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The Trillion-Dollar ‘National Security’ Budget

Between Pentagon waste and the U.S. record of misguided wars, it’s clear that much of this spending isn’t making anyone any safer.

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Mexico’s Drug War Is Getting Bloodier and Bloodier

Homicide records are being broken in the United States’ southern neighbor, and American hands are far from clean.

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Tensions Over Mosque in Israel Could Impact Jordan

Incidents at the Aqsa Mosque (pictured)—perhaps the world’s most sensitive religious site—are followed by violence at the Israeli Embassy in the Jordanian capital.

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Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them.

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Robert Mueller’s Probe Is Key to Exposing Trump’s Abuse of Power

Without the investigation—and how it is forcing the president to play defense—the Trump agenda might be closer to full realization.

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U.S. Intelligence Veterans Believe the ‘Russian Hack’ of DNC Computers May Have Been an Inside Job

In a memo to President Trump, former U.S. intelligence officers cite forensic studies that indicate data was leaked (not hacked) by a DNC insider, then doctored to incriminate Russia.

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64 Years After the Korean War, the North Is Still Digging Up Bombs

Decades after it ended, the conflict is still yielding thousands of leftover explosives—virtually all of them American.

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The Joys of Flying [A Cartoon From Switzerland]









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Trump’s Tongue [A Cartoon From Spain]









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Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for Its Bucks

The state is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and others are not far behind, largely because of unfunded pension liabilities. But solutions exist.

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Rising Vineyard Heat Hits Grape Pickers

As the heat rises, output flags. European scientists have measured every second of a working day as vineyard temperatures affect grape pickers.

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How Betsy DeVos, the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump Are Selling Our Schools to the Highest Bidder

Does anyone really think corporate profiteers are going to educate our children well?

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Trump and the Christian Fascists

The Christian right, which for decades has been laying the foundation for a fascism disguised as religious, is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum. (Above, President Trump with the Rev. Pat Robertson.)

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Republicans’ Attempts to Scrap the ACA Produce a Surprising Side Effect

GOP legislators struggling to “repeal and replace” find themselves facing stronger public support for Obamacare and rising sentiment for a right to health care.

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Kaboom Town

The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents, including Frankie McCray (pictured), say they’re forgotten in the toxic plume.

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A Disturbing New Plan for Picking Your Senators

The American Legislative Exchange Counsel has drafted “model legislation” that would empower gerrymandered legislatures to choose senators for us.

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The Real Political Obstacle Facing Single-Payer

Universal health care is hitting a snag, but there may be a way around it; Democrats should give up on centrism if they want to win elections; as photo forgeries improve, are people getting better at spotting them?

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Mueller Into the Swamp









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Climate Change May Bring More Rain to California

Contrary to most predictions, a new study suggests that the Golden State could be 12 percent wetter by the end of the century.

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Republicans Are Right: Going to College Hurts

New polling shows most Republicans think colleges have a negative impact on the country. They might be right—but not for the reasons you might expect them to give.

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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia

If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

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Senators Engage in a New Bipartisan Effort to Pass Dream Act

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin (pictured right) hope to succeed in passing legislation giving undocumented young immigrants a path to citizenship.

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U.S. Bill Would Make It a Felony to Support the International Boycott Against Israel (Video)

Amy Goodman discusses bills targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel with Rabbi Joseph Berman and The Intercept’s Ryan Grim. (Pictured, a rally for BDS in New York.)

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Stand With Sanders Against ‘Pro-Fracking’ Bill, Environmentalists Urge Senate Democrats

Amid Democratic silence, Sen. Bernie Sanders is winning praise for condemning what environmental groups call a “giveaway to oil and gas interests.”

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‘Dunkirk’ Avoids Politics and Melodrama to Deliver a Powerful Human Survival Story

Christopher Nolan’s film is not only different from any other ever made on the subject. It’s different from any other connected to war.

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The World’s Young Face a $535 Trillion Bill for Climate Change

Much of that will have to be spent on expensive technologies engineered to suck 1,000 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air by 2100, a new study shows.

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Dunkirk Represents a Big Disgrace and a Great Moment in British History

Winston Churchill called the World War II battle “a colossal military disaster” and the evacuation “a miracle of deliverance.”

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Meet the GOP Insider Who Created White Nationalist Richard Spencer

Retired Chicago business executive William H. Regnery II (pictured, right) provided Spencer (pictured, left) with the platform he needed to launch the “alt-right” movement.

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Trump Is Reported to Be Discussing Possibility of Pardoning Himself, Relatives or Aides

Legal options are explored by the president as special counsel Robert Mueller turns to the Trump family’s personal finances, The Washington Post says.

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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

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The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich’s first book, a harrowing oral history of women in World War II, is now available for the first time in English, almost four decades after it was written.

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‘Nobody Speak’: How Billionaires Are Silencing the First Amendment (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Brian Knappenberger (pictured) about his new documentary on billionaire Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker Media. Transcript added.

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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

After Spicer abruptly quits, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named to replace him.

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Worker Wages Are Flat, but Since 1978 CEO Pay Has Soared by 937%

New analysis shows how corporate bosses rake in huge salaries and bonuses as inequality continues to soar.

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President Trump Doesn’t Have a Handle on Health Care, Times Interview Confirms

In a curious sit-down with The New York Times, Trump calls attention to gaps in his understanding of health care policy and feeds other doubts about him held by his critics.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

Both Justine Damond and Charleena Lyles were killed by cops, but the two deaths are quite different in political and historical terms.

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How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans

A report by ProPublica reveals how the military is using unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country. (Pictured, nerve gas incinerators in Utah.)

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Torture Doesn’t Work. But Facts Never Have Bothered the President.

Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn our secret prisons, together with his appointments of people who played roles in the George W. Bush torture program, should set off alarm bells.

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Disney’s Cast for ‘Aladdin’ Remake Sparks Debate on Cultural Authenticity

The live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic is condemned by critics including members of the Arab community. Many argue the original film wasn’t culturally authentic itself.

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Challenging the U.S. Empire by Spotlighting the Brutality of Drone Killing

Demonstrators are using protests—and risking legal consequences—to raise awareness of the expansion of drone bases across America.

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Living in the Rubble: A Short History of the 21st Century

In the U.S., there is no sense of responsibility for the spread of terrorism, the crumbling of states, the tide of refugees and the destruction of some of the world’s great cities.

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Here’s the Update All Trump Voters Should Read

So after six months, has the president delivered what he promised you?

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Hundreds of Activists Occupy the Capitol to Protest Trumpcare

Scores of people are arrested in what organizers describe as the largest demonstration against the GOP bill so far.

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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics

We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.

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For James Cromwell, the Fight Against Fossil Fuels Is No Act

The much-honored veteran of movies and television cares about the environment, and to protect it he’s willing to go to jail—which is precisely where he was last weekend.

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