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Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?

Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE


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How Justice Democrats Plan to Give Progressives a Reason to Vote in the 2018 Midterms

Kyle Kulinski, a co-founder of the political movement, tells Truthdig where establishment Democrats are failing and how voters can reform the stagnant party.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE



A Radical Message From a Half-Century Ago

The largest mobilization for progressive politics since the Vietnam era offers an opportunity to go beyond treating symptoms and start offering cures for underlying illnesses.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE


Wall Street Wrongdoing May Go Unpunished With Trump’s Pick to Lead the SEC (Video)

Jay Clayton represented big banks and corporations as a law partner at Sullivan & Cromwell. At the Securities and Exchange Commission, he will be expected to police such companies.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?

Democrats are still unable to blame their nominee and themselves for the 2016 election results; a writer argues that Bernie Sanders is actually a “Democratic Party company man”; a statue of a girl facing Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull becomes a topic of contention.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 READ MORE



What a State-Owned Bank Could Do for New Jersey

Like most states, New Jersey suffers from serious budget problems, limiting its ability to make needed improvements. A public bank could change this.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE


John Oliver on How Representatives Choose Their Voters, Rather Than the Other Way Around (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out how nuts it is that the U.S. is a nation in which politicians have more sway than constituents, thanks to a five-syllable word.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Corporate Media and D.C. Politicians Praise Trump’s Syrian Airstrikes

Television and print journalists, along with many congressional Democrats, join neoconservatives in offering immediate praise for the bombing.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Senate Republicans ‘Go Nuclear’ Over Neil Gorsuch

A historic rule change clears the way for the Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed Friday.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE


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Jimmy Dore on Corporate Sellouts and Why Political Comedy Is About More Than Just Ridiculing Trump

The Truthdig team sat down with comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore Thursday to discuss the intersection of humor and politics in the age of Trump.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky Assesses Trump’s First 75 Days: ‘One Crazy Thing After Another’ (Video)

The acclaimed author and political commentator talks about Russia, nuclear disarmament, Trump’s Cabinet and ways the administration is turning America “into a laughingstock.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE


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Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Health Insurance Option or Medicare for Some

To begin to solve the health care crisis, we need a system based on health and the money to pay for it. House Resolution 676 is the model for that system.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Plan

Democrats on Capitol Hill are gloating about the demise of the American Health Care Act. The Vermont senator is about to do them one better.

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Bernie Sanders: Democrats’ Intransigence Is the Solution, Not the Problem (Video)

The refusal of progressives and Democrats to work with the GOP is not why the American Health Care Act failed, according to the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE



House GOP Calls Off Trumpcare Vote and Kills the Bill

President Trump tells House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the proposed American Health Care Act after Republicans fail to garner enough support to pass it.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 READ MORE



New Poll Shows 56 Percent of Voters Disapprove of GOP Health Care Plan

The results come just as House Republicans, citing a lack of support for the legislation, postpone a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Senate Minority Leader Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster

After weeks of outcry and calls for Senate Democrats to “grow a spine” and filibuster Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (pictured), appear to be listening.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



My First Visit to Washington Since Donald Trump Took Office

When I told people that the president’s rise is a result of declining incomes, a sense that the game is rigged and the failure of Washington to reverse these trends, I got blank stares.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: If We Do Not Stop Corporate Power, We Will Never Dismantle Fascism (Video)

In a recent speech, the Truthdig columnist says “resistance must also be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist, anti-capitalist society.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours

Do committed progressives really want to lie down in the same warmongering and pro-surveillance bed as the CIA and the Pentagon?

Posted on Mar 2, 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



In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends

How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE



The Long Road to Impeaching Trump Just Got Shorter

Democratic leaders in Congress have shown scant interest in impeaching the new president. Escalating pressure from constituents could soon change that.

Posted on Feb 10, 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.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Trying to ‘Ram’ Betsy DeVos Down America’s Throat (Video)

By Natasha Hakimi

The Massachusetts senator took the floor ahead of a 24-hour, Democrat-led protest to enumerate the reasons the president’s pick for secretary of education is unfit for the position.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Democrats Have No Idea What Resistance Looks Like (Video)

For all the opposition’s criticism of Donald Trump, 14 Democrats voted for every one of his first five Cabinet nominees, and the party still doesn’t seem to have a cohesive strategy.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Democrats Jump the Gun in Accusing Trump Administration of Easing Russian Sanctions

Although top Democrats criticized the president for revising sanctions, a change announced Thursday was common protocol.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE



The Life of the Party: Seven Truths for Democrats

The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party causes a serious divide.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE



We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself

The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE



With Late Night Vote, GOP Takes Aim at Key Health Care Gains

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called the Republican senators’ action “shocking, reckless and immoral.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE


Samantha Bee Learns She Should Have Criticized Obama’s Record on Deportations Sooner (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host got a hard dose of reality Wednesday night when she realized Democrats have also been doing some not-so-great things to immigrants.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Distinguishing Two Very Different Lines of Resistance to Donald Trump

One line addresses regressive politics, and the other one deals with tyrannical acts.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE


President Obama Retraces Past Eight Years in Farewell Speech, Throws In a Few Warnings (Video)

Far from the soaring hope evident in his first inaugural address, Obama’s final speech as president was filled with cautions regarding partisanship, racism and growing inequality.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 READ MORE



Can Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Be ‘Borked’?

The need for Democrats and the public to weigh in on the reshaping of the Supreme Court in 2017 will be as important as it was during the Reagan era.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 READ MORE



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


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Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations for Nonviolent Offenders

Meanwhile, the results of a study examining the role of race in the pardons process—originally due to be released in 2015—are still hanging fire.

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


Bernie Sanders Answers Sarah Silverman’s Most Pressing Post-Election Question (Video)

The comedian sat down with the former Democratic presidential candidate to discuss the state of the union after November’s shocking (to many) election results—after which she muttered, “I wish you were president.”

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Seven Wishes for President Obama’s Parting Shots

The commander in chief should take the following important actions before it’s too late.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



Best of Truthdig’s Ear to the Ground 2016: A Showcase of Activists’ Approaches to the Election

Our Ear to the Ground section was filled with election news this year, of course. The most-read posts, however, were less about the outcome than about activism inspired by the democratic process.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE


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