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Volkswagen’s Deception May Have Caused Almost a Million Tons of Extra Pollution Every Year

Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11 million cars may be responsible for up to nearly a million tons of air pollution a year worldwide, according to a Guardian analysis.

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Brian Williams Is Making His Comeback on MSNBC Next Week

The discredited former anchor is about to return to NBC broadcasting after a suspension by the network.

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Hastert Scandal

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Globe-Trotting GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Amid Spending Scandal

Over the course of his six-year career on Capitol Hill, the Illinois representative rode a dramatic arc, rocketing from rookie congressman to social media-savvy spotlight seeker and Republican power player by the tender age of 33.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Oregon’s Disgraced Governor Could Save 34 Lives on His Way Out

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is resigning from office amid scandal, has an opportunity to put a positive spin (for some) on his exit.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

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Big Lies, Little Lies and the Punishment of Brian Williams

The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive—even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

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How Monica Lewinsky Deserves to Be Remembered

Monica Lewinsky must be satisfied to learn that with a few stylish photographs and a few innocuous paragraphs, she can still discombobulate Maureen Dowd, Lynne Cheney and a swarm of demented figures in American politics and media.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE

Monica Lewinsky Breaks Silence on Clinton Affair

It is time to stop “tiptoeing around my past—and other people’s futures,” she said, in a possible reference to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s expected White House run in 2016.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE

Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV

The fact is that although there may be marginally increasing diversity among the casts of fictional television series, there are not nearly enough black and brown voices presenting or analyzing the news on television or in newsrooms, in broadcast or print, in traditional media or new media.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens to Throw Reporter Off ‘Fucking Balcony’ for Asking the Wrong Question

As State of the Union rebuttals go, it’s going to be hard to top Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Chris Christie’s Dual Political Personalities

It’s rare that you can look at your television screen and see not only what is happening but also what might have been.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Christie and His Pal Karl Rove Are Not ‘Straightforward’

When Karl Rove praises a politician’s “straightforward” approach to an erupting scandal, it seems wise to expect that something very twisted will instead emerge in due course—and to consider his real objectives.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE

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The Boss Disses the Governor

I grew up in Jersey—Jersey City. I don’t remember being west of the Delaware River until I was in college. I thought the United States was an Italian country governed by the Irish.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE


Poll: Most Americans Don’t Really Care About Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

For all the print and pixels spilled over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political troubles, he turns out to be pretty untroubled where actual voters are concerned.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Mel Evans

Chris Christie ‘Embarrassed and Humiliated’ by Staff Stunt

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a public apology Thursday, offering that he was “embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my staff” in the aftermath of a staff scandal.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE

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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Seth Wenig

Why They Hate Eliot Spitzer

Corporations have revved their engines back up for round two of the smear campaign against Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who has announced that he will run for New York City comptroller.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE

The Evidence Room

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Monster Under the Bed

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Obama and the GOP

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IRS Tea Party

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‘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?

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Raid on $300 Million ‘Charity’ Forces Fla. Lt. Gov. to Resign

Authorities in Florida and five other states carried out a massive raid on a politically well-connected charity that has been called a fraud by the Internal Revenue Service.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE

Vatican Lawyer Gives U.S. Media Credit for Uncovering Sex Scandal

For once, the American media might have done some good, at least according to the Rev. Robert Oliver, a lawyer for the Vatican who recently assumed the role of prosecutor on sexual abuse cases within the Holy See.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

This ‘Hitchcock’ Is Frightfully Off

He was never dark or monstrous as this film makes him seem. Rather the opposite. There was something—well—childlike about him.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE


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The Watchdog

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The Petraeus Affair

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell

Another Scandal Among Officers Who No Longer Win Wars

As a former serviceman, I have been long bemused by the proliferation of ribbons and other decorations on the chests of today’s high-ranking army officers, now mired in scandal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE


A Bizarro Spy Tale With Missing Pieces

The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE

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Rebekah Brooks Faces Phone Hacking Charges

British authorities have decided to try eight people in the case of gutter journalism gone terribly wrong (or wrong-er). They include the woman who ran Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire in the U.K. and Andy Coulson, who was editor of News of the World from 2003 until 2007 and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director until 2011.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE

Help Wanted

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Paul Vathis

Paterno and Others Hid Facts, Inquiry Says

An investigation into the Penn State sexual abuse scandal determined that head football coach Joe Paterno and other senior officials knew for as long as 15 years that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky may have had sexual relationships with young boys.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Mark Lennihan

Crime of the Century

Forget Bernie Madoff and Enron’s Ken Lay—they were mere amateurs in financial crime.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE

Did Young Romney Impersonate a Police Officer? Another Witness Says Yes

When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University dormitory that he sometimes disguised himself as a police officer—a crime in many states, including Michigan and California, where he then lived.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE

Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov. Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE

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John Edwards Gets Off

Maybe justice really is blind. Despite one poll rating his favorability at 3 percent, a jury Thursday set two-time presidential candidate and scandal magnet John Edwards free.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE

Official Murdoch Denouncement Makes Waves on American Shores

The declaration by British MPs on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch exercised “willfull blindness” about phone hacking at The News of the World and is “not a fit person” to run a major international company has prompted the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to ask the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses that News Corp. holds in the U.S.

Posted on May 3, 2012 READ MORE

Will GOP Exploit Secret Service and GSA Scandals?

Concerned as President Obama must be over the unfolding embarrassments in the Secret Service and the General Services Administration, he may actually be comforted by the feeble attempts of a few politicians to wring political profit from those scandals.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 READ MORE

Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE

Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE

Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after he returned from the Summit of the Americas.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE

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