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Mitt Romney and the Luckiest People in the World

On Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Iowa State Fair that “corporations are people, my friend.” The Democratic National Committee took those words and turned them into advertising gold.

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Gov. Perry Makes It Official (Video)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially announced his candidacy for president on Saturday, drawing attention away from the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, set to take place just hours later. (more)

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Moody Markets, London’s Burning, GOP Debate

Do legislators really have economic recovery in mind? Also, what’s with the U.K. riots? Plus, eight GOP presidential candidates were in Iowa this week, so who is the front-runner?

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Alabama Bishops Condemn Immigration Law

A broad and controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama has even religious leaders in the state uneasy because many of them believe the law stands in their way of being good Christians.

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Business Booms in the Executive Protection Industry

A rising number of celebrities, corporate executives and other people with great wealth and status are paying big bucks for personal protection forces. (more)

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Appeals Court Panel Strikes Down Health Law Mandate

A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday against the part of President Obama’s new health care law that required most Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer some penalty. (more)

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ron Thomas

A former Marine and sheriff’s deputy, Ron Thomas, this week’s Truthdigger of the Week, believes there was no excuse for the use of police force that led to the death of his mentally ill son, and he has vowed to seek justice.

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Washington Is Getting It All Wrong

Talk in Washington lately has been all about cutting deficits and balancing budgets, but not enough about what the American people are really worried about: unemployment and a rotting economy.

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The Story Behind ‘Gun Hill Road’

Writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green tells us about why he set his film “Gun Hill Road” in the Bronx, finding a transgender actress to play the teen, how anyone who has ever been a teenager should be able to identify with the film, and the power of art.

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Retail Sales Gain Amid the Gloom

Retail sales were up in July by the most they’ve been in four months, a sign that consumers in general remain confident despite lagging employment. (more)

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Wrapping Up a Wild Week for the Market

The stock market opened with a strong start on Friday, with the major averages up more than 1 percent following a good day for world markets on Thursday.

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The Head of the Dragon

Beijing in summer 2008 was in the whirl of pre-Olympics madness, and Tom Scocca’s “Beijing Welcomes You” recounts the absurdities and peculiarities of an ancient city caught between its past and its future as the capital of an emerging global power.

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Franken Calls for Oversight of Ratings Agencies

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is disturbed by the monopolistic power of the ratings agencies—and still determined to curb their abuses, as he tried to do last year with an amendment to the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill.

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Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

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Collateral Damage in the War on Anonymity

From warrantless wiretapping to ever-present surveillance cameras, our world is right now in the midst of a long war on anonymity.

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America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

The unrest tearing apart Britain greatly resembles that of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and conditions across the U.S. could set off a new explosion of violence.

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U.S. Said to Be Ready to Call for Syria’s Assad to Step Down

The United States is preparing to insist publicly that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down from power, according to anonymous U.S. officials.

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Israel OKs Major Housing Development With More to Come

Israel’s Interior Ministry has approved a 1,600-unit housing complex in East Jerusalem. It’s the same complex that was announced last year, embarrassing a visiting Vice President Joe Biden, and it comes with the promise to build an additional 2,700 units of housing in the occupied Palestinian area of the city.

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Dow Posts Second Huge Gain This Week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 423 points higher Thursday, one of the biggest gains of all time, as investors reacted to positive job numbers and economic reports. The gain comes in a roller coaster week that saw the Dow fall 634 points Monday, rise 429 on Tuesday and then drop 519 on Wednesday. Updated

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Mississippi Still Burning

A scenario ripped from our nation’s troubled racial past made new headlines this week: the slaying of a man allegedly for the simple reason that he was black. But a little digging reveals that there’s more to this story than the label “hate crime” suggests.

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Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Wisconsin: Conservatives Win, Liberals Gain

There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses.

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Wall Street’s Dive, Syrian Tanks, London Riots and Juvie Journalism

As we stare down the barrel of a double-dip recession, journalist and former investment banker William Cohan helps us make sense of the stock market and moral rot on Wall Street. Also on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: a report from London on the U.K. riots; Robin Wright puts Syria and the other Arab uprisings in context, and “The Beat Within” gives juvenile convicts a voice.

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Roller Coaster Dow Closes 519 Points Down

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 519 points Wednesday, a roller coaster of a day that saw ups and downs reminiscent of woeful times in the fall of 2008.

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NATO Troops Kill Taliban Fighter Suspected in Copter Crash

NATO forces announced Wednesday that they had killed the Taliban member they believe was responsible for shooting down the Chinook helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs and Afghan commandos Aug. 6.

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Reid and Republicans Make Their ‘Super Committee’ Picks

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Senate and House Republican leaders have announced their selections for the deficit-reduction “super committee.” The 12-person council will attempt to cut about $1.5 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. (more)

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New Violence Against Syrian Demonstrators

An estimated 2,000 people have been killed in the five months since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began assaulting the pro-democracy protesters he refers to as terrorists. (more)

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Another Bailout Joins the Goofball Economy

The whole thing is nuts. The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

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Hypersensitive Cops Use Internet Stalking Law to Punish YouTube Meanie

A warrant is out on Mrfuddlesticks. Apparently the cops in Renton, Wash., can’t take a joke, and that has put a constitutional right in jeopardy.

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AP / Ben Curtis

Dispatches From Cairo: Ramadan, Revolution and Rumors

Ramadan Kareem, my friends. This year’s month of fasting and purification, healing, reflection and prayer has fallen in the hottest month, August, and comes amid unprecedented earthly distractions in Egypt, the ongoing tragic massacre in Syria and crazily careening instability around the globe.

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Wisconsin Republicans Win Recall Battle, 4-2

Democrats won only two of six state Senate seats in Wisconsin on Tuesday, leaving Republicans with control of the Senate, the Assembly and the governor’s office. Put another way, the Dems managed to unseat two Republicans and reduce the GOP majority in the Senate to the smallest possible margin.

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Anonymous Is Going to Try to Kill Facebook (Video)

Remember, remember the fifth of November 2011. That’s the day hactivist collective Anonymous plans to “kill” the second-busiest website on the Internet “for the sake of your own privacy.” In a video message, Anonymous warns that “you are not safe from them [Facebook] nor from any government” to which the social networking website feeds information. (more)

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From Kilotons to Millisieverts: Japan’s Nuclear Legacy

In recent weeks, radiation levels have spiked at the Fukushima nuclear power reactors in Japan, with recorded levels of 10,000 millisieverts per hour at one spot. This is the number reported by the reactor’s discredited owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., although that number is simply as high as the Geiger counters go.

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London Riots: They’re Paying Attention Now

It’s day four of riots and madness in the U.K., and if we want to understand what’s happening, we’d best pay attention to young journalists like Laurie Penny, who wrote Tuesday: “Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it.”

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The Man Who Doesn’t Want to Be President

Barack Obama seems unwilling to be president. What a contrast he makes to George W. Bush, in his boots and with his swagger—the Decider.

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Obama Guts No Child Left Behind

The Obama administration on Monday gave states a break from the ailing No Child Left Behind law, allowing them to file waivers that grant flexibility in meeting science and math proficiency standards.

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