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Anderson Cooper Calls Out Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for Anti-Gay Policies

In a CNN interview, Cooper reminds Bondi of her role in Florida’s attacks on same-sex marriage as she attempts to sympathize with those affected by the mass killings in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jun 14, 2016 ENLARGE


Samantha Bee Demands Americans Work, Not Pray, for Change in Wake of Orlando Massacre (Video)

“There is no shortage of troubled 20-somethings out there, and whether they’re radicalized by ISIS or homophobia or white nationalism or a dislike of movies,” said the “Full Frontal” host, “we are making it far too easy for their derangement to kill us.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch Again: President Obama Tells Gun Store Owner That No One Is Coming for His Weapons (Video)

The National Rifle Association’s propaganda is preventing us from passing reasonable gun laws, Obama told him.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



After the Pulse Massacre, LGBTQ Americans and Their Allies Can Once Again Turn Tragedy Into Action

Americans must use their grief in the wake of the mass killings at the Orlando, Fla., nightclub to build a better world, writes Guardian contributor Steven Thrasher.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Others Used Social Media to Reframe News of Orlando Shooting

The Orlando massacre apparently looked quite different depending on the positions and ambitions of the various high-profile parties doing the work of interpreting Sunday’s tragedy.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE


Tim Canova on Bernie Sanders’ Endorsement, Challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Video)

Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has not faced a significant challenge to her Florida congressional seat since she arrived on Capitol Hill in 2005. But Canova has already changed that.

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders Endorses DNC Chairwoman’s Progressive Challenger

In his endorsement of Tim Canova for Congress, Sanders also said that Wasserman Schultz “would not be reappointed chair of the DNC” if he were elected president.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Clinton, Trump and Kasich Are Called Winners, Rubio Calls It Quits on Super Tuesday III

How many more Super Tuesdays can there be? After this third go-round, the rally for the GOP nomination may be all but over as Donald Trump claims victory in Marco Rubio’s native Florida, pushing the senator past the breaking point. Also: Kasich and Clinton take big states. Updated: With most of the final results in, Missouri is still too close to call.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Bernie Sanders Wins Democrats’ 8th Debate as Hillary Clinton Remains Prisoner of Caution

Clinton is the establishment candidate. Sanders is the anti-establishment candidate. The mainstream media bias was obvious in the Miami debate.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: ‘Hillary Clinton Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel’

In a secret meeting with roughly 100 leaders of South Florida’s Jewish community, former President Bill Clinton “vowed that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would make it one of her top priorities to strengthen the US-Israel alliance,” The Times of Israel reports.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Progressive Congressional Candidate Tim Canova

This reform-minded lawyer and law professor with a history of progressive advocacy is answering Bernie Sanders’ call for a political revolution by challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida for her congressional seat. Here, Truthdig interviews him, and we like what he has to say.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



An Assault on Justice

About a year ago, I finished a 23-month stay in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw there.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



AUDIO: Defense Contractors Tell Investors That Escalating Conflicts Are Good for Business

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently that they stand to profit from escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Is Backed by Only 7% of Floridians Likely to Vote in GOP Primary, Poll Finds

“A candidate of Bush’s stature—an establishment favorite, the race’s fundraising leader—rarely bombs like this,” writes The Washington Post.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



GOP Debate Mendacity Shocks Even the Conservatives

For people who so often accuse Hillary Clinton of lying, the Republican presidential candidates seem to feel perfectly free to bend, twist and shred the truth at will. Unsurprisingly, that is just what several of them were caught doing in their free-for-all CNBC debate.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions May Save Some U.S. Cities, but More Than 400 Appear ‘Already Lost,’ Study Finds

Researchers say it is already too late for Miami and New Orleans, which will be overcome by rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. Under a worst-case scenario, New York could be unlivable by 2085.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Shouldn’t a Mentally Disabled Man Be Allowed to Practice Martial Arts?

Garrett Holeve struggled against the state of Florida to win his right to fight in a mixed martial arts competition despite having Down syndrome.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



George Zimmerman Joins Forces With Anti-Muslim Gun Seller to Push Confederate Flag Art

If someone had entered, in some mythical headline generator, all the key ingredients to produce the perfect mashup of utter racist nonsense from recent American history, this might be it.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign announcement speech at Miami Dade College last week was an extreme makeover including passages that probably had America doing a double take.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



You Can Call Him Jeb!

Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb Bush has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn’t everyone else quaking in fear?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE



Across the Nation, States Charge Inmates for Prison Costs

The fees incurred aren’t just for the major expenses, but also for clothing, blankets, toilet paper and towels. One study found that many former inmates ended up dealing with collections agencies or even back in lockup for failure to pay the debts.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE


Florida Medicaid Expansion









Posted on Apr 27, 2015 ENLARGE



Your Home Is Your Prison

On January 27th, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida’s Duval County jail—but she won’t be free.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



Florida Police Caught Using Photos of Black Men for Target Practice

You’ll never guess how the North Miami Beach Police got found out using mug shots of black citizens to practice their shooting.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Shooter Convicted in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial

A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



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2014 and the Limits of Rage

The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Florida Requires Doctors to Evaluate Fetus Survival

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill prohibiting women from getting abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE


Trigger Happy









Posted on Mar 30, 2014 ENLARGE



Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE


The Gunfire State









Posted on Mar 19, 2014 ENLARGE


Stand Your Ground









Posted on Feb 23, 2014 ENLARGE



I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’

The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


I Have an Excuse Speech









Posted on Feb 19, 2014 ENLARGE



People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

Because of the racial disparities in our penal system, African-American and Latino men are vastly disproportionately denied the right to vote.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



Gov. Rick Scott’s Administration Gets Between Florida College Students and Voting

Secretary of State Ken Detzner blocked an effort to ease the congestion of voters at polling places by using the University of Florida’s student union facility.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart, Nathan Lane and More Ask Sean Hannity to Stay in New York

The Fox News host is feeling so unwelcome in his home state of New York due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments about extreme-right Republicans that he’s decided to leave. But “The Daily Show” won’t let such a valuable taxpayer simply slip away.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Score a Victory for the Poor and for Constitutional Rights

A federal court ruling in Florida this week that drug testing low-income applicants for public assistance is unconstitutional could set the stage for a larger challenge to the political scapegoating of the poor. Could we be seeing the swing of the pendulum?

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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George Zimmerman Gives Up Guns to Get Out of Jail

As one of the conditions for his bail on charges of domestic violence, the man who famously (and apparently legally) shot and killed a black teenager had to lay down his arms.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE


Rubio for Halloween









Posted on Oct 28, 2013 ENLARGE



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KKK Battles Town Over School Bearing Klansman’s Name

Residents of Jacksonville, Fla., are trying to get school officials to strike the name of Nathan B. Forrest—a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard—from the title of their high school.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Florida Teen Stays in Jail for Having Sex With Her Girlfriend

Gay marriage may be legal in California, but in Florida, a girl has been jailed for, more or less, being gay and a teenager at the same time.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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How Many More Black Boys Have to Die?

Florida has one more chance to deliver justice to the parents of a slain black boy. The state that faced calls for boycott over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is currently holding pretrial hearings in a similar case.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Qurans Didn’t Burn, but Maybe the First Amendment Did

Florida minister Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday before he could torch thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans as an anti-Islamist protest. And civil libertarians should be concerned.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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