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In a Rigged System, Hillary Clinton Is Too Big to Indict

The Democratic presidential nominee got a pass this summer on her “extremely careless” handling of classified information while secretary of state. But now the FBI is reopening its investigation.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE


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The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’

The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Ready to Flip the Script for Women

Not enough has been made of two obvious facts: Hillary Clinton, if she wins the presidency, would be the first woman elected to the White House. And it will have been the votes of women who put her there.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank on Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this repost, Truthdig Editor in Chief Scheer interviews the author to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how the Democrat Party abandoned the American working class. (Frank will join Scheer in Los Angeles on Oct. 30 for a public discussion about the upcoming presidential election and Frank’s book. See the jump for more information.) Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War

A slew of bipartisan reports are hoping to push the former secretary of state to increased military action in the Middle East, particularly Syria.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE



Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election

To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein Would Be a Blessing for the Supreme Court; Gary Johnson Would Be a Disaster

Of all the candidates, the Green Party nominee would move the judicial branch in the most progressive direction as president. But the sobering reality is that she has the least prospect of doing so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE



Wishful Thinking: The First Hundred Days After Nov. 8

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, hopefully Elizabeth Warren will challenge her in the 2020 Democratic primaries if Clinton isn’t sufficiently progressive and bold during her first term.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan

Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



Silence on Climate Change Is Another Form of Denial

The global environmental issue is real, and it is worsening. That it should play a central role in the U.S. elections is undebatable.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head

President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution is wrong. “Good Germans who were only following orders” are not exempt from the bar of justice. Individuals must be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



A Path That Could Lead to the Unthinkable: Nuclear War With Russia

The U.S. propaganda campaign against the Russian Federation is rolling downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a catastrophic showdown.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Acknowledges Future Presidents May Wage Perpetual, Secret Drone War

The president agrees with one of the most significant critiques of his drone war: that its precedent could encourage future presidents to engage comfortably in perpetual covert wars “all over the world”—just as he did.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE



Low Voter Turnout Will Benefit Donald Trump the Most on Election Day

If you care who wins the election next month, get off the couch, go down to your polling place and vote.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama: ‘Patron’ of the Israeli Occupation

Despite the ups and downs in his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facts and figures from Obama’s presidency tell a story of unprecedented support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t

Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



White House Arts and Humanities Medals Recognize Americans’ Collective Experience

As the nation nears the end of a highly divisive political season, President Obama uses the awards ceremony to focus on common ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil

The next president of the United States will have the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body—and redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution for a generation or more.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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America the Great ... Police State

Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life

The Obama administration has made an example of Jeffrey Sterling, the first whistleblower convicted under the Espionage Act. Now the former CIA agent is being denied proper medical care in the federal detention center where he is imprisoned after being sentenced to three years.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 READ MORE



Keep Calm and Vote Green: Fascism Is Not Coming

The Trump phenomenon is terrible, but now is no time for lesser-evil voting. A dictatorship is not knocking at the door in the United States.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Powers Through Bizarre Interview With Zach Galifianakis

The Democratic presidential nominee follows in the footsteps of President Obama, who appeared on “Between Two Ferns” in 2014.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Xenophobia and Hate Exacerbate the Plight of Refugees Around the World

According to Oxfam, the six wealthiest countries—the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom—“host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE


County Chair of Trump Campaign in Ohio Resigns After Saying There Was No Racism Before Obama (Video)

“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” said Kathy Miller.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Takes His Campaign 2016 Act to the United Nations With Anti-Trump Talk (Video)

For the presidential candidates of this election cycle, as well as for their surrogates and supporters, all the world’s a campaign stage.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



A Vote for Trump Is a Vote to Undo Vital Progress on Climate Change

The scientific evidence for global warming has never been clearer, yet the Republican presidential nominee boasts that he can’t wait to tear down President Obama’s positive environmental actions.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Media Coverage Has Created a New Crisis of Credibility

Almost 50 years after former Vice President Spiro Agnew launched a conservative campaign against the press, our journalistic institutions are being challenged for being too hard on Hillary Clinton and too timid toward the right in the 2016 election.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump and the Politics of ‘Huh?’

