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Truthdig Named Best News Website at L.A. Press Club Awards

On Sunday evening, Truthdig staffers converged at the ornate Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2014 Southern California Journalism Awards.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Pascal’s Wager for the Age of Citizens United

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times he was confident he would walk “straight in” to heaven “without stopping to be interviewed,” because, as Salon’s Tom Frank puts it, “he has put his money on the most glaringly virtuous politics available.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



NYC: Where Bonuses Rise, and The Working Poor Still End Up Homeless

Bonuses on Wall Street jumped 15 percent in 2013, while record numbers of New Yorkers poured into homeless shelters.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The De Blasio-Bloomberg Paradox

The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office next Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Populist De Blasio Is New York’s First Democratic Mayor in Decades

By trumpeting economic and civil rights issues, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got himself elected Tuesday night to the highest office in the biggest city in America.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Judge Accused of Bias, Removed From Stop-and-Frisk Case (Video)

A federal appeals court blocked a judge’s ruling that the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional and ordered she be removed from the case.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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A Public Advocate for Mayor of New York?

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin magazine that he disapproved of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the Occupy protests and that if he were elected, he would appoint an independent official to monitor the NYPD and lead the effort to strengthen unions.

Posted on Aug 23, 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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Bloomberg’s Climate Change Plan Appears Grossly Inadequate

The New York mayor’s $20 billion proposal to protect America’s most populated city from the ravages of global warming seems to ignore the worst predictions of sea level rise reported in the respectable press.

Posted on Jun 12, 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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Bachmann’s Craziest Comments, Ricin Letter Sent to Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the likely next head of the FBI is revealed and a governor up for re-election in 2014 gets set to switch political parties this week.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Slow-Motion Mass Murders’

Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter. Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don’t want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists.

Posted on May 12, 2013 READ MORE



Koch Brothers Face Backlash, Colbert Reacts to Sister’s Loss, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama shifts his attention and Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group gears up to go head to head with the NRA.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE


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Using (and Reforming) the System

When it comes to policy, I fall into both of these camps—pro-Bloomberg on guns, but anti-Citizens United. And so I have been pondering the issue of consistency or, as some would see it, hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Stop Whining About Privacy, Bloomberg Says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks your concerns about privacy in a world of city- and drone-mounted surveillance cameras are unimportant. His advice to radio audiences Friday morning? “Get used to it!”

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Crusades Against Big Banks, NYC Soda Ban Struck Down, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details of a bipartisan agreement on immigration and the reason Donald Trump is willing to help the White House financially.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


After Sandy, It’s Occupy to the Rescue

Members of New York City’s Occupy movement are waging an expanding relief effort for tens of thousands of people who remain without heat, power or hot water in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Observers are calling it Occupy’s finest hour.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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It’s Gas Rationing in NYC for the Foreseeable Future

To deal with fuel shortages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed that car owners in New York City will be allowed to buy gas only every other day, starting at 6 a.m. on Friday.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: NYC Marathon Protesters

Even the world’s largest marathon was no match for the chorus of objections that erupted after it was revealed the race would go on despite the continued storm rescue and recovery efforts.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 READ MORE



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UPDATE: New York City Marathon Canceled

The initial decision to go on with the event as scheduled did not sit well with some elected officials, first responders, runners and others.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


Hurricane Sandy Blows Away Political Pretense and Ideological Nonsense

When the superstorm destroyed swaths of the Northeast, darkened our largest city and plunged a huge section of the nation into crisis, the anti-government ideology of the tea party Republicans—and its panderers like Mitt Romney—was exposed for what it is.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



More Michele Bachmann Hypocrisy, the Latest Political Sex Scandal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces his endorsement and another GOP political candidate says something dumb about rape.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Atlantic Coast Wakes Up to the Nightmare

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard on Monday, killing at least 33, leaving millions without power, destroying homes, causing rampant flooding, impacting air travel and bringing several major cities to a grinding halt.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

The banking industry and its paid protectors have hounded Elizabeth Warren for the past decade because she is one of the few people in Washington who poses a threat to Wall Street’s control over government.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE



Romney’s Tax Discrepancy, Bachmann’s Election Troubles, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the 21st-century version of prohibition and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s comment about women that sounds like it’s straight out of the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD’s Muslim Spying Program Is Halted in N.J.

