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Residents of New Mexico Suffer Under Unregulated Housing Market

In a chilling report on “New Mexico’s Badlands,” writer Joseph Sorrentino sketches life in the “colonias” of Pajarito Mesa, a desert area 10 miles from Albuquerque and home to 1,200 to 1,500 people struggling against real estate predation and an absence of basic services.

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Seattle Socialist Councilwoman Kshama Sawant Debates Breitbart Editor

If you’re looking to get depressed, listen to a crowd of Seattle residents cheer a couple of conservatives demanding that their fellow Americans be deprived of a measly $6 raise in the minimum wage.

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Pedestal Envy

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How Corrupt Is the Obama Administration?

A retiring prosecutor reveals just how unlawful the SEC is; the Netflix show “House of Cards” has helped China’s image in the U.S.; meanwhile, the long-term unemployment crisis must be resolved. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The U.S., Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether masses of protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk want to be Russian, whether Putin is a dictator and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ step down after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

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If Jesus Had a Wife, Would It Change the GOP War on Women?

A Coptic fragmentary manuscript page that dates back to a few hundred years after Jesus’ death (and the text of which may go back to the second century) has been found by radiocarbon and ink testing to be authentic.

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GOP Armed Services Chair: Dropping Benghazi, Military Did All It Could (Is the Witch Hunt Over?)

If the GOP is so concerned about Benghazi and Libya as a security threat to the U.S., why isn’t it voting more aid for Libya and more help to establish a new Libyan army loyal to the elected government?

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Time for a Populist Revival!

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

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Enough Uranium, but Nuclear Power Is Still Shrinking

The world is not short of uranium for its nuclear power stations, an Australian researcher argues. But more and more greenhouse gases are emitted in extracting the ore.

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Obama and the Johnson Legacy: Recollecting the Great Society

President Obama appeared in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night to deliver that rarest of speeches: a tribute to a former president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose administration still remains in controversy.

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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

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NSA Said to Have Left Us Vulnerable to Attack in Order to Exploit Heartbleed

In violation of one of its primary missions, the National Security Agency has kept secret the biggest threat to Internet security in memory in order to exploit it, sources say.

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Chris Hedges and Eugene Jarecki: The Failed War on Drugs

Chris Hedges, who has written much about prison and also teaches in one, speaks with Eugene Jarecki about his amazing film, “The House I Live In,” the failed war on drugs and the life of human beings behind bars.

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In Chicago, You Have to Pay to Play With Public Money

In America, there is regular ol’ corruption, and then there is Chicago Corruption, with a capital “C.”

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LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

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Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

Take a look at gender and the Web comes quickly into focus, leaving you with a vivid sense of which direction the Internet is heading in and—small hint—it’s not toward equality or democracy.

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Paul Robeson: A Watched Man

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Paul Robeson: A Life

A new biography of Paul Robeson delves into his remarkable political activism, while revealing a pernicious social order determined to destroy its most effective and outspoken critics.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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NSA Reporters Greenwald and Poitras to Return Home to Collect Honors

American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras will return to the United States on Friday for the first time since the start of the Snowden revelations to accept one of the craft’s most prestigious awards.

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Could a New Equity Empire Spark the Next Housing Crisis?

Laura Gottesdiener talks with “Democracy Now!” about her TomDispatch article on the team-up of big banks and private equity firms to bundle rental property mortgages into a new financial product called “rental-backed securities.”

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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

What has emerged in the new America is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration.

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Israelis, Palestinians Meet About Peace Talks Stalemate

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held U.S.-mediated talks Thursday to try to revive their crisis-hit peace process, a Palestinian official said, as a report of a possible breakthrough was played down.

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Hollywood Goes Big on Climate Change

Some of Hollywood’s biggest guns are throwing their weight behind the drive to persuade society that climate change is a real problem that deserves to be taken seriously.

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20 Years After the Start of the Rwandan Genocide, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Points to the Power of Words

The 1994 Rwandan genocide was stunning for its ferocity and speed. Eight hundred thousand people were killed in the span of just 100 days.

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Stephen Colbert to Take the ‘Late Show’ Reins from David Letterman

When David Letterman pushes away from his desk on CBS’ “Late Night with David Letterman” in 2015, Stephen Colbert will be ready to pull up a chair.

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Thank You, Peter Matthiessen, for Taking Me Along

I trekked with the writer, who died last week, only in a Walter Mitty dream, but his service as a guide was valuable.

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Tortured Artist

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United States of John Roberts

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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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