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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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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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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.”

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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?

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.

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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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VIDEO: Obama Trades Transparency

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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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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.

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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


Loyal Opposition

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GOP in 2016

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USA Relationship with Cuba

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Jon Stewart: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Ad Is Boring as Shit

The “Daily Show” host weighs in on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s big—albeit anticlimactic—announcement about running for president.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama’s Outreach to the Latin American Left and Iran

President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations.

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Progressives Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy in a Lively Debate on ‘Democracy Now!’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer joined Seattle’s Kshama Sawant, writer Joe Conason and The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg on “Democracy Now!” to discuss the official beginning of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. 

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE


Art of the Deal

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The California Water Crisis Isn’t About Lifestyle—It’s About Crops

There’s something that everyone, including The New York Times, is getting wrong about the effects of the California drought; Chelsea Manning is discussing her gender transition in prison via social media; meanwhile, Dick Cheney recently made hypocritical comments about President Obama. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Supports Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapies for LGBT Youths

Remember when President Obama wasn’t making the strongest case for securing the civil rights of LGBT Americans and wouldn’t, for example, come out in favor of gay marriage? Looks like things are a bit different for our 2015-edition POTUS.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on America’s Changing Attitudes Toward Israel and Palestine

Describing a shift in popular opinion, activist and linguist Noam Chomsky contends in a recent video chat that “there is the potential for a kind of reassessment of the blind support for Israel.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Dealing With Iran

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Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Surveillance State Repeal Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is sponsoring the proposed law with the help of five other House members, including Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. When Congress returns from recess next week, Pocan plans to present the bill in an effort to repeal parts of the Patriot Act.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



Of All the Historic Upheavals in the Middle East, the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal Is One of the Biggest

Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things in the Middle East will never go back to the way they were.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



How to Read the Iran Debate

Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail of the Iran deal. Yet in a democracy, these matters are and should be the subject of debate.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



Do GOP Frontrunners Have an Iran Policy Besides Sanctions and Bombs?

President Barack Obama’s negotiations with Iran to ensure that its nuclear enrichment program remains purely civilian, for generating electricity, ought to be bipartisan in spirit. Achieving that goal would benefit all Americans.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


Easter Egg

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Bachmann Derangement

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Putin and the Neoconservatives

Russia and the United States are engaged in a profound ideological confrontation—one that isn’t widely understood in Western Europe or even at the White House.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE


Obamacake

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Obama-Netanyahu Tiff Worsens: U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

President Obama dropped some further hints on Tuesday about how he might proceed on Israeli-Palestinian relations in his final two years.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE


GOP Rants at Obama

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Head of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Group Says Iran Isn’t Playing by the Rules

Iran’s nuclear program has again become a source of controversy on the global stage, and now Yukiya Amano, the top-ranking official in the United Nations’ nuclear oversight organization, has added his voice to the chorus of concerns.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



Mideast Apocalypse 2030: Why Obama Wants the Palestine Issue Solved. Now.

It began in Hebron, which Palestinians call “al-Khalil,” the city of Abraham. Here’s a recap of the recent clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



White House Office Celebrates Sunshine Week by Thwarting Freedom of Information Act Requests

Civil liberties advocates now have yet another reason to say President Obama has broken his 2008 promise to run the most transparent White House in history.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


Netanyahu Wins

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Obama Sunshine Week

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Noam Chomsky: Obama Launched ‘the Most Extensive Global Terrorism Campaign the World Has Yet Seen’

In an interview with a Brazilian television network, Noam Chomsky discusses the many ways the Obama administration has not only supported terrorism but taken part in it.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


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