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House GOP Calls Off Trumpcare Vote and Kills the Bill


President Trump tells House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the proposed American Health Care Act after Republicans fail to garner enough support to pass it.

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Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan


Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia


The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Hacking the Election: We Should Call Trump’s Bluff for a Watergate-Style Inquiry


If the president wants a full-blown investigation to address his wiretapping claims against his predecessor, let’s have it—and get the answers to three crucial questions in the process.

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House Intelligence Committee Gives Trump a Monday Deadline for Providing Evidence of Wiretapping


“The only question is why the president would make up such a thing,” says panel member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Demonize Trump for Pursuing Russia Policy Obama Championed


“The refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies,” The Intercept journalist writes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 READ MORE

‘Cries From Syria’ Carries Heart-Rending Stories From the Civil War


Evgeny Afineevsky’s Oscar-nominated documentary doesn’t shy away from the war’s brutal realities. The children’s voices are especially poignant.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites


The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

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The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo


I looked forward to writing an essay highlighting the detention camp’s last 100 days. It never happened.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?


We have endured 40 years of creeping authoritarianism, which now may run right over democracy.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE

Yes, Obama Is Causing Some of Trump’s Woes, but Not in the Way the President Imagines


On “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump alleges that his predecessor is behind the leaks and angry crowds bedeviling the White House.

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Why Did Establishment Democrats Nominate Tom Perez for Party Chair?


According to journalist Glenn Greenwald, the move satisfies Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban (pictured) and other party benefactors.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE

The Democratic National Committee Needs a Hero


The next DNC chair has an important job: protect the rights of citizens and stand up for the rule of law.

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Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review


The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

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In Trump Times, the Enemies of Our Enemies Are Not Necessarily Our Friends


How can we recognize who our allies are in the mixed-up world of the new president?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE

Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Immigration Ban on Hold for Now


The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sides with a lower court, saying that reinstating the ban—even temporarily—would cause harm.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Fake News and Donald Trump’s War on Truth


The Trump administration has skillfully turned the notion of fake news on its head and weaponized it against the media.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Dissident Cartoonist Mr. Fish: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Failing to Deal With Trump

In an appearance on Chris Hedges’ RT show “On Contact,” the artist warns against depicting the president as a “figure of fun.”

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Poem on Generations Witnessing Cycles of Death and Destruction (Audio)


Tamiko Beyer’s poem serves as a painful reminder of how “horde white-hot power” causes “rage that liquefies/ our hearts, whole communities.”

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Sister of 16-Year-Old American Killed in Yemen in 2011 Dies in Raid Ordered by Trump


Abdulrahman al-Awlaki and his sister were children of the U.S.-born Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, whom the U.S. assassinated with a drone in 2011.

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No Crocodile Tears for Cubans ‘Left Behind’ by Obama’s Immigration Change


Cubans were able to enter the U.S. without visas because of the politically driven assumption that they needed to escape the horrors of the Castro regime.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Approval Rating Is Low, but Many Americans Are Willing to Give Him a Chance


The new president’s initial approval rating of only 46 percent indicates widespread dissatisfaction, but a civic-engagement survey finds there are people who remain optimistic.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Indivisible’ Guide Teaches Progressives How to Play Defense Against Trump


Former congressional and Capitol Hill staffers created a 25-page resistance guide—which went viral—to help prevent the Republican Congress from passing conservative legislation.

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Obama Expands Ability of National Security Agency to Share Data


The new rules open private information to 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

Putin Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Undermine the Legitimacy’ of a Trump Administration


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

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The Issue Isn’t Trump—It’s Us


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.

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We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself


The 44th president’s service to the rich and powerful was foretold, and not just by leftist “carpers.” This is history that matters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE

What Is Donald Trump Aide Mike Flynn’s Relationship With Russia?


The headlines about Trump and his team and the Russian Federation are coming fast and furious, and the stories seem more than merely isolated data points.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Cornel West, Social Philosopher and Obama Critic


“The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump—but it did contribute to it,” West tells us.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

Plan an Inaugurexit That’s Just Right for You


You can protect yourself from it, cleanse yourself of it or correct your world in the wake of it—like a skin care ad for sudden-onset inauguritis.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

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30 Years Later, the Senate Should Reject Jeff Sessions Again


The arc of U.S. history is on full display as the peaceful transition of power takes place between the administrations of President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

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Samantha Bee Learns She Should Have Criticized Obama’s Record on Deportations Sooner (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host got a hard dose of reality Wednesday night when she realized Democrats have also been doing some not-so-great things to immigrants.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

President Obama Retraces Past Eight Years in Farewell Speech, Throws In a Few Warnings (Video)

Far from the soaring hope evident in his first inaugural address, Obama’s final speech as president was filled with cautions regarding partisanship, racism and growing inequality.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void


In the present day, there is no vision to which Americans collectively adhere. For proof, we need look no further than the election of Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE

The Three Big Reasons the GOP Can’t Replace Obamacare


Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they still haven’t come up with an alternative.

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Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations for Nonviolent Offenders


Meanwhile, the results of a study examining the role of race in the pardons process—originally due to be released in 2015—are still hanging fire.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

Inquiry Points Toward a Pentagon Plot to Subvert Obama’s Syria Policy


An official investigation offers evidence that the U.S. military engineered a lethal attack on Syrian troops, sabotaging the president’s effort to cooperate with Russia against Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE

Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump


The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy


The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


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.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability


Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama on His Legacy and the Future of the Democratic Party (Audio)

In an interview with political analyst David Axelrod, Obama discusses his successes and failures, as well as the challenges his party faces in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Just Before Christmas, Obama Establishes Anti-Propaganda Agency


On Friday President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act—and within the $619 billion military budget is a controversial provision that establishes a national anti-propaganda center that critics warn could be dangerous for press freedom.

Posted on Dec 26, 2016 READ MORE

Hanukkah and Christmas: A Return to Hope in Troubling Times


The holidays can be occasions for spiritual progressives to unite, affirm their shared message of hope and encourage their friends and families to join them in challenging the forces of fear.

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 READ MORE

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