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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.

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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?

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The Long Road to Impeaching Trump Just Got Shorter


Democratic leaders in Congress have shown scant interest in impeaching the new president. Escalating pressure from constituents could soon change that.

Posted on Feb 10, 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.

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Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans for Trying to ‘Ram’ Betsy DeVos Down America’s Throat (Video)

By Natasha Hakimi

The Massachusetts senator took the floor ahead of a 24-hour, Democrat-led protest to enumerate the reasons the president’s pick for secretary of education is unfit for the position.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Democrats Have No Idea What Resistance Looks Like (Video)

For all the opposition’s criticism of Donald Trump, 14 Democrats voted for every one of his first five Cabinet nominees, and the party still doesn’t seem to have a cohesive strategy.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Democrats Jump the Gun in Accusing Trump Administration of Easing Russian Sanctions


Although top Democrats criticized the president for revising sanctions, a change announced Thursday was common protocol.

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The Life of the Party: Seven Truths for Democrats


The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party causes a serious divide.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

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.

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With Late Night Vote, GOP Takes Aim at Key Health Care Gains


Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called the Republican senators’ action “shocking, reckless and immoral.”

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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

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Posted on Jan 11, 2017 ENLARGE

Distinguishing Two Very Different Lines of Resistance to Donald Trump


One line addresses regressive politics, and the other one deals with tyrannical acts.

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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

Bernie Sanders Gives Leadership Tips to Democrats Facing the Trump Era


On some matters, such as Donald Trump’s future Supreme Court choices, the Vermont senator is less combative than some of his colleagues. On other issues, he digs in his heels.

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Can Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Be ‘Borked’?


The need for Democrats and the public to weigh in on the reshaping of the Supreme Court in 2017 will be as important as it was during the Reagan era.

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Bernie Sanders: Trump Has to Preserve Health Care or Admit He’s a Liar


The president-elect might have forgotten his campaign promises. But we won’t.

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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.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 8, 2017 ENLARGE

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.

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Democrats Gear Up for Fight Against Future GOP Health Care Proposals


Republican lawmakers took the first step in unraveling the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, prompting President Obama to urge fellow Democrats to fight any “Trumpcare” replacement.

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Bernie Sanders Answers Sarah Silverman’s Most Pressing Post-Election Question (Video)

The comedian sat down with the former Democratic presidential candidate to discuss the state of the union after November’s shocking (to many) election results—after which she muttered, “I wish you were president.”

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Seven Wishes for President Obama’s Parting Shots


The commander in chief should take the following important actions before it’s too late.

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Best of Truthdig’s Ear to the Ground 2016: A Showcase of Activists’ Approaches to the Election


Our Ear to the Ground section was filled with election news this year, of course. The most-read posts, however, were less about the outcome than about activism inspired by the democratic process.

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Posted on Dec 26, 2016 ENLARGE

A Plan for Senate Democrats: Block All Trump Supreme Court Nominees


We don’t need a Trump-nominated Supreme Court justice. And there is no reason to have one.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Dec 18, 2016 ENLARGE

Why Do GOP Presidents Get to Go Hard Right While Democrats Are Just GOP Lite?


When Bill Clinton and Barack Obama came to power (and both were very popular and had true voter mandates), they did not go left in the way George W. Bush went right and now Donald Trump is going.

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Sorry, Garrison Keillor. Keith Ellison Could Have Beaten Trump, and Still Can (Video)


The “Prairie Home Companion” creator, deep in depression over the advent of the Trump Gilded Age, blasts the idea of the prominent liberal congressman (pictured) becoming the Democratic National Committee chairman.

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Samantha Bee: Democrats, Don’t Let Panic Make You Abandon Principles or the People Who Voted for You

The “Full Frontal” host thinks that the Democratic Party should “invite working-class white people to the party,” but it shouldn’t necessarily try to do so by following the Republican Party’s lead.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Liberal States Won America’s Tax Experiment (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

For years, conservatives have been telling us that a healthy, business-friendly economy depends on low taxes, few regulations and low wages. Are they right?

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

These 15 Election Takeaways Reveal the Electorate That Gave the U.S. President-Elect Trump


To start, a small percentage of Americans in both parties nominated the presidential candidates—who were disliked by a majority of the country.

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‘Enough to Make Me Gag’: Warren and Sanders Decry Latest Big Pharma Giveaway (Video)


Sen. Elizabeth Warren vows to fight the 21st Century Cures Act “because I know the difference between compromise and extortion.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 ENLARGE

The Democratic Party Lost Its Soul. It’s Time to Win It Back.


Who will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics.

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How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It


The strange political dominance of the Grand Old Party can be explained by 12 factors, including the neoliberal agenda of the Democratic Party, gerrymandering, the politics of fear, and mass ignorance in much of the U.S. populace.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE

None of Them Has Ever Been My President


If the black movement was afraid of the likes of Donald Trump, it never would have gone up against the militarized police that occupy black communities. You can’t scare people with a specter if they’ve already fought the real thing.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Is ‘Deeply Humiliated’ That Democrats Can’t Appeal to the White Working Class (Video)

The Vermont senator gives his take on the presidential election and demands a shakeup of the Democratic Party as the Hillary Clinton campaign attempts to shift responsibility for her defeat onto third parties.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Right on Cue, Media Begins to Normalize Trump


There is no “law of journalism” requiring the press—or Democrats—to treat a far-right demagogue like any other politician.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

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Hillary Clinton and Democrats’ Fatal Error: Writing Off White Workers in the Rust Belt


“No one that’s voting knows all the facts,” an Ohio voter said before the presidential election. “It’s a shame. They keep us so fucking busy and poor that we don’t have the time.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE

Why We Need a New Democratic Party


The party that once represented the working class has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of monied interests.

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Insensitivity to Inequality Among Women Played a Crucial Role in Clinton’s Defeat


“[P]rofessional-class women, who have reaped a disproportionate share of feminism’s gains, have dominated the feminist movement, and the social distance between them and their less privileged sisters is wide and growing wider,” writes Kathleen Geier at The Nation.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 10, 2016 ENLARGE

We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast


The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?”

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Donald Trump Got Elected President and This Is How It Happened (Multimedia)


Take a look at commentary about the night Trump won the White House by Truthdig staff including Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and contributors Bill Boyarsky and Bill Blum.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

This Could Be Democracy’s Last Stop. Vote.


Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the last days of the campaign has led even the most equable of journalists to the end of his rope.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 READ MORE

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