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Time to Rekindle the ‘Spirit of Glassboro’

Fifty years after the Glassboro Summit between President Johnson (pictured right) and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, we should question the wisdom of leaders averse to any U.S.-Russia detente.

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Senate Leaders Scramble for a Deal on Health Care Bill

The proposal crafted by Republican senators has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill, and prospects for changing that are uncertain.

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Trump’s ‘Bizarre’ Treatment of Female Irish Journalist Draws Rebukes

The president singles out Caitriona Perry from a group of reporters, calls her “beautiful” and summons her to his side while he is on the phone with Ireland’s prime minister.

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Robert Parry Wins 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism

The veteran investigative reporter and founder of Consortiumnews.com is honored for a career of truth-telling and dissidence.

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Cellphone Battery Charge Could Someday Last for Months, Thanks to Breakthrough

A newly developed material could relieve a constant nuisance for cellphone users and help significantly reduce our carbon footprints.

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Hillary Clinton and the Fear of War With Russia

The candidate railed against Russian involvement in Syria, and for many this raised the threat that a Clinton presidency might lead to armed conflict with the second-largest nuclear power .

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It’s Time for Medicare for All

Democrats would be wise to seize the moment. They shouldn’t just defend the Affordable Care Act but also forge ahead to create a universal single-payer system.

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Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech but Not Black Children

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms the site’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate expression.

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Japan Is Writing Off Nearly Half Its National Debt—Without Creating Inflation. We Could, Too.

There is no way the U.S. will ever pay back a $20 trillion federal debt. Maybe the government should sell some of it to our central bank.

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White House Issues Warning to Syria, Surprising Many in the U.S. Government

Statement advises Assad he would “pay a heavy price” for using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.

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New Cyberattack Wallops Europe; Spreads More Slowly in U.S.

Ukraine and Russia appear hardest hit by the ransomware, with Poland, Italy and Germany following in order of countries most affected.

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Donald Trump’s Increased Military Spending Won’t Make America Great—or Safer

The president is slashing the U.S. domestic budget and putting money into a war machine that only continues to inflame tensions around the world.

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We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast

The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?” [This is a repost of an article for which Sonali Kolhatkar was honored Sunday by the Los Angeles Press Club.]

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‘Russiagate’ May Be Collapsing as a Political Strategy

Democrats in Congress and other party leaders are starting to face an emerging reality: The “winning issue” of Russia is a losing issue.

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Mitch McConnell Delays Health Care Vote

The Senate majority leader is putting off the vote until after the July 4 recess, a move viewed by many as a testament to the strength of the bill’s critics.

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Serbia Prime Minister-Designate to Head Pro-Russia Government

With her early Cabinet picks, Ana Brnabic sends a strong message about her alliances with other nations. She also has made headlines as Serbia’s first female and first openly gay leader.

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Former CIA Analyst Melvin Goodman on the Agency’s Manipulation of Intelligence

On a panel moderated by Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer (far right), Goodman explains why he blew the whistle on corruption in the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Elizabeth Warren on ‘Conservative’ Obamacare and Why ‘the Next Step is Single-Payer’

In an interview, the Massachusetts senator explains how she’s reaching out to Trump voters and why the Democratic Party needs to follow a more progressive agenda.

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Trump Takes Another Swipe at CNN Following Reporters’ Resignations

The president slams the network’s credibility after the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story. (Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci, a subject of the story, is pictured.)

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Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s gift to the billionaires, evangelicals, hedge fund managers and bankers who view schools as training centers and sources of profit.

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U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017

A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

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EU Fines Google a Record $2.72 Billion in Antitrust Case

The European Union slaps the fine on the internet giant for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own shopping business.

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TSA May Require Flyers to Remove All Paper Products in Carry-On Bags for Inspection

The ACLU says the policy being considered by the Transportation Security Administration raises concerns about violation of passengers’ privacy rights.

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Trump Accuses Syria of Planning Gas Attack as U.N. Ambassador Points Finger at Russia and Iran

There seems to be a faction of hawks around the president who want to maintain a condition of undeclared war with Russia and Iran.

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How Two Common Medications Became One Specialty Pill Worth $455 Million

Here’s another reason Americans pay too much for health care.

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Seymour Hersh Casts Doubt on April’s Syrian Gas Attack

Behind the scenes of the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, American military and intelligence officials doubted that the Syrians had used chemical weapons, according to the investigative reporter.

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Truthdig Wins Los Angeles Press Club Awards for Commentary, Reporting and an Editorial Cartoon

The work of Sonali Kolhatkar, Amelia Pang and cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish) is honored with first-place prizes at the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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One Thing That Trump and Obama Agree On

Both men consider the GOP health care bill “mean,” but the current president still wants it to pass. (Update: The Congressional Budget Office is painting a grim picture of the legislation’s potential effect.)

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For the Left, Trump’s Obstruction Probe Is a Call to Action

Robert Mueller’s investigation is about more than ousting the president. It’s about respecting democratic institutions and protecting constitutional norms.

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John Oliver Has a Message for Vaccine Skeptics, Including President Trump (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host debunks the myth that vaccinations pose a threat to the children who receive them. 

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Top Court Reinstates Trump’s Travel Ban, Will Hear Arguments

The Supreme Court is letting the administration mostly enforce its 90-day prohibition of travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders.

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More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

Gaps in information damage the effort to understand violence driven by racial and religious hatred.

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Mayors to Trump: Immigration Orders Meddle With Cities

Toughening of immigration enforcement actually creates problems, they say. (Pictured, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.)

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The Republicans’ Secret Health Care Bill

If enacted, it would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American history.

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Oil ‘Is Going to Be a Worthless Commodity,’ and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Knows It

Crude oil prices are cratering, down 20 percent this year, in the biggest six-month free fall in years.

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Mr. Fish’s TED Talk: On Scratching Itches, Ditching Decorum and Reimagining the Role of the Artist

The award-winning cartoonist came prepared with images of Jesus in compromised positions and an array of ideas about the role of the rabble-rousing artist in contemporary culture. Watch and learn.

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‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

This repost of a 2015 column tells the story of Boris Franklin, who was caught up in a system that destroys millions of Americans, often people of color. He is now a free man and studying at Rutgers.

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Gay Pride Parades Sound a Note of Resistance

“We have to be as visible as possible,” said one San Francisco marcher who joined a “resistance contingent” that led the city’s parade.

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Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care

Demonstrators oppose the Senate’s newly unveiled health care bill, which repeals many tax increases for wealthy Americans. Those increases helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Five GOP Senators Now Oppose the Health Care Bill as Written

Nevada’s Dean Heller is the latest Republican senator to declare opposition to the party’s health care bill, but he does not rule out accepting a future revision.

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California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, Shelves State’s Single-Payer Bill

The Healthy California Act, or SB 562, had already passed the state Senate and was making its way through the lower chamber.

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At Least Seven States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governors’ Mansions and Capitol Buildings

The 13th Amendment provides a loophole that allows for the legality of unpaid prison labor, which is sometimes called “modern-day slavery.”

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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

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Natural Gas Can’t Help Curb Climate Change

Countries wishing to reach their Paris agreement goals should curb an overreliance on natural gas.

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The Secret Republican Plan to Unravel Medicaid

The Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare uses a trick to ultimately destroy Medicaid that may go largely unnoticed. (Pictured, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)

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New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill Requiring K-12 Students to Learn to Interact With Police

The measure, which won unanimous approval Thursday, would mandate schools to teach interacting with law enforcement “in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect.”

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