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Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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Senate Minority Leader Sets Stage for Gorsuch Filibuster


After weeks of outcry and calls for Senate Democrats to “grow a spine” and filibuster Donald Trump’s right-wing Supreme Court nominee, Democrats, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (pictured), appear to be listening.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Senate Passes Resolution to Roll Back Privacy Rules


Senators vote 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations that protected consumer data from being misused by internet service providers.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers


Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Activists Dress in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Robes to Protest Texas Abortion Legislation


Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel inspires a group of women to wear the book’s signature red robes to a Texas Senate meeting.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

The Culture of Cruelty in Trump’s America


The repressive state and market apparatus of the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of aggression and violence in U.S. society.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

The Truthdig team met Thursday with Jessica González of Free Press, a media advocacy group, to discuss equal access to internet content.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The New Meals on Wheels









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Why Neil Gorsuch Is a Dream Choice for Right-Wingers


Born into the conservative movement, the Supreme Court nominee has been well trained in its ideological orthodoxy.

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Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs


Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

Cenk Uygur Tells Democrats How to Fight Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination (Video)

The host of The Young Turks has some advice for the opposition on aggressively questioning President Trump’s Supreme Court pick about money in politics.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

For-Profit Colleges Gain Beachhead in Trump Administration


Taylor Hansen lobbied to weaken regulation of for-profit colleges. Since he joined Betsy DeVos (pictured) in the Department of Education, that regulation has started to crumble.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

Majority of Young Americans See Trump as ‘Illegitimate,’ Poll Finds


The GenForward survey, conducted by the University of Chicago, also finds that most think the United States is “on the wrong track.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Is Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price


Price (pictured, right), head of the Department of Health and Human Services, traded stocks of health-related companies while working on legislation affecting the firms. An unnamed source says Bharara was overseeing an investigation.

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Irish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump’s Immigration Policy in White House Speech (Video)

In his St. Patrick’s Day speech Thursday—with the president at his side—Enda Kenny (pictured, right) delved into the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

An In-Depth Look at Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s ‘Pervasive Female Double’


A new profile in New York magazine details how the trusted presidential adviser has carved out a powerful role for herself in the White House.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Angela Davis, an Activist for the Ages


Davis’ inspiring talk at the recent Women of the World festival shows that this civil rights icon is as relevant in today’s fraught world as in the turbulent era from which she sprang decades ago.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Set to Nominate Coal Lobbyist, Boeing Executive to Deputy Positions


The president’s latest hires confirm that his policy isn’t so much to drain the swamp as to fill it, according to many observers.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE

Meals on Wheels









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Who Will Build Trump’s Border Wall?


The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will need $4.1 billion through 2018 to finance construction of the barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE

The Resistance Must Be Digitized


Ajit Pai (at left in picture), the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could pose a threat to unfettered access to an open internet.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Budget









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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home


If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

If ‘Ryancare’ Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single-Payer?


The problem for policymakers is that they have been trying to fund an inefficient and overpriced medical system with scarce taxpayer funds without capping costs.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last


His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge in Hawaii


Speaking at a Tennessee rally, the president denounces the decision as “unprecedented judicial overreach.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

Could There Be a ‘Global Anthem’ After Trump?


In recent speeches, President Trump accurately described the sovereign state system of today. But might we one day see a “United Earth”?

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

A Crisis With No End: Why Flint Is Still the Issue


The lead in Flint’s water has taken a physical and mental toll on residents, and the water remains tainted.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

The Surge Delusion


Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Read: Donald Trump’s Order on ‘Reorganizing’ the Executive Branch


A new executive order, signed by the president on Monday, paves the way for Trump and Congress to “eliminate unnecessary agencies” within the federal government.

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

California Joins Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban


State Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the modified ban “unconstitutional and un-American.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s War on Truth Tellers


The president and his White House continue to attack the credibility of institutions that present facts and arguments they don’t like.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

How Much of the Globe’s Humanitarian Crisis Is the United States’ Fault?


At the very time the Trump administration wants to turn its back on the world’s migrants, the globe’s worst crises are accelerating.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

Justice Department Turns to a Rarely Used Rule in Trying to Prevent CIA Testimony in Torture Lawsuit


The Trump administration invokes “the state secret privilege” to keep intelligence officials from revealing interrogation techniques.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Military Spending [a cartoon from China]









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New York U.S. Attorney Fired After Refusing Trump Administration’s Request to Step Down


Preet Bharara’s firing adds a new layer of controversy to the abrupt demand for 46 U.S. attorneys to resign.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE

How to Respond to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Destructive Views on Climate Change


If Pruitt angers you, swing into action. Find out whether there is a coal plant near you and work to close it.

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 READ MORE

What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?


The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE

Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Meet the Hundreds of Government Officials the President Has Quietly Installed


They include obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and dozens of Washington insiders.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

What Syrian Refugees Think of Trump’s Refugee Ban


A wave of anger reportedly swept through Syrian refugee camps in southern Lebanon after news of the president’s revised travel ban.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

Is It Fair to Label the President a Liar?


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has done just that on Twitter, responds to a journalist’s challenge on the subject.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

Hawaii Is First to File Lawsuit Against Trump’s Revised Travel Ban


The court filing argues that the ban is “denying all Hawaii residents the benefits of an inclusive and pluralistic society.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

International Women’s Day Live Blog: What ‘A Day Without a Woman’ Looks Like

Women around the world are protesting Wednesday for equal pay and on other crucial issues affecting their lives. Follow along with Truthdig for live updates on global activities.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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