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The Only Way to ‘Unrig’ the System Is to Know the Truth About the Economy (Video)

Here’s why myths such as the notion that “job creators” are CEOs, corporations and the rich, whose taxes must be kept low to induce them to create more jobs, are rubbish.

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That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

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Netanyahu Tars Europe and U.S. for Anti-Semitism of Terrorists

A fundamental theme of Israeli propaganda—and virtually its sole theme under the governments of Benjamin Netanyahu—has been that anti-Semitism is responsible for the growing criticism of or hostility toward Israel and its policies.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



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We Would Miss Obamacare

Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done?

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



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The United States Has a Long and Dishonorable Record of Artistic Censorship

Despite recent proclamations of our dedication to freedom of speech, artists in every medium have encountered problems with authorities over the content of their creative expressions.

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Jeb’s Bushian Speech

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

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The Pro-Workers, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat

While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population—and when the top 1 percent will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent—the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead them are struggling to rebuild their economy so that ordinary people there can live with a shred of dignity and security.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Argentina’s History of Assassinations and Suspicious Suicides

Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s startling death last month left Argentina in turmoil. Sadly, that’s not unusual.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Playing Politics With Measles—That’s Pretty Sick

Scientific evidence be damned: Some Republican presidential candidates are trying to turn the outbreak into votes.

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Prayer Breakfast Inspires Righteous Indignation

Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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In the Race to Replace Panama, a Canal Tears Nicaragua Apart

The government says the transoceanic canal will be good for the economy, but foes warn of pollution and displacement.

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Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

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Budget Battle: ‘Envy’ vs. ‘Greed’

Rep. Paul Ryan is not above name-calling, and he insists that President Obama’s budget is the product of “envy economics.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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It’s Time for U.S. and European Allies to Step Back From Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama himself conceded to the American TV audience (those not watching Super Bowl preparations) that the official U.S. narrative concerning the war in Ukraine is not true.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE


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The Kochs

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These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn

Likely the reasons Mitt Romney decided not to run for a third time are financial – the big money just wouldn’t make another bet on a serial loser.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



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A Whining Wall Street Banker Pleads for Pity

J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators who levied yet another multibillion-dollar fine against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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The Boehner-Bibi Backfire

The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand

The conviction of Australian David Hicks, held for nearly six years, was not legally valid, the chief prosecutor says.

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Cutting Through the Hysteria Over Court’s Gaza War Probe

Here are the facts about the International Criminal Court’s examination of crimes committed in the 2014 fighting.

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Enough of Germany’s Tyrannical Austerity

Years of trudging through an economic slough of despond, guarded by German warders, have left the states of the European Union’s south near to despair.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Republicans Are Using the ‘Exact Same Fucking’ Rhetoric Romney Did

Not much has changed in the GOP since it lost the last presidential election.

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A 21st Century Left Rises: Syriza’s Victory and Its Relevance for the U.S. and the World

A question looms large in the wake of the Greek elections: Can democracy defeat the rule of the 1 percent?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



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Big Tax Bills for the Poor, Tiny Ones for the Rich

The rich are certainly entitled to their own opinions—but, as the old saying goes, nobody is entitled to his or her own facts.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


Common Ground

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Imagine Something Different

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

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State of the Union

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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

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Princeton Study Uses the ‘O’ Word to Describe American Politics

This won’t come as a total shock, but there’s some new hard data to back up what we already suspect anecdotally: Our democracy is really an oligarchy.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks on Islam

Whenever an act of horrific terror enrages the West, a predictable second act ensues.

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The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. Unless you ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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How Government Helps the 1 Percent

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has issued a report showing that at the state and local level, government is, indeed, engaged in redistribution—but it’s redistribution from the poor and the middle class to the wealthy.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



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How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE


Political Theater

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Ready to Govern

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The GOP’s Bad Habit

Here’s some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE


Open Mind on Guns

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Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

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How a Hedge Fund Made $100 Million From New Jersey’s Desperation

When New Jersey decided to bail out some of its tobacco bonds, the state gave up $400 million in future revenues to pocket $92 million immediately, an arrangement that also helped one savvy investor cash in on a big bet.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



Why Staying Warm All Year Round May Be Hurting Your Health

There are benefits to being cold that many modern humans aren’t taking advantage of; the president of Argentina recently adopted a boy to save him from becoming a “werewolf”; meanwhile, Hinduism has been seeping into Hollywood movies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



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What the U.S. Can Learn From Cuba’s Food Revolution

Long before President Obama’s historic opening, American and Cuban foodies have been exchanging cutting edge ideas in agriculture and health.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Everybody Calm Down

We now seem to be living in the Age of High C, a period when every fight is Armageddon, every foe is a monster, and every issue is either the key to national survival or the doorway to ruin.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE



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A Brief Military History of Israel and a Prediction for the Future

The armies of Israel once fought brilliantly and to the benefit of the state, but more recent conflicts targeting civilians only serve to isolate the country and alienate its most important allies.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE


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