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September 27, 2016
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Live Blog: The First 2016 Presidential Debate

The first of three debates between the major-party contenders saw Hillary Clinton simply let Donald Trump be Trump—sour, shrugging and full of falsehood.
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Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.
Bill Boyarsky

All We Want Is Dignity, Respect and a Job

The presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter to millions of working-class Americans, including students at Los Angeles Trade Tech. The community college centered on vocational education is a place of second chances, and its students have no time for empty campaign rhetoric.
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Robert Scheer and Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss the Duplicity of Trump

Donald Trump’s success is not an accident. It’s the result of a corrupt capitalist system. The author of “The Making of Donald Trump” explains in a conversation with the Truthdig editor in chief.

What Are the Most Pressing Problems We Face, and How Do We Solve Them?

Truthdig contributors often highlight and critique some of the biggest, most complex problems of our time. So this week we’re asking readers to offer solutions to some of the issues you find most important.

Regular readers will know that in my view the 2016 presidential election did not happen. Likewise, the first debate between the two candidates did not take place.

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This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.

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Donald Trump brought his tough-guy, America-first rhetoric onto the presidential debate stage on Monday, but was repeatedly flustered and upstaged by Hillary Clinton whose focused barbs made him interrupt and pout, and whose knowledge of how the political world works reduced him to grasping outbursts.

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Let us accept that we are no longer a republic governed by laws—only by armed men and force. This is just like the days of Billy the Kid. You have an armed man going down a dusty street, and that is authority. And it has come to this for us.

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Our gun laws should be changed. Until then, however, they must be enforced equally. Does the National Rifle Association disagree?

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Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace have tough jobs. And no matter what they do in representing the public and their media colleagues in the presidential debates, they will be criticized.

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The Truthdig columnist and Peled (pictured) discuss the global campaign to pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land, grant equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens and allow Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homes.

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With the effects of climate change threatening food supply as population grows, “China is positioning itself for the struggle to come—the struggle to find enough to eat,” says a leading U.K. climate scientist.

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On Sunday’s show, the “Last Week Tonight” host called the political scandals plaguing both major candidates “the electoral equivalent of seeing someone puking so you start puking and then someone else [is] puking and pretty soon everyone is puking 2016”—a phenomenon also known as the 2016 elections.

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