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The Real Hillary Clinton

Where she stands now isn’t where she’s always stood. As CNN’s Anderson Cooper once asked her, “Will you say anything to get elected?”

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Drone Victims in Pakistan and Yemen Recount Brutal Effects of Remote-Controlled Warfare (Video)

Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian interviews six families on how their lives have been changed by U.S. drone strikes.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



In Washington’s Drone Wars, Collateral Damage Comes Home

American drones not only terrorize the populations living under their constant surveillance, they also psychologically wound their own operators, leaving victims with post-traumatic stress disorder on opposite sides of the globe.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE



What Really Stands in the Way of Closing Gitmo

With nine months left until a new president is inaugurated, it has to be asked: Can the U.S.’ signature war-on-terror prison at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay ever be closed?

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks With Journalist Jason Leopold About the Power of the FOIA (Audio)

A reporter for Vice News, Leopold spent years using the Freedom of Information Act to sue the U.S. government to obtain documents he believes Americans are entitled to know about, leading some in the government to brand him a “FOIA terrorist.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Fact-Checking Clinton: Obama Never Said Money Wasn’t Corrupting—He Said the Opposite

In Thursday’s debate, she invoked the president to deflect Bernie Sanders’ criticism that voters should “not feel confident” about her, given her dependence on “big-money interests.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn’t Really Free

As much as President Clinton and President Obama like to talk about “free trade” deals, the truth is that the working class ends up paying.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



In America, Politicians Pay for Bucking Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s hard-line, expansionist policies put Bernie Sanders’ “Jewishness” to the test.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



When Will the ‘28 Pages’ From 9/11 Commission Report Be Declassified?

The redacted chapter could prove a direct link to 9/11 hijackers and Saudi Arabia, long considered a source of funding for al-Qaida.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE



A Look Inside Bernie Sanders’ Vast, Virtual Ground Game

Sanders’ campaign has surpassed even President Obama’s efforts in turning online fans into an army of tens of thousands of volunteers who manage phone banks and plan high-level campaign events.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE



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How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Panama Papers Name Client of Podesta Group, a Lobbying Firm With Ties to the Clintons

John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, co-founded the Washington advocacy company linked to a Russian bank named in the leaks.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Wall Street Criminals and the Future of Our Economy (Video)

In the second part of an interview from teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges continues his discussion of “junk economics” with professor Michael Hudson.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



After Undermining Press Freedom, Obama Wants a Strong Media to Stop Trump

“Obama’s own track record shows that if anyone isn’t being held accountable for the promises he’s made, it’s Obama himself,” writes Guardian journalist Sara Morrison.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The West Responds to the Attacks in Brussels; Obama Visits Cuba

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer calls for “old-fashioned” police work in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels that killed at least 31.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei, a Lawyer Shedding Light on ‘Gitmo’ Prison and Prisoners

In her writings she brings to life the cruelties that the inmates have endured, and in her legal work she has succeeded in getting several men cleared and released.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Astounding Human Rights Hypocrisy in Cuba

The idea of the United States lecturing Cuba or any other country about human rights comes down somewhere between embarrassing and nauseating.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks With Thomas Frank About Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Frank to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how Democrats abandoned the American working class. Transcript included.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Waiting for an End to Supreme Court ‘Death Watch’

Merrick Garland, President Obama’s centrist nominee, seems destined for summary rejection by the GOP-controlled Senate, even as legal observers worry that at any moment yet another death on the bench could intensify the partisan fight over the future of our nation’s highest court.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Picks Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

The president is expected to battle the Senate Republican majority after nominating a judge with a record of challenging the federal government.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Top GOP Pollster Finds Young Americans Are Terrifyingly Liberal

Right-wing political consultant Frank Luntz says the “hostility” of Americans age 18 to 26 to “the underpinnings of the American economy and the American government” should “frighten every business and political leader” and “excite activists for Sanders and, to a lesser degree, Clinton activists.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s a Way to Hold Wall Street Accountable

We don’t have to stand by and watch the next financial crisis unfold. A new group named Bank Whistleblowers United has created a plan to avoid catastrophe. The question is: Will President Obama take advantage of it?

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Marco Rubio Was Anything but Presidential During the GOP New Hampshire Debate

It’s time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Survivors call solitary confinement “living death.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Self-Proclaimed Winners of Iowa

Overall, it was a long evening that offered too many declarations of triumph—I counted four—and too little clarity about what either party ultimately wants in a presidential nominee.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

It’s time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Iranian Missile Sanctions Were Deceptive and Hypocritical

The president’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities was merely a way of justifying and continuing the U.S. denunciation of the missile program—a denunciation that is demanded by domestic politics and U.S. alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia. 

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Democratic Senators Call on Obama to End Deportation Raids on Women and Children

Nearly half of all Senate Democrats have urged the president to end the raids, amid fears that they could resume this weekend.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Transformed: Thinking About the President He Might Have Been

It’s not that he has not scored important, even historic, successes as president. But a president is transformational when he meets head on and transcends the pre-eminent historical crisis of his times­­.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Fourth Democratic Debate: In Which the Candidates Fact-Check Each Other

It’s a key moment for Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as they both hover within clinching range of their party’s nomination. Read our updated live blog coverage throughout Sunday night’s showdown in Charleston, S.C.

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale

If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Kshama Sawant Delivers a Socialist Response to Obama’s State of the Union Speech

The Seattle city councilwoman expressed optimism for the future based “not on big corporations or the prosperity of Wall Street and its billionaires” but on “the immense potential power of American workers.”

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Obama Announces Executive Action Plan for Gun Control

President Obama is well aware that he faces one of the biggest battles of his White House tenure in taking up the gun control issue, but on Tuesday, he exercised his executive authority and moved to restrict sales of certain kinds of firearms.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



Iran Transfers Stockpile of Enriched Uranium to Russia

On Monday, a Russian ship carrying almost all of Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium left Iran, “fulfilling a major step in the nuclear deal struck last summer and, for the first time in nearly a decade, apparently leaving Iran with too little fuel to manufacture a nuclear weapon,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Despite what President Obama says, the TPP does indeed create a corporate end run around our laws.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History

Bernie Sanders’ campaign just beat a record set by President Barack Obama in 2011 in the runup to his 2012 re-election.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Former Air Force Pilots Who Blew the Whistle on U.S. Drone Program

In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Suspected Terrorists’ Gun Ban Makes for Great Sound Bite but Terrible Policy

To achieve gun control, Democrats should embrace principle, not repackage Bush-era civil liberty abuses to troll the GOP.

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Candidates for 2015 ‘Hypocrite of the Year’

There are so many candidates. But the people included here stand out in their various areas of nefarious behavior: war-making, tax avoidance, consumer gouging, environmental destruction, and criminal arrogance.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



In Address About San Bernardino Attack, President Obama Lays Out Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State

Obama sought to convince Americans, including his opponents, that he is capable of handling this phase of the global conflict by pressing forward with a multipart strategy.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



NSA Leaker Thomas Drake Praises Report Showing U.S.’ Failure Toward Whistleblowers

Drake, who in 2010 became the first American charged with espionage in almost 40 years, applauds a new report by the PEN American Center accusing the government of failing to protect whistleblowers.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE


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