Talk With 1972 Presidential Candidate George McGovern Live Online Tonight

UPDATE: Changed to 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. ET I'll be interviewing 1972 Democratic nominee for president George McGovern. Listen in and ask questions at

McGovern was born in South Dakota in 1922, was an Army pilot in WWII, holds a PhD in history, and served in the U.S. House from 1956-1960. He was then director of Kennedy's Food for Peace Program, prior to serving in the US Senate from 1962-1980. In 1970 he proposed an amendment to withdraw all US troops from Vietnam. In 1969 he chaired a commission that restructured the Democratic Party's primaries and caucuses. In 1972 he was nominated for president on a platform of withdrawing all troops, cutting military spending by 37%, and guaranteeing a minimum income to every American. Nixon's dirty tricks during the campaign included the Watergate break-in. McGovern's running mate became a scandal that hurt his chances. And Bob Novak, who's still destroying anything good he can today, wrote that McGovern stood for amnesty, abortion, and acid. From 1998 to 2001 McGovern was US Ambassador to the UN Food and Agricuture Agencies. In 2006 he opened the McGovern Center and he co-authored the latest of several books he has authored on peace and food: "Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now," coauthored by William R. Polk. On January 6, 2008, McGovern's pro-impeachment op-ed was printed in the Washington Post.

Editorial Pages Report the News

By David Swanson

Increasingly, all the news that's fit to print does not include the news that editorial writers deem significant. The New York Times and many other newspapers have developed the habit of writing lengthy editorials about news stories that never make it into the news section. One example of this trend is the story of last Monday's presidential signing statement. If you don't know what a signing statement is, you should consider flipping first to the editorial page to get your news.

Omaha: Root of All Evil?

By David Swanson

What if a single nation on this planet were to pour more resources into its military than the rest of the nations combined, set up military bases in 80 percent of the other nations, stockpile more nuclear weapons than all other nations combined, develop new nuclear weapons intended for aggressive first-strike use, completely dominate the militarization of space, erase any policy lines between space and ground warfare and between nuclear and conventional weapons, and establish the goal of being able to quickly destroy any target anywhere on earth in order to protect its military and corporate investments?

Your Vote Will Be Thoughtful, But Will It Be Counted?

By David Swanson

By the time November 2008 rolls around, you will have endured over two years of breathless horse-race election coverage. (I, for one, am going to spend the next few days pushing Obama over Clinton, and then tune back in on Halloween to decide whether to vote for Obama, Nader, or McKinney. There are too many important things to work on in between.) But the big question (and one of the important things to work on) is this: will you have any way to know your vote is counted?

Liveblogging Obama v. Clinton v. CNN

By David Swanson

Hillary Is blaming the Iraqis. I flip on the debate and that's the first thing I have to hear. Sheesh.

Then she says they'll stop Bush's abuses by... passing more legislation. Sheesh.

Signing Statement Silence

By David Swanson

Every major pseudo peace movement organization in the country, afraid to actually urge Congress to cut off the money for the illegal occupation of Iraq, believed it was really important to set up a commission to probe contractor waste in Iraq, and to once again ban the construction and maintenance of permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. Every open-government and whistleblowers group backed the expansion of protections for whistleblowers and the requirement that intelligence agencies promptly respond to congressional requests for documents.

John Nichols Answers Every Question on Impeachment in 60 Minutes

Wow. I've heard John Nichols speak many times on impeachment, and I've read his book "The Genius of Impeachment," but this 60 minute recording of an interview I did with him Tuesday evening lays it all out in one place better than anything I've heard before:

State of Union Came With a Signing Statement

By David Swanson

On the day of the State of the Union, apparently hoping nobody would notice, President George W. Bush posted a statement on the White House website announcing his intention to violate major sections of the Defense Authorization bill that he just signed into law.