Russ Baker

Russ Baker is the author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces That Put it in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America. He has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice and Esquire. He has also served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. Baker received a 2005 Deadline Club award for his exclusive reporting on George W. Bush's military record. He is the founder of WhoWhatWhy/the Real News Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization, operating at whowhatwhy.com.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Why Obama Cannot Undo the Surveillance Society—But We Can
President Obama, taking a smart political tack in the uproar following several explosive disclosures on NSA domestic spying practices, said he was all in favor of a vigorous public debate—that it would be a “healthy” thing . But calling for a public debate is one thing; actually doing anything to facilitate a truly open discussion, much less acting on what such a discussion might reveal, is quite another.
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Thursday, February 02, 2012
Close Reading: The Saudis, a Twitter Investment, and the End of Arab Spring?
Is Twitter (a) a leading vehicle for freedom movements, or (b) primed to control and shut down open discourse throughout the world?
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Monday, January 02, 2012
Obama’s Only Friend Left?
Is it just me or does anyone else find it poignant how isolated the president is? Has very few friends, and fewer all the time? Is it just me or is anyone else curious about the only real outsider in his shrinking circle of friends? Robert Wolf?
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Monday, December 26, 2011
Justifying War with Iran
A growing body of evidence points to a concerted campaign to prepare Americans and the world for war against Iran. This is not idle speculation. It fits a pattern that repeatedly preceded previous hostilities. Here are the recent examples on Iran:
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
We Are All Rupert Murdoch Now
With the non-stop revelations about Rupert Murdoch and his news outfits, it’s easy to divide the media between the bad guys and everybody else. Except that the good guys don’t look so good themselves.
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Monday, November 07, 2011
Corporate Media Stumped on How to Cover the Occupy Movement
Conventional journalism is increasingly irrelevant in a time of crisis. We find abundant proof in a recent column from the New York Times’ so-called “Public Editor,” who is supposed to somehow magically represent the public interest and rarefied ethical values to the rest of the paper.
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Sunday, June 05, 2011
A Moment to Seize With Israel
Those who defend Israel reflexively, and those who criticize Israel as if it—all its component parts, and all (or most) of its people—is singularly evil and without redeeming features, would do well to note this development, as reported by The New York Times:
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Shock and. . . Oil?
As George W. Bush leaves office, pundits are reviewing "The Bush legacy" -- a legacy sure to be defined by the disastrous Iraq war (with financial meltdown as icing on the cake). In the new book Family of Secrets , a probing history of the Bush dynasty, investigative journalist Russ Baker, shows that George W.
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer
HOUSTON -- Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned...
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