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Plenty of Time to Fix Obamacare

It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented—and then complain it isn’t being implemented well enough.

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The Single-Payer Signal in the Obamacare Noise

The new law cemented the industry’s profit-extracting role in the larger health system—and it still leaves millions without insurance.

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California Governor Vetoed Gun Control Bills

Three weeks to the day before a gunman opened fire at L.A.’s airport, killing a TSA agent and wounding others, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills that would have put new restrictions on the kind of weapon used in the shooting.

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The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

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NYC Bills Would Raise Cost, Minimum Age of Smoking

A pack of smokes in New York City will set you back at least $10.50—and only if you’re 21 or older—if Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs into law two measures passed Wednesday by the City Council.

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Spying Scandal Makes Clear That Europe Must Declare Independence

The crisis caused in Europe by American intelligence interceptions of its allies’ electronic communications derives from a problem Europeans have known and put up with since the Second World War. The time has come to call a halt.

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Senate GOP Leader Rejects His Own Idea to Avoid Debt Limit Showdowns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that he now opposes his own plan to avoid the kind of debt ceiling fiasco that nearly led the nation to default this month.

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How Much Did Obama Know About NSA Spying? Depends on Whom You Ask

Intelligence officials speaking anonymously (do they know any other method?) are reportedly pissed that the White House seems to be distancing the president from the NSA’s metastasizing eavesdropping scandal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Judge Eliminates One Hurdle From Texas Abortion Obstacle Course

The Texas abortion law filibustered by state Sen. Wendy Davis was diminished in court Monday by a federal judge, although most of the measure will go forward unchanged.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Our Invisible Revolution

The old ideas that justified global capitalism and the oligarchic elites are being discredited. At some point the battle occurring below the surface will explode.

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Death for the Disabled: Should We Kill Freddie Lee Hall?

The U.S. Supreme Court now faces what may be the most important legal challenge to the death penalty in years.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE


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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

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Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

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Iran Has to Decide Whether to Hang a Man—for the Second Time

A convicted drug smuggler was pronounced dead after hanging from the gallows for 12 minutes, but his family discovered in the morgue that he was still breathing.

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Report Documents Abuse of Juveniles in Private Prisons

With some 40 percent of incarcerated youth held in private facilities, a Huffington Post investigation reveals abuse, neglect and other horrors visited upon American children in the name of profit.

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Back in Business: Shutdown Ends After Congress Overwhelmingly Caves

With the stroke of his pen, just after midnight Wednesday, President Obama ended the government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE



Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death.

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The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

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N.Y. Fed Moves to Seal Documents in Ex-Bank Examiner’s Suit

Carmen Segarra filed a lawsuit against the New York Fed and three of its employees alleging she had been wrongfully terminated last year after she determined that Goldman Sachs had insufficient conflict-of-interest policies.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


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The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

The federal shutdown fits seamlessly into the long ideological war to reduce Washington’s role to little more than defense, internal security and the protection of property rights.

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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Sparks of Rebellion

The tinder for revolt will not be the same as in past industrialized societies. Guided by the revolutionists who came before us, we will have to create our own forms of resistance out of the wreckage of the corporate state.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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New Privacy Law Gives California’s Youngsters an Internet Eraser

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just handed teens in his state a fresh start.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE


Learning From a Thousand-Year Flood

Two months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state’s chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about the ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing and unbridled drilling.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Women Should Be Allowed to Go Topless in Public

Why can men walk around shirtless in many communal spaces while women can’t? The truth is, female upper bodies shouldn’t be treated any differently from male ones.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Obamacare Wonks Cash In on Health Care Law

The New York Times had an important story Tuesday on the ways in which former congressional and White House staffers are profiting from the Affordable Care Act they helped write and pass.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Coming Soon: You Have a Right to Unlock Your Phone for Free

After more than 114,000 people signed a White House petition, the administration is moving to make phone and tablet unlocking a legal right.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Origins of Our Police State

The unleashing of police on poor people of color in the “war on drugs” is the first step in the rise of totalitarianism.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE


Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

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Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

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The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran’s Brief Experiment in Democracy

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Arbitrary, and Uncalled For

For all who believe in colorblind justice—and want to see fewer African-American and Hispanic men caught up in the system—there are two items of good news.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

The horrible bloodshed in Egypt on Wednesday marked a turning point in the country’s modern history, locking it in to years of authoritarian paternalism and possibly violent faction fighting.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

Without the leaks, there would be no reforms. The politicians who kept us in the dark are the ones who should have to answer to the public.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



Lavabit Owner’s Farewell Warning: Don’t Trust Your Data to American Companies

The owner and CEO of the secure email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden decided to shut down Thursday rather than help the U.S. spy on his customers.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


To Repair the Damage Done in NSA Blowup, Start With Clapper

With the conviction of Bradley Manning and asylum granted to Edward Snowden in Russia, it may be time to turn attention away from the controversy over their actions and toward the government—specifically, the intelligence community.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


The Creative Destruction of Misguided Ideology

What happens when the insurance industry so touted by the conservative movement starts saying things that wholly contradict that movement’s talking points?

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Members of Congress Denied Information About NSA Surveillance

If the House Intelligence Committee knows anything about the NSA’s controversial programs, it’s not sharing with other members of Congress, reports Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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FBI Let Informants Break the Law 5,658 Times in One Year

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from USA Today, we now know that agents authorized an average of 15 crimes a day in 2011.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


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