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Welcome to the Police State of America for Immigrants

Donald Trump’s new orders give immigration officials and local cops around the country new and almost unlimited power to enforce a vague law.

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The Real Reason the GOP Wants to Pull the Plug on Obamacare (Video)

Don’t be fooled by the promises of Trump and Republicans in Congress to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE


Republicans Push a Corporate Tax Plan That Could Cost Americans a Bundle

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Ignites in Town Hall Meetings

Overflow crowds and tough questions marked Saturday’s congressional recess events around the country.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE



Progressives Must Challenge Extreme Gerrymandering by the GOP

Redistricting schemes have given Republicans an artificial grip on power. Here’s how we can get our country back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE


The Coretta Scott King Letter the GOP Wouldn’t Let Sen. Warren Read

Before the confirmation vote for attorney general, Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Republicans when she sought to highlight Jeff Sessions’ racism.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Can Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

If Chuck Schumer of New York and his fellow Senate Democrats choose to obstruct President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

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The Last Bastions of Resistance to Donald Trump

With congressional Republicans in the majority and unwilling to cross the president, the job of containing his incipient tyranny falls to three groups.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE



Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America

The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

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Study: 43,000 Could Die Under Affordable Care Act Repeal

Remember death panels? Many of the most die-hard proponents of this lie, including some who went on to benefit from Obamacare, are about to meet the real death panelists.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision

The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



‘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



Bernie Sanders Gives Leadership Tips to Democrats Facing the Trump Era

On some matters, such as Donald Trump’s future Supreme Court choices, the Vermont senator is less combative than some of his colleagues. On other issues, he digs in his heels.

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Bernie Sanders: Trump Has to Preserve Health Care or Admit He’s a Liar

The president-elect might have forgotten his campaign promises. But we won’t.

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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.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE



Protest Stopped the ‘Predators,’ but They Will Be Back

The public outcry after the GOP tried to quash an ethics watchdog is the kind of citizen action we’ll need to survive the next four years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Democrats Gear Up for Fight Against Future GOP Health Care Proposals

Republican lawmakers took the first step in unraveling the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, prompting President Obama to urge fellow Democrats to fight any “Trumpcare” replacement.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE


Mass Movements Can Curb Regressive Politics in 2017

The Truthdig team sat down Thursday with longtime contributor and former judge Bill Blum to analyze predictions about the new year and discuss how to combat threats to democracy.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Amid Public Backlash, House Republicans Abandon Plan to Gut Ethics Office

The House GOP faced rebukes from both sides of the aisle after announcing plans to effectively extinguish the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE


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‘The Young Turks’: Trump’s Election Puts $36,000 Into Pockets of Every U.S. Millionaire (Video)

On the online news show, Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola and Jimmy Dore break down the reasons Republicans want to ax President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Iceland’s Pirate Party Has Been Handed a Mandate to Implement Progressive Policies

The country’s recent elections brought a radical change; Paul Ryan is very, very wrong about Obamacare and Medicare; meanwhile, the Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump may be more subversive than many realize. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE



The Pentagon Reportedly Concealed Internal Study Revealing It Wasted $125 Billion

A new investigative report by The Washington Post shows that leaders within the Pentagon buried evidence that it was wasting billions over concerns that Congress would make budget cuts.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Almost Certainly Will Violate the Constitution if He Continues to Own His Businesses

The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin received from Louis XVI.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles

Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win

The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE



‘Enough to Make Me Gag’: Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway (Video)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to fight the 21st Century Cures Act “because I know the difference between compromise and extortion.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?

He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



18 Journalism Groups Send Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump for Press Access

Journalists are concerned that the incoming chief executive will be a threat to freedom of the press and government transparency during his presidency.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE



Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists

The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren: Democracy Demands That We Work Together on America’s Agenda

The Massachusetts senator is ready to help President-elect Trump rebuild the U.S. economy. But if Republicans attempt to remove Wall Street regulations or gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she will fight them.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Here It Comes: Trump’s 100-Day Plan to ‘Make America Great Again’

Republican control of Congress means much of the party’s regressive agenda—along with some of Trump’s radical proposals—could pass.

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Mitch McConnell: ‘We’ve Been Given a Temporary Lease on Power’ (Video)

In a news conference Wednesday, the Senate majority leader addressed the future of the Senate’s relationship with Donald Trump and discussed high-priority items on the congressional agenda.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The American Experiment Will Be Put to the Test With Donald Trump’s Presidency

Republicans will control the White House, both chambers of Congress, most governorships and most state legislatures. The Democrats need new blood and new ideas.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast

The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?”

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



How Much Damage Did James Comey Do?

The FBI director’s actions likely will not be enough to elect Donald Trump as president. But it may have hurt Democrats’ chances of taking control of the Senate.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Reviews Hillary Clinton Email Case After New Information Surfaces

The heat is back on the Democratic presidential nominee. On Friday, FBI Director James Comey informed Congress that his team is assessing “emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



GOP May Seem in Historic Disarray, but It Will Perpetuate Gridlock for Years to Come

Hillary Clinton looks increasingly likely to win the White House, but her party faces a big obstacle to success in congressional races: Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Democrats Have a Chance to Take Back the Senate—Here’s Why Progressives Should Care (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. This would be great news for progressives for a number of reasons.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate

To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking Republican anxiety, look no further than the private appeal sent last week from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Ascendance of Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan Will Mark a Win for Big Business and Wall Street

The Democratic candidate won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely).

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE



How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



It’s Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Actually Take Action

Instead of setting up further rounds of CEO perp walks for the TV cameras, Congress should give the Justice Department and regulatory agencies enough funding to do their jobs.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE


Will Peace Ever Be the Norm Again in the United States?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with peace activist Frank Dorrel to discuss how we can strengthen the peace movement.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Congressional Resolution Seeks Family Court Reform

A briefing this week explored the need to better protect victims of domestic violence in custody cases.

Posted on Sep 14, 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



Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen

This new price gouge is the latest example of a corrupt system that hurts regular Americans—but we will hold accountable those who are responsible.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE


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