Sept. 11 Heroes Disdained on the Right By Joe Conason — To understand the depths of shame and cynicism in the partisan stalling of health legislation for 9/11 first responders, it is only necessary to recall how eagerly Republican politicians once rushed to identify themselves with New York City’s finest and bravest. *
God Bless Bernie Sanders by Jacob Heilbrunn Author, "They Knew They Were Right: the Rise of the Neocons" Sometimes it's worth taking a stand. Sanders didn't just do that. In pointing to the gross disparities in wealth in the United States, he did something else. He told the truth. The contrast with President Obama could hardly have been starker. * A Vermont Senator Becomes a Twitter Sensation *
WikiLeaks and the End of U.S. ‘Diplomacy’ By Amy Goodman — The way the U.S. conducts diplomacy is now getting more exposure than ever—as is the apparent ease with which the U.S. government lives up (or down) to the adage used by pioneering journalist I.F. Stone: “Governments lie.”
Blaming Obama’s America First By E.J. Dionne, Jr. — We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.
Iran’s Best Friends on Capitol Hill By Joe Conason — By stalling or killing President Obama’s new START treaty, Republicans would provide moral support to Iran, North Korea and any other rogue regime seeking to arm itself with nukes. *