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The Right-Wing Legacy of Justice Lewis Powell, and What It Means for the Supreme Court Today

The late Justice Antonin Scalia may loom large in recent SCOTUS history, but another conservative member of the top court was hugely influential in his own right.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Live at Truthdig: What Does the Future Hold for Donald Trump?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with former judge and Truthdig contributor Bill Blum to analyze what’s likely to be next for the GOP’s unorthodox presidential candidate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Psychopathology of Donald Trump

Does Donald Trump only say crazy things, or does he say crazy things because he actually is crazy?

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE



Keeping Wall Street Speeches Secret Speaks Volumes About Hillary Clinton

A watchdog website is tracking the time since she promised she’d “look into” releasing the transcripts, but all she and her surrogates have done is unleash a cascade of excuses, obfuscations and evasions.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



An Odd Cloud Rolls Toward Hillary Clinton’s Campaign: The Case of an Arrested Romanian Hacker

New information squeezed out of “Guccifer” by U.S. authorities could reignite the email controversy as the national election nears. Already, his disclosures are plaguing the Democratic front-runner.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



A Day of Reckoning for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder? Let’s Raise a Glass of Clean Water to That

He’s unlikely to face criminal charges for the Flint contamination crisis, and he might not suffer from any of the pending lawsuits. Even so, the future could bring a certain kind of justice.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s War on the First Amendment

Despite the GOP front-runner’s reputation for speaking his mind and “telling it like it is,” he is an enemy of freedom of speech, suing anyone who says something he doesn’t like. But it gets worse: As president, he promises, he would dismantle safeguards that foster robust discussion of public issues.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Antonin Scalia’s Death Bolsters the Hopes of Abortion-Rights Forces

Before the passing of the hard-right justice created the possibility of a dramatic shift in the Supreme Court, there was fear that Roe v. Wade would be undercut in a pending case. Now beleaguered rights proponents are looking to Justice Anthony Kennedy to swing the ideologically divided bench their way.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



Is Trump the Sequel to Schwarzenegger?

The parallels between the two are striking: Both capitalized on celebrity worship and voter discontent, neither had previous political experience and each is renowned for using sheer muscle—of one sort or another—to make their way in the world.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



Could a President Hillary Clinton Be Impeached Over Her Emails?

In a word: yes. The pundit who claimed she would be shielded from the consequences of pre-inaugural actions was wrong. The big question is whether her email operations amounted to “high crimes and misdemeanors” ... whatever those words might mean at a given political moment.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia earned his stripes as the court’s loosest cannon for his remarks on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, while Justice Clarence Thomas was honored for making it through his ninth year without asking a single question during oral arguments.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action: 5 Possible Outcomes

If onetime University of Texas aspirant Abigail Fisher prevails on all of her claims, the last tepid vestiges of race-conscious affirmative action will end at public colleges and universities throughout the land.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



The New Nativist Hysteria Is Illegitimate, Divisive and Dangerous

The xenophobic outburst on Capitol Hill and across the heartland won’t make us safer. In fact, it plays directly into the hands of terrorist organizations like Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Where’s the Outrage Over the Beheadings in Saudi Arabia?

Although the Obama administration lacks the courage and decency to speak out against the Saudi killing machine, the rest of us have no reason to be constrained.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: House Speaker Reality Check: Ann Coulter Gets It Wrong, Paul Ryan Still Won’t Run

It’s been nearly a week since Rep. Kevin McCarthy bowed out of the running for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s spot, and the field is still wide open. Also, Ann Coulter didn’t quite get the whole constitutional aspect of this story, so we consulted a bona fide legal expert about the House rules to set the record straight.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Richard Glossip Is Granted a Stay of Execution by Oklahoma’s Governor

The execution of Richard Glossip was postponed Wednesday for 37 days, thanks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who cited questions about the state’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



Is Oklahoma About to Murder an Innocent Man?

On Wednesday, Richard Glossip will face execution by the state of Oklahoma despite mounting evidence pointing to his innocence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



Richard Glossip Execution Halted by Oklahoma Court

An Oklahoma appeals court has granted a reprieve for death row inmate Richard Glossip just hours before his scheduled execution. As Truthdig’s Bill Blum recently explained, “His case is the kind that should keep people of good conscience awake at night.”