New Jersey’s attorney general has assured a group of Muslim leaders that a New York City police unit that had surveilled Muslims in the Garden State is no longer operating there.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Death at the Empire State Building

A 53-year-old apparel designer shot and killed his former boss on a sidewalk outside the Empire State Building in New York City on Friday morning before he was confronted and shot dead by police officers. Nine others were wounded.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Teachers Struggle for Tenure Under New Rules

With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a mission to “end tenure as we know it,” nearly half of the city’s eligible teachers were denied the status that educators’ advocates embrace as essential for defense against discriminatory firing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Brother Gets Established in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday revealed that for the last six months the city has been monitoring its residents via a network of roughly 3,000 closed circuit television cameras that feed into NYPD headquarters. The technology is termed the “Domain Awareness System.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Goldman Sachs to Invest Millions in Inmate Rehabilitation

Goldman Sachs has announced its intention to invest $9.6 million in a prisoner rehabilitation program at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail in a move that could net the company a $2.1 million return.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



Obama, Romney and Giffords React to Colorado Theater Shootings, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mayor Bloomberg on gun control and who’s skipping the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE



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How the NYPD Overstated Its Counterterrorism Record

Has the NYPD, celebrated as the nation’s top counterterrorism cops, really helped thwart 14 “full-blown terrorist attacks”?

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Billionaire Bloomberg Vetoes Living Wage Bill

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to live in a better world. That’s why he vetoed a law that would have raised the minimum wage for a measly few hundred or so working New Yorkers to at least $10 an hour.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Rocky Anderson Is Crashing the Third Party

The wealthy financiers of Americans Elect are trying to get a so-called centrist on the ballot in all 50 states. That label doesn’t apply to Anderson, who is vying for their nomination anyway and tells me “amazing things can happen.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch Is on Twitter and It’s Weird

During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous - and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.” (more)

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Mayor Gives Occupiers an Eviction Notice

It’s not like Los Angeles’ slickster Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would have missed out on that multicity conference call that Oakland’s Jean Quan squeaked about to the press. So it’s not surprising that on Friday, as he visited the Occupy L.A. encampment to pay tribute to the spirit of the movement ... (more)

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sakuma

When We Fight Back

Morality in the land of the free is a curious mix of Tinkertoys and torture racks. We have just witnessed a full week of brutal coordinated police assaults upon peaceful protesters. The Occupy movement must therefore rise to a new level of coordinated and class-conscious actions against the corporate state.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



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OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now’: OWS Day of Action Special

We just couldn’t choose from among the array of clips our friends at “Democracy Now!” sent along from Friday’s special broadcast about the OWS Day of Action activities around the country Thursday. So, we figured we’d just post the whole thing.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

Occupiers Rally, Media Tallies on National Day of Action

On Thursday, two months into the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters turned out en masse in New York, Los Angeles and other flash points around the country to continue their call for financial reform and to make a show of solidarity after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his counterparts in ... (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Julia Xanthos

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For

In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Occupy Wall Street Decamped

Thank goodness New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg deeply understands the meaning of free speech and what it does and doesn’t look like, or else his forced decampment of Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park HQ would look like a completely overstated and egregious abuse of political power.  (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


Olbermann: Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

America has a rich and unique history of protest. In fact, says Keith Olbermann in this “Special Comment” segment of Tuesday’s “Countdown,” it’s an intrinsically American tradition. Olbermann also puts Tuesday morning’s police raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment in a context that ... (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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N.Y. Judge Sides With Mayor on No Camping Rule

Setting up camp doesn’t fall under First Amendment rights in New York City, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and also Justice Michael D. Stallman of the state Supreme Court, who ruled after Tuesday’s eviction that Occupy Wall Street protesters could return to ... (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

This Is What Revolution Looks Like

Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE


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