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Joe Scarborough: GOP Is Going to be Judged for 50 Years on How It Responds to Trump (Video)

On Tuesday’s episode of the “Late Show,” the conservative “Morning Joe” host told Stephen Colbert that it’s “incumbent upon [his] party especially to stand up right now and speak out.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Lawmakers Feel the Heat as Resistance Ignites in Town Hall Meetings


Overflow crowds and tough questions marked Saturday’s congressional recess events around the country.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 READ MORE

Cenk Uygur and the Truthdig Team Question the Future of Progressive Politics

Truthdig staff members sat down Thursday with the host of The Young Turks to discuss his bid to shake up the Democratic Party.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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

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Posted on Feb 15, 2017 ENLARGE

The Elites Won’t Save Us


The danger we face does not come, in the end, from Trump and his malignant cabal. It comes from severely weakened and corrupted democratic institutions.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Feb 2, 2017 ENLARGE

The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur Co-Creates ‘Justice Democrats’ to Revamp the Democratic Party (Video)

In a segment of Monday’s show, host Cenk Uygur explains the need for a modern progressive wing in the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision


The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to Clamp Down on Protest


GOP legislators are proposing laws that would criminalize nonviolent protest in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is Calling for the Virtual Destruction of the Species (Video)

In a recently published clip, the renowned linguist comments on Donald Trump’s consistency and the GOP’s plans for the planet.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Jan 15, 2017 ENLARGE

Chris Hedges on Donald Trump’s ‘Naked Kleptocracy’

The president-elect is “malleable and easily manipulated” in the face of establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle, the Truthdig contributor says.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Shift of Power in State Capitols Buoys Conservatives


Advocates promise that growing GOP dominance in statehouses will unleash a wave of laws to cut business taxes, restrict unions and expand school privatization.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE

Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump


The Wall Street takeover of Washington, D.C., and the related imperial agenda of the “Pentagon System” were advanced more effectively by the nation’s first black president than they could have been by white Republicans such as John McCain or Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy


The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Dec 30, 2016 ENLARGE

Best of Truthdig’s Reports 2016: Chris Hedges Prophesies Throughout the Election


Regular readers of Truthdig will not be surprised to learn that our Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist dominated our Report section as Americans deliberated which oligarch to empower to lead the country.

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 READ MORE

Mr. Trump’s Friends









Posted on Dec 23, 2016 ENLARGE

Best of Truthdig’s Live Blogs 2016: First Drafts of History Bring Shock, Sadness and Hope


Republican and Democratic conventions. Primary and presidential nominee debates. The Pulse club mass shooting. The #NoDAPL fight. Some of the stories we covered in real time this year were long-scheduled. Other news was unforeseen, unfolding—some even ongoing.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

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President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’


On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Media, Morality and the Neighbor’s Cow


The value-neutral media “ideal” has left us with a society drained of kindness and mutual responsibility. We must fight against what we’ve wrought.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE

How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win


The Vermont senator has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for a Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

How the Republican Party Rules a Nation That Hates It


The strange political dominance of the Grand Old Party can be explained by 12 factors, including the neoliberal agenda of the Democratic Party, gerrymandering, the politics of fear, and mass ignorance in much of the U.S. populace.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE

Will Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Make America White Again?


He and his supporters may have whitewashed his record, but the Alabama senator’s past statements and actions can be described in a single word: racist.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

A Blueprint for a Party That Is Truly for the Working Class


Such a party, writes Seth Ackerman at Jacobin magazine, “must be independent—determining its own platform and educating around it. It should actually contest elections. And its candidates for public office should be members of the party, accountable to the membership, and pledged to respect the platform.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 READ MORE

To Save the United States, Progressives Must Dispel the Economic Pain That Enabled Donald Trump


That begins with understanding how Democrats failed to address the mass trauma wrought by deindustrialization and its resulting racism.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE

How Election Night Felt to One Woman Living Under ‘Mixed Status’ Immigration Program


Cecilia Chavez (pictured with her mother) never imagined that the Republican candidate would be elected president.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE

Pro-Trump PAC Spokesman Cites Japanese-American Internment as Precedent for a Muslim Registry

“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion ... We did it during World War II with [the] Japanese,” Carl Higbie tells Fox News.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Greg Palast: ‘We Need to Protect the Remnants of the Voting Rights Act’ (Video)

The Truthdig team sat down with investigative journalist Greg Palast to discuss “rigged” elections and voter difficulties. (Transcript added)

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Through a Looking Glass, Darkly


In the interest of forcing our collective faces back to the instructive commentary offered by the deep, dark, truthful mirror, I present this cartoon as a battle cry, calling to action the hearts and minds of better men and women poised and ready to fight peaceably for a kinder and more tolerant future.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE    

We Are One GOP-Controlled Statehouse Away From a Convention to Rewrite the Constitution


During the last such convention in 1787, legislators threw out the entire government and started from scratch. A 21st-century repeat would be an intensely partisan constitutional crisis, experts warn.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE

What Immigrant Communities Can Do to Prepare for President Trump


The election of the Republican candidate, who made fear and xenophobia a central part of his campaign, has spurred advocates to pledge to fight for the dignity of all families.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky


Chomsky warned years ago that the U.S. was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian. Now he speaks about the election, the state of the U.S. political system and the threat Donald Trump poses to the world.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

It’s Worse Than You Think


The election of Donald Trump, whose appeal to voters is based on magical thinking, paves the way for the rise of a police state unlike anything seen in American history. Its fangs will appear the moment Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 READ MORE

Resistance Movements Can Be More Powerful Than President Trump


Millions of people around the world are committed to opposing the Republican’s dangerous and divisive agenda. Their work, like the work of the incoming administration, has just begun.  

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

Why We Voted for Trump

“Status quo isn’t good enough anymore. You know? Coming out of school with debt. Not being able to find jobs.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Politics Is the Solution to Our Problems


We can’t move to Canada or hide under the bed. This is a moment to embrace democratic politics, not repudiate them.

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

Here It Comes: Trump’s 100-Day Plan to ‘Make America Great Again’


Republican control of Congress means much of the party’s regressive agenda—along with some of Trump’s radical proposals—could pass.

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 READ MORE

America Needs Determined, Thoughtful and Creative Opposition Now


Many U.S. citizens embraced a man who threatens our standing in the world and basic rights. But we cannot allow fear or anger to prevent us from pushing back against Donald Trump.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

Mitch McConnell: ‘We’ve Been Given a Temporary Lease on Power’ (Video)

In a news conference Wednesday, the Senate majority leader addressed the future of the Senate’s relationship with Donald Trump and discussed high-priority items on the congressional agenda.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Gazing Into the Abyss


Both parties are to blame, and they have cost all of us a republic.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

The American Experiment Will Be Put to the Test With Donald Trump’s Presidency


Republicans will control the White House, both chambers of Congress, most governorships and most state legislatures. The Democrats need new blood and new ideas.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

How Much Damage Did James Comey Do?


The FBI director’s actions likely will not be enough to elect Donald Trump as president. But it may have hurt Democrats’ chances of taking control of the Senate.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

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