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Fighting for Peace at ‘Hurricane Street’

Ron Kovic’s impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans movement picks up where “Born on the Fourth of July” leaves off.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE


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New York State Assembly Passes ‘Most Ambitious’ Climate Bill in the Nation

The bill would require New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from major sources to zero by 2050. But with dire predictions by climate scientists, is it ambitious enough?

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Rep. Jerrold Nadler Denounces Donald Trump for Taking 9/11 Small-Business Aid

The New York congressman says Trump exploited a program intended to help the city’s small businesses recover from the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Daniel Berrigan Through the Eyes of a 1960s Ithaca Mom

In our town and beyond, the priest, scholar, poet and activist served as a wake-up caller while the U.S. still had its eyes closed to the horrors of the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Proposal Bites the Dust

After an energized grass-roots campaign, the state of New York rejects a permit for the controversial Constitution Pipeline.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Do You Think the New York Election Trouble Was Intentional?

Following numerous cries of election fraud in other states, New Yorkers wonder who is to blame for their own complicated primary.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



New York Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout Is Trying to Stop the ‘Chickenization’ of America

Whether he wins or loses the Democratic nomination, the fate of Bernie Sanders’ progressive revolution rests in the hands of congressional candidates like Teachout, who also want to restore to people and localities power that has been consolidated by corporations.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE


What Is Wrong With New York’s Voting System and How Can It Be Fixed? (Video)

Voting rights advocates tally the reforms the state must implement to restore confidence in democracy after more than 125,000 Brooklynites were among many voters unable to cast ballots in the presidential primary because they’d been removed from voter rolls.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What GOP New Yorkers Just Voted For: Torture, Syria Intervention and the Murder of Innocents

In the wake of his big win in New York, I want to push back once more against the normalization of Donald Trump as a legitimate presidential candidate, given his policy positions.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Win Landslide Victories in New York State Primary

Despite the heated campaigning in advance of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York presidential primary, Democrat Clinton and Republican Trump broke the recent pattern in which each lost a string of states and therefore delegates.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


Voters, Sanders Supporters and ‘Hot Dogs’ Come Out for the New York Primary

Truthdig’s Ashley Hong was on the scene in New York City as two- and four-legged supporters of Bernie Sanders, as well as students, volunteers and supporters, weighed in about Tuesday’s key primary in the Empire State.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live Blog: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Take New York

Trump emerged victorious on his home turf, and Clinton followed in her adopted state of New York on Tuesday. Take a look at the final results and watch the winners’ victory speeches.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee on the Absurd Theatrics of Candidates Trying to Win the New York Primary (Video)

As the primary kicks off in the Empire State, the “Full Frontal” host takes a look at presidential candidates’ campaign antics over the past few weeks.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising

The Bernie 2016 campaign believes Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee may have violated campaign fundraising rules and asked DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stop the activities.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Hundreds of New Yorkers Allege Election Fraud in Lawsuit

A day before one of the most important primaries of the 2016 presidential race, voters across the state are accusing the Board of Elections of tampering with their registrations.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Poll: Did Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders Win the Debate in New York?

Everyone has an opinion. We want to hear yours. Which Democratic contender won the presidential debate in Brooklyn?

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



In America, Politicians Pay for Bucking Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s hard-line, expansionist policies put Bernie Sanders’ “Jewishness” to the test.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Backstage: Here’s How a President Sanders Would Rally the Grass Roots (Video)

Footage of a private meeting with local leaders before Sanders’ rally in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Tuesday provides insight into how he might work with grass-roots activists to pursue a national populist agenda.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Restrictive Rules Leave New York Voters Shut Out of Key Primary

Registration deadlines in New York passed months ago—but many voters say they didn’t know.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 12, 2016 ENLARGE



Bernie Sanders Outpacing Rivals in Effectiveness of Campaign Ads

An independent analysis shows that the presidential contender’s video advertisements have been best at getting voters’ attention.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 READ MORE


Guess Who Won’t Be Voting for Donald Trump in the New York Primary

In an interview with TV’s “Fox & Friends,” the Republican presidential candidate lambasted the Colorado GOP voting system—and shared the surprising information that he won’t receive two votes he had expected in next week’s primary in his home state.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Hillary’ in ‘SNL’ Skit Tries to Hide Being a Sore Loser, Tells Young N.Y. Voters to Stay Home

Kate McKinnon plays an anxious and desperately ingratiating Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” in the lead-up to next week’s crucial New York primary.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Ahead of New York Primary, Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton’s Judgment ‘Clearly Lacking’ (Video)

