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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Hole Truth









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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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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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Make a Wish









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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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Country Before Party









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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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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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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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New Poll Shows More Voters Support Trump Impeachment Than Oppose It


A whopping 48 percent of respondents to a new survey from Public Policy Polling say they are in favor of impeaching the president.

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Washington State Attorney General to Trump: ‘You Can’t Tweet Your Way Out of a Courtroom’ (Video)

Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses the legal proceedings surrounding President Trump’s second travel ban with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

Posted on May 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Mosul on My Mind


Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

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Artist Projects Emoluments Clause Onto Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Photos of artist Robin Bell’s projections, which included the phrase “Pay Trump Bribes Here,” quickly went viral on social media.

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Lawmakers to Trump: Turn Over Any Transcript of Meeting With Russians


Demands intensified Tuesday after Trump seemed to acknowledge on Twitter that he had shared information on a critical source of intelligence on Islamic State.

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Paul Manafort’s Real-Estate Deals Reportedly Probed by New York’s Top Cop


State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, an outspoken Trump critic, is said to have opened an investigation targeting the president’s former campaign manager (pictured).

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Voting Rights Activists Alarmed by Trump’s ‘Commission on Election Integrity’ (Video)

In an interview with Democracy Now!, journalist Ari Berman labels the newly created group “a voter suppression commission.”

Posted on May 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Are There 22 Patriotic House Republicans?


The question now is whether there exist 22 House Republicans who would join with House Democrats to make a majority in seeking a bill of impeachment.

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Comey Reportedly ‘Willing to Testify, but Wants It to Be in Public’


Questions continue to swirl after FBI Director James Comey was unexpectedly fired by Donald Trump this week.

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The Hazards of Military Worship


An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Falsehoods









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Russian Press Releases Photos of Trump Meeting, Reportedly Angering White House Officials


Only Russian journalists were invited to cover the president’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, left) and Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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In Tweet Storm, Trump Warns Comey, Suggests Ending Press Briefings


In a series of Twitter posts early Friday, the president appears to threaten the FBI director he fired and proposes to “cancel all future ‘press briefings’ ” to combat the “Fake Media.”

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Does Comey’s Dismissal Signal a Constitutional Crisis in America?

Truthdig sat down with former judge and Truthdig columnist Bill Blum to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the potential for an independent investigation into the 2016 election.

Posted on May 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Progressive Moon Jae-in Is the Likely Winner in South Korean Presidential Election


Moon favors resuming talks with North Korea and says he would review the previous administration’s decision to host a U.S. missile defense system.

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Memory Loss in the Garden of Violence: How Americans Remember (and Forget) Their Wars


The American way of recalling war has led to the populist nationalisms of today.

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The Sham Presidency


To an inordinate degree, Donald Trump’s is a perceptual presidency—one in which appearances are everything, and policies are subordinate to the perception of presidential action.

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