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Kabul in 1979 and 2016: A Mother and Daughter Reflect

While growing up in a refugee camp in Pakistan, I realized that the city my mother described no longer exists.

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Born to Run

More than anyone else in popular music, Bruce Springsteen understands the people who helped elect Trump. We need the Boss’ music now.

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What Are the Dakota Access Pipeline Builders Trying to Keep Secret?

An independent inspection is needed immediately to determine whether construction is continuing in defiance of an official order.

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Documentary by Investigative Reporter Greg Palast Claims Donald Trump Stole the Election (Video)

“The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” says millions of minority votes were discounted through a voter crosscheck program. Now, Palast demands that the Justice Department investigate.

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The Inauguration of White Supremacy

The surprise awaiting the working-class Reagan Democrats is that Trump doesn’t think they are really white, either.

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Inauguration Day Live Blog: Protests Erupt as Donald Trump Is Sworn In as President

Donald Trump promises prosperity, “winning” and order as he becomes the 45th president.

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Willie Nelson: A Long Story From Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump

In part one of a two-part conversation at his home in Hawaii, the musician tells Truthdig’s editor in chief that his upbringing during the Depression was an ideal childhood.

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‘Foreclosure King’ Steven Mnuchin Is Put on Defensive at Senate Hearing

“Mnuchin didn’t mention the name of a single victim in his remarks,” journalist David Dayen reports. “He gave dubious statistics that fall apart upon scrutiny.”

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Afghan Girl Dressed as a Boy for Six Years So She Could Go to School

At 5 years old, I knew I couldn’t end up like my mother and grandmother. So I attended school as “Mohammed” to escape the cycle of illiteracy in our village.

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Greater Expectations: Anti-Trump Forces Should Aspire to Much More

The movement emerging post-election must set its sights far beyond Donald Trump and his hideous behavior if it is to succeed.

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On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to Clamp Down on Protest

GOP legislators are proposing laws that would criminalize nonviolent protest in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

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Trump Has a Dream, Too (Video)









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The Long Ordeal of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

The WikiLeaks whistleblower has now served seven years of her sentence, experiencing extraordinary hardship as a person seeking gender-reassignment treatment while imprisoned by the U.S. military.

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Another Demand for Proof That Alleged Russian Hacking Aided Trump Campaign

More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans call on President Obama to release the evidence or admit that validation is lacking.

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U.S. Faces ‘Abrupt and Substantial’ Crop Losses

Rising temperatures will lead to massive harvest decline in the U.S., which will cause problems for developing countries, international study says.

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Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data

The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voices in Battle for Equality

In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, social media gives women a way to air and share their views.

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Discredited Former New York Times Reporter Disregards Her Own Record While Smearing Chelsea Manning

Judith Miller says the whistleblower cost American lives. She’s one to talk.

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How Can We Effectively Evaluate the New Trump Administration?

The Truthdig team discusses Donald Trump’s looming swearing-in, tensions in Congress and how decades of politics brought us to this unprecedented moment in U.S. history.

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Putin Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Undermine the Legitimacy’ of a Trump Administration

During a news conference Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his frustration with U.S. sanctions and addressed allegations against Donald Trump. Full transcript included.

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Supreme Court Ruling in Bill Clinton Sexual Misconduct Case Could Spell Trouble for Trump

As president, Donald Trump may be required to testify in a defamation suit brought by one of the women who allege he assaulted them.

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Military Contractor Erik Prince Is a Shadow in Trump’s Administration

A former senior U.S. official says the Blackwater founder has been advising Donald Trump’s team on matters related to intelligence and defense, The Intercept reports.

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The Issue Isn’t Trump—It’s Us

Liberal elites’ obsession with Donald Trump as their bête noir masks an enduring complicity in putting both him and his predecessor in the White House.

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Donald Trump Faces Four Looming Flashpoints

North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region and the Middle East are primed to explode early in his presidency.

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New Map Reveals How Roads Devastate Nature

Scientists call for urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas.

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Watch Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren School Trump’s Education Secretary Pick (Video)

Sanders asked about Betsy DeVos’ stance on tuition-free colleges and her family’s donations to the GOP, while Warren pointed out that the billionaire has absolutely no experience with public education and student loans.

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Poet Asks, ‘Does Everything Depend Upon the Price of Oil?’ (Audio)

In face of a new administration that may deny climate change, Carolyne Wright reminds us about the blood and tears shed over petroleum for so many years.

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Puerto Rico Turns to Donald Trump’s Former Campaign Manager to Lobby the President-Elect on Debt

The hedge funds and insurance companies that want financially strapped Puerto Rico to pay them back in full may have found a new ally: Corey Lewandowski.

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Obama Should Have Worked to Repeal the Espionage Act in Addition to Commuting Manning’s Sentence

The commutation, however praiseworthy, doesn’t make up for developing anti-democratic techniques that have now been passed on to the most anti-democratic government in recent decades.

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We Need the Truth About Donald Trump and Russia—Now

For the sake of democracy, an independent commission or special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate Russian influence.

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Betsy DeVos Will Not Stand Up for All Children, Civil Rights Advocates Warn

Groups say the billionaire’s record and lack of experience make her “wholly unqualified” to be secretary of education.

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Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency

Interviewer Lee Camp and Chris Hedges discuss the factors behind the U.S. need to “demonize Russia.”

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Manning and the Gangster State

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

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President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

The whistleblower, originally set to be released in 2045, will now be freed on May 17.

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Dr. Carson, Brain Surgeon









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How Billionaire Robert Mercer Used His ‘Political Infrastructure’ to Help Trump’s Campaign

A documentary by The Real News Network explores the relationship between “the shadowy billionaire” and other far-right figures.

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Part 7: A Freed Felon’s Hard and Perilous Path

Once released, felons become part of a criminal caste system, and most don’t make it on the outside. State prisons have a five-year recidivism rate of 76.6 percent, which keeps the prison-industrial complex full and profitable.

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Glenn Greenwald: It’s Toxic to Demonize Corbyn as Russia ‘Collaborator’ for Opposing Belligerence

In response to Jeremy Corbyn’s call for the “de-militarization of the border” between NATO countries and Russia, critics have dismissed the U.K. Labour Party leader as a traitor.

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Trump’s Treasury Pick Excelled at Kicking Elderly People Out of Their Homes

When Steven Mnuchin ran OneWest, the bank aggressively and, in some cases, wrongly foreclosed on elderly homeowners with reverse mortgages. The bank had a disproportionate share of such foreclosures.

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Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is Calling for the Virtual Destruction of the Species (Video)

In a recently published clip, the renowned linguist comments on Donald Trump’s consistency and the GOP’s plans for the planet.

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Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps and Our Democracy

The view at the highest reaches of the incoming administration is that the press is the enemy.

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Inheritors of MLK’s Legacy Are Drawn to the Revolutionary King

Many young black activists say they prefer the capitalism-challenging radical to the Nobel Prize-winning pacifist to whom they were introduced as children.

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Part 6: Out of the Halfway House, and Then a Scare

After more than 30 years in prison and halfway houses, the 58-year-old author walks free in the world.

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Ringling Bros. ‘Finally Bows to Public Opinion,’ Will Say Goodbye in May

Activists see the announcement as “a sign that any industry—including farms, labs, and circuses—that commits violence against animals is destined to fail.”

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