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The Media’s Role in the Shutdown

Partisan journalism has played a large part in shattering the government; someday only the rich may be able to keep their emails private; meanwhile, a false cancer study revealed the deficiencies of second-rate science journals. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

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Govt. Shutdown, Tectonic Shifts in Middle East Could Strain Israel-U.S. Relationship

The shutdown of the American government has been devastating to the United States’ international credibility.

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Less Driving, More Texting

Smartphone apps have revolutionized the way Americans use transportation; the CEO of The Guardian says his paper can’t survive in the U.K.; meanwhile, why aren’t millennial liberals protesting the shutdown? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

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More Snowden Revelations Coming, Guardian Cryptography Analyst Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: understanding the deadly siege in Nairobi, this week’s big U.N. speeches through the prism of Arab public opinion, the First Amendment club for “official” journalists, and cryptography guru Bruce Schneier says Edward Snowden’s work isn’t done.

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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.

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The ‘Blob Fish’ Isn’t All That Bad

The Psychrolutes marcidus was recently deemed the ugliest animal in the world, but there are good reasons behind his unappealing exterior; NPR’s new boss, Paul G. Haaga, is a GOP donor and was a mutual fund industry lobbyist; meanwhile, corporations are using flash mobs for marketing schemes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Twitter’s Dual Role in Nairobi Mall Attack

Somalia’s Al Shabab militia, a group with ties to al-Qaida, has waged a two-day assault on the Westgate Shopping Mall in the capital of Kenya. Twitter has been used as a means of communication throughout the attack by both the terrorists and the Kenyan government.

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The Republicans: Insane or Just Crazy?

"Washington," said the late Art Hoppe, a San Francisco Chronicle humor columnist, "is several miles square and about as tall as, say, the Washington Monument. It is surrounded on all four sides by reality."

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Politics Turn Your Brain to Mush

New studies show that when people have been misinformed, offering the correct facts makes them only more obstinate; social media causes a lot of misinformation when it comes to reporting; and why did ESPN pull the plug on an investigation into head trauma? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Miley and Putin

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The Lessons of Colorado’s Gun Debate

The day after this week’s elections, the National Rifle Association got exactly what it wanted.

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White House/Lawrence Jackson

While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

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Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

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The World Decline Escapes Notice

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Gagging the Press: The Federal Case Against Barrett Brown

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the controversial case against journalist Barrett Brown, accused of a crime for, among other things, posting a link to a public site containing hacked files. Yes, the feds are trying to criminalize a journalistic act.

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All the News That’s Shit to Print

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On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

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New Life for Labor

Could this Labor Day mark the comeback of movements for workers’ rights and a turn toward innovation and a new militancy on behalf of wage earners?

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Missing: The L.A. Times’ Provocateur Extraordinaire

No, I don’t know what’s going on with the Los Angeles Times’ love-him-or-hate-him T.J. Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper since June 2, when he staged a free throw shooting contest between his grown daughter, Kelly Nielsen, and NBA star Dwight Howard.

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AP/Mustafa Quraishi

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.

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The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

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What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (but Not for Public Office)

To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist.

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Washington Post Sale

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Why the Anger?

Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in 80 years?

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

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AP/Steve Miller

America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

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Baseball’s Biggest Problem

In the bad news for baseball, drugs aren’t the problem.

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Bezos Buys Washington Post

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Obama on Jay Leno

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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

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MTV Learns Hard Way Not to Mess With Stephen Colbert

Just because Viacom owns the network that Stephen Colbert’s program is on doesn’t mean the media conglomerate and its multitude of broadcast and cable channels are safe from his satirical touch.

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Bezos Buys the Post

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Amazon Journalism

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Elizabeth Warren for President?

She has been a United States senator only since January, but could Elizabeth Warren be considered a formidable Democratic contender in the next presidential election? A new poll suggests the answer might be “yes.”

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Amazon CEO Buys The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos (and not the more famous company he runs) will buy one of the most influential news sources in America and become its sole owner.

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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

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You Must Watch Soccer

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Bradley Manning’s Convictions

“What a dangerous edifice War is, how easily it may fall to pieces and bury us in its ruins,” wrote Carl von Clausewitz, the 19th-century Prussian general and military theorist, in his seminal text “On War,” close to 200 years ago.

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Prisoner of Technology

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News Bundle of Joy

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When Obama Trashed the Huffington Post, Was He Talking About This Column?

When President Obama told Democratic lawmakers not to believe everything they read in The Huffington Post, he might have been referring to this column by Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Or this one.

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Weiner’s Spokeswoman Has Meltdown, Calls Ex-Intern ‘Slutbag’ and ‘Cunt’

Anthony Weiner’s already troubled New York City mayoral campaign got ever more bad news Tuesday when the candidate’s communications director lost it while responding to a former intern’s public criticism of Weiner.

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Weiner’s Campaign Sinks, Limbaugh and Hannity Reportedly Dropped, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney denies his infamous “47 percent” remark and Eliot Spitzer weighs in on Anthony Weiner’s latest round of illicit messages.

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Violent World News

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