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Cast Your Vote: What Was Most Significant News Story That Affected the 2016 Election?

With just four days left until one of the most anticipated votes in American history, tell us what you see as the most important news story of the campaign.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE


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FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in ‘Big Win for Civil Rights’

New rules require internet service providers to get customers’ explicit consent before sharing data with third parties.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE


Ajamu Baraka Discusses the Green Party’s Future

By Emma Niles

The vice presidential nominee recently met with the Truthdig team for a conversation on the current election, in which he discussed the struggles and successes of his party—as well as how it will move forward after Nov. 8.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


The Green Party’s Ajamu Baraka: This Is a Campaign Meant to ‘Establish Real Power’ (Video)

Truthdig journalists met with Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka on Thursday to discuss the election and the party’s future.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A ‘VotePact’ Dialogue

A fictional conversation between two friends shows how disenchanted voters can team up “to vote their actual preference” instead of voting for “the lesser evil.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein: Democrats Govern by Fear—That Alone Should Cost Them Your Vote

Only privileged people with some attachment to the system believe the major-party candidates are the best the United States can offer, says the Green Party nominee. The disenfranchised—immigrants, people of color and young people locked into debt—are demanding real change.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



Those of You Who Still Don’t Want to Vote for Hillary Clinton, Please Reconsider

I continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals but tell me they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. With due respect, I believe they’re wrong.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE


Third-Party Vice Presidential Nominees, Left Out of the Debate, Turn to Social Media

By Emma Niles

The Green Party and the Libertarian Party, largely ignored by the mainstream media and barred from the debate stage, use Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and other internet platforms.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Third-Party Candidates, Excluded From the Debates, Participate Via Social Media

By Emma Niles

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson took to Twitter and utilized Facebook’s live-streaming service to share their reactions to the first of the presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Green Party’s Jill Stein Ramps Up Criticism of Opponents

In the past few days, the party’s presidential nominee has asserted that Donald Trump has cognitive problems and argued that a Clinton presidency poses a greater threat to America than a Trump presidency.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE


Ralph Nader: Calling a Third-Party Candidate a Spoiler Is the Same as Saying ‘Shut Up’

People from outside the major parties who are pursuing elected office are exercising their First Amendment rights. Calling them spoilers is “political bigotry” that Americans should never tolerate, the activist says.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why You Really Must Get Behind Hillary Clinton—Now

Election Day is less than two months away. Please read my response to those of you who still don’t want to vote for Clinton.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE


Discouraging Protest Votes, Bernie Sanders Says: Elect Hillary Clinton—Then Mobilize

By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams

The former presidential candidate reiterated his argument that the only way the progressive agenda has a shot at being implemented is with Clinton at the helm and the grass-roots force as her guide.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘What Is Aleppo?’ A Fateful Question for Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson

The third-party candidate leaves his interviewers momentarily speechless after being asked about the ravaged Syrian city in an MSNBC interview.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Jill Stein: ‘The Experience of Democracy’ Is More Important Than Being a Career Politician

The Green Party presidential nominee met with Truthdig staff to talk about how the mainstream media has (and hasn’t) covered her campaign, her qualifications for the nation’s highest office and the controversy over her running mate’s “Uncle Tom” comment aimed at President Obama. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Green Party Ticket Lays Out Its Programs, Denounces ‘Murdering From the Sky’ (Audio)

In a new radio interview, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka discuss the mainstream media, student debt and foreign policy.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Jill Stein Accepting Green Party Presidential Nomination: ‘We Are Saying No to the Lesser Evil’

On the final day of the Green Party’s convention in Houston last weekend, Jill Stein spoke on the power of the greater good in the face of two undesirable candidates.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Beyond Clinton vs. Trump: Green Party Convention Kicks Off

“It’s kind of funny that big politicians think ... that [they] are entitled to our vote,” said Jill Stein, the Greens’ presidential nominee. “I don’t think the American voters think that way.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



Don’t Fall for It: The Nader Myth and Your 2016 Vote

Once again, fear is being ramped up to manipulate progressives into voting for someone they do not want—Hillary Clinton—instead of someone who represents their values.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Jill Stein on How, and Where, Revolution Can Actually Happen

Green Party candidate Jill Stein sits down with Hedges at a crucial moment in the 2016 election cycle to talk about the many emergencies that the two major-party nominees will be categorically unable to confront, much less solve. 

