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VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Gives His Most Passionate Speech Yet After a ‘Historically Close’ Iowa Caucus

“I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment, and by the way, to the media establishment,” the Vermont senator said in a rousing speech Monday night. “It is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics. ... What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Is the Iowa Caucus Overrated?

It’s possible all the commotion over the Iowa caucus has more to do with media than with politics. In another report, a writer says the platform of the Green Party’s Jill Stein has a better chance than Bernie Sanders’ does. Meanwhile, a former trader reveals just how much the Clintons are indebted to Wall Street and vice versa. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Long and Painful Road to Iowa

As voting in the 2016 presidential campaign begins, it’s apparent that this strange and melodramatic contest was created by the political upheaval that didn’t immediately happen after 9/11, the failure of the Iraq War and the Great Recession.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Why The Washington Post’s Attack on Bernie Sanders’ Health Plan Is Wrongheaded at Best

The editorial board of The Washington Post has charged that Bernie Sanders’ plan rests on “unbelievable assumptions” about how much it would slash costs without affecting the care ordinary Americans receive.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary’s Corporate Democrats Taking Down Bernie Sanders

Anybody who challenges the positions of the corporatist, militaristic, Wall Street-funded Democrats, led by Hillary Clinton, in the House and Senate - is by their twisted definition, a “spoiler.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



The Rising Pull of the ‘Change’ Candidates

As individuals, Sanders and Trump are hardly cut from the same cloth; one rails against billionaires and one is a billionaire. Their supporters would probably not mix well at a cocktail party. But there’s a reason these are the only two candidates who regularly fill basketball arenas with passionate, standing-room-only crowds: Both call for change that is fundamental, not cosmetic or incremental.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 27, 2016 ENLARGE



A Confederacy of Dunces: The Democratic Establishment’s Assault on Sanders Begins

Well, it’s started. You knew it would. The Democratic establishment is going into attack mode as their anointed one—Hillary Clinton—is in danger of losing.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Care About the Details of Proposed Policies and Programs

Not a day passes that I don’t get a call from the media asking me to compare Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s tax plans, or bank plans, or health care plans. But detailed policy proposals are as relevant to the election of 2016 as is that gaseous planet beyond Pluto.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren: Anyone Who Says ‘Change Is Just Too Hard’ Is in ‘Bed With the Billionaires’

The Massachusetts senator’s fiery speech on the Senate floor Friday echoed some of Bernie Sanders’ powerful criticisms of Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Challenge of Being Hillary

Someone for whom nothing will ever be easy still needs to find her own brand of inspiration.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections

When money rules, democracy loses. “Commercializing elections leads to an astonishing similarity among reporters traveling with candidates or those asking questions during so-called debates,” writes consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE


Feel the Bern









Posted on Jan 21, 2016 ENLARGE



Bernie Sanders Proves the Pundits Wrong

The problem with applying conventional wisdom to political campaigns is that it can suddenly be upended by an unconventional campaign.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Reason the White Working Class Abandoned the Democrats

Who lost the white working class for the Democrats? Maybe the party should look in the mirror.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah: Sunday’s Debate Was All About Bernie Sanders

After making a few jokes about the recent debates, the “Daily Show” host points out that “Bernie was so in the zone” on Sunday night that “he didn’t even have to speak to get his point across.” What comes next is a priceless collection of both Republican and Democrat candidates’ ludicrous statements followed by Bernie’s perfect nonverbal responses.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Tell the Truth About Bernie’s Health Care Stand

The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake: It sent Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, out on behalf of her mother to bash Sen. Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care—and the ploy backfired.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed the Fourth Democratic Debate? Watch the Entire Thing Here

We know the most recent Democratic debate aired on a Sunday during a long weekend, which may have made it hard to find time to watch. That’s why we’re posting the entire must-see clip for all our readers to catch up on the last debate before the first vote.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Defies the Two-Party System

KPFK radio host Joshua Scheer speaks with Stein about the urgent need for political parties that are not indebted to big business and discusses trends that suggest Americans are increasingly ready for alternatives.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Admits He Agrees With Bernie Sanders’ Economic Plans to Tax the Filthy Rich

Now that the “surging Sanders” is starting to reveal himself as a strong contender for the Democratic nomination in the polls, “The Daily Show” decided to give viewers a brief primer on who the Vermont senator is and what he stands for.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Rides a Big Wave of Disgust

For Democrats who might be rooting for the Republican presidential contender, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

The apologists for the weapons industry demonstrate their intellectual bankruptcy by regularly contradicting themselves with a straight face.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 READ MORE



What Could Go Wrong in 2016?

