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GOP Debate: Candidates Start Their Exchange on a Solemn Note After Antonin Scalia’s Death

Speaking only hours after the death of the Supreme Court justice, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and the other candidates began Saturday night’s debate by declaring the 2016 presidential election an opportunity to either cement or lose the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.

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After Antonin Scalia’s Death, What’s Next for the Supreme Court?

In addition to causing stalemates on cases in progress, the justice’s passing is likely to unleash a pitched battle to name his successor and generate a key issue in the fight for the presidency.

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More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Is Dead at 79

Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is reported to have died of natural causes at a resort in West Texas.

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Here’s a Way to Hold Wall Street Accountable

We don’t have to stand by and watch the next financial crisis unfold. A new group named Bank Whistleblowers United has created a plan to avoid catastrophe. The question is: Will President Obama take advantage of it?

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Hillary Clinton Is Sugarcoating Her Disastrous Record

Former Secretaries of State Clinton and Henry Kissinger have a lot in common in taking the American empire to brutal levels. He orchestrated an assault on Cambodia that destabilized the peaceful country and led to the slaughter of millions. Her actions on Libya led to a tragedy that continues to this day.

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North Atlantic Carbon Intake Doubles

The North Atlantic is gulping down twice as much industrial carbon as before and becoming increasingly acidic, intensifying threats to marine creatures.

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Top 10 ‘Luxury Items’ to Tax in Addition to Tampons

Across the United States, tampons and other feminine hygiene products are being taxed as luxury items, an entirely appropriate idea when you consider what a luxury having your period is.

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AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Nomi Prins About the Connection Between Washington and Wall Street

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, journalist and former investment banker Nomi Prins explains the culture of Wall Street and its influence on government.

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The Story of Autism

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The Story of Autism

From midcentury institutions where children deemed feebleminded were committed to live in dark corners covered with their own excrement, to the millennial vaccine mania that corrupted autism research and set health policy back years, a new book paints the story of autism in sweeping, cinematic bursts.

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The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

The Pentagon has immense difficulty shouldering blame for its massively fatal failures and wrongdoing, and thus suffers from an institutional version of affluenza.

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Liveblog: The Sixth Democratic Debate:  ‘Let Us Level With the American People’

Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off Thursday’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee with a few familiar lines from his campaign-trail greatest hits before getting down to business with a series of fiery salvos targeting his rival, Hillary Clinton. She was ready for him.

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VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Salinas Leaders Decry the Decline of Another Company Town

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist and series host Chris Hedges talks with two figures from the American agribusiness center of Salinas, Calif., about the corporate takeover of the city’s political system, its impact on local workers and the similarities between Salinas and Detroit.

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Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America

“Free universal health care, free university, free day care, taxing and policing hedge fund millionaires—have already happened in nearly every other industrialized country in the world! And I have the evidence—and the film—to prove it!”

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All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

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Sanders and His Supporters May Have to Overcome Democratic Party Superdelegates

Bernie Sanders won the popular vote in the New Hampshire primary by a large margin, but Hillary Clinton could take more of the state’s delegates to the nominating convention. Not to fear, though—Sanders supporters can overcome this anti-democratic system.

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Welcome to the United States of Flint

The children of Flint, Mich., are hardly the only ones threatened by lead. There’s a crisis in Baltimore, Herculaneum, Mo., Sebring, Ohio, and even the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. And that’s just to begin the list.

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Chilling Warning on Warming’s Future Effect

Scientists stress the need for climate policy to focus not on this century but on the inescapable impact of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10,000 years.

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Tom Friedman Surrenders to Israel’s One-State Solution and Predicts a Middle East Apocalypse

Tom Friedman of The New York Times, who for decades championed a two-state solution, has abandoned the polite fiction that there will ever be a Palestinian state alongside Israel, and ridicules American presidential candidates for speaking as though it were still possible.

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Here’s Why Black History Must Be Remembered All Year Long

As the rest of the nation celebrates Black History Month, this February I’m taking a graduate-level course I call “Dead White Men.”

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No, I Won’t Vote for Hillary Clinton. And Yes, I Am a Feminist Millennial

Equating women’s support for Bernie Sanders with their not being true feminists is simply bunk. And many progressive millennials aren’t buying it.

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Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Touchdown for Black Lives Matter

Super Bowl 50 was perhaps the most political in pro football’s history. Not for the game itself, but for the remarkable halftime show with its powerful performance by musical superstar Beyoncé.

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Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

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VIDEO: Funny or Die Releases Donald Trump Mockumentary Starring Johnny Depp

The comedy website greeted the GOP front-runner’s victory in the New Hampshire primary with the surprise release of “The Art of the Deal,” a 50-minute streaming film starring Depp as a very convincing Trump.

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Sanders’ Call to Rein In Wall Street, Artfully Clear (VIDEO)

At the heart of the matter is Bernie calling out the way Wall Street money has corrupted our democracy and perhaps most especially our election process. So when I went looking for ways to illustrate how that might have come into play on issues of deep concern to me, I found something that was instructive.

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Trump’s Impeachable Offense

GOP presidential candidates are endorsing torture again.

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New Hampshire Spanks the Elites

Where Clinton was old news to a new generation, a 74-year-old Washington warhorse emerged as a novel voice of authentic protest against the corruptions and injustices of traditional politics.

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There’s Hope for New Energy in the Wind and the Air

Scientists can now make energy by filtering carbon from the air with immense wind turbines. But commercial viability remains a challenge.

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Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander Explains Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

“It seems that we—black people—are her winning card,” writes Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” at The Nation. “And it seems we’re eager to get played. Again.”

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‘The Finest Fighting Force in the History of the World’

Here’s my 21st century rule of thumb about this country: If you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so.

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VIDEOS: Watch Sanders’ and Trump’s New Hampshire Victory Speeches and Get a Rundown of the Results

With so many candidates in the race, especially on the Republican side, it can be hard to keep track of who’s winning, losing and dropping out. Here’s what you need from Tuesday’s primary.

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Sanders and Trump Steamroll the Establishment in New Hampshire: Major Implications for Contest Ahead

The 21-point victory for Bernie Sanders and twice the vote totals of any other Republican for Donald Trump will send shock waves.

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What New Hampshire Actually Tells Us

You will hear pundits analyze the New Hampshire primaries and conclude that the political “extremes” are now gaining in American politics—that the Democrats have moved to the left and the Republicans have moved to the right, and the “center” will not hold. Baloney.

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Did Bashar Assad Win New Hampshire? Trump’s and Sanders’ Mideast Policies

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won big in New Hampshire on Tuesday. So what foreign policies did the good people of New Hampshire vote for?

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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Prevail in New Hampshire Primary

This time, the projections were correct: On Tuesday evening, Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders were named the winners of the New Hampshire presidential primary—and they both won big.

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VIDEO: GOP Candidates’ Fates on the Line in New Hampshire

Jeb Bush brought his mom and brother out to rally for his cause during the lead-up to Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, but will their combined dynastic powers be enough to keep him in the running for the 2016 presidential contest?

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