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Blaming Russia Helps Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Maintain Power


Rather than pursuing an independent investigation into the 2016 election, the Democratic establishment has used hyperbole to block Bernie Sanders and progressives from pulling away from Wall Street.

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The World According to Trump Is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous—and His Actions Are One Reason


As commander in chief, the president is empowered to manage the military might of the nation. But he is not empowered to initiate warfare on his own.

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Why the Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Gone Far Enough (Audio and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and activist Dr. Paul Song discuss the failures of Obamacare and the future of health care reform. Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China


No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Dereliction of Duty, Redux


All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

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A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

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U.S. Made Syrians’ Airstrike Another ‘Tonkin Gulf,’ Expert on Foreign Policy Says (Video)

Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, believes the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and that the U.S. response violated international law.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Decision to Attack Syria Increases the Risk of World War III


Russia-baiting has given the president huge incentives to prove he is not Vladimir Putin’s flunky and boosted the odds of a showdown between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

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John Oliver on How Representatives Choose Their Voters, Rather Than the Other Way Around (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host points out how nuts it is that the U.S. is a nation in which politicians have more sway than constituents, thanks to a five-syllable word.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Medicare-for-All Advocates Rally Nationwide


The Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare, a coalition that believes access to health care is “basic to human dignity,” coordinates events.

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The Grounds for Impeaching Donald Trump (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

By my count, there are now four solid reasons to impeach Donald Trump. The fifth appears to be emerging.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Dennis Kucinich: James Comey, Not Russia, Tilted the Election Toward Donald Trump


The former congressman says the FBI director (pictured) should have resigned over his disclosure about Hillary Clinton’s emails last October.

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Conflict-of-Interest Questions Dog Chief of Health and Human Services


While in Congress, HHS Secretary Tom Price acquired up to $90,000 of pharmaceutical stock the same day he intervened on a rule that would hurt drug profits.

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The Deep State, Explained


America’s Deep State is harder to find than those abroad but could get stronger under Trump.

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Inside the Campaign of Green Party Congressional Candidate Kenneth Mejia

Truthdig sits down with the 26-year-old to discuss his grass-roots effort to represent California’s 34th Congressional District.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Plan


Democrats on Capitol Hill are gloating about the demise of the American Health Care Act. The Vermont senator is about to do them one better.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Pleads for Action to Save Online Privacy Rules


Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to pass a measure that would repeal federal privacy requirements. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

The Real Problem With Dave Chappelle’s Transphobic Jokes


The comedian’s Netflix show is generating criticism; the president had a crash course in how government works; and economists are exploring rising mortality rates among middle-aged white Americans.

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The GOP Crusade Against Health Care Is Class Warfare


The failed Republican bill would have handed the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut, paid for by tossing 24 million people off health care insurance.

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No, Paul Ryan, ‘Growing Pains’ Didn’t Kill Your Bill


The House speaker apparently does not grasp that he put forward a terrible piece of legislation.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy


The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE

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Senate Minority Leader Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster


After weeks of outcry and calls for Senate Democrats to “grow a spine” and filibuster Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (pictured), appear to be listening.

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Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation


Emails and letters sent by both Republicans and Democrats contain a wealth of misinformation, from statements that are simply misleading to whoppers.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

America Lacks an Adult in Charge


The country is rudderless and leaderless, and there’s only one way out of this crisis.

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It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy


A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

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Who Will Build Trump’s Border Wall?


The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will need $4.1 billion through 2018 to finance construction of the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last


His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

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Read: Donald Trump’s Order on ‘Reorganizing’ the Executive Branch


A new executive order, signed by the president on Monday, paves the way for Trump and Congress to “eliminate unnecessary agencies” within the federal government.

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These Five Trump Cabinet Members Made False Statements to Congress


During nomination hearings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions (pictured) isn’t alone in making statements that are contradicted by facts.

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Watch President Trump’s First Major Address to Congress

Although not exactly a State of the Union address, the speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night bore a close resemblance to one.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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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Welcome to the Police State of America for Immigrants


Donald Trump’s new orders give immigration officials and local cops around the country new and almost unlimited power to enforce a vague law.

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The Real Reason the GOP Wants to Pull the Plug on Obamacare (Video)


Don’t be fooled by the promises of Trump and Republicans in Congress to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Push a Corporate Tax Plan That Could Cost Americans a Bundle

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Ignites in Town Hall Meetings


Overflow crowds and tough questions marked Saturday’s congressional recess events around the country.

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Progressives Must Challenge Extreme Gerrymandering by the GOP


Redistricting schemes have given Republicans an artificial grip on power. Here’s how we can get our country back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Coretta Scott King Letter the GOP Wouldn’t Let Sen. Warren Read

Before the confirmation vote for attorney general, Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Republicans when she sought to highlight Jeff Sessions’ racism.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Can Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?


If Chuck Schumer of New York and his fellow Senate Democrats choose to obstruct President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE

The Last Bastions of Resistance to Donald Trump


With congressional Republicans in the majority and unwilling to cross the president, the job of containing his incipient tyranny falls to three groups.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America


The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

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