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White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real Estate Empire


Given Kushner’s vast portfolio as an adviser to his father-in-law, the president, it’s not clear how he’s going to avoid issues that could affect his bank account. The Trump administration has declined to give details.

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How to Be Both a Political Activist and a Consumer Activist (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Let’s make it unprofitable to work with Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism


Trump’s petty attacks on journalists as enemies of the country are deeply worrisome to many Americans sensitive to the danger of a spiral down into authoritarian rule.

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How David Horowitz and Fellow Conservative Intellectuals Were Conned by Trump


Author Sol Stern analyzes how Horowitz (pictured)—his friend and a former New Left radical—succumbed to the president’s “totalitarian temptation.”

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Donald Trump’s Top Five Hypocrisies of the Week


Here are a few of the president’s most striking contradictions.

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Conservative Pundit David Brooks Wants to Make America Great Again


Despite his aura of ideological balance, the columnist fails to acknowledge that Donald Trump’s election was a consequence of policies Brooks enthusiastically promoted.

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Major Media Outlets Barred From White House Briefing


The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and several others are denied access.

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Asian-American Slain, 2nd Is Wounded in Kansas by a Man Yelling, “Get Out of My Country!”


It is speculated that the alleged shooter falsely believed the men to be Middle Eastern Muslims.

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Steve Bannon Says ‘Deconstruction of Administrative State’ Is Trump’s Plan


The president’s chief strategist describes plans to roll back taxes, regulations and trade agreements.

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Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Fight Against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Won’t Be Won by This White House


The Trump administration has failed to address threats of violence against Jews and Muslims in the U.S.—but Americans committed to justice can do what the president won’t.

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Betsy DeVos’ Conflicting Positions on States’ Rights


The education secretary labeled Obama-era civil rights measures federal “overreach” but urged protection of free speech in colleges.

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Professor Michael Hudson Explains the Fake Economics of Donald Trump

Hudson, author of “J Is for Junk Economics,” talks about the now-discarded Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the president’s first hundred hours.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Power of Political Cartoons (Video)

Cartoonists from different political backgrounds discuss how current events impact their work.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Paid Protests









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Ahead of Vote for DNC Chair, Ellison Calls the Trump-Impeachment Issue ‘Legitimate’


Protecting the presidency is crucial, says Rep. Keith Ellison, a key candidate for the leadership of the Democratic National Committee. 

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The Young Turks on the Resistance Flooding Republican Town Halls (Video)

Commentators Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola discuss how Donald Trump and Republicans are dealing with the backlash against their policies.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sweden Attacks! (Video)









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Crimes of the Trump Era (a Preview)


The “25/8” news cycle is already rolling, but the looting of America hasn’t really begun.

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China Trumps U.S. in Tackling Climate Change


China’s impressive emissions targets are more significant than Donald Trump’s threat to exit the Paris Agreement.

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Buyers’ Remorse: Americans Think Donald Trump Is Bad at Almost Everything


A national poll shows most Americans do not believe the president is honest or level-headed or shares their values.

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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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Joe Scarborough: GOP Will Be Judged for 50 Years on How It Responds to Trump (Video)

On “The Late Show” on Tuesday, the conservative “Morning Joe” host told Stephen Colbert that it’s incumbent upon the party “to stand up right now and speak out.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

As Tyrants Take Control of Democracies, They Typically Do 7 Things (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Consider yourself warned.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

By Hunting Down the Law-Abiding Undocumented, Trump Harms Us All (Video)


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s ramping up of deportation measures contains many hidden dangers.

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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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Trump Administration’s New Immigration Plans, Part 2


The president released two memorandums Tuesday, expanding the crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Here is the plan for enforcing immigration laws. Read Part 1 below, on the plan for implementing border security.

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Trump Administration’s New Immigration Plans, Part 1


The president released two memorandums Tuesday, expanding the crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Here is the plan to implement border security. Read Part 2 above, on the plan for enforcing immigration laws.

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Sweden Becomes the New Poster Country for the U.S. Immigration Debate


Riots in a Swedish suburb Tuesday reinforced conservative arguments for stricter immigration policy, and Donald Trump’s falsehoods are getting lost in the shuffle.

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Trump Administration Issues ‘Sweeping Rewrite’ of Immigration Policies


New guidelines expand the current crackdown on undocumented immigration and increase the number of people who can be deported.

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The Enemies [a cartoon from Germany]









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Coping With Donald Trump: Four Dangerous Syndromes (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

With Trump as president, many Americans may be tempted to succumb to syndromes such as cynicism and helplessness. Please don’t.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Should Bannon Resign? He and Yiannopoulos Falsely Linked Hillary Clinton to Pedophilia.


Steve Bannon’s choice of protégés tells us all we need to know about him and his agenda in the Trump White House. (Pictured, Milo Yiannopoulos.)

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The Lies Donald Trump Told in His First Month as President

“What is clear is that we have a serial liar in the White House. And that one month in, it’s only getting murkier,” The Guardian says in a video.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Why Trumponomics Fails


Donald Trump’s “America First” economics is pure demagoguery.

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James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness


At this frightening moment in American history—with a racist in the White House and amid rising levels of racial hatred—there is no more important writer than Baldwin.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE

Lawmakers Feel the Heat at Town Hall Meetings


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

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Trump’s Most Shameful Act So Far


The president’s false assertion of massive voting fraud is intended for one purpose.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Sanctuary Churches, Havens for Undocumented Immigrants


Despite serious risks, religious institutions across the U.S. are opening their doors to immigrants who fear deportation under the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE

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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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Santa Monica, Calif., Dumps Wells Fargo Over DAPL Funding


The city’s progressive agenda includes a new measure to shield residents from discriminatory acts by the Trump administration.

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PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Warns That the Recent Attacks on the Press Subvert Democracy

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down with the co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” to discuss the future of journalism and the need for a more diverse media. Transcript added.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Hispanic House Democrats Blast ‘Dictatorial Shenanigans’ at Immigration Meeting


Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are banned from a major discussion of immigration raids and detentions.

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Trump Vilifies Media—Except Outlets That Follow His Narrative


Trump ranted and raved at the press Thursday, but not all the press—for instance, he didn’t attack Breitbart News.

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Just to Be Clear









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Small Survey Finds Negative Feelings Among Police Toward Black Lives Matter


A law firm canvasses 200 police officers about race relations on the job.

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Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare


Although many Trump supporters express disdain for government-funded programs, some rely heavily on benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act.

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Alternative ‘Facts’


When the president spreads false propagandist narratives, journalists and their sources must forcefully embrace their role as the Fourth Estate.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

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