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Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia


The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)


The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Hacking the Election: We Should Call Trump’s Bluff for a Watergate-Style Inquiry


If the president wants a full-blown investigation to address his wiretapping claims against his predecessor, let’s have it—and get the answers to three crucial questions in the process.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

Is the Public Turning on Trump Over Russia Ties and Jeff Sessions’ Statements?


The question of contacts between Russia and Trump and his cronies during the campaign is not going away, with a majority of Americans calling it a serious issue.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

Al Franken Slams Jeff Sessions’ ‘Insulting’ Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

“I think he owes it to this committee to come back and to explain himself,” the Minnesota senator (pictured) said of the attorney general.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Demonize Trump for Pursuing Russia Policy Obama Championed


“The refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies,” The Intercept journalist writes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites


The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Russian Press Reacts to Allegations Against Trump Administration


Media outlets encourage President Trump to stand behind his attorney general and others accused of having Russia connections.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Mar 2, 2017 ENLARGE

Under Pressure, Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Probes


The attorney general, bowing to public and political pressure, will not oversee investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Can Prove He’s Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World


Those who goad and bait the president make nuclear war more likely.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 READ MORE

Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Feb 18, 2017 ENLARGE

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Whether it’s Donald Trump urging people to buy L.L. Bean products (since a member of the Bean family gave Trump a generous campaign contribution) or Kellyanne Conway’s sales pitch for the Ivanka Trump brand, these people are in a selling mood.
Posted on Feb 16, 2017 ENLARGE

All of Putin and Trump’s Men


Mike Flynn’s phone call to the Russian ambassador looks like the result of a joint effort by the “Moscow Gang of Trump” and its associates.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE

We Must Know the Truth


An independent, bipartisan commission should investigate Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE

Flynn Scandal Spotlight Falls on What Trump Knew and When He Knew It


Democratic lawmakers demand an investigation into the former national security adviser’s talks with Russia.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

Why Did Donald Trump Appoint Gen. Michael Flynn in the First Place?


It reflects poorly on the president’s judgment that he could not see that his hand-picked national security adviser, pictured, was a disaster.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

Investigating









Posted on Feb 11, 2017 ENLARGE

Snowden: ‘Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated With Russian Intel’


Whistleblower Edward Snowden says a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the U.S. as a “gift” to President Trump proves he is not a spy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE

Could National Security Adviser Mike Flynn Face Criminal Charges Over Russia Ties?


Serious questions continue to swirl around Flynn’s relationship with the Russian government.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Feb 9, 2017 ENLARGE

Democrats Jump the Gun in Accusing Trump Administration of Easing Russian Sanctions


Although top Democrats criticized the president for revising sanctions, a change announced Thursday was common protocol.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Mikhail Gorbachev: It Appears ‘the World Is Preparing for War’


“Wars must be outlawed, because none of the global problems we are facing can be resolved by war,” the former Soviet leader writes.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Putin Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Undermine the Legitimacy’ of a Trump Administration


During a news conference Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his frustration with U.S. sanctions and addressed allegations against Donald Trump. Full transcript included.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

We Need the Truth About Donald Trump and Russia—Now


For the sake of democracy, an independent commission or special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate Russian influence.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency

Interviewer Lee Camp and Chris Hedges discuss the factors behind the U.S. need to “demonize Russia.”

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Glenn Greenwald: It’s Toxic to Demonize Corbyn as Russia ‘Collaborator’ for Opposing Belligerence


In response to Jeremy Corbyn’s call for the “de-militarization of the border” between NATO countries and Russia, critics have dismissed the U.K. Labour Party leader as a traitor.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: What the Intelligence Report About Russian Influence Really Reveals

On this week’s episode, journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton join Hedges for a wide-ranging discussion about troubling shifts they’ve noticed away from fact-based reporting and governance.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up a Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues that politicians are zeroing in on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election to shut down outspoken media.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

What Is Donald Trump Aide Mike Flynn’s Relationship With Russia?


The headlines about Trump and his team and the Russian Federation are coming fast and furious, and the stories seem more than merely isolated data points.

Posted on Jan 14, 2017 READ MORE

Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton


The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with professor Sergei Plekhanov about Western misconceptions of today’s Russia.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Time and Money Run Out for a Nuclear Revival


The nuclear industry faces an uncertain future as the building boom is hit by unexpected costs and delays.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE

William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ (Video and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower (pictured at left) to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Jan 10, 2017 ENLARGE

Journalist Robert Fisk: We Have Always Lived With Lies


“Can we really shake our heads in disbelief at electoral lies when [journalists] have been lying to our readers and viewers for years?” Fisk asks.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE

The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia


The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

When Fear Comes


Fear, a despotic state’s most potent weapon, keeps a population compliant. It will be lavishly supplied as we are thrust into a new dark age.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

With Focus on Russians, Will U.S. Pay Attention to Israeli Plot on U.K. Parliament?


The blockbuster story that an Israeli operative was plotting to whip up scandals to unseat British members of Parliament may sink like a stone.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

What About the NSA’s Hacking of American Allies?


The hyperventilating about alleged Russian hacking neglects to address similar actions by the U.S. against its friends.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 READ MORE

Trump and the GOP Are at Odds Over Alleged Russian Hack


Washington is engaged in a food fight full of ignorance and hypocrisy.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 6, 2017 ENLARGE

Inquiry Points Toward a Pentagon Plot to Subvert Obama’s Syria Policy


An official investigation offers evidence that the U.S. military engineered a lethal attack on Syrian troops, sabotaging the president’s effort to cooperate with Russia against Islamic State.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE

Darn Russians









Posted on Jan 3, 2017 ENLARGE

America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017


The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Posted on Jan 2, 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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