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



California to Move Thousands of Prisoners out of Solitary Confinement

Finally, some better news from our nation’s prison-industrial complex: California announced Tuesday that thousands of inmates in the state’s prisons would be shifted out of solitary confinement.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Trump’s War on ‘Anchor Babies’

It’s no laughing matter. A small yet influential collection of academics actually supports his position.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement

A 2011 hunger strike by California convicts attracted the attention of human rights advocates, and that led to an extraordinary alliance. If this group of lawyers and prisoners has its way, the barbaric conditions in our prisons will come to an end.

Posted on Aug 22, 2015 READ MORE



California Attorney General Kamala Harris Must End the Barbaric Practice of Solitary Confinement

If she settles a Pelican Bay prisoners’ lawsuit, Harris will seize an opportunity to serve justice—and her political career as well.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE



Colorado Court Says Baker Can’t Refuse to Make Cakes for Gay Couples (Updated)

Now that gays and lesbians have Supreme Court backing to get married, it’s getting harder for wedding-industry workers like Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, to refuse to do business with same-sex couples.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



No Justice for Cecil the Lion

Despite the international uproar over the killing of the popular Zimbabwe lion, prosecution of the American trophy hunter involved is far from a sure thing.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



An Oklahoma Man Awaits a ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Richard Glossip can be executed in September, despite the strong evidence of his innocence and the intense pain that Oklahoma’s injection cocktail is known to cause.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Is Antonin Scalia Off His Rocker or Just a Sore Loser?

Either way, the sun appears to have set on the Supreme Court justice’s once-promising career.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Wins L.A. Press Club’s Top Award for Activism Journalism

The Truthdig columnist was honored Sunday night for his column “The Last Days of Tomas Young,” which “sharply skewers a VA system that failed to aid the very people it’s meant to serve.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Dear Candidate Clinton: Pardon Edward Snowden

The Democratic front-runner needs the backing of the left to win the White House, but she must be made to pay a price for that support: reversal of her criticism of the whistleblower.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdig Nominated for 14 Southern California Journalism Awards

UPDATE: Truthdig is a finalist for 14 Los Angeles Press Club awards, including best website.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why the ACLU’s Big Victory Against NSA Surveillance Falls Short

A federal court ruling that the National Security Agency’s vast telephone metadata collection program is illegal is a clear advance for civil liberties, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Scheer, Binney and Blum on the Patriot Act

“They can do anything with your cellphone once they have your SIM card and your key.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Same-Sex Marriage: Will SCOTUS Make It Official?

The once-unthinkable is about to happen. Get ready.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Moment of Decision: Should We Kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Unlike the guilt phase of the trial, the outcome of which was never in doubt, the penalty segment will be a slugfest pitting two diametrically opposed narratives of criminal justice.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



Tsarnaev Found Guilty of All Counts, Including 17 Carrying Possible Death Penalty

The verdict is in on the Boston bombing trial, leaving the jury to deliberate over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty or a life sentence for his role in the 2013 tragedy.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



In Boston Bombing Trial, Winners and Losers Are Hard to Tell Apart

To a nation riveted by the televised trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony, following a life-or-death courtroom drama with no cameras is proving to be a nail-biter.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



In the Shadow of FDR, Netanyahu Preaches a Politics of Fear

Eighty-two years after Roosevelt’s famous call to hope, the Israeli prime minister stood before Congress to deliver a nearly opposite appeal. The facts do not support his dire warning on Iran.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



Obamacare Lawsuit? It’s the Money, Stupid

To see the big picture behind the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, follow the money.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE


Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Is a Libertarian-Conservative Fusion Driving the Roberts Court?

Whatever the explanation for the Supreme Court’s direction, it’s bad news for the little guy.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



AP/Markus Schreiber

How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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The 2014 SCOTUS Awards

Who’s the justice on the SCOTUS with the mostest? Read on to find out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Cliff Owen

Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE


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