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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 READ MORE

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

AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

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


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

Ice Bucket Challenge Gone Wrong

Posted on Aug 22, 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 READ MORE

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

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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 READ MORE

Stand Your Ground

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE

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


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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Mr. T in DC (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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

AP/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool

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 READ MORE

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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


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


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

Trigger Happy

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Florida Department of Corrections

Florida Set to Execute Mentally Ill Man (UPDATED)

Barring a last-minute intervention, John Errol Ferguson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night despite the fact that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe” mental illness.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE

Those Not Standing

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Neighborhood Watch

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE

Stand Your Ground

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE

Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE

Race in America

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE


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Standing My Ground

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Zimmerman Gets Away

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Neighborhoodie Watch

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE

The Talk

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE

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