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.
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.
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.
On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province, using a tractor laden with explosives.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
As climate change warms the world, vegetation dries, rain-free days increase and fire seasons lengthen. It’s a recipe for devastating wildfires.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What were “slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow, and urban apartheid if not extreme forms of economic inequality?” Seth Ackerman asks in the magazine Jacobin.
Over 30 percent of Hillary Clinton’s top campaign donors made their money from the financial services industry, an analysis by The Guardian shows.
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.
The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?
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.
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.