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Truthdigger of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

The banking industry and its paid protectors have hounded Elizabeth Warren for the past decade because she is one of the few people in Washington who poses a threat to Wall Street’s control over government.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: George McGovern

Certain people throughout history are destined, at least in the short term, to become synonymous with lost causes. This strengthens rather than diminishes the principles by which they lived. Update: George McGovern died in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday morning.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sheila Bair

Few voices in the regulatory community called for the expulsion of derelict executives and the means to force banks to lend bailout money to the public amid the 2008 financial crisis. Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair was among them.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: ‘Democracy Now!’

“Democracy Now!” pulled off a broadcast first this week when it circumvented the anti-democratic structure that has formed around the election process and gave two third-party candidates the chance to represent the public interest during a national presidential debate.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Juan Gonzalez

“Democracy Now!” co-host and award-winning journalist Juan Gonzalez has brought a deep understanding of the United States’ historical relationship with Latin America to bear on immigration issues affecting all Americans in the present. 

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest did the right thing for the second time in four months when she permanently affirmed an earlier ruling that blocked a statute giving the government detention powers that could put journalists and activists behind bars.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Brad Birkenfeld

It’s because of whistle-blower Brad Birkenfeld, former banker for the American branch of UBS, that tens of thousands of wealthy Americans have disclosed their holdings in offshore accounts and the IRS has recouped billions in unpaid taxes.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Glen Ford

The old trope that truth telling requires a great deal of courage is not always right. Those who tell the truth often enjoy a rare freedom from the social pressures that compel others to distort what they know to make room for a belief in the world as they would like it to be.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ali Abunimah

Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

For one reason or another, the media sometimes distort the public’s perception of a situation by treating plain facts as if they are up for debate. This week, Glenn Greenwald called out the New Statesman, long a standard bearing publication of the British left, for just such an offense.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE


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