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Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies

Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.
 

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Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Health Insurance Option or Medicare for Some

To begin to solve the health care crisis, we need a system based on health and the money to pay for it. House Resolution 676 is the model for that system.
 
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The Feuding Kleptocrats

While the power elites—inside and outside of government—squabble over corporate health insurance they are demolishing the remnants of democratic institutions and programs.
 
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Much of the media claimed that anti-Trump supporters were the aggressors, but the alternative newspaper has a different story.

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

 
 
 
 
Democratic Senators Ask Jeff Sessions to Explain Preet Bharara Firing

The lawmakers cite a ProPublica report that the Trump White House removed U.S. Attorney Bharara while he was investigating Health Secretary Tom Price.

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Despite Growing Opposition, Devin Nunes Says He’ll Continue to Lead House Russia Inquiry

New reports raise questions about the relationship between the House Intelligence Committee chairman and the White House.

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U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Iraq Among Deadliest in Region Since 2003

Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! and reporter Chris Woods examine recent attacks across the Middle East and the lack of mainstream media coverage.

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Live at Truthdig: What Can Skid Row Teach Us About the Future of Policing?

Longtime Los Angeles Police Officer Deon Joseph will sit down with Truthdig on Thursday to discuss homelessness, mental health, crime and policing in L.A.’s most run-down district.

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House Votes to Strip Americans of Their Internet Privacy Rights

Already approved by the Senate, a measure to repeal Obama-era broadband safeguards now goes to President Trump for his signature.

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Oil Placed in Dakota Access Pipeline Under Lake Oahe

The lake, which flows into the Missouri River, serves as the primary water source for numerous indigenous tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux.

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Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

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Inside the State Department-Sponsored Au Pair Program That Bernie Sanders Calls a ‘Scam’

“They think we are slaves,” says one Brazilian domestic worker who recounts the terrible treatment she faced while participating in the government’s program.

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How Gambling Has Become America’s Premier Form of Entertainment and Escape (Video)

Professor Natasha Dow Schüll and Chris Hedges discuss how “casino capitalism” is designed to keep people away from “a position where they [can] act as decision-making subjects.”

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Reminder to Trump: The Purpose of Government Is to Achieve the Common Good, Not to Show a Profit

It’s good to have fresh thinking about how government might function more efficiently. But it’s important to remember that government is not a business.

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The Simple Fact That Will Defeat Trump’s Attempt to Roll Back Obama’s Energy Policies

The president’s executive order deregulating dangerous gas emissions flies in the face of basic economics.

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Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Plan

Democrats on Capitol Hill are gloating about the demise of the American Health Care Act. The Vermont senator is about to do them one better.

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Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War—and Worsen the Resulting Food Shortage—in Yemen?

Without an urgent effort to find a political solution and get massive food aid into the country, almost 7 million people may face starvation.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Pleads for Action to Save Online Privacy Rules

Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to pass a measure that would repeal federal privacy requirements. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday.

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Erdogan Hurls ‘Nazi’ Epithets as He Campaigns to Bolster His Power

Turkey’s president rips Germany and the Netherlands for blocking rallies among Turkish expats. Those rallies would support a referendum that could vastly increase Erdogan’s authority.

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