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Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby, Facebook’s Big Experiment

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the significance of the 280,000 jobs added to the economy, the corporate personhood aspect of the Hobby Lobby ruling, military action spawned by the killing of three teenagers in Israel, and Facebook’s manipulation of news feeds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Bill O’Reilly’s Whole Economic Argument Is ‘Rubbish’ and ‘Based on Bigotry’

“Bill, you’re not even an efficient racist anymore,” a bemused Russell Brand tells an image of the Fox News host in his latest episode of “The Trews.”

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



First Federal Media Shield Legislation Passes House of Representatives

Late in May, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to an appropriations bill that would bar the Justice Department from compelling reporters to reveal the identities of and other information about their confidential sources. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Alan Grayson (pictured).

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What’s the Point of a Source Protection Law That Wouldn’t Protect Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden?

Laws are bad when they don’t do what they are meant to and even worse when they cause harm instead.

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Obama Administration Threatens Leak-Citing Intelligence Workers

Current and former members of U.S. intelligence services who cite news reports based on leaks in any of their public statements now face penalties and the possible loss of access and security clearances.

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Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor

“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Democrats Finally Off the Filibuster on Executive Nominees

Republicans filibustering seemingly every second to obstruct the Obama administration’s agenda has gotten under Democrats’ skin at last. Thursday, after being dared by the GOP to go nuclear, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on filibustering, allowing presidential nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote for the remainder of this Congress.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Journalist Protection Group Denounces Obama Administration on Press Freedoms

One wonders if the Obama administration’s increasing hostility toward reporters, editors and publishers may frighten members of the traditional press—who eschew any and all claims to activism—into becoming the open campaigners for public welfare that their fellow citizens need them to be.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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American Drones Kill a Dozen in Yemen

U.S. drones killed 12 people in Yemen who the government claims are al-Qaida suspects. Thursday’s action was the eighth such attack in less than two weeks amid warnings of terrorist assaults on Western outposts.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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‘The Net Is Finished as a Global Network’

The story of the Obama administration’s pursuit of one man exposing unconstitutional spying is important. But the real issue we should be discussing in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations is the fate of the Internet, Open University professor John Naughton writes in The Observer.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Condemns President Obama

The investigative reporter slammed the Obama administration Thursday for the role he says it played in the continued detention of Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a prominent Yemeni journalist who was the first to expose an American cruise missile strike that killed dozens of civilians.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Helen Thomas

The woman who broke the barrier against female reporters in the White House and criticized the deceitful and secretive practices of the Bush and Obama administrations died Saturday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Be a Rogue Superpower

From the time Edward Snowden’s first leaks came out, it was obvious he was in control of how much of the NSA’s secret world would be seen. But the Obama administration went after him anyway. No thought of future embarrassment stopped officials, nor possible resentments engendered by their heavy-handed pressure on numerous foreign governments.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Napolitano to Trade Her Helmet for a Cap and Gown

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has bested career academics and school administrators to be named the next president of the 10-campus University of California system, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Leaked Guantanamo Files Won’t Harm Nation, Key Manning Witness Says (Video)

A former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay prison testified at Bradley Manning’s trial Tuesday that the Army private’s disclosure of classified detainee assessment files to WikiLeaks had no value to enemy groups and did not harm American national security.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: What It’s Like for Guantanamo Detainees to Undergo Forced Feedings

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) is drawing attention to the plight of the dozens of hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay detainees by appearing in a newly released video in which the rapper and actor subjects himself to the invasive kind of forced feedings they receive on a daily basis.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Ellsberg: Snowden Made Right Decision by Leaving America

Daniel Ellsberg was able to remain in the U.S. after leaking the Pentagon Papers because, “The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago,” he argues in an op-ed Sunday. Edward Snowden would be greeted with a much different fate, Ellsberg notes, and as a result, he disagrees with those who compare Snowden to him unfavorably because of the NSA whistle-blower’s exit from the U.S.

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Greenwald Promises Another Bombshell NSA Revelation

The Guardian columnist told Fox News during an interview Tuesday that “the world will be shocked” by his next big story about the National Security Agency. 

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Battles Revelations of EU Spying

The latest disclosures from NSA leaker on the run Edward Snowden reveal that the National Security Agency spied on European Union offices in Brussels, Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations, as well as on more than 38 embassies and missions and European citizens. German Green Party politician and privacy advocate Malte Spitz weighs in.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Child’s Death in Drone Strike Tests Obama’s Transparency Pledge

Despite Obama’s pledge in May “to facilitate transparency and debate” about the U.S. war on al-Qaida-linked militants beyond Afghanistan, the administration won’t respond to the first prominent allegation of a civilian death since the president delivered his major speech.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE


Greenwald Slams Obama Over Snowden Espionage Charges

After the announcement Friday that charges had been filed against NSA leaker Edward Snowden under the Espionage Act, the Guardian columnist told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the prosecution solidified the Obama administration’s “absolutely atrocious record” toward whistle-blowers.

