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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

After Spicer abruptly quits, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named to replace him.

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President Trump Doesn’t Have a Handle on Health Care, Times Interview Confirms

In a curious sit-down with The New York Times, Trump calls attention to gaps in his understanding of health care policy and feeds other doubts about him held by his critics.

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Torture Doesn’t Work. But Facts Never Have Bothered the President.

Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn our secret prisons, together with his appointments of people who played roles in the George W. Bush torture program, should set off alarm bells.

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Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’

Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

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Trump Nominee Told Senate He Had Dropped Big Client, but Documents Say Otherwise

Although lobbyist David Bernhardt claimed he had stopped promoting a water district in California, emails and other evidence indicate he was still on the job.

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Hillary Clinton Is Losing Popularity Among Those Who Voted for Her, New Poll Shows

The sentiment of Clinton voters is said to reflect Democratic politicians’ angst about how to position themselves for 2018.

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Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist, who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn: How the Left Is Changing the Global Political Debate (Video)

The U.K.’s Labour Party leader assures the author and activist, “When people’s minds are opened up, there’s no end to the possibilities.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Support Falling Among Swing-State Voters Who Elected Him, Recent Polls Find

A third of voters, however, remain unapologetic fans.

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North Korea Wants to Deter a U.S. Attack. That’s Why It Has Nukes.

Kim Jong Un’s decision to maintain nuclear weapons is rational in light of U.S. regime-change policies toward Iraq and Libya, neither of which were nuclear states.

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Senate Health Care Vote Delayed as John McCain Recovers From Surgery

With the Republican senator unable to cast a ballot, the latest version of President Trump’s prized health care bill has hit another snag. It’s unclear how long the delay will be.

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Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (pictured) and other top Trump appointees are outspoken opponents of federal funding for birth control, advocating abstinence rather than contraception.

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To Bea or Not to Bea









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Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.

Is America one big con game?

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Brownie Points









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Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN

Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

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Trump and Macron Consult on Syria Cease-Fire in Shadow of Trump Jr. Scandal

Escaping the Washington feeding frenzy, the president discusses cooperation on Syria and Iraq with his French counterpart in Paris.

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Pre-Existing Condition









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Congressman Says Administration Is ‘Anxious to Get Started’ With Mass Deportation of Immigrants

After a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns two types of protected immigrants to “prepare for the worst.”

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Remembering Hillary Clinton Team’s Russian ‘Steele Dossier’ on Donald Trump

The Russiagate furor over Donald Trump Jr. all but forgets that Clinton supporters paid an ex-British spy to dig up dirt on Trump Sr. inside Russia, then hawked the report to news media.

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Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots

The president’s refusal to acknowledge human-induced global warming is fueling resistance that is real, strong and growing.

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Can the U.S.-Russia Cease-Fire Agreement in Syria Stick?

While alleged 2016 election interference grabs headlines, the bigger test may be whether the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin accord made at the G-20 summit holds.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Don Jr.? (Video)

Given that the many takes on Donald Trump Jr.’s extracurricular campaign activities range from garden-variety “opposition research” to “treason,” arriving at a reasonable conclusion without spinning out is no small feat.

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Russell Brand Wonders if Anything Meaningful Will Come From the G-20 Summit (Video)

The “Trews” host (left) deconstructs President Trump’s speech to the international summit in Germany and discusses the meeting’s possible global outcomes. (At right, the U.K.’s Theresa May.)

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Like Father, Like Son









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When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks about the failures of the Democratic Party and the establishment politics that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



A Message for Rep. Barbara Lee: Please Stop the ‘Madness of Militarism’

We need the congresswoman from California to be a brave voice—as she was in the post-9/11 war frenzy—and encourage diplomatic discourse between the U.S. and Russian governments, not castigate it.

 

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Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Are Exposed

As President Trump applauds victory against Islamic State in the devastated Iraqi city, Amnesty International details the deaths and suffering among civilians.

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Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ (Video)

In the second part of their recent conversation, the renowned intellectual (left) tells the Truthdig columnist how the banking, fossil fuel and tech sectors profit from taxpayer dollars.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Says the U.S. Must Work With Russia and Move Past Election Issues

The president does not want questions of Russian interference to prevent him from working with Putin’s government on other matters, including the civil war in Syria, officials say.

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In a Lawsuit Affidavit, NSA Whistleblower William Binney Confirms U.S. Government Spies on Citizens

The case, part of a lawyer’s long legal battle against intelligence officials for allegedly violating his Fourth Amendment rights, was filed when Barack Obama was president.

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Palestine Remains ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

The historic injustice in Palestine is at the heart of the Middle East dilemma. Until that injustice is resolved, there will be no peace in the region, or perhaps anywhere.

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G-20 Summit Highlighted a Transition in Geopolitical Power That Has Been Developing for Years

The process has escalated in recent months, but its roots go much deeper than Donald Trump.

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Tillerson Gets Oil Industry Award, Says He Misses Colleagues

The secretary of state and former head of ExxonMobil says he will be at the 2020 World Petroleum Congress in Houston “in some capacity, one way or another.”

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Report: Trump Continues to Personally Profit From Golf Club Membership Fees

An investigation reveals how Donald Trump has pocketed membership fees, defying golf industry standards as well as the principles of his elected position.

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Immigration Court Spotlights the ‘Legal Hell’ of the U.S. Deportation System

The courts often impose unfair penalties on immigrants arrested by ICE. The process can also be a nightmare for judges and lawyers, and it’s only getting worse.

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Syria Cease-Fire Begins; Trump Eyes Cooperation With Russia

The cease-fire, which covers three war-torn provinces in southern Syria, follows months of strategy and diplomacy between the Trump administration and Moscow.

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Trump the Climate Rogue Is Outmaneuvered and Cold-Shouldered at G-20 Conclave

German Chancellor Angela Merkel runs rings around the U.S. president in Hamburg, where pictures show him sitting alone and being ignored by other governments’ leaders.

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Profiting Off Pain: Trump Confidant Cashed In on the Housing Crisis

One of the president’s closest friends, Southern California billionaire Thomas J. Barrack (pictured), bought up homes during the Great Recession, bumped up rents and allowed the properties to fall into disrepair.

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Other G-20 Members Shun U.S. Position on Climate, Strike Deal on Trade

The final statement of the summit in Germany underlines that every other meeting participant supports the Paris pact, rejected by President Trump on June 1.

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The Notion That White Workers Elected Trump Is a Myth That Suits the Ruling Class

Saying he was put into office by blue-collar voters serves the interests of top Democrats, Republicans, the dominant media and the big-business elite.

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Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Immigrant Bills?

While Donald Trump had to pull back on some of his proposed policies, the “resistance” has been too compliant regarding two bills now before Congress.

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Donald Trump Meets With Vladimir Putin at G-20 Summit

The two held “very, very good talks,” Trump said. Meanwhile, news also broke that the U.S. and Russia had reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria.

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Trump Administration Backs Texas Voter ID Law in Court

The White House wants the courts to uphold voter ID restrictions in Texas that opponents call discriminatory.

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Trump’s Health Care and the Politics of Disposability

The right’s politics are as vicious as ever, but they also present a unique opportunity.

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Trump’s Poland Speech Denounced for ‘Triumph of the Will’ Undertones

In a speech at the site of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Thursday, the president proclaimed that “the fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”

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The American Dream









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U.S.-China-North Korea Tensions Increase Threat of Global Nuclear War

A potentially catastrophic endgame is playing out between bellicose North Korea and the pugnacious U.S. regime.

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