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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Trump's Future Piggy Bank, Our Country?

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, War, Peace, and Absurdity

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Wells Fargo’s Stumpf leads the way: We Should All Start ‘Taking Responsibility’ for Our Transgressions

By Dave Lindorff

 

Hey Americans! Let's all start taking responsibility for what we do wrong. Let's all start being accountable for our actions or our lack of action.

John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, one of the nation's biggest "too-big-to-fail" banks, is showing us the way in to this bright new stand-up world.

Tomgram: Chip Ward, Peace Pipes, Not Oil Pipes

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Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, Deportations "R" Us

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Tomgram: Bill Moyers, Money and Power in America

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A win and a loss, at least for now: Federal Judge finds 8th Amendment Violation in Pennslvania’s Refusal to Treat Mumia's Hep-C

By Dave Lindorff

 

Depending on how you look at it, lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia journalist and political prisoner serving a life sentence in a Pennsylvania prison after a controversial 1982 conviction for killing a white Philadelphia police officer, won a huge victory, lost big or maybe won and will win again soon.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A 9/11 Retrospective: Washington's 15-Year Air War

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No context is pretext: Critics’ Ignoring of Documented Record of Frisco Police Abuse Proves Kaepernick Right

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

A month before the police union in San Francisco sent a blistering letter to NFL officials recently demanding that the professional football league apologize for the “ill-advised” criticisms of police by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that union was the target of scathing criticism for supporting police misconduct.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, What the U.S. Military Doesn't Know (and Neither Do You)

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Hard believe people can write such crap: The Dumbed-Down NY Times Columnist

By Dave Lindorff

 

I was reading the latest smug piece by New York Timescolumnist Timothy Egan, when I came across the most amusing example of being what you're criticizing.

Egan, in a piece titled "The Dumbed Down Democracy," bemoaned the spreading ignorance of the American electorate.

Tomgram: Arlie Hochschild, Trumping Environmentalism

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Unethical antics: Philadelphia District Attorney Hammered for Hypocrisy

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

Even in politics, where alarming perversions too often parade as acceptable standards, it is pretty astounding for a politician to assert that inadvertent error is the reason for his failure to report receipt of gifts and other free items valued at $160,050 over a five-year period.

Tomgram: Ann Jones, "I Didn't Serve, I Was Used"

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Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Great Mexican Wall Deception

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Making Sense of Trump and His National Security State Critics

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New York Times shames itself: Attacking Wikileaks’ Assange for Doing What Journalists are Supposed to Do

By Dave Lindorff

 

While I periodically have written commentaries dissecting and pillorying news articles in the New York Times to expose their bias, hypocrisy half-truths and lies, I generally ignore their editorials since these are overtly opinions of the management, and one expects them to display the elitist and neo-liberal perspective of the paper’s publisher and senior editors.

Best of TomDispatch: Andrew Bacevich, Pentagon, Inc.

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Tomgram: Judith Coburn, On the Mean Streets of America

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Tomgram: William Astore, Why It's So Hard for Members of the Military to Speak Out

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers: TD is taking this weekend off. Next post: Tuesday, August 16th. Tom]

Not just toilet lids Pentagon Money Pit: Unaccountable Army Spending of $6.5 Trillion and No DOD Audit for the Past Two Decades

By Dave Lindorff

 

What if the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services were to report that $6.5 billion in spending by that federal agency was unaccounted for and untraceable? You can imagine the headlines, right? What if it was $65 billion? The headlines would be as big as for the first moon landing or for troops landing on Omaha Beach in World War II.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Election From Hell

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The Greatest Show on Earth 
How Billions of Words, Tweets, Insults, and Polls Blot Out Reality in Campaign 2016 
By Tom Engelhardt

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