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‘Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!’

I hid my face in my hands. It wasn’t just that my toddler son was playing guns but that he was using a Pride flag as his weapon at a vigil to mourn those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE


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What Does G4S Know About the Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

The British multinational security services company could help tie up some loose ends in the Omar Mateen story. But don’t expect much transparency or further explanation.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Great American Story of Asian Immigrants and Politics

The rise of Asian-Americans in politics refutes Donald Trump’s portrayal of immigrants as an alien body invading the United States.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Antonin Scalia and the Clear and Present Danger of Second Amendment Fundamentalism

The late Supreme Court justice, having bestowed the Constitution’s blessing on personal gun rights, bears responsibility for our collective impotence in response to the madness of gun violence in America.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Donald Trump’s Attacks on Freedom of Religion

Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?

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Samantha Bee Wistfully Recalls a Time When the GOP Was Not in the NRA’s Pocket (Video)

Despite massacre after massacre, too many Republicans refuse to even consider passing common-sense gun laws to help protect innocent Americans. But it wasn’t always like this, the “Full Frontal” host reminds us.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Senate Fails to Pass Four New Gun Safety Bills, Even After the Mass Killing in Orlando

It was business as usual on gun legislation in Washington on Monday. But some lawmakers remain hopeful that a compromise can be reached to provide common-sense gun laws in America.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Is the Gun Lobby Finally Cornered?

Even the most fervently held dogma is not immune to reality and logic. The collapse of the opposition to reasonable steps toward making us a safer country may not happen all at once. But it is in sight.

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The Palmer Raids: When Trump’s Grandfather and Wives Could Have Been Profiled (Video)

Marx said that every great event in history happens twice, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Live at Truthdig: A Conversation on LGBT Activism and Politics in the Wake of Orlando

On Friday, June 17, at noon PST, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with contributor Larry Gross, an expert in LGBT studies.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Journalist Buys AR-15 Semi-Automatic Rifle in Just Seven Minutes

Philadelphia columnist Helen Ubiñas wanted to test gun restrictions in Pennsylvania. To her shock, it took mere minutes to purchase the same type of weapon used earlier this week in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Anderson Cooper Calls Out Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for Anti-Gay Policies

In a CNN interview, Cooper reminds Bondi of her role in Florida’s attacks on same-sex marriage as she attempts to sympathize with those affected by the mass killings in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Heartbreakingly Beautiful Responses to the Orlando Massacre You Have to See (Multimedia)

All over the internet, responses to the Pulse nightclub tragedy have been painfully moving. Here are just some of the most powerful tributes—in the form of videos, photos and written pieces—we found.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE


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Analyzing Religious Extremism Hides the True Culprit in American Mass Shootings

While there are zealots in every religion, it’s important to remember that these views are not representative of whole communities.

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Samantha Bee Demands Americans Work, Not Pray, for Change in Wake of Orlando Massacre (Video)

“There is no shortage of troubled 20-somethings out there, and whether they’re radicalized by ISIS or homophobia or white nationalism or a dislike of movies,” said the “Full Frontal” host, “we are making it far too easy for their derangement to kill us.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Should Demand FBI Director James Comey’s Resignation Today

The FBI’s ongoing, long-term incompetence has led to the deaths of far too many Americans. San Bernardino and Orlando are only the beginning.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE


Watch Again: President Obama Tells Gun Store Owner That No One Is Coming for His Weapons (Video)

The National Rifle Association’s propaganda is preventing us from passing reasonable gun laws, Obama told him.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Mothers of Gunned-Down Children Demand Common-Sense Firearms Laws

Last week thousands of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and others marched in 200 rallies and 47 states across the country to protest our nation’s lack of common-sense gun laws. Here are the words of a few of them.

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After the Pulse Massacre, LGBTQ Americans and Their Allies Can Once Again Turn Tragedy Into Action

Americans must use their grief in the wake of the mass killings at the Orlando, Fla., nightclub to build a better world, writes Guardian contributor Steven Thrasher.

