Lawrence G. McDonald: Don’t Expect Much From This Lame Duck

It’s right out there in front of us like an Iceberg on the horizon. I’m seeing more and more hedge funds and asset management firms focused on Washington DC based policy moves to come up with crucial investment decisions. There is a secular change going on, investors ignore Capitol Hill at your peril. With this […]

Terry Newell: "If It’s Legal, It Must be OK"

Former President George W. Bush emerged from his nearly two-year, self-imposed silence recently to speak about his presidency, part of the publicity campaign for his new book Decision Points. One of those decision points was his approval of water-boarding on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda terrorist believed to be the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. […]

Anis Shivani: The Prince and the Paupers

This would be less grim to talk about if Bush weren’t still with us. But he is, in every way that matters. The Bush Doctrine lives. No leading American politician can disavow the two key aspects of the Bush Doctrine: that we cannot distinguish terrorists from the countries where they live, and that we must […]

San Francisco May Vote On Circumcision Ban

San Francisco residents may vote on a ballot measure next year that would outlaw circumcision. The initiative, which requires 7,000 signatures before it can be added to next November’s ballot, would make it a misdemeanor to “circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the…genitals” of all minors, and would not make exceptions for religious reasons. The decision […]

U.S. Gave Ex-Nazis ‘Safe Haven,’ According To DOJ Report

A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad. From The Huffington Post

Frank Rich: Who Will Stand Up To The Super Rich?

The wealthy Americans we should worry about instead are the ones who implicitly won the election — those who take far more from America than they give back. They were not on the ballot, and most of them are not household names. Unlike Whitman and the other defeated self-financing candidates, they are all but certain […]

Alec Brownstein: Let the Profiling Begin!

Newly re-elected Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 back in April of 2010. The law essentially obligates Arizona police officers to stop and ask for US citizenship documentation from anyone who looks Latino, thereby making the assumption that appearing Mexican makes a person a potential illegal immigrant. A lot of people called that racial […]

Mark Engler: Tax Cuts and Trade: Is Obama Triangulating?

It was about this far into his first term, back in late 1994 and early 1995, when President Bill Clinton truly fell under the spell of malevolent strategist Dick Morris. Stung by the heavy losses brought on by the “Republican Revolution” in the 1994 midterms, Clinton began to believe that his only route to reelection […]