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A Haven From the Animal Holocaust

Farm Sanctuary makes you ask: Do you want to abet brutal abuse and mass slaughter? Do you want to eat creatures that clearly have distinct personalities and emotions?
 

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Bernie and the Sandernistas: Into the Void

Pull the Sandersmobile into the garage for inspection, pop the hood and you’ll soon discover the vacuous truth: no engine, just an exhaust pipe, pumping out rhetoric. So much talk, so little action. The deeper you look at Sanders, the less substance you see.
 
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Truthdigger of the Week: Breaking the Silence

The Israel Defense Forces veterans' group has provided the world with testimonies from more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers about atrocities committed in the Palestinian territories.
 
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With her cousin U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer alongside, the comedian unveiled a new legislative initiative taking aim at gun violence. The move is in response to the fatal shooting last month of two people at a Lafayette, La., showing of the movie comedy, which she wrote and in which she stars. The gunman then killed himself.

The fact that Washington, D.C., lacks full representational voting rights in Congress is not only absurd, it’s extremely dangerous and detrimental to the well-being of our capital city’s inhabitants, as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host pointed out in a fabulous segment Sunday night.

 
 
 
 
Democrats Block Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood Funds as It Faces One of Its Biggest Crises Yet

Planned Parenthood and its allies are defending its practices including its fetal tissue program after undercover videos about the tissue transfers gave conservatives a handy excuse to try and “purge” the non-profit organization’s federal funding.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart: Top Republicans Flock to Cali. for a Chance to ‘Gobble Some Koch’

The Koch brothers have pledged to spend “over a billion dollars to buy the next election,” so is it anyone surprised to see Republican candidates graveling at the billionaires’ feet? Certainly not the “Daily Show” host.

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Major Indirect Benefits of Obama’s Climate Plan That Could Save the World (Video)

President Obama spoke on Monday on his plan to use the Environmental Protection Agency to pressure states to close high-carbon power plants and reduce CO2 emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. But this part of his plan is in my view the least interesting thing about it.

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Another Bush Legacy in Iraq: Barzani Asks PKK to Leave (Video)

On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province, using a tractor laden with explosives.

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Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

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Julian Assange: The Untold Story of an Epic Struggle for Justice

The persecution of Julian Assange is about to flare again as it enters a dangerous stage. On Aug. 20, three-quarters of the Swedish prosecutor’s case against Assange regarding sexual misconduct in 2010 will disappear as the statute of limitations expires. Meanwhile, Washington’s obsession with Assange and WikiLeaks has intensified. Indeed, it is vindictive American power that offers the greatest threat—as Chelsea Manning and those still held in Guantanamo can attest.

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If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

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Greece Debt Crisis: Massive Stock Plunge After Five-Week Shutdown

Ending down 16.23 percent by the end of Monday, Athens’ stock market experienced its worst daily performance since at least 1985, when modern record keeping began.

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VIDEO: Amy Schumer Joins Gun-Control Fight in Wake of ‘Trainwreck’ Shootings

With her cousin U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer alongside, the comedian unveiled a new legislative initiative taking aim at gun violence. The move is in response to the fatal shooting last month of two people at a Lafayette, La., showing of the movie comedy, which she wrote and in which she stars. The gunman then killed himself.

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VIDEO: John Oliver and a Group of Children Explain in Song How Congress Constantly Screws D.C.

The fact that Washington, D.C., lacks full representational voting rights in Congress is not only absurd, it’s extremely dangerous and detrimental to the well-being of our capital city’s inhabitants, as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host pointed out in a fabulous segment Sunday night.

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HISTORY: The AP Reports the Devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On the 70th anniversary of the United States’ slaughter of civilians in the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities, The Associated Press has made its reporting on the bombings and Japan’s surrender available to readers.

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Dealing With Mass Killings in America

Imagine you’re in the FBI and a 16-year-old male with no criminal record shows a sudden interest in Islamic State. His grades, previously stellar, are starting to fall, and he’s increasingly clicking on jihadist websites. What’s more, his parents own legally registered guns, he has been treated by a psychiatrist, and he has repeatedly read news stories about mass killings in the U.S. What do you do?

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Wildfire Threat Spreads Across a Warming World

As climate change warms the world, vegetation dries, rain-free days increase and fire seasons lengthen. It’s a recipe for devastating wildfires.

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How Obama’s ‘All of the Above’ Politics Led to the Rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

The approach to politics taken by Obama until recently — of promising genuine change but governing as a Republican Lite — did more to spur cynicism than any of Jon Stewart’s cartoony double takes at Washington hypocrisy.

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There’s a Revolt Going On in Washington but Political Insiders Just Can’t See It

In very different ways, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are agents of a revolt against the ruling class that’s unlikely to end with the 2016 presidential election.

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The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion

In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system. Choking off that credit line was a form of blackmail the Greek government couldn’t refuse.

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Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century.

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Progressives Need to Be More Radical Than Bernie Sanders—Here’s Why

None of the 2016 presidential candidates’ approaches to politics will fix this country; they won’t even come close, argues Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect. Kuttner then goes on to list all the issues that ail the economy and the “radical reform” that needs to take place.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Republican Media Stunts, NSA Data Dump and Cecil the Lion

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, the NSA’s dump of metadata collected over the last five years, and why the illegal killing of Cecil the lion has outraged so many when so much awfulness abounds.

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Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinian Teens Protesting Arson Death of Infant

Laith Fadel al-Khaladi and Mohammed al-Masri, both 17, were fatally shot during protests that broke out after an arson attack on a Palestinian family took the life of an 18-month-old child and left his parents and brother with severe burns.

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Banks Rejected Three Out of Four Requests for Loan Modifications Under Vaunted Obama Program

One of the Obama administration’s “signature efforts to help homeowners” has “allowed big banks to run roughshod over borrowers again and again,” reports The New York Times.

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A Historian Weighs In on Racism and Economic Inequality

What were “slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow, and urban apartheid if not extreme forms of economic inequality?” Seth Ackerman asks in the magazine Jacobin.

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A Third of Hillary Clinton’s Backers Have Ties With Financial Industry

Over 30 percent of Hillary Clinton’s top campaign donors made their money from the financial services industry, an analysis by The Guardian shows.

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Thousands in Baghdad Protest Lack of Electricity and Services, Demand End of Corruption (Video)

It seems extraordinary, but in a country where Islamic State has advanced to within an hour’s drive of the capital, civil politics there have not been paralyzed.

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Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

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Al-Qaida Captures Commander in Free Syrian Army, Which Has Ties to U.S.

The 30th Infantry Division of the moderate Free Syrian Army says the al-Qaida-linked Support Front captured one of its commanders and several troops Wednesday.

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Want to Stop Islamic State Recruitment? Look to Muslim Mothers

When recognized and empowered, Muslim mothers can play a robust role in protecting their families and communities. It’s a role enshrined in the Islamic tradition.

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