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Ralph Nader and Noam Chomsky Have Their First Public Conversation (Video)

The renowned activists discuss America’s current “electoral extravaganza,” climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and several other topics.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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How Deep Will the Blue Wave Be on Nov. 8?

As the election closes, progressives are pushing candidates and issues up and down the political ladder and heeding the rallying cry by Democrats to sweep Republicans out of office.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Will Start WWIII With Russia, but Moscow Disagrees (Video)

Despite the “Chicken Little” hysteria of the Republican presidential candidate about world war and nuclear exchanges, many in the Kremlin see him as less pragmatic than his Democratic counterpart and are expecting to work with her.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Two-Party Racket’ Is Incapable of Dealing With Our Present Crises

“The Green New Deal is a vision of how we can improve the lives of millions of people and rescue the planet from climate chaos,” writes Green Party media coordinator Scott McLarty.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Here Comes Trouble

As is to be expected, the closer we come to the Nov. 8 election, the more debates and divisions have appeared in discussions about the headlines of the moment.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Ballot Plan Now? ‘Strategic’ Voting for the Stein-Baraka Green Party Ticket

You no longer need to vote Democratic just to block Donald Trump—because he cannot win the presidential election. It’s time to organize to stop Hillary Clinton’s worst instincts.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Former Military Pilots Worry That ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Syria Could Provoke War With Russia

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also told The Guardian, “I wouldn’t put it past them to shoot down an American aircraft.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

All-American Slaughter: The Youthful Carnage of America’s Gun Culture

The presence of gangs in neighborhoods where many American children are killed with guns daily is used as a way to dismiss serious thinking about why this is happening.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Early Voting

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Debate Knockout

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The Real Donald Trump Is Not a Populist Crusader but a Threat to Democracy

The Republican presidential candidate could use lawsuits to stretch out the election long after Nov. 8. Tying up the electoral process in the courts would be his “greatest” case yet.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

That Time I Was Investigated for Voter Fraud

If you think such fraud is an unprosecuted crime, tell that to the Maryland investigators who knocked on my door in 2014.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE

Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign

The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Empty Bluster Reveals a Narcissist Who Can’t Fathom Defeat

The candidate’s pre-emptive refusal to recognize the election’s outcome is an incendiary mix of personal pathology and magical thinking, racism and xenophobia, facts and legal distortion.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE

GOP May Seem in Historic Disarray, but It Will Perpetuate Gridlock for Years to Come

Hillary Clinton looks increasingly likely to win the White House, but her party faces a big obstacle to success in congressional races: Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Ready to Flip the Script for Women

Not enough has been made of two obvious facts: Hillary Clinton, if she wins the presidency, would be the first woman elected to the White House. And it will have been the votes of women who put her there.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE

Ajamu Baraka Discusses the Green Party’s Future

The vice presidential nominee recently met with the Truthdig team for a conversation on the current election, in which he discussed the struggles and successes of his party—as well as how it will move forward after Nov. 8.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Incalculable Damage of Doing Whatever It Takes to Win

By stretching the boundaries of what’s acceptable, Donald Trump, John McCain and others like them have undermined prevailing norms and weakened the tacit rules of the game—trapping us in a vicious cycle of public distrust.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE

As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War

A slew of bipartisan reports are hoping to push the former secretary of state to increased military action in the Middle East, particularly Syria.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges, Eddie Glaude’s Democracy Now! Debate: Which Candidate Should Win Progressives’ Votes?

Should progressive voters adopt different strategies in swing states versus, say, blue states? Princeton University’s Eddie Glaude makes room for that possibility in this Democracy Now! debate with Chris Hedges, while Hedges decisively does not.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails

For illuminating what the Democratic presidential nominee’s camp does in the dark, the long-confined hacker-turned-journalist is under fresh attack from familiar adversaries and taking hard, if necessary, criticism from erstwhile allies.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: Did the Presidential Debates Make an Impact?

This week marked the third—and final—bout between the nominees before Americans head to the polls. We want to hear from you: Did these faceoffs influence how citizens will mark their ballots?

