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Clinton Refuses Invite to California Debate, and Sanders Asks to Recanvass Kentucky

With the California primary less than a week away, the tension between the two Democratic campaigns is heating up.

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Khadija Ismayilova, Truthdigger and Azerbaijani Journalist, Released from Prison

Her release comes after the Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court reduced her seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence by four years, although human rights advocates argue that her new suspended sentence is still too harsh.

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Rumors of a Coup Against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Circulate on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday evening, Politico reported that a coup attempt was in the works against Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz. By Wednesday, her prospects weren’t looking a great deal brighter, and some high-ranking peers in her party weren’t exactly rushing to her rescue.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE


Nearly 40,000 Verizon Strikers Complete Sixth Week of Biggest U.S. Labor Action in Years

A Verizon tech and a rep of one of the unions leading the strike tell “Democracy Now” about the unvetted scabs the company is using to complete the strikers’ work and that it exaggerates the wages it pays.

Posted on May 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders Makes Hay With His Old-School Oratory Skills

Even in a short-attention-span era, the Democratic presidential candidate knows how to hold a crowd spellbound.

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State Department Inspector General Says Hillary Clinton Violated Record-Keeping Rules

The investigator announced Wednesday that the Democratic presidential candidate violated agency policy by using a private email server for official business, saying she did not seek permission to use it, that she would have been denied permission if she had, and that she did not cooperate with the department’s investigation.

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Big Pharma Is Pushing Prescription Drug Prices Up, Up, Up

Wall Street’s drive for profits is diminishing the benefits to society of new life-enhancing medications for which companies can charge patients hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

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Reinstated Lawsuit Could Bankrupt Bank of America and Other Major Banks

Judges warn that a lawsuit accusing 16 major banks of colluding to manipulate interest rates could bankrupt the institutions responsible for the crash that debilitated the global economy in 2008.

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Coddling Extremists









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How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style

By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything.

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U.S. Insurance Aid Props Up Climate-Risk Homes

A major insurer calls for an end to government subsidies that encourage expensive house-building schemes in areas of the U.S. at high risk of floods and storms.

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‘Big Stink, Necessary Evil’: A Poem That Will Change Your Perspective on the Atomic Bombings (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem on the planes that followed and photographed the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II is a harrowing depiction of the justifications that follow mass destruction.

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What College Graduates Can Expect as They Enter the New World of Work (Video)

By Robert Reich

What do you need to know—about the new world of work, but also about yourself—as you graduate and launch yourself into the world of work?

Posted on May 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S.-Backed Kurds Begin Campaign Against Islamic State in Northern Syria (Video)

The left-leaning Beirut daily al-Safir newspaper discusses the beginning of a new campaign by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in the northern half of al-Raqqa Province.

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How the Water Crisis in the West Renewed the Debate About the Effectiveness of Major Dams

In the midst of drought after drought, some are pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Ratchets Up the Conflict Between Israel’s Politicians and Military

It’s a dangerous inversion: In Israel, according to Ronen Bergman in his analysis for The New York Times, the relationship that Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians are cultivating with their country’s military and intelligence leaders is one in which the wrong side is making the case for caution.

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A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’

Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

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Report Finds Top NFL Officials Tried to Influence Government Funding on Football Brain Injury Study

The report, conducted by congressional investigators, reveals how the National Football League put pressure on the National Institutes of Health to take funds from an independent researcher and give it to the NFL’s committee on brain injuries. 

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Judge Gives the Go-Ahead to Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Trial (Video)

Bill Cosby appeared on Tuesday in a Norristown, Pa., court to receive news of a development in his 2004 sexual assault case that he and his defense team were working hard to avoid.

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Bernie Sanders Draws Thousands at ‘A Future to Believe In’ Rally

The Democratic presidential candidate is on a tour of California. Truthdig has photos and videos from his visit to Santa Monica High School on Monday.

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Tim Canova on Bernie Sanders’ Endorsement, Challenging Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Video)

Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has not faced a significant challenge to her Florida congressional seat since she arrived on Capitol Hill in 2005. But Canova has already changed that.

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Judge Rules Edward Nero Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case, but Social Media Disagrees

Twitter users from diverse backgrounds condemned the American justice system with the trending hashtag #NeroTrial.

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Armed with Policy Solutions and Populist Rage, Campaign Vows to ‘Take on Wall Street’

“We are going to make this an issue in congressional races. No one will be able to run from this.”

