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Mainstream Media Soft-Pedaled Mosul Airstrike Headlines, Critics Charge


“[L]eading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable,” writes Ben Norton about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

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Devin Nunes’ Intelligence Information Reportedly Came From Two White House Officials


The New York Times names Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ sources for the classified materials he divulged earlier this month.

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U.N. Envoy Nikki Haley’s Tough Stance on International Relations: ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town’


The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations speaks openly about her disapproval of the U.N. General Assembly’s nuclear disarmament talks and her disdain for the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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What Can Skid Row Teach Us About the Future of Policing?

Longtime Los Angeles Police Officer Deon Joseph sat down with Truthdig to discuss homelessness, mental health, crime and policing in L.A.’s most run-down district.

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In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale


Unless you are reading this column in a good old print newspaper, odds are your internet service provider knows what you are up to.

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Hillary Clinton Urges Americans to ‘Resist, Insist, Persist, Enlist’ in Fight Against Trump

In one of her first public speeches since she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton doesn’t hold back with criticisms of the president and his administration.

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Taking a Closer Look at Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosts a discussion on immigration policy and its effect on human rights.

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World


Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

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U.S. Admits Probable Role in Civilian Deaths in Mosul


American commanders have said that their military may bear some responsibility for Thursday’s errant airstrike, but the Iraqi prime minister disagrees.

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Brexit Has Begun Officially, but No One Seems to Know How Long It Will Take


As Britain’s prime minister triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the formal process for the U.K. to leave the European Union, EU officials essentially say, “Not so fast.”

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Chomsky: If Trump Falters With Supporters, a ‘Staged or Alleged’ Terrorist Attack Could Follow


The linguist and social critic discusses the president’s agenda and warns about the scapegoating of vulnerable people.

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Despite Growing Opposition, Devin Nunes Says He’ll Continue to Lead House Russia Inquiry


New reports raise questions about the relationship between the House Intelligence Committee chairman and the White House.

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U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Iraq Among Deadliest in Region Since 2003

Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! and reporter Chris Woods examine recent attacks across the Middle East and the lack of mainstream media coverage.

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House Votes to Strip Americans of Their Internet Privacy Rights


Already approved by the Senate, a measure to repeal Obama-era broadband safeguards now goes to President Trump for his signature.

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Oil Placed in Dakota Access Pipeline Under Lake Oahe


The lake, which flows into the Missouri River, serves as the primary water source for numerous indigenous tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux.

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Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy


In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

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Inside the State Department-Sponsored Au Pair Program That Bernie Sanders Calls a ‘Scam’


“They think we are slaves,” says one Brazilian domestic worker who recounts the terrible treatment she faced while participating in the government’s program.

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Reminder to Trump: The Purpose of Government Is to Achieve the Common Good, Not to Show a Profit


It’s good to have fresh thinking about how government might function more efficiently. But it’s important to remember that government is not a business.

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The Simple Fact That Will Defeat Trump’s Attempt to Roll Back Obama’s Energy Policies


The president’s executive order deregulating dangerous gas emissions flies in the face of basic economics.

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Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Plan


Democrats on Capitol Hill are gloating about the demise of the American Health Care Act. The Vermont senator is about to do them one better.

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Neil Gorsuch Shouldn’t Be Confirmed Until Donald Trump’s Presidential Legitimacy Is Proved (Video)

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The president needs to come clean on Russia ties, financial conflicts and other key issues before his Supreme Court pick (shown with Trump) is accepted.

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A Quiet Revolution Is Helping to Save the Planet From Climate Change


The consumption of electricity in many European nations is falling, a result of sustainability and energy efficiency efforts that could be used across the world. 

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How White Nationalists Win Whenever the Media Take Their Racist Bait


White supremacists have targeted college campuses, causing upset and gaining attention.

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The Real Problem With Dave Chappelle’s Transphobic Jokes


The comedian’s Netflix show is generating criticism; the president had a crash course in how government works; and economists are exploring rising mortality rates among middle-aged white Americans.

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


The House speaker apparently does not grasp that he put forward a terrible piece of legislation.

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The Challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline Isn’t Over: Cheyenne River Sioux Take Battle to Court


As with the Standing Rock Sioux, the South Dakota tribe’s land and water supply are threatened by the controversial oil pipeline.

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Chris Hedges Explains the Importance of ‘Robust’ Public Broadcasting (Video)

The Truthdig columnist, whose talk show is nominated for a Daytime Emmy, joins correspondent Ashlee Banks to discuss why it’s vital to broadcast dissident voices.

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Did the Koch Brothers Take Down the GOP Health Care Bill?


Advocacy groups run by the billionaire siblings may have swayed enough Republicans to torpedo the American Health Care Act.

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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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Truthdigger of the Week: 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 that sex plays a variety of roles, but in a just society, people should not be bought and sold for sexual services.

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Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

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. Transcript added.

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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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