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Associated Press / Sakchai Lalit

Hey Thai Government, This Girl Just Kicked Your Ass

Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to become Thailand’s first female prime minister after her opposition party won an outright majority in parliamentary elections Sunday. Shinawatra is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, himself prime minister until 2006 when a military coup forced him into exile. (more)

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Pakistani Lawyer Blocked From U.S. After Suing CIA on Drone Strikes

Pakistani lawyer and human rights champion Mirza Shahzad Akbar, who has aided the U.S. government in legal counterterrorism efforts, was banned from traveling to the States to speak at Columbia Law School after suing the CIA about drone strikes that have killed civilians in his country. (more)

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The Dirty Secret of the Jobless Recovery

Have you ever asked yourself what makes a “jobless recovery” possible? Since the beginning of the recession, American companies have trimmed their staffs and shifted work to remaining employees, largely without increasing pay, and those workers are not reaping the benefits. (more)

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: DSK’s Reversal of Fortune; Obama as Scolder-in-Chief

Last week brought a dramatic shift in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s case—will he be exonerated? President Obama isn’t happy with congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to negotiate on the debt front, and they’re not thrilled with his disdainful stance.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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Still Standing Tall









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Strauss-Kahn Accusers Call Alarmed Prosecutors









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Mayan End of the World









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Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Gov. Pawlenty Flopped on Jobs

With the economy having emerged as the critical issue in the 2012 presidential election, the editors at Mother Jones think we should take a look at GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty’s job-creation and stimulus record.

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Afghan Reconciliation Efforts Have Failed

In 2005, the U.S.-backed Afghan government instituted a reconciliation program aimed at reintegrating insurgents who aggressively opposed the U.S. invasion of their country. With minimal political support and inadequate funding, that program failed, and many who voluntarily left groups such as the Taliban have received none of the promised benefits.

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Flickr / Eleventh Earl of Mar

Falwell’s School Rolling in Federal Aid

Given that so many of the religious right’s mainstream leaders regularly spurn public assistance programs for allegedly creating government dependency, the fact that the late evangelist Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University took $445 million in federal aid last year has been turning quite a few heads in the media. (more)

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The Drawdown That Wasn’t

Tom Engelhardt, a fellow at The Nation Institute and creator and editor of TomDispatch.com, takes a close accounting of President Obama’s Afghanistan speech delivered in late June, in which Americans were told that this year the U.S. would begin winding down its war in that country. (more)

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Hanks Falls Flat in Languid ‘Larry Crowne’

“Larry Crowne” is a wan and predictable romantic comedy, much more the former than the latter. It is, for me at least, a major disappointment.

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‘Colbert Report’: Stephen Gets His Super PAC

If Sarah Palin can have her own PAC, so can Stephen Colbert. After all, they’re both fake news generators, right? On Thursday, Colbert celebrated the official launch of his Super PAC—which, TPM Muckraker points out, goes by another funny name ... (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Greeks Waylay U.S. Ship in Gaza Flotilla

The Audacity of Hope, an American ship in the defiant Freedom Flotilla 2, tried to set sail for Gaza on Friday afternoon but was stopped by the Greek coast guard shortly after leaving port. (more)

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AP / Louis Lanzano

Strauss-Kahn Is Freed From House Arrest

A state Supreme Court justice in Manhattan officially released Dominique Strauss-Kahn from house arrest Friday after hearing that prosecutors have serious issues with the hotel housekeeper whose credibility has been, until now, the cornerstone of their case. (more)

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Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Geithner Denies Signaling His Departure

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner denied in an interview with former President Bill Clinton recent reports that he was considering stepping down from his post after Congress hammers out an agreement on the federal debt limit later this summer. (more)

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Minnesota Shuts Down

Six months of negotiations ended in booing and hissing Thursday night when Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that his state’s government would shut down as a result of a failure to reach a compromise with Republican legislators on how to deal with the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. (more)

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Debt Ceiling Negotiations









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$4 Trillion for War—and Counting

Anyone paying attention to the costs of U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan must have known that the president badly underestimated those numbers on June 22, when he told the nation that we have spent “a trillion dollars.”

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Shining the Spotlight on the Corporate Pay Gap

As the deficit has exploded, incriminating facts have leaked out showing that many corporations pay more to their executives than they pay in taxes (and many firms pay no corporate income tax at all).

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‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

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Pat Robertson Opposes Gay Marriage, Shocking No One

Would you believe Pat Robertson made a reference to the biblical cautionary tale about the city of Sodom while discussing the recent passage of legislation allowing gay marriage in New York state? And also, God’s going to destroy America on account of same. The end.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Case Against Strauss-Kahn May Be Falling Apart

Prosecutors in the case of a housekeeper who is charging Dominique Strauss-Kahn with sexual assault are reportedly expected to dismiss felony charges after discovering the woman’s credibility is severely lacking.

