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Is the Fight to End Mass Incarceration Wasting Away in Washington?

What happened to that bipartisan push toward reform?

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE


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A Lens on the Democratic Convention: Two Americas (Multimedia)

By Michael Nigro

The Democratic and Republican conventions showed the great divide between insiders and outsiders. If what was happening inside a political convention could be merged with what was happening outside, perhaps such gatherings would be more representative of our country.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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



National Prison Strike Campaign Vows to End ‘American Slave System’

Starting Sept. 9, prisoners across the United States will begin a coordinated work stoppage to call attention to what they contend is involuntary servitude.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Gets Big Boost With Landslide Wins in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii Caucuses (Updated)

The Vermont senator remains an underdog in the Democratic race, but he still likes his chances to capture the nomination over Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



A Court Fight for the Ages

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday means that President Obama or his successor—if that successor is a Democrat—could overturn the current conservative majority on the court, which could lead it to revisit many of the most troubling decisions of recent years.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Judge in Narco-Terror Case Questions Proof

A federal judge says the Drug Enforcement Administration relied on a known “fabricator” to make its case that an Afghan man was a narco-terrorist and throws out the conviction.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



How Oil Industry Lobbyists Played the Long Game to Access a Fuel-Rich Corner of Alaskan Wilderness

The story of how the oil company ConocoPhillips overcame years of resistance from courts, native Alaskans, environmental groups and several federal agencies reveals the truth about how Washington really works.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Elder-Care Officials Put a Preschool in a Nursing Home

Providence Mount Saint Vincent retirement home in Seattle brings together the very young and the very old in an effort to stave off loneliness and help children grow into healthy, caring people.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



How Kevin McCarthy Predicted His Own Demise

Republicans have a big choice to make about what kind of party they are. But they’re most likely to keep papering over their divide with psychobabble about “healing.” This won’t work. Just ask John Boehner. Or Kevin McCarthy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



John Boehner’s Impossible Task

The speaker of the House was thoroughly conservative in a Republican Party that had moved the goal posts on what constituted conservatism. But he could never be conservative enough for his critics on the right.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


Francis Goes to Washington









Posted on Sep 25, 2015 ENLARGE



Clinton’s Biggest Obstacle Is Herself

The headlines screaming “Clinton’s Support Erodes” are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination, according to the polls she has slid all the way from “prohibitive favorite” to something like “strong favorite”—not bad, given the way she has hobbled herself with the email scandal. 

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



A Cuban Flag Flies Again in Washington

On July 20, history was made in Washington, D.C., and in Havana, Cuba.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. to Open Embassy in Havana

Wednesday’s announcement by President Obama has been hailed as the most significant step so far in ending half a century of discord between the two countries.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Young Activist Hangs From Shell Drilling Vessel for 66 Hours

Twenty-year-old college student Chiara D’Angelo spent 66 hours over Memorial Day weekend chained to the anchor of a vessel slated for use by the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in exploratory drilling operations off the coast of northwestern Alaska.

Posted on May 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Islamic State Advances

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss who is responsible for allowing Islamic State to renew its offensive in Iraq and Syria. Sen. Rand Paul blames hawkish Republicans, while Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says Iraqis lack the will to fight.

Posted on May 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Launches a Presidential Race for Ordinary Americans

Hear the campaign launch speech of the lone openly socialist figure in the national U.S. political establishment.

Posted on May 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Delusionary Washington: The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower

Russia refuses to curtail support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; the Islamic State movement refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Speaks With Seattle About Privacy and Surveillance

The Truthdig editor-in-chief spoke about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” at a town hall event in Seattle.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Three Grandmas Smoke Weed for the First Time, Realize It’s Not So Bad

Don’t worry—this incredibly hilarious video was filmed in the state of Washington, where recreational use of marijuana is legal.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Seattle Pacific University

In yet another incident underscoring the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., a gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding at least three others before being tackled by a student and arrested.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



How Egypt’s Generals Sidelined Uncle Sam

What has been the input of the planet’s last superpower in shaping the history of the most populous country in the strategic Middle East? Zilch. Its “generosity” toward Cairo notwithstanding, Washington has been reduced to the role of a helpless bystander.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE


A Century of Collusion Between Washington and Finance

Former Wall Street executive, financial journalist and Truthdig contributor Nomi Prins tells “Democracy Now!” how a small number of bankers have played critical roles in shaping a century’s worth of financial, foreign and domestic policy in the United States, a series of events that she documents in her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Obama Is Trying to Vanish Us’

As the number of deportations under President Obama approaches 2 million, hundreds have gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border this week to support a group of undocumented youths and families seeking re-entry into the United States.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Closing the D.C. Reality Gap

To understand the country’s frustration with politics, we shouldn’t focus primarily on “gridlock” and “polarization.” The larger problem is a disconnect between what the nation’s capital is talking about and what most citizens are worried about.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



California Gov. Jerry Brown on Legalizing Pot: Americans ‘Need to Stay Alert’

California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t so stoked about the prospect of legalizing marijuana, and his reasons are surprisingly pragmatic.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE


R-Word









Posted on Feb 26, 2014 ENLARGE


Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Washington Governor Stays All Executions, for Now

Saying “I’m not convinced equal justice is being served,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced that there would be no executions in the state of Washington while he holds office.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Rep. Cathy Rodgers Exemplifies GOP: Benefit From Gov’t Yourself, Deny Benefits to Others

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in giving her response to President Obama’s State of the Union message exemplified everything wrong with today’s Republican Party.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


Airline Cells









Posted on Dec 21, 2013 ENLARGE



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Coal Terminal Averted in Washington State?

Four progressives won seats this month on the council in Whatcom County, where coal interests have ambitions to put a $600 million international terminal whose exports would add 86.7 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Boo!

Does what should be deeply disturbing, even apocalyptically terrifying, in the present moment strike many of us as the equivalent of so many movie-made terrors—shivers and fears produced in a world so far beyond us that we can do nothing about them?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Holy Cooperation, Batman! Look What Happens When People Work Together!

Two heartwarming stories about positive gain: An ailing 5-year-old gets the city of San Francisco to play along with his Batman fantasy Friday, and people in Olympia, Wash., come together to create real shelter for the chronically homeless.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Hail to the Washingtons

I’m a bit late to the topic, but the Washington, D.C., professional football team really ought to change its name.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Veterans Bust Through Barricades to Visit Shut Memorials

Veterans in the nation’s capital aren’t letting a little government shutdown get in the way of their visit to war memorials.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Bragging Rights

Let’s be Americans, which means being exceptional, which also means being honest in ways inconceivable to the rest of humanity. So here’s the truth of it: the American exceptionalism sweepstakes really do matter. Here. A lot.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE


Washington Crossing the Delaware 2013









Posted on Aug 25, 2013 ENLARGE


Stench









Posted on Jul 30, 2013 ENLARGE



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Lincoln Memorial Closed After Paint Attack

One of the nation’s best-known and most accessible treasures has been shut while preservationists work to remove green paint splattered on Abraham Lincoln’s statue and his temple in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


Partisan Divide Fireworks Display









Posted on Jul 4, 2013 ENLARGE



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Let the People Know—Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online

Each year hundreds of billions of dollars in federal government contracts, grants, leaseholds and licenses are awarded to corporations. Taxpayers should be able to easily access clear and concise information on how their tax dollars are being spent by the government at all levels.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Heckled During Speech, Warren Lands a Book Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why an Oklahoma senator thinks federal disaster relief to his state after a deadly tornado is unnecessary and John McCain gets all maverick-y again.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


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