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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy


The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

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What Is Sex For?


In his new book “The End of Patriarchy,” Robert Jensen says sex plays a variety of roles, but a just society doesn’t include buying and selling people for sexual services.

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From the ‘Nation of Poets’ to Trump’s America, One Somali-Born Writer Is Giving Refugees a Voice

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes.

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The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart


The late attorney demonstrated a lifelong commitment to defending controversial, poor, unpopular victims of injustice.

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New Poll Shows 56 Percent of Voters Disapprove of GOP Health Care Plan


The results come just as House Republicans, citing a lack of support for the legislation, postpone a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Minority Leader Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster


After weeks of outcry and calls for Senate Democrats to “grow a spine” and filibuster Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (pictured), appear to be listening.

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Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back Privacy Rules


Senators vote 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations that protected consumer data from being misused by internet service providers.

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Prime Minister Says London Attacker Was ‘British Born’; Eight People Arrested in Raids (Updated)


Theresa May makes a statement before Parliament about the attack that left five dead and 40 injured in London. (Updated)

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The Worst Climate News in the Age of Trump


The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Tuesday, making a full and final assessment of 2016.

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Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation


Emails and letters sent by both Republicans and Democrats contain a wealth of misinformation, from statements that are simply misleading to whoppers.

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Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers


Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

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Activists Dress in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Robes to Protest Texas Abortion Legislation


Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel inspires a group of women to wear the book’s signature red robes to a Texas Senate meeting.

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The Culture of Cruelty in Trump’s America


The repressive state and market apparatus of the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of aggression and violence in U.S. society.

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Mexico’s Zapatistas to Use Organic Coffee to Give Trump the Middle Finger


The indigenous resistance group will sell colorfully named “100 percent Zapatista coffee, cultivated in Zapatista lands by Zapatista hands” to raise funds for a cause sure to get under the president’s thin skin.

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Noam Chomsky: Democracy Is Staged With the Help of Media Working as Propaganda Machines (Video)

In an illustrated clip for Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman explains the linguist’s theory on the five filters of the mass-media machine that manufacture Americans’ consent.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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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What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

The Truthdig team met Thursday with Jessica González of Free Press, a media advocacy group, to discuss equal access to internet content.

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Why Neil Gorsuch Is a Dream Choice for Right-Wingers


Born into the conservative movement, the Supreme Court nominee has been well trained in its ideological orthodoxy.

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Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs


Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Cenk Uygur Tells Democrats How to Fight Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination (Video)

The host of The Young Turks has some advice for the opposition on aggressively questioning President Trump’s Supreme Court pick about money in politics.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy


A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

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Resistance Against Darrell Issa Surfaces in Long-Overdue Town Hall


The Republican congressman from Southern California, whose district is trending blue, tries to show he’s aligned with constituents on issues including immigration and health care.

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It Is FBI Director James Comey Who Should Be Investigated


It can be argued that Comey broke the law by openly intervening in the presidential election campaign in its final days.

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For-Profit Colleges Gain Beachhead in Trump Administration


Taylor Hansen lobbied to weaken regulation of for-profit colleges. Since he joined Betsy DeVos (pictured) in the Department of Education, that regulation has started to crumble.

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Sarah Silverman: Here’s How You Can Stick It to the Banks That Abuse the Earth (Video)

In a clip for NowThis News, the comedian tells of a personal financial move she made in reaction to President Trump’s green light for the Dakota Access pipeline.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

John Oliver Uses the President’s Own Words to Show That the Trump Budget Is a Bad Deal (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host critiques the proposed budget by reading from “The Art of the Deal.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Cost of Trump’s Wall Compared to the Value of the Programs He’s Proposing to Cut


America may get its border wall, but we just might have to do without a lot else.

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Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU


At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

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Why Does the Democratic Party Insist on Marginalizing Bernie Sanders?


Despite polls that show he is the most popular politician in the U.S., Sanders’ party continues to thwart him; and to understand Trump’s rise, a good place to look is Iraq. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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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Accusation of Israeli Apartheid Stirs Up a Storm of Passions in the U.N.


A report saying the occupied West Bank is virtually a textbook case in apartheid governance has provoked a shouting match, along with an undersecretary’s resignation.

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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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Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Is Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price


Price (pictured, right), head of the Department of Health and Human Services, traded stocks of health-related companies while working on legislation affecting the firms. An unnamed source says Bharara was overseeing an investigation.

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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America


A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

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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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Irish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump’s Immigration Policy in White House Speech (Video)

In his St. Patrick’s Day speech Thursday—with the president at his side—Enda Kenny (pictured, right) delved into the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

An In-Depth Look at Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s ‘Pervasive Female Double’


A new profile in New York magazine details how the trusted presidential adviser has carved out a powerful role for herself in the White House.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Angela Davis, an Activist for the Ages


Davis’ inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.

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Trump Set to Nominate Coal Lobbyist, Boeing Executive to Deputy Positions


The president’s latest hires confirm that his policy isn’t so much to drain the swamp as to fill it, according to many observers.

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Who Will Build Trump’s Border Wall?


The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will need $4.1 billion through 2018 to finance construction of the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Resistance Must Be Digitized


Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

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Smoke ’Em Out









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