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Fact Check: The NSA and Sept. 11

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program had been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Ex-Employees Say

Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Experts Don’t Buy Claim Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Late last week, some leading chemical weapons experts voiced skepticism about U.S. claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas against rebels on at least four occasions this spring. Months of investigation have failed to uncover the telltale signs of an attack, they say.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Rick Perry Blunders Jab at Obama’s Benghazi Reaction

In his latest flub, the Texas governor demonstrates why he is still the reigning champion of the political gaffe.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



Gore Criticizes NSA Surveillance, Maher Slams Entrenched Congress, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Iran elects a new president and the latest Gallup poll reveals which societal institution Americans have the least amount of confidence in.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE


White House Chief of Staff: Obama Doesn’t Believe Privacy Violated by NSA Surveillance

On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning, Denis McDonough defended the Obama administration’s sweeping surveillance methods, which were recently revealed in a series of blockbuster reports by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.

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Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice

If President Obama sweats the small stuff, he will empower the American people to take greater charge of their government and their future over the destructive and cowardly corporatism that now dominates Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Old-Fashioned Detective Work, Not NSA Snooping, Solved Terror Cases

The Obama administration says NSA surveillance data collected by programs like the secret one revealed last week helped make arrests in two important anti-terrorism cases. Critics say that simply isn’t true.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



ACLU Sues Obama Administration Over NSA Snooping, John Oliver’s ‘Daily Show’ Debut, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a lawmaker makes history on the U.S. Senate floor and outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann continues to fundraise on her campaign site.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE


Rand Paul Wants to Sue Government Over NSA Surveillance

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Kentucky Republican said he was looking into filing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government over the National Security Agency’s surveillance of phone records and Internet data.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Another Phony Jobs Report From a Government That Lies About Everything’

The 179,000 jobs created in May and boasted about by the Obama administration are no more than “the usual lowly paid non-exportable domestic service jobs—the jobs of a third world country,” former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts writes.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Millions of Verizon Phone Records Secretly Collected Daily (Video)

The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of American customers of Verizon via an order that requires the company to hand over the records on an “ongoing, daily basis,” Glenn Greenwald reports in The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Meet the ‘Farce,’ Darrell Issa

Given his personal familiarity with investigations—hey, he’s been on the receiving end of them a number of times!—Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is uniquely qualified to chair the House Oversight Committee, according to Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE


Rep. Issa Accuses White House of Lying Over IRS Scandal

Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning that interviews with workers from the IRS’ Cincinnati office revealed that the order to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status likely came from Washington.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Watergate Amnesia, the Nixonian Slur and Other Big Lies

Let’s state this very simply, so everybody will understand. The notion that Barack Obama is “Nixonian”—or that his administration’s recent troubles bear any resemblance to “Watergate”—is the biggest media lie since the phony “Whitewater scandal” crested during the Clinton presidency.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Three Economic Myths Busted

As a share of national income, federal spending peaked during the Reagan administration; spending has increased only half as fast under President Obama as under President Bush; and declining revenues, not rising spending, accounts for the swelling federal deficit overseen by the Bush and Obama administrations.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The Obama Riddle

You wonder if President Obama sometimes finds himself singing a variant on Kermit the Frog’s anthem about the burdens of being green: It’s not easy being Barack Obama.

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE


Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Benghazi: Dissecting Congressional Follies, Media Coverage and ‘Cover-Up’ Charges

An interview with Thomas Pickering, the distinguished American diplomat who oversaw the State Department’s Benghazi review board and has found himself a target of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the excitable partisan who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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It’s Time to Support Guantanamo Detainees

Last Friday marked the 100th day of the detainees’ hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I am not a Guantanamo detainee, but I too began a water-only hunger fast.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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A Call to Action

The Obama administration has passed or made use of a host of laws to infringe our civil liberties, obliterate the balance of power, legitimize a military dictatorship, and control the dissemination of truth in the name of protecting its “secrets.” Soon we will have lost our freedom, not to some foreign nation that hates it, but to our own devices.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Admits Drones Killed 4 Americans

In a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder formally acknowledged that four American citizens had been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad, including al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


Eric Holder Should Resign Over Spying, Editor of The Progressive Says

On “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday, Matt Rothschild reiterated his call for the attorney general to resign or be fired in the wake of recent revelations that the government was spying on the press and on Occupy protesters.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Angus King

Sen. Angus King was the lone voice of sanity at a hearing where Pentagon officials said the war on terror could last up to 20 more years—or however long the president deems fit.

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



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How Profitable Are Students in 2013?

The Obama administration is set to pull in $51 billion from student loans this year, “a sum greater than the earnings of the nation’s most profitable companies and roughly equal to the combined net income of the four largest U.S. banks by assets,” The Huffington Post reports.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE


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