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President Trump Doesn’t Have a Handle on Health Care, Times Interview Confirms

In a curious sit-down with The New York Times, Trump calls attention to gaps in his understanding of health care policy and feeds other doubts about him held by his critics.

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Here’s the Update All Trump Voters Should Read

So after six months, has the president delivered what he promised you?

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Trump Nominee Told Senate He Had Dropped Big Client, but Documents Say Otherwise

Although lobbyist David Bernhardt claimed he had stopped promoting a water district in California, emails and other evidence indicate he was still on the job.

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Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn: How the Left Is Changing the Global Political Debate (Video)

The U.K.’s Labour Party leader assures the author and activist, “When people’s minds are opened up, there’s no end to the possibilities.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

The action comes on the heels of Washington’s reluctant recertification of Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

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House Budget Blueprint Is Key to Whether Trump’s Tax Agenda Will Succeed

With the president’s bid to overhaul the health care system on hold, Republicans have their orders to press forward on revamping the nation’s tax code.

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Senate Health Care Vote Delayed as John McCain Recovers From Surgery

With the Republican senator unable to cast a ballot, the latest version of President Trump’s prized health care bill has hit another snag. It’s unclear how long the delay will be.

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Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (pictured) and other top Trump appointees are outspoken opponents of federal funding for birth control, advocating abstinence rather than contraception.

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Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots

The president’s refusal to acknowledge human-induced global warming is fueling resistance that is real, strong and growing.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Don Jr.? (Video)

Given that the many takes on Donald Trump Jr.’s extracurricular campaign activities range from garden-variety “opposition research” to “treason,” arriving at a reasonable conclusion without spinning out is no small feat.

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Russell Brand Wonders if Anything Meaningful Will Come From the G-20 Summit (Video)

The “Trews” host (left) deconstructs President Trump’s speech to the international summit in Germany and discusses the meeting’s possible global outcomes. (At right, the U.K.’s Theresa May.)

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ (Video)

In the second part of their recent conversation, the renowned intellectual (left) tells the Truthdig columnist how the banking, fossil fuel and tech sectors profit from taxpayer dollars.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Says the U.S. Must Work With Russia and Move Past Election Issues

The president does not want questions of Russian interference to prevent him from working with Putin’s government on other matters, including the civil war in Syria, officials say.

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On Wednesday, July 12, Everyone Can Stand Up for Net Neutrality

Imagine a world without internet freedom. This week, a major protest on the web will show what it would be like.

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G-20 Summit Highlighted a Transition in Geopolitical Power That Has Been Developing for Years

The process has escalated in recent months, but its roots go much deeper than Donald Trump.

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Tillerson Gets Oil Industry Award, Says He Misses Colleagues

The secretary of state and former head of ExxonMobil says he will be at the 2020 World Petroleum Congress in Houston “in some capacity, one way or another.”

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Report: Trump Continues to Personally Profit From Golf Club Membership Fees

An investigation reveals how Donald Trump has pocketed membership fees, defying golf industry standards as well as the principles of his elected position.

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Immigration Court Spotlights the ‘Legal Hell’ of the U.S. Deportation System

The courts often impose unfair penalties on immigrants arrested by ICE. The process can also be a nightmare for judges and lawyers, and it’s only getting worse.

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Syria Cease-Fire Begins; Trump Eyes Cooperation With Russia

The cease-fire, which covers three war-torn provinces in southern Syria, follows months of strategy and diplomacy between the Trump administration and Moscow.

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Trump Administration Backs Texas Voter ID Law in Court

The White House wants the courts to uphold voter ID restrictions in Texas that opponents call discriminatory.

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Here’s How Donald Trump Transferred Wealth to His Son While Avoiding the Usual Taxes

Last year, then-candidate Trump sold two condos at a steep discount to his son Eric (pictured). But he doesn’t appear to be on the hook for gift taxes.

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Germany Sets a Record, Producing 35 Percent of Its Electricity With Renewables

More than a third of Germany’s electricity this year has come from wind, solar, biomass and hydro—but the country still has a long way to go when it comes to clean energy.

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Trump’s Man With a Plan ... to Suppress the Vote Nationwide

Kris Kobach, Kansas’ anti-immigrant secretary of state, is the operational leader of the president’s newly launched commission to investigate fraudulent voting.

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Kim Jong Un Vows North Korea’s Nukes Will Stay Off the Negotiating Table

Analysts say Kim’s government believes nuclear weapons are key to its own survival and could be used to wrest concessions from the United States.

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Naomi Klein: ‘Counting on [Trump] Self-Destructing Is Very, Very Dangerous’ (Video)

The author of “The Shock Doctrine” worries that Democrats are positioning themselves as the “Impeachment Party” rather than proposing ideas for bettering American lives.

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump’s Escalating Assault on the Press

Maybe the president’s most recent attacks on the press were meant to distract from a week of embarrassing news. I fear a more menacing reality.

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A Rising Tide of Alarmist Assumptions About Russia in Hacking Inquiries

Cyber-criminal efforts to hack into U.S. government databases are epidemic, and this ugly reality is being exploited to foist blame on the Kremlin and fuel hysteria.

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Private Money Goes After Trump’s Public Infrastructure Projects

The current lobbying push has links to a former disaster involving Mike Pence. Plus, Scott Pruitt’s industry connections run deep, and Trump Org had big plans for Soviet states.

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Trump Makes a Push on Health Bill but Still Supports Repeal-Only Option as a Backup

GOP moderates and conservatives continue to disagree over the proposed Senate health care legislation.

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Now’s the Time for Medicare for All (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

As Republicans in Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are moving in the opposite direction, toward a universal single-payer system.

Posted on Jul 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



What Trump Didn’t Know About Herat When He Barred Robotics Students From Visiting the U.S.

The American Embassy in Kabul denied visitor visas to six high school girls who traveled 500 miles from the city of Herat to apply for those visas.

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Trump’s Travel Ban 2.0 Goes Into Effect

The ban has set the stage for a Supreme Court battle over executive powers later this year. (Pictured: A Muslim woman awaits a relative’s arrival at the Los Angeles airport on Thursday.)

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Senate Leaders Scramble for a Deal on Health Care Bill

The proposal crafted by Republican senators has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill, and prospects for changing that are uncertain.

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White House Issues Warning to Syria, Surprising Many in the U.S. Government

Statement advises Assad he would “pay a heavy price” for using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.

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Trump Accuses Syria of Planning Gas Attack as U.N. Ambassador Points Finger at Russia and Iran

There seems to be a faction of hawks around the president who want to maintain a condition of undeclared war with Russia and Iran.

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Seymour Hersh Casts Doubt on April’s Syrian Gas Attack

Behind the scenes of the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, American military and intelligence officials doubted that the Syrians had used chemical weapons, according to the investigative reporter.

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One Thing That Trump and Obama Agree On

Both men consider the GOP health care bill “mean,” but the current president still wants it to pass. (Update: The Congressional Budget Office is painting a grim picture of the legislation’s potential effect.)

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Mayors to Trump: Immigration Orders Meddle With Cities

Toughening of immigration enforcement actually creates problems, they say. (Pictured, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.)

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Gay Pride Parades Sound a Note of Resistance

“We have to be as visible as possible,” said one San Francisco marcher who joined a “resistance contingent” that led the city’s parade.

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Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care

Demonstrators oppose the Senate’s newly unveiled health care bill, which repeals many tax increases for wealthy Americans. Those increases helped expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Missouri Advances Bill Allowing Employers to Fire Women for Using Birth Control

A measure winding through the state Legislature uses language of religious freedom while proposing harsh consequences for women who have had abortions or use contraception.

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