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Best of Truthdig’s Live Blogs 2016: First Drafts of History Bring Shock, Sadness and Hope

Republican and Democratic conventions. Primary and presidential nominee debates. The Pulse club mass shooting. The #NoDAPL fight. Some of the stories we covered in real time this year were long-scheduled. Other news was unforeseen, unfolding—some even ongoing.

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Tom Hayden Fought for the Rights of All Living Things

The progressive activist compiled an impressive record in California and local politics—from 18 years in the state Capitol to a variety of community crusades. Even shelter animals benefited from his work.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE


Thomas Frank on Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Protect Americans From Wall Street (Video and Transcript)

By Alexander Reed Kelly

Clinton “really believes” that “Wall Street banks are in fact run by fine, upstanding individuals who are opening up the doors of possibility for the poor people of the world,” the author of “Listen, Liberal” told Truthdig at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



It Takes a Ruling-Class Village to Staff the White House

Forget all the populist talk we’ve been hearing from Hillary Clinton and her cohorts, and follow the money to find out where the ruling elite’s loyalties truly lie.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Hillary Clinton Should Push Hard for Disability Civil Rights

Hillary Clinton and women with disabilities have something major in common: They are not seen for who they are and what they contribute.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton and Her Hawks

Clinton’s speech accepting her party’s nomination sidestepped the deep concerns anti-war Democrats have about her hawkish foreign policy, which is already taking shape in the shadows.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Post-Convention Syndrome

This crop of noteworthy comments was picked from stories related to the Democrats’ confab.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



Why Sanders’ ‘Berners’ Kept Up the Heat

As a member of the California delegation, I could see that the Democratic convention was never going to be a harmonious melding of two campaigns. The Clintonites were fighting not a candidate but a wildfire.

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The Democratic Convention Film on Hillary Clinton Lied to America

The short movie claimed that the Children’s Defense Fund was the essence of Clinton’s early career—and avoided the ugly fact that she betrayed the beneficiaries of that fund and all children in poverty, beginning as first lady of Arkansas.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver’s Summary of the Democrats’ Convention Is Gloriously Critical and Comical (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host takes stock of the past two “topsy-turvy” weeks of political conventions.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Party of Lemmings Led by a Zombie: Why We Need to Keep Bernie Sanders’ Vision Alive

Truthdig contributor and KPFK Program Director Alan Minsky argues that Democratic Party loyalists who are following Hillary Clinton’s lead are doing so at their peril.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE



Disruptions by Angry Bernie Sanders Delegates Were the Best Part of the Democratic Convention

The Vermont senator’s supporters provided vital reminders of reality amid the carefully orchestrated political theater at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Are These Muslim Parents Better Americans Than Donald Trump?

Trump lashed out Saturday against Ghazala and Khizr Khan, whose son was killed in action in Iraq, over their speech Thursday night at the Democratic convention in which they criticized the GOP’s presidential nominee for his unconstitutional tirades.

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Donald Trump Blames GOP for Convention’s Lower TV Ratings

The Democratic convention had higher television ratings than the Republican convention for the first three of the four nights. But more viewers watched Trump’s acceptance speech than Hillary Clinton’s.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the Democratic Convention: Two Americas (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

The Democratic and Republican conventions showed the great divide between insiders and outsiders. If what was happening inside a political convention could be merged with what was happening outside, perhaps such gatherings would be more representative of our country.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary’s World









Posted on Jul 29, 2016 ENLARGE


Code Pink Activist Kicked Out of Democratic Convention (Video)

Medea Benjamin explains how Ariel Gold, a Code Pink activist, was kicked out of the convention hall for protesting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama’s Promise of ‘Continuity We Can Believe In’

The president’s exhortations on Hillary Clinton’s behalf reflect a profound change in our politics since 2008, when Obama and Clinton represented very different views of how the system works and how change happens.

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Hillary Channels Bernie to End Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (Multimedia)

The Democratic presidential nominee has been known as a polarizing figure for most of her public life. She took a step toward being a uniter to close the convention.

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Activist Shines Light on Clinton’s Dirty Foreign Policy in Honduras (Video)

Sha Grogan Brown traveled in a caravan from the Republican convention in Cleveland to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He explains how neither of the major-party candidates represents the interests of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance members.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How the Democratic Party Befriended Megacorporation Uber for Its Convention

It’s no mistake that the Democratic Party, which historically has claimed a stake in labor unions’ interests, has cozied up to Uber, one of the least worker-friendly businesses, to service its national convention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE


A Working-Class Fisherman Travels to Philly, Rooting For Bernie (Video)

Inspired by the Sanders political revolution, John Ainsworth left his home in Rhode Island to protest at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Norman Solomon on the Dynamics Between Political Parties and Movements (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention,  the writer, activist and media critic spoke with Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Ex-CIA Chief’s Speech Disrupted by Chants of ‘Love, Not War’ at Democratic Convention (Video)

Protesters wonder: “Why do we need to be in perpetual warfare?”

