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Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’


Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 READ MORE
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We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast


The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?” [This is a repost of an article for which Sonali Kolhatkar was honored Sunday by the Los Angeles Press Club.]

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

For the Left, Trump’s Obstruction Probe Is a Call to Action


Robert Mueller’s investigation is about more than ousting the president. It’s about respecting democratic institutions and protecting constitutional norms.

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 READ MORE

Inspired by Jeremy Corbyn, Matt Taibbi Bids ‘Goodbye and Good Riddance’ to Centrism


If the media treated “disaffected voters like the overwhelming majority they are,” the journalist writes about the recent election gains made by the U.K.’s Labour Party leader (pictured), “we might at least stop face-planting on our election predictions.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Changes the Face of British Politics, Shows Socialism Is Appealing to Voters


This week’s Larry’s List is dedicated to the U.K. Labour Party leader and his achievement in the recent general election, which dismantled the establishment trope that the left is unelectable.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 READ MORE

California Rep. Ro Khanna Joins Justice Democrats

A wing of the Democratic Party inspired by Bernie Sanders’ political ideals, the group opposes corporate influence in politics. Critics note that Khanna gets campaign money from Wall Street.

Posted on May 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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How Justice Democrats Plan to Give Progressives a Reason to Vote in the 2018 Midterms


Kyle Kulinski, a co-founder of the political movement, tells Truthdig where establishment Democrats are failing and how voters can reform the stagnant party.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

Are Progressives Suffering From ‘Trump Fatigue’?


Many achievements of the past 40 years are on the president’s chopping block, but we must not allow ourselves to become too exhausted to take action.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: If We Do Not Stop Corporate Power, We Will Never Dismantle Fascism (Video)

In a recent speech, the Truthdig columnist says “resistance must also be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist, anti-capitalist society.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Deep State’s Hatred of Trump Is Not the Same as Yours


Do committed progressives really want to lie down in the same warmongering and pro-surveillance bed as the CIA and the Pentagon?

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Will Continue to Scam the White Working Class. Here’s How to Stop Him.


Progressives need to sharpen their understanding of why blue-collar Americans voted a billionaire into the White House and find a way to connect with them.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

Progressives Must Challenge Extreme Gerrymandering by the GOP


Redistricting schemes have given Republicans an artificial grip on power. Here’s how we can get our country back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow Plays Glenn Beck


By pushing anti-Russian McCarthyism as an attack strategy against President Trump, Democrats—and progressives like Maddow—are encouraging a costly and dangerous new Cold War.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

The Life of the Party: Seven Truths for Democrats


The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party causes a serious divide.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

Sanders Supporter Charges Senior Michigan Democrat With Assault After Committee Meeting Dispute


Reports that senior Michigan Democrats rigged the process for choosing electors of the new DNC chairman and threw Bernie Sanders supporters out of a party meeting suggest that Democratic elites will not allow Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (pictured) to become the party’s leader without a fight. Updated.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

Sorry, Garrison Keillor. Keith Ellison Could Have Beaten Trump, and Still Can (Video)


The “Prairie Home Companion” creator, deep in depression over the advent of the Trump Gilded Age, blasts the idea of the prominent liberal congressman (pictured) becoming the Democratic National Committee chairman.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Urges Students to Demand That Progressive Voices Be Heard

In light of recent stories claiming that fake news rigged the election, the former Democratic presidential candidate encourages using the internet as a means to “get good information out to people.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

California Versus Trumpland


California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within the nation starting in January when the federal government goes dark.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE

Agenda for Resisting the First 100 Days


Show Donald Trump we’re not going away.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 13, 2016 ENLARGE

Progressives Can Get Through the Next Four Years by Organizing


Democratic Party activism is the only effective vehicle we have to oppose Donald Trump on the national stage—but other kinds of organizing are also important. Here are some suggestions about what to do.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE

Sanders Vows to Work With Trump Unless He Pursues Racist, Sexist, Xenophobic, Anti-Green Policies


The Vermont senator responded to the election of Donald Trump with an offer to help him “improve the lives of working families in this country,” if he’s actually serious about working toward that.

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

The Top Five Times the FBI Intervened to Help the U.S. Right Wing


What is unusual about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s intervention in the 2016 election is not the intervention. After all, the FBI tries to shape United States politics every day.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

What’s on Your Ballot? Truthdig’s Voter Guide


Choosing the next president isn’t the only important decision the American electorate has to make in the 2016 election. In this article members of the Truthdig team share their opinions on other key issues.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE

How Deep Will the Blue Wave Be on Nov. 8?


