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Here’s What Obama Should Do Right Away to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately. But he should also go further.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Says U.S. Won’t Send Any More Troops to Fight Islamic State but Will Increase Training

After a briefing at the Pentagon on the fight against Islamic State (also known as Daesh), the president acknowledged Monday that the training of Iraqi troops has been going much slower than expected.

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How Will the Church Shooting and Fires Affect African-American Faith?

For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African-American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. to Open Embassy in Havana

Wednesday’s announcement by President Obama has been hailed as the most significant step so far in ending half a century of discord between the two countries.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



After Obama’s Charleston Eulogy, What Will Change?

After a few choruses of “Kumbaya,” things tend to go back to the way they were. Is there any reason to believe that this time things will be different?

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SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


Obamacare Emergency

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VIDEO: Obama Gives Scathing Speech on Race and Gun Violence at Charleston Shooting Victim’s Memorial

“For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” said the president at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina last week.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE


Obamacare Republican Reaction

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Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

UPDATED: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their health care.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Americans Have the Right to Be Free—From Guns

As long as gun control is a cause linked to ideology and party—and as long as the National Rifle Association and its allies claim a monopoly on individual rights arguments—reasonable steps will be ground to death by the Washington Obstruction Machine.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Advances Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill

President Obama’s fast-track trade bill overcame an important hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, making it a safe bet that the bill will be signed into law.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign announcement speech at Miami Dade College last week was an extreme makeover including passages that probably had America doing a double take.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Gift to Moneyed Interests

After he spent his early career learning the lobbying ropes in Sacramento, it was only natural that Kennedy as a Supreme Court member would ensure lobbyists’ stranglehold on American politics.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘Critical Race Theory: The Year in Review 2014’: a Candid Poem About Modern-Day Racism

Lisa Alvarez’s straightforward poem gets to the core of a year in which violence against black people became impossible to look away from any longer. 

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Torture Is Medieval, Brutal and Beneath Us,’ So Let’s Make It Illegal

In anticipation of this week’s vote on a proposed law against torture, drafted by Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host gave an impassioned monologue on the Senate Committee Report on Torture.

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G-7 on Environment

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Modest Increase in Iraq Training Mission Shows Obama’s Still Uninterested, and Maybe He’s Right

The Obama administration got itself some headlines on Wednesday morning by pledging to send a few hundred more military trainers to Iraq and to create a new base in al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Valuing the Family

We so often wage political war around the family that we forget how broadly shared our reverence for it is.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

These strange bedfellows, who share the view that unrestricted government spying is a violation of the Constitution, were the major forces in ending the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and passing the USA Freedom Act.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE


NSA Limits

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WikiLeaks Releases ‘Largest Leak of Trade Negotiations in History’

WikiLeaks has posted 17 documents about TISA—a giant, controversial global trade deal being negotiated among the U.S. and 23 other countries.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: If the Patriot Act Is Working So Poorly, Why Are These Guys Adamant We Have to Keep It?

Though it seems our nation did not collapse after the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, some politicians would have you believe the end is drawing nigh. The “Daily Show” host, however, begs to differ.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Undercutting the Patriot Act Is a Major Win for Rand Paul and Edward Snowden

The senator was a legislative force against the invasive law, but most of the credit goes to the now-exiled whistleblower who revealed the government’s massive and secret abuse of our privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE


Texas Protester

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

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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.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



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?

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE


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. 

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Obama Trades Transparency

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Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



Cuba’s Had Cancer-Suppressing Drugs for Years, but Thanks to the Trade Embargo, We Haven’t

One of Cuba’s most incredible discoveries, a lung cancer vaccine, is about to cross U.S. borders.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



What Nike, Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Have in Common

Nike may be the perfect example of life under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that is not a future many Americans would choose.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Michelle Obama’s Viral Speech on Race Condescending?

The first lady delivered a powerful, evocative commencement speech at Tuskegee University on Saturday about the daily “sting” of racism, but it’s possible that in her attempt to be inspiring, Obama ended up patronizing her audience.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE



Seymour Hersh Accuses Obama of ‘High-Level Lying’ About Bin Laden Raid

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has put forth a series of explosive allegations about the Obama administration’s role in the 2011 killing of the al-Qaida founder.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia as the Incredible Hulk: King Salman Snubs Obama’s Gulf Summit

Watching Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia nowadays, is like Kremlin-watching in the old days of the Cold War.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE


Commander in Drone

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Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



Anger Translation: Why Obama Was Ranting Against GOP Climate Policy at Press Dinner (Video)

The Comedy Central show “Key and Peele” made famous a bit by Keegan-Michael Key on President Obama called “Luther, the anger translator,” which plays on the president’s laid-back approach to controversial issues. But at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner, Obama outdid “Luther” in ranting against climate denialism.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE


Florida Medicaid Expansion

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Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

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Drone Condolences

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Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False

Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


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