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Robert Mueller’s Probe Is Key to Exposing Trump’s Abuse of Power


Without the investigation—and how it is forcing the president to play defense—the Trump agenda might be closer to full realization.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 READ MORE
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U.S. Intelligence Veterans Believe the ‘Russian Hack’ of DNC Computers May Have Been an Inside Job


In a memo to President Trump, former U.S. intelligence officers cite forensic studies that indicate data was leaked (not hacked) by a DNC insider, then doctored to incriminate Russia.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 READ MORE

How Betsy DeVos, the Koch Brothers and Donald Trump Are Selling Our Schools to the Highest Bidder


Does anyone really think corporate profiteers are going to educate our children well?

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE

Trump and the Christian Fascists


The Christian right, which for decades has been laying the foundation for a fascism disguised as religious, is swiftly filling the president’s ideological vacuum. (Above, President Trump with the Rev. Pat Robertson.)

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Republicans’ Attempts to Scrap the ACA Produce a Surprising Side Effect


GOP legislators struggling to “repeal and replace” find themselves facing stronger public support for Obamacare and rising sentiment for a right to health care.

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE

A Disturbing New Plan for Picking Your Senators


The American Legislative Exchange Counsel has drafted “model legislation” that would empower gerrymandered legislatures to choose senators for us.

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The Real Political Obstacle Facing Single-Payer


Universal health care is hitting a snag, but there may be a way around it; Democrats should give up on centrism if they want to win elections; as photo forgeries improve, are people getting better at spotting them?

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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia


If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

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Meet the GOP Insider Who Created White Nationalist Richard Spencer


Retired Chicago business executive William H. Regnery II (pictured, right) provided Spencer (pictured, left) with the platform he needed to launch the “alt-right” movement.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Reported to Be Discussing Possibility of Pardoning Himself, Relatives or Aides


Legal options are explored by the president as special counsel Robert Mueller turns to the Trump family’s personal finances, The Washington Post says.

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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary


After Spicer abruptly quits, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named to replace him.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE

President Trump Doesn’t Have a Handle on Health Care, Times Interview Confirms


In a curious sit-down with The New York Times, Trump calls attention to gaps in his understanding of health care policy and feeds other doubts about him held by his critics.

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Torture Doesn’t Work. But Facts Never Have Bothered the President.


Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn our secret prisons, together with his appointments of people who played roles in the George W. Bush torture program, should set off alarm bells.

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Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’


Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

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Trump Nominee Told Senate He Had Dropped Big Client, but Documents Say Otherwise


Although lobbyist David Bernhardt claimed he had stopped promoting a water district in California, emails and other evidence indicate he was still on the job.

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Hillary Clinton Is Losing Popularity Among Those Who Voted for Her, New Poll Shows


The sentiment of Clinton voters is said to reflect Democratic politicians’ angst about how to position themselves for 2018.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 READ MORE

Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist, who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn: How the Left Is Changing the Global Political Debate (Video)

The U.K.’s Labour Party leader assures the author and activist, “When people’s minds are opened up, there’s no end to the possibilities.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Support Falling Among Swing-State Voters Who Elected Him, Recent Polls Find


A third of voters, however, remain unapologetic fans.

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North Korea Wants to Deter a U.S. Attack. That’s Why It Has Nukes.


Kim Jong Un’s decision to maintain nuclear weapons is rational in light of U.S. regime-change policies toward Iraq and Libya, neither of which were nuclear states.

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Senate Health Care Vote Delayed as John McCain Recovers From Surgery


With the Republican senator unable to cast a ballot, the latest version of President Trump’s prized health care bill has hit another snag. It’s unclear how long the delay will be.

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Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (pictured) and other top Trump appointees are outspoken opponents of federal funding for birth control, advocating abstinence rather than contraception.

Posted on Jul 16, 2017 READ MORE

To Bea or Not to Bea









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Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.


Is America one big con game?

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Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN


Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

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Trump and Macron Consult on Syria Cease-Fire in Shadow of Trump Jr. Scandal


Escaping the Washington feeding frenzy, the president discusses cooperation on Syria and Iraq with his French counterpart in Paris.

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Congressman Says Administration Is ‘Anxious to Get Started’ With Mass Deportation of Immigrants


After a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns two types of protected immigrants to “prepare for the worst.”

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Remembering Hillary Clinton Team’s Russian ‘Steele Dossier’ on Donald Trump


The Russiagate furor over Donald Trump Jr. all but forgets that Clinton supporters paid an ex-British spy to dig up dirt on Trump Sr. inside Russia, then hawked the report to news media.

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Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots


The president’s refusal to acknowledge human-induced global warming is fueling resistance that is real, strong and growing.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE

Can the U.S.-Russia Cease-Fire Agreement in Syria Stick?


While alleged 2016 election interference grabs headlines, the bigger test may be whether the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin accord made at the G-20 summit holds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Don Jr.? (Video)


Given that the many takes on Donald Trump Jr.’s extracurricular campaign activities range from garden-variety “opposition research” to “treason,” arriving at a reasonable conclusion without spinning out is no small feat.

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Russell Brand Wonders if Anything Meaningful Will Come From the G-20 Summit (Video)

The “Trews” host (left) deconstructs President Trump’s speech to the international summit in Germany and discusses the meeting’s possible global outcomes. (At right, the U.K.’s Theresa May.)

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks about the failures of the Democratic Party and the establishment politics that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Message for Rep. Barbara Lee: Please Stop the ‘Madness of Militarism’


We need the congresswoman from California to be a brave voice—as she was in the post-9/11 war frenzy—and encourage diplomatic discourse between the U.S. and Russian governments, not castigate it.

 

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Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Are Exposed


As President Trump applauds victory against Islamic State in the devastated Iraqi city, Amnesty International details the deaths and suffering among civilians.

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Noam Chomsky to Chris Hedges: ‘Everywhere You Look, There’s Public Subsidy’ (Video)

In the second part of their recent conversation, the renowned intellectual (left) tells the Truthdig columnist how the banking, fossil fuel and tech sectors profit from taxpayer dollars.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Says the U.S. Must Work With Russia and Move Past Election Issues


The president does not want questions of Russian interference to prevent him from working with Putin’s government on other matters, including the civil war in Syria, officials say.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017 READ MORE

In a Lawsuit Affidavit, NSA Whistleblower William Binney Confirms U.S. Government Spies on Citizens


The case, part of a lawyer’s long legal battle against intelligence officials for allegedly violating his Fourth Amendment rights, was filed when Barack Obama was president.

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Palestine Remains ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’


The historic injustice in Palestine is at the heart of the Middle East dilemma. Until that injustice is resolved, there will be no peace in the region, or perhaps anywhere.

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G-20 Summit Highlighted a Transition in Geopolitical Power That Has Been Developing for Years


The process has escalated in recent months, but its roots go much deeper than Donald Trump.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

Tillerson Gets Oil Industry Award, Says He Misses Colleagues


The secretary of state and former head of ExxonMobil says he will be at the 2020 World Petroleum Congress in Houston “in some capacity, one way or another.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

Report: Trump Continues to Personally Profit From Golf Club Membership Fees


An investigation reveals how Donald Trump has pocketed membership fees, defying golf industry standards as well as the principles of his elected position.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Court Spotlights the ‘Legal Hell’ of the U.S. Deportation System


The courts often impose unfair penalties on immigrants arrested by ICE. The process can also be a nightmare for judges and lawyers, and it’s only getting worse.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

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