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Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?

He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



Neofascist Trump Adviser Steve Bannon: Anger’s Good ‘If You’re Fighting to Take This Country Back’

Even Joe McCarthy would have thought Bannon a bit too suspicious, and Donald Trump is bringing him into the White House.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



‘Love Trumps Hate’: Washington, D.C., March Focused on Trump’s Campaign Messages

A crowd of 4,000 gathered in the nation’s capital Saturday to show solidarity with communities affected by the president-elect’s comments and policy plans.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



The American Experiment Will Be Put to the Test With Donald Trump’s Presidency

Republicans will control the White House, both chambers of Congress, most governorships and most state legislatures. The Democrats need new blood and new ideas.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



How the Left Should Approach Life After the Election, With Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in Charge

No matter who wins the presidency, the work of the electorate doesn’t end after voting. Leftists must continue to build strong social movements and engage in the day-to-day, bottom-up politics beyond the major-party carnival.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 READ MORE



Update: CNN Announces Donna Brazile’s Resignation in Light of New WikiLeaks Revelations

The interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman came under scrutiny as new evidence points to abuses of power. 

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Watch: White House Hosts Panel With Jeremy Irons and Mathematicians on Math and the Movies

The star of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and representatives from the government and academia discuss the role of storytelling, cinema and media in disseminating science and mathematics.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’

The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Pentagon Paid a British Public Relations Firm $500 Million to Produce Iraq War Propaganda Films

Material signed off by the White House and Gen. David Petraeus included fake al-Qaida propaganda videos that could be used to track viewers.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE



White House Arts and Humanities Medals Recognize Americans’ Collective Experience

As the nation nears the end of a highly divisive political season, President Obama uses the awards ceremony to focus on common ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas

While most of the United States has been blinded by the presidential election spectacle, a grass-roots coalition has been fighting “the next Keystone XL” being pushed through—largely under the radar—by Big Carbon.

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Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE



Barack Obama Helped Us Peer Into the Racial Divide

It may take years to fully appreciate how dramatically this presidency has bent the arc of history toward justice.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



Should George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Others Be Jailed for War Crimes?

We need a full and public accounting of the CIA’s activities, the doings of military and civilian agencies and outfits, the White House’s drone assassination program, and the illegal, devastating invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Republicans and Democrats Must Work Together to Not Mainstream Donald Trump

The writer Leon Wieseltier suggested a slogan that embodies the appropriate response to Trump’s ascent to the top of the GOP class: “Preserve the shock.”

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How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Isn’t Following Through on Pardons Promise, Says His Former Pardons Attorney

The initiative President Obama unveiled two years ago, granting early release to potentially thousands of federal prisoners serving long sentences for low-level drug crimes, has barely made a dent. A resignation letter from the president’s recently departed pardon attorney gives at least one reason why.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Affair Allegations May Threaten Ted Cruz’s Support Among Evangelicals

The candidate accuses the Trump campaign of planting a false story. Whether or not the National Enquirer article is true, damage may have been done to the senator’s run for the White House.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



Occupy Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Speeches

Why do voters need to know what Hillary told the banks? Because it was Wall Street that was responsible for the 2008 recession, making life worse for most Americans. We need to know what, if anything, she promised these behemoths.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE



Would a Syrian Kurd Defeat of Islamic State Help Democrats Win the White House in 2016?

This has been a war with a lot of seesawing, so it is premature to make any decisive pronouncements. But this is an election year, and if Islamic State is defeated in Syria in 2016, it could vindicate President Obama’s strategy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Defeats Bernie Sanders in Nevada Caucuses

Sanders won in many rural areas and also secured Washoe County, where Reno, Nevada’s second-largest city, is located. But Clinton gained a 10-point lead in Clark County, the state’s largest and home to Las Vegas, as well as almost three-quarters of state residents.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 READ MORE



Getting Obama’s Story Straight

If Clinton, Sanders and their party don’t provide a forceful response to the wildly inaccurate and ridiculously bleak characterization of Obama’s presidency that the Republicans are offering, nobody will. And if this parody is allowed to stand as reality, the Democrats will lose.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Does Away With the GOP’s 9/11 Fantasy

“Surely this time,” the Republican establishment chorus cries with joy, “Donald Trump has gone too far!” Don’t bet on it.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Marco Rubio Was Anything but Presidential During the GOP New Hampshire Debate

It’s time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Challenge of Being Hillary

Someone for whom nothing will ever be easy still needs to find her own brand of inspiration.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Would Cruz Be Any Better Than Trump?

If Ted Cruz is the Republican Party’s cure for Donald Trump, the antidote may be worse than the poison.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATED: After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Ambiguity and Distrust Reign as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Published

It’s difficult to tell what the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was put online Thursday, actually says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power

By Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: No, Donald Trump, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be More Stable Under Saddam and Other Dictators

Donald Trump alleged this weekend that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still around or Bashar al-Assad could be restored in Syria.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Relaxes Some Limits on Trade and Commerce With Cuba

On Friday, the White House loosened rules governing travel, commerce and investments in Cuba in a fulfillment of President Obama’s goal of removing barriers between Washington and Havana.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE



It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE



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


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Game of Groans: How Focus on Trump’s Taunts Hides GOP War on Middle Class and Workers (Video)

The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Is Having a Moment

The exhaustive and exhausting analysis of the Fox News debate promises to produce days more of Trump-mania. It’s thus an excellent time to ponder the other big surprise of the 2016 campaign: the Democrats’ extended Weekend at Bernie’s.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Administration Denies Snowden Petition

A petition titled “We The People,” which sought the pardon of Edward Snowden and garnered 168,000 signatures, has been denied by the Obama administration.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump: The Fire-Breathing Dragon

Don’t be sure the John McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Reduces Sentences of 46 Prisoners in Largest Clemency Grant Since the 1960s

President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, most of whom were serving sentences of at least 20 years.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE


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