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AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time

Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

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It Takes a Movement, Like the One at the Heart of Bernie Sanders’ Campaign, to Change the World

The passion that’s fueling the Vermont senator’s campaign isn’t even really about him.

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Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

It’s time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

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A Confederacy of Dunces: The Democratic Establishment’s Assault on Sanders Begins

Well, it’s started. You knew it would. The Democratic establishment is going into attack mode as their anointed one—Hillary Clinton—is in danger of losing.

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Obama Takes a Walk on the Greener Side

As Nevada short-circuits its solar boom, the White House gets more committed to renewable energy.

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Netanyahu Demands More Billions From America, Insults U.S. Envoy, Steals More Land

At the Davos World Economic Forum, the Israeli leader insisted that the U.N.-Iran nuclear deal had made his country less secure and that it must therefore get tens of billions extra in military aid from the U.S. And that wasn’t all.

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Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

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A Tale of Two Grandmothers (Video)

On a recent snowy January night in upstate New York, a grandmother turned herself in to the Jamesville Correctional Facility, to serve a six-month sentence. Her crime? Taking photos.

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Prisoner Swap

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Nuclear Deals

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Iran Sanctions Lifted, Ushering in a ‘New Chapter’ With the West

After sanctions against Iran were lifted Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani celebrated his nation’s having “opened a new chapter” in its international relations.

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Triumph of Diplomacy: On the Cusp of Sanctions Relief, Iran Released Five Iranian-American Detainees

Iran’s release of five dual nationals Saturday was another major diplomatic victory for President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry—not to mention great news for the former detainees and their families.

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VIDEO: Obama Control

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When President Obama announced a few limited gun control measures he was enacting using an executive order, it didn’t take long for the Republican presidential candidates to warn of jackbooted Obama thugs at our doorstep.
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Obama Says Islamophobia Harms U.S. Interests and Islamic State Is a Dangerous Fringe

President Obama’s final State of the Union address was largely lacking in specifics and replete with high ideals and ambitious goals, such as curing cancer. But he did address some issues in everyday politics.

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How Much Can Obama’s Executive Actions Affect Gun Violence?

President Obama’s recently unveiled executive actions on guns drew predictable praise from gun control advocates and bile from gun rights supporters and Republican lawmakers, including some who called his actions unconstitutional. But others have noted that the actions themselves are extremely modest, raising questions about how much they will really do to stem gun violence.

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Tweak Tears

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2015: The Year in Government Secrecy

Here’s a rundown on how this past year shaped up on the issue of government accountability (hint: not well) from someone who knows quite a bit on the subject: reporter Jason Leopold, who’s familiarized himself thoroughly on the secrecy tip as well as on the Freedom of Information Act and its uses.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino and the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So let’s look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015.

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Are the Media Hyping the Threat From Islamic State?

President Obama is clearly frustrated that conservative radio and cable television—and even mainstream cable television—have cooperated with the more belligerent GOP presidential candidates to project Islamic State as some sort of evil superpower and an existential threat to the United States.

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Media’s Near Blackout on Bernie Sanders Keeps Many Voters in the Dark

The presidential candidate is having difficulty getting his face, and his policy positions, on television. And this week his campaign was roiled by a flap over unauthorized accessing of Democratic National Committee voter data.

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Would Cruz Be Any Better Than Trump?

If Ted Cruz is the Republican Party’s cure for Donald Trump, the antidote may be worse than the poison.

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Obama Signs New Education Law Granting States Greater Power

The Every Student Succeeds Act scraps the federally mandated high-stakes testing regime of No Child Left Behind, the despised Bush-era federal education law.

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Obama’s ‘Suspected Terrorists’ Gun Ban Makes for Great Sound Bite but Terrible Policy

To achieve gun control, Democrats should embrace principle, not repackage Bush-era civil liberty abuses to troll the GOP.

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The Long-Term Fight Against Terrorism

“A cancer that has no immediate cure” was not the most soothing metaphor President Obama could have chosen, but it was the most honest. He has no idea how to prevent another terrorist attack like the one in San Bernardino—and neither does anyone else, including his Republican critics.

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47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

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Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

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Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

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Despite Atrocities, U.S. Approves $1.29 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

But it is “illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights,” says a representative of a Quaker group.

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No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

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What Obama Should Tell Netanyahu This Week (but Won’t)

Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends, and President Obama has nothing to lose by applying this tough love now.

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‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Young People as They Ready for Mass Civil Disobedience

Youths from across the country are expected to sweep Washington, D.C., on Monday “to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration.”

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Netanyahu, Seeking $5 Billion a Year From U.S., Hires Man Who Called Obama a Muslim Hate Sympathizer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed West Bank squatter Ran Baratz to be his director of communications on the eve of his procession Monday to Washington to demand a vast increase in annual U.S. aid to Israel.

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Obama Rejects Keystone XL: This Is Big ... and Just the Beginning

Just a few years ago, insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible—and that organized people can win over organized money.

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VIDEO: Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATED: After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

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‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP Is a Total Corporate Power-Grab Nightmare

“President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,” says Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth. And he’s not alone in raising alarms about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

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It’s Always the Same War

Barack Obama originally ran for president as the anti-war candidate. Now, as his second term winds down, the two George W. Bush/Obama wars are winding up, with a third in Syria.

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Instead of Pardoning a Turkey This Year, Obama Should Free This Man

This year, the president should extend some Thanksgiving clemency to human beings—starting with Leonard Peltier.

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Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen Is Bombed by U.S.-Backed Coalition

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières hospital in northern Yemen was bombed Monday night by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition.

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Senior National Security Advisers Urge Obama to Put Spec Ops Troops Close to Islamic State Front

President Obama’s senior national security advisers have recommended positioning U.S. special operations forces closer to the enemy lines of Islamic State (Daesh) in Iraq and even in Syria.

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The U.S. and Russia Are Wrangling Over the Iraqi Sphere of Influence (Video)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi is alleged to be under “enormous pressure” from Shiite militiamen and hard-liners to seek Russian airstrikes on Islamic State (Daesh) targets.

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Obama Administration Is Cutting Aid to the Palestinians by $80 million

As violence in the region escalates, congressional sources are describing the huge reduction in economic aid for the West Bank and Gaza as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars

Politicians and most mainstream media pretend our drone wars don’t exist. But new revelations by an anonymous source lay bare the details of these failed military operations.

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VIDEO: Hot Spikes Through the Forehead

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Truthdigger of the Week: The ‘Drone Papers’ Whistleblower

Thanks to an anonymous source’s exposure of the inner workings of America’s drone war, we now know that nearly 90 percent of people killed in recent strikes in Afghanistan were not the intended targets.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



Tuesday’s Debate: Can Bernie Sanders Show the Country He’s Presidential Material?

Plenty is at stake and there are many reasons to tune in. For Sanders, the big challenge will be demonstrating he’s not merely a darling of the progressive left but has the vision, capacity and skills to lead the nation at a tough time.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE


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