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Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.
 

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Raider Fan’s Loyalty Is Tested by News of Ex-Quarterback’s Brain Disease

Kenny "The Snake" Stabler suffered woefully from a condition brought on by head trauma. He deserved better from the NFL, and all pro football players deserve better.
 

Truthdiggers of the Week: All Involved in Britain’s #JC4PM Tour

Despite being ignored by the mainstream media, the Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister touring show is bringing together like-minded people who support progressive politics.
 
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A United Nations panel this week officially concluded that the WikiLeaks founder has been “arbitrarily detained” and should be allowed to walk free.

“The bankers created a crisis, the government’s responded by cutting services, increasing the costs of the poorest people and making the richest even richer,” the leader of Britain’s Labour Party said Thursday night at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, a concert hall in London.

 
 
 
 
VIDEO: Eighth GOP Debate Roundup: Marco Rubio Shaken but Not Taken, Donald Trump Dials It Down

Viewers who tuned in Saturday night to the eighth GOP debate in New Hampshire caught a subtler side of Donald Trump, who showed up for the occasion but mostly let his rivals take swipes at one another.

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VIDEO: Rock Legend Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road

In his latest album, “The Monsanto Years,” the longtime champion of farmers’ rights offers a sharp criticism of the agrochemical giant.

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Madeleine Albright Declares a ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Women Who Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (pictured) and feminist icon Gloria Steinem scold female supporters of Bernie Sanders, while Clinton touts approval from war criminal Henry Kissinger.

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No ‘Artful Smear’: Clintons Were Paid $153 Million in Speaking Fees, Analysis Shows

Thousands are calling for the public release of speech transcripts.

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VIDEO: Missed the Eighth GOP Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

If you didn’t have a chance to watch the Republican debate Saturday night, or simply want a refresher, here are some of the most important moments.

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VIDEO: Bernie Sanders and Larry David on SNL Together Was as Hilarious as You’d Imagine

Comedian David dedicated a long bit on “Saturday Night Live” to a mashup of his character on his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And that’s not all that happened.

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The Five Worst Foreign Policy Moments of the GOP New Hampshire Debate (Video)

The New Hampshire GOP debate’s most charged moments may have been mostly on domestic issues, but—inevitably with this gang—war, torture and sundry mayhem did make an appearance.

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Obama Condemns Hatred of Muslims and Affirms Their Importance to the Nation (Video)

President Obama spoke last week at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates.

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Here’s How Conservatives Keep ‘Dark Money’ Dark

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules are coaching their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors.

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The Eighth GOP Debate: Waterboarding In, Drug Addiction Out

The final Republican presidential debate before New Hampshire voters head to the primary polls started with a whimper, and for a few of the seven candidates it ended there as well. Check out Truthdig’s tweets from the event.

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Pentagon Releases Almost 200 Photos of Bush-Era Military Abuse

After a decade-long legal battle, the Department of Defense releases 198 photos of detainee abuse at two dozen U.S. military sites across Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

Given his victory this week in the Iowa caucuses, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored as mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombast of the far-less-scary Donald Trump.

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Federal Agencies Spar Over Hillary Clinton’s ‘Top Secret’ Emails

Tensions in the dispute over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to store and exchange classified information while secretary of state have risen as U.S. intelligence agencies have sought to block the State Department from releasing emails on the basis of their “top secret” classification.

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Iowa Democratic Party Shifted Delegate From Sanders to Clinton on Caucus Night

Results in at least one precinct in the Iowa caucus Monday night were unilaterally changed by the Democratic Party to favor Hillary Clinton, leading to questions about the party’s management of the first-in-the-nation vote.

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Number of Victims of Female Genital Mutilation Is 70 Million Higher Than Thought

UNICEF reveals that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries.

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We Still Need Black History Month

America’s racial disparity won’t disappear if we simply ignore it.

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Dog Whistle Politics

Ian Haney Lopez, the book’s author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people who are manipulated by dog whistle politics—coded racial language that “operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another.”

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Bernie Sanders Nearly Ties Hillary Clinton Nationally, 42% to Her 44, in Quinnipiac Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Friday finds that Bernie Sanders has dramatically cut into the nationwide lead of rival Hillary Clinton.

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Warming Linked to Spread of Zika Virus

Scientists believe that record average temperatures may be helping to create an environment that has led to big increases in the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

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You Say You Want a Revolution? Young Americans to Bernie Sanders: Count Me In!

Bernie Sanders’ youth-powered bid for the presidency is more than just a campaign: It’s a reflection of a rising passion among Americans for a new political life.

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Film Review: Hilarious ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Hails and Skewers Hollywood

The Coen brothers’ new movie—a backstage drawing-room Western musical biblical (with a splash of synchronized swimming)—pays tribute to midcentury escapism while dispensing barbs sharp enough to nick both Tinseltown denizens and ordinary folk.

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Highlighting Bernie Sanders’ Broad Appeal, Former NAACP Head Readies Key Endorsement

A growing list of black supporters could be key to running a campaign that will take Sanders to July’s Democratic National Convention.

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