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VIDEO: Former Rep. Ron Dellums on ‘Democracy Now!’: Peace Challenges All Forms of Injustice

This Memorial Day, “Democracy Now!” broadcasts a pro-peace speech by former Rep. Ron Dellums. “Peace is the superior idea,” he says, “because to come together under the banner of peace forces us to challenge all forms of injustice.”

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Happy Memorial Day

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Make No Mistake, Wall Street Loves Hillary

“Clinton’s campaign staff is working overtime … to show how well she relates to ordinary Americans,” writes Elizabeth Schulte at Jacobin. “But the people whose opinions really matter in the presidential election know better.”

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Amtrak Cell

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The Right’s Political Correctness

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, it’s not “flip-flopping.”

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VIDEO: Hillary Clinton in 1990: I’m ‘Proud of Wal-Mart’

“As a shareholder and director of our company, I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else,” the current Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech 25 years ago.

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Greens Call for Legalization of Gay Marriage in Germany

After Ireland adopted marriage equality in a historic referendum, members of Germany’s Green party have called for recognition of same-sex marriage in their country.

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Thomas K. Jones, Arms Negotiator Who Made the Derided ‘Enough Shovels’ Remark, Dies at 82

Thomas K. Jones, a high-ranking official in the Reagan administration who was likened to Dr. Strangelove because of his controversial comments, has died. Jones, in a 1982 interview with Robert Scheer (now Truthdig editor-in-chief), said that Americans could survive a Soviet nuclear attack by digging residential trenches.

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Rising Temperatures Mean Fewer but Fiercer Hurricanes

Climate change brings mixed prospects for people threatened by hurricanes: The weather events are likely to occur less often, but when they do they will be even more destructive.

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Whatever Happened to Antitrust?

Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling weakness of modern antitrust law.

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Did the U.S. Really See the Islamic State as a Strategic Ally Against al-Assad in 2012?

The answer, in a word, is “no.” The rumor is just a click-bait story or an unfounded conspiracy theory.

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Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

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Pat and Kevin Tillman

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After Pat’s Birthday

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat).

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Derailing Amtrak: Tracking the Latest Disaster in the Infrastructure Crisis

The fatal derailment May 12 did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from slashing Amtrak funding the very next day. Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes, but the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Workers Who Won $15 an Hour in Los Angeles

The pay raise will benefit government and the city’s economy as a whole, researchers say. Those who rallied for this important change have helped many others while helping themselves.

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Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

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Rand Paul

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GOP Polls

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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VIDEO: Edward Snowden: When You Monitor Everyone, You Understand Nothing—and That Has to Change

In an exclusive one-hour interview with The Guardian, the NSA whistleblower weighs in on the recent (somewhat incomplete) shift in Congress toward bulk data collection, warning, “This is only the bare beginning of reform.”

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Ireland on Its Way to Becoming First Country to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the once “Roman Catholic stronghold” seems ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.

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Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

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VIDEO: How to Reinvent Education to Save the Economy

Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more.

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Islamic State Beheaded Dozens in Palmyra, but How Strategic Is the City?

Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.

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Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.

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An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’

In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence.

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Student Loan Calculator

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Chasing Miracles in Iraq

The Islamic State was supposed to be reeling from U.S.-led airstrikes. Yet the group was able to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and is now consolidating control over that strategically important city.

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Boy Scouts Unprepared

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Memorial Day

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VIDEO: All Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Case

A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted all six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, setting the basis for a criminal trial.

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Heavy Brother

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On the Move: A Life

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On the Move

Since the 1985 publication of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” neurologist Oliver Sacks has been enlightening readers with sharply observed, generously humane medical case studies. In his latest book, “On the Move: A Life,” Sacks presents an extended study of the patient he knows best: himself.

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Economy of Gaza on ‘Verge of Collapse’ With World’s Highest Unemployment

Unemployment rates of 43 percent for Gaza’s general population and 60 percent for young people suggest a bleak future for Israel as well as Gaza.

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Cutting Warming to 1.5°C Could Endanger Food Supply

Scientists say meeting the tougher demands of many countries on limiting global temperature rise may be technically feasible, but would risk worsening world hunger.

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The U.S. and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.

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Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

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VIDEO: Scheer and Hedges on Surveillance, Corporatism and the National Security State (Part 3/7)

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer continue their conversation for The Real News Network about Scheer’s latest book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” In this segment, they discuss whether there is room for optimism vis-à-vis the surveillance of American citizens and the plunder of personal data by the fused corporate-political state.

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An Act of Protest, Not Sabotage, at the Birthplace of the Bomb

There is a vast military complex deep in the hills of eastern Tennessee called “Y-12.” This is where all of the highly enriched uranium is produced and stored for the production of the U.S. nuclear-warhead arsenal.

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If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.

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Cage-Free Bankers

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Moochers and Takers

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Baltimore Study

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Texas Bikers

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