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Iraq Question

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Texas Battlers

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Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

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South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

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Obama Bans Federal Government From Giving Some Military Gear to Local Police Departments

In an attempt to rein in the reckless federal transferral of military equipment to cops, the president made a “surprise announcement” Monday ordering that certain gear stop being provided to local police departments, which were starting to look like “occupying forces.”

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Edward Snowden: ‘If I Had Taken [the NSA] Documents to Congress, I Would’ve Gone to Jail’

Addressing an audience at Stanford University via video chat on Friday, Edward Snowden discussed the moral conundrums he faced as a whistleblower. He also made some recommendations on how authorities should address whistleblowers and surveillance.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart on Jeb Bush’s Iraq Blunder: Is Learning From the Past a Disservice to Soldiers?

The “Daily Show” host combs through every one of Jeb Bush’s answers to the simple question posed by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly: Knowing what we know now, would you have gone to Iraq? What he finds is both ridiculous and hilarious.

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Should We Feel Even a Little Bit Sorry for Jeb Bush?

Loyalty—as illustrated by Jeb Bush’s reluctance to throw his brother George under the bus over the invasion of Iraq—is a virtue in rather short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it. But Jeb Bush’s agony is likely to continue because Iraq raises profound questions not only for him but also for all of his GOP opponents.

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VIDEO: Busting Up Wall Street Is Step 4 in Saving the Economy

When Americans think of how the economic rules are stacked against them, they naturally think of Wall Street, which is back to many of its old tricks. Its lobbyists are now busily rolling back the Dodd-Frank Act—legislation intended to prevent another crash.

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Why Does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away From Islamic State?

Baghdad was shaken by the news that the Iraqi army and police in Ramadi ran away from the advancing forces of the Islamic State group (known also as Daesh).

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Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources

Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

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Big Oil Gets $10 Million From Taxpayers Every Minute (Video)

Governments give fossil fuel companies $5.3 trillion in subsidies every year—more than the world spends on health care, a new estimate by the International Monetary Fund says.

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One Boy, One Rifle and One Morning in Malakal

When I was their age, I wasn’t trusted to drive, vote, drink, get married, gamble in a casino, serve on a jury, rent a car, or buy a ticket to an R-rated movie. No one would have thought it a good idea to put an automatic weapon in my hands. But someone thought it was acceptable for them, including the government of the United States.

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VIDEO: John Oliver on the Terrible Mistreatment of Not Just Chickens but Also Chicken Farmers

“How can the people who make the meat we eat the most barely be making a living?” asks HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host.

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A Gift Basket for Clinton From the GOP

At this point in the campaign, most of the GOP field seems to be in a contest to make the likely Democratic nominee look better.

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Weather Events Taken to Extremes by Climate Change

Scientists warn that global warming could greatly increase the likelihood of record frequency and intensity of droughts, floods and heat waves.

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Amtrak Neglect

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Whom Does Jerusalem Belong To?

Far right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commemorated Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” with a speech in which he said, “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people only, and no other,” and warned that Muslim terrorism menaced it.

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Death Sentence for Morsi: Egypt’s Junta Takes Another Step Toward Being North Korea

That the only freely elected president Egypt has ever known has been sentenced to death is only to be expected from the current military junta, which made a coup in July 2013, and declared the former ruling party, the Muslim Brotherhood, to be a terrorist organization indistinguishable from al-Qaida.

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Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh

How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

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In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Robo Babe Raises Powerful Questions

In the spirit of cautionary prophesies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Demon Seed,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Her,” Alex Garland’s provocative film raises questions of gender, ethics and existentialism. 

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The Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls Was Only the Iceberg’s Tip

The rescue of hundreds of captives in Nigeria shows that the scale of kidnappings by the terrorist group Boko Haram has been grossly underestimated.

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The Pathology of the Rich White Family

The rich white family is a menace, and the sickness within it is the most dangerous threat to America.

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$20 Bill

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Jeb Bush and Dubyah

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Student Loan

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AUDIO: Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, the NSA Is a Latter-Day King George

In an appearance on “The Campaign With Ernie Powell,” a radio show concerned with learning how progressives can win political campaigns, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says the NSA is engaged in the same invasive behavior “that sparked the American Revolution.”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ivy Ziedrich, Critic of War and the Bush Family

The University of Nevada college student brought some clarity to politics by challenging presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on who is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State group.

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The War Zone of Donetsk, Ukraine

When the people of the Donetsk area protested imposed changes, Kyiv launched an “anti-terrorist” operation against them. I saw firsthand these “terrorists,” who had decided to build something different from the oligarchic regime. Theirs is an enormous and difficult task.

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Earth Wins Time as Land and Seas Absorb More Carbon

Climate change has intensified more slowly than scientists expected because the continents and oceans are absorbing more atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Jeb, Trade and Hillary

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s struggle to answer whether he would have gone to war in Iraq. Also, Obama and Democrats clash over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t taken a question from the press since mid-April.

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Amtrak Funding

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A Tale of Two Terrorists: Both Convicted, One Condemned to Die

The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.

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Victim Mentality

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Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Was Far From Impartial

The jury that convicted the accused in the Boston Marathon bombing was biased before the trial even started, a wave of suicides is sweeping through a town in California and an activist works toward getting women to “free the nipple.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Jeb Bush

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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Want Obama to Join the ‘Fight for $15’ to Raise Minimum Wage

The effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining momentum, and two of American progressives’ biggest allies are doing what they can to get the executive branch behind the movement.

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VIDEO: Expanding Social Security Is Step 3 in Saving the Economy

You hear a lot about how corporations are struggling to make good on their pension promises, and how Social Security won’t be there for you in retirement. Baloney on both counts.

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Obama: There Will Be No Mideast NATO, but the U.S. Is Committed to the Security of Arab Gulf States

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council came to President Barack Obama in search of a renewed, formalized U.S. commitment to their security. They came away disappointed.

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The Obamas’ Net Worth Is as Much as $6.9 Million

The first family almost qualifies as 1 percenters, with a 2014 adjusted gross income a bit shy of the $521,411 that would put them among the richest segment of Americans, according to financial disclosures released Friday.

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VIDEO: Reporter Seymour Hersh Discusses His Controversial Exposé on Killing of Osama bin Laden

In this interview, the legendary investigative journalist dissects what he terms President Obama’s “fairy tale” narrative of the killing of the al-Qaida founder. 

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America, Home of the Brave

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The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows

Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, more states and cities have been considering a similar path. At the same time, the cannabis market is looking less like a music festival and more like a Silicon Valley confab—upscale, data-driven and focused on investors.

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BB King

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Congress and Infrastructure

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Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

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