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Bordering on Heartless

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Progressive Constitution

Many kinds of conservatives contend that everything they believe is thoroughly consistent with the views and intentions of our 18th-century founders.

Posted on Jul 7, 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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One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right to privacy is a reminder that support as well as opposition to civil liberty these days can come from unexpected quarters.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Children on the Run: The Deepening Immigration Crisis

Have you seen the pictures? All the kids, sleeping on floors in row upon row, detained by the Department of Homeland Security. There are more children coming in every day, and the federal government doesn’t know where to keep them.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



Pamela Alma Weymouth

Boys and Gun Love: A Thinking Mother’s Dilemma

My sons know how I feel about gunplay, yet the more I forbid it, the more their curiosity draws them toward these forbidden objects—the toy version of the lethal instruments at the center of our national debate.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Private Equity Is Becoming a Public Problem

A few weeks ago, a top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission reported on what he called a “remarkable” amount of potentially illegal behavior in the private equity industry—aka the industry that buys up, changes and sells off smaller companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



The Way to Stop Corporate Lawbreaking Is to Prosecute the People Who Break the Law

Who’s really to blame when a big corporation breaks the law? The government thinks it’s the corporation itself. Wrong.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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FTC Sounds Privacy Alarm on Data Brokers, Asks Congress to Act

Ever heard of Acxiom or Corelogic? No? Chances are they’ve heard of you. According to a new 110-page report from the Federal Trade Commission, data brokers “collect and store a vast amount of data on almost every U.S. household and commercial transaction.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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A Simple Fix for Our Execution Problem

Shortages of lethal drugs are causing executions to be botched in horrible ways, but the resulting public outcry could help clear a path to a lasting, moral solution.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



William Worthy and Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African-Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Wheelering and Dealing at the FCC

The current FCC chairperson, appointed by President Barack Obama, is Tom Wheeler, who was formerly the head of the NCTA and later ran the wireless industry’s lobbying organization. Tom Wheeler and Michael Powell have basically switched places with one another. Sadly, they both do the same job, representing the interests of big business.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The ‘SuperPAC to End All SuperPACs’ Meets Its Fundraising Goal in Less Than Two Weeks

Lawrence Lessig, godfather of the Creative Commons, has called a “mayday on this democracy,” and with 18 days left before his self-imposed deadline, MayOne.US met its $1 million crowdfunding goal.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Impeach Clarence Thomas?

While the Constitution allows even Supreme Court justices to be impeached, it has happened only once in our nation’s history.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs

The president and his advisers based their health care plan on a bogus premise, which is why it will continue to provide opponents of the law with ammunition.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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How Monica Lewinsky Deserves to Be Remembered

Monica Lewinsky must be satisfied to learn that with a few stylish photographs and a few innocuous paragraphs, she can still discombobulate Maureen Dowd, Lynne Cheney and a swarm of demented figures in American politics and media.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE


Watch Glenn Greenwald Debate the Former Head of the NSA

In case you missed the Munk Debate on State Surveillance, here’s another look at the rhetorical contest between one of the NSA’s biggest critics and its former director.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



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All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

In this excerpt from her best-selling new book, Nomi Prins writes about the period during the administration of Lyndon Johnson when bankers began to move away from the president as they saw their global ambitions hemmed in by the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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More Aggressive NSA Reform Bill Moves Forward in the House

After a half-year in stasis, the USA Freedom Act—the most aggressive of various NSA reform measures—is headed for markup by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE


The Constitution—for Christians Only

The following video shows Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore saying, among other things, “Buddha didn’t create us. Mohammed didn’t create us. It’s the god of the Holy Scriptures.”

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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No Humane Way to Die

No one who supports the death penalty should have the slightest problem with the way Clayton Lockett died.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure

A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday because the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group’s application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Two Felons Could Force the Supreme Court to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

The last thing we would expect from the Roberts court is a robust defense of civil liberties, but judging from the tenor of Tuesday’s oral argument, we could be in for some surprises.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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The Racists Among Us

Let’s not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades, but at least one doctor isn’t willing to give up on work that could save lives.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



Court Orders Government to Release Secret Drone Assassination Memo

The government has claimed every legal right to kill American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without a trial, but has so far refused to release the actual memo granting permission.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet

After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

In an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-like activity,” the news agency Inter Press Service tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a lengthy jail sentence.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Government Use Its New Leverage Over the Financial Industry?

If you read one business book this year, make it “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis. The journalist famous for “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” takes readers inside the parasitic world of high-frequency trading that is harming the broader economy.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



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LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

Four years ago, the Labor Department clarified the rules that make unpaid internships legal, but employers continue to enjoy lax enforcement and free labor.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Party Loyalty: Why the Supreme Court Is Wrecking Our Democracy

It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Voting Laws: The Last Stand of the Old and the White

When the Constitution of the first modern democracy, the United States of America, was written, only about 10 percent of the population of the 13 states was granted the right to vote: white men who owned property.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Is It Time to Jump Down the First Amendment Rabbit Hole With Clarence Thomas?

It’s painful to say, but given the perverse logic of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, Justice Clarence Thomas may be correct about the direction of federal campaign finance law.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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When Obamacare Was ‘Doomed’

Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong?

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Does the FBI Treat Nonviolent Activists Like Terrorists?

Peace activists in the Midwest are the latest victims of a surveillance state hellbent on prosecuting terrorists where none likely exist.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Judging Obamacare: How Do We Know If It’s a Success or Failure?

One day very soon, the focus on Obamacare will turn from signing up new enrollees to quantifying the law’s success—or failure.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Cares About the Value of Work?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., favors a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, but she also has other ideas that would help Americans at the bottom of the income structure to earn more.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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The Pope Isn’t a Party Boss

President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. So why don’t the bishops like him?

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Business Rewards California Democrats for Passing Model ALEC Legislation

It may be “the most anti-consumer bill ever introduced in California,” and it was approved and signed into law by Democrats.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE


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