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In Defending Dennis Hastert, Washington Forgets Sex Abuse Victims

Members of the American political elite feel they are protecting the establishment by giving the former House speaker the benefit of the doubt, just as the Vatican has done for accused priests for decades.

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After the Flood

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VIDEO: Israeli Corporal Jailed for Publicly Saying the Occupation of Gaza Corrupts Israel

Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison on the charge of participating “in a political meeting, while in uniform, in the presence of the media.” The army’s history of punishing soldiers’ public statements suggests that what he said, “not just the public venue, is what upset someone influential.”

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VIDEO: David Cameron Says All Law-Abiding U.K. Citizens Will Essentially Be Treated as Terrorists

“For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens so long as you obey the law we will leave you alone,” David Cameron announced after his reelection. It is possibly one of the scariest statements a Western leader has made in the past century.

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Trial of Cancer Drug Combination Yields ‘Spectacular’ Results

Terminally ill cancer patients could be “effectively cured” by a new combination of drugs that scientists describe as a once-in-a-generation advance in treatment.

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You’ve Been Scammed! Going for Broke in Ponzi-Scheme America

In possibly the last graduation speech of 2015, I know I should begin by praising your grit, your essential character, your determination to get this far. But today, it’s money, not character, that’s on my mind. For so many of you, your education has been a classic scam, and you’re not even attending an institution of higher learning officially set up to take you for a ride.

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Glacier Loss Raises High Concern Over Water Supplies

Massively increased ice melt in the high Himalayas because of climate change could seriously jeopardize the flow of water for billions of people in Asia.

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AUDIO: ‘Your Body Is a Dark Axiom ... ’: A Forceful Poem About Immigration Reform Activism

Purvi Shah’s poem collects the voices and stories of some of the women who fasted to promote immigration reform as part of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

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Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

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VIDEO: Strengthening Unions and Pre-Empting State ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws Is Step 7 to Save the Economy

One big reason America was far more equal in the 1950s and 1960s than now is that unions were stronger then.

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While Celebrating Caitlyn, Let’s Not Overlook the Wider Realities of Trans People’s Lives

To tell Caitlyn’s story with care is to demand justice for trans people.

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Senate Passes USA Freedom Act, Restricting NSA Surveillance Powers

Passage of the act will end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

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Abdication of Blatter

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Too Many Republican Presidential Candidates

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Patriot Act Extension

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Truthdig Nominated for 14 Southern California Journalism Awards

UPDATE: Truthdig is a finalist for 14 Los Angeles Press Club awards, including best website.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

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VIDEO: Robert Scheer Identifies a ‘Serious Division’ Between His and Chris Hedges’ Views (Part 6/7)

In perhaps the liveliest portion of the seven-part interview on The Real News Network, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges discuss the culture of violence in the United States as their opposing views on American history come to light.

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Jon Stewart: If the Patriot Act Is Working So Poorly, Why Are These Guys Adamant We Have to Keep It?

Though it seems our nation did not collapse after the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, some politicians would have you believe the end is drawing nigh. The “Daily Show” host, however, begs to differ.

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Understanding the Importance of Bernie Sanders’ Candidacy Requires Revisiting Santa Claus Politics

The senator from Vermont has little chance of defeating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. But he is reminding his party of something it often forgets: Government was once popular because it provided tangible benefits to large numbers of Americans.

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How Mainstream Is Bernie Sanders Really?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all.

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Why Federal Disaster Relief Money Poses a Bit of Awkwardness for Texas

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested—and President Obama has granted—federal help.

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Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

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Dear NSA: This Call Will Not Be Recorded

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

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What Clintons Do Is ‘Scandalous,’ What Republicans Do Is Ignored

From the offices of The New York Times’ Washington bureau to the Manhattan studio of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” journalists bitterly protest Hillary Clinton’s erased emails and her family foundation’s fundraising methods. But very few in the press corps apply the same standards to any Republican politician.

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Ascendance and Disruption in Zimbabwe, a Tale of Two Political Women

How the African nation’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, successfully led a campaign to oust Vice President Joice Mujuru, the woman whom many believed would be its next president.

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VIDEO: John Oliver Comes Down Hard on FIFA Again—and It’s Glorious

Although HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host delivered a scathing critique of the soccer organization last year, he decided to give it another shot Sunday after last week’s arrest of several FIFA officials. 

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VIDEO: Emails Show Dairy Industry Crafted ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Forbidding Pictures of Farms

Emails obtained by investigative journalist Lee Fang show that language in legislation that outlawed the recording of animal abuse on factory farms in Idaho originated almost wholly with dairy industry lobbyists.

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FIFA Corruption

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The Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program and the Forgotten Man Who Tried to Expose It

Anthony J. Russo blew the whistle on American torture policy in Vietnam and on an intelligence debacle at the center of the decision-making that helped turn that war into a nightmare. Neither of his revelations saw the light of day in his own time or ours. And while Daniel Ellsberg remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Russo is a forgotten man.

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The GOP Field

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Overheating Earth Staggers Into Last Chance Saloon

Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilization from ultimate collapse.

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Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

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Santorum’s Google Problem

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Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

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Karl Marx Was Right

The economist and philosopher foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction, that the greed of a tiny elite would eventually bring down the system. The final stages that he predicted are visible all around us now.

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Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

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Pest Control

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GOP Science

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Republican Brawlers

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AUDIO: Young Activist Hangs From Shell Drilling Vessel for 66 Hours

Twenty-year-old college student Chiara D’Angelo spent 66 hours over Memorial Day weekend chained to the anchor of a vessel slated for use by the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in exploratory drilling operations off the coast of northwestern Alaska.

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China’s Investment in Renewables Soars by a Third

Despite a slowdown in its economy and the continued reliance on coal, China is pumping billions of dollars into its renewable energy industry.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Whistleblower John Kiriakou

The former CIA agent has seen his life ripped apart by the government because he revealed CIA torture. However, he continues to stand up for truth and humaneness and against a system that views all of us as undiscovered felons. 

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges to Robert Scheer: Why Do You Respect America’s Founding Fathers? (Part 5/7)

In the fifth installment of Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer about Scheer’s new book, Hedges challenges him on his reverence for the wealthy, male elites who created the United States.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Islamic State Advances

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss who is responsible for allowing Islamic State to renew its offensive in Iraq and Syria. Sen. Rand Paul blames hawkish Republicans, while Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says Iraqis lack the will to fight.

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Robert Fisk: Taking Away the Right to Protest Empowers Terrorism

Depriving people of the right to express moral outrage through boycotts—as Canada’s Harper government intends to do with critics of Israel—increases the probability that some will resort to violence as a means of political expression, writes Robert Fisk at The Independent.

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Noah’s Ark

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Immigration Reform

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