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VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

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Where Does Israel Get the Right to Lock Thousands of Civilians Behind a Gate?

For weeks, Israeli forces have shut a village of 6,000 people out from entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank; scientists find that when it comes to fighting bacteria that resist antibiotics, viruses may come in handy; meanwhile, one writer explains why Elizabeth Warren is right about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The New York Times Vows to Do Better on National Security

Nearly 14 years after its uncritical reporting helped enable the “war on terror,” the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan admits to a mixed performance on its coverage of all things related to war and security.

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How the U.S. Navy Plans to War-Game the Arctic

The Navy is increasingly focused on possible future climate-change conflicts in the melting waters of the north and, in that context, has little or no intention of caretaking the environment when it comes to military exercises.

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Stone Tool Discovery Shows Culture Evolved Much Earlier Than Previously Believed

The major discovery in Africa of tools dating around 3.3 million years old has forced scientists to push back the standard dating of the dawn of culture by 700,000 years.

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Up to 105,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled on California Coast; Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Emergency

“We will do everything necessary to protect California’s coastline,” the governor said in a statement Wednesday, after news broke that the oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara that began on Tuesday may be far greater in magnitude than originally expected.

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Apple, Facebook, Google Missing From Tech Lineup Against TPP

More than 250 tech companies signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and denouncing regulatory language that appears in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

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Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

Economic links with China help Pakistan tap into enormous solar energy potential that can provide clean power to boost production and reduce poverty.

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VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA

In an April interview with acTVism Munich, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants were “eager” to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the NSA to collect private data.

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Jeb Bush and Brotherly Love

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Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

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Scheer Article Found Among Reading Materials in Osama bin Laden’s Last Hideout

On Wednesday the White House released a list of English-language documents found among the al-Qaida founder’s belongings in 2011, after U.S. Navy SEALs killed him in a compound in Pakistan, to which he had been traced.

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Bernie Sanders Is No Gun Nut

When the Vermont senator votes or speaks about gun control, he’s representing his people, many of whom are responsible gun owners. Painting him as a rabid gun fanatic is disingenuous.

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Historic Syrian City of Palmyra Falls to Islamic State

The ancient city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and best-preserved ruins, which now may face destruction at the hand of the extremist group.

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Twin Peaks

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The Smarter Bush

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AUDIO: Henry Giroux: Liberalism Fails Against Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism

By Eric Poulin, Truthout

In two far-reaching interviews on the “Soap Box” with Eric Poulin, the social philosopher Henry Giroux defines establishment liberals by their persistent failure to address the obvious—that capitalism and democracy are not the same thing.

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85-Year-Old Nun Imprisoned for Protesting Nuclear Weapons Is Released for Surprising Reasons

Sister Megan Rice and two Christian pacifists have spent the past few years of their lives in a federal prison for peacefully demonstrating at Tennesee’s Y-12 National Security Complex in 2012. But as The New Yorker puts it, “the legal decisions that freed them [on May 16] were as unprecedented and surprising as the break-in that put them behind bars.”

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Hillary Clinton Aides Blocked the Release of Public Records

During her tenure as secretary of state, Clinton’s staff “scrutinized politically sensitive documents requested [by members of the public] under public-records [disclosure] law” and chose not to release them when they felt like it, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing “people with direct knowledge of the activities.”

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The Suicide Rate Among Black Children Has Doubled Since the ’90s

Although the rate of suicides among black Americans is typically lower than that of whites, researchers have recently discovered alarming findings regarding black children ages 5 to 11.

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Obama Drills a Hole in His Climate Policy

Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

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Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, here are my top nine American repeat headlines, each a surefire news story guaranteed to appear sometime, possibly many times, between June 2015 and the unknown future.

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First Head of State Backs Campaign to Save the Planet

Hungary’s president supports an ambitious plan to collect a billion signatures on a petition aimed at pressuring politicians to agree on radical measures to tackle global warming.

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Are America’s Small Businesses Finally Realizing That They’re Being Screwed by Big Business?

Some are breaking ranks and telling congressional Republicans not to make the deal at the very top of big businesses’ wish list.

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Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen Gather to Retake Ramadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to the Islamic State group.

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VIDEO:  Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on How the Private Sector Buys and Sells Your Privacy

As Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer points out to Chris Hedges in this interview for The Real News Network, the safeguards written into the U.S. Constitution to protect Americans against abuses of their civil liberties don’t exactly apply to violations by the private sector.

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Iraq Question

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David Letterman

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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

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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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