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AP/Eric Gay

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats

The Export-Import Bank—a government agency providing taxpayer subsidized loans to multinational corporations—has been called “one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare.”

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Ron Reiring (CC-BY)

An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

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Where Does the Buck Stop?

Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment.

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AP/Elise Amendola

Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

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AP/Carolyn Kaster

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

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Tom Thai (CC-BY)

A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

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Dud Fireworks

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Boehner’s Burning Issue

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Dirk Loop (CC-BY)

The Vital Incoherent Center

Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



A Year of Living Negatively

The prospect of months of attacks and more attacks reflects the depth of disillusionment with Washington.

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Government Efforts to Treat PTSD Are for Naught

There is little evidence that the billions of dollars spent each year to treat military service members and veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are having their intended effects, a new report commissioned by Congress finds.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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What New Details Reveal About Benghazi ‘Scandal’—and Its Promoters

If the Benghazi tragedy has revealed anything, it is the utterly partisan obsession of those who have tried to stoke the “scandal.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Americans Are Self-Segregating Based on Politics

A number of new studies and analyses are indicating that Americans, who once chose neighborhoods that reflected their own ethnicity and religion, are now moving to places where they feel ideologically comfortable—a development that will make American politics even more polarized than it already is.

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How America’s Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

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California Rep. Kevin McCarthy On Track to Become House Majority Leader

Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have an incoming successor already. 

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Eric Cantor and the Tea Party Purge

In 1961, John F. Kennedy said: “In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

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Eric Cantor to Leave House Majority Leader Post in Late July

Newly defeated Rep. Eric Cantor will hang up his hat as House majority leader July 31, a GOP source in Congress confirmed Wednesday.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Shockingly Loses Primary to Tea Party Contender

Rep. Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday in the Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District by Dave Brat in an upset.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



Pamela Alma Weymouth

Boys and Gun Love: A Thinking Mother’s Dilemma

My sons know how I feel about gunplay, yet the more I forbid it, the more their curiosity draws them toward these forbidden objects—the toy version of the lethal instruments at the center of our national debate.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a Taliban-held prisoner of war. The Greatest Generation would not have acted this way.

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Six Points Concerning Bergdahl

Bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home was the right thing to do, and President Obama did it in a mostly reasonable way.

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Pierre Omidyar: ‘The New Face of an Old Imperial Tradition’

The eBay and First Look Media founder (shown) is a walking contradiction when it comes to his “progressive anti-state image” and his actions to further the “global neoliberal agenda”; Facebook may wield control over votes in elections; meanwhile, more than half of congressional members are millionaires and have no idea what it’s like to be poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Chief Hospital Corpsman Josh Ives

Will Congress Be as Brave as Shinseki?

If you want a prime example of what’s wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans’ health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired.

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Another Mass Shooting

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Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu challenges Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

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Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu takes on Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


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The Best Reporting on Guns in America

In the wake of last week’s shooting, we’ve laid out the most revealing reporting about guns.

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FTC Sounds Privacy Alarm on Data Brokers, Asks Congress to Act

Ever heard of Acxiom or Corelogic? No? Chances are they’ve heard of you. According to a new 110-page report from the Federal Trade Commission, data brokers “collect and store a vast amount of data on almost every U.S. household and commercial transaction.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


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U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Gabriela Garcia

Thousands of American Soldiers Could Remain in Afghanistan After 2014 Deadline

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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Times When Race Matters

When Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., remarked last week that some of the opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is “maybe he’s of the wrong color,” he was just saying out loud what many people believe.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE


Senseless Shootings

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Another Shooting

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In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


113th Congress

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Clinton Gets the GOP Treatment

Republican panic at the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race has suddenly reached Godzilla-nearing-Tokyo proportions.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

The current FCC chairperson, appointed by President Barack Obama, is Tom Wheeler, who was formerly the head of the NCTA and later ran the wireless industry’s lobbying organization. Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell have basically switched places with one another. Sadly, they both do the same job, representing the interests of big business.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The ‘SuperPAC to End All SuperPACs’ Meets Its Fundraising Goal in Less Than Two Weeks

Lawrence Lessig, godfather of the Creative Commons, has called a “mayday on this democracy,” and with 18 days left before his self-imposed deadline, MayOne.US met its $1 million crowdfunding goal.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE


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