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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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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.
 
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VIDEO: Jeremy Corbyn Takes Down Big Banks During Surprise Appearance

"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.
 
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Yes, that’s right. Hillary Clinton was pronounced victorious in at least six Iowa precincts that were tied Monday night after one fateful question was asked: “Heads or tails?”

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

 
 
 
 
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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VIDEO: ‘A Significant Victory’ for Julian Assange as U.N. Panel Calls for His Freedom

A United Nations panel this week officially concluded that the WikiLeaks founder has been “arbitrarily detained” and should be allowed to walk free.

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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. It is, 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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Julian Assange ‘Arbitrarily Detained,’ a U.N. Panel Has Found

The panel is expected to announce Friday a finding that the WikiLeaks founder’s long stay in Ecuador’s London embassy is the result of improper actions by Sweden and Britain.

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Progressives Nationwide Seek to Take Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ Into Congress

Zephyr Teachout of New York, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Lucy Flores of Nevada want to take on Wall Street, big oil and the military-industrial complex—and they’re all mounting bids for Congress.

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At Town Hall and in Campaign Filings, Clinton’s Cozy Wall Street Ties Are on Display

Hillary Clinton defends her whopping speaking fees from Goldman Sachs by saying, “That’s what they offered.”

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VIDEO: Shkreli Does Little to Help His Cause in Smirky Encounter With Capitol Hill ‘Imbeciles’

Embattled Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli apparently did not show up for his hearing Thursday before the House Oversight Committee with a mind to shift public opinion in his favor or convince attendant legislators that he held anything resembling respect for the proceedings.

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Credit Occupy in Bernie Sanders’ Surge

What began in 2011 as a movement against income inequality has morphed into burgeoning support for a presidential candidate who is passionate about economic justice.

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VIDEO: Is Hillary Clinton a Progressive? Not According to Her Policy Record

Jeff Cohen, media scholar at Ithaca College and founder of the watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, reviews Clinton’s history of “progressivism” and laughs.

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How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers

The Boston Globe presented its recent decision to contract out its delivery service as a clean, technical move to deliver newspapers at lower cost. But that deceptively simple task is in fact provided by some of society’s most exploited and marginalized workers, many of them immigrants and undocumented.

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Investors Tip Balance Toward Renewables

With investment in renewable electricity sources now outstripping polluting fossil fuels, a new study sees signs of change in global attitudes toward climate risks.

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