Sen. Sanders made the comment on “Meet the Press” in the wake of his double-digit win Saturday in the Wyoming caucus.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 7, 2016 ENLARGE



National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Officials Outraged After ‘Shocking’ Report on NYPD Kicking People Out of Homes

New York City officials said reforms were needed after a ProPublica investigation showed that the police have been locking out residents who haven’t been charged with a crime.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: GOP Hopefuls Compete on Party Values; Bernie Surges

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says he sees Bernie Sanders as the only interesting candidate in the 2016 election, while the other panelists praise Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Get About the Big Town

Demagogues denigrating New York come and go with boring predictability—and the nation’s greatest city will continue to thrive long after the Texas senator is merely an unpleasant memory.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



100,000 New York City Schoolchildren Face Airport-Style Security Screening Daily

Crime in the schools has dropped sharply, but New York still requires students at more than 200 schools to take off their shoes and send their belongings through X-ray machines.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



Will Micro-Housing Enable Employers to Call on Workers Night and Day?

The so-called sharing economy has extended its reach into the market for housing for the digital workforce.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



New York City Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break

City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Those Who Uncovered Navy SEAL Abuse of Prisoners in Afghanistan

A handful of U.S. personnel made reports on the lethal brutality after it occurred in 2012, and their accounts were brought to public attention by three New York Times writers last week. This combined effort has informed the American citizenry, once again, about atrocities committed in its name.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Actor Viggo Mortensen Defends Quentin Tarantino’s Criticism of Police Brutality

With police unions calling for a boycott of the films of Quentin Tarantino, the award-winning director is refusing to back down from his criticism of police brutality. Actor Viggo Mortensen, defending Tarantino in a “Democracy Now!” interview, says, “You have to speak up.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Human Rights Champion Carmelyn P. Malalis

The leader of the New York City Commission on Human Rights is driven by both a zeal for the public good and personal passion. She is on a mission to give a voice to the voiceless.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



What New Yorkers Need to Know About Rent Limits

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers are moving into newer, rent-stabilized apartments. Many are paying “preferential” rents that tenant advocates say invite abuse by landlords.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Emissions May Save Some U.S. Cities, but More Than 400 Appear ‘Already Lost,’ Study Finds

Researchers say it is already too late for Miami and New Orleans, which will be overcome by rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. Under a worst-case scenario, New York could be unlivable by 2085.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team and Its Supporters

Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1995, Eastern New York Correctional Facility has had one of the few U.S. programs granting college degrees to prisoners. Recently, it produced an underdog story that made headlines.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



New York State Approves $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-Food Workers

On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration approved legislation that will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Deal Opens Vitriolic Division Among American Jews

Infighting among Jewish Americans over the Iran nuclear accord “has become so intense that leaders now speak openly of long-term damage to Jewish organizations, and possibly to American-Israeli relations,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



A Haven From the Animal Holocaust

Farm Sanctuary makes you ask: Do you want to abet brutal abuse and mass slaughter? Do you want to eat creatures that clearly have distinct personalities and emotions?

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE



New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021

Fast-food workers throughout the state won a hard-fought and important victory Wednesday: a $15 minimum wage.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: It’s Been a Year Since Eric Garner’s Death, and His Family Demands Justice

A year after Eric Garner died at the hands of the NYPD, his grieving family says, “Justice to us is we get answers, we get our reforms.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power: The Past and the Future at Seneca Lake

Against corporate efforts to turn the region around New York state’s Seneca Lake into a gas storage and transportation hub for the entire northeastern U.S., a coalition of farmers and vintners, doctors and lawyers, clean energy companies and reluctant do-it-yourself activists is working to guide their home toward a fossil-fuel-free future.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



Whole Foods Co-CEOs’ Mea Culpa: ‘We Made Some Mistakes’

Now that Whole Foods’ tag-team CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey have admitted that “inadvertent” mistakes were made in raising prices on products in New York City stores, it remains to be seen whether consumers will buy their explanation.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Consumer Agency Alleges Whole Foods Has ‘Worst Case of Mislabeling’

From 80 extra cents for a package of pecan panko to a $14.84 overcharge on coconut shrimp, Whole Foods Market may be living up to its widely used nickname, “Whole Paycheck.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Speech: A Study in Whiplash-Inducing Contrasts

She took a page from Franklin Delano Roosevelt in her first major campaign speech, but Hillary Clinton is still Wall Street’s woman—a point not lost on some who took in her surreal show at Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park on Saturday.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges: ‘A Look at What It Takes to Rebel’

At The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, N.Y., Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges spoke about how his new book, “Wages of Rebellion,” differs from his previous works.

Posted on May 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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