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Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care

Demonstrators oppose the Senate's newly unveiled health care bill, which repeals many tax increases for wealthy Americans. Those increases helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
 

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‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

This repost of a 2015 column tells the story of Boris Franklin, who was caught up in a system that destroys millions of Americans, often people of color. He is now a free man and studying at Rutgers.
 
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America’s Incarceration Crisis: Are We ‘Doomed to Repeat the Same Failed Policies’? (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and law professor James Forman Jr. (pictured) discuss the mass incarceration of black men and the issue of drug decriminalization.
 
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Truthdig Managing Editor Eric Ortiz and the archbishop of Los Angeles discuss fear in undocumented communities and the future of immigration policy under President Trump.

Indigenous activists rally on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes during a hearing in the tribes’ case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 
 
 
 
John Oliver Has a Message for Vaccine Skeptics, Including President Trump (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host aims to debunk many of the myths surrounding supposedly life-threatening vaccinations.

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Top Court Reinstates Trump’s Travel Ban, Will Hear Arguments

The Supreme Court is letting the administration mostly enforce its 90-day prohibition of travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders.

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More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

The gaps in data damage efforts to understand the nature and scope of violence driven by racial and religious hatred.

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Mayors to Trump: Immigration Orders Meddle With Cities

Toughening of immigration enforcement actually creates problems, they say. (Pictured, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.)

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The Republican’s Secret Healthcare Bill

If enacted, it would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American history.

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Oil Is a Worthless Commodity and Saudi’s Crown Prince Knows It

Crude oil prices are cratering, down 20 percent this year, in the biggest six-month free fall in years.

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Mr. Fish’s TED Talk: On Scratching Itches, Ditching Decorum and Reimagining the Role of the Artist

The award-winning cartoonist came prepared with images of Jesus in compromised positions and an array of ideas about the role of the rabble-rousing artist in contemporary culture. Watch and learn.

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Gay Pride Parades Sound a Note of Resistance

“We have to be as visible as possible,” said one San Francisco marcher who joined a “resistance contingent” that led the city’s parade.

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Five GOP Senators Now Oppose the Health Care Bill as Written

Nevada’s Dean Heller is the latest Republican senator to declare opposition to the party’s health care bill, but he does not rule out accepting a future revision.

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, Shelves State’s Single-Payer Bill

The Healthy California Act, or SB 562, had already passed the state Senate and was making its way through the lower chamber.

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At Least Seven States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governors’ Mansions and Capitol Buildings

The 13th Amendment provides a loophole that allows for the legality of unpaid prison labor, which is sometimes called “modern-day slavery.”

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

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Natural Gas Can’t Help Curb Climate Change

Countries wishing to reach their Paris agreement goals should curb an overreliance on natural gas.

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The Secret Republican Plan to Unravel Medicaid

The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare uses a trick to ultimately destroy Medicaid that may go largely unnoticed. (Pictured, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)

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