You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it’s a brand new year—a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Is Hillary Clinton Right That Donald Trump Is Helping Islamic State?

During Saturday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton at one point alleged that Islamic State is “going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Trump on Sunday denied that any such Islamic State video exists, and said of Clinton, “she lies like crazy.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Clinton: Trump Is Islamic State’s Chief Recruiter. Sanders: Get Islamic State First, Assad Later

The latest Democratic debate had a lot of discussion on foreign policy. It’s a shame the Democratic National Convention put it on a Saturday night, when the audience was much lower.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Missed Saturday’s Democratic Debate? Watch the Highlights Here

For those of you who had prior engagements on Saturday night, here’s a short clip to get you caught up on the standout moments from ABC’s Democratic debate.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Read Truthdig’s Tweets From Saturday Night’s Democratic Debate

All of our tweets from the ABC Democratic debate in one place for your enjoyment.

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The Third Democratic Debate: The Gloves Come Off

Two issues dominated the opening of the third and last Democratic presidential debate of 2015: the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton data breach controversy, and foreign policy—namely how to deal with Islamic State. (Updated)

Posted on Dec 19, 2015 READ MORE



Media’s Near Blackout on Bernie Sanders Keeps Many Voters in the Dark

The presidential candidate is having difficulty getting his face, and his policy positions, on television. And this week his campaign was roiled by a flap over unauthorized accessing of Democratic National Committee voter data.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE



Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Has the Falling Price of Oil Just Won the Democrats the Presidency?

The price of petroleum fell Monday to levels not seen since the crash of 2008, at one point hitting $35 a barrel in New York. But will low gasoline prices help the Democratic nominee?

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE



Is Corporate Media a Danger to Society? Coverage of Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders (Video)

“ABC World News Tonight” has given one minute to Bernie Sanders this year (actually, just 20 seconds). It has given 81 minutes to Donald Trump.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



The United States of Contradictions

With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Terrorism, Immigration and Islam: Fear Is the GOP’s Trump Card

The importance of who gets to set the agenda in the presidential race was brought home by a new poll released this week. Concerns related to race, immigration and attitudes toward Islam divide the country deeply. That’s the agenda the Republicans want to be paramount.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



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How Did Our Presidential Election Process Become a Circus?

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader in the coming years, yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



Viewers Tune Out, Voters Lose Out as Democratic National Committee Buries Second Debate

The record low viewership of Saturday’s Democratic debate has voters, particularly Bernie Sanders supporters, once again castigating the Democratic National Committee for what many believe is a blatant attempt to shield establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and, in turn, relinquish important political ground to the Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



A Paris Moment for American Politics?

The 2016 presidential campaign has been peculiarly disconnected from the real world of problems, crises and governing. It took the catastrophe in Paris to narrow the gap—and even a monstrous terrorist attack may not shake the trajectory of a contest that operates within a logic of its own.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks (Video)

At the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern. Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on a response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Second Democratic Debate: Foreign Policy, Guns, Wall Street and Campaign Finance (Updated)

The three major Democratic candidates found solid footing in the second half of Saturday’s debate, with Sanders and O’Malley challenging Clinton over Wall Street, campaign finance and gun deaths in the United States. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Hidden and Deadly Bias of Class

White working-class voters have been a key building block of the Republican coalition since the rise of the Reagan Democrats 35 years ago. You would think that the party’s presidential candidates would want to respond to the heartbreaking crisis these Americans are facing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Dog Ate My Vote: How Members of Congress Explain Their Absences

It’s customary for members of the House of Representatives to file an explanation when they miss a vote. These personal explanations are a glimpse into the pace and trade-offs inherent in modern government.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEOS: These Bad Lip-Readings of the Parties’ First Two Debates Are Too Funny Not to Watch

Who knew listening to nonsense the presidential candidates didn’t actually say could be so entertaining?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on Corporate Control, Faux Liberals and Hillary Clinton

“All you gotta do in politics is say the right thing, even though your whole record is contrary, and you’re on your way,” Nader says.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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