Editor’s Note: Because we've been publishing more stories, some readers say they miss some that fly by. So, each month, we'll point out some special stories from the previous month.

Here is a selection from June 2009, focusing on the continuing battles to change the harmful ways of Washington:

"America's Political/Media Kabuki," by Robert Parry, observing how old patterns persist. (June 1, 2009)

"Navy Vet Honored, Foiled Israeli Attack," by Ray McGovern describing a belated medal for a USS Liberty hero. (June 1, 2009)

"Ronald Reagan: Worst President Ever?" by Robert Parry, assessing the real record of a Republican icon. (June 3, 2009)

"Obama Fuzzed Up Reality in Speech” by David Swanson, fact-checking President Obama's address to the Arab world. (June 5, 2009)

"119 Million Americans Must Be Wrong" by Robert Parry, commenting on the health insurance industry's strange argument about clients ready to defect. (June 5, 2009)

"Al Qaeda Adjusts to Obama" by Ivan Eland, describing the more formidible challenge presented by President Obama. (June 8, 2009)

"Bush/Cheney Pushed Torture on DOJ" by Jason Leopold, exposing the pressure that the White House put on Justice lawyers. (June 8, 2009)

"Obama's Era of Openness Is Closed" by Robert Parry, critiquing President Obama's short-lived commitment to openness. (June 9, 2009)

"America's Toxic Innocence" by Phil Rockstroh, assessing the crimes unknown to the uninformed. (June 10, 2009)

"Computer Piloting and the Air France Crash," by William John Cox, dissecting the evidence of a catastrophic computer failure. (June 12, 2009)

"The Silence About Guns," by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, recalling the horrors of recent political violence. (June 13, 2009)

"Excusing Outrages of the Right" by Robert Parry, looking at the media's residual fear about not challenging rightist extremism. (June 15, 2009)

"Flawed Elections: US and Iran" by Lisa Pease, observing the double standards in assessing dishonest elections. (June 17, 2009)

"Taking Sides in Iran” by Robert Parry, looking at the U.S. press corps' lack of objectivity on the Iranian election. (June 18, 2009)

"The Disappointing Leon Panetta" by ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman, lamenting the CIA director's performance. (June 19, 2009)

"Obama Opposes Plamegate Release" by Jason Leopold, describing another retreat on Obama's openness pledge. (June 20, 2009)

"Serving the Medical Industrial Complex,” by Robert Parry, noting how arguments are bent to block serious health reform. (June 22, 2009)

"El Salvador: Ghosts at the Polls” by Don North, recalling how dead charismatic leaders shaped an election outcome. (June 24, 2009)

"Iran Divided & the 'October Surprise,'" by Robert Parry, examining the roles of today's election rivals in secret arms deals of the 1980s. (June 24, 2009)

"Who to Trust on a Truth Commission?” by Robert Parry, noting the dubious records of top candidates for an investigative panel. (June 26, 2009)

"Dissent as Low-Level Terrorism” by Emily Spence, explaining how peaceful dissent was smeared as terrorism. (June 26, 2009)

"Waking Up Is Hard to Do” by Pablo Ouziel, assessing how little has really changed in America. (June 28, 2009)

"Obama, They Want You to Fail” by Robert Parry, warning the President about the GOP's obvious strategy. (June 28, 2009)

"Giving Diplomacy a Chance” by former CIA officer Haviland Smith, lamenting the recent U.S. history of belligerence. (June 29, 2009)

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