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It Takes a Ruling-Class Village to Staff the White House

Forget all the populist talk we’ve been hearing from Hillary Clinton and her cohorts, and follow the money to find out where the ruling elite’s loyalties truly lie.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE


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John Oliver’s Summary of the Democrats’ Convention Is Gloriously Critical and Comical (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host takes stock of the past two “topsy-turvy” weeks of political conventions.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Blames GOP for Convention’s Lower TV Ratings

The Democratic convention had higher television ratings than the Republican convention for the first three of the four nights. But more viewers watched Trump’s acceptance speech than Hillary Clinton’s.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the Democratic Convention: Two Americas (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

The Democratic and Republican conventions showed the great divide between insiders and outsiders. If what was happening inside a political convention could be merged with what was happening outside, perhaps such gatherings would be more representative of our country.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Lens on the Democratic Convention: Dispatches From Philadelphia on Day 1 (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Photojournalist Michael Nigro is in Philadelphia to provide Truthdig an on-the-ground perspective from the 2016 Democratic convention.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hitler’s Advice









Posted on Jul 25, 2016 ENLARGE



Refuting Donald Trump’s Lies About the United States

AP’s Fact Check found that the candidate’s statistics in his GOP acceptance speech are way beyond the “damned lies” level.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Strategy for Victory Is Clear, but Are Democrats Able to See It?

If Hillary Clinton wants to beat the Republican nominee in November, she needs to start adopting his progressive-sounding economic proposals. In other words, she needs to embody Bernie Sanders, and fast.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Blasts Clinton in a Foreign-Policy Fight Where Both Have Strayed From Their Parties

This week Donald Trump has had a lot to say about foreign policy—raising concerns within the Republican Party and bolstering arguments that Hillary Clinton is a better choice for conservatives.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE


Humanizing Trump









Posted on Jul 22, 2016 ENLARGE


Herding Cats in Cleveland









Posted on Jul 22, 2016 ENLARGE


Robert Scheer: Americans Shouldn’t Settle for Candidates ‘Who Have Created This Tremendous Mess’

In an interview on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about neofascist rhetoric and how third-party candidates are preferable to Clinton or Trump.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Most Surprising Aspect of the GOP Platform? A Call to Revive Glass-Steagall

Donald Trump and archnemesis Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts actually agree on this banking policy proposal.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the GOP Convention: Protesters, Pontificators and the Surveillance State (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Photojournalist Michael Nigro live streamed the “Stand Together Against Trump March,” which took place in Cleveland on Day 4 of the Republican National Convention.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


That’s All, Folks









Posted on Jul 21, 2016 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jul 21, 2016 ENLARGE



Donald Trump Ends His Show With Now-Familiar Pitch (Multimedia)

The GOP presidential nominee closed the circus in Cleveland with his trademark pledge: I will make America great again. Do you believe him?

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE


Melania Speaks!









Posted on Jul 21, 2016 ENLARGE



The Long Capitulation to Trumpism

The Donald Trump Family Reunion, formerly known as the Republican National Convention, illustrates how a once-great political party now sees its main purpose as harnessing opposition to the devil.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the GOP Convention: Activists Arrested for Flag Burning on Day 3 (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Protesters calling attention to Donald Trump’s proposed immigration plan attempted to “Wall Off Trump” by forming a long human barrier. It was one of many acts of civil disobedience in Cleveland.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Republican Convention Live Blog: On Day 3, America Meets Donald Trump’s Secret Weapon

If the enchanting Mike Pence helps Republicans recapture the White House this fall, don’t say Thomas Frank, Robert Scheer and other progressive journalists didn’t warn you.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE


Open Carry









Posted on Jul 20, 2016 ENLARGE



The Coronation of a Charlatan

Years from now, bright-eyed children will look up at Grandma or Grandpa and ask, “Where were you when they nominated Donald Trump?” Far too many prominent Republicans will have to hang their heads in shame.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Top 4 Republican Plagiarisms of the Democrats

The scandal over Melania Trump’s stealing Michelle Obama’s lines for her convention speech should make us recall the ways in which GOP strategists have on many occasions stolen a Democratic line but put it to the opposite purpose.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the GOP Convention: Protests, Police and Politics on Day 2 (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

