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Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Bonuses for Wall Street CEOs

A little-known section of the U.S. tax code “created a legal process by which publicly held companies can lower their tax bills by boosting CEO pay,” reports George Zornick at The Nation. (Pictured: John Stumpf, Wells Fargo chairman and CEO.)

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: A Movement for Peace

By Robert Scheer

Should Hillary Clinton be behaving as the Democratic nominee for president? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer doesn’t think so and wants her to listen more to the progressive side of the party.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Can’t The Nation and the Left Deal With Election Theft?

There are two things we all need to know about the upcoming 2016 election.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE

Tom Hayden Article Endorsing Hillary Clinton Produces a Flood of Angry Responses

The progressive activist declared himself “a Bernie supporter” in September, but now he’s backing the former secretary of state in the California Democratic primary.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 5, 2016 READ MORE

American Democracy Down for the Count?

Most Americans are either overworked or hurting for jobs; housing is overpriced; hospitals, crowded and understaffed. Opioid or heroin overdose is a common way of death. Did the American soldiers I covered in Afghanistan know they were fighting for this?

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE

The Nation Magazine Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

“Bernie Sanders and his supporters are bending the arc of history toward justice,” write the magazine’s editors. “We believe such a revolution is not only possible but necessary—and that’s why we’re endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.”

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE

So You Want to Ditch Your Landlord

“Real estate as a store of private wealth is the rotten tree that sprouts [the] diseased branches” of homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, gentrification and dangerous housing bubbles, writes Jesse A. Meyerson at The Nation. “[T]he solution is to quit pruning twigs and chop the sucker down.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE

After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’

Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Condition of Black Cemeteries Mirrors Our Regard for Black Lives

While Confederate memorials continue to draw public funding, across the United States time and divestment have transformed historic black cemeteries into trash dumps and overgrown forests.

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 READ MORE

An Accounting Trick Is the Basis of Phony Claim That U.S. Faces a Public-Sector Debt Crisis

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi’s claim that “rapidly growing public sector debt threatens America’s economic future” is based on dishonest accounting rigged by congressional austerity hawks, reports The Nation.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

Don’t Let The Wall Street Journal Scare You Away From Bernie Sanders’ Budget Proposal

One of the authors of a study that the Murdoch-owned rag used this week to try to scare voters into believing the progressive candidate’s federal budget proposals would be prohibitively expensive says that in actuality the Sanders plan would cost the country far less than what it would normally spend.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

No, Protests Against Police Brutality Are Not Increasing Crime

In a recent piece for The Nation, Alex S. Vitale—a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College—disproves claims that the Black Lives Matter movement has caused an uptick in crime.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

How Israel Used F-16s and High-Tech Soldiers to Devastate Gaza

Forty-six days into Operation Protective Edge in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli military was attacking with renewed ferocity.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: In ‘Free’ Countries, Unpopular Ideas Can Be Suppressed Without the Use of Force

Paraphrasing George Orwell’s virtually unread introduction to “Animal Farm,” the renowned linguist explains how listening to the media, which are owned by the wealthy, and receiving a “good education” can suppress free thought.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE

The West Is Responsible for Unraveling Ukraine

Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel writes in The Washington Post that the U.S. government and mainstream media have arrogantly and self-servingly portrayed the calamity Western powers wrought in Ukraine as a false “morality tale” about democracy-loving protesters and alleged Russian aggression.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE

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What Makes Michael Brown’s Killing Different From the Rest?

Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer at The Nation, argues that the impetus behind the Ferguson protests isn’t the slaying of one unarmed black man since the incident is not uncommon in present-day America.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Posted on May 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Jonathan Schell

Readings of over half a dozen commemorations of Schell and a handful of his works in the days after his death suggest that a firm orientation toward basic moral concerns was one of the gifts he gave to readers caught in a society losing faith in its own decency.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders: I’m Prepared to Run in 2016

The recent Truthdigger of the Week and independent senator from Vermont informally told Nation magazine reporter John Nichols that he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Personality and Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether Syria can be solved and respond to a new study that finds it’s no harder to climb the economic ladder today than it was 20 years ago.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Persecution: African Migrants in the Holy Land

Roughly 60,000 Africans seeking deliverance from poverty, persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide face ultranationalist aggression as Israelis and their politicians seek brutal methods in the effort to retain the Jewish character of their country.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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The Poverty of Child Care Professionals

In New Jersey, mothers are working as independent contractors looking after children whose parents are struggling to make ends meet, and many of these child care professionals can’t afford their own bills.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE