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the Democratic Convention, Day 3: Neoliberals vs. Progressives (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

It’s a tug of war. Bernie Sanders let go of the rope. Elizabeth Warren, too.  And yet the “I’m With Her” crowd cannot believe that anyone on the left is not voting for Hillary Clinton. 

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer, Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon on Dissatisfied Delegates (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with special guests Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon to discuss dissatisfaction among Bernie Sanders’ delegates.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Glass Ceiling









Posted on Jul 28, 2016 ENLARGE


Uber Gets Special Treatment in Philadelphia, Thanks to the Democratic Party (Video)

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Until two weeks prior to the Democratic National Convention, Uber was illegal in the city, but the ride-sharing company cut a deal with the parking authority and Democratic National Committee.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech About Hillary Clinton Was Filled With Inaccuracies (Video)

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) co-founder Jeff Cohen dissected the former president’s 43-minute talk and found many of the policy claims he made to be wrong.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Nonpolitical Moment of Humanity at Dilworth Park in Philadelphia

Sometimes, we need to pause and remind ourselves what is poetic about who we are as people as compared to what we pretend to be as partisans.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


Are Progressives Failing to Put Their Ideas Into Action? (Video)

In this installment of Sonali Kolhatkar’s video series from the Democratic National Convention, she and journalist Arun Gupta consider what’s different about this Democratic nomination summit and question the direction that some among the political left are taking—or not taking, rather.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Liberty Bell and the Democratic Party: A Tale of Two Fractures in Philadelphia

Cheers and applause filled the Wells Fargo Center. While thousands went wild, several hundred, well, just went.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Unleashes More Outrages and Lies at Bizarre News Conference

Truth is irrelevant to the Republican presidential nominee. All he wanted to do is steal a few hours of media attention in the middle of the Democratic convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Speak at Socialist Convergence During Democratic Convention (Video)

What should progressive-minded citizens do after everyone leaves Philadelphia? Our Truthdig columnist and the Green Party presidential candidate share their thoughts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Questions Lawrence Summers and Michael Blumenthal on the 2008 Financial Crash (Video)

On Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig’s editor in chief confronted the two former Treasury secretaries about the role financial deregulation played in the Wall Street crash.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democratic Convention Live Blog, Day 3: Balancing Unity, Positivity and the Threat of Trump

On Night 3 of the convention, top speakers called for party unity and optimism to combat any chance of a Trump presidency. President Obama, the keynote speaker, thrilled the audience with a captivating, eloquent speech.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the Democratic Convention, Day 2: Legitimate Anger in Philadelphia (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

The protests on the streets are far more organized, populated and energized than anything we saw in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots

Bernie Sanders, by capitulating to the corporate machine, sold us out. By calling on us to accept “reality,” he mocked the reality his followers made possible. We will have to carry out the political revolution on our own.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE


Sanders Inspires Millennials Who Now Refuse to Go Along With the Party Line (Video)

On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar interviews a young Bernie Sanders delegate while attending the California delegates meeting.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Democratic Convention Live Blog, Day 2: Hillary Clinton Clinches the Democratic Nomination (Video)

After Monday’s tumultuous and charged launch in Philadelphia, the second day of the Democratic National Convention began with more than a few hefty questions still unanswered. But by Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton had made history as the nation’s first female presidential nominee from a major party.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer on Democratic Party Failures and Progressive Solutions (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer reported live from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention to explain how past economic failures have created the need for a truly progressive Democratic Party.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary’s Balloon Drop









Posted on Jul 26, 2016 ENLARGE



Sanders Delegates and Protesters Make Their Frustrated Presence Known on the DNC’s Opening Day

The soldiers in Bernie Sanders’ political revolution took to the streets of Philadelphia by the thousands on Monday as swaths of his 1,850 delegates inside the Democratic Convention hall also made their displeasure known on the first night of the party’s national convention.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE


Democratic National Convention Demonstrators Led by Chris Hedges, Cornel West (Multimedia)

On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, demonstrators—led by Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and the longtime activist Cornel West—marched from Philadelphia City Hall down Broad Street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Debbie Wasserman Schultz Booed Off the Podium While Addressing Florida Delegation (Video)

Wasserman Schultz is in the process of resigning as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after thousands of leaked emails revealed the DNC tried to hinder Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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