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Truthdiggers of the Week: Journalists Who Ripped Washington Post, PropOrNot for McCarthyite Hogwash

Many reporters rallied around Truthdig and other news sites that were erroneously tarred as pro-Russian propagandists by a dubious blacklist that had been given undeserved credence by the Post.
 

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Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles

Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.
 
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Five Things Obama Should Do Before Leaving Office (but Probably Won’t)

Knowing what may be ahead after his successor’s inauguration, it is the president's duty to take what actions he still can to protect Americans from the coming “Trumpocalypse.”
 
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The priest and author of the new book “The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with his church.

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

 
 
 
 
Russell Brand Sees ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ as Proof the ‘State Sees Us as Its Enemy’ (Video)

The “Trews” host explains why whistleblower Edward Snowden describes the British Investigatory Powers Act as a legalization of “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Tears Into Trump’s Careless Twitter Use and Scary Cabinet Choices (Video)

A lot of viewers probably feel the same shiver that goes down comedian Kenan Thompson’s spine in a recent SNL skit when he realizes that Donald Trump will be president in just seven short weeks.

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Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick Is a Lucky Man. Very Lucky.

Steven Mnuchin has a long history of coming out ahead, even in questionable deals.

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Trump’s Cabinet Members Want Jihad Against Political Islam, but Their Efforts Will Fail

The American right wing has substituted hysteria about socialism with hysteria about Islam.

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Trump Almost Certainly Will Violate the Constitution if He Continues to Own His Businesses

The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin received from Louis XVI.

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Is Stephen Bannon a White Supremacist, or Is He Just ‘Using the Alt-Right’?

In the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to appoint the Breitbart News executive chair as chief strategist, political and media forces have clashed over whether Bannon embodies the racist ideals espoused by many of his supporters.

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Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

The president-elect has shown no interest in changing rules that for more than three decades have imposed unrelenting pressure on American companies to cut their payrolls by shipping jobs abroad or replacing them with automated machinery.

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Trump Effectively Gave Carrier Corp. a Tax Cut for Sending 1,300 Jobs to Mexico (Video)

The president-elect took credit for persuading the air conditioner manufacturer to keep more than 1,000 jobs in the U.S. But there’s more to the story.

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In 2013, Trump’s Defense Nominee Compared Israeli Occupation With Apartheid

Gen. James Mattis, who has been tapped for secretary of defense, also said he was against getting involved in Syria and warned that military action can’t resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

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Twitter Says ‘No’ to Helping Build Muslim Registry

The Intercept reached out to nine tech companies, including Facebook, to see where they stand on helping the Trump administration track Muslims.

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Are Americans Ready for a Municipalist Movement?

In the Trump era, Americans will need to consolidate counterpower via participatory democracy and economic self-management at the local level.

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Africa’s Dust Is a Priceless Export

Scientists show how different the world would be without a sprinkling of wind-borne fine particles from Africa that fertilize oceans and forests.

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The Remarkable Legacy of Fidel Castro

“History will absolve me,” the leader of the Cuban Revolution famously predicted. It’s a hard point to argue in light of what he achieved for his country despite incessant interference by the United States.

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Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

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Police Attack on DAPL Demonstrators: A Hell of Ice and Tear Gas

A Truthdig correspondent (pictured) describes a law enforcement barrage involving anti-crowd chemicals, stun grenades and water cannons that soaked marchers in subzero temperatures.

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Naked Capitalism Website Denounces PropOrNot’s Attempt at ‘Censorship of the Worst Form’

In the latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast “Informed Rant,” Scheer sits down with Yves Smith, founder and editor of Naked Capitalism, one of more than 200 non-mainstream news websites portrayed by a shadowy “research” group as pro-Russia propagandists.

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Women in India Suffer as They Serve as Surrogates

“It doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. It is poverty that is motivating them to do it, and it is inhuman.”

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Clinton Aide Accuses Trump Camp of Winning by ‘Providing a Platform for White Supremacists’

In a Harvard University panel, Hillary Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri engaged in an aggressive exchange with Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

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#NoDAPL Live Blog: Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Act as ‘Human Shields’ for Water Protectors

Follow along as Truthdig provides live updates from the demonstrations taking place at and near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

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How Rupert Murdoch and Fox Created the Fake News Industry

The majority of “news” items reported on Fox apparently can’t stand up to dispassionate inquiry.

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