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Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America

The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

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Remembering Legendary People’s Lawyer Len Weinglass

Cartoonist and author Seth Tobocman’s biography documents key cases in the career of the Pentagon Papers defense attorney.

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 READ MORE



The Nixon Effect, The Money Cult, Ratf**ked

These three books, published well before the election, offer insight into what happened and why.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 READ MORE



We Need the Truth About Donald Trump and Russia—Now

For the sake of democracy, an independent commission or special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate Russian influence.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other

Under Donald Trump’s presidency—the outgrowth of the corporations’ 40-year-long war against democracy—we will have to battle a form of state repression far more sophisticated than McCarthyism. Our weapon: rebuilding alternative structures through small, local political actions.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE



Forty Years Ago, the CIA Had Its Eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley Got Shot

The groundbreaking musician sang about revolution against an unfair global system and nearly paid with his life in 1976. In the U.S., the rise of Bernie Sanders gives reason to believe Americans are becoming aware of the changes that Marley envisioned.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE



A Dying Mule Always Kicks Hardest

We have some difficult days ahead. But our forebears were up against more with less. Donald Trump’s election means “we must work together for a third Reconstruction in America.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



It’s Worse Than You Think

The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, paves the way for the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE



Never Trumpers in Suburbia Remain a Problem for the Republican Establishment

Donald Trump is not yet in Barry Goldwater territory, and might never get there. But he threatens to create another GOP voting catastrophe everywhere outside the Deep South.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Jay Z Slams America’s Failed ‘War on Drugs,’ Racist Mass Incarceration Racket

Today, he notes, “we imprison more people than any other country in the world,” and “crack is still talked about as a black problem.” Coincidence?

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Hillary Clinton Republicans Matter

The Democratic nominee is making an appeal to GOP members opposed to Donald Trump. Her unspoken message: The stakes for the party’s dissenters are too high for halfway measures and bet hedging.

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The DNC Email Leaks: The Gift That Keeps On Feeding Distrust

The worst of the many offenses revealed in the latest WikiLeaks case is that Bernie Sanders was undemocratically deprived of fair play in the Democratic primary.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Astounding Human Rights Hypocrisy in Cuba

The idea of the United States lecturing Cuba or any other country about human rights comes down somewhere between embarrassing and nauseating.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: It’s Finally, Almost, Caucus Time!

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the missing-in-debate-action candidate, Donald Trump, and his chances of clinching a Republican win in the Hawkeye State.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on Corporate Control, Faux Liberals and Hillary Clinton

“All you gotta do in politics is say the right thing, even though your whole record is contrary, and you’re on your way,” Nader says.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power

By Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’

Addicted to the gutter politics that ruined him, Richard Nixon was—as an English earl once said of the warlord Oliver Cromwell—“a great, bad man.”

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Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Obamacare Lawsuit? It’s the Money, Stupid

To see the big picture behind the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, follow the money.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



Joe Sacco: A Bomb in Every Comic

Joe Sacco’s satirical “Bumf” is a radical, savage and sidesplitting look at America’s species of corporate totalitarianism.

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Ben Bradlee: No Fear, No Favor

Like every young reporter at the Post, I was scared to death of him at first.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of the Free Press

The mass media set the parameters of acceptable debate. Cross those parameters, as the investigative journalist Gary Webb did, and you are turned into a pariah.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



Searching for ‘Famous Men’ in Alabama: Mike Davis on His Favorite Banned Book

When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



Gary Hart, Harbinger of a New Political Age

Had Bill Clinton heeded the glaring signs of the sea change ushered in by that now-infamous scene from a boat in Bimini called the Monkey Business in the spring of 1987, he could have spared himself, not to mention the rest of the country, a big hassle during his presidency.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Airstrikes in Iraq and Obama’s Poor Poll Numbers

The Obama administration has resorted to airstrikes to try to stop the wave of ISIS fighters sweeping Iraq. “Left, Right & Center” panelist Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, says of questions about U.S. involvement: “The military solution causes more problems than it solves. … This nation building stuff is madness. The Iraqis should make their own history and defeat [ISIS].”

