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Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Trump, Carson, Rand Paul and Other GOP Candidates Defy the Constitution with Anti-Muslim Bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Trump Vaxxer

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

When Liars Debate, the Truth Always Loses

The Republican rejection of reality—which these candidates will act out in debate after debate for months to come—inflicts grave costs on this country every day. It is hard to imagine the damage that will be done if one of these deceivers comes to power.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Is It Possible to Out-Trump Donald Trump?

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump’s inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

’Twas the Week Before the Republican Debate

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Rand Paul Will ‘Try to Force a Vote’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

The Gospel of Denial

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE

The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

You Can Call Him Jeb!

Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb Bush has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn’t everyone else quaking in fear?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Punchline

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

Send In the Republicans

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

Feeding Frenzy

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

These strange bedfellows, who share the view that unrestricted government spying is a violation of the Constitution, were the major forces in ending the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and passing the USA Freedom Act.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE

Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

The recent debates over the USA Patriot and Freedom acts missed the point: Rather than discuss the details of how much to curb the government’s right to spy on us, Americans need to question the legitimacy of all government spying and push back as hard as possible against dubious claims to protect us.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Spy in the Sky

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Too Many Republican Presidential Candidates

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: If the Patriot Act Is Working So Poorly, Why Are These Guys Adamant We Have to Keep It?

Though it seems our nation did not collapse after the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, some politicians would have you believe the end is drawing nigh. The “Daily Show” host, however, begs to differ.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

Dear NSA: This Call Will Not Be Recorded

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE

Senate Debates Patriot Act and NSA Reform

UPDATE: A heated Sunday Senate session has failed to produce an eleventh-hour extension of the controversial Patriot Act. The Senate will vote on a revised version of the Freedom Act, a bill aimed at ending the controversial bulk collection of telephone metadata, on Tuesday.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Islamic State Advances

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss who is responsible for allowing Islamic State to renew its offensive in Iraq and Syria. Sen. Rand Paul blames hawkish Republicans, while Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says Iraqis lack the will to fight.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

Republican Saddles

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE

Rand Paul Got One (Huge) Thing Right

The Kentucky senator’s filibuster against renewing the Patriot Act made the widely covered campaign speeches of the other presidential candidates—including Hillary Clinton—look shallow.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

Here’s How to Help Deep-Six Section 215 of the Patriot Act

It’s not just Republican Sen. Rand Paul who doesn’t want Congress to allow the Patriot Act’s Section 215—which has enabled the U.S. government to spy on residents on an unprecedented scale in recent years—to be renewed before its scheduled expiration on June 1.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Interviews Sen. Rand Paul About the NSA Phone Surveillance Program and More

Host Jon Stewart began Tuesday’s “Daily Show” episode by offering his condolences to the NSA metadata collection program.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Patriot Act, Biker Shootout and Minimum Wage

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask why coverage of the deadly biker gang dispute in Texas was so different from that of the Baltimore unrest. Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor for 10 hours to discuss the Patriot Act, and Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

The USA Freedom Act didn’t get the 60 Senate votes needed to pass Saturday. Yet, in what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory ... for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE

House Votes to Change Patriot Act by Stopping Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House of Representatives on Wednesday gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a big reason to crank up his hustle if he wants to hang on to the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Decision 2016

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Presidential Candidates Refuse to Get With the Same-Sex Marriage Picture

For much of the country, gay marriage is becoming old news. But you would never know that from listening to the GOP presidential hopefuls, who play rhetorical Twister whenever the issue is raised.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

New Dr. Seuss Book

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

Candidate Logos

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE

GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE

Candidate Kit!

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Tea Party

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton 2016: 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... (Updated)

By all indications, today will be the day when Hillary Clinton officially announces that she will, in fact, be running for president in the 2016 election.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: 2016, Barack and Raul, Murder in South Carolina

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 presidential hopefuls coming into view: Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. Also, President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro talk on the phone, and why isn’t police brutality being discussed on the campaign trail?

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

Hillary in Wonderland

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

Rand Is Running

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

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