The Census Bureau’s latest report on incomes suggests that the vast majority of Americans have a great deal to lose if the Republican nominee wins the presidency.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

The carnage in many minority neighborhoods across America remains unacceptable. Yet both major-party presidential candidates have chosen to snub and malign the Black Lives Matter movement and the cause it represents.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



Fooled Again

We have once more been baited and hooked by the corporate elites who look upon the electorate as malleable and disposable.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Media Elites, Here’s How You Have Donald Trump Completely Wrong

The incitement of anti-immigrant prejudice for political gain is shameful, but it’s not new in our country.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE



What Was Saudi Arabia’s Involvement in 9/11?

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a direct outgrowth of the fundamentalist Wahhabist ideology that defines the oil-rich kingdom. For this reason alone, the Saudi regime should be held accountable.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: A Tense Look Between President Obama and Vladimir Putin

Even with the U.S. and Russia agreeing on a temporary cease-fire in Syria, trust between the nations’ leaders appears to be in short supply.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Nearly 500 More U.S. Troops Sent to Iraq for Mosul Attack in Advance of Election Day

If Islamic State loses Mosul before Americans go to the polls Nov. 8, it will undermine a key talking point of the Republican right: that Obama is weak on terrorism.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Lacks Sense or Sensibility

The Republican nominee may be the most dangerously ignorant major-party presidential candidate in history.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 READ MORE



More Than 200 Scholars Decry the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s ‘Frontal Attack’ on Law and Democracy

“Today’s letter from top legal experts makes clear: ISDS [the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, part of the TPP] undermines the American judicial system and tilts the playing field further in favor of big multinational corporations,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declares.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s Proof That the U.K. Has Helped America’s National Security Agency With Its Targeted Killings

“The UK flamboyantly touts its death penalty opposition, yet uses [a] (previously) secret base with the US to target people for due-process-free assassinations,” wrote journalist Glenn Greenwald in a Facebook post linking to a groundbreaking Intercept investigation by Ryan Gallagher.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE


Jill Stein Doesn’t Want to ‘Whitewash Our Dialogue’ When It Comes to Race (Video)

Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, recently caused controversy when he labeled President Obama an “Uncle Tom” president. In a conversation with Truthdig, the Green Party presidential nominee addresses the often-uncomfortable conversation about race relations in America.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s ‘To Be Determined’ Approach Threatens Democracy’s Ideal

Have a candidate’s political strategists ever before treated their candidate like a rambunctious child and spoken of their pride that they finally coaxed him to “stay on message”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE


Jill Stein: ‘The Experience of Democracy’ Is More Important Than Being a Career Politician

The Green Party presidential nominee met with Truthdig staff to talk about how the mainstream media has (and hasn’t) covered her campaign, her qualifications for the nation’s highest office and the controversy over her running mate’s “Uncle Tom” comment aimed at President Obama. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jill Stein Won’t Apologize for Her Running Mate’s ‘Uncle Tom’ Comment on Obama

The Green Party presidential nominee is also coming under fire for her own rhetoric on race after trying to explain vice presidential pick Ajamu Baraka’s inflammatory statement.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Why Hillary Clinton Republicans Matter

The Democratic nominee is making an appeal to GOP members opposed to Donald Trump. Her unspoken message: The stakes for the party’s dissenters are too high for halfway measures and bet hedging.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



It Takes a Ruling-Class Village to Staff the White House

Forget all the populist talk we’ve been hearing from Hillary Clinton and her cohorts, and follow the money to find out where the ruling elite’s loyalties truly lie.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE


Rep. Alan Grayson Explains How to Keep Bernie Sanders’ Movement Going

The Florida congressman, who is running for a Senate seat, talks trade deals, corporate manipulation and the failures of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame

If indigenous activists manage to block the building of an oil line they consider a threat to ancestral lands, their success will be one small measure of justice in a line of injustices going back to the founding of this nation.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Makes a 360-Degree ‘Pivot’ to Prove He’s No Flip-Flopper

The Republican presidential nominee is not going to change. No matter how many times he reshuffles his campaign, he is who he is. It’s delusional to pretend otherwise.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Is Helping Hillary Clinton Transform the Geography of American Politics

An alliance between suburban voters and African-Americans is turning Virginia presidentially blue. That is alarming to Republicans, because the pattern is repeating itself in North Carolina and Georgia.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE


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