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President Obama and Congress Just Gave Your Savings Account to JPMorgan

With the passage of the 2015 federal budget bill, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon got lawmakers to repeal a key part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law and allow banks to use the savings accounts of ordinary Americans to gamble in the stock market on behalf of hedge funds, corporations and the rich.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdig’s Books of the Year: Part One

Whether on climate change, soaring wealth inequality, or the surveillance state, this has been a year of calls to action.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



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A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



Wall Street’s Takeover of American Pensions: ‘A Policy Justified Entirely on Ignorance’

A key part of Wall Street’s $300 million expenditure on the recent midterm elections is the goal of moving as much of working Americans’ $3 trillion that sits in unguarded government pension funds into “privately managed, high-fee investments” as possible.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month’s gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Dabbles in Populism, but Wall Street Isn’t Fooled

Perhaps anticipating a primary challenge from the left (haven’t we been here before?), stealth presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been trying to appeal to the anti-bank base of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of the Free Press

The mass media set the parameters of acceptable debate. Cross those parameters, as the investigative journalist Gary Webb did, and you are turned into a pariah.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Where’s the Gratitude?

President Obama is clearly frustrated that having inherited an economy that was at death’s door, he is getting remarkably little credit for getting it back on its feet.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



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A Pension Jackpot for Wall Street

Most consumers understand that when you pay an above-market premium, you shouldn’t expect to get a below-average product. Why, then, is this principle often ignored when it comes to managing billions of dollars in public pension systems?

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



A Climate Week to Change Everything

The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



Study: American Democracy ‘Seriously Threatened’

A pair of researchers have a handy tip for those Americans still attached to the notion that we live in a representative democracy: Get ready to kiss that notion goodbye.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

Last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Clinton vs. Warren: Big Differences, Despite Claims to the Contrary

Hillary Clinton’s political allies want Democratic primary voters to believe that the former secretary of state is just like populist Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, and they’ve been claiming that there are no differences between the two possible presidential contenders. There’s just one problem: That’s not true.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Anti-Semites Exploit Israel’s Gaza Incursion

Israeli attacks on a hospital and refugee camp playground in Gaza on Monday brought the total of Palestinian dead to 1,200, with more no doubt to come.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Thomas Frank: ‘An Ineffective and Gutless Presidency’s Legacy Is Failure’

The Salon columnist imagines President Obama’s inevitable library, and how it will cope with the transition of “an unlikely champion” of the masses to “the only thing between [Wall Street] and the pitchforks.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



British PM Cameron Enabling Wall Street’s Takeover of National Health Service

The U.K.’s cherished public health service is in danger of being sold off to private corporations via a trade deal that would create a single market between the European Union and the United States and open future British governments to massive lawsuits in international courts should they attempt to reverse the decision.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta

The prototypical too-big-to-fail bank will pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with its role in the financial meltdown.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Investors Smell Money in Urgent Care

Valued at an estimated $14.5 billion, urgent care walk-in clinics represent one of the fastest-growing segments of American health care. And Wall Street has noticed.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Hillary Is Not Finished

In politics, as in many endeavors, it helps to be underestimated. In this sense, Hillary Clinton is doing great.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Vital Incoherent Center

Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Hillary’s Hardest Choice (and the Democrats’ Dilemma)

What’s the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal finances?

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



A Year of Living Negatively

The prospect of months of attacks and more attacks reflects the depth of disillusionment with Washington.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



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How America’s Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Three Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Al Gore’s Warnings About Inequality and Democracy

The former vice president recently told a tech industry conference when “95 percent of all the additional national income in the U.S., since the recovery began in ’09, goes to the top 1 percent, that’s not an Occupy Wall Street slogan, that’s a fact.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Private Equity Is Becoming a Public Problem

A few weeks ago, a top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission reported on what he called a “remarkable” amount of potentially illegal behavior in the private equity industry—aka the industry that buys up, changes and sells off smaller companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’ (Video)

When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles photographer Annie Appel set out to capture the faces and record the hopes of participants in 12 American cities. The result is a 572-page ready-to-print book, with a foreword from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Poll: Americans Continue to Worry About the Economy

The stock market has been soaring for the last five years, but Americans overall take a negative view of the economy.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Imagine Christie’s Budget Crisis on a National Scale

Two key decisions by the New Jersey governor have redistributed wealth from pensioners to hedge fund managers while throwing the state’s finances into chaos.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



Are Public Banks Unconstitutional? No. Are Private Banks? Maybe

The movement to break away from Wall Street and form publicly owned banks continues to gain momentum. But enthusiasts are deterred by claims that a state-owned bank would violate constitutional prohibitions against “lending the credit of the state.”

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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The Two GOP Establishments

The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grass roots” and “the establishment,” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Geithner Tacitly Acknowledges Special Relationship With Citigroup

In his new book, former New York Fed chair and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner suggests that his relationship with Citigroup executive Robert Rubin did affect his supervision of the bank, which taxpayers ultimately bailed out with $45 billion.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Impeach Clarence Thomas?

While the Constitution allows even Supreme Court justices to be impeached, it has happened only once in our nation’s history.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney Backs Minimum Wage Increase, Promises Not to Run for President

Last season’s GOP presidential nominee has said for at least the third time that he is definitely not running again in 2016. More interestingly, he is the latest Republican to call for an increase in the minimum wage.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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An L.A. Story That’s All Too Familiar

When a city is forced to spend more on Wall Street fees than on basic public services, it is the sign of trouble.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Why Jerry Brown’s Rainy Day Fund Is a Bad Idea

There is no need to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street’s malfeasance. Californians can have their cake and eat it too—with a state-owned bank.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



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All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

In this excerpt from her best-selling new book, Nomi Prins writes about the period during the administration of Lyndon Johnson when bankers began to move away from the president as they saw their global ambitions hemmed in by the Vietnam War.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Rupert Murdoch on His Date With Rand Paul: ‘I’m Very Open Minded’

The media tycoon may have found a racehorse he can ride all the way into the White House, at the Kentucky Derby of all places.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



Prosecutors May Finally Go After Criminal Mega-Banks

The biggest banks pose a challenge for prosecutors.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE


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