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. James Harper

Our Robotic Assassins

The skies over at least six countries are patrolled by robotic aircraft, operated by the U.S. military or the CIA, that fire missiles to carry out targeted assassinations. I am convinced that this method of waging war is cost-effective but not that it is moral.

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Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

Defending the Supremely Powerful

The United States Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.

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U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Nathanael Callon

Get Out of Afghanistan

It does not matter when we leave Afghanistan. Ten years. Five years. A year. Tomorrow. The same thing, a civil war, will happen with or without us. This is Afghanistan. Read a history book.

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What California’s Devastating Budget Says About Democrats

Truthdig political reporter Bill Boyarsky explains why Michele Bachmann could win Iowa, tells us about Mitt Romney’s advantage and says “The impact of [California’s] budget is going to be felt negatively for generations.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Illustration from a photo by Jeffrey (CC-BY-SA)

Tax-Dodging Amazon Drops California Partners

Amazon.com abruptly ended its Associates Program for California residents Wednesday, cutting off roughly 10,000 individuals and small businesses, including this one, from a vital source of income with less than a day’s notice. Like a handful of states, California is trying to force Amazon to collect sales tax. (more)

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AP / Drew Angerer

Monthly U.S. Troop Deaths in Iraq Hit a Two-Year High

Despite the reduced number of U.S. troops in Iraq, the monthly death toll among Americans there has risen to a two-year high, reached when three soldiers were killed Wednesday in a rocket attack.

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Disappointment in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples suffered a bitter legislative defeat in Rhode Island on Wednesday night when a bill allowing only civil unions—but not marriage—passed the state Senate, less than one week after New York granted gays and lesbians the right to marry. (more)

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Flickr / World Economic Forum

No More Nuclear Power for Germany by 2022

German lawmakers voted to shut down all 17 of the country’s nuclear reactors over the next 11 years and pursue a renewable energy portfolio that would account for one-third of its energy resources. (more)

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Innocent and Executed

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Argentina’s bloody past and New York’s historic gay marriage moment. Also, actor and activist Mike Farrell talks about death penalty injustice. Plus, Robert and Peter Scheer celebrate (sort of) Justice Scalia.

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Innocent and Executed

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Argentina’s bloody past and New York’s historic gay marriage moment. Also, actor and activist Mike Farrell talks about death penalty injustice. Plus, Robert and Peter Scheer celebrate (sort of) Justice Scalia. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Greece and EU Attempt to Avoid Disastrous Default

Athens in recent days has experienced continuing popular protest, sporadically violent, against the economic austerity program demanded of Greece by the IMF.

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Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard (CC-BY-SA)

Actress Michelle Yeoh Barred From Burma

Malaysian-born Michelle Yeoh is one of very few actors to have found onscreen success in her home base of Hong Kong as well as in Hollywood. But since she played the part of Burmese political crusader Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s ... (more)

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AP / Giorgos Kontarinis / Eurokinissi

In Greece, ‘Fiscal Suicide’ Was Not an Option

Despite thousands of protesters’ fierce opposition to the PM’s austerity plan and with calls of “traitor” ringing in their ears, members of the Greek Parliament voted Wednesday in favor of economic solvency rather than popular opinion. (more)

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AP / Paul Sakuma

Yes to Violence, No to Sex

Scalia’s opinion is actually quite thrilling in enunciating an extremely broad definition of the free speech rights of minors. But it is simply bizarre in dismissing the claimed harmful effects of violent depictions while still insisting on the strictest puritanical view of the dangers of sexual imagery.

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Anonymous

Anonymous Declares War on Orlando

The city of Orlando, Fla., home to amusement parks, fancy houses and an underachieving basketball team, has been arresting people for feeding the homeless without a permit. This got the attention of the hacker collective Anonymous, which has threatened to shut down a different Orlando-themed website every day. (more)

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Freedom to Marry (CC-BY)

California Passes $86 Billion Budget Without New Taxes

Californians made it easier for their lawmakers to pass a budget, but you might not be able to tell from all the drama. Perhaps you heard that Gov. Jerry Brown (above) vetoed a budget passed by his own party, Republicans managed to block voters from approving new taxes and the state controller stopped paying legislators. (more)

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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

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Ikayama (CC-BY-SA)

‘Food Terrorism’ Next Door to the Magic Kingdom

In the past few weeks, no fewer than 21 people have been arrested in Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World, for handing out free food in a park.

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