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Transgender People Cannot Serve in ‘Any Capacity’ in the U.S. Military

On Wednesday, the president announced via Twitter that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the military, citing medical costs and “disruption.”

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Senate Republicans Fail to Pass Two of Three Obamacare Repeal Options

Tuesday’s progress gives way to Wednesday’s quagmire for Senate Republicans in their repeal-and-replace quest. (Pictured, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.)

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Transgression









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Justice Department Announces New Funding Rules in Attempt to Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities

The news came the same day President Trump called undocumented immigrant gang members “animals” in a xenophobic speech in Ohio.

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Meanwhile









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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Helps Brings Awareness of Climate Change to a New Generation

The follow-up documentary to the surprise 2006 hit is half environmental update and half celebration of all things Al Gore.

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Senate GOP, With an Assist From Vice President Pence, Pushes Its Health Care Bill to the Next Round

Several Republican senators, including John McCain, ended up siding with their party after keeping colleagues—and concerned voters—in suspense.

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The Accomplice









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The Trillion-Dollar ‘National Security’ Budget

Between Pentagon waste and the U.S. record of misguided wars, it’s clear that much of this spending isn’t making anyone any safer.

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Robert Mueller’s Probe Is Key to Exposing Trump’s Abuse of Power

Without the investigation—and how it is forcing the president to play defense—the Trump agenda might be closer to full realization.

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U.S. Intelligence Veterans Believe the ‘Russian Hack’ of DNC Computers May Have Been an Inside Job

In a memo to President Trump, former U.S. intelligence officers cite forensic studies that indicate data was leaked (not hacked) by a DNC insider, then doctored to incriminate Russia.

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How Betsy DeVos, the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump Are Selling Our Schools to the Highest Bidder

Does anyone really think corporate profiteers are going to educate our children well?

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Trump and the Christian Fascists

The Christian right, which for decades has been laying the foundation for a fascism disguised as religious, is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum. (Above, President Trump with the Rev. Pat Robertson.)

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Republicans’ Attempts to Scrap the ACA Produce a Surprising Side Effect

GOP legislators struggling to “repeal and replace” find themselves facing stronger public support for Obamacare and rising sentiment for a right to health care.

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A Disturbing New Plan for Picking Your Senators

The American Legislative Exchange Counsel has drafted “model legislation” that would empower gerrymandered legislatures to choose senators for us.

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The Real Political Obstacle Facing Single-Payer

Universal health care is hitting a snag, but there may be a way around it; Democrats should give up on centrism if they want to win elections; as photo forgeries improve, are people getting better at spotting them?

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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia

If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

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Who Owns What









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Meet the GOP Insider Who Created White Nationalist Richard Spencer

Retired Chicago business executive William H. Regnery II (pictured, right) provided Spencer (pictured, left) with the platform he needed to launch the “alt-right” movement.

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Trump Is Reported to Be Discussing Possibility of Pardoning Himself, Relatives or Aides

Legal options are explored by the president as special counsel Robert Mueller turns to the Trump family’s personal finances, The Washington Post says.

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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

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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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Repeal & Whatever (Video)









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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


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