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The Independent Agenda Is on Hiatus

Two years ago this month, The Independent Agenda launched, just in time for the debt-limit crisis that caused Standard & Poor’s to strip the U.S. of its AAA credit rating. Then came the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, primary … More…

APTOPIX Connecticut School Shooting

The Children of Newtown Died for Our Sins

It’s been two days since 20 children and six teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. were slaughtered by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, armed with automatic weapons and a broken mind.

I still can’t get my own … More…

Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod Should Do the Right Thing and Retire

I don’t cover sports much in The Independent Agenda, but sometimes sports news sheds light on what’s going on in the rest of the world. And sometimes I get so angry I need to write about it.

Case in point: … More…

Hostess Cakes Roadsidepictures

Good Riddance, Hostess

The last couple of days have been filled with media elegies for Hostess Brands, which is moving to liquidate its assets.

The “iconic” maker of Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Devil Dogs, and those sweet, sweet chocolate cupcakes with the … More…

David Petraeus His Wife and Jill Kelley and her husband and sister

The “Real Housewives” Meet the “Jersey Shore” Generals

Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!

So wrote Sir Walter Scott 200 years ago, and now we’re in one of the most tangled webs of scandal we’ve seen in years.

David Petraeus, the … More…

New Electoral Map October 2012

Who Will Win the Election

Three weeks to go until the presidential election and the race has tightened again, following a surge by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after his smashing victory over President Obama in the first presidential debate.

Debate #2 takes place Tuesday … More…

President Clinton speaks at the DNC in Charlotte.

Bill Clinton’s Legacy Is Good but He Had Help

When former president Bill Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, he was treated as a conquering hero.

The former president now has a 69% approval rating from the American public, by far the highest of any … More…

Joe Paterno leaves the field after his 400th win at Penn State

Penn State and the Institutionalization of Evil

On Monday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, that bastion of high-minded money grubbers, came down hard on Pennsylvania State University’s football program in the wake of a major scandal and the conviction of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky last month … More…

Heath Ledger as the Joker on the set of The Dark Night

Aurora, Colorado and the Dark Heart of Evil

What causes a seemingly ordinary human being to become a monster?

What combination of biochemistry, psychological trauma, substance abuse, and outside influences cause a mind to snap and descend into murderous madness? Or is it all simply a result of … More…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 2002

A Great Voice Stilled

The world’s greatest living novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, may no longer be able to write because of dementia, his brother has said.

Garcia Marquez, 85, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, was the giant of the new … More…