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The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

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Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history—a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress—is nearly dead?

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VIDEO: Raising the Estate Tax on the Very Rich Is Step 8 to Save the Economy

At a time of historic economic inequality, it should be a no-brainer to raise a tax on inherited wealth for the very rich. Yet there’s a move among some members of Congress to abolish it altogether.

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The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

Evan Young was valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colo. He’d planned to give his valedictory address at the graduation ceremony May 16. But Principal B.J. Buchmann didn’t give him the chance.

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Who Created ISIS?

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Patriot Act

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Senate Passes USA Freedom Act, Restricting NSA Surveillance Powers

Passage of the act will end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

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Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

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FIFA Corruption

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Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

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Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Mitch McConnell and Snuggly the Security Bear Beg to Spy

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Double Feature

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Stop Logging Our Phone Calls

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right.

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Derailing Amtrak: Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis

The fatal derailment May 12 did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from slashing Amtrak funding the very next day. Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes, but the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.

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VIDEO: Edward Snowden: When You Monitor Everyone, You Understand Nothing—and That Has to Change

In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

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Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.

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Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Warren Buffett Is Betting Big on Wind Energy in Nebraska, and Other Planet-Saving News

Wind power is on a roll in the U.S. despite a fickle Congress and the machinations of Big Coal and Big Gas to keep all the subsidies for themselves. And one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett, has noticed.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Brad Sherman Team Up to Break Up America’s Biggest Banks

Building off the momentum from his 2016 campaign launch Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking aim at America’s banking behemoths with an aggressively named new bill he drew up with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., called the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act.”

 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Gears Up to Launch 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s on, as of Thursday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slated to announce that he’s throwing in to join the roster of candidates for the 2016 election. He’ll be running as a Democrat.

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Congress Intercepts Iran Deal Gyrocopter

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Jon Stewart Bashes Congress for Over-Congratulating Itself for Fixing a Problem It Created

Inspired by our legislators’ recent celebration of their bipartisan “Doc-Fix” Medicare measure, Jon Stewart and other “Daily Show” correspondents imagine what life would be like if “normal people” reacted the way Congress does to “the dutiful executing of basic occupational tasks.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



For Goodness’ Sakes, Confirm Loretta Lynch Now

In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn’t been seen around here in some time.

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Peace

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Gyrocopter

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Hacked Sony Emails Show Major Democrat-Turned-Lobbyist Urging Support for Republicans

As head of the lobbying group Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd—a former Democratic senator and self-styled champion for working families—advised film executives to financially support Republican campaigns for election to Congress.

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John Oliver Attempts the Near Impossible: to Make Americans Sympathize With the IRS

Tax season is upon us, and with it the usual grumblings about the Internal Revenue Service. But HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host, joined by singer Michael Bolton, may make you think twice this year before you curse the IRS.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE



Ex-Lobbyists for Spies Are Overseeing Government Spying

Increasingly, the task of overseeing the National Security Agency is going to former lobbyists for NSA contractors and other intelligence community insiders.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



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Surveillance State Repeal Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is sponsoring the proposed law with the help of five other House members, including Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. When Congress returns from recess next week, Pocan plans to present the bill in an effort to repeal parts of the Patriot Act.

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Easter Egg

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Harry Reid vs. the Smooth Deal

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. But there are upsides to his approach, including his candor and his capacity as a listener who understands his colleagues and their needs.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Congress Only Cares About Soldiers When They’re Fighting Wars, Not When They’re in Need

In a scathing segment on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the “Daily Show” host highlights how our government officials have no problem overspending on wars, but they cut every corner they can with veterans’ health.

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New Policy

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Waters Edge

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GOP and Foreign Policy

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Republicans Truly Have No Idea What They Want to Accomplish in Congress

What we’re seeing is not just a bit of sputtering before the GOP machine cranks up and begins to systematically fulfill its governing plan. There is no plan.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: ‘Republicans Aren’t Warning Iran About Obama, They’re Warning Iran About Themselves’

Recently, 47 senators signed a letter warning Iranian leaders that any deal they struck with President Obama would last only as long as Congress allowed. But while it’d be nice to call such childish behavior by America’s leaders unprecedented, boy, does it have a precedent.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Happen If the Hawks Got Their Way and We Bombed Iran?

Some of those who believe that Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program is inevitably dual use are alarmed at the prospect of a diplomatic deal between Washington and Tehran that will allow Iran to continue enriching under inspections.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE


Bibi Weighs In

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Iran

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Bibi’s Roast

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Stand Together

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Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman Discuss Netanyahu’s Upcoming Speech Before Congress

For “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress, mostly Republican, the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran,” the renowned political commentator and linguist tells Amy Goodman on a recent episode of “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE


What Color Is This Dress?

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Netanyahu’s Speech

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