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How Far Should Societies Go to Prevent Terror Attacks?

By Conor Friedersdorf After the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, David French, the conservative writer and Iraq War veteran, published an article at National Review that harkens back to the Bush administration in several ways—most objectionably in its attempt to use a kind of political correctness to advance the counterterrorism policies that he prefers. The […]

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Where Countries Stand With Donald Trump: A Crib Sheet

By Uri Friedman In April, while recruiting allies against North Korea, Donald Trump reportedly applauded a vicious war against drugs that has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump told Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, […]

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The Pitfalls of “Buy American”

Backed by a huge banner reading “Buy American — Hire American,” President Trump declared in March that his administration would make the US the “car capital of the world” again. “For decades, I have raised the alarm over unfair foreign trade practices that have robbed communities of their wealth and robbed our people of their […]

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A Transcript of the Greg Gianforte ‘Body-Slam’ Audio

By Adrienne LaFrance The audio recording of a congressional candidate accused of body-slamming a reporter on the eve of a special election in Montana is extraordinary for several reasons. If you haven’t listened to it yet, and you really should, it’s essential to at least read the short transcript: Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The […]

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Democrats Need These California Seats to Win Back the House

By Ronald Brownstein Despite its size, California has become little more than a fundraising stop in national elections because it has grown so reliably Democratic over the past two decades. But the razor-thin vote in the House of Representatives earlier this month to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has moved the state into […]

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What Will Happen in Montana’s Special Election Now?

By Clare Foran The closely watched Montana special election on Thursday has been highly anticipated as a potential referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency and a test of whether Democrats can win back congressional seats in conservative and rural parts of the country. But the race was thrown into turmoil Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning […]

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Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump's United States of Amnesia

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, May 23, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) Nonprofit, independent news outlets like Truthout are critical to countering the mainstream media narrative. Help get the real stories out by supporting Truthout with […]

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Indigenous Alliance Launches Divestment Campaign Against US and Canadian Pipelines

Indigenous activists march with allies in the Tar Sands Healing Walk in northern Alberta, Canada. (Photo: Velcrow Ripper) A coalition of 121 Indigenous tribes across North America is working to change the narrative around fossil fuels. Alongside a growing campaign to defund the banks that are financing the Dakota Access pipeline and four other pipeline […]

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Trump Administration Says It Isn't Anti-Science as It Seeks to Slash EPA Science Office

Scott Pruitt before a confirmation hearing with the Environmental and Public Works committee in Washington, DC, January 18, 2017. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access to clean drinking water several years ago after a bloom of toxic algae, the Environmental Protection Agency sent scientists from […]

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Next Steps in the Fight for Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave

The so-called “paid leave” in the Trump budget is just part of a shell game in which a con man gets a player to look at one shell while manipulating others, says Ellen Bravo, co-director of the Family Values @ Work coalition. Bravo shares her insights on how to keep our eyes on the prize […]

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