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Inheritors of MLK’s Legacy Are Drawn to the Revolutionary King

Many young black activists say they prefer the capitalism-challenging radical to the Nobel Prize-winning pacifist to whom they were introduced as children.

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Part 6: Coming Home

After 30 years in prison and halfway houses, the 58-year-old author walks free in the world.

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Ringling Bros. ‘Finally Bows to Public Opinion,’ Will Say Goodbye in May

Activists see the announcement as “a sign that any industry—including farms, labs, and circuses—that commits violence against animals is destined to fail.”

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To Halt Sea Level Rise, the World Must Cut More Than Carbon

Short-lived greenhouse gases like methane will continue to affect the oceans for centuries no matter how much nations reduce carbon, research suggests.

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We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself

The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

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Oxfam Finds Eight Men’s Wealth Equals That of Half the World’s People

“This is the perfect but horribly sad point to make on MLK day,” Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer writes in a memo to staff.

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Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?

We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

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Six Reasons Trump’s Wall Is Even Worse Than Most of His Other Ideas

At his turbulent news event last Wednesday, the president-elect reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border.

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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King

More than 40 years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr., one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

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Building the Institutions for Revolt

We must form our own new structures and carry out continual mass protest and civil disobedience to wrest back power from the corporate state.

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DOJ Report About Chicago Police Department Echoes What Residents Have Long Known

Communities of color in Chicago meticulously documented the agency’s pattern of racist violence.

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Inauguration Boycott Grows Along With Women’s March Momentum

An increasing number of Democratic lawmakers say they won’t attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday.

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Part 5: Back to School and a Sense of Renewal

After earning an associate degree in prison, the 58-year-old author—a self-described “computer illiterate”—hopes to complete his Bachelor of Arts study through a program at Rutgers University.

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Overtime Issue Will Be Early Test of Trump’s Pledge to Help Workers

A rule that could secure overtime pay for 4 million workers is in limbo, and the president-elect will help decide whether it survives.

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Refuting Donald Trump’s Attack on Rep. John Lewis

It began when the civil rights icon announced that he will not attend Trump’s inaugural because he does not consider him a legitimate president.

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Five Ways Trump’s ‘News Conference’ Wasn’t a News Conference

Trump isn’t even president yet, but he’s already eroding our democracy.

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Will Trump’s Climate Team Accept Any ‘Social Cost of Carbon’?

The nation’s top science panel has sketched a clearer way to set a fair price for cutting climate risks. Some of the president-elect’s advisers say the price should be zero.

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Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up a Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues that politicians are zeroing in on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election to shut down outspoken media.

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What Is Donald Trump Aide Mike Flynn’s Relationship With Russia?

The headlines about Trump and his team and the Russian Federation are coming fast and furious, and the stories seem more than merely isolated data points.

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Part 4: Restarting Life in a Halfway House

The transition from convict to parolee can be difficult and lonely, with more restrictions in the reintegration facility than in prison. But thoughts of the free world keep the author going.

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Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton

The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Cornel West, Social Philosopher and Obama Critic

“The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump—but it did contribute to it,” West tells us.

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Plan an Inaugurexit That’s Just Right for You

You can protect yourself from it, cleanse yourself of it or correct your world in the wake of it—like a skin care ad for sudden-onset inauguritis.

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The Affordable Care Act, Election Integrity and the Human Cost of a Reckless War

In this week’s episode of “Informed Rant,” host Joshua Scheer interviews three guests on an array of contemporary political issues.

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A Poem Close to the Bone for Many in 2016

“I can tell something bad is happening in the world when my poem is surging,” says “Good Bones” author Maggie Smith.

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Chris Hedges on Donald Trump’s ‘Naked Kleptocracy’

The president-elect is “malleable and easily manipulated” in the face of establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Truthdig contributor says.

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Part 3: The End of Incarceration

The author gets his day before the parole board after more than 30 years in prison for murder.

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All the President-Elect’s Deniers

This week, we’ve seen a parade of Donald Trump’s far-right Cabinet appointees attempting to tone themselves down for the public with half-truths and evasions.

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The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with professor Sergei Plekhanov about Western misconceptions of today’s Russia.

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Draw Your Weapon!

“The Realist Cartoons” confirms humor as an essential tool for escaping the notion that our leaders are wise and benign stewards of justice.

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Big Pharma-Backed Democrats Join GOP to Block Bernie Sanders’ Effort to End Drug Price Gouging

Sen. Cory Booker and others drew sharp rebuke from observers who pointed out that many who voted “no” receive substantial contributions from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

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The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows

A new movie reminds us of past racial injustice as a new administration tries to turn back the clock.

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Exposing the Man Behind the Curtain

Americans have a right to know the full truth about claims of Russian hacking.

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With Late Night Vote, GOP Takes Aim at Key Health Care Gains

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called the Republican senators’ action “shocking, reckless and immoral.”

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30 Years Later, the Senate Should Reject Jeff Sessions Again

The arc of U.S. history is on full display as the peaceful transition of power takes place between the administrations of President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

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Part 2: Welcome to Prison, and Rediscovering Humanity

After receiving a 30-year minimum life sentence for murder and an additional seven years for armed robbery, the author learned to use his energy in a positive way while serving time in New Jersey penitentiaries.

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Will Donald Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?

There’s not much Congress would be able to do if the president-elect opted to quash the agreement through an executive order. 

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Solar Power to Rise From Nuclear Ashes

Chinese companies plan to spend $1 billion over the next two years building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Samantha Bee Learns She Should Have Criticized Obama’s Record on Deportations Sooner (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host got a hard dose of reality Wednesday night when she realized Democrats have also been doing some not-so-great things to immigrants.

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