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Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Praise the Whistle-Blower

Speaking at the esteemed All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., Truthdig’s editor addresses the faithful on issues of privacy, freedom and the surveillance state.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Farm, Immigration Bills and Obama Goes Abroad

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Congress’ failure on the farm bill and the latest amendment to the immigration reform legislation. They also take a look at news involving the Federal Reserve and President Obama’s trip to Europe.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Shift and the Meaning of Edward Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether Edward Snowden is a laudable whistle-blower or a threat to our security. Also, the Obama administration said it had confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons and announced that the U.S. would send arms to rebel fighters there.

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Kin Cheung

One American Who Isn’t for Sale

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden worked for a private company that got 98 percent of its $5.8 billion last year from the taxpayers, who are the same folks being spied upon.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Surveillance State and the China Summit

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether there is any privacy left after revelations that National Security Agency programs are collecting data about citizens’ daily communications.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Holder Meets the Press

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists eye Attorney General Eric Holder’s off-the-record meeting regarding possible changes at the DOJ, a Pew study showing 40 percent of households have mothers as breadwinners, the state of Medicare and more.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Congress Still Puts Out for Wall Street

The big banks’ influence in Washington has only grown in direct proportion to the harm they have caused to the nation’s economy.

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama Ends the War on Terror

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Barack Obama’s announcement of the end of the decade-and-counting-long war on terror while Gitmo remains open for business. Is the Obama administration all over the map when it comes to terror?

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



Tumblr Is Worth $1.1 Billion to Yahoo for One Reason: You

Tumblr shunned advertising and earned the trust of its users, but Yahoo undoubtedly has other plans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The White House Scandal Trifecta

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the Obama administration will be distracted and ineffective from here on out. The head of the IRS apologizes and claims there was no political motivation behind its treatment of conservative groups. Is it a benign symbol of an unwieldy, too-big government, or a terrifying reminder of the Nixon years?

Posted on May 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Did It for the Money

The president has chosen to fill two key Cabinet positions dealing with business practices with people who specialized in financial rip-offs.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Economies, Syria and Second Term Woes

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask, in the context of the new jobs report, whether the U.S. has two economies. Also, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio wants immigration reform and President Obama does also, so what will it take to get it passed?

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

There is a growing acceptance and indeed a demand for additional surveillance cameras, cellphone eavesdropping, location checks and biometric identifiers.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


Fact: The United States Tortured People

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A bipartisan panel tries to end the debate on torture so we don’t do it again, U.S. terrorism, why Congress is free to ignore demand for gun control and the best show you’re not watching.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE



Behind the Terracotta Curtain

Truthdig Publisher Zuade Kaufman speaks extensively about the origins of Truthdig in the new issue of Live Encounters magazine. It’s a personal recollection of how she started working with Robert Scheer, why the site is meant to be different and how advertising affects the online news business.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE



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277 Million Boston Bombings

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Latest From Boston, Gun Bills Go Down

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the urge to jump to sweeping conclusions about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Gun control legislation goes down in the Senate, and economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff of Harvard make an epic Excel error.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Gun Control and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Senate’s handling of gun control and whether there’s a new center on that issue and immigration.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Scheer Trumps Krugman in Stockman Debate

Journalist Mike Whitney praised the Truthdig editor in chief for being “the only voice on the left” to defend former Reagan budget director David Stockman against an “army of toffeenose pundits” who failed to honor the essential truth of Stockman’s controversial New York Times op-ed.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: David Stockman

Former Reagan-era budget director David Stockman is under attack by pundits everywhere for confirming that money for Wall Street and nothing for Main Street stands as an upper-class attack on the American public.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE


How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears “illegal” immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears ‘illegal’ immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Dismal Jobs Report and the Morning After Pill

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the depressing jobs report, unrestricted birth control, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks and Social Security.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Same-Sex Marriage and the Immigration Speed Bump

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss same-sex marriage as the issue moves to the Supreme Court. Will the justices’ decision be sweeping? The dramatic shift in public opinion on the topic may be reflected in the Republican Party’s repositioning, but pollster Nate Silver says only 25 percent of the GOP supports gay marriage.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Kill the Child, Spare the Lamb

Sorry to be such a nudge, but as I write this before heading off to yet another in a long lifetime of Seders, I still can’t get my head wrapped around this business of the plagues.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Israel, Nukes and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s reception in Israel, the possibility of that country attacking Iran if nuclear development continues and the deadly blunder of 10 years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Plus, a GOP autopsy.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Dumb Wars, Now and Forever

A majority of Americans now believe the Iraq War was a mistake, but memories fade. Most 18-29-year-olds say sending U.S. troops to Vietnam was not a mistake.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Did You Hear the One About the Pope and the Dirty War?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: All about Francis: Do we even need a pope? And did he collaborate with a brutal military dictatorship? Also: Why corporations don’t pay taxes, and more.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


Did You Hear the One About the Pope and the Dirty War?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: All about Francis: Do we even need a pope? And did he collaborate with a brutal military dictatorship? Also: Why corporations don’t pay taxes, and more.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Left, Aequum et Centrum

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new center of gravity, geographically speaking, of the papacy will bring a shift in the church’s positions. Also, another Rep. Paul Ryan budget arrives.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


The International Bank of Bob

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Spiritual money launderer Bob Harris gave his salary to the developing world, Hugo Chavez died, and banks were “too big to jail.” Plus: Medea Benjamin on drones, and cybersecurity.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



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If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You?

The U.S. government exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational corporations, but those firms feel no obligation to pay for that protection in return.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Tale of Two Economies, Obama’s Charm Offensive

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Whiny Billionaires in Need of Sequestration

Where is the Occupy movement now that the depravity of the super rich is on full display?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Fiscal Cliff Forever, Saucy Scalia and Double Pope

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, economist Robert Reich and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s criticism of the sequester cuts. Has Capitol Hill devolved into a state of perpetual dysfunction or is this disagreement finally proof that there’s something worth fighting for?

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Hagel Filibuster, SOTU, Pope and North Korea

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the Senate Republicans’ filibuster of Chuck Hagel, the president’s State of the Union speech, North Korea’s nuclear test and the pope’s resignation.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Senate Republicans Take a Stand Against the Public Interest

It is bizarre that Chuck Hagel, a war hero with a long record of sensible views on the deployment of military power, gets blocked as the president’s nominee to run the Pentagon, while Jack Lew, steeped in Wall Street greed, sails through as Treasury secretary.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Ed Koch Never Became President

He was an original, as you must already know. I briefly flirted with the idea that this man could become president of the United States. The first Jewish president and the loudest. He blew his chance, if he really ever had one, in 1982 when he decided to run for governor.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



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It’s Good to Be a Goldman

Here’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, and while we’re at it, take this obscenely huge bonus for having wrecked the economy.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Kill Anything That Moves

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer and Nick Turse on the American doctrine of eradication; women in combat; and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Inauguration, CIA Leaks, and a New Cop at the SEC

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama’s inaugural speech means he’s becoming the liberal Ronald Reagan. They also consider whether the Pentagon’s lifting of the ban on women in combat is social progress or simply a military necessity.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Guns, Inauguration Day and the GOP Retreat

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists explore President Obama’s plan for lowering gun violence. Will it have a measurable effect on shootings? Or is it a first step in changing the terms of debate?

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


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