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Obama Should Have Worked to Repeal the Espionage Act in Addition to Commuting Manning’s Sentence

The commutation, however praiseworthy, doesn’t make up for developing anti-democratic techniques that have now been passed on to the most anti-democratic government in recent decades.
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Poet Asks, ‘Does Everything Depend Upon the Price of Oil?’ (Audio)

As a new climate change-denying administration looms, Carolyne Wright reminds us about the blood and tears shed over petroleum for so many years.
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Manning and the Gangster State

In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower's original 35-year sentence "means the end of the rule of law" and "presages the rise of a government under which the just will become criminals."
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The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with professor Sergei Plekhanov about Western misconceptions of today’s Russia.

William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

The new rules allow private data to be shared with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.


In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, social media gives women a way to air and share their views.


Judith Miller says the whistleblower cost American lives. She’s one to talk.


At 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST Thursday, the Truthdig editorial team will discuss Donald Trump’s swearing-in and tensions in Congress.

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During a news conference Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his frustration with U.S. sanctions and addressed allegations against Donald Trump. Full transcript included.


As president, Donald Trump may be required to testify in a defamation suit brought by one of the women who allege he assaulted them.


A former senior U.S. official says the Blackwater founder has been advising Donald Trump’s team on matters related to intelligence and defense, The Intercept reports.


Liberal elites’ obsession with Donald Trump as their bête noir masks an enduring complicity in putting both him and his predecessor in the White House.


North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region and the Middle East are primed to explode early in his presidency.