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Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Matthew Cardinale, Affordable Housing Advocate, Foe of Corporate Lobbyists

The founder of SMART ALEC, a progressive nonprofit, is determined to help people take control of public policy.

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 READ MORE


‘It’s Possible’: Charles Koch Says Hillary Clinton Might Be Best Choice for Him (Video)

By Jon Queally / Common Dreams

“We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way,” says billionaire industrialist and far-right ideologue Charles Koch.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Most Expensive Election Ever Is a Billionaire’s Playground (Except for Bernie Sanders)

Given that our brand of democracy is cold hard cash, let’s examine the relationships between our 21st-century plutocrats and the contenders for the White House.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Get About the Big Town

Demagogues denigrating New York come and go with boring predictability—and the nation’s greatest city will continue to thrive long after the Texas senator is merely an unpleasant memory.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action: 5 Possible Outcomes

If onetime University of Texas aspirant Abigail Fisher prevails on all of her claims, the last tepid vestiges of race-conscious affirmative action will end at public colleges and universities throughout the land.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



Does a ‘Koch Intelligence Agency’ Secretly Keep Tabs on Liberals?

An investigation by Politico suggests that the billionaire right-wing Koch brothers possess their own high-tech surveillance and intelligence-gathering operation devoted to “stealthily tracking liberal and Democratic groups.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Explains How His Party Descended Into Insanity and Chaos

The other night I phoned a former GOP congressmen with whom I’d worked on legislation in the ’90s. I wanted his take on something: Are the presidential hopefuls really as weird as they seem?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Top Five Things Congress Should Investigate Instead of Benghazi (Video)

The fruitless carnival-barking that was the GOP Benghazi inquisition did the nation the disservice of taking focus off the things really wrong with U.S. policies and the places where there really was wrongdoing.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Five Great American Hypocrisies

American “exceptionalism” exists in the minds of superpatriots who are more than willing to overlook their own faults as they place themselves above other people. The only question may be which of their self-serving hypocrisies is the most outrageous and destructive.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



Just 158 Families Provided Nearly Half the Financing for Early Efforts for the White House

An overwhelmingly older, white and male group of Americans who made fortunes in finance and energy gave $176 million to mostly Republican presidential candidates in the early months of the race.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE


Kochs and Walker









Posted on Sep 28, 2015 ENLARGE



In Alternative Energy Tussle, Obama Takes On Kochs, Fossil Fuel Companies

President Obama is letting it be known that he isn’t on the same side as David and Charles Koch and Big Oil when it comes to their approach to keeping consumers hooked on fossil fuels and discouraging them from exploring other options.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jon Stewart: Top Republicans Flock to California for a Chance to ‘Gobble Some Koch’

The Koch brothers have pledged to spend “over a billion dollars to buy the next election,” so is anyone surprised to see Republican candidates groveling at the billionaires’ feet? Certainly not the “Daily Show” host.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



WATCH: Bernie Sanders: The Koch Brothers Would Love to Open U.S. Borders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he opposes opening U.S. borders to all immigrants on the basis that it would drive down wages by increasing the number of workers competing for American jobs.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Gift to Moneyed Interests

After he spent his early career learning the lobbying ropes in Sacramento, it was only natural that Kennedy as a Supreme Court member would ensure lobbyists’ stranglehold on American politics.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



New Emails Reveal Friendship of Koch Lobbyists and Financial Regulators

Recent emails reveal the close bond between Koch lobbyists and regulators at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE


Kochyderm









Posted on May 26, 2015 ENLARGE


Scott Walker and the Kochs









Posted on Apr 23, 2015 ENLARGE



Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 27, 2015 ENLARGE



If We Don’t Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran turned pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


Take Your Best Guest

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We revisit some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Topics include: war powers, banned books, the Koch brothers and the incredible journey of veteran-turned-pacifist Rory Fanning.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


The Kochs









Posted on Feb 2, 2015 ENLARGE


Koch Brothers’ Ballots









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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 ENLARGE



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Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE


Koch Joke









Posted on Nov 8, 2014 ENLARGE


Koch Gourmet









Posted on Sep 28, 2014 ENLARGE


Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology

Using a cup of water and bowl of ice, the “Daily Show” host tries to show an exceptionally stubborn House representative why his metaphor about climate change is faulty.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Rebirth of Family Capitalism

This is the indigenous romance of American capitalism: The man from nowhere rises out of obscurity to unimaginable heights through the application of disciplined effort, commercial cunning, and a gambler’s sang froid in the face of the unforgiving riskiness of the marketplace. Conversely, 19th century Gilded Age anti-capitalists knew this dark fairy tale as “the Property Beast.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


Weighty GOP









Posted on Sep 1, 2014 ENLARGE



The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in ground troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty

Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Happy Independence Day From the Supreme Court: Unions and Women Lose, Koch Brothers Win

The court’s latest decisions handed long-sought political victories to some of the most extreme elements of the American right.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Break the Koch Machine (Video)

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



Koch vs. Koch, Circa 1940s

In a May report published in Mother Jones, investigative reporter Daniel Schulman portrays two teenage members of the family of right-wing horrors fighting to resolve their problems—under the direction of their father.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are Some Tangible Effects of Climate Change in the U.S.

Despite what the Koch brothers may or may not want Americans to believe about climate change, the White House has gone ahead and released a report describing the real, tangible impact of morphing climate conditions in the U.S. in recent decades.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE


Big Investors









Posted on Apr 20, 2014 ENLARGE



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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders: ‘Will This Nation Become an Oligarchic Form of Society?’

In an address to the U.S. Senate this week, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders testified to the basics of wealth inequality and described how it distorts the U.S. political process. His speech contains vital statistics for your reference.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Why the Biggest Winners in the Hobby Lobby Case May Be the Koch Brothers

We may not get a Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate until the end of June, but it’s probably not too early to project the biggest winners in the cases: brothers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


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