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Leaked Documents Reveal How the DNC Tried to Undermine Sanders’ Campaign

A trove of emails released by WikiLeaks show how higher-ups in the Democratic National Committee sought to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Is the Clinton Foundation the Greater Scandal Surrounding Hillary?

“Nobody has, I think, in American history, merged their public service as secretary of state or president with their private gains to the extent that Hillary has,” economist Michael Hudson told The Real News Network.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Meet El Peso Hero, a Latino Superhero Fighting Injustice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

“El Peso Hero” is not your typical comic book series. The eponymous main character defends immigrants, stands up for the disenfranchised and speaks only Spanish.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Brazilians Protesting Dissolution of the Ministry of Culture

Artists and others are fighting the interim Temer government’s move folding the cultural department into the Ministry of Education as part of an austerity plan. It is “a direct attack on this society,” one said.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Former New York Assembly Speaker and Clinton Superdelegate Gets 12-Year Sentence for Corruption

Sheldon Silver was arrested over a year ago and later found guilty on seven charges involving “bribes and kickbacks.”

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE


Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Democracy Spring is all about reforming campaign finance laws in the United States. But although the movement is gaining momentum, mainstream media coverage remains scant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Young Turks’ Host Cenk Uygur One of 400 Protesters Arrested at Democracy Spring Rally (Video)

The planned act of civil obedience in Washington, D.C., was designed to call attention to government corruption, get money out of politics and restore free and fair elections.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Top 10 Signs the U.S. Is the Most Corrupt Country in the World (Video)

Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly “corrupt” always imply that the United States is not corrupt.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Offshore-Banking Whistleblower Hervé Falciani

The leaks engineered by “the Edward Snowden of banking” have brought to light malpractice that is costing government treasuries hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The IT expert’s action has earned him a five-year prison sentence given in absentia.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer and David Talbot Explore the Origins of America’s Secret Government

By Robert Scheer

In the second episode of “Scheer Intelligence”—Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new KCRW podcast—Salon.com founding Editor David Talbot tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied Franklin Roosevelt to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union—one of many deviations from official history that are recounted in Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard.” (With transcript)

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Ben Carson Helped His Business-Partner Friend Avoid Prison After Felony Conviction

The Republican presidential candidate has business ties to a close friend convicted of defrauding insurance companies and testified on the friend’s behalf, even as Carson has since called for such crimes to be punished harshly.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



American War in the 21st Century: A Scam, a Swindle and a Fraud

In the post-9/11 years, “reconstruction” and “war” have really been euphemisms for what, in other countries, would be recognized as a massive system of corruption.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



‘Spotlight’ Film Review: A Paean to Big-City Print Journalism in Its Twilight

Writer-director Tom McCarthy’s stirring drama celebrates old-fashioned newspaper investigation by telling a real-life story: how The Boston Globe exposed child abuse among Catholic priests.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter Faces Criminal Investigation in Switzerland

The president of the international soccer governing body is being investigated for “suspicion of criminal mismanagement and suspicion of misappropriation” of funds, Switzerland’s office of the attorney general announced Friday. The criminal case against him is another key development in a series of investigations that began in May with the arrest of 14 top soccer and marketing officials as they gathered for FIFA’s annual congress.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes Dark Underbelly of Televangelism

The “Last Week Tonight” host investigates corrupt televangelists raking in millions of dollars in tax-exempt donations every year.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails, Mexico’s Energy Privatization and the Revolving Door

Recently released emails confirm that Clinton’s State Department helped break state-owned company Pemex’s oil and gas industry monopoly in Mexico and open the resource to international businesses. And two of the people responsible now work in the private sector and stand to gain financially from the reforms they helped create.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump Got Republicans to Admit They’re Bought and Sold

None of the other contenders in the GOP prime-time debate Thursday disputed Trump’s characterization of a U.S. government controlled by private money.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



Muckraking Brazilian Radio Journalist Shot Dead While on Air

Gleydson Carvalho, known for his exposure of political corruption in Brazil, was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and killed him.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE


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FIFA: No End to the Corruption

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner: “Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming,” he said. “The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


FIFA After Blatter’s departure









Posted on Jun 4, 2015 ENLARGE



You’ve Been Scammed! Going for Broke in Ponzi-Scheme America

In possibly the last graduation speech of 2015, I know I should begin by praising your grit, your essential character, your determination to get this far. But today, it’s money, not character, that’s on my mind. For so many of you, your education has been a classic scam, and you’re not even attending an institution of higher learning officially set up to take you for a ride.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 29, 2015 ENLARGE



Bush-Era House Speaker Indicted on Bank-Related Charges

Federal prosecutors have indicted Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, for allegedly violating banking laws when he paid an unnamed person to conceal unspecified “past misconduct.”

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE


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How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Uzbekistan’s First Daughter Is Accused of Pocketing $1 Billion From Telecoms

The investigative journalist-led Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reported this week that Gulnara Karimova—the daughter of Uzbekistan’s leader, Islam Karimov—has accepted more than $1 billion from Scandinavian and Russian telecommunications companies seeking a share of the mobile-phone industry.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



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Oregon’s Disgraced Governor Could Save 34 Lives on His Way Out

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is resigning from office amid scandal, has an opportunity to put a positive spin (for some) on his exit.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Christie Administration Under New Federal Investigation

Federal authorities are investigating a former New Jersey assistant prosecutor’s claim that he was fired because he objected to the alleged practice of dismissing indictments brought against Gov. Chris Christie’s political allies.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE



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The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. Unless you ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Mychal Denzel Smith

When a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, The Nation Institute fellow drove past the reservations, equivocations and micro-concerns that typify polite journalism and seized the message of the day.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t

The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the U.K. failed to derail an agreement.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

By Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Spousal Secrets No More

How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Abuse of Power Charges

The Texas governor’s presidential aspirations may take a back seat to his legal troubles. Rick Perry stands formally accused of two felonies related to his attempt to force the state capital’s district attorney, a Democrat, to resign.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

Last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Stadium Subsidies Financed By Pension Cuts

As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud Scheme

Two secretaries in a doctor’s office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE


Sarkozy Corruption









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‘The Failed State Chick’ on Boko Haram

“The abduction of the girls is, of course, an extremely grave crime,” journalist Corinne Dufka says. “But to focus exclusively on the girls lacks an appreciation of the wide and systematic crimes committed by Boko Haram in recent years, and also by the Nigerian army since the state of emergency was declared almost a year ago.”

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Geithner Tacitly Acknowledges Special Relationship With Citigroup

In his new book, former New York Fed chair and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner suggests that his relationship with Citigroup executive Robert Rubin did affect his supervision of the bank, which taxpayers ultimately bailed out with $45 billion.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



How Corrupt Is the Obama Administration?

A retiring prosecutor reveals just how unlawful the SEC is; the Netflix show “House of Cards” has helped China’s image in the U.S.; meanwhile, the long-term unemployment crisis must be resolved. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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In Chicago, You Have to Pay to Play With Public Money

In America, there is regular ol’ corruption, and then there is Chicago Corruption, with a capital “C.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE


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