It began in Utah back in 1977. On January 17 of that year, Gary Gilmore became the first man to be executed in the US for more than a decade, ending a national moratorium on the death penalty. Gilmore, guilty … Continue reading →
By Nick Ritchie, University of York Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recently floated the possibility of a “third way” for Britian’s nuclear weapons policy: instead of either complete nuclear disarmament or replacing Trident with a like-for-like system, he has suggested building replacement … Continue reading →
The announcement earlier this year that a 78-year-old man was to be paroled after serving 48 years of a 30-year sentence caused an outcry – most loudly and unedifyingly from the knee-jerk ridden right-wing media. As the man in question … Continue reading →
“All journalists are manipulated and all politicians lie.” It would take an Olympian level of mental gymnastics to challenge the obvious truth of Judith Miller’s proposition and, given the cynical delay of the UK’s own Chilcot inquiry and the blatant lies … Continue reading →
In a transparent attempt by the Republican party leadership to embarrass the commander-in-chief, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to speak to the US congress. Israel has just entered the final fortnight of an extended general election campaign and … Continue reading →
They say that the truth will out and it appears that ‘they’ are right. Two days ago, The New York Times revealed that Saddam Hussein did indeed have weapons of mass destruction in 2003. They were discovered by American troops in … Continue reading →
The Republican party in congress has turned rejecting any policy proposed by the Obama administration into an art form and made partisan political calculation their raison d’être. That is why the current congressional term has been the least effective in … Continue reading →
The telling sentence in NPR’s report that US attorney general Eric Holder plans to step down once a successor is confirmed came near the end of the story. “Friends and former colleagues say Holder has made no decisions about his … Continue reading →
“Jon Stewart doesn’t like the ‘Crusade-y vibe’ of Obama’s coalition against ISIS America has two choices when it comes to ISIS, said Jon Stewart on Thursday night’s Daily Show: President Obama’s traditionally “nuanced vision of a non-omnipotent America projecting power selectively,” … Continue reading →
Fox News‘ and CNBC‘s squawking heads have a number of arguments that they like to marshal against raising the minimum wage; ranging from the following absurd gems: It’s just more government assistance; Minimum wage jobs are supposed to suck; and If the … Continue reading →
It is official. the 113th Congress is the laziest of all time. It appears that, amongst other things, the Republican controlled house spent so much time debating and voting to repeal ObamaCare that they managed to pass just 55 bills. … Continue reading →
With Speaker John Boehner bragging about his broken Congress this weekend, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched an online ad campaign telling Congressman Michael Grimm to stop being part of the problem.
On Face the Nation this weekend, Speaker Boehner said that Congressman Grimm and his Republican colleagues should be “judged on how many laws we repeal.” In practice, the House Republicans’ All-Repeal Agenda has created unparalleled gridlock — not jobs — and Congressman Grimm is part of the problem of a dysfunctional Congress.
“Americans want jobs, not a partisan, all-repeal agenda from Congressman Michael Grimm that hurts the middle class,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “If this gridlock and partisanship don’t stop, Americans will judge Congressman Grimm not on how many laws Washington Republicans repealed, but on whether he stood up for everyday Americans against the broken Congress — and right now Congressman Grimm is failing.”