As the election closes, progressives are pushing candidates and issues up and down the political ladder and heeding the rallying cry by Democrats to sweep Republicans out of office.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Democrats Have a Chance to Take Back the Senate—Here’s Why Progressives Should Care (Video)

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. This would be great news for progressives for a number of reasons.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Those of You Who Still Don’t Want to Vote for Hillary Clinton, Please Reconsider


I continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals but tell me they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. With due respect, I believe they’re wrong.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Seriously, Stop Bullying People Who Won’t Vote for Hillary


Journalist Ted Rall explains why he can’t stomach voting for Hillary Clinton; we live in the illusion of democracy, not the actual thing; skeletons discovered in Roman ruins in England raise questions about human history. These items and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE

Here’s What Hillary Clinton Could Do to Get Bernie Sanders’ Supporters to Vote for Her (Video)

Socialist millennial Kate Aronoff outlines seven things the Democratic presidential candidate “has to do to maybe, just maybe” win her vote.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Rather Than Scold Millennials for Not Supporting Hillary Clinton ‘Enough,’ Democrats Should Listen


Without the threat of Donald Trump to blackmail young voters into choosing Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party leaders “will either need to embrace a platform significantly to the left of their current orthodoxy, or they will lose,” argues writer Emmett Rensin.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Media Coverage Has Created a New Crisis of Credibility


Almost 50 years after former Vice President Spiro Agnew launched a conservative campaign against the press, our journalistic institutions are being challenged for being too hard on Hillary Clinton and too timid toward the right in the 2016 election.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

As Anti-Refugee Sentiment Grows, Norway’s King Makes Powerful Speech About Inclusion (Video)

A short clip of King Harald V speaking about the citizens of his nation as “immigrants [and also] girls who love girls, boys who love boys and boys and girls who love each other” hit all the right notes at a time when Europe’s anti-immigrant right has been gaining ground.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders’ Next Revolution: a New National Group to Promote Progressives


The Vermont senator returns to the political stage to take up a difficult challenge: keeping alive the national grass-roots momentum that led millions to support him in the presidential nominating contests.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ to Get Anything Done


It looks increasingly likely that the Democratic nominee, a self-described “progressive who likes to get things done,” will have her chance starting next January. But how much that is progressive will she actually be able to accomplish?

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE

Hope Still Has Power, Even in This Gut-Wrenching Election Year


Hope about American politics is hard to come by. But because cynicism and despair are among democracy’s worst enemies, let some of the year’s progressive victories stir us to work harder than ever to make our democracy real for all Americans.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE

Cornel West: Donald Trump Would Be a Neofascist Catastrophe, Hillary Clinton a Neoliberal Disaster


Progressive activist Dr. Cornel West is ready to turn his back on the Democratic Party.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Resign From the DNC, but Progressives Shouldn’t Celebrate Just Yet


Just after Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on Sunday afternoon, Hillary Clinton did something ironic, seemingly without irony.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Does Hillary Clinton Understand the Biggest Divide in American Politics?


The divide this election is not between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment, and I worry Hillary just doesn’t get it.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Refuting Donald Trump’s Lies About the United States


AP’s Fact Check found that the candidate’s statistics in his GOP acceptance speech are way beyond the “damned lies” level.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

A Short Note to Bernie Supporters Who Equate Hillary Clinton With Donald Trump


May I have a word with those of you Bernie supporters who consider Donald Trump to be no worse than Hillary Clinton?

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States


The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s in a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Slams Bernie Sanders for Endorsing Clinton and Invites His Followers to Join Her (Video)

After Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, the Green Party’s Dr. Jill Stein called for “broken Berning hearts” to join her in continuing the political revolution that Sanders helped to spark.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders Is Making His Goodbye Count


Though Sanders may have failed to achieve victory in a presidential contest, he will have an influence on where American politics moves next.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Scheer on How the Bernie Sanders Movement Must Last Beyond the Election (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the 2016 election and how the progressive movement can continue to incite political change.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

What’s the Best Move Bernie Sanders Can Make Right Now to Strengthen the Progressive Movement?


What should Bernie do? That seems to be the question of the month.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE

Winning in Losing: How Bernie Sanders Pushed Hillary Clinton to the Left (Video)


Bernie Sanders has already justified his run by having pushed Clinton substantially to the left on key issues. Here are just a few.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE

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