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John Kerry: Additional Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming

After talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the U.S. secretary of state described Russia’s conduct in the Ukraine crisis as “simply unacceptable.”

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Gay Marriage

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Troika Deal Drives Greece Back Toward Austerity

“The rightwing orthodoxy that dominates thinking in Brussels has asserted itself over the hapless Greeks,” writes economics correspondent Phillip Inman at The Guardian.

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Swimming With Sharks: Goldman Sachs, Schools and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Goldman Sachs is putting the squeeze on California and its school districts.

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Big Cities Head for Water Crisis as Populations Explode

With more than half the world’s population now in cities, scientists warn that inadequate surface water supplies will leave many at increasing risk of drought.

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Combative O’Reilly

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Noam Chomsky: Republicans & Democrats Have Shifted to the Right, and the GOP Is ‘Off the Spectrum’

Commenting on the current state of American politics, renowned linguist Noam Chomsky highlights just how conservative U.S. political parties have gotten.

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Here’s a Satirical Take on the 40 Things the News Wants You to Be Afraid Of

British satirist Charlie Brooker delves into a horrendously long list of things Western news outlets say we should fear, admonishing the media for their fear-mongering ways with his simultaneously biting and deadpan style of humor. It’ll have you shaking in your boots ... with laughter.

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Top 5 Reasons Palestinian-Israelis Could Shape the Israeli Election (Video)

Israel, despite the attempts of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cast it as a monochrome “Jewish state,” has a divided and complicated population.

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Which Is More Toxic—Sugar or Weed? Russell Brand Checks It Out

The “Trews” host argues that while there’s a lot of “disinformation and propaganda” being spread about marijuana, there’s also quite a bit of “deception and confusion around food.”

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Giuliani & Obama: Immigrant Families and Really Loving America

Rudy Giuliani maintains that Barack Obama doesn’t love the United States of America because of the way he was brought up.

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Why Are Intelligence Agencies So Unintelligent?

Robert Scheer, Leslie Cockburn and Juan Cole discuss how intelligence agencies have failed when it comes to the Middle East, terrorism and other areas.

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Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

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Looking Backward to the Future

The strangling of our political potential by a claustrophobic sense of the possible did not always typify American public life. My book is about that change in the temper of the times, and is in part motivated by my own experience.

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Tax Fairness Could Mean More Resources

Roads are crumbling, bridges require repairs, schools need upgrades and public pension systems remain underfunded. How can states and cities find the money to address any of these problems? One way could be through their tax codes.

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Jeb’s Bushian Speech

Jeb Bush’s highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. “Terrible food at that place,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, “and such small portions!”

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Ukraine Denouement: The IMF’s One-Two Punch (Audio)

After a tenuous ceasefire was brokered in Minsk last week, the fate of Ukraine is now shifting from the military battlefield back to the arena that counts most: international finance.

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Facing Death, Oliver Sacks Says He Wants to Live ‘in the Richest, Deepest, Most Productive’ Way

On revealing that he has terminal cancer, the famed neurologist and author has displayed an admirably positive, and even courageous, attitude.

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Pope Francis Likens Transgender People to Nuclear Weapons

The head of the Catholic Church is quoted in a new book as saying that nuclear weapons and “the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory … does not recognize the order of creation,” GayStarNews reports.

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The Bush Epidemic

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Comments on Islam

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Watching the Same Movie About American War for 75 Years

“American Sniper,” which started out with the celebratory tagline “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history” and now has the tagline “the most successful war movie of all time,” is just the latest in a long line of films that have kept Americans on their war game.

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Mediterranean Sardines Swim North to Keep Cool in a Changing Climate

Fish species in subtropical European waters are migrating to northern waters to escape the warming seas—leaving fishers who rely on them for a living with empty nets.

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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every cell in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every mobile phone in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

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Is Syriza in Retreat?

Greece’s anti-austerity party has declared itself willing to sign the leaked “Moscovici document,” which a central committee member says defangs the Greek government in its struggle against its creditors.

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Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?

The world is watching to see if the anti-austerity party Syriza can turn things around for Greece. Success may inspire hope in the economically desperate across the globe—and fear among the elites.

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We Are Those Who Suffer: Free Speech, the Media and the Roots of Violence

Condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings must be accompanied by understanding of root causes and by compassion for struggling peoples. And the media must refrain from fanning the flames of hatred.

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Lincoln’s Party

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Some Wal-Mart Workers to Get a Modest Raise

In an effort to stave off criticism of its low wages, the United States’ largest private employer announced Thursday that it will raise the pay of half a million workers to $9 an hour in the next six months.

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Walking Back the American 21st Century?

Not so long ago, that 9/11 “changed everything” seemed like the hyperbolic cliché of a past era. From the present moment, however, it looks ever more like a sober description of what actually happened.

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Climate Change Affects European Farmers’ Yields

Scientists says changes in temperature and snow or rainfall are key factors in the stagnation of wheat and barley yields across Europe since the early 1990s.

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Germany and Greece Are Going Head to Head in Bailout Negotiations

In what The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott is calling a “white flag [being] raised over Athens,” Greece has requested a six-month extension to its bailout plan, essentially giving in to the eurozone finance ministers’ demands for austerity. Germany, however, refused the country’s proposal Thursday.

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The Long War of Foreverness

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Enemies

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Jeb Bush Is Peddling Old Iraq Myths Again (Video)

Jeb Bush gave a maiden foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday in which he confused Iran with Iraq and alleged with science fictional inaccuracy that Daesh (Islamic State) has 200,000 men under arms.

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Red Cross Demands Corrections to ‘Misleading’ Coverage. Here’s Journalists’ Response

The American Red Cross recently sent ProPublica and NPR a request for corrections to our series of stories about the charity’s failures in responding to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy, misleading donors about how money is spent, and other issues.

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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

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From ‘Demos’ to ‘Podemos’: Popular Uprisings in Greece and Spain

Like Greece, Spain has been wracked by the global recession and could soon elect an anti-austerity government.

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The Pro-Workers, Pro-Growth Experiment in Greece Is Under Threat

While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world’s population—and when the top 1 percent will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent—the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead them are struggling to rebuild their economy so that ordinary people there can live with a shred of dignity and security.

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It’s Official: Joseph Clancy to Head the Secret Service

President Obama permanently appointed Clancy to the position Wednesday. He had been serving as interim chief of the beleaguered agency since former Director Julia Pierson was ousted in October.

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Judge Shopping

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Plastic Sea

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Risk Reward

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Netanyahu Spent $24,000 in Israeli Taxpayer Funds on Takeout Food in 2011, Report Says

Seems like war’s not the only thing Bibi likes to spend inordinate amounts of his citizens’ cash on.

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