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In Donald Trump’s Shadow, Will East Aleppo Fall to the Assad Regime and Its Russian Backer?

Since Trump’s election, Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin have thrown caution to the wind.

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Four Years of Donald Trump Could Sink the Planet (Video)

The U.S. is one of the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide. If the next president doesn’t significantly pare down emissions, this country alone could cook the planet, even if China and others act more responsibly.

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Stephen Colbert on the ‘Making of Trump’ and What Unites Americans (Video)

On election night, the “Late Show” host made an attempt to make sense of the difficult 2016 election season and asked Americans to agree it would never happen again. Now that Donald Trump is president, that may not be possible, however.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Deep Will the Blue Wave Be on Nov. 8?

As the election closes, progressives are pushing candidates and issues up and down the political ladder and heeding the rallying cry by Democrats to sweep Republicans out of office.

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How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

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Eight Syrian-Americans We’d Miss

Here are a few of those with at least some Syrian ancestry who wouldn’t be here if Trumpism had kept their ancestors out.

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Climate Change and the 1,000-Year Flood in Baton Rouge: When Will We Learn?

While any one extreme weather event can’t be directly attributed to climate change, storms, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes all are expected to become more frequent and more severe as the planet warms.

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Obama Did Not Found Islamic State, Mr. Trump—the GOP Did (Video)

In his daily free-association exercise, the Republican presidential nominee accused the president of creating the terrorist organization by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011. But the timetable for withdrawal was set by the Bush administration.

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Obama Not Only Did Not Pay Ransom to Iran, He Denied That Country Billions It Had Coming (Video)

Despite what you may have heard in recent days, the fact is that the Obama administration dodged a probable ruling against the U.S. by an arbitration court that could have awarded Iran as much as $10 billion, rather than $400 million.

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Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

The administration’s tally is at odds with those of leading nongovernmental organizations, and its lack of transparency makes it impossible for the public to assess its claims.

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Putin Has the Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals (Video)

The Russian intervention in Syria substantially changed the conversation surrounding Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Crimea annexation.

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Obama Will Finally Release Information on Civilians Killed by Drone Strikes—Will It Be Accurate?

The administration is reportedly prepared to disclose that 100 civilians have been killed in the strikes, but critics argue that the number is much higher.

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Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration Ruling That Imperils Millions

Republicans once again push migrants into legal limbo.

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Obama: Hating Muslims Makes You an Ally of Islamic State and Is Un-American (Video)

President Obama is clearly concerned about the direction of the country and the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim hate speech, especially in the context of impossible-to-prevent lone-wolf attacks like that in Orlando, Fla.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy

Antal first made headlines in 2012, when he posted a sermon condemning U.S. foreign policy. Now, he has made waves by publicly resigning from his religious role in the Army because of the Obama administration’s drone and nuclear policies.

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Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal (Video)

Historians will see Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, and perhaps as a turning point in anti-proliferation through diplomacy.

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The Real 9/11 Conspiracy

Despite recent claims that U.S.-Saudi relations are strained, close ties between the two countries count for far more than uncovering what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Al-Qaida Everywhere: U.S. Support for Oppressive Governments Made Bin Laden’s Killing Moot (Video)

I think we may conclude that the decapitation strategy of dealing with al-Qaida does not work and has never worked.

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Islamic State Endgame: Obama to Send 250 More U.S. Troops Into Syria

President Obama announced Monday morning in Hanover, Germany, that he will send another 250 U.S. troops into Syria, bringing the total to 300.

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Hillary Clinton Is Not Guaranteed the ‘Black Vote’

Black voters are a more diverse group than the media give them credit for; 2016 hasn’t just brought on the implosion of the GOP, but of the Democratic Party, too; meanwhile, a writer questions whether polygamy is the “next marriage rights frontier.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Here Are Six Policies Obama Wants Saudi Arabia to Change (Video)

After his critical comments in an interview in The Atlantic last month, Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia is going to be awkward.

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Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Nuclear-Arms Train Wreck

As with his pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Obama’s pledge to move the U.S. toward nuclear disarmament seems to have been abandoned.

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If Islamic State Falls Before November, How Will It Affect the U.S. Election?

GOP front-runner Donald Trump openly attributes his success at the polls to the terrorist attacks on Paris last fall, in which Islamic State was involved. But what if the group falls this summer or autumn?

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Obama Isn’t Following Through on Pardons Promise, Says His Former Pardons Attorney

The initiative President Obama unveiled two years ago, granting early release to potentially thousands of federal prisoners serving long sentences for low-level drug crimes, has barely made a dent. A resignation letter from the president’s recently departed pardon attorney gives at least one reason why.

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No, Donald Trump Is Not the Most Important Voice in Our Politics

The evidence is in, and it shows that the dominant media narratives about 2016 are wrong.

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Samantha Bee Asks Why GOP Is Blocking ‘Gentle Law Hobbit’ Merrick Garland From the Top Court (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host did not mince words Monday night as she criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, GOP senators are abdicating their constitutional responsibility.

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The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

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Can a Moderate Left Beat a Radical Right?

Obama Derangement Syndrome is striking Republicans once again. But for progressives to beat back an increasingly virulent right and encourage more temperate conservatism, they must ponder the crisis on their own side.

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How Hillary Clinton Helped Turn Libya Into a ‘Terrorist Haven’ for Islamic State, According to NYT

The second part of The New York Times’ investigation into the U.S. approach in Libya is a scathing indictment of the former secretary of state’s push for military intervention in the North African country five years ago.

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Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

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Without Ending Immoral and Illegal Detention, Obama’s Gitmo Plan Is Just Empty Talk

Critics charge that the plan “offers no viable solution to ending what Guantanamo represents, any more than it offers either freedom or justice for remaining prisoners.”

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VIDEO: Obama Presents Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

President Obama on Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 779 people have been detained over the years since the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Would a Syrian Kurd Defeat of Islamic State Help Democrats Win the White House in 2016?

This has been a war with a lot of seesawing, so it is premature to make any decisive pronouncements. But this is an election year, and if Islamic State is defeated in Syria in 2016, it could vindicate President Obama’s strategy.

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VIDEO: James Corden Blasts Jeb Bush’s Desperate Attempts to Get Votes Using Guns and Glasses

“Is anyone else worried Jeb got rid of his glasses the same week he got a gun?” asked the “Late Late Show” host about recent changes the former Florida governor made to his persona.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Getting Obama’s Story Straight

If Clinton, Sanders and their party don’t provide a forceful response to the wildly inaccurate and ridiculously bleak characterization of Obama’s presidency that the Republicans are offering, nobody will. And if this parody is allowed to stand as reality, the Democrats will lose.

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