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From the ‘Nation of Poets’ to Trump’s America, One Somali-Born Writer Is Giving Refugees a Voice

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Senate Minority Leader Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster

After weeks of outcry and calls for Senate Democrats to “grow a spine” and filibuster Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (pictured), appear to be listening.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back Privacy Rules

Senators vote 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations that protected consumer data from being misused by internet service providers.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers

Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE



Activists Dress in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Robes to Protest Texas Abortion Legislation

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel inspires a group of women to wear the book’s signature red robes to a Texas Senate meeting.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE



The Culture of Cruelty in Trump’s America

The repressive state and market apparatus of the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of aggression and violence in U.S. society.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE


What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

The Truthdig team met Thursday with Jessica González of Free Press, a media advocacy group, to discuss equal access to internet content.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The New Meals on Wheels









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Why Neil Gorsuch Is a Dream Choice for Right-Wingers

Born into the conservative movement, the Supreme Court nominee has been well trained in its ideological orthodoxy.

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Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs

Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE


Cenk Uygur Tells Democrats How to Fight Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination (Video)

The host of The Young Turks has some advice for the opposition on aggressively questioning President Trump’s Supreme Court pick about money in politics.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



For-Profit Colleges Gain Beachhead in Trump Administration

Taylor Hansen lobbied to weaken regulation of for-profit colleges. Since he joined Betsy DeVos (pictured) in the Department of Education, that regulation has started to crumble.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE



Majority of Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate,’ Poll Finds

The GenForward survey, conducted by the University of Chicago, also finds that most think the United States is “on the wrong track.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Is Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

Price (pictured, right), head of the Department of Health and Human Services, traded stocks of health-related companies while working on legislation affecting the firms. An unnamed source says Bharara was overseeing an investigation.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE


Irish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump’s Immigration Policy in White House Speech (Video)

In his St. Patrick’s Day speech Thursday—with the president at his side—Enda Kenny (pictured, right) delved into the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



An In-Depth Look at Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s ‘Pervasive Female Double’

A new profile in New York magazine details how the trusted presidential adviser has carved out a powerful role for herself in the White House.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Angela Davis, an Activist for the Ages

Davis’ inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Set to Nominate Coal Lobbyist, Boeing Executive to Deputy Positions

The president’s latest hires confirm that his policy isn’t so much to drain the swamp as to fill it, according to many observers.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE


Meals on Wheels









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Who Will Build Trump’s Border Wall?

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will need $4.1 billion through 2018 to finance construction of the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE



The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

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Trump’s Budget









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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home

If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



If ‘Ryancare’ Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single-Payer?

The problem for policymakers is that they have been trying to fund an inefficient and overpriced medical system with scarce taxpayer funds without capping costs.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last

His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge in Hawaii

Speaking at a Tennessee rally, the president denounces the decision as “unprecedented judicial overreach.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



Could There Be a ‘Global Anthem’ After Trump?

In recent speeches, President Trump accurately described the sovereign state system of today. But might we one day see a “United Earth”?

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue

The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



The Surge Delusion

Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE


What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Read: Donald Trump’s Order on ‘Reorganizing’ the Executive Branch

A new executive order, signed by the president on Monday, paves the way for Trump and Congress to “eliminate unnecessary agencies” within the federal government.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)

The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



California Joins Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the modified ban “unconstitutional and un-American.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s War on Truth Tellers

The president and his White House continue to attack the credibility of institutions that present facts and arguments they don’t like.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE



How Much of the Globe’s Humanitarian Crisis Is the United States’ Fault?

At the very time the Trump administration wants to turn its back on the world’s migrants, the globe’s worst crises are accelerating.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Turns to a Rarely Used Rule in Trying to Prevent CIA Testimony in Torture Lawsuit

The Trump administration invokes “the state secret privilege” to keep intelligence officials from revealing interrogation techniques.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE


U.S. Military Spending [a cartoon from China]









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New York U.S. Attorney Fired After Refusing Trump Administration’s Request to Step Down

Preet Bharara’s firing adds a new layer of controversy to the abrupt demand for 46 U.S. attorneys to resign.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE



How to Respond to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Destructive Views on Climate Change

If Pruitt angers you, swing into action. Find out whether there is a coal plant near you and work to close it.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE



What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?

The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE


Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Meet the Hundreds of Government Officials the President Has Quietly Installed

They include obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and dozens of Washington insiders.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE



What Syrian Refugees Think of Trump’s Refugee Ban

A wave of anger reportedly swept through Syrian refugee camps in southern Lebanon after news of the president’s revised travel ban.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE



Is It Fair to Label the President a Liar?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has done just that on Twitter, responds to a journalist’s challenge on the subject.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE



Hawaii Is First to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

The court filing argues that the ban is “denying all Hawaii residents the benefits of an inclusive and pluralistic society.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE


International Women’s Day Live Blog: What ‘A Day Without a Woman’ Looks Like

Women around the world are protesting Wednesday for equal pay and on other crucial issues affecting their lives. Follow along with Truthdig for live updates on global activities.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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