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Five Questions About Jared Kushner’s ‘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 understand except as an indication of something fishy going on.

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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.

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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 joined 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

Trump Administration’s Arrests of Noncriminal Immigrants Up 150 Percent


The policy is having a devastating effect on families and communities.

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Elizabeth Warren Challenges Steven Mnuchin Over Glass-Steagall Remarks (Video)

The Massachusetts senator slammed the treasury secretary for his confusing statements during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

Posted on May 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Immigration Arrests Rise Almost 40 Percent in Trump’s First 100 Days


The numbers, released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, show how the administration’s crackdown on the undocumented is playing out across the U.S.

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Justice Department Inspector General Asked to Probe Jeff Sessions’ Role in Comey Firing


A group of Democratic senators is demanding to know whether the attorney general violated his vow to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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Erdogan’s Security Team and Pro-Kurdish Protesters Engage in Violent Clash in Washington (Video)

A brawl erupted outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., on the day Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with President Trump.

Posted on May 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

On FBI Investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump Asked James Comey to ‘Let This Go’


A memo by former bureau chief Comey says the president asked him to abandon the probe into former national security adviser Flynn’s ties to Russia. Updated

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE

Lawmakers to Trump: Turn Over Any Transcript of Meeting With Russians


Demands intensified Tuesday after Trump seemed to acknowledge on Twitter that he had shared information on a critical source of intelligence on Islamic State.

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Voting Rights Activists Alarmed by Trump’s ‘Commission on Election Integrity’ (Video)

In an interview with Democracy Now!, journalist Ari Berman labels the newly created group “a voter suppression commission.”

Posted on May 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Are There 22 Patriotic House Republicans?


The question now is whether there exist 22 House Republicans who would join with House Democrats to make a majority in seeking a bill of impeachment.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE

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Senators Speak Out for Net Neutrality


In the past week, 25 senators have signed letters denouncing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap rules that allow equal access to internet content. Among them are Maggie Hassan (pictured left) and Maria Cantwell.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE

The Hazards of Military Worship


An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Russian Press Releases Photos of Trump Meeting, Reportedly Angering White House Officials


Only Russian journalists were invited to cover the president’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, left) and Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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Spicer Shuts Down Questions on Trump Tweet During Friday Press Briefing


The White House press secretary demurs when asked if there are “recording devices in the Oval Office” and claims the president’s “tapes” tweet about James Comey “speaks for itself.”

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First Dakota Access Pipeline Spill Is Reported


Activists worry that the spill, which did not threaten waterways, is just the first of others to come.

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Glenn Greenwald on ‘Shocking’ Comey Dismissal

In a new five-part interview on Democracy Now!, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist also discusses the need for an independent investigation into the 2016 election and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

Posted on May 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Does Comey’s Dismissal Signal a Constitutional Crisis in America?

Truthdig sat down with former judge and Truthdig columnist Bill Blum to discuss Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the potential for an independent investigation into the 2016 election.

Posted on May 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker


It’s a reasonable bet that never in history has a society spent more on war and gotten less bang for its copious bucks.

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Trump’s Bogus Reason for Bailing on the Paris Climate Agreement


The administration’s lawyer thinks there might be legal ramifications if the U.S. stays in but doesn’t cut emissions. No one who worked on the deal agrees.

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Thanks to Trump’s FCC, One Broadcast Group May Control 72 Percent of Local Television

Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization Free Press, explains why the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s expanding monopoly is a cause for concern.

Posted on May 9, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media


The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

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Progressive Moon Jae-in Is the Likely Winner in South Korean Presidential Election


Moon favors resuming talks with North Korea and says he would review the previous administration’s decision to host a U.S. missile defense system.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

The Sham Presidency


To an inordinate degree, Donald Trump’s is a perceptual presidency—one in which appearances are everything, and policies are subordinate to the perception of presidential action.

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Trump Executive Order Eases Political Restrictions on Religious Institutions


Numerous advocacy groups threatened legal action after the president signed the order early Thursday.

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Fighting for Privacy as Technology Monopolies Undermine Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin joins Truthdig Publisher Zuade Kaufman, Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the editorial team Thursday to discuss how tech giants are destroying privacy rights—and how Americans can fight back.

Posted on May 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Citadel Students Accused of Sexual Assault


The hiring of Steven Munoz raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.

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Trump’s Empire Expands


Donald Trump and his family continue to create an unprecedented role for themselves, reimagining the White House as the newest branch of the clan’s imperial business domain.

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE

Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump’s Campaign Against Free Speech


President Trump’s playbook to curb free speech and silence dissenting voices goes far beyond his Twitter rants and attacks on the press. (Pictured, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.)

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Kevin de León, Advocate for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Immigrant Rights


As many Democrats face backlash for their weak opposition to the Trump administration, the California Senate leader stands out for his refusal to mince words.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE

People’s Climate March Pushes Back Against Trump Agenda (Multimedia)

Truthdig is on the ground for the march in Washington, D.C., as tens of thousands draw attention to the president’s climate change policy.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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Government Watchdogs: Trump’s First 100 Days Are Fueling a ‘Golden Era of Activism’


While the president is doing everything he can to dismantle recent progress on critical measures, his actions have given rise to game-changing grass-roots resistance.

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Trump’s First 99 Days in 99 Seconds (Video)

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” gives viewers a rapid-fire look at what it calls “the 99-day dumpster fire you just lived through.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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The Drastic Effects of Donald Trump’s Reversal of Obama-Era Climate Regulations


Under Trump’s policies, U.S. emissions will mount—and so will the damage to future generations.

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Thinking Dangerously in Dark Times


In view of a relentless attack on the truth and on the ethical imagination, it’s crucial for Americans to uphold critical thinking and hold authority accountable.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

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Trump’s Tax Plan Draws Immediate Criticism From Progressives


The plan prompts allegations of conflicts of interest and excessive benefits to the wealthy.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

What It’s Like Being a Political Cartoonist in the Age of Trump

The Truthdig team and political cartoonist Mr. Fish (Dwayne Booth) analyze contemporary satire and ways to create impactful political art in the age of Trump.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Wall Street and Corporate America Don’t Seem to Have Learned a Thing From the Past Year


With Steve Bannon on the way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that Gary Cohn (pictured)—former president of Goldman Sachs—seems to be taking over Trump’s brain.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

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