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Confronting Zero Tolerance in the Workplace

Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Bosses are in love with zero tolerance policies. One arbitrator calls them “the last refuge of weak managers.” Zero tolerance policies authorize employers to discharge workers who commit specified infractions without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, length of […]

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Is the Trump Administration Planning a First Strike on North Korea?

Protesters gather to ask President Donald Trump to stop his drive to war against North Korea on August 14, 2017, in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) While the Trump administration’s threats of a preemptive strike against North Korea may be viewed as an elaborate, albeit crude, attempt at psychological warfare, some fear […]

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Fund Local News to Fight Inequality

The writers at the New York branches of news outlets DNAinfo and Gothamist decided to unionize in late October. Rather than bargain with them, their billionaire owner shut down the newsrooms altogether. Every page from the DNAinfo and Gothamist websites now redirects to a letter from owner Joe Ricketts, announcing that the websites had not […]

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Revenge Is a Rotten Way to Run a Country

President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP / Getty Images) Your support is crucial to keeping ethical journalism alive! Donate now to keep our writers on the streets, covering the most important […]

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Bayou Bridge Pipeline Opponents File to Intervene in Hearing for Private Security Firm in Louisiana

Press conference on November 9, 2017, at the Louisiana State Capitol. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) Truthout takes zero advertising money — instead we rely on readers to sustain our site. Will you join the thousands of people who fund our work? Make a donation by clicking here! A broad base of advocacy groups opposed to Energy […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘He Will Not Step Down’

By Elaine Godfrey Today in 5 Lines President Trump blasted Minnesota Senator Al Franken after the lawmaker was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman, but did not mention Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct. During a rally in Alabama, Kayla Moore said her husband isn’t letting […]

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The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

By Conor Friedersdorf In most states, a person who desires to install home-entertainment systems for a living, or as a part-time gig for extra cash, faces relatively few barriers to entry. This is work teenagers routinely do for grandparents after they make a technology purchase. But in Connecticut, a home-entertainment installer is required to obtain […]


Zimbabwe: How to Make and Break a Democracy

By Emily Buder On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe, the autocratic President of Zimbabwe, was ousted and placed under house arrest by the country’s military. While Mugabe’s fate remains uncertain, the apparent coup may bring about the end of a 37-year dictatorship masquerading as a democracy. But this wresting of power shouldn’t have been necessary—it was supposed […]

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How Much Attention Should Extremists Get?

By Caroline Kitchener This article is edited from a story shared exclusively with members of 34,787 subscribers. Donald Trump’s had 280,012. Today, Trump’s subreddit—“The_Donald”—has swelled to over 520,000 accounts. Its trajectory mirrors the recent growth—in size and impact—of other fringe groups. June 2015: The_Donald is founded. Martin and Phillips both told me that when The_Donald […]

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Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on the Media

By Rosie Gray All news is “fake news”—at least if you’re a diehard Roy Moore supporter. With sexual misconduct allegations continuing to mount against the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Moore has defied calls to drop out of the race by advancing an audacious conspiracy theory—that partisan fabulists in the mainstream media are working with […]