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Truthdig to Host Green Party’s Jill Stein on California Primary Night

The party’s presumptive presidential nominee will join Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team for a “Facebook Live” chat at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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VIDEO: Samantha Bee Mourns the Loss of the GOP, ‘a Great Institution, Gone Before Its Time’

“This week, the Republican Party, home to more than a century of great statesmen, died ... violently, tearing itself in half,” the “Full Frontal” host announces.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘You Will Never Believe’ Who the Actual Fraudulent Voters Are

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” is finally back from a several-month hiatus, with a scathing message to legislators trying to curtail Americans’ right to vote.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why Hate Speech by Presidential Candidates Is Just Plain Despicable

Hate crimes will never be eliminated entirely. But this doesn’t absolve the politicians who have been fueling hatefulness.

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VIDEO: Trevor Noah Denounces American Politicians’ Racist Responses to the Paris Attacks

The “Daily Show” host lambastes certain politicians for the “bat shit crazy” comments they delivered in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch: F*** the Politicians’ Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis

The British actor gave many impassioned speeches about the Syrian refugee crisis at the end of his performances as Hamlet in London, but one speech differed in a very specific way.

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Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

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Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: One Man’s Enduring Fight Against Government Secrecy

Robert Freeman, the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, reflects on seven governors and their records for transparency.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Russell Brand Sparks Controversy With Comments on Western Portrayal of Tunisia Attack

After calling “total bullshit” on the West’s hypocritical responses to the recent attack on a hotel in Tunisia, Russell Brand has faced backlash from tabloids, pundits and even a friend of some of the victims.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

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How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians.

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John Oliver Recruits Stars to Make Infrastructure ‘Sexy’ in Hopes You’ll Give a Damn

The “Last Week Tonight” host knows maintaining “roads, bridges, dams, levees ... basically anything that can be destroyed in an action movie” isn’t exactly the most exciting topic, but it sure is important.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Conscience of Mario Cuomo

There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age.

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Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It

Call it Empathy Deficit Disorder. Some Democrats have it, but the disorder seems especially widespread among Republicans.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology

Using a cup of water and bowl of ice, the “Daily Show” host tries to show an exceptionally stubborn House representative why his metaphor about climate change is faulty.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Media, Politicians Should Stop Letting Islamic State Manipulate Them

Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaida could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaida in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”) has taken captives and has beheaded them on film.

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Jon Stewart: Even When It Comes to Fucking Sexism, the Senate Is Gridlocked

Much to the “Daily Show” host’s dismay, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently revealed she’d been on the receiving end of several misogynistic comments from her colleagues in the legislative branch of the U.S. government.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Put Down the Bottled Water! It’s Draining Drought-Stricken California

Most bottled water companies are taking precious H2O from the state that needs it most; a new browser add-on can show you who’s funding your elected representatives; meanwhile, SWAT teams and riot police are paramilitarizing the suburbs. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Puts His Finger on the Reason Income Inequality Is So Prevalent in the U.S.

“Just because politicians can’t talk about income inequality,” the “Last Week Tonight” host starts on one of his characteristic rants, “doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Why Lucy Flores’ Candid Discussion of Women’s Reproductive Rights Is Exactly What We Need to Hear

When Lucy Flores, a Nevada State Assembly member running for lieutenant governor, publicly shared the fact that she had had an abortion at 16, she reminded us that talking openly about these issues can pave the way toward passing legislation that will protect women’s choices rather than further restrict them. 

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Staffers Keep Their Email in the Shadows

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo entered office promising unprecedented transparency, but his aides’ use of email offers quite a different picture.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Ever Have the Urge to Throw a Pie at a Politician? You’re Not the Only One

Humans have a long history of flinging food at civil servants to demonstrate their discontent.

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Why Are There So Few Women in American Politics?

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi believes minimizing the “role of money in politics” and increasing “the level of civility in debate” will go a long way toward getting more women to run for office. But what’s money really got to do with it?

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE


Snowballing Voter Fury









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Corruption









Posted on Jan 8, 2014 ENLARGE



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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: The People’s Pope

According to the managing editor of Time magazine, Pope Francis was chosen to grace the cover of its 2013 Person of the Year issue because he “changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way.” But perhaps his most significant contribution this year has been his condemnation of greed and materialism.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Pope Francis: Unfettered Capitalism Is a ‘New Tyranny’

Though he may not come down strongly on discrimination against the LGBT community or women, if there’s one thing this latest pope knows how to condemn it’s greed. In the pontiff’s first major publication, he tells the 1 percent to spread the wealth, for God’s sakes.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


No Labels Politicians Would Fix Broken Government









Posted on Jul 29, 2013 ENLARGE



‘Purse Boys’ Aren’t All the Rave in D.C.

A sexist article in The New York Times tries to make it sound like male aides carrying female politicians’ handbags is wrong and, perhaps worse, newsworthy; members of the LGBT community are being treated like second-class citizens in America; meanwhile, a company relied on the First Amendment to justify its immoral use of private information found on pharmaceutical prescriptions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


The Politicians









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China Hacking









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Toxic Ad Spill









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Congressional Women Looking Over Their Shoulders

The upcoming midterm elections may be a regressive event on two key fronts. One, the GOP tide of conservative Republicans could make large strides in picking up seats in the House and Senate. And, two, the number of women in Congress could actually drop for the first time in a generation.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


John McCain, WTF?

Who Pays $273,000 for Household Help?

John McCain does. This hilarious YouTube clip, from a documentary filmmaker, gets at the heart of the disparity between the realities of working folk and the politicians who claim they are “friends” with the American people.(Alert: salty language.)

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Blair Likens Media to a ‘Feral Beast’

Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who ought to know a thing or two about the topic, says the relationship between the media and public figures of various stripes has deteriorated of late, owing in part to the proliferation of broadcast, online and print outlets, the decline of the newspaper industry, and an insatiable need to create “impact” at all costs.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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The Trouble With ‘Political Rock Stars’

The pundits’ latest catchphrase is insulting to the traditions of both politicians and rock stars.

Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Washington Leaking: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Determining which leaks are bad and which are good can be a murky process.

Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Rice Visits Baghdad in Desperation Over Iraqi Leadership

The secretary of state and U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw drop in on Baghdad unannounced - ostensibly to urge government unity, but in all likelihood to try to force the Iraqi prime minister out of his post.

Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


Two Grim Assessments of Iraq’s Future

America’s top envoy to Iraq: “The possibility is there” for sectarian violence to lead to civil war and all-out war in the region.
A BBC reporter in Baghdad: “It gives me no pleasure today to forecast further doom and gloom here in Iraq. But, as in Iran in 1978, the facts on the street contradict the assertions of the generals, the politicians and the diplomats.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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