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Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

Since the House passed the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side.

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Roger Ailes: The Man Who Destroyed Objectivity

Arguably the most significant political figure of his generation, Ailes transformed journalism, politics and the U.S. government.

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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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Country Before Party









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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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‘The Designated Mourner’: A Play on Authoritarianism, Restaged for the Trump Era

Twenty years after its debut, playwright Wallace Shawn’s drama has taken on new meaning for American theatergoers. (Shawn is pictured at left.)

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From Bill Maher to Sigmund Freud: A Very Unfunny Look at the Enduring Politics of Hate

Freud’s insights—from his writings and exchanges with Albert Einstein more than eight decades ago—offer a crucial perspective into America’s current political crisis.

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Rep. Mo Brooks Faces Backlash Over Health Care Comment

After the Alabama Republican (pictured on right, with CNN’s Jake Tapper) refers to healthy people as those who have “led good lives,” angry and passionate responses erupt online.

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Crack Kills









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Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate

As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE



What Happened to Russiagate?

For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

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Deceivers in Chief: How Donald Trump and Barack Obama Are Alike

They promised to challenge the corrupt establishment. But after being elected president, both committed political fraud.

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Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


U.S. Made Syrians’ Airstrike Another ‘Tonkin Gulf,’ Expert on Foreign Policy Says (Video)

Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, believes the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and that the U.S. response violated international law.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Decision to Attack Syria Increases the Risk of World War III

Russia-baiting has given the president huge incentives to prove he is not Vladimir Putin’s flunky and boosted the odds of a showdown between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

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The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight

The linguist and political commentator discusses the U.S. president, Russia, history and the future in a recent interview. (Pictured, two scientists at a Jan. 26 news conference.)

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Don’t Tread On Us









Posted on Mar 28, 2017 ENLARGE



No, Paul Ryan, ‘Growing Pains’ Didn’t Kill Your Bill

The House speaker apparently does not grasp that he put forward a terrible piece of legislation.

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Did the Koch Brothers Take Down the GOP Health Care Bill?

Advocacy groups run by the billionaire siblings may have swayed enough Republicans to torpedo the American Health Care Act.

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Why Neil Gorsuch Is a Dream Choice for Right-Wingers

Born into the conservative movement, the Supreme Court nominee has been well trained in its ideological orthodoxy.

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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America

A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth

The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE


International Women’s Day Live Blog: What ‘A Day Without a Woman’ Looks Like

Women around the world are protesting Wednesday for equal pay and on other crucial issues affecting their lives. Follow along with Truthdig for live updates on global activities.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



GOP Plan Would Dismantle Much of Obamacare and Cut Taxes for the Rich

The proposed American Health Care Act abandons many of President Trump’s campaign commitments while unraveling key aspects of the existing law.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



How David Horowitz and Fellow Conservative Intellectuals Were Conned by Trump

Author Sol Stern analyzes how Horowitz (pictured)—his friend and a former New Left radical—succumbed to the president’s “totalitarian temptation.”

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Betsy DeVos’ Conflicting Positions on States’ Rights

The education secretary labeled Obama-era civil rights measures federal “overreach” but urged protection of free speech in colleges.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 READ MORE



The Democratic National Committee Needs a Hero

The next DNC chair has an important job: protect the rights of citizens and stand up for the rule of law.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE


Joe Scarborough: GOP Will Be Judged for 50 Years on How It Responds to Trump (Video)

On “The Late Show” on Tuesday, the conservative “Morning Joe” host told Stephen Colbert that it’s incumbent upon the party “to stand up right now and speak out.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Ignites in Town Hall Meetings

Overflow crowds and tough questions marked Saturday’s congressional recess events around the country.

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Cenk Uygur and the Truthdig Team Question the Future of Progressive Politics

Truthdig staff members sat down Thursday with the host of The Young Turks to discuss his bid to shake up the Democratic Party.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Will Continue to Scam the White Working Class. Here’s How to Stop Him.

Progressives need to sharpen their understanding of why blue-collar Americans voted a billionaire into the White House and find a way to connect with them.

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GOP Oversight









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The Elites Won’t Save Us

The danger we face does not come, in the end, from Trump and his malignant cabal. It comes from severely weakened and corrupted democratic institutions.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE


Sugar?









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The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur Co-Creates ‘Justice Democrats’ to Revamp the Democratic Party (Video)

In a segment of Monday’s show, host Cenk Uygur explains the need for a modern progressive wing in the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise

Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

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Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision

The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE



On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to Clamp Down on Protest

GOP legislators are proposing laws that would criminalize nonviolent protest in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is Calling for the Virtual Destruction of the Species (Video)

In a recently published clip, the renowned linguist comments on Donald Trump’s consistency and the GOP’s plans for the planet.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Affordable Care Act Wreckers









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Chris Hedges on Donald Trump’s ‘Naked Kleptocracy’

The president-elect is “malleable and easily manipulated” in the face of establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Truthdig contributor says.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Shift of Power in State Capitols Buoys Conservatives

Advocates promise that growing GOP dominance in statehouses will unleash a wave of laws to cut business taxes, restrict unions and expand school privatization.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE



Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump

The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE



Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy

The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

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International Relations









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Best of Truthdig’s Reports 2016: Chris Hedges Prophesies Throughout the Election

Regular readers of Truthdig will not be surprised to learn that our Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist dominated our Report section as Americans deliberated which oligarch to empower to lead the country.

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