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ESPN Pulls Song After Hitler Analogy

A song by country singer Hank Williams Jr. was pulled from the opening of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast after he used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in comments about President Barack Obama.

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Pascal (CC-BY)

Prisons to Provide Treatment for Transgender Inmates

Federal prisons must now provide “current, accepted standards of care” for transgender inmates. “Care” could mean therapy, hormones and possibly even gender reassignment surgery. The change in policy was outlined in a May memo sent by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to 116 federal facilities. (more)

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Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman Wins Major Settlement Over 2008 Police Abuses

Amy Goodman and two former “Democracy Now!” producers have won a $100,000 settlement three years after police stormtroopers surrounding the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., battered, bloodied and arrested the journalists. (more)

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Sunny Ripert (CC-BY-SA)

Income Inequality and the Death of Culture in New York City

Truthdig contributor Christopher Ketcham was born in New York and he has watched it turn into America’s “most unequal city,” what he calls “a banana republic without the death squads.” And that’s not just his opinion—facts and figures trace the cultural decline of America’s original metropolis.

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Nowhere to Go









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Heroes’ Welcome









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eaghra (CC-BY)

Koch Industries Is Awash in Money and Misdeeds

Contracts won with bribes, falsified safety and emissions reports, price fixing, illegal dealings with Iran and stolen oil. Bloomberg has compiled a detailed litany of loosely related bad behaviors by the managers of Koch Industries and its subsidiary companies. (more)

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ladybugbkt (CC-BY)

Susan G. Komen and the BPA-Breast Cancer Link

In the face of mounting scientific evidence, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nonprofit devoted to wiping out breast cancer, has published statements on its website that dismiss links between the disease and the ubiquitous chemical bisphenol A (BPA), while simultaneously funding research exploring that connection. (more)

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Metropolitan Books

Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department

On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for posting on my blog a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the Web.

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_PaulS_ (CC-BY)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

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OMI/Aura/NASA

Big Winter for Arctic Ozone Hole

Unusual weather ripped a sizable hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic last winter, exposing people in northern Russia, parts of Greenland and Norway to high levels of UV radiation. Human activity did not cause the hole’s sudden appearance, scientists said in a report released Monday. (more)

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Ry Cooder Listening Party With Robert Scheer

The celebrated musician talks about select tracks from his new album, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down,” as well as his musical and political influences, with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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This Billionaire Likes to Tinker With Government

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Nicolas Berggruen, a billionaire who has apparently become fascinated with political gridlock and enamored with the smoke-filled room. What makes Berggruen interesting is his ability to summon personalities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Stiglitz, Tony Blair and Condoleezza Rice. (more)

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The Man Nobody Knew

The Sad, Secret Life of a Spy

A fascinating new documentary seeks to unravel the mysteries of William Colby, or, as the title would have it, “The Man Nobody Knew.”

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Gertrude Stein’s Smoking Gun

Art exhibitions reveal the real Gertrude Stein; young American Jews are disagreeing with their parents’ views on Palestine; meanwhile, the battle over bin Laden postmortem photos continues. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

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Brazil’s Comics Lead New Resistance to Elites

Brazil looks to be in the throes of a significant new stage of cultural evolution: Long-standing allegiances to celebrities and authority figures are being undermined by an emerging generation of politically irreverent stand-up comedians. (more)

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Robert Reich Points a Way Out of the ‘Jobs Depression’

Government—the purchaser of last resort—must intervene to revive a sickly economy when consumers and businesses can’t do it on their own, says the award-winning political economist Robert Reich. (more)

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Anonymous Launches Investigative Research Branch

The hacker collective Anonymous launched a division devoted to investigative reporting last month, marking a departure from the group’s traditional practice of exposing corporations through hacking attacks. (more)

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When Chris Christie Sings









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Penguin Group

Corporate America’s New Golden Goose

Last month, award-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Ellen E. Schultz published a book-length expose on how corporate employers, consultants and financial firms retooled retirement plans to increase profit and enrich executives at the expense of employees and retirees. (more)

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Greek Busts









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Hundreds of ‘Occupy’ Protesters Arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

Top-ranked New York police commanders helped arrest more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters Saturday when demonstrators left the sidewalks during a march and tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on the street, blocking traffic.

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Link Between Natural Gas Fields and Health Issues Remains Largely Undocumented

Last month, the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica published a report that highlights how dangerously little scientists and government officials know about the health consequences of living near a natural gas drilling site.

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Teen Suicide Prevention









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Christie Makes a Splash









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Foggy Demands May Hurt Wall St. ‘Occupation’

Going into their third week on the streets, the protesters who make up Occupy Wall Street are gaining more and more attention from mainstream media. But with the new scrutiny rises an issue that the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times each touched on in features published this week: Protesters lack narrow, unifying demands.

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Hundreds Attend Troy Davis Funeral

Family members, friends and hundreds of supporters flocked to Savannah, Ga., on Saturday to attend the funeral of Troy Davis, who was executed Sept. 21 in the murder of an off-duty police officer.

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Bank of America Plans New Debit Card Fee

Bank of America announced that it will charge its customers $5 a month for making purchases with debit cards, and Wells Fargo, Chase and SunTrust are poised to follow suit. (more)

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Gottfried Helnwein

A Peek at Henry A. Giroux’s ‘Education and the Crisis of Public Values’

“We are more than a nation in decline; we are a nation moving toward the bittersweet simplisms, policies and values of a new form of authoritarianism,” writes Henry Giroux, in an article adapted from his new book on America’s shift away from democratic values toward a rigid, market-driven uniformity.

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Mr. Fish

Time After Time

One of the most obvious and deeply unsettling failings of our human character is our inability to accept just how much sway the lizard portions of our brains have over our behavior and just how short we continue to fall when attempting to achieve synchronicity with our highest ideals.

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Al-Malahem Media Still

U.S. Drone Attack Kills Al-Qaida Leader

The CIA launched a drone attack Friday in northern Yemen that killed Anwal al-Awlaki, one of the most influential remaining leaders of al-Qaida wanted by the United States, authorities said.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Occupy Wall Street

Thousands of protesters have crowded Wall Street for the last 12 days, decrying the effects of corporate greed on a functioning democracy. Those protesters, Occupy Wall Street, are our Truthdiggers of the Week.

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A Writer for All Time

Two new volumes—a biography and an anthology—shine light on G.K. Chesterton, an inhabitant of the twilight realm of the praised but unread.

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How Baseball Explains Modern Racism

New analysis of statistics gleaned from baseball provides a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in our institutionally racist society.

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Chris Christie’s Big Problem

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.

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Well Said, Mr. Chesterton

Some lovers of wit rank G.K. Chesterton as one of the greatest aphorists. Here’s a GKC sampler.

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Chris Christie Teases









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Wall Street Protests









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Tomatoes of Wrath









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Fat Joke









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AP / Louis Lanzano

The Best Among Us

Those on the streets around Wall Street are the physical embodiment of hope.

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