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Global Domination and Databases

Post-Cold War world military domination has proven not enough for the U.S. Now the Obama administration has been made a laughingstock by the homespun ethical stance of the high school dropout computer geek Edward Snowden.

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Mandela’s Condition

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The Good Germans in Government

Why are we chasing after Edward Snowden and not the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Farm, Immigration Bills and Obama Goes Abroad

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Congress’ failure on the farm bill and the latest amendment to the immigration reform legislation. They also take a look at news involving the Federal Reserve and President Obama’s trip to Europe.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Is the Sky Falling?

Three heavyweight writers have concluded that America is in slow and inevitable decline.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow Gives Emotional Tribute to Michael Hastings

On her program Tuesday, the MSNBC host recounted her many years of friendship with the young but accomplished journalist who had died in a car crash in Los Angeles earlier that day.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Nate Silver vs. Politico: It’s on Again

The war of words between the site and the statistician appears to be escalating yet again after Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei accused Silver of getting “up on his high horse quite a lot” in an interview in New Republic.

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Reporter Who Brought Down the ‘Runaway General’ Dead at 33

Michael Hastings is best known as the Rolling Stone contributor whose reporting ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal but more important, he was a fearless reporter who did not suffer bullshit answers. He died Tuesday at the age of 33 in a car crash.

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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

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Say Hello to the ‘Super Rich’

The 0.001% of the world comprise a class all of their own, spanning several nations and holding 40% of global wealth; some activists are turning away from industrial agriculture and back to the Native Americans’ approach to harvesting; meanwhile, in an age flooded with tweets, videos and blogs, how are readers expected to wade through the news? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

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Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden

Almost universally, the government officials, pundits and reporters who comprise Permanent Washington have derided Snowden and those who helped him disseminate his disclosures.

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Zimmerman Trial Co-Defendants

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Sean Hannity’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy on NSA Surveillance

How does the Fox News host feel about the federal government collecting information on millions of Americans? Well, that depends. According to clips compiled by Media Matters, Hannity’s position regarding government surveillance is evidently based entirely on who happens to be occupying the Oval Office at the time.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE


Gov’t Surveillance

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ALEC Puts Utah on Top of ‘Rich States’ List

A new report from the corporate lobby would be laughable if it wasn’t being taken seriously by media outlets.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Administration Has ‘Lost All Credibility,’ New York Times Admonishes

In a scathing editorial, the Gray Lady says Barack Obama’s presidency, which once promised unprecedented transparency, is instead “proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Race for What’s Left

It’s dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Season of Challenge

What is President Obama fighting for? What is the point of his second term?

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Holder Happens

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Press Scandal

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Holder Spy

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Directors Reveal How PBS Quashed Airing of Negative Koch Brothers Film

“Democracy Now!” asks whether PBS resorted to self-censorship in order to appease the Koch brothers when it decided not to show a documentary that portrayed David Koch—a major donor to public television—in an unflattering light.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Elitism on Full Display

I’m not surprised that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been waging war on the news media. They and other members of the Obama team have always struck me as elitists who don’t think really intelligent or worthwhile people would go into journalism.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Bachmannism’s Legacy

The Minnesota right winger deserves to be memorialized with an “ism” because she perfected a tactic well suited to the current media environment.

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Free Press

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Weiner Announces Candidacy for NYC Mayor

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Under the FBI Thumb

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More Exposés, Less Action

This new media landscape is more hostile to the civic community and discourages the younger generation from believing that change is truly within our grasp.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


Freedom of the Pressed

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Target Obama

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Fox Noose

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Missile Launches

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Associated Press

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Free Press Endangered Species

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Listen: Chris Hedges Interviews Julian Assange

In these audio excerpts from their extended conversation in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Chris Hedges asks Julian Assange about legal strategy and the WikiLeaks founder’s thoughts on Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Posted on May 5, 2013 READ MORE


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WTF? Beyonce and Anna Wintour Chair Punk Couture Exhibit

It’s hard not to imagine a genuine punk rocker gagging a little bit on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



Misogynist Much? Politico Attacks Times Editor Jill Abramson

Politico’s piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a “bitchy woman character”; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


Old News

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Today’s Bomber

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George W. Bush Library Dedicated, GOP Pollster Rips Limbaugh, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Barbara Bush’s surprising advice to son Jeb and Congress tries to fix air travel delays caused by the sequester.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Don’t Ignore How Others See Us

What must the others in the Middle East theater of the American Empire think of a great city in total lockdown from an attack by primitive explosives when Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis and Yemenis experience far greater casualties and terror attacks several times a week?

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE


Fox News Gold

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Chechnya Expert

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Dignity

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Running the Gauntlet

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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the USA, Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Terrorists Are Not Madmen

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Terrorism expert Audrey Kurth Cronin says terrorists are surprisingly logical. Also: Islamophobia in the U.S.A., Bradley Manning’s secret trial, and Congress wants to share your Internet secrets.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE


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