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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Benefits From Health Care Lobbyists After Dismissing a Single-Payer System


The California Democrat attended a fundraising event held by a big-pharma lobbying firm a week after constituents booed her stance on single-payer health care. (Pictured, a protester at a Feinstein event in February.)

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How Justice Democrats Plan to Give Progressives a Reason to Vote in the 2018 Midterms


Kyle Kulinski, a co-founder of the political movement, tells Truthdig where establishment Democrats are failing and how voters can reform the stagnant party.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Jones, the Senate’s Chief Investigator Into Torture by the CIA


Jones—who became a target of the CIA because he searched for the truth—this week spoke out for the first time. He has been a key force in the disclosure of a scandal that one senator compared to Watergate.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald


The journalist bravely called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her businessman husband for trying to squelch free speech on University of California campuses under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

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The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech May Come From Dianne Feinstein and Her Millionaire Husband


The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reports that the California senator and her military-contractor husband Richard Blum are essentially blackmailing the University of California into punishing students who speak out against Israel.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Torture Is Medieval, Brutal and Beneath Us,’ So Let’s Make It Illegal

In anticipation of this week’s vote on a proposed law against torture, drafted by Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host gave an impassioned monologue on the Senate Committee Report on Torture.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart: Expectations of Congress May Be Low, but Budget Bill Is Not a Monumental Achievement

The “Daily Show” host is struggling to understand how so much “random stuff” ended up in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress recently passed.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Stewart Tries to Figure Out What Came First: Bush’s Knowledge of CIA Torture or His Denial

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, revealed that the CIA lied to many people, including former President George W. Bush, about the heinous torture methods it employed. Until 2006, that is.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

CIA Torture Report Finally Released by Senate, Revealing Extreme and Ineffective Methods


After four years of investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee, charged with overseeing the CIA, released its “landmark report” on the agency’s use of torture Tuesday morning. 

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Did the Assault Weapons Ban Really Work as Sen. Dianne Feinstein Claims?


The senator says “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives—and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

John Brennan Admits to Agency Spying on Senate Staffers


In an extraordinary development Thursday, the CIA director reversed months of angry public denials and apologized for the agency’s past spying on staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE

More Aggressive NSA Reform Bill Moves Forward in the House


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After a half-year in stasis, the USA Freedom Act—the most aggressive of various NSA reform measures—is headed for markup by the House Judiciary Committee.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

Share the Torture Report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart on CIA Torture Report: ‘We Are a Moral People ... in Hindsight’

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently declassified documents on CIA torture during the Bush administration, inspiring the “Daily Show” host to take us on a “stroll down ‘things we’d like to erase from our memory’ lane.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Senate Committee Votes to Release Details of CIA Torture Methods


Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s recent alarm about the CIA’s interrogation methods since 9/11 spurred the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs, to vote Thursday in favor of releasing key details from a lengthy report about the CIA’s activities.

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NSA Spies on CIA Spying on Senate Intelligence Committee









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Nancy Pelosi Admits That Congress Is Scared of the CIA


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Over the past few months, one thing we keep hearing over and over again from defenders of the intelligence community is that everything is under control and “legal” because Congress has powerful oversight.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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The CIA Is Out of Line


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We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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CIA Spies and Tortured Lies


This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

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When It Is Feinstein Being Spied On, Suddenly She Squawks


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Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s speech Tuesday was a chess move in a contest with the CIA, which has played hardball with the California Democrat’s staff.

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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth


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It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

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If You’re Going to Force People to Buy Insurance, You Have to Make It Affordable


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In November, Californians will vote whether to give the state insurance commissioner power to approve health insurance premium increases and veto or scale back those he finds excessive.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE

Demand Your Privacy


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It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency’s mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we’re going to have to fight for it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: A Bipartisan Budget Deal and the Tea Party Bolts

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and “Left, Right & Center” host Matt Miller discuss the budget deal, John Boehner’s rebuke of tea party critics, suggested restraints for the NSA, “Dianne Feinstein and those hacks in the Senate,” and more.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon


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Now we know that even the president needs leaks from Edward Snowden to be fully informed about the dastardly acts of his own top spy agency.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

How Much Did Obama Know About NSA Spying? Depends on Whom You Ask


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Intelligence officials speaking anonymously (do they know any other method?) are reportedly pissed that the White House seems to be distancing the president from the NSA’s metastasizing eavesdropping scandal.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden


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Without the leaks, there would be no reforms. The politicians who kept us in the dark are the ones who should have to answer to the public.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE

America’s New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden


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How inconvenient to find the names of France, Italy, Japan and Mexico among the 38 embassies and missions bugged at will by our electronic spooks.

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The Good Germans in Government


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Why are we chasing after Edward Snowden and not the many others with access to such damning data of government malfeasance who remain silent?

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE

Guantanamo Doctors Said to Be Untroubled by Force-Feeding Prisoners


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Amid calls for President Obama to allow independent physicians to visit hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman for the facility said Thursday that no doctors working there had balked at feeding inmates against their will.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE

FBI Confirms Drone Use Over U.S. Soil


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Speaking at a Senate hearing Wednesday about telephone data collection, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the bureau uses drones to aid its investigations in a “very, very minimal way, very seldom.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE

Gore Criticizes NSA Surveillance, Maher Slams Entrenched Congress, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including Iran elects a new president and the latest Gallup poll reveals which societal institution Americans have the least amount of confidence in.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE

A New Balance Toward Liberty


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The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE

The End of the Right of Privacy?


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Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE

Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’


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“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

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Denying Victims a Vote

Shame on Harry Reid for killing any prospect of an assault weapons ban. I understand why he did it, but that doesn’t make it right.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE

Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul, Dianne Feinstein vs. Ted Cruz, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Reuters editor is indicted on suspicion of aiding hackers and Barack Obama wants Democratic lawmakers to know he’s not Dick Cheney.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE

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