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Texas Movie Theater Chain Shrugs Off Criticism for Women-Only Screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’


The screenings, held by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, sparked anger online, but the company’s management responded by scheduling even more of the exclusive showings.

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G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord


The president’s refusal to commit to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change further isolates the U.S. as other world powers prepare to tackle the environmental crisis.

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Washington Post Keeps Running Op-Eds by Lobbyists Pushing Their Clients’ Weapons


They never disclose conflicts of interests.

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Analyzing the Hypocrisy of U.S. Media Coverage (Video)

Glenn Greenwald (pictured) and Jeremy Scahill, co-founders of The Intercept, join Democracy Now! to discuss imbalanced coverage of terrorism victims and war victims, and the importance of WikiLeaks.

Posted on May 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Five Questions About Jared Kushner’s Alleged ‘Back Channel’ Request to Moscow


The report that President Trump’s son-in-law sought a private, encrypted line of communication to the Kremlin is hard to fathom except as a sign of something fishy.

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Ann Coulter May Be Joking, but What She Says Is Far From Funny


Some see her comments as offbeat political humor, but it’s a telling fact that her writing is highlighted on the websites of extremist organizations, one of them labeled a hate group.

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Six Things Trump’s FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want You to Know About Net Neutrality


As the agency moves forward with its misinformation campaign to reverse open internet protections, these key points are worth highlighting.

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The Food Industry Is Cooking the Planet


One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

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Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global Diplomacy


The president’s first trip abroad reaffirms his poor grasp of U.S. international relations.

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Renowned biographer David J. Garrow concludes this massive new biography of Barack Obama with a damning verdict: “While the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core.”

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Director John Scheinfeld on the Spiritual Journey of Jazz Icon John Coltrane (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the documentarian about his latest film and how Coltrane’s journey parallels that of other music legends.

Posted on May 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Florida Officer’s First Question to Immigrant in Accident: ‘You Illegal?’


Instead of helping a man who had been knocked off his bicycle by a pickup truck, a police officer quizzed him on his immigration status.

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Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul


This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

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Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech (Video)

By Emma Niles

The president spoke at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels on Thursday morning, scolding member countries for “not paying what they should be paying.”

Posted on May 25, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia


As we struggle to keep up with the administration’s shifting explanations, it is difficult to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week or last month.

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Appeals Court Refuses to Uphold Trump’s Travel Ban


The court writes that the ban, which prevents people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” Updated with further analysis.

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Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments


Since the House passed the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side.

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Economist Joseph Stiglitz on Trump’s Budget: ‘It Doesn’t Make Any Economic Sense’

The Nobel Prize-winning economist joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to discuss the president’s $4.1 trillion budget, which was unveiled Tuesday.

Posted on May 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Hit Him Where It Hurts


Can a boycott movement to damage President Trump financially change the political landscape?

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Can the Pope Save Trump?


If anyone ever needed a conversion experience—and fast—it is President Trump.

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Border Patrol Detention of Student Activist Is Retribution, Critics Say


Claudia Rueda, who protested the detention of her mother last month, was detained by Border Patrol agents earlier this week, prompting charges that her arrest was a form of retaliation.

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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas


Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Six Things Trump Does Not Understand About His Job


Mistaking the presidency for a personal business has delivered the Trump White House into failure.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit


The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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Trump Reportedly Told Russians He Eased Pressure on Himself by Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey


A New York Times piece cites an anonymous source who read notes that purportedly summarized the Oval Office conversation.

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Whistleblowers, Moral Injury and Perpetual War


If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept that the costs of war are also endless.

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GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’


A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

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Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Elizabeth Warren Challenges Steven Mnuchin Over Glass-Steagall Remarks (Video)

The Massachusetts senator slammed the treasury secretary for his confusing statements during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Celebrates First Days Free


The soldier, who was serving a 35-year prison term for giving classified government information to WikiLeaks, was released after seven years. President Obama commuted the sentence in January.

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Lithuania Opens Door to Gay Chechens Fleeing Persecution, While U.S. Slams It Shut


Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya.

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Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago


We tested internet security at four Trump properties. It’s not good.

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How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes


Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

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Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

Posted on May 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Immigration Arrests Rise Almost 40 Percent in Trump’s First 100 Days


The numbers, released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, show how the administration’s crackdown on the undocumented is playing out across the U.S.

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FCC Votes to Start Dismantling Net Neutrality


Despite grass-roots objections, the agency acts to begin the process of undoing open internet protections.

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Justice Department Inspector General Asked to Probe Jeff Sessions’ Role in Comey Firing


A group of Democratic senators is demanding to know whether the attorney general violated his vow to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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Erdogan’s Security Team and Pro-Kurdish Protesters Engage in Violent Clash in Washington (Video)

A brawl erupted outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., on the day Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with President Trump.

Posted on May 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration


The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

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Former NSA Director: Malware Attack ‘Poses a Very Serious Threat to the Future of the Agency’


The global cyberattack that hit over 70 countries last week stemmed from National Security Agency software.

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On FBI Investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump Asked James Comey to ‘Let This Go’


A memo by former bureau chief Comey says the president asked him to abandon the probe into former national security adviser Flynn’s ties to Russia. Updated

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