When you see politicians on television cheering each other on about the use of drones, it is all made to seem so abstract and clean. The reality is quite a different story and raises some fundamental questions that are being glossed over: Is it lawful or wise for the Executive to be sending missiles and drones into other countries, outside of places where the U.S. is engaged in active combat, to kill people, including American citizens, that it suspects of involvement in terrorism? Haven’t we seen unchecked power lead to enormous life and death mistakes over the past decade? And doesn’t this set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world?
|By: Center for Constitutional Rights Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:45 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:45 am|
OK, “it will not happen” is new. And this comes on the heels of the White House digging in and saying that the President would sign nothing related to the fiscal cliff unless the top two marginal tax rates increase back to Clinton-era levels. That would contradict the sureness of “it will not happen.”
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:10 am|
While Mitt Romney hid behind Barack Obama and displayed about as much independent thought as a college student who didn’t cram enough the night before the test and spent the whole time looking at his neighbor’s paper, his neighbor Barack Obama reflected so strongly the smoldering wreck that is this nation’s foreign policy consensus.
|By: RFShunt Monday October 22, 2012 3:25 pm|
When Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, Green Party candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency, tried to enter the presidential debate at Hofstra University they were arrested and handcuffed to chairs for nine hours, with no access to their lawyers. When nationally recognized candidates for high office are treated this way, it’s a travesty – whether you plan to vote for them or not. How did we get to this place?
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 17, 2012 5:00 pm|
A few more comments on last night’s debate.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:00 pm|
It’s gone a bit overlooked today amid the textual analysis of particular buzzwords in Rose Garden speeches, but a key moment in last night’s debate came when George W. Bush, who apparently spends his time these days painting pictures of puppies, reappeared on the political scene at an inopportune moment for the Republican Party.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 17, 2012 1:20 pm|
Poor people don’t vote. At least, they don’t vote in proportion with their share of the population. And they certainly don’t “vote” in the sense that politicians would notice, by attending thousand-dollar-a-plate dinners and contributing to their campaigns.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:00 am|
Anyone hoping to see an end to our policies of encouraging the burning of fossil fuels certainly winced at the energy section of last night’s debate, which did not mention climate change but did feature both candidates trying to convince the country that they would deliver more coal and oil-based domestic energy.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 17, 2012 6:16 am|
President Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney last night by managing to defend elements of his first term record and articulate a second term agenda, while his opponent struggled with specifics and was haunted by the spectre of George W. Bush, who he probably thought was disappeared for electoral purposes in this country.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday October 16, 2012 8:00 pm|
Tree crop farmers in the Northeast have had a bumper crop this year–not just of apples and nuts, but of squirrels who are enjoying the bounty. Nature has a way of resolving this: Many squirrels are ending up as roadkill.
Speaking of roadkill–was there any on tonight’s debates?