42 pm | Steve Weissman

If Osama bin Laden consciously set out to lure the United States into an ever-widening, never-ending and militarily unwinnable war, President George W. Bush is providing exactly the war the bearded one wanted. Start with Iraq, where for all his talk of ... More >>

Bomb Bomb Iran by Summer's End?

Wednesday, 30 April 2008, 10:20 am | Steve Weissman

When Senator John McCain serenaded reporters last April with his "Bomb Bomb Iran," I had to wonder. Was this a taste of his aging flyboy humor? Or was he telling us what to expect should he ever become president? We may never find out. If Vice President ... More >>

Steve Weissman: Baiting Obama

Tuesday, 22 April 2008, 1:11 pm | Steve Weissman

Bill Ayers is one of the more interesting people I've known, and I would love to discuss how, in the heat of the Vietnam War, he went from running a Summerhill school in Anna Arbor to bombing government buildings as a leader of the Weather Underground. ... More >>

Steve Weissman: Tibet and the Games Nations Play

Wednesday, 16 April 2008, 8:07 am | Steve Weissman

For people asking little more than the right to live their own lives in their own way, Tibetans once again find themselves in the morass of great power politics. They have been in this swamp before and know how quickly old friends can turn their backs, ... More >>

McCain and Petraeus Remain Gung Ho

Tuesday, 8 April 2008, 10:26 am | Steve Weissman

John McCain is no warmonger, he tells us. More than most, he knows the agony of war in a deeply personal way. Why, then, does he persist in portraying Iraq, Afghanistan and the "Global War on Terror" as primarily military problems? Does he truly believe ... More >>

Steve Weissman: When the Clintons Mine Big Bucks

Monday, 7 April 2008, 11:26 am | Steve Weissman

Frank Giustra has never been a lobbyist and has never contributed a dime to Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, at least not directly. But if Hillary were to win in November, the Canadian mining mogul could reasonably expect to have a big say. Money ... More >>

Weissman: Exploring the Mind of a Racist Killer

Sunday, 31 July 2005, 5:02 pm | Steve Weissman

Author's Note: In the early 1980s, my wife Anna and I investigated a racial killing in my hometown, Tampa, Florida. This is the story, which I recently rewrote for a new book-in-progress, And Then You Die: True Stories, Take Two. More >>

Weissman: Kill Them There, or They'll Kill Us Here

Thursday, 28 July 2005, 1:11 pm | Steve Weissman

Having lived in London during the IRA bombing campaign of the 1970s, I can feel a small part of the terror that bus and subway riders must have felt when the four bombs exploded on July 7, and again when only the detonators went off last week. ... More >>

Steve Weissman: Kill the Messenger, Hide the News

Thursday, 23 June 2005, 1:11 pm | Steve Weissman

When truthout boss Marc Ash asked me earlier this year to look into the Pentagon's killing of journalists, I didn't know what to expect. Many reporters at the time believed that American soldiers were purposely targeting them. But, as I soon found, ... More >>