Lawyers, Guns, and Money

By David Swanson

Why would anyone phone the United States and ask for lawyers, guns, and money? Primarily because, other than bad movies, that's most of what the United States produces. What else could you phone home for if you wanted to? We produce weapons and movies about weapons and weapons that were in movies about weapons, and so on .

Radio Tonight

I'm expecting to be on the Peter B Collins show around 8:30 p.m. tonight, Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook around 8:40 p.m., and Air America with Christianne Brown around 9:00 p.m.

Bailout Round II: A New Shade of Lipstick

The House of Representatives voted down Paulson's Plunder on Monday, 225 to 208. Here's why: http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/36420

We demanded a No vote and for the first time in recent memory we were listened to. Thank you! Three cheers for the American people!

Why the Bailout Vote May Fail

By David Swanson

Today's vote on the Paulson Plunder Act of 2008 may fail. It should. You should help block it by phoning your representative right now at (202) 224-3121 and promising to vote for them in November only if they vote NO on this grand larceny today. We do have a chance at winning on this and blocking this bill. Here's why.

How to Put the Torturers in Prison

By David Swanson

U.S. politics has become something previously only found in science fiction, an intersection of parallel universes. One universe is the one on television and in Congress. In this universe there are suspicions that someone in the U.S. military may have used some technique bordering on torture, but there's just no way to know for sure. Perhaps an investigation would be a good idea. Or maybe a better solution would be to elect a new president, especially one who's been a victim of torture and opposes it. But the whole topic is very minor one, and the correct position is unclear since torture is both frowned on and useful for getting tough on terrorists.

Rep. Baldwin Introduces Bill to Undo and Prosecute Bush-Cheney Crimes

Rep. Baldwin Introduces Bill to Undo and Prosecute Bush-Cheney Crimes

Baldwin Calls for Executive Accountability To Reverse Illegal Actions and Prevent Further Abuses

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has introduced the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2008, calling on the next President to reverse the damaging and illegal actions taken by the Bush/Cheney Administration and to collaborate with Congress to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power.

Foreign Policy Debate All About War

By David Swanson

There was only one foreign policy asked about in Friday night's foreign policy debate: war and potential wars.

Obama began the debate by allowing McCain to get away with claiming the mantle of "accountability" on the issue of a bailout that rewards fraud in financial markets. Why? Because Obama won't oppose the bailout.

Calming the Fearful Mind

By David Swanson

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who in 1964 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., has published a new book of advice to Americans and to U.S. Congress members called "Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism."

McCain Tonight

By David Swanson

Prior to tonight's debate and each time during it that John McCain brags about his torture victimhood (or Jim Lehrer does it for him) or any of the participants touch on the topic of torture in any way without mentioning the facts below, please send Mr. Lehrer a note at onlineda@newshour.org along these lines.