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Republicans Slam Obama Over Benghazi Attack Account

Republican lawmakers compared Barack Obama’s White House to the secretive Nixon administration Thursday, denouncing its response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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SCOTUS Hands Big Money Another Big Win With Campaign Finance Ruling

On Wednesday the United States Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign funding, adding momentum to the money = speech (not to mention corporations are people too) rationale exemplified by the top court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE


Is John Kerry Fist-Bumping Snoop Weirder Than Elvis Meeting Nixon?

Sometimes popular culture and politics collide in delightful and titillating ways. Perhaps the best example is “The President Meets the King.” Until now?

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Pandas Once Again Crucial in U.S.-China Relations

Proving again that being a first lady of a P5+1 nation is a heady role indeed, with all the outfit-matching and advanced-degree-downplaying and whatnot, two top spouses from a pair of uneasy superpower bedfellow countries just took up a diplomatic tradition inaugurated by Pat Nixon.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



AP/Eric Gay

Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda

The actions of Republican governors to deny the working poor access to health care is simply a continuation of the divide-and-conquer politics that have informed Republican strategy since Richard Nixon.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Ellsberg: Snowden Made Right Decision by Leaving America

Daniel Ellsberg was able to remain in the U.S. after leaking the Pentagon Papers because, “The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago,” he argues in an op-ed Sunday. Edward Snowden would be greeted with a much different fate, Ellsberg notes, and as a result, he disagrees with those who compare Snowden to him unfavorably because of the NSA whistle-blower’s exit from the U.S.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Watergate Amnesia, the Nixonian Slur and Other Big Lies

Let’s state this very simply, so everybody will understand. The notion that Barack Obama is “Nixonian”—or that his administration’s recent troubles bear any resemblance to “Watergate”—is the biggest media lie since the phony “Whitewater scandal” crested during the Clinton presidency.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



DOJ Allegedly Spied on Fox News Correspondent, the FBI Investigates Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP candidate once trying to criminalize not reporting a miscarriage to police and Bob Woodward delivers some bad news for Republicans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Watergate Revenge: Republicans Yearning to Impeach Obama Over Benghazi ‘Cover-Up’

Less than four months after Barack Obama’s inauguration, the right-wing propaganda machine is already promoting the only imaginable conclusion to a Democratic administration that dares to achieve a second term: impeachment.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Richard Nixon at 100: The Man Who Matters

Richard Nixon, who would have turned 100 on Wednesday, endures as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War II. His style, achievements and failures persist nearly two decades after his death.

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AP/Charles Tasnadi

Robert Bork: A Pass on Watergate, Not ‘Original Intention’

The judge’s death Wednesday brings to mind his singular moment: the Senate’s rejection of his Supreme Court nomination in 1987. The criticism and assault against him marked a sea change in the process of both nominations and confirmations.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Sandy Huffaker

The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


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Mr. Fish

McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul

The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple’s China Comes Home to Haunt Us

China’s labor practices are now to be admired rather than scorned, lest the American economy decline further in the new world order.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Richard Nixon’s Rosebud: Defrocked President Went Wild for Horses

Dec. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, a landmark piece of legislation signed into law by Richard Nixon.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ollie Atkins, White House photographer

Nixon’s Watergate Testimony Finally Goes Public

After nearly 35 years, the American public finally gets to hear Richard Nixon’s claims about some of his administration’s shadier practices, Watergate figuring most notoriously among them, after the National Archives’ release Thursday of transcripts of his grand jury testimony. ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Nation of Weiners

There is a culture gap in this country, between people who are happy to enjoy what’s left of their privacy and people who just don’t think about it.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



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The Pentagon Papers Go Public

It’s been 40 years since Daniel Ellsberg took his place in history as the whistle-blower who blew the lid off the American government’s shameful secrets about the Vietnam War by leaking the Pentagon Papers. On Monday, Americans can read ... (more)

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE


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