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Prisoner Exchange

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Paris’ Radical Plan to Keep the Rich From Completely Gentrifying Central Neighborhoods

The French government has announced a plan to prevent housing displacement and the creation of “ghettos for the rich” in the capital; apparently, watching “The Colbert Report” made some people more conservative; meanwhile, the principles of the 1910 Mexican Revolution are being revived by the protest movement inspired by the Ayotzinapa students’ disappearance. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gun Violence

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Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders.

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Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice.

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Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice.

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The Grand Finale of ‘The Colbert Report’ Is a Sight to Behold

After nine years, 1,447 episodes and several well-deserved Emmy Awards, America’s favorite faux news pundit signed off one last time with a promise that “We’ll Meet Again.”

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Talking Relics

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The Interview

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Normalizing Relations

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Study: Over Half of Americans Think CIA Torture Methods Revealed in Senate Report Are Justified

How are we ever going to learn from our mistakes when we won’t even admit they were errors at all?

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Citigroup Democracy

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How Inside Traders Are Rigging America and Contributing to the Savage Inequalities of American Life

Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.

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Cuba: Top 5 Other Dictatorships With Which the U.S. Has Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba were justified by their supporters with reference to the Communist government’s human rights record. That record, bad as it is, however, cannot explain the sanctions.

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Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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Cuba and the U.S. Will ‘Normalize’ Relations and It’s About Damn Time

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made simultaneous announcements Wednesday about a long overdue “new chapter” beginning between the two countries.

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Microsoft Software Translates Skype Conversations in Real Time

It’s now possible to have a conversation in English and Spanish on Skype without having to hire an interpreter; the Rolling Stone writer continues to research her controversial story on UVA students; meanwhile, former Sen. Mark Udall revealed a “smoking gun” regarding the CIA torture report but no one seems to have noticed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

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Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

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Deserve

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Hostage Situation

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Stephen Colbert: No One’s Going to Pay Me to Watch Bill O’Reilly Anymore, So Fuck That Noise

As the “Colbert Report” films its last few episodes, host Stephen Colbert comes to a startling realization: He’s going to miss Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly. Watch as the comedian pokes his final holes in O’Reilly’s defense of unjustifiable, immoral acts such as CIA torture.

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Desperate Pakistani Taliban Attack Army School in Peshawar and Take Large Casualties

On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar.

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What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Torturous Laundry

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The Elizabeth Warren Speech That Has Everyone Talking

The Massachusetts senator sure won’t let big banks get away with the kind of blatant robbery other members of Congress seem perfectly happy to allow.

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The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s Other Hostage Crisis of 1984

One’s heart goes out to the Sydney hostages. But it is distressing to see the hostage-taker made 10 feet tall by the media and to have Daesh (which is what most Arabs derisively call Islamic State) invoked.

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Who’s Afraid of Occupy Wall Street? Apparently, the Red Cross

Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

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Enhancements

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CIA Torture Medals

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CIA Torture Report

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Bank Torture

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Cheney Torture

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Declares Itself to Be the World’s Leading Terror State and Is Proud of It

The acclaimed linguist and philosopher sits down with GRITtv’s Laura Flanders to discuss the crimes America was founded on, how social movements like the Ferguson protests can help the U.S. progress, and other topics such as capitalism, China and his friendship with none other than Amy Goodman’s father.

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How an Undercover Cop at a Protest Proved Why We Need to Protest Police Violence

An undercover agent encouraged protesters at a demonstration in Oakland, Calif., against recent police killings to commit crimes, then pulled his gun out on them; a group of net neutrality activists interrupted an FCC meeting to demand commissioners “Reclassify Now!”; meanwhile, a Bible-themed amusement park in Kentucky lost its tax exemptions due to religious discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Top 5 Planks of a 2016 GOP Platform: Torture, War, Bank Corruption and Paid-For Elections

This week, the release by the Senate of a report on torture as practiced in the zeroes by the CIA, along with Thursday night’s dramatic vote on an omnibus spending bill, laid bare the shape of the GOP platform in 2016.

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Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print

Somehow U.S. lawmakers have used a defense spending bill to sell Native American burial ground to mining giant Rio Tinto. Yay, capitalism!

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Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

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Moral Compass

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Torture

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Russell Brand: We Need to Know That People Are Being Pointlessly Tortured Around the World

The “Trews” host weighs in on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report and the right-wing media’s response.

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China Now Has the World’s Largest Economy, Not That It Wanted the Title

The time has come to ponder the implications of China overtaking the U.S. as the largest economy in the world earlier than previously projected; U.K. scientists have made a finding that could help us better treat obesity; meanwhile, perhaps what is most telling about the torture report is not what we can read, but what we can’t. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Twisted Up Do You Have to Be to Deny Our Actions?: Stewart and Colbert React to CIA Torture

Fortunately, there are two TV pundits who are, at the very least, trying to help Americans process the ignominy of CIA torture without resorting to blatant denial.

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Cheney’s Torture Anthem

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The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney

The hall at the International Criminal Court in the Hague was packed today as the trial began of former U.S. Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney.

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Fighting for the Climate in the Heart of the World

First, it’s necessary to understand the setting, and who is at the table and who is not.

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Statue of Torture

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President Obama Hosts ‘Colbert Report’ to Show Colbert Up…and Spread the Word About Obamacare

As Jon Stewart mentioned on the “Daily Show” on Tuesday, the decision to time the president’s appearance on the “Colbert Report” to air before the Senate’s CIA torture report was released may not be purely coincidental.

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