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Matt Taibbi's new book is more Lincoln Steffens than Hunter Thompson, dropping most of the histrionics to explore why Wall Street bankers are seemingly exempt from criminal prosecution.
 

Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV

There are not nearly enough black and brown voices presenting or analyzing the news on television or in newsrooms, in broadcast or print, in traditional media or new media.
 
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Killings of environmental and land rights activists worldwide have tripled over the past decade, bringing the death rate to an average of two per week, according to a new report by the group Global Witness.

In their first return to the U.S. since exposing the NSA’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting in New York City on Friday.

 
 
 
 
Do Yourself a Favor: Watch the British Pathé’s Bizarre and Chilling News Clips Now on YouTube

The archive of the Pathé cinema newsreels that documented the “first 70 years of the 20th century” in the United Kingdom and beyond has been released onto YouTube. Some of the videos, such as those of the human fish and the 140-pound 3-year-old, are just too weird not to watch.

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Russell Brand Sits Down With a Philosopher to Find the ‘Truth Behind the Headlines’

Some newspapers would have you believe you’re in constant danger of being eaten by a giant South American bird around the corner from your home.

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Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

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Fox News Asks Rand Paul If Harry Reid Is Right to ‘Call Americans Domestic Terrorists’

Not since George W. Bush complained that the problem with the American economy was that “too many of our imports come from abroad” has such hilarious use of the English language been on display.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

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Thousands of Palestinians Rally for Release of 5,000 in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children

As talks between Israel and Palestine falter, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated Thursday on behalf of nearly 5,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israeli authorities in 22 Israeli jails, many of them arbitrarily.

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Congratulations! A New Conspiracy Is Born

No, Chelsea Clinton did not get pregnant to help her mom become president.

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Will Government Use Its New Leverage Over the Financial Industry?

If you read one business book this year, make it “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis. The journalist famous for “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” takes readers inside the parasitic world of high-frequency trading that is harming the broader economy.

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On Climate, Business as Usual

Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

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The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

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Update: ‘Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register’

“Today, the Western press caught up with the Ukrainian rumor mill,” The New Republic reports. “Apparently, the People’s Republic of Donetsk had ordered all Jews over the age of 16 to pay a fee of $50 U.S. and register with the new ‘authorities,’ or face loss of citizenship or expulsion.”

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New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy, So What Is It?

Let me offer a hint: The ruling class is far wealthier than the rest in this political system.

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Colombian Nobel Laureate, Author and Journalist Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87

The writer, who is considered by many to be the creator of magical realism, died Thursday in Mexico where he’d lived for 30 years.

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‘We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We Are Well Into It’

Negotiations over the Ukraine crisis are beginning in Geneva. Pro-Russian protesters are killed, President Vladimir Putin accuses authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an “abyss,” and NATO outlines plans to reinforce itself in Eastern Europe. Russian scholar Stephen Cohen tells “Democracy Now!” that “ ‘hot war’ is imaginable now” and “something has to be done about it.”

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Star-Spangled Baggage

Amid the barrage of coverage of Specialist Ivan Lopez’s shooting spree at Fort Hood, evidence that has been in plain sight for years of how the violence of America’s distant wars comes back to haunt the “homeland” was missing. In that context, Lopez’s killings are one more marker on a bloody trail of death that leads from Iraq and Afghanistan into the American heartland.

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Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

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Izumo and Juno: Sperm-Egg Secret Unscrambled

Scientists said this week that they had made the long-sought discovery of how sperm latches onto an egg in the very first spark of reproduction, the outcome of a near decade-long hunt.

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Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Scientists in the U.S. have found new ways to make biofuel, increase crop yields and exploit carbon dioxide through novel applications of familiar materials.

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