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Truthdig, a Web magazine that provides expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. Editor, Robert Scheer. Publisher, Zuade Kaufman.

Published: 2017-06-27T21:29:48+00:00


We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast

2017-06-27T21:29:48+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:29:48 +0000

The first thing that occurred to me when the reality of a Trump presidency became apparent was, “How am I going to explain this to my 9-year-old?”

Mitch McConnell Delays Health Care Vote

2017-06-27T21:07:05+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:07:05 +0000

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams The Senate majority leader is putting off the vote until after the July 4 recess, a move viewed by many as a testament to the strength of the bill’s critics.

Serbia Prime Minister-Designate to Head Pro-Russia Government

2017-06-27T21:00:27+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:00:27 +0000

By Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press With her early Cabinet picks, Ana Brnabic sends a strong message about her alliances with other nations. She also has made headlines as Serbia’s first female and first openly gay leader.

Feeding the Multi-Millionaires

2017-06-27T20:07:51+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:07:51 +0000


Former CIA Analyst Melvin Goodman on the Agency’s Manipulation of Intelligence

2017-06-27T19:37:55+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:37:55 +0000

On a panel moderated by Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer (far right), Goodman explains why he blew the whistle on corruption in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Elizabeth Warren on ‘Conservative’ Obamacare and Why ‘the Next Step is Single-Payer’

2017-06-27T18:35:13+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:35:13 +0000

  Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking at a rally on Capitol Hill on June 21. (Edward Kimmel / CC 2.0) Sen. Elizabeth Warren does not mince words when discussing the Trump administration. “[This] is not the America of our dreams,” she told a crowd last Friday at a town hall in Lowell, Mass. “It is the America of our nightmares.” A new piece in the Wall Street Journal covers the Democratic senator’s progressive positions espoused at that town hall, which was held in a pro-Trump county. The Journal reports: Warren is traveling to Trump-friendly areas of her state hoping to connect with his backers and provide a road map for her party to win back working-class voters. Ms. Warren’s message echoes the gloomy assessment of the U.S. economy that President Donald Trump sketched out during the 2016 campaign, though her prescription for addressing it is diametrically opposite. At a weekend town hall meeting here, the Massachusetts Democrat began with a treatise about how the economy worked far better for the middle class in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Now, Ms. Warren said, the middle class is no longer an equal partner in the nation’s economic growth and there is little hope for anyone who is not rich, powerful and connected. During the town hall, Warren fielded questions from Trump voters and explained why many of their problems will worsen under the Trump administration. “We talk about how the middle class has just taken one punch after another for nearly 40 years now,” she told the crowd. “Understand that Donald Trump and these Republican majorities are poised to deliver the knockout blow.” Two days before the Massachusetts town hall, Warren spoke at a rally on Capitol Hill and addressed the Republican health care bill. “This should not be a partisan fight, because cancer doesn’t just come to one political party,” Warren told the crowd. “Health care is a basic human right.” She doesn’t hold back from criticizing the Republican party, but Warren is also blunt when discussing her own party—especially when it comes to health care. In describing the town hall event, the Journal says: Warren says her immediate focus is on fighting the Republican health-care legislation and mounting her 2018 re-election campaign. But she hasn’t been shy about seeking to pull fellow Democrats and those running in next year’s midterm elections to the left. Blocking the GOP rollback of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, Ms. Warren said, is not enough. She said Democrats on the ballot in the next two federal elections should back a national single-payer health-care plan. “President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” she said during an interview in her Senate office last week. “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.” “The progressive agenda is America’s agenda,” Warren told the Journal. “It’s not like we’re trying to sell stuff that people don’t want. … It’s not that at all. It’s that we haven’t gotten up there and been as clear about our values as we should be, or as clear and concrete about how we’re going to get there.” Read the full piece here. —Posted by Emma Niles

Trump Takes Another Swipe at CNN Following Reporters’ Resignations

2017-06-27T17:40:30+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:40:30 +0000

By David Bauder / Associated Press The president pounced on the network’s credibility Tuesday following the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story. (Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci, a subject of the story, is pictured.)

Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation

2017-06-27T17:13:18+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:13:18 +0000

By Henry Giroux / Salon 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.

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017

2017-06-27T16:50:02+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:50:02 +0000

By Nick Turse / TomDispatch A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels have not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

EU Fines Google a Record $2.72 Billion in Antitrust Case

2017-06-27T14:44:36+00:00Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:44:36 +0000

By Lorne Cook / Associated Press The European Union slapped the fine on the internet giant Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own shopping business.