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A Government Shutdown Is Near

By Russell Berman Congress is on the verge of shutting down the federal government on the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. Hours before a midnight deadline, negotiations between the president and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer had failed to yield a breakthrough in an impasse over immigration. The Senate was sitting on a House-passed bill […]

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Is Money-Laundering the Real Trump Kompromat?

By David A. Graham So far, the release of transcripts of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s interviews with the House Intelligence and Senate Judiciary committees have provided rich detail to obsessives but few major headlines for the average reader. The interviews give some more clarity on how Fusion came to investigate Donald Trump, who was […]

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The American Health-Care System Increases Income Inequality

By Vann R. Newkirk II For most people, a single doctor’s visit can be a financial obstacle course. Many patients throughout the year pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums, most often through workplace contributions. Then, at the doctor’s office, they are faced with a deductible, and they may need to pay coinsurance or […]

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‘It’s Our Responsibility to Put More Guardrails Around the President’

By McKay Coppins Jeff Flake seems intent on finishing his Senate career without any friends left in Washington. Ever since announcing his impending retirement last year with a blistering speech that called out President Trump’s “reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior,” the generally genial Arizona Republican has repeatedly made himself a target of condemnation on both […]

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Recriminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s “Reefer Madness”

In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. In the 1930s, parents across the US were panicked. A new documentary, “Reefer Madness,” suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a […]

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Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi — Message From a Freedom Fighter

Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance — 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi. While in the West Bank in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation, and it becomes clear why her subjugators are trying to silence her voice. Her […]

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As Shutdown Looms Over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect

As Senate Democrats say they’ll vote against a government spending bill that fails to protect DACA recipients, setting up a potential government shutdown, we look at the worldwide refugee crisis. The United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of displaced people worldwide has hit a record high, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced […]

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Tech Workers of the World, Unite!

Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. In just a handful of years, the tide of blue-collar organizing has risen in Silicon Valley. Security officers and shuttle drivers across tech firms, workers at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing plant […]

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Consenting to Normal

In the #MeToo moment, the policing of those who speak up about varying forms of sexual violence and harm persists: the good victim/bad victim and real victim/fake victim paradigms have not gone away, they have merely shifted. Women attend a #metoo rally infant of the Trump International Hotel on December 9, 2017, in Columbus Circle, […]