Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

McConnell apparently looked into his crystal ball and determined that Iran would “inevitably” cheat. So, he said, the United States might as well go back on its own word first — and spare the trouble of re-imposing sanctions later. McConnell doesn’t know what he’s...
Closing the Door on Torture

Closing the Door on Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest. What happened to the torture program? Nothing....
Paul Wellstone, We Miss You

Paul Wellstone, We Miss You

Ten years ago today, the two of us were an hour into the first big coalition meeting to oppose the impending U.S. war against Iraq, surrounded by dozens of leaders of a wide array of movements: peace, civil rights, women’s rights, environmentalists, labor,...
Senators Moving On To The Next War

Senators Moving On To The Next War

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since U.S. troops landed in Korea in 1950. They begin with “facts not in evidence,” as lawyers say....
Thanks to Occupy, Senate Looks at Inequality

Thanks to Occupy, Senate Looks at Inequality

I had the opportunity to testify on inequality before the Senate Budget Committee last week. No one seems to recall the last time the committee devoted a whole hearing to this issue. So you can add this to the signs of the Occupy movement’s impact on our...
A New Start on Treaties

A New Start on Treaties

Getting two-thirds of the Senate to agree on anything is a daunting task. So it was no small feat when the Senate approved New START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, during its December lame duck session. New START was the first major international agreement...

New START Closer to Breaking Out of the Blocks

The ratification vote for New START is finally at hand today or tomorrow and the Obama administration may have finally garnered enough supporters. The Los Angeles Times reports: Aides to Senate supporters of the treaty said that of the nine Republican members they...

Republican Whip Kyl Sold (Literally) on New START

After Republicans picked up six seats in the Senate earlier this month, prospects for the passage of the new START began to diminish (not that this author minds). Barron YoungSmith at the New Republic writes that last week “chief of staff to Senator Bob Corker...