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE

Why Overturning Citizens United Isn’t Enough

If Hillary Clinton is serious about reducing the role of money in politics, she should appoint Supreme Court justices willing to revisit two cases from the 1970s that formed the basis of our inability to regulate money in politics.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE

The Donald’s Five-Point Plan to Defeat Islam

Kellyanne Conway (pictured), Donald Trump’s campaign manager, touted the Republican presidential candidate’s plan on MSNBC.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE

Another View of Las Vegas: Students, Activists, Green Party Supporters Speak Up on Debate Day

While mainstream media focused its cameras on the debate stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reported on stories that might otherwise be overlooked in the hype surrounding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Activism and the Future of American Politics

By Emma Niles

The journalists reflect on their own histories and share their insights on the current election season.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Final Presidential Debate Showed That the 2016 Election Is a Low Point for American Democracy

Based on what was said Wednesday night and what was left unaddressed, the two major-party candidates’ last faceoff was far removed from many Americans’ actual concerns and interests.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

The Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka: This Is a Campaign Meant to ‘Establish Real Power’ (Video)

Truthdig journalists met with Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka on Thursday to discuss the election and the party’s future.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Donald Trump Galvanizes ‘Nasty Women’ Voters With Extreme, Incoherent Abortion Stance

The Republican presidential nominee “proved yet again that he’s a woman’s worst nightmare,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, responding to the third and final 2016 presidential debate.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Says Hollywood Attacks Her Because the Industry Is ‘Frightened of Change’

The Green Party presidential nominee updates audiences on her arrest warrant in North Dakota, attacks by “Saturday Night Live” and Samantha Bee, and the need for ranked-choice voting.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

California’s Proposition 62 Can End the Suffering Caused by—and the Expense of—the Death Penalty

The state’s 38-year failed attempt to make capital punishment constitutional has resulted in more than 1,000 death verdicts and 13 executions—at a total cost of $5 billion.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

The Mosul Campaign and the Third Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton pledges not to put United States troops in Iraq “as an occupying force,” but it baffles me that she would say this.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

Democrats Have a Chance to Take Back the Senate—Here’s Why Progressives Should Care (Video)

By Robert Reich /

There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. This would be great news for progressives for a number of reasons.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Comments of the Week: Are There Any Heroes Left?

It’s been a rough few months, and it’s not as though the conclusion of this presidential election cycle is going to usher in a fresh wave of optimism. Still, some Truthdig readers held in high regard a few figures and/or topics that made news in recent days.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Naomi Klein Criticizes Glenn Greenwald’s Handling of Clinton Campaign Email Leaks

The writer told The Intercept founder he wasn’t doing enough to support privacy in reporting content hacked from the personal account of John Podesta, the Democratic presidential campaign’s chairman. And Greenwald agreed.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Read Full Contents of Three Hillary Clinton Speeches to Goldman Sachs

The transcripts were obtained via a hack of campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal email account and published online by WikiLeaks.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

A ‘VotePact’ Dialogue

A fictional conversation between two friends shows how disenchanted voters can team up “to vote their actual preference” instead of voting for “the lesser evil.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Email Cleanup

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The $1 Billion Election No One Is Noticing

While most media attention is on the presidential circus, candidates for statewide and local offices have raked in massive amounts of campaign donations.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Women Blockade Donald Trump Campaign Offices Nationwide

“We are putting all politicians on notice: Get ready to be held accountable to our priorities and demands.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Michael Moore Reveals His Own October Surprise: New Donald Trump Documentary Drops Tuesday

The outspoken Trump critic has been working on a secret movie about the heart of Trumpland.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein: Democrats Govern by Fear—That Alone Should Cost Them Your Vote

Only privileged people with some attachment to the system believe the major-party candidates are the best the United States can offer, says the Green Party nominee. The disenfranchised—immigrants, people of color and young people locked into debt—are demanding real change.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

In a Riff on Donald Trump’s Slogan, Canadians Tells Their Neighbors That America Is Great (Video)

In a clip that highlights some of the things the Republican candidate wants to get rid of (diversity, for one), a bunch of friendly Canadians reveal some of the reasons they think their southern neighbor is pretty darn great.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on War, Religion and Fighting American Neoliberalism

By Emma Niles

The Truthdig editor in chief sat down with the acclaimed journalist for an intimate conversation about their careers and the American political landscape.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Trump Generals

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