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Trump Administration Deploys a Controversial Tool in Its Immigration Crackdown

The Detroit News reports that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used invasive surveillance equipment in their hunt for undocumented immigrants.

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Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not at Trump

Americans may not realize how their country’s internal political strife is being interpreted by other nations and the leaders of those nations.

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How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Cities for the Better

The cars will change urban planning as we know it; Democrats keep blaming Donald Trump for their own shortcomings; meanwhile, Mexico’s war on drugs is one of the world’s most lethal conflicts.

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The International Persecution of Julian Assange

The WikiLeaks founder has survived the efforts of Sweden, Britain, Australia, the U.S. and parts of the press to destroy him—at least so far. Although the Swedish inquiry was dropped last week, no end is in sight for the long collusion against him.

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We

While American politicians debate how to finance needed fixes and which fixes to implement, the Chinese have funded massive projects across their country.

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Border Patrol Detention of Student Activist Is Retribution, Critics Say

Claudia Rueda, who protested the detention of her mother last month, was detained by Border Patrol agents earlier this week, prompting charges that her arrest was a form of retaliation.

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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas

Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Celebrating the Vibrant Lifestyle of Jean Stein

Family and longtime friends of the author and editor, who died on April 30, recall her remarkable social gatherings and her lively spirit.

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Six Things Trump Does Not Understand About His Job

Mistaking the presidency for a personal business has delivered the Trump White House into failure.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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Bigger Isn’t Better for Energy Savings

The desire for more spacious cars and houses is canceling out energy savings made by environmentally friendly improvements to heating and transport.

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The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

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‘The Commune’: Not Quite Here Nor There

Good performances can’t rescue the half-baked screenplay in Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s re-creation of the freewheeling ’70s.

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Trump Reportedly Told Russians He Eased Pressure on Himself by Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey

A New York Times piece cites an anonymous source who read notes that purportedly summarized the Oval Office conversation.

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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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Trump’s Focus in Saudi Arabia Should Be on Ending Its War With Yemen

Rather than using his position to clinch a $100 billion arms deal, the president should press for negotiations to end the 2-year-old conflict.

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Czeslaw Milosz: A Life

A new biography of one of the most significant poets of the past century shows what it was like to be politically engaged and spiritually conflicted in the 20th century.

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GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’

A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

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Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Sweden Drops Rape Inquiry Against Julian Assange

By Donald Kaufman

The WikiLeaks founder wants to talk with U.K. and U.S. authorities about his legal status now that Swedish authorities have ended their seven-year investigation.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Elizabeth Warren Challenges Steven Mnuchin Over Glass-Steagall Remarks (Video)

The Massachusetts senator slammed the treasury secretary for his confusing statements during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Michael Flynn’s Turkey Connection Is Worth Pursuing

Flynn reportedly barred an attack on Islamic State after receiving more than $500,000 from a Turkish source. The implications could be key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

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Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP

Many on the left are balking at pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment because of the prospect of a President Pence. But that shouldn’t stop them.

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A Union of Pimps and Johns

Though backers of “sex worker” unions claim the groups promote rights, the women I interviewed seemed anything but empowered. (Pictured, Cambodian prostitutes.)

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Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Celebrates First Days Free

The soldier, who was serving a 35-year prison term for giving classified government information to WikiLeaks, was released after seven years. President Obama commuted the sentence in January.

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Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While U.S. Slams It Shut

Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya.

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Eric Holder’s Backward Policies on Criminal Justice Echo in Jeff Sessions’ Tenure

The attorney general (pictured, standing) would like to turn the clock back to pre-emancipation, but he will settle for a return to the days of his predecessor, Eric Holder (seated).

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Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

We tested internet security at four Trump properties. It’s not good.

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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes

Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

Posted on May 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Immigration Arrests Rise Almost 40 Percent in Trump’s First 100 Days

The numbers, released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, show how the administration’s crackdown on the undocumented is playing out across the U.S.

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FCC Votes to Start Dismantling Net Neutrality

Despite grass-roots objections, the agency acts to begin the process of undoing open internet protections.

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Brazil Plunges Back Into Political Crisis as President Temer Is Embroiled in Alleged Cover-Up

O Globo reported Wednesday that a secret recording exists of Michel Temer approving a payment to the jailed mastermind behind last year’s impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff.

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Roger Ailes, Architect of Conservative TV Juggernaut Fox News, Is Dead at 77

To Democrats and liberals, he was a manipulator of the news who used his network to turn minor stories into scandals, ostensibly in service of his personal politics.

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The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

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Donald Trump’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors

What if he were held responsible for real crimes: killing civilians in drone strikes, forcing refugees to suffer or die by refusing asylum, or driving the planet headlong into climate catastrophe?

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Justice Department Inspector General Asked to Probe Jeff Sessions’ Role in Comey Firing

A group of Democratic senators is demanding to know whether the attorney general violated his vow to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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Erdogan’s Security Team and Pro-Kurdish Protesters Engage in Violent Clash in Washington (Video)

A brawl erupted outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., on the day Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with President Trump.

Posted on May 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration

The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

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Former NSA Director: Malware Attack ‘Poses a Very Serious Threat to the Future of the Agency’

The global cyberattack that hit over 70 countries last week stemmed from National Security Agency software.

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