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The Resilient Minority Wage Gap

At the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” almost 50 years ago, black leaders called for “decent housing, adequate and integrated education, a federal jobs program for full employment, and a national minimum wage of more than $13 an hour in today’s dollars.” Greg Kaufmann at The Nation tells us how far we’ve failed to come.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Inside America’s Dirty Wars

The killing of U.S. born, al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent here in America.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Liberals Back to Giving Obama a Pass

“Now that Obama appears poised to push substantial parts of Social Security and Medicare over the ‘fiscal cliff’—in exchange for a paltry, largely symbolic, increase in the top marginal income-tax rate—we might ask whether liberals will once again rise to Obama’s defense, no matter how indefensible his actions,” writes John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

Notion Building

For those who love pointless games of aggression, rocks will always beat scissors. And the reason why that will never change is because logic has nothing to do with arguing for or against the rules of a game.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE    

Students Talk Poverty on National Tour

At a stop of liberal pundit Tavis Smiley and activist Dr. Cornel West’s “Poverty Tour 2.0” at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann spoke with students about their crippling experiences with poverty.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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Sept. 17: Occupy Wall Street’s Birthday Celebration

The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Are Liberals Too Eager to Believe Sex Charges Against Julian Assange?

What happens when the predatory interests of a national security state and those of women’s rights advocates seem to coincide, as in the case of WikiLeaks publisher and accused rapist Julian Assange? A murky witch hunt, in which some liberals forget that suspects are innocent until proven guilty, JoAnn Wypijewski writes in The Nation.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Why Did The Guardian Hire Josh Trevino?

Readers of The Guardian are up in arms over the addition of former George W. Bush speechwriter Joshua Trevino to the historically liberal newspaper’s American staff.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE

Chris Hayes Explains Meritocracy (and What It Means for You)

Here in America, based on your “pluck and drive and ambition and talent, you could rise as far as your abilities will take you.” Right? Of course not, says MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Alexander Cockburn at Ease

Fashion, tips for surviving a police encounter, and why we might all be better off when the American empire crumbles are among the subjects the late CounterPunch editor Alexander Cockburn rapped about in a conversation in the Deep South sometime during the summer of 2006.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

John Nichols on the Failed Gov. Walker Recall

Reporter John Nichols of The Nation spoke from Wisconsin about Gov. Scott Walker’s survival of Tuesday’s attempt to recall him and what it says about how special-interest and corporate money has taken over politics since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

John Nichols: The Power of the General Strike

One week ahead of Occupy Wall Street’s call for “A Day Without the 99%,” The Nation Institute’s John Nichols talks about the historical importance of the general strike—a powerful tool for protest that helped make possible the rights that American workers have long enjoyed.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE

Chileans Schooled in the Art of Protest

In Chile, where the average monthly minimum wage income falls $100 short of college tuition costs, students are continuing their winter of kiss-ins, marches and hunger strikes against private, for-profit education and demanding affordable state-run schools. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

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Corporate Front Group Burns Americans

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive association of corporations and state legislators that has been crafting public policy to suit corporate interests since 1973. The organization is not new, but the opportunity to review ... (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE

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Bread and the ‘Tropic of Chaos’

Christian Parenti, who writes regularly for The Nation magazine, has published a book detailing some of the present and future social impacts of climate change. In an essay on Tom, he connects the rising cost of bread to the revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. (more)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE

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Murdoch’s Officers Jump the Deck

Les Hinton, chairman of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper operations, both resigned Friday over connections to the now-defunct News of the World’s recent phone hacking scandal… (more)

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE

The Nation

The Nation Magazine Rethinks Capitalism

Last month, editors at The Nation magazine published 13 mini-essays on the subject of how to make capitalism “less destructive and domineering, [and] more focused on what people really need for fulfilling lives” written by lefty thinkers in business, activism and politics. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE

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Dick Gephardt, Corporate Lobbyist

If it seems contradictory (read: hypocritical) that former Rep. Dick Gephardt, at one time a self-styled anti-lobbying, pro-labor crusader, would become a lobbyist for Visa and Goldman Sachs, well, that’s because it is. Oh, and you can strike “pro-environment” off of Gephardt’s list of political poses, too.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE

Ari Melber

4 Ways Obama Can Boost His Numbers

The Nation’s Ari Melber has some ideas about how the president can turn around his slipping poll numbers. First and foremost: Take charge and fight for the public option.

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

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