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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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE


‘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 READ MORE



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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


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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 READ MORE


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


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Posted on Dec 21, 2013 READ MORE



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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

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Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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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

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Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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



GOP Senator’s Hypocrisy on Tornado Aid, Jon Stewart Hates Washington, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a senator’s attempt to repeal the Monsanto Protection Act and the real IRS scandal that is being missed.

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Truth Telling Is Offensive

Paul Craig Roberts was an assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Like many Americans, he has been wounded by the government he helped create, and he’s tired of being called offensive and depressing for talking about it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 READ MORE


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Using (and Reforming) the System

When it comes to policy, I fall into both of these camps—pro-Bloomberg on guns, but anti-Citizens United. And so I have been pondering the issue of consistency or, as some would see it, hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Comedian Mark Russell Is Back to Skewer Washington’s Power Elites

The 80-year-old political satirist came out of retirement in August when he heard that a group of Republican congressmen had drunkenly gamboled—at least one of them in the nude—in the Sea of Galilee.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Washington Is Broken

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Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Serious News: In Low Supply From Corporate-Owned Mainstream Media

When one of America’s leading newspapers decides to lighten up or stupefy its content at a time of grave developments and degradations in our society—local, regional, national and international—“We the People” need to be part of the conversation.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action

From such horrible tragedies emerge the beginnings of a national movement that shift sanctimonious politicians from talking to acting.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Where the Real Battle Over Inequality Is Happening

Washington has a way of focusing the nation’s attention on tactical games over partisan maneuvers that are symptoms of a few really big problems. But we almost never get to debate or even discuss the big problems because the tactical games overwhelm everything else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


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Pot Is Officially Legal in Colorado, Allen West Is a Sore Loser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s take on the Michigan “right to work” battle and the Republican National Committee’s attempt to figure out what went wrong in the 2012 election.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Washington to Decriminalize Pot Without DOJ Guidance

Adults will be able to legally smoke marijuana beginning Thursday in Washington state. However, officials there are concerned about the lack of guidelines from the Department of Justice given that the federal government still considers the drug illegal.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



Florida’s Slow Election Results, Williams’ Feud With Trump, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some winners and losers from Tuesday’s election and Jon Stewart weighs in on the Missouri Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Todd Akin.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE


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Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana

Voters in Colorado and Washington passed legislation Tuesday that effectively legalizes recreational marijuana use in those two states.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE


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