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The Last Time There Was This Much Carbon Dioxide in the Air, Giant Armadillos Roamed on Earth


The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reports that, for the first time in human history, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 410 parts per million.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE
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Rising Political Star Tulsi Gabbard Wins Some Local Love at Hawaii Town Hall (Video)

More than 600 people showed up at Waiakea High School in Hilo to hear the Democratic congresswoman speak about homelessness, decriminalizing marijuana, health care, Syria, North Korea and other topics.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge in Hawaii


Speaking at a Tennessee rally, the president denounces the decision as “unprecedented judicial overreach.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

California Joins Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban


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

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Hawaii Is First to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban


The court filing argues that the ban is “denying all Hawaii residents the benefits of an inclusive and pluralistic society.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

Willie Nelson: A Long Story From Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump

In part one of a two-part conversation at his home in Hawaii, the musician tells Truthdig’s editor in chief that his upbringing during the Depression was an ideal childhood.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Take a Close Look at Tulsi Gabbard


Journalists are weighing the positives and negatives of news that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who supported Bernie Sanders during the primaries, for a position in his Cabinet.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Gets Big Boost With Landslide Wins in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii Caucuses (Updated)


The Vermont senator remains an underdog in the Democratic race, but he still likes his chances to capture the nomination over Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Who Risked Her Career to Endorse Bernie Sanders


The Hawaii congresswoman defied Democratic leaders and resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could promote the senator for president. Why? Because we need “a commander in chief who has foresight” and “exercises good judgment.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 READ MORE

Birds and Reptiles Are Feeling the Survival Heat


New scientific reports highlight yet again the threats that climate change and rising temperatures are posing for many species.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?


A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Hawaii Goes Green and Other Big Renewables Stories


By an overwhelming margin, the Hawaii Legislature has just passed a bill to have 100 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2045.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 23, 2014 ENLARGE

In Hawaii, Cops Are Allowed to Have Sex With Prositutes


Under Hawaiian law, undercover police can have intercourse with sex workers, no questions asked; the unreliability of the Internet in terms of privacy is affecting the tech industry; and how much will we pay for streaming music? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

The Pacific Pivot


The administration’s much-vaunted pivot looks ever more like a divot—a swing, a miss, and a hole in the ground rather than anything approaching a hole-in-one.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

Happy New Year, Mr. President


White House/Pete Souza

It’s been a rough year for the president, but history will put things in better perspective.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE

Hawaii Lawmaker Takes Sledgehammer to Homeless People’s Carts

In the latest act of cruelty toward the disadvantaged, Tom Brower, a Democratic member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives, has decided to take homelessness into his own hands by destroying the shopping carts many use to store and transport their worldly possessions. What would Brower say to someone doing the same to his belongings?

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

The Honeymoon State Legalizes Gay Marriage


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Actually Hawaii is the Aloha State, but every year countless Americans journey to those romantic islands to tie the knot or soak in the postnuptial sun. How fitting, then, that gay couples can finally join their straight neighbors in that pilgrimage.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE

Occupy UC Davis Pepper-Spray Cop Wants Workers’ Comp


The policeman who doused a group of protesters sitting peacefully (and later became the subject of myriads of memes), is claiming the event caused him psychological damage; Alex Gibney’s documentary about WikiLeaks is chock-full of propaganda meant to discredit Julian Assange; meanwhile, divers in Hawaii cleaned the ocean by hand and filled an 18-wheeler with human debris. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE

Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher


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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE

Ron Paul Denounces NRA Gun Plan, the Top 10 Media Stories of 2012, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s last political wish and the worst pundit predictions of this year.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE

Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff


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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE

Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

An American Story: Daniel Inouye


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The senator had earlier risen to be Captain Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Italy, losing an arm as he ran ahead of his platoon and personally destroying three German machine gun nests on a steep ridge in San Terenzo.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Ups the Ante in Birther Probe


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Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is escalating his probe into whether Obama was truly born in the United States. Arpaio has sent a deputy from his “Threats Management Unit” and a member of his volunteer posse to Hawaii to investigate the president’s birth certificate.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE

Erase Obama From the Ballot? Arizona Official Says Maybe

Despite claiming he does not believe in the birther conspiracy theory, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has threatened to keep Obama off the state’s general election ballot if he can’t verify the president was born in Hawaii.

