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Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Roe v. Wade Turns 41 and the Internet Has a Lot to Say About It

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion in the United States still rage.

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Why the NSA’s Metadata Program Won’t Change Anytime Soon

Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Turkish Government Accused of Defying ‘International Human Rights’ in Its Fight Against Protesters

Medics and human rights groups are calling out the Turkish government for intimidation against street protesters as new legislation criminalizes the use of urgent assistance.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

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Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

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Approval of Congress Skyrockets to 13 Percent

Thirteen percent of adults approve of the job Congress is doing, according to Gallup, but things could be worse.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Has It Taken the Justice Department 10 Years to Act on Rape in Juvenile Hall?

Last week, the Justice Department convened hearings under the Prison Rape Elimination Act to examine the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in the nation’s prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Chris Christie Is Conservatives’ Worst Nightmare

What is the greatest fear of conservatives when they warn against the dangers of big government?

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Reefer Sanity Takes Hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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The Sad, Outrageous Case of the Cuban Five

The federal prosecution of the group of intelligence officers known as the Cuban Five was a travesty of justice that needs to be remedied.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Marijuana Injustices

I have come to believe that we should legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana use. The way we enforce marijuana laws is unconscionable.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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On Unemployment, Today’s Congress Is Meaner Than George W. Bush

Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

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The Year of the Low-Wage Worker

In 2014, legislation and labor actions could narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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The ACA: Here to Stay

Now that the fight over Obamacare is history, perhaps everyone can finally focus on making the program work the way it was designed. Or, preferably, better.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


Emotional Video Shows Lynne Stewart Returning Home

Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart, who was sentenced to prison for 10 years, has been compassionately released because of terminal breast cancer. She was greeted on her arrival home by a throng.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The NSA Strikes Back

Just when you thought that momentum in the struggle to rein in the NSA was shifting in the direction of civil liberties, along comes another reminder that momentum is fleeting.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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States Rebel Against Obamacare Website Contractor

For Christmas, Vermont and Massachusetts are giving a lump of coal to CGI Federal, the Canadian company that built Healthcare.gov and seven other state-based health care exchanges.

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Volcker Rule Made Meaningless by Abundant Exemptions

The Volcker Rule has finally been approved by regulators, but with hundreds of pages of exemptions, too-big-to-fail banks have little to fear.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

Adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights comprises the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. While praising it last week and ticking through “our most fundamental rights,” President Obama failed to mention the Fourth Amendment.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Family Values Hypocrisy

Politicians talk about family values but do almost nothing to help families. They talk about parental responsibility but do almost nothing to help parents. They talk about self-sufficiency but do precious little to make self-sufficiency a reality for those who must struggle hardest to achieve it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

High-cost lenders—the makers of payday, auto-title and installment loans—exploit laws tipped in their favor to sue tens of thousands of Americans every year. The shocking result? A $1,000 loan grows to $40,000.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



Mandela: The Man and the Movement

Nelson Mandela’s passing last week at the age of 95 has been met with a global outpouring of remembrance and reflection.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Boss Is a Dick (A Glossary of Labor Terms, Translated)

To help out my friends in organized labor, here is a glossary of key union terms, translated for everyone else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Welcome Back, Jesus

The pope’s appraisal of modern capitalism is the obvious truth, whether divinely inspired or not.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Meet the Worst Judge in America

Now that Senate Democrats have deployed the so-called nuclear option, the question arises: From a progressive perspective, who is the worst sitting federal judge in America today?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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New Law in Egypt Limits, Sparks Protests

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour signed a law oSunday restricting public protests by requiring prior police notification, which opponents took as a crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Pushing New Treaties at Expense of National Sovereignty

Being negotiated right now are American-sponsored corporate efforts to alter trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific international trade relations through new agreements that undermine or effectively nullify many countries’ existing national legislation on health, environment, pricing, food safety and other issues.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Be Thankful for the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

The president, members of Congress and now even the Supreme Court have all come to the defense of the most invasive espionage program ever. Luckily a few lawmakers say “no.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Sisters Asunder

Looks like the holidays are going to be, shall we say, a bit awkward for the Cheney family.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE


A More Benevolent Nation?

Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let’s celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger—and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Contrite, But Resolute

It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Freaky New World Order of International Treaties

WikiLeaks blew open the secret negotiations behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Wednesday, releasing draft text that looks good for big corporations and bad for ordinary people.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



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New Rule Makes Mental Health Care Available to Millions of Americans

Acting on a law passed way back in 2008, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor made a final ruling that forces many health insurers to treat mental illnesses like physical ones.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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The Noise Around Obamacare

The ace political and baseball prognosticator Nate Silver titled his book about prediction and statistical mastery “The Signal and the Noise.” Rarely has it been more important to distinguish between the two than in the uproar over the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE


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