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House Intelligence Committee Gives Trump a Monday Deadline for Providing Evidence of Wiretapping

“The only question is why the president would make up such a thing,” says panel member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE


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Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Demonize Trump for Pursuing Russia Policy Obama Championed

“The refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies,” The Intercept journalist writes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 READ MORE



‘Cries From Syria’ Carries Heart-Rending Stories From the Civil War

Evgeny Afineevsky’s Oscar-nominated documentary doesn’t shy away from the war’s brutal realities. The children’s voices are especially poignant.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites

The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE



The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo

I looked forward to writing an essay highlighting the detention camp’s last 100 days. It never happened.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE



Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?

We have endured 40 years of creeping authoritarianism, which now may run right over democracy.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



Yes, Obama Is Causing Some of Trump’s Woes, but Not in the Way the President Imagines

On “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump alleges that his predecessor is behind the leaks and angry crowds bedeviling the White House.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



Why Did Establishment Democrats Nominate Tom Perez for Party Chair?

According to journalist Glenn Greenwald, the move satisfies Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban (pictured) and other party benefactors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE



The Democratic National Committee Needs a Hero

The next DNC chair has an important job: protect the rights of citizens and stand up for the rule of law.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE



Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review

The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE


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In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends

How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE



Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Immigration Ban on Hold for Now

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sides with a lower court, saying that reinstating the ban—even temporarily—would cause harm.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE



Fake News and Donald Trump’s War on Truth

The Trump administration has skillfully turned the notion of fake news on its head and weaponized it against the media.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE


Dissident Cartoonist Mr. Fish: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Failing to Deal With Trump

In an appearance on Chris Hedges’ RT show “On Contact,” the artist warns against depicting the president as a “figure of fun.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



A Poem on Generations Witnessing Cycles of Death and Destruction (Audio)

Tamiko Beyer’s poem serves as a painful reminder of how “horde white-hot power” causes “rage that liquefies/ our hearts, whole communities.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE



Sister of 16-Year-Old American Killed in Yemen in 2011 Dies in Raid Ordered by Trump

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and his sister were children of the U.S.-born Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, whom the U.S. assassinated with a drone in 2011.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 READ MORE



No Crocodile Tears for Cubans ‘Left Behind’ by Obama’s Immigration Change

Cubans were able to enter the U.S. without visas because of the politically driven assumption that they needed to escape the horrors of the Castro regime.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Approval Rating Is Low, but Many Americans Are Willing to Give Him a Chance

The new president’s initial approval rating of only 46 percent indicates widespread dissatisfaction, but a civic-engagement survey finds there are people who remain optimistic.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Indivisible’ Guide Teaches Progressives How to Play Defense Against Trump

Former congressional and Capitol Hill staffers created a 25-page resistance guide—which went viral—to help prevent the Republican Congress from passing conservative legislation.

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 READ MORE



Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data

The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE



Putin Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Undermine the Legitimacy’ of a Trump Administration

During a news conference Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his frustration with U.S. sanctions and addressed allegations against Donald Trump. Full transcript included.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE



The Issue Isn’t Trump—It’s Us

Liberal elites’ obsession with Donald Trump as their bête noir masks an enduring complicity in putting both him and his predecessor in the White House.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE



We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself

The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



What Is Donald Trump Aide Mike Flynn’s Relationship With Russia?

The headlines about Trump and his team and the Russian Federation are coming fast and furious, and the stories seem more than merely isolated data points.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Cornel West, Social Philosopher and Obama Critic

“The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump—but it did contribute to it,” West tells us.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE



Plan an Inaugurexit That’s Just Right for You

You can protect yourself from it, cleanse yourself of it or correct your world in the wake of it—like a skin care ad for sudden-onset inauguritis.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE


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30 Years Later, the Senate Should Reject Jeff Sessions Again

The arc of U.S. history is on full display as the peaceful transition of power takes place between the administrations of President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

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Samantha Bee Learns She Should Have Criticized Obama’s Record on Deportations Sooner (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host got a hard dose of reality Wednesday night when she realized Democrats have also been doing some not-so-great things to immigrants.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


President Obama Retraces Past Eight Years in Farewell Speech, Throws In a Few Warnings (Video)

Far from the soaring hope evident in his first inaugural address, Obama’s final speech as president was filled with cautions regarding partisanship, racism and growing inequality.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void

In the present day, there is no vision to which Americans collectively adhere. For proof, we need look no further than the election of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE



The Three Big Reasons the GOP Can’t Replace Obamacare

Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they still haven’t come up with an alternative.

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Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations for Nonviolent Offenders

Meanwhile, the results of a study examining the role of race in the pardons process—originally due to be released in 2015—are still hanging fire.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Inquiry Points Toward a Pentagon Plot to Subvert Obama’s Syria Policy

An official investigation offers evidence that the U.S. military engineered a lethal attack on Syrian troops, sabotaging the president’s effort to cooperate with Russia against Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump

The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy

The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability

Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE


President Obama on His Legacy and the Future of the Democratic Party (Audio)

In an interview with political analyst David Axelrod, Obama discusses his successes and failures, as well as the challenges his party faces in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency

On Friday President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—and within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedom.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE



Hanukkah and Christmas: A Return to Hope in Troubling Times

The holidays can be occasions for spiritual progressives to unite, affirm their shared message of hope and encourage their friends and families to join them in challenging the forces of fear.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 READ MORE



Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats

The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



Will Political Chaos in North Carolina Lead to a ‘Third Reconstruction’?

The Rev. William Barber has hope: “[Republicans] are afraid. ... They know that if we have policy movement along with this kind of moral movement, it will not only energize North Carolina, but it could energize the rest of the South.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Grants of Clemency Top 1,300 in Effort to Address Justice System Problems

On Tuesday, he granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations—the record for any president in a single day—to individuals with nonviolent offenses.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’

On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Continues the Manipulation of Populism by ‘Swamping Up’ His Path to Power

Beneath populist pretense and slander, the coming Trump presidency is shaping up as a great monument to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money. The only real mystery is how far it will deliver on its reactionary promises.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State

At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE


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