Protesters and activists took to the streets in Cleveland on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention, and the tenor was much different than on Day 1.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Convention Viewing Area









Posted on Jul 19, 2016 ENLARGE



GOP Convention Live Blog: On Day 2, Republicans Focus on Clinton Over Planned Theme of Job Creation

Follow our live coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE


A Lens on the GOP Convention: Dispatches From Day 1 (Photos)

By Michael Nigro

What happens outside the 2016 Republican National Convention may be more interesting than what happens inside the star-spangled halls. Truthdig provides an on-the-ground perspective from Cleveland.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Melania Trump’s Plagiarism Capped a Weird First Day at the GOP Convention

This year’s gathering makes Clint Eastwood’s 2012 empty-chair routine seem like a stroke of genius.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE



Poll: Should Ohio’s Open Carry Gun Law Be Suspended During the GOP Convention?

Deadly incidents in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., have Cleveland police fearing for their lives.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Why Are Republicans and Democrats Even Bothering With Conventions Anymore?

Our two major political parties no longer nominate people to be president. The parties have instead become giant machines for producing infomercials, raising big money and rewarding top sales reps with big bashes every four years.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Republican Convention, Donald Trump and the Police State

Cleveland police have ordered riot gear and the presumptive presidential nominee is promising greater militarization of the police. Don’t be surprised if things outside get violent. Will the Republican National Convention be a preview of a police state headed by a President Trump?

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE



Our Skewed Politics on Gun Ownership Are a Deadly Joke

The National Rifle Association and lawmakers who pander to it bear much of the blame for our ridiculous gun laws, but it’s up to ordinary Americans to fix the problem.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE


Old ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch Shows the Genius of Ronald Reagan (Video)

The 40th president had a reputation as a rube, but that persona may have been an act. Look no further than the late Phil Hartman’s impersonation of the former commander in chief in 1986.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Republican Intervention









Posted on Apr 12, 2016 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Stephen Colbert: Now You’ll Be Able to ‘Binge-Watch the Death of the GOP’

The host of “The Late Show” explains what we can expect from a brokered convention, or as Republicans like to call it in an attempt to mask their desperation, an “open convention.”

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Two Conventions: Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness

Did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators in Tampa and Charlotte and an additional $18.2 million each for general convention expenses?

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


Eastwooding Mitt’s Tax Returns









Posted on Sep 4, 2012 ENLARGE



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Ryan Backpedals on GM Plant Closure Remark (Video)

The VP nominee claims he wasn’t blaming President Obama during his Republican National Convention speech for a GM plant closure that happened while George W. Bush was still president.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



Conservatives Celebrate Empty Chair Day, Moore Calls Eastwood ‘Crazy,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a top GOP lawmaker’s Labor Day gaffe and a warning from “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Goodbye Tampa, Hello Charlotte

Mitt Romney chose the final moments of this week’s hurricane-shortened convention for what was arguably his best outing of the 2012 campaign. Too bad convention planners put actor-slash-legend Clint Eastwood up on the same night, to slash and burn his way through a bit of theater that would’ve done Samuel Beckett proud. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the ramifications on this week’s episode.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


The Hellephant









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We Built the Romneytron









Posted on Aug 31, 2012 ENLARGE



Obama Responds to Eastwood, Rush Praises Clint, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another possible Paul Ryan lie, and a key battleground state makes a decision that could affect the presidential election’s outcome.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE


Rachel Maddow at a Loss for Words After Clint’s RNC Speech

As host of her very own MSNBC program, the loquacious Rachel Maddow pretty much always has something to say about the day’s issues. But occasionally, even Maddow gets tongue-tied. Like, for example, when she tried to explain actor Clint Eastwood’s dialogue with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Clint Eastwood Tells Us Something About the GOP

The 82-year-old actor-director-tough guy gave a bizarre and rambling, sometimes incoherent speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, centered on a mock interview with an imaginary President Obama sitting in a nearby empty chair.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Coming Soon: Ronald Reagan in Hologram Form

The hologram version of Ronald Reagan is set to debut soon. Yes, the wait is almost over! President Reagan in an, errr, reanimated state will soon be a thing!

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE


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