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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
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Obama and the Supreme Court Just Made it Easier for the FBI to Hack Your Computer


Government agents can now use warrants obtained from a single judge to hack computers in multiple jurisdictions rather than having to get a warrant for each jurisdiction.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Government Just Approved an Enormous Oil Pipeline


It took seven years of organizing to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being built up and down the U.S.—and now a new mega-pipeline “has quietly received full regulatory permission to begin construction.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE

How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press


The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

The Important Abortion Case That Many Americans Have Never Heard About


How we got to this week’s abortion showdown—and how the views of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could help shape the outcome.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE

Opinion: Don’t Cry About Super Tuesday—Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Future


At least one pundit on the left had the decency, fortitude and intellectual honesty not to smother the dreams of millions of Americans—many of them young and/or struggling under a mountain of debt—by declaring Hillary Clinton the inevitable winner of the Democratic nomination after her victories on Super Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE

GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Nevada Newspaper’s Secret Buyer, Magazine Reports


The casino mogul and conservative bankroller is the formerly anonymous purchaser of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fortune magazine reports.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE

The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action: 5 Possible Outcomes


If onetime University of Texas aspirant Abigail Fisher prevails on all of her claims, the last tepid vestiges of race-conscious affirmative action will end at public colleges and universities throughout the land.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

Why Counting Mass Shootings Is a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence in America


It glosses over the broader reality of who is most at risk of being murdered with guns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE

Can You Guess How Many Gallons of Water It Took to Grow the Avocado in Your Guacamole?


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So we know that avocados should have gone extinct millions of years ago, but how about how much water it takes to grow a single of these creamy green fruits?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

FBI to American Muslim: ‘You Might Get Hit by a Car’

Naji Mansour’s life was turned upside down when he refused to become an informant for the FBI. After being detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile and separated from his children for years, he began recording his telephone conversations with bureau agents.

Posted on May 2, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Truthdigger of the Week: Dr. Kathryn Edin (Video)


Over decades of studying the lives of America’s poor, the Johns Hopkins sociologist has combined analytic rigor and compassion for others to defy popular prejudice and discover the hidden causes of mass behavior.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE

‘American Milk Will Make You Sick’


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There’s a reason why so many Americans have become lactose intolerant and the proof may be in the milky pudding.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE

What If Your Income Grew as Fast as the Top 1 Percent?


The editors at Mother Jones reveal how much money you would be earning annually today if the super-rich hadn’t rigged the system.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE

Minutes From a Koch Meeting


At their last fundraising conference, hell-raising right-wing billionaires David and Charles Koch left behind a confidential document detailing one-on-one conversations with donors and their operatives, offering a rare look into their savage political machine.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE

Nearly 200 Children Killed by Gunshot Since the Sandy Hook Massacre


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Mother Jones’ analysis of deaths related to guns reported in the media shows that at least 194 children under the age of 12 have been killed in accidents or homicides since the Newtown shooting a year ago. Other research estimates the true toll is closer to 500. How can the NRA keep saying we need more guns?

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE

Who Profits If the Government Defaults?


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Short-selling investors, savvy gold and silver bugs and currency traders—are all people who are closest to and most informed about the U.S. financial system. In other words, likely few people who are reading this page.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE

Photosynthesis Could Be a Climate Change Solution


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Researchers say “one of the most common [biological] processes on Earth” is also “one of the most promising means of extracting atmospheric carbon dioxide” on a scale potentially large enough to reduce the risk of catastrophic global warming.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Shane Bauer


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Prisoners are among the “least of us” in America. After spending two years learning what they go through, investigative reporter Shane Bauer is raising his voice in their defense.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE

Supreme Court Helps Big Business Screw the Little Guy


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The justices sided with big corporations Thursday when they ruled 5-3 that companies can write contracts that force small businesses to challenge monopolistic practices on an unaffordable individual arbitration basis rather than through class-action lawsuits, effectively killing the ability of small businesses to defend themselves in court against larger predatory ones.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE

Are You Ready to Kiss Frogs Goodbye?


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The first ever analysis of the rate of population loss among frogs, toads, salamanders and newts found a general decline of 3.7 percent per year from 2002 to 2011, while “red-listed” species disappeared at a rate of 11.6 percent annually, even in protected lands.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE

The Environment Unprotected From Sequester


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Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation’s habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE

GOP Senator’s Unexpected Retirement, Sarah Palin’s Next Step, and More


A look at the day’s political happenings, including the true meaning of Presidents Day revealed and Mark Sanford airs his first South Carolina congressional campaign ad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE

The Ick in Your Shrimp


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Seafood consumed in restaurants like Red Lobster is likely to be imported from foreign factory-style farms, where antibiotics, bacteria and carcinogenic drugs are found in products that often go uninspected by the Food and Drug Administration.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE

America’s Criminal Element


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Was lead a driver of the late 20th century surge in violent crime, drops in IQ, cognitive deficits and incidences of ADHD? Mounting evidence at the national, state, city and individual levels—and across the world—strongly suggest it was.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 READ MORE

Inside the Liberal Conspiracy to Save the Republic


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Mother Jones profiles a growing coalition of environmental, labor and civil rights groups, including Greenpeace and the NAACP, that began meeting off the record in December to try to figure out “what to do to beat back the deep-pocketed conservative movement.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: What’s the Connection?


