2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.
The presumptive Republican nominee has built a career on bluster, branding and relentless self-promotion. These are useful traits for a vainglorious mogul. For a president of the United States, they could be catastrophic.
Bill McKibben, along with some 2,000 activists protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, are our Truthdiggers of the Week.
On Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Iowa State Fair that "corporations are people, my friend." The Democratic National Committee took those words and turned them into advertising gold.
As North Carolinians head to the polls, John Edwards, their former senator, has disclosed that after months of being politically courted he will not endorse any candidate in the Democratic primaries. The two-time presidential contender and his wife, Elizabeth, recently sat down with People magazine to explain what they like -- and don't like -- about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat's birthday." -- Kevin Tillman
The former Christian Coalition leader and current candidate for Lt. Gov. of Georgia reportedly concocted a scheme with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to collect the life insurance payouts of African-Americans in lieu of charging them fees for the duo's lobbying and consulting services. (Read the whole story in GQ.)