Posted on May 18, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

The Supreme Court Has Us Guessing


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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Just like a doctor, the Supreme Court keeps the nation waiting; Trayvon Martin and the law; remembering Adrienne Rich; Hawaiian sovereignty, and a tortured journalist speaks out.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE

The Supreme Court Has Us Guessing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Just like a doctor, the Supreme Court keeps the nation waiting; Trayvon Martin and the law; remembering Adrienne Rich; Hawaiian sovereignty; and a tortured journalist speaks out.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Pearl Harbor, 70 Years Later


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On Wednesday, the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, President Barack Obama paid homage to American troops who fought in World War II and saluted his home state (sorry, birthers) in a statement declaring the day “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE

‘The Descendants’: Clooney Goes Down Easy


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We exist today in a climate of movie extremes—extreme action, extreme comedy. There are not many mild, agreeable pictures that take place in pleasant surroundings and set people we can identify with to dealing with issues that at sometime or other all of us will have to engage.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE

Steve Jobs Snoozes, Apple Loses: It’s Cause for Alarm

Also in this edition of the Borowitz Report: Birthers Challenge Hawaii to Produce Statehood Certificate.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE

Boehner Bursts Birthers’ Bubbles


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Those “birthers” out there still hoping to contest President Obama’s American citizenship won’t have much of an ally in the newly installed House Speaker John Boehner, but he also won’t question their own beliefs on that front.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE

We Need to Move the Capital to Hawaii

There’s no nicer place in America, as demonstrated by this photo juxtaposition of the president signing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Hawaii Says Mahalo, but No Mahalo to Civil Unions


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Hawaii’s Republican governor has taken a very mainland approach to same-sex partnerships, vetoing a civil union bill that would have protected the rights of gay couples. Way to be laid back, Hawaii.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE

Republican Wins House Seat in Obama’s Hometown


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For the first time in 20 years, a Republican has been elected to Congress to represent the Honolulu district where President Barack Obama grew up. The GOP midterm win speaks more to the fact that two candidates split the vote on the Democratic side than any surge in Hawaiian Republican pride.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE

Dylan: Obama’s ‘Like a Fictional Character, but He’s Real’

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Bob Dylan, seasoned troubadour and chronicler of a-changin’ times, recognizes a story-worthy character when he sees one, and he certainly sees one in Barack Obama, judging by his description of the president in an interview with the U.K.’s Times Online.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE

Shirtless President-Elect Creates Crisis of Confidence

Global markets swooned this week in reaction to photos showing that President-elect Barack Obama had lost his shirt.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE

Obama’s Grandmother Dies in Hawaii

Obama and Dunham
Obama campaign / AP

Barack Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who he says had a major role in bringing him up during his early years in Hawaii, died Sunday just before midnight in Honolulu. She was 86.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE

Obama Will Stop Campaigning for Two Days


Obama for America

Barack Obama will spend Thursday and Friday off the campaign trail in order to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. Obama was raised in part by his grandparents, and has credited his grandmother with teaching him “values straight from the Kansas heartland.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE

U.S. Claims Successful Hit on Faulty Satellite

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The official reason the U.S. military offered for its show of fireworks Wednesday night high above the Pacific was to shoot down, using an anti-satellite missile, a failed spy satellite before it might do damage upon reentry. However, not everyone read the skywriting that way.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE

Obama Wins Again

Obama and McCain
AP photo / Steven Senne

Barack Obama once again swept the evening’s contests, but the big surprise came in Wisconsin, where Hillary Clinton invested much time and money and where the two candidates got caught in a nasty air war. He beat her there by roughly 18 points.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE

Missile Defense Test a Direct Hit

On Friday night, not long after Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the historical specter of the Cuban missile crisis in reference to President Bush’s planned missile shield in Europe, the U.S. successfully carried out another missile defense test off the coast of Kauai. 

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE

Molly Ivins: Bush’s Hawaiian Education

Bush just designated a stretch of the Hawaiian Islands a national monument after watching a documentary about the ocean there. How nice. So what, exactly, is his excuse for not even watching Al Gore’s movie on a slightly more important environmental issue?

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE

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