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The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is prompting people to ask exactly how the storm is related to climate change. Category 1 hurricanes are typical October fare, and Sandy’s collision with another storm is unusual, says Chris Mooney at Mother Jones.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE

The Freeloaders in Mitt Romney’s Orbit


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Watching Mitt Romney talk about the 47 percent of Americans he says are freeloaders, I thought of Paul Ryan’s mom, a Medicare recipient.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE

How Mother Jones Got the Romney Video Scoop

David Corn of Mother Jones magazine talks about how he teamed up with James Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, to get the footage posted this week of Mitt Romney insulting half of the American public before a crowd of campaign donors.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

The Deep, Dark Pond of Political Money

Spending in the 2012 presidential election is expected to top $11 billion—more than twice the 2008 total. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling has taken American electoral politics back six decades, to before a time when corporations, trade groups and unions were banned from spending unlimited money on political campaigns.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

High School All Over Again


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Washington journalism is like high school. It has the same cool kids, mean girls, social rankings and the big prom—the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner. But unlike what happens in high school, the insular behavior of the Washington media affects the whole nation.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE

Why No One Would Listen


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What’s worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing? Or—like so many in the corporate and financial world—to be ignored for doing so?

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE

State Taxes Stacked Against the Poor


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Though many conservatives would rather not discuss it, not all taxes are created equal. Sure, the federal income tax is progressive (though less so than in the past), but payroll and state taxes—which include levies on income, property, sales and various fees—are not, and the differences between the top 1 percent and the bottom 20 percent can be large.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE

The Durban Deal Is No Deal


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Another round of climate negotiations, another vague promise to commit to something in the distant future and another slow-motion step toward disaster for the world’s poor and vulnerable. The Durban deal puts the U.N.’s 194 nations on track to begin negotiating a legally binding pact by 2015, six years after we were told to expect such a treaty in Copenhagen. (more)

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE

Chalk One Up for the 99%


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On the evening of November 8th, Occupy Wall Street, the populist uprising built on economic justice and corruption-free politics that’s spread like a lit match hitting a trail of gasoline, notched its first major political victory in the unlikeliest of places: Ohio.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE

Time to Move Your Money


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Saturday is the day 80,000 people have pledged to punish “too big to fail” banks by moving their money to credit unions and local community institutions. How does it work? Will banks feel the hurt? How can it be done quickly and conveniently? Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones answers these questions and more.

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 READ MORE

The Koch Brothers’ Gallery of Million-Dollar Buddies


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Twice yearly, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch assemble a crowd of wealthy economic libertarian sympathizers to raise funds for their efforts to influence government and the American public. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE

Unemployment on Labor Day: By the Numbers


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For the millions of Americans who have lost their livelihoods over the last few years and the millions more who have been unemployed since before the 2008 financial crisis, Labor Day will underscore the daily suffering. (more)

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE

Claims About Ubiquitous Germ Killer Debunked


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For 37 years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has offered no official, scientific report on the safety of triclosan, a dubious anti-microbial agent found in everything from toys to toothpaste. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE

The FBI’s Terrorism Factory

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: How the FBI uses its 15,000 informants to sucker and seduce angry Muslims, and the effort to amend the Constitution to dehumanize corporations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

The FBI’s Terrorism Factory


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This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: How the FBI uses its 15,000 informants to sucker and seduce angry Muslims, and the effort to amend the Constitution to dehumanize corporations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE

Is the FBI Catching Terrorists, or Coaching Them?


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A new investigation by Mother Jones reveals that the FBI has cultivated a huge network of informants and spies, many of whom are directed to seek out disgruntled Muslims. “And then, in case after case, the government provides the plot, the means, and the opportunity” to commit terrorist attacks, Trevor Aaronson writes. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE

Howard Buffett’s Hope for Africa’s Future


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Earlier this month, Howard Buffett—the philanthropist son of the “Sage of Omaha”—penned a Huffington Post article defending a project within the U.N.’s World Food Program called “Purchase for Progress” and offered his vision of an ideal future for farmers in the global south. (more)

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE

Unions and Inequality by the Numbers


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The precise effects of the broad deunionization of the American workforce since the 1970s are difficult to quantify, but a recent paper from the American Sociological Review has made an effort anyway. The study found that in addition to raising the income of union laborers ... (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE

The Dirty Secret of the Jobless Recovery


Have you ever asked yourself what makes a “jobless recovery” possible? Since the beginning of the recession, American companies have trimmed their staffs and shifted work to remaining employees, largely without increasing pay, and those workers are not reaping the benefits. (more)

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE

Net Neutrality’s Last Stand

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The future of the Internet looked a little bleaker to Net neutrality advocates this week after a federal appeals court decided that the Federal Communications Commission couldn’t stop Internet service provider Comcast from messing with the load times of certain websites ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE

No to Consumer Protection Agency

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Plans to create an independent agency to provide consumer financial protection have probably been scrapped. According to a leaked document, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd is proposing that the protection office be within the Treasury Department instead of being independent, a clear capitulation to the Republicans.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE

Your Handy Guide to the Right’s 11th-Hour Attacks on Obama

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Thus far this election season, we’ve witnessed a number of scare tactics cooked up by conservatives hoping to scare the bejeezus out of voters who might even consider choosing Barack Obama over John McCain, and the fun isn’t over yet.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE

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