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The Feuding Kleptocrats


While the power elites—inside and outside of government—squabble over corporate health insurance they are demolishing the remnants of democratic institutions and federal programs.

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Neil Gorsuch and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State


Despite the Supreme Court nominee’s contention that judges are politically impartial, his record indicates that he would play to the Trump administration.

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Trump Appoints Heritage Foundation Staffer to Health and Human Services Post


Roger Severino (pictured), the new head of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights, has opposed transgender patients’ rights, same-sex marriage and Planned Parenthood.

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


The House Speaker blamed Republicans for failing to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” Rubbish.

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Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline


The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

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House GOP Calls Off Trumpcare Vote and Kills the Bill


President Trump tells House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the proposed American Health Care Act after Republicans fail to garner enough support to pass it.

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Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan


Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Underscores His Lack of Concern Over Climate Change


If anything, proposed cutbacks to environmental programs are more extensive than expected.

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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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Under Pressure, Ex-Lobbyist for a Group of For-Profit Colleges Leaves Education Department Post


Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (pictured) to cite ProPublica’s reporting and request more information on Taylor Hansen’s role. He quit that day.

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As Vote on Trumpcare Nears, #SaveMedicaid Movement Grows


Backers of Medicaid fear that the coming vote on the GOP’s proposed American Health Care Act will result in the gutting of the program that helps pay for care for the needy.

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My First Visit to Washington Since Donald Trump Took Office


When I told people that the president’s rise is a result of declining incomes, a sense that the game is rigged and the failure of Washington to reverse these trends, I got blank stares.

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People’s Climate March ‘Warms Up’ With Kickoff Meeting in Washington, D.C.

By Clara Romeo

The meeting aimed to fire up activists in advance of a protest scheduled to coincide with President Trump’s 100th day in office.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia


The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

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The First Brick in the Wall


The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

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A Last Chance for Resistance


Unless we act now, Americans will remember 2017 as the year their naive belief in the recovery of democracy died under the heel of despotism.

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U.S. Pressures Group of 20 Into Dropping Climate-Change Reference From Joint Statement


Finance ministers of the world’s leading economies, defying German leadership, have removed a clause about funding, a G-20 official tells Reuters.

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The Theme That Unites All Trump’s Initiatives Is Cruelty


His budget, which hurts the poor, his insistence on repealing the Affordable Care Act and his targeting of refugees and immigrants are morally repugnant.

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Majority of Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate,’ Poll Finds


The GenForward survey, conducted by the University of Chicago, also finds that most think the United States is “on the wrong track.”

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Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

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Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies


Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

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Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought


The president presides over an America in which “analysis and historical memory have given way to a culture of spectacles, sensationalism and immediacy,” says journalist Henry A. Giroux.

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Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs


President Trump’s response to the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II is to slash aid, bar refugees and expand the military.

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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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The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point.

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Chris Hedges: If We Do Not Stop Corporate Power, We Will Never Dismantle Fascism (Video)

In a recent speech, the Truthdig columnist says “resistance must also be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist, anti-capitalist society.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

What We Can Learn From Donald Trump’s Bonkers Budget (Video)


Trump ran for president as a man of the people, but everything we hear about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite.

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Donald Trump Meets the Heir Apparent of the Saudi Throne: Oil Boycott or Bromance?


Prince Muhammad bin Salman is likely to come away empty handed in the most important dispute—the one over Syria.

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Pages From Trump’s 2005 Tax Return Make News, With Fanfare to Spare (Video)


It took nearly a half hour on her Tuesday night telecast, but MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow eventually relayed the news she’d hinted about ahead of time.

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Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins


Recent attempts to quash the freedom to speak reflect the know-nothing intolerance afflicting this nation.

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Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)


The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

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California Joins Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban


State Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the modified ban “unconstitutional and un-American.”

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Rand Paul Charges That the NSA Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants


Warrantless surveillance of foreigners is being used by the National Security Agency “to get to Americans,” the Kentucky senator says.

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John Oliver: GOP Health Plan Is a Scheme to Take Money From the Poor and Give It to the Rich

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the deviousness of the proposed American Health Care Act glaringly obvious.

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Hacking the Election: We Should Call Trump’s Bluff for a Watergate-Style Inquiry


If the president wants a full-blown investigation to address his wiretapping claims against his predecessor, let’s have it—and get the answers to three crucial questions in the process.

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House Intelligence Committee Gives Trump a Monday Deadline for Providing Evidence of Wiretapping


“The only question is why the president would make up such a thing,” says panel member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Donald Trump’s War on Truth Tellers


The president and his White House continue to attack the credibility of institutions that present facts and arguments they don’t like.

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Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay


Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

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Here’s What Happened While We Were Distracted by Donald Trump’s Tweets


Federal agencies saw big changes, while the latest WikiLeaks dump revealed our “undermining of democracy is home-grown,” according to journalist Norman Solomon. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘A Day Without a Woman’: The Global Strike and Growing Movement Against Donald Trump


International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than a century, but this year’s worldwide day of action had an added sense of urgency.

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What Syrian Refugees Think of Trump’s Refugee Ban


A wave of anger reportedly swept through Syrian refugee camps in southern Lebanon after news of the president’s revised travel ban.

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Al Franken Slams Jeff Sessions’ ‘Insulting’ Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

“I think he owes it to this committee to come back and to explain himself,” the Minnesota senator (pictured) said of the attorney general.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges Discusses Resistance in the Age of Trump With Kevin Zeese (Video)

In a new episode of “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist (pictured left) explores successful protest strategies with the activist and attorney.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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