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Chris Hedges: Taxpayers Pay for Primaries, but DNC Determines Rules in Order to Steal Votes (Video)

“It is our job to make the powerful frightened of us,” the Truthdig columnist said at the Left Forum in New York City. “That is what movements do. Movements keep power in check, and as any good anarchist will tell you, power is always the problem, no matter who holds it.”

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why a Harvard MBA Guy Is Out to Bring Down the Clintons

Charles Ortel is examining the Clinton Foundation, an organization he calls the “largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted”; tracing donations to the Clintons as well as their speaking fees can give us an idea of who the two are most likely to protect during another Clinton presidency; meanwhile, pop singer Taylor Swift has become a Nazi idol. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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President Obama Must Act on Marijuana Reform

Expanding legal access to cannabis would help veterans with PTSD and many other vulnerable populations. Because the next president may not do it, it’s a change that should be made now.

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Samantha Bee on the Fabrication of the Christian Craze Over Abortion Years After Roe v. Wade (Video)

“Many people think the new religious right arose as a response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision,” the “Full Frontal” host says. “But that’s not true.”

Posted on May 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Centcom Commander in Syria to Coordinate Kurds and Arabs Against Islamic State

The head of the U.S. Middle East Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, was there to assess American progress in training the Syrian Democratic Forces division.

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Los Angeles Press Club Nominates Truthdig for 20 Southern California Journalism Awards

Journalists from press clubs around the United States selected the finalists, and winners will be announced June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Elijah Wood: Hollywood Is Rife With Organized Child Abuse

The “Lord of the Rings” star and former child actor draws parallels between the U.S. entertainment scene and attacks attributed to the late British TV star Jimmy Savile.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



Establishment Democrats Fight to Defeat Medicare-for-All Ballot Measure in Colorado

Pro-Clinton Democrats have joined Big Pharma and state Republicans in an effort to defeat a first-in-the-nation ballot measure calling for a statewide single-payer health care plan.

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Edward Snowden: New Pentagon Source Shows Need for Whistleblower Shield

Edward Snowden is calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. whistleblower protections after a new source from inside the Pentagon leaked a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing by the government.

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Will the Millennial Movement Rebuild the Ivory Tower or Be Crushed by It?

College administrators tend to shine bright lights on the politics of student protesters that can be absorbed into the system’s business model, while ignoring or downplaying students’ more structural or economically challenging demands.

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Major Oil Companies Tread Cautiously Toward Renewables

In face of falling oil prices and plunging profits, big oil companies are investing in renewables and clean energy, but still focusing on fossil fuels.

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Graduation Debt









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John Oliver: Primary System Is a Broken, Counterintuitive ‘Cluster- - - - ’

The “Last Week Tonight” host lays out an idea to reform the convoluted primary and caucus system that is damaging America’s democracy.

Posted on May 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Donald Trump Might Win

A new poll finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. Polls this far before an election don’t tell us much, but in this case they do raise a serious question.

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Egyptians Are Shocked by Netanyahu Appointment, Note Former Israeli PM’s Accusation of Fascism

Neighbor Egypt has reason to be dismayed by the political earthquake that rocked Israel’s Cabinet last week when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named far-right extremist Avigdor Lieberman defense minister.

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Director Mira Nair on Who Decides What’s ‘Marginal’ and Why People Should Tell Their Own Story

In “Queen of Katwe,” the “Monsoon Wedding” filmmaker turns to Uganda to capture the tale of a young, rural chess prodigy and remind us that genius is everywhere.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: On American Exceptionalism, Malcolm X and That Infamous Las Vegas Convention

Truthdig presents a handful of comments our editors spotted this week, in the interest of making the posting process a two-way street, keeping lively conversations going, and taking note of readers’ ideas and reactions. 

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Reform or Revolution

Rosa Luxemburg warned the left about becoming seduced by liberals who speak the language of reform but serve the interests of capitalism. And she understood that holding fast to revolutionary ideals was, especially in a moment of crisis, a moral imperative.

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Bernie Sanders Endorses DNC Chairwoman’s Progressive Challenger

In his endorsement of Tim Canova for Congress, Sanders also said that Wasserman Schultz “would not be reappointed chair of the DNC” if he were elected president.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Why Hating the Media Could Make the Difference in November

The winning candidate may be the one who most successfully stirs the public’s mistrust of journalists and journalism.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE


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