Category: Campaign 2012

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Robert Parry’s Biggest Regret

From Editor Robert Parry: In the 16-plus years of Consortiumnews, our most difficult fund-raising periods have been in presidential election years like this one. Many supporters tell me they are funneling what money they have into campaigns and, implicitly, that…

TV Stations Resist Listing Ad Buyers

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, one of the billionaire. (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)

Among the “winners” in Election 2012 will surely be the giant corporations that own many U.S. television stations as they rake in billions of dollars in SuperPAC and other political spending for attack ads. But these stations aren’t eager to make…

A Judicial War on Democracy

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Exclusive: Comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s three-day debate over the Affordable Care Act have focused on the damage the five Republican justices are expected to do to President Obama by striking down his prized new law. But the bigger story may be their judicial…

Health Law Dispute Hinges on Timing

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Exclusive: After three days of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, most analysts agree that the five Republican justices are likely to deliver a body blow to Democratic President Obama by declaring his landmark health-reform law “unconstitutional.” But the…

Calling Dr. Strangelove

The mushroom cloud from the U.S. A-bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II

Mitt Romney lashed out at President Obama for telling Russia’s President Dmitri Medvedev that after the U.S. elections, there will be more “flexibility” to deal with arms control. But the greater danger may be delays in eliminating land-based missiles that add to…

GOP Justices Clown over Health Care

Broccoli, a vegetable known for its nutritional properties

Exclusive: The questions asked by the Republican partisans on the U.S. Supreme Court suggest they will overturn the Affordable Care Act. Instead of a serious debate about health care and the Constitution, they clowned around with silly what-ifs about mandating broccoli-eating and requiring burial insurance,…

Are the GOP Justices Political Hacks?

U.S. Supreme Court

Exclusive: The “Obamacare” debate will test whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s five Republican justices are political hacks. After all, a right-wing think tank devised the individual mandate, which was embraced by GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, but it’s now anathema because it was…

Romney’s ‘Etch a Sketch’ Foreign Policy

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

An aide’s remark comparing the consistency of Mitt Romney’s positions to lines on an Etch a Sketch toy suggests his presidency would follow a course designed to win him a second term, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. In that, Romney’s neocon foreign policy…

Did the Founders Hate Government?

An artist's rendering of the Constitutional Convention in 1787

Exclusive: Orwell’s insight that who controls the present controls the past, and who controls the past controls the future could apply to the American political debate in which the Right has built a false narrative that enlists the Framers of…

The ‘Surge’ Myth’s Deadly Result

President Obama addresses U.S. troops at the Bagram base in Afghanistan on March 28, 2010. (White House photo by Pete Souza)

Exclusive: President Obama’s choice in 2009 to expand rather than wind down the Afghan War now looks to be one of his worst decisions as the conflict drifts toward a bloody defeat. But a key factor behind his misjudgment, the myth of George…