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Devin Nunes Vows to Lead House Investigation Into Russia, Despite Growing Opposition


New reports have raised suspicions about the Republican representative’s relationship with 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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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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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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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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My First Visit to Washington Since Donald Trump Took Office


When I told people that the president’s rise is a result of declining incomes, a sense that the game is rigged and the failure of Washington to reverse these trends, I got blank stares.

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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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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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Trump’s Budget









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Smoke ’Em Out









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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home


If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

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Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought


The president presides over an America in which “analysis and historical memory have given way to a culture of spectacles, sensationalism and immediacy,” says journalist Henry A. Giroux.

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If ‘Ryancare’ Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single-Payer?


The problem for policymakers is that they have been trying to fund an inefficient and overpriced medical system with scarce taxpayer funds without capping costs.

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Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge in Hawaii


Speaking at a Tennessee rally, the president denounces the decision as “unprecedented judicial overreach.”

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Could There Be a ‘Global Anthem’ After Trump?


In recent speeches, President Trump accurately described the sovereign state system of today. But might we one day see a “United Earth”?

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A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue


The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

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The Surge Delusion


Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

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What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

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Bernie Sanders Finds Common Ground in Trump Country


In rural West Virginia, supporters of Donald Trump cheer the progressive senator’s call for universal health care.

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Read: Donald Trump’s Order on ‘Reorganizing’ the Executive Branch


A new executive order, signed by the president on Monday, paves the way for Trump and Congress to “eliminate unnecessary agencies” within the federal government.

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New York U.S. Attorney Fired After Refusing Trump Administration’s Request to Step Down


Preet Bharara’s firing adds a new layer of controversy to the abrupt demand for 46 U.S. attorneys to resign.

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What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?


The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

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Meet the Hundreds of Government Officials the President Has Quietly Installed


They include obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and dozens of Washington insiders.

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Is It Fair to Label the President a Liar?


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has done just that on Twitter, responds to a journalist’s challenge on the subject.

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Hawaii Is First to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban


The court filing argues that the ban is “denying all Hawaii residents the benefits of an inclusive and pluralistic society.”

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Trump Plan Would Separate Immigrant Children From Their Parents


The Department of Homeland Security has identified 20,000 beds for the detention of asylum-seekers—“a 500 percent increase from current capacity,” according to MSNBC.

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Some in Media Soften Toward Trump After ‘Presidential’ Speech


Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress included what some in the mainstream press considered “extraordinary” moments.

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What Can We Learn From Standing Rock?

Truthdig correspondent Donald Kaufman met with the editorial team Thursday to discuss the Dakota Access pipeline and the next moves for the “water protectors.”

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Ex-Lobbyists and Koch Brothers Allies Will Run Trump’s Economic Team


The National Economic Council, headed by Gary Cohn (pictured), named 13 new hires a day before the president repeated his “drain the swamp” promise in a speech to Congress. The council’s makeup is raising conflict-of-interest concerns.

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Nancy Pelosi Says Case for Impeaching Trump ‘Has Not Fully Been Made’ (Video)

By Sam Husseini

At a National Press Club Newsmaker event, the House minority leader (pictured with Sen. Chuck Schumer) says impeachment of any president is “very hard.” 

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Bernie Sanders Takes On Drug Pricing (Again), This Time With Help From ‘Big-Pharma Dems’


Lawmakers call on President Trump to honor his campaign promises and back their bill when he addresses Congress Tuesday night.

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