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Russian Sanctions-Busting? Putin’s Bruited 500k B/D Oil Deal With Iran Draws U.S. Threats

Russia has rejected U.S. criticism of a plan that has been floated to import 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum from Iran on a barter basis.

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What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About the IRS and How It Handles Dark Money Groups

Here are five takeaways ProPublica found from the documents released Wednesday by a House committee.

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George W. Bush Used Top Google Results for All Paintings; Who Will Sue for Copyright Infringement?

Yes, that’s right. George W. Bush is an appropriation artist.

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Republicans Say No to Workers, Women, Gays and Mine Safety All in One Day

Claiming to stand for “working families,” Republicans in Congress voted down measures that would increase the minimum wage, protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, broaden equal pay guarantees for women, and finally do something about mine safety four years after the Upper Big Branch disaster. How was your Wednesday?

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College Sports Has Its First Openly Gay Male Star

Derrick Gordon is young, talented and gay. He tells Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler that life in the closet and teasing from his teammates almost caused him to quit basketball.

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From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

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The Naked Mole Rat Is Nature’s Most Hideous Superhero

When you feel no pain, resist cancer and show no signs of aging during your unusually long life, does it really matter that you look like an angry scrotum?

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How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

Four years ago, the Labor Department clarified the rules that make unpaid internships legal, but employers continue to enjoy lax enforcement and free labor.

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Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But we need to be more ambitious.

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Poof! John Kerry Blames Israeli Squatting in East Jerusalem for Breakdown in Peace Talks

The State Department rushed to affirm that John Kerry blamed both sides for the collapse of his talks, but he was pretty plain about what he thought actually happened.

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Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.

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Are Corporations Really Hogging Workers’ Wages?

Some of the most respected economists in the world are telling Americans their employers have been taking an increasing share of their earnings over the past four decades. The truth is a bit more complex.

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Heartbleed Bug Has Been Around for 2 Years, Affects Two-Thirds of the Internet

A critical flaw that has been with us for some time and could be around for months to come leaves much of the Internet vulnerable.

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After 24 Years in Prison, an Innocent Man Goes Free

Jonathan Fleming was sentenced to life in prison even though authorities knew he was in another state at the time of the murder. After 24 years, he has been released.

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Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

How petro-pollution and nuclear fallout interact remains largely unstudied, but the answers can’t be good. And it’s clearer than ever that we won’t survive without ridding our planet of both.

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Ukraine and Russia Have Created an International Disorder

An international disorder unmatched since the interwar 1930s has been created by the drama of Ukraine and the Russians, combined with the inherent self-destructive forces of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the developing civil war over theological as well as political issues inside the Islamic states, and the serious risk of collapse in the European Union.

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Share the Torture Report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

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Truthdig in the Running for Best Political Blog Webby Award

This just in: Truthdig’s Ear to the Ground section has been nominated in the Best Political Blog category for the 2014 Webby Awards.

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Human Dietary Supplement Linked to Longer Life in Mice

An over-the-counter supplement designed to ease osteoarthritis prolonged the lifespan of lab mice by nearly a tenth, scientists said Tuesday.

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A Century of Collusion Between Washington and Finance

Former Wall Street executive, financial journalist and Truthdig contributor Nomi Prins tells “Democracy Now!” how a small number of bankers have played critical roles in shaping a century’s worth of financial, foreign and domestic policy in the United States, a series of events that she documents in her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.”

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Early Springs Surprise Many Species

Several species are struggling to adapt to the increasingly early advent of spring, and some are finding it beyond them.

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When Predatory Equity Hit the Big Apple

Private equity firms are partnering with big banks to bundle mortgages on more than 200,000 rental homes across the country bought up in the foreclosure crisis into a new financial product known as “rental-backed securities.” New York City has been a private equity playground for the last decade, and the result, unsurprisingly, has been a disaster for tenants and the market alike.

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Edward Snowden Says NSA Spied on Amnesty International and Other Human Rights Groups

Former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower Edward Snowden made a virtual visit to a Council of Europe summit in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday to claim that the American security agency had spied on human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.

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East Ukraine City Faces Separatist Split

Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.

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No, Greed Is Not Good. So Why Do We Act Like It Is?

Avarice has become widely accepted in today’s world; violinists prefer new instruments to old, prized ones in a blind test; meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald reveals that information similar to the Cuban Twitter scandal appears throughout the Snowden files. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Jon Stewart on CIA Torture Report: ‘We Are a Moral People ... in Hindsight’

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently declassified documents on CIA torture during the Bush administration, inspiring the “Daily Show” host to take us on a “stroll down ‘things we’d like to erase from our memory’ lane.”

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GOP Latino Strategies Clash: Sen. Ted Cruz Disses Jeb Bush’s ‘Immigration for Love’ Meme

Sen. Ted Cruz criticized Jeb Bush for appearing to downplay the rule of law in arguing that undocumented immigration to the U.S. is a crime of passion.

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As Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand to Lose

New Department of Education data show rising default rates on federal loans to parents.

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Is Rand Paul Right That Dick Cheney Invaded Iraq for Halliburton Profits?

Many commentators have argued that Rand sounds like a leftist, and they have a point.

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Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

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20 Years After Rwandan Genocide, U.N. Is Still ‘Ashamed’

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Monday, where he said, “We could have done much more. We should have done much more.”

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Artists Appeal to Hearts and Minds of Drone Operators With Giant Photo

Drones flying over a field in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan will see a tragic portrait staring back at them.

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Party Loyalty: Why the Supreme Court Is Wrecking Our Democracy

It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

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Chris Hedges: Israel’s War on Universities

This talk, in support of the now-banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Northeastern University, grew out of Hedges’ March 16 column.

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Al-Qaida After 9/11: ‘The Most Powerful Military Force in an Area the Size of Britain’

In a report that seemed to escape everyone’s notice, Independent writer Patrick Cockburn describes the “spectacular resurgence of al-Qa’ida and its offshoots… despite the huge expansion of American and British intelligence services and their budgets after 9/11.”

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Fear of Gas War as Russian Firm Hikes Ukrainian Prices

Russia and Ukraine drew closer to a war over energy over the weekend as Kiev declared it would refuse to pay for gas at a new, inflated price set by Russian gas company Gazprom last week.

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Sy Hersh: U.S. Intelligence Feared Turkish Sarin Supply

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh talks with “Democracy Now!” on Monday about evidence he uncovered that suggests Turkey may have supplied sarin gas to Syrian rebels and could have been behind the deadly attack that almost led to a U.S. strike on Syria last year.

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