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Director John Scheinfeld on the Spiritual Journey of Jazz Icon John Coltrane (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the documentarian about his latest film and how Coltrane's journey parallels that of other music legends.
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Bears Ears National Monument Is the Next Standing Rock

In attempting to revoke protections for the Utah site, President Trump is furthering settler colonialism of a land inhabited by indigenous people.
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Communications Inequality Comes Home to Roost

Policies set in motion by the GOP and its loyal FCC chief, Ajit Pai, have created a communications crisis. Here’s why, and what we can still do to stop them.
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Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech (Video)

The president spoke at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels on Thursday morning, scolding member countries for “not paying what they should be paying.”

Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Jared Kushner asked that a private, encrypted back channel be set up to the Kremlin. The story raises large numbers of questions, and is hard to understand except as an indication of something fishy going on.

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Some see her comments as offbeat political humor, but it’s a telling fact that her writing is highlighted on the websites of extremist organizations, one of them labeled a hate group.

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Investigative reporter Greg Palast is part of the nationwide effort to put a stop to ballot-purging and voter suppression tactics, as are the Civil Rights Center, the ACLU, the NAACP and Common Cause, among other advocacy groups.

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As the agency moves forward with its misinformation campaign to reverse open internet protections, these key points are worth highlighting.

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One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

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The president’s first trip abroad reaffirms his poor grasp of U.S. international relations.

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Renowned biographer David J. Garrow concludes this massive new biography of Barack Obama with a damning verdict: “While the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core.”

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The British Labour Party leader’s speech comes as general election campaigning resumes in the U.K. after Monday’s deadly bombing in Manchester.

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Instead of helping a man who had been knocked off his bicycle by a pickup truck, a police officer quizzed him on his immigration status.

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