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Truthdig Sits Down With the Green Party’s Jill Stein (Video)

The Greens’ presumptive presidential nominee met with us for a live discussion, broadcast on Facebook, about the 2016 election and American politics.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


She’s No Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump—Behind the Scenes With Jill Stein (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

A path exists for a credible independent candidate to win the U.S. presidency in 2016. Could that person be the presumptive Green Party nominee?

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Frees Us to Vote as We Wish

Federal Election Commission filings suggest that the Republican presidential candidate is a paper-tiger candidate without a real campaign. So let’s vote for the future we want.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant Talk Third-Party Politics (Video)

Truthdig contributor Hedges analyzes establishment politics with the socialist on Seattle’s City Council.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jill Stein to Bernie Sanders: Join the Green Party Ticket (Video)

“This would be a very exciting route to go down,” the third-party presidential candidate said.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

Corporate Democrats rigged the primary elections. They sold us out to Wall Street. They stripped us of our civil liberties. And now they want us to be mute props in their political theater. Democracy will only come from the streets.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Progressive Independent Party Launches a Petition to Unify Support Behind Bernie Sanders

The new political party aims to create a voting bloc of outside voices to propel the Vermont senator into the White House.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Michael Bloomberg Keeps White House Run at Arm’s Length as He Eyes Donald Trump With Dismay

After Joe Biden’s close call last fall, the latest subject of will-he-or-won’t-he scrutiny in this chaotic election cycle is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. So ... will he?

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Most Independents Elected to Statehouses Since 1942

The 25 alternative candidates elected to state legislatures in the 2012 election might not seem like a huge groundswell, but it represents the highest level of independent representation in statehouses since 1942.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Independent Candidate Favored to Win Senate Race

If you’re not a Democrat or a Republican, the widely held belief goes, you have zero chance of winning an election. But there is one state where someone not affiliated with the two major parties has a good shot at winning a seat in the United States: Maine.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE


Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Visits ‘Moyers & Company’

As Bill Moyers explores in the latest edition of his program, third parties have a place in the American political system, despite the fact that it’s dominated by Democrats and Republicans.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney (the “anyone but Romney” vote has gone from Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Gingrich) would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Seth Wenig

Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

What would it be like if activists were to spend the next several months developing, articulating and organizing toward a major national mortgage and student loan strike? Such a loan strike would be slated to begin on some specific preannounced date in the intermediate future. Why not, say, on Oct. 1, 2012, right in the middle of the next presidential campaign?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third-Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge. But it’s also the year of $1 billion campaigns and Citizens United-style funding schemes.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Letterman and Stout

Letterman Gets a Tea Party Education

David Letterman didn’t exactly lob any hardballs in his interview with Idaho tea party activist Pam Stout on Tuesday night’s show, opting instead to have a light and informative exchange on Stout’s own history and where she believes the movement might be headed ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Tea Party Movement Losing Steam?

What if they threw a tea party convention and Michele Bachmann didn’t come? The first official such gathering of the right-wing “grass-roots” movement kicked off in Nashville on Thursday, and while it appears that the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota did pull out, Twitter-happy keynote (teanote?) speaker Sarah Palin was still very much on the books for her big moment Saturday. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


Nader and Baldwin

Hedges Moderates Third-Party Presidential Debate Between Nader and Baldwin

Award-winning journalist and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges does his part to give third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin a (televised) forum to debate each other and to describe what they stand for and what they believe would constitute “change” for the country.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Picking the Lesser of Two Evils’

The renowned linguist and political philosopher tells The Real News that there is indeed a difference between the two major parties and their candidates, if only a narrow one. While they both serve elites, Chomsky says, the Democrats, over time, help people.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Ralph Nader
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Pariah or Prophet?

Many have dismissed Ralph Nader’s recurring candidacy as an “ego trip,” but veteran journalist Chris Hedges argues that the activist and agitator has in fact taken a consistent and necessary stand against the consumer fraud of American politics.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


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