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Chelsea Manning: Seeing Victims of U.S. War as ‘People’—Not ‘Statistics’—Compelled Leaks

In her first interview since being released from prison, the whistleblower said she felt a “responsibility to the public.”

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 READ MORE


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The Injustices of Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment

President Obama finally ends Manning’s prison ordeal but has never acted on the war crimes the whistleblower exposed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself

The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE


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Chelsea Manning Is on Obama’s ‘Short List’ for Commutation, DOJ Source Says

Manning, whose leaks exposed evidence of war crimes, has already served more time in prison than any other whistleblower in U.S. history.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE


President Obama Retraces Past Eight Years in Farewell Speech, Throws In a Few Warnings (Video)

Far from the soaring hope evident in his first inaugural address, Obama’s final speech as president was filled with cautions regarding partisanship, racism and growing inequality.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations for Nonviolent Offenders

Meanwhile, the results of a study examining the role of race in the pardons process—originally due to be released in 2015—are still hanging fire.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Democrats Gear Up for Fight Against Future GOP Health Care Proposals

Republican lawmakers took the first step in unraveling the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, prompting President Obama to urge fellow Democrats to fight any “Trumpcare” replacement.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE


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President Obama on His Legacy and the Future of the Democratic Party (Audio)

In an interview with political analyst David Axelrod, Obama discusses his successes and failures, as well as the challenges his party faces in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency

On Friday President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—and within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedom.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky’s Bold Request Before President Obama Leaves Office (Video)

The public intellectual released a video Friday saying that “President Obama should issue a general pardon to undocumented immigrants.”

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Grants of Clemency Top 1,300 in Effort to Address Justice System Problems

On Tuesday, he granted 78 pardons and 153 commutations—the record for any president in a single day—to individuals with nonviolent offenses.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE



Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Child Care Facilities’? Judge Says No

After the ruling, nearly 500 mothers and children were released from detention centers in Texas.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE


The Future of Protests in Post-Obama America

The Truthdig team sat down Thursday with Melina Abdullah, a California State University professor at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Five Things Obama Should Do Before Leaving Office (but Probably Won’t)

Knowing what may be ahead after his successor’s inauguration, it is the president’s duty to take what actions he still can to protect Americans from the coming “Trumpocalypse.”

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama, First ‘Cautiously Optimistic,’ Felt ‘Deep Disappointment’ After Trump’s Win

A new report by The New Yorker follows the outgoing president in the days leading up to and following Donald Trump’s stunning victory.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Vladimir Putin Targets East Aleppo Rebels—Did Donald Trump’s Election Victory Doom Them?

With Obama a lame duck and Trump a buddy of Putin, Russia and Syria may feel they have a free hand to defeat the rebels completely in east Aleppo.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



The New Slave Revolt

The work stoppages and hunger strikes being carried out in prisons across the country show that many of those locked in cages have a political consciousness we must begin to emulate.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama: ‘Patron’ of the Israeli Occupation

Despite the ups and downs in his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facts and figures from Obama’s presidency tell a story of unprecedented support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



Women in the Obama Administration Came Up With a Clever Strategy to Make Themselves Heard

They used “amplification” to combat a subtle, common form of sexism.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren Demands Investigation Into President Obama’s Failure to Jail the Banksters

“I can think of no matter of ‘intense public interest’ about which ‘the American people deserve the details’ than the issue of what precisely happened to the criminal referrals that followed the 2008 crash.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Makes a 360-Degree ‘Pivot’ to Prove He’s No Flip-Flopper

The Republican presidential nominee is not going to change. No matter how many times he reshuffles his campaign, he is who he is. It’s delusional to pretend otherwise.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Provokes Progressive Outrage With All-Out TPP Push

Groups warn that President Obama will help Donald Trump in November with nationwide events promoting the unpopular trade deal.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



American Civil Liberties Union Forces U.S. to Release Secret Drone Playbook

The long-awaited release of the guidelines provide “a timely reminder of the breadth of the powers that will soon be in the hands of another president,” an ACLU spokesman said.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



Californians to Experience a 13 Percent Obamacare Price Hike in 2017

Wasn’t the Affordable Care Act meant to make health care ... affordable?

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

The administration’s tally is at odds with those of leading nongovernmental organizations, and its lack of transparency makes it impossible for the public to assess its claims.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE


Puerto Rico in Crisis as Obama Authorizes Federal Financial Control (Multimedia)

Puerto Ricans took to the streets Thursday to protest what they see as a return to colonialist policy after President Obama signed an emergency measure to put the island’s finances under the oversight of the federal government.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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



Undeterred by Veto Threat, Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Survivors to Sue Saudi Arabia

“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Bureaucrats Thwarting His Efforts to Free Drug War Prisoners

The applications of thousands of federal inmates eligible for commuted sentences are bottlenecked, and the clock is ticking.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Should Heed Hiroshima’s Survivors

As we left the memorial, Koji Hosokawa told us to stop. He looked us in the eye and told us not to forget the victims.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Calls for Support of TPP; Sanders Calls TPP a ‘Disaster’

Amid the recent hubbub about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), it’s easy to lose sight of that other international trade deal with two Ts and a P in its abbreviation that’s caused a worldwide backlash in recent months.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Armenians Demand Recognition of Genocide at Los Angeles Protest

President Obama has never made good on his promise to officially recognize the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE



Horror Persists, From Brussels to Cuba — Guantanamo, Cuba, That Is

The horror in Brussels is unforgivable. Few can deny, though, that some of the worst policies of the U.S. and its allies serve as recruitment tools for Islamic State and other groups. We need a uniform standard of justice.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Terrorized Cuba, Not the Other Way Around

“Once again, history won’t keep its mouth shut. Little by little, the truth comes out, and our policy in Cuba gets exposed for the sham it is.” That’s Truthdig’s editor in chief writing about Cuba for the Los Angeles Times in this column first published on July 14, 1998.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE



Carl’s Jr. Wants to Replace Human Workers With Bots to Save Money and Increase Profits

Machines are “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case,” says the parent company’s $17,192-a-day chief executive.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Stepping In to the Election Fray to Secure His Legacy

The president is becoming more involved in strategizing to ensure that a Democrat succeeds him, and more vocal about the dangers of an Oval Office occupied by Donald Trump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



Attorney General Loretta Lynch Takes Herself Out of Running in Search for New Supreme Court Justice

President Obama has vowed to present his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia before leaving office, but one of the rumored candidates on Obama’s short list—Attorney General Loretta Lynch—has taken herself out of the running.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Donald Plays His Trump Card

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Also, should Apple assent to the Justice Department’s demand to hack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone?

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Elizabeth Warren Joins Groups Demanding GOP Leaders Reverse Supreme Court Blockade

“To refuse to act on a nomination of this magnitude is a failure to govern. We urge these senators to take a step back and consider what legacy of governance they want to leave for our country.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Goes Constitutional on GOP Foes, Vows to Name Scalia’s Successor

The president’s background in constitutional law is coming in handy this week.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Does Away With the GOP’s 9/11 Fantasy

“Surely this time,” the Republican establishment chorus cries with joy, “Donald Trump has gone too far!” Don’t bet on it.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



How the GOP’s Bid to Delay Scalia’s Replacement Could Play to Obama’s Advantage

Obama’s GOP foes may want to rethink their strategy if they think that forming a congressional human wall instead of approving the president’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the way to count down Obama’s final year in office.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



‘An Affront to Our Humanity’: Obama Bans Solitary for Children

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the president outlined new measures to curb the use of isolation in federal prisons.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows

Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE


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