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Omar Mateen and Right-Wing Homophobia: Was Florida Massacre a Hate Crime or Domestic Terrorism?

U.S. law enforcement is at least initially categorizing the horrific Orlando shootings as “domestic terrorism,” but it probably wasn’t terrorism in any useful sense of the word.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



Will Orlando Drive Us From Our Corners?

It only compounded the horror that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history called forth talking points that had been composed long before 50 innocents were murdered early Sunday.

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How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Others Used Social Media to Reframe News of Orlando Shooting

The Orlando massacre apparently looked quite different depending on the positions and ambitions of the various high-profile parties doing the work of interpreting Sunday’s tragedy.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: 50 Dead at LGBT Nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

The gunman who launched an attack at the Pulse bar early Sunday was identified, and the death toll broke a horrific record. President Obama addressed the nation, and state, city and law enforcement officials have commented from Orlando. (Updated late Sunday.)

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

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Welcome Back to Congress, Rep. Alan Grayson

He spent only two years in Congress before losing the gig in 2010, and just like that you can drop the “former” from Rep. Alan Grayson’s title. The good people of Orlando, Fla.,  are sending the sharp-tongued liberal fireball back to work in the Capitol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Walking While Black: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

On the rainy night of Sunday, Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. On his way home, with his Skittles and iced tea, the African-American teenager was shot and killed.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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America’s Gayest Cities, c. 2012

Just how g-a-y is SLC? Well, it’s actually The Advocate’s surprise winner atop this year’s “Gayest Cities in America” list. Clearly, the GLBTQ-targeted mag’s editors were looking to depart a bit from usual suspects such as San Francisco and New York and declared that Utah’s capital “has earned its queer cred.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE


Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Alan Grayson Tells It Like It Is

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Alan Grayson tells us why he’s running again for Congress; wild-man cartoonist Mr. Fish discusses his new book; a couple of holy men talk about biblical ignorance; and Truthdig editor-in-chief Robert Scheer talks about President Obama’s rejection of Elizabeth Warren.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Anonymous Declares War on Orlando

The city of Orlando, Fla., home to amusement parks, fancy houses and an underachieving basketball team, has been arresting people for feeding the homeless without a permit. This got the attention of the hacker collective Anonymous, which has threatened to shut down a different Orlando-themed website every day. (more)

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Food Terrorism’ Next Door to the Magic Kingdom

In the past few weeks, no fewer than 21 people have been arrested in Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World, for handing out free food in a park.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Rep. Grayson vs. the Tea Party

Florida’s Rep. Alan Grayson, the freshman congressman from the substantially conservative Orlando area, has already managed to make a name for himself over the course of his first two years in office by ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Tilikum, According to the Book of Exodus

Last month’s trainer tragedy at SeaWorld has taken on biblical proportions. According to an evangelical pastor evidently given to consulting the Old Testament in reference to theme park disasters, the book of Exodus suggests that Tilikum, the orca responsible for killing handler Dawn Brancheau, should have been dealt with in the manner of a murderous ox.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Orca Kills Trainer at SeaWorld

Lest it be forgotten, Shamu and his orca pals aren’t called killer whales for nothing. Although watching humans gambol with orcas and other sea mammals has become a tourist staple at water parks around the country, that brand of family entertainment doesn’t sit well with some animal rights groups, and it can be deadly, as an incident Wednesday at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., tragically illustrated.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Still image from the AP via the Orlando Sentinel

Another Deadly Shooting: Orlando Gunman Opens Fire in Former Office

On Friday, Jason Rodriguez, a 40-year-old engineer who had been fired from an Orlando, Fla., construction firm two years ago, went back to his former office and opened fire, killing at least one person and wounding at least five others before fleeing to his mother’s house, where he was tracked down and arrested.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


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