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The Challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline Isn’t Over: Cheyenne River Sioux Take Battle to Court


As with the Standing Rock Sioux, the South Dakota tribe’s land and water supply are threatened by the controversial oil pipeline.

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Chris Hedges Explains the Importance of ‘Robust’ Public Broadcasting (Video)

The Truthdig columnist, whose talk show is nominated for a Daytime Emmy, joins correspondent Ashlee Banks to discuss why it’s vital to broadcast dissident voices.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Did the Koch Brothers Take Down the GOP Health Care Bill?


Advocacy groups run by the billionaire siblings may have swayed enough Republicans to torpedo the American Health Care Act.

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Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline


The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy


The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

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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

The Extraordinary Lynne Stewart


The late attorney demonstrated a lifelong commitment to defending controversial, poor, unpopular victims of injustice.

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New Poll Shows 56 Percent of Voters Disapprove of GOP Health Care Plan


The results come just as House Republicans, citing a lack of support for the legislation, postpone a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy


A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

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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.”

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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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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America


A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

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Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

United Nations Report: Israel Has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’


The report, issued by a U.N. commission on Western Asia, draws swift criticism from Israeli and U.S. officials.

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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.

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Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought


The president presides over an America in which “analysis and historical memory have given way to a culture of spectacles, sensationalism and immediacy,” says journalist Henry A. Giroux.

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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.

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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.”

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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”?

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New Disclosures in Navy Bribery Scandal as Nine More Current or Former Officers Are Charged


A Malaysian defense contractor allegedly exchanged trips and prostitutes’ services for classified information from U.S. Navy officers.

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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.

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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.

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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

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A Gradient of Perspective: Exploring Injustice Through Art


Artists explore unconscious bias and its consequences in a group exhibit in Cupertino, Calif.

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