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Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



We Need to Raise Most People’s Wages to Grow the Economy for the Majority, Not the 1 Percent

Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example.

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Koch Gourmet

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War on Extremism

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Coexisting

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Is Mahmoud Abbas Right That Israel Is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



How Much Control Does Goldman Sachs Have Over the Federal Reserve?

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator—and its history of deference to banks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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A Pension Jackpot for Wall Street

Most consumers understand that when you pay an above-market premium, you shouldn’t expect to get a below-average product. Why, then, is this principle often ignored when it comes to managing billions of dollars in public pension systems?

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Secret Service

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Did the Assault Weapons Ban Really Work as Sen. Dianne Feinstein Claims?

The senator says “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives—and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE


Emma Watson Gives Moving Feminist Speech at U.N. HeForShe Campaign Launch (Update)

When actress Emma Watson gave a strong-willed, poignant speech Saturday at the United Nations headquarters, it was reported that she received threats from users of online bulletin board 4chan for being a “feminist bitch.” Turns out, the nude photo leak warning was none other than a “viral marketing hoax.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE


A 91-Year-Old Man Gives Incredibly Moving Speech on the Importance of Universal Health Care

Speaking at the United Kingdom’s Labour Party conference Wednesday in what seems like poetic verse, the nearly century-old Harry Smith recalls his youth in the tenements of England, the “desperation of poverty” and the horrors of life before the National Health Service was implemented, all of which inspired him to vote for the first time.

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The U.S. Military’s Denying Chelsea Manning Treatment for Gender Dysphoria, So She’s Suing

The valiant WikiLeaks whistle-blower is serving a 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and though Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “greenlit ‘rudimentary’ treatment” for the private’s gender identity disorder, the military has continually denied Manning hormone therapy and surgery, according to her legal complaint.

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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 READ MORE


GOP Gnaws on Social Security

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Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Arab Political Crisis: It Isn’t a Matter of Civilization and It Isn’t Unique

Al-Arabiya Washington bureau chief Hisham Melhem had a piece in Politico Magazine on Thursday on what he calls the collapse of Arab civilization. The piece is riddled with contradictions and fuzzy thinking and with all due respect to Milhem, who is a knowledgeable and experienced correspondent, I am going to disagree with it vehemently.

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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



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American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

Bankruptcy was designed so people could start over. But these days, the only ones starting over are big corporations, wealthy moguls and Wall Street.

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NYC Climate Demo: Top 5 Massive Rallies That Had No Effect

I am all for demonstrating and admire everyone who came out in New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders deal urgently with climate change, but I just do have to point out that holding large rallies doesn’t always result in political change.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



Gary Hart, Harbinger of a New Political Age

Had Bill Clinton heeded the glaring signs of the sea change ushered in by that now-infamous scene from a boat in Bimini called the Monkey Business in the spring of 1987, he could have spared himself, not to mention the rest of the country, a big hassle during his presidency.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Top 5 Reasons 45 Percent of Scots Wanted to Leave the Right-Wing U.K.

The U.S. media coverage of the Scottish referendum is oddly lacking in any reference to actual politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: President Obama Has Trapped Himself With Bad Decisions

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss Syrian rebels. Also: With civility and style, Scotland shows the world how democracy is done. And Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE


It’s Hard to Be Cynical About Brave Scotland

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scotland shows the world how it’s done, Dennis Kucinich and Robert Scheer discuss arming Syrian rebels, and Cyd Zeigler considers violence in the NFL.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

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Edward Snowden: The NSA’s Passing Americans’ Private Data to a Secret Israeli Military Organization

The whistle-blower recently told journalist James Bamford that the National Security Agency is sharing the details of Americans’ phone calls and emails, including names and other sensitive data, with an Israeli military group called Unit 8200.

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One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

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Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

By Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



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For the Love of Scotland

Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no.

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Scotland Going Solo

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Islamic State Has Forced 1,500 Women, Girls and Boys Into Sexual Slavery, According to the U.N.

The heinous sexual violence Islamic State is inflicting on entire families is a form of warfare with long-lasting effects and a “crime against humanity,” former CIA analysts Aki Peritz and Tara Maller argue in Foreign Policy magazine, but for some reason the subject’s barely been broached by the West.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on Whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Will Run in 2016

The independent Vermont senator and the former secretary of state caused quite a stir during their visits to Iowa over the weekend. As some in the media put it, there’s no turning back now.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza

In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert Weighs In on Scottish Independence While Wearing the Obligatory Kilt

America’s favorite faux right-wing pundit is taking sides in Scotland’s referendum Thursday on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom. Let’s just say Queen Elizabeth II and the “Colbert Report” host may not see eye to eye on this one.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection and Allow Collectors to Seize a Fourth of Their Wages

Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Can Congress Be Responsible?

There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: England Has Been a ‘Little Bit of a Dick’ to Scotland

Sunday, four days away from the Scottish independence vote, the Englishman and “Last Week Tonight” host begged Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom in a way only the comedian could.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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: Coalition to Fight Islamic State Looks ‘Awful Christian-y’

“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE


Working Together

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Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



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What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency

A proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


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