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The Mafia State

The greed of the 1 percent and their dismantling of good governance have given rise to a criminal economy and criminal state embodied in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE


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The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’

The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)

In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism

The Democratic elites, we know from leaked emails, helped elevate a buffoonish rival whom they saw as the perfect foil for Hillary Clinton. The game they are playing—if they do not address our rising inequality, despair and loss of civil liberties—will usher in an American fascism.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE



Vice Presidential Debate Left Us Wanting Less

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence established themselves as national political figures and avoided harming their respective candidates’ chances. But the benefit for voters was harder to discern.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE


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



Donald Trump’s ‘To Be Determined’ Approach Threatens Democracy’s Ideal

Have a candidate’s political strategists ever before treated their candidate like a rambunctious child and spoken of their pride that they finally coaxed him to “stay on message”?

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE


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The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats

The numbers don’t lie. The notion that angry blue-collar voters could sway the 2016 presidential election just may not be true.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: My Mother, ‘the Illegal Alien’?

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve republished Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s moving account of his mother’s struggles as an immigrant living in constant fear of deportation.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Triumph Forces GOP Party Leaders to Make a Decision

So far, most Republican luminaries are choosing collaboration over resistance — although many have declined comment and seem to still be pondering what to do with the party’s presumptive nominee for president.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Report: Ted Cruz Pre-emptively Picking Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate

Watching the seemingly endless series of Republican debates this election season, one might wonder why so many candidates hung in there well past the point when it was clear they had no real chance of winning. Well, wonder no more.

Posted on Apr 27, 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



‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Film Review: A Cut-Above Campus Comedy

Richard Linklater uses the Carter-Reagan cusp year of 1980 as a backdrop for his peek into the character-forming college experience.

Posted on Apr 6, 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.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why Did Hillary Clinton Falsely Cast Nancy Reagan as a Champion of AIDS Sufferers?

Hillary Clinton on Friday afternoon walked back a gross misstatement in which she had praised the recently deceased former first lady Nancy Reagan and President Reagan for starting “a national conversation” on the deadly AIDS virus.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016 READ MORE



Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady and Conservative Icon, Dies at 94

Though for the most part she spent her later years as a private citizen, Nancy Reagan was also a longtime public figure and emblematic of an era in American political history. 

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Mr. Trump, You Are No Ronald Reagan

Comparisons to the GOP icon break down quickly. The Republican front-runner’s foremost attributes are an undisciplined belief in himself and disrespect for democracy. Put beside Trump, even the flaw-laden Hillary Clinton looks good.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



Thomas Piketty: Bernie Sanders Heralds a New Era in American Politics

“In many respects, we are witnessing the end of the politico-ideological cycle opened by the victory of Ronald Reagan at the 1980 elections,” writes French economist Thomas Piketty, whose 2014 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” made inequality a respectable topic of conversation among professionals and beltway pundits.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



In His Last Year, Can Obama Complete the Unfinished Business of Gun Control?

The president’s recent executive actions—spurred by mass shootings that seem to be endless—promise to breathe new life into the debate on gun control. But will Congress act?

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Killer Mike’s Ringing Endorsement of Bernie Sanders

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Rapper and activist Killer Mike feels the Bern.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



From the Annals of U.S. History: America’s Role in Creating Islamic Extremism

It’s a refrain that has been played and replayed before, but some Americans might need yet another refresher.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


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



‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Film Review: A Half-Baked Hollywood Version of a Great Documentary

David Gordon Green’s star-studded film is a middling comedy about the humdrum conflicts between American meddlers in Bolivia’s 2002 election. Meanwhile, the Bolivians in it are as invisible as most of the slaves in “Gone With the Wind.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Sept. 11, Beirut, Benghazi: It’s the Terrorists’ Fault

Bad things happen on every president’s watch—also every secretary of state’s—and the proper place to lay blame is on the perpetrators.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



Go Ahead, Back Hillary Clinton and Forget All About Her Record

The candidate has been profoundly wrong on the two most pressing issues of our time—economic injustice and unbridled militarism—and seems incapable of learning from her dangerous errors in judgment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


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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



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

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



Former CIA Agent Trying to Reveal How the U.S. Runs Afghanistan’s Opium Trade Is in Jail

A retired CIA analyst claims the U.S. government is trying to frame him in order to quiet his tell-all book on drug smuggling in Afghanistan; Ronald Reagan’s offspring send Donald Trump a message; meanwhile, a Los Angeles man wakes up from a coma speaking ancient Hebrew. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Trump Reined In by Rivals in Second GOP Debate

When Donald Trump showed up Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Library for the second Republican debate, 10 other conservative presidential contenders were waiting for him—with their gloves off.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Ben Carson Picks Up Steam

Donald Trump may be talking tough while aboard vintage battleships these days, but he’s going to need more than macho swagger and vague generalities to keep his lead over other GOP presidential contenders for another year.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



That Time Ronald Reagan Opened Iran and Illegally Sold Weapons to Khomeini (Video)

Reagan, prevented by law from selling U.S. weaponry to Iran, arranged the shipment using a notorious Israeli arms dealer as an intermediary. Meanwhile, he was militarily supporting Iraq—Iran’s enemy. In return, Iran agreed to pressure the Lebanese Shiites to let American hostages go. Then, with the money from Khomeini, Reagan financed right-wing death squads in Nicaragua.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Reagan: The Life

Drawing heavily on the former president’s diaries and a raft of memoirs by insiders, author H.W. Brands’ “Reagan: The Life” tells its story briskly, punctuated by doses of well-tempered historical context, occasional and always gentle corrections of Reagan’s flawed representations, and a dash of analysis.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE


Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Coming Climate Revolt

Civil disobedience must be used to abolish the oil, gas and coal companies and replace a government held captive by corporations. Otherwise, we will say goodbye to life as we know it.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Needs to Cancel Executive Order 12333

There’s a chance you’re being watched right now.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’ Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

When Ronald Reagan famously ate grapes on television as governor of California in 1969, he was thumbing his nose at a growing movement for the rights of farmworkers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Al-Sisi’s Run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money

Egypt’s Brig. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement was more Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Rand Paul Slams He Who Must Not Be Named (Ted Cruz)

Fresh off a big straw poll win at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a new op-ed taking aim without mentioning names at second-place finisher and fellow conservative heartthrob Sen. Ted Cruz.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert Spent All Weekend Watching the Sochi Olympics, and Here Are His Only Complaints

The murky (and possibly deadly) hotel water and the U.S. bobsledder who had to break out of his bathroom are not worthy of the pundit’s attention.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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