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A Truthdig exclusive from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Here Come the Videofreex" shows Hoffman discussing the trial in which he and seven other activists were accused of conspiracy and inciting riots during the anti-Vietnam and countercultural protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.A Truthdig exclusive from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Here Come the Videofreex" shows Hoffman discussing the trial in which he and seven other activists were accused of conspiracy and inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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The old trope that truth telling requires a great deal of courage is not always right. Those who tell the truth often enjoy a rare freedom from the social pressures that compel others to distort what they know to make room for a belief in the world as they would like it to be.Those who tell the truth often enjoy a rare freedom from the social pressures that compel others to distort what they know to make room for a belief in the world as they would like it to be.

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The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The "Left, Right & Center" panelists discuss these matters and more on this week's program.

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President Obama invoked "hope" and "change" in his DNC speech, but not in the same way he did in 2008. Instead, he presented a more subdued and realistic view of what his second term in office would look like if he is re-elected in November while trying to show Americans they are better off today than they were four years ago. President Obama invoked "hope" and "change" in his speech, but not like he did in 2008.

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