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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia


If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

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Senators Engage in a New Bipartisan Effort to Pass Dream Act


Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin (pictured right) hope to succeed in passing legislation giving undocumented young immigrants a path to citizenship.

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U.S. Bill Would Make It a Felony to Support the International Boycott Against Israel (Video)

Amy Goodman discusses bills targeting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel with Rabbi Joseph Berman and The Intercept’s Ryan Grim. (Pictured, a rally for BDS in New York.)

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Stand With Sanders Against ‘Pro-Fracking’ Bill, Environmentalists Urge Senate Democrats


Amid Democratic silence, Sen. Bernie Sanders is winning praise for condemning what environmental groups call a “giveaway to oil and gas interests.”

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Meet the GOP Insider Who Created White Nationalist Richard Spencer


Retired Chicago business executive William H. Regnery II (pictured, right) provided Spencer (pictured, left) with the platform he needed to launch the “alt-right” movement.

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Trump Is Reported to Be Discussing Possibility of Pardoning Himself, Relatives or Aides


Legal options are explored by the president as special counsel Robert Mueller turns to the Trump family’s personal finances, The Washington Post says.

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‘Nobody Speak’: How Billionaires Are Silencing the First Amendment (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Brian Knappenberger (pictured) about his new documentary on billionaire Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker Media. Transcript added.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary


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

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A Lengthy Operation









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How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans


A report by ProPublica reveals how the military is using unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country. (Pictured, nerve gas incinerators in Utah.)

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Disney’s Cast for ‘Aladdin’ Remake Sparks Debate on Cultural Authenticity


The live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic is condemned by critics including members of the Arab community. Many argue the original film wasn’t culturally authentic itself.

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Living in the Rubble: A Short History of the 21st Century


In the U.S., there is no sense of responsibility for the spread of terrorism, the crumbling of states, the tide of refugees and the destruction of some of the world’s great cities.

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Hillary Clinton Is Losing Popularity Among Those Who Voted for Her, New Poll Shows


The sentiment of Clinton voters is said to reflect Democratic politicians’ angst about how to position themselves for 2018.

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Rep. Barbara Lee Slams Paul Ryan for Killing Endless-War Repeal ‘in the Dead of Night’


The California Democrat’s amendment, part of the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill, called for ending a measure that underlays U.S. warfare in the Mideast.

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Trump’s Support Falling Among Swing-State Voters Who Elected Him, Recent Polls Find


A third of voters, however, remain unapologetic fans.

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To Bea or Not to Bea









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The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party


For more than a year, the U.S. ruling class, with Democratic Party and corporate media operatives in the vanguard, has frozen the national political discourse in a McCarthyite time warp.

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Whistleblower John Kiriakou Tells Robert Scheer How the CIA Returned to Its Violent Roots After 9/11

The CIA-analyst-turned-whistleblower sits down with Truthdig’s editor in chief for a discussion about intelligence and counterterrorism in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.


Is America one big con game?

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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.

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25 Percent of Australian Homes Have Switched to Solar, and Other Green Triumphs This Week


Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the climate.

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The Life of Caliph Washington


In a country that expresses reverence for due process, a 17-year-old is arrested, put on trial, sentenced to death, then shuttled among death row cellblocks for 13 years, all for a crime he didn’t commit.

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Nurses Won’t Back Down in Fight for Single-Payer in California


The National Nurses United union’s seminal fight for California’s SB 562 reflects a national struggle for social change.

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Trump and Macron Consult on Syria Cease-Fire in Shadow of Trump Jr. Scandal


Escaping the Washington feeding frenzy, the president discusses cooperation on Syria and Iraq with his French counterpart in Paris.

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Join the Conversation on Gender Politics


Truthdig opens the floor for a productive conversation on the politics of gender, feminism and transgender rights.

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Music Industry Veteran Danny Goldberg on Channeling the Idealism of the Summer of Love (Audio)

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Goldberg about the political impact of psychedelic music in the 1960s and the authenticity of commercial music today. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Women’s March Organizers Lead Peaceful Demonstration Against the NRA (Multimedia)

Hundreds of protesters march from the National Rifle Association headquarters in suburban Virginia to the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., in response to a controversial NRA recruitment video.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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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.

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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.

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Here’s How Republican Lawmakers Are Responding to Medicaid Advocates


Disability rights activists protesting the proposed GOP health care bill’s cuts to Medicaid are being met with slammed doors and, in some cases, police force.

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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.

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When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks about the failures of the Democratic Party and the establishment politics that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Are Exposed


As President Trump applauds victory against Islamic State in the devastated Iraqi city, Amnesty International details the deaths and suffering among civilians.

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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.

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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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Profiting Off Pain: Trump Confidant Cashed In on the Housing Crisis


One of the president’s closest friends, Southern California billionaire Thomas J. Barrack (pictured), bought up homes during the Great Recession, bumped up rents and allowed the properties to fall into disrepair.

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Other G-20 Members Shun U.S. Position on Climate, Strike Deal on Trade


The final statement of the summit in Germany underlines that every other meeting participant supports the Paris pact, rejected by President Trump on June 1.

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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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Building a Bridge


For the Catholic Church to truly respect the rights of LGBT people would require upending the sexuality stigma and gender hierarchy on which the church is largely built.

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GOP Lawmakers Aim to Continue NSA Foreign Surveillance Through New Bill


Legislation proposed by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would make permanent an expiring section of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.

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Dinner With Putin









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122 Nations Sign Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban—but Not U.S. or Russia


The U.N. treaty was signed after weeks of negotiations that were not attended by any of the nine nuclear-armed states, which include America, Russia and North Korea.

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Donald Trump Meets With Vladimir Putin at G-20 Summit


The two held “very, very good talks,” Trump said. Meanwhile, news also broke that the U.S. and Russia had reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria.

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