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Can the Pope Save Trump?

If anyone ever needed a conversion experience—and fast—it is President Trump.

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How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Cities for the Better

The cars will change urban planning as we know it; Democrats keep blaming Donald Trump for their own shortcomings; meanwhile, Mexico’s war on drugs is one of the world’s most lethal conflicts.

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The International Persecution of Julian Assange

The WikiLeaks founder has survived the efforts of Sweden, Britain, Australia, the U.S. and parts of the press to destroy him—at least so far. Although the Swedish inquiry was dropped last week, no end is in sight for the long collusion against him.

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Border Patrol Detention of Student Activist Is Retribution, Critics Say

Claudia Rueda, who protested the detention of her mother last month, was detained by Border Patrol agents earlier this week, prompting charges that her arrest was a form of retaliation.

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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas

Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Six Things Trump Does Not Understand About His Job

Mistaking the presidency for a personal business has delivered the Trump White House into failure.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Death of Truth

By Chris Hedges—The use of vast global resources against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks presages a dystopian world where anyone who exposes corruption, lies and crimes of power will be branded a terrorist.

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Trump Reportedly Told Russians He Eased Pressure on Himself by Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey

A New York Times piece cites an anonymous source who read notes that purportedly summarized the Oval Office conversation.

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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War

If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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Czeslaw Milosz: A Life

A new biography of one of the most significant poets of the past century shows what it was like to be politically engaged and spiritually conflicted in the 20th century.

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GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’

A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

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Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

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Elizabeth Warren Challenges Steven Mnuchin Over Glass-Steagall Remarks (Video)

The Massachusetts senator slammed the treasury secretary for his confusing statements during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday.

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Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Celebrates First Days Free

The soldier, who was serving a 35-year prison term for giving classified government information to WikiLeaks, was released after seven years. President Obama commuted the sentence in January.

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Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While U.S. Slams It Shut

Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya.

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Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

We tested internet security at four Trump properties. It’s not good.

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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes

Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

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Immigration Arrests Rise Almost 40 Percent in Trump’s First 100 Days

The numbers, released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, show how the administration’s crackdown on the undocumented is playing out across the U.S.

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FCC Votes to Start Dismantling Net Neutrality

Despite grass-roots objections, the agency acts to begin the process of undoing open internet protections.

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Roger Ailes, Architect of Conservative TV Juggernaut Fox News, Is Dead at 77

To Democrats and liberals, he was a manipulator of the news who used his network to turn minor stories into scandals, ostensibly in service of his personal politics.

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The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

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Justice Department Inspector General Asked to Probe Jeff Sessions’ Role in Comey Firing

A group of Democratic senators is demanding to know whether the attorney general violated his vow to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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Erdogan’s Security Team and Pro-Kurdish Protesters Engage in Violent Clash in Washington (Video)

A brawl erupted outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., on the day Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with President Trump.

Posted on May 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration

The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

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Former NSA Director: Malware Attack ‘Poses a Very Serious Threat to the Future of the Agency’

The global cyberattack that hit over 70 countries last week stemmed from National Security Agency software.

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Noam Chomsky Looks at How the System Is Rigged to Ensure That Corporations Always Win

The philosopher’s new book, “Requiem for the American Dream: The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power,” is a primer in his analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system.

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People Who Are Stressed Pay Less Attention to Climate Change Images

Organizations campaigning to raise awareness of climate change should think carefully about where and when they broadcast their messages.

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On FBI Investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump Asked James Comey to ‘Let This Go’

A memo by former bureau chief Comey says the president asked him to abandon the probe into former national security adviser Flynn’s ties to Russia. Updated

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New Poll Shows More Voters Support Trump Impeachment Than Oppose It

A whopping 48 percent of respondents to a new survey from Public Policy Polling say they are in favor of impeaching the president.

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Washington State Attorney General to Trump: ‘You Can’t Tweet Your Way Out of a Courtroom’ (Video)

Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses the legal proceedings surrounding President Trump’s second travel ban with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

Posted on May 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Mosul on My Mind

Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

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The Shrinking Oil Industry

Many of the oil services companies employed when new fields are developed have been laying off workers, and oil companies have been taking write-downs of their assets.

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Artist Projects Emoluments Clause Onto Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Photos of artist Robin Bell’s projections, which included the phrase “Pay Trump Bribes Here,” quickly went viral on social media.

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Lawmakers to Trump: Turn Over Any Transcript of Meeting With Russians

Demands intensified Tuesday after Trump seemed to acknowledge on Twitter that he had shared information on a critical source of intelligence on Islamic State.

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FCC Chief Ajit Pai Serving Telecom Giants, Not the Public Interest

The former Verizon lawyer has made it clear that he intends to take steps to repeal net neutrality, which provides equal access to the internet.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand the Concept of ‘Classified’

By bragging to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, right) and others, the president may have endangered a spy who courageously penetrated Islamic State.

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When Will Enough Republicans Put Loyalty to America Ahead of Loyalty to Party?

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump but when GOP House members will do the right thing.

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James Clapper May Be Right About Trump, but He’s the Wrong Messenger

The former director of National Intelligence has issues of his own and should not be the poster boy for objections to the president’s assault on U.S. institutions.

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The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms.

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