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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

After Spicer abruptly quits, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is named to replace him.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE
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Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN

Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

Tobacco Industry Makes Strides in Trump’s Washington

Cigarette companies that supported the president’s campaign are gaining crucial political victories under his administration, even as tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death.

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 READ MORE

Preparing for Doomsday: A Shelter-in-Place Mentality Is the New American Normal

A former Air Force software engineer writes about his time living underground in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, America’s nuclear command center.

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 READ MORE

10 Things AT&T Could Do if It Is Serious About Supporting Net Neutrality

AT&T is participating in Wednesday’s Day of Action for preserving net neutrality and advancing the open internet, but in reality it is misleading the public.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Targets Clean Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to undermine the 1972 Clean Water Act by rescinding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

Posted on Jul 8, 2017 READ MORE

Leading Internet Companies Plan Day of Action to Defend Net Neutrality

Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Dropbox and Vimeo are joining Wednesday’s protest against the Federal Communications Commission’s threat to equal internet access.

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ICE Deportation Officers Are Told to Act Against All Undocumented Immigrants They Encounter

A directive from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit head appears to push for tougher action than the Trump administration has advocated.

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Trump Did Us All a Favor: He Helped Us Agree That Health Care Is a Right

Trumpcare has turned single-payer opponents into unwitting proponents; nonpartisan journalism may be on its way out, and maybe that’s a good thing; meanwhile, much media coverage of the war in Syria has been questionable.

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The Media Aren’t Telling the Real Story of Trump’s Missile Strike in Syria

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh cast doubt on the White House narrative in Syria, but mainstream media continue to maintain radio silence on his revelations.

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 READ MORE

Dear John

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Trump Gender-Equality Appointee Bethany Kozma Is Unfit to Serve

By naming an anti-trans activist as USAID adviser, the president delivers a “slap in the face” to the LGBT community.

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Numerous States Reject the Administration’s Demand for Voter Data

A request for sensitive voter information by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is causing a backlash from civil rights advocacy groups, governors and state secretaries. (Pictured, a 2014 march for voter protections.)

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 READ MORE

Living in the Shadows

A new book by writer, photographer and union organizer David Bacon is a bilingual fusion of journalism and documentary photography that reveals the humanity and suffering of marginalized Latino workers.

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The President’s Busy Weekend

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Five Things Trump Is Doing That Are Worse Than Insulting Mika Brzezinski

U.S. media is focusing on the president’s provocations rather than on important issues like tax cuts, climate change and health care. (Pictured: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on MSNBC.)

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Russians Alarmed, Washington Befuddled by White House Threat to Syria

The American statement that Syrian President Bashar Assad (pictured) is preparing to use poison gas could have dire consequences.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times

Any viable attempt at developing democratic politics must address the role of education and civic literacy as central to politics itself.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Donald Trump’s gift to the billionaires, evangelicals, hedge fund managers and bankers who view schools as training centers and sources of profit.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE

Archbishop José Gomez on the Intersection of Catholicism and Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Managing Editor Eric Ortiz and the archbishop of Los Angeles discuss fear in undocumented communities and the future of immigration policy under President Trump.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Friend Or Foe (Video)

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 ENLARGE

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Federal Civil Rights Efforts

New directives limit use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool in the Justice Department and loosen Education Department rules on investigations.

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE

10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First

Solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than jobs in the general economy. Despite President Trump’s reneging on the Paris climate pact, renewable energy is forging ahead.

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A muckraking new book exposes the hidden reality of oral disease—a stepchild in the health care debate and likely the largest pre-existing condition of all—in the United States.

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Trump to Partly Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policy

The previous administration’s measures are branded a failed “appeasement” effort. (Update: The president has announced the change in a Miami speech.)

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE

Walk the Plank

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 ENLARGE

The Making of a Nation’s Decline

President Trump is giving America’s tottering domestic and global systems the push that will send them over the edge.

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Trump Versus Comey: The Politics of Lawlessness, Lying and Fake News

Rather than see the president’s actions as another sign of a government unraveling, the mainstream press is largely focused on whether the adversaries are lying.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

Reporter Arrested During Trump Inauguration Protests May Face 75 Years in Prison

A federal grand jury indicts Aaron Cantú, who was covering the protests in Washington, D.C., as an independent journalist.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions

The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on How to Create Effective Resistance to Fascism (Video)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, drawing on history and his own experience, outlines how to effectively oppose the Trump regime.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Trump Doctrine: Up-Yours-Ism!

A chip-on-the-shoulder attitude prevails at the White House. It could destroy the country.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Picks Ex-Banker to Regulate Wall Street

Joseph Otting (at right in photo), former president and CEO of OneWest Bank, is tapped to run the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees more than 1,000 lenders.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Drug Overdose Deaths Surged in 2016, Preliminary Report Shows

Data compiled by The New York Times suggests 2016 saw the largest annual increase in drug overdose deaths ever recorded in the U.S.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Filmmaker Michael Moore Launches TrumpiLeaks

The new website aims to provide “courageous whistleblowers” an outlet to ensure crucial information continues making its way to the public.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Reviewing Whether to Try to Block Comey’s Testimony to the Senate

Former FBI Director James Comey, fired by the president in May, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Goodbye Pacific Pivot, Hello Pacific Retreat

Who will take America’s place in Asia?

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 READ MORE

Bilderberg 2017: Closed-Door Meeting of Global Leaders Will Focus on Trump ‘Progress Report’

The secret Bilderberg meetings taking place in Virginia are attended by elite participants from 21 countries, including top officials from the Trump administration.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Ran as an Ally to Business but Snubbed CEOs by Pulling Out of the Paris Accord

The president’s decision prompted two CEOs to leave his business advisory council and scores of others to issue statements of disappointment.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

How Undocumented Communities Targeted by Trump Can Push Back (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and civil rights attorney Laboni Hoq discuss protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants in the age of Trump. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video)

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Irrationality of America’s Iran Hysteria

While President Obama’s modest overtures toward the country were greeted with scathing partisan scorn, the Trump administration has a unique opportunity to normalize relations with Iran.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Little Big Man

Donald Trump is a messenger from the gods, teaching us just how deeply disturbed our American world is.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Communications Director Leaves After Just Three Months

Mike Dubke said the reasons for his departure are “personal,” but several media outlets report that it might mark the start of a White House staff shake-up.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

Five Questions About Jared Kushner’s Alleged ‘Back Channel’ Request to Moscow

The report that President Trump’s son-in-law sought a private, encrypted line of communication to the Kremlin is hard to fathom except as a sign of something fishy.

Posted on May 27, 2017 READ MORE

Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Economist Joseph Stiglitz on Trump’s Budget: ‘It Doesn’t Make Any Economic Sense’

The Nobel Prize-winning economist joins 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

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