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How Burger King's Palm Oil Addiction Is Devastating Local Communities—and Planet Earth
30 Mar 2017 | 8:30 am CEST
Burger King is at the front of the pack of corporations abusing human rights and the environment to satisfy its appetite for palm oil. There’s n…
Trump Can’t Save Coal
30 Mar 2017 | 6:32 am CEST
Why Trump isn't bringing coal jobs back.
Legion: 3 lessons the superhero genre can learn from FX’s standout thriller
30 Mar 2017 | 5:15 am CEST
For starters, be a little more stylish… Spoiler: This article deals with the plot of the entire season of Legion and touches on what happened in its…
MSNBC's All In Discusses The Dark Money Billionaires That Funded Trump's Campaign Propaganda Machine And Breitbart 
30 Mar 2017 | 5:00 am CEST
CHRIS HAYES (HOST): The “Making America Great” PAC, run by influential Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, is up with that ad in ten states that Donald Tr…
Tucker Carlson Falsely Claims Opioid Addiction “Flowered” Under Obamacare
30 Mar 2017 | 4:00 am CEST
TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): So, the president says “we need to take this seriously.” That's not something you have heard very much from national leader…
Vox Sentences: Brexit, stage one
30 Mar 2017 | 2:00 am CEST
Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newslette…
Trump is launching a commission to deal with the deadliest drug crisis in US history
30 Mar 2017 | 1:50 am CEST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to head the panel to study the opioid epidemic and recommend policy changes. President Donald Trump wants to do…
Syndicated Radio Host Joe Walsh Says President Obama Was Held To A Lower Standard Than Trump Because He’s Black
30 Mar 2017 | 1:49 am CEST
CNN hosted syndicated radio host Joe Walsh to defend his claim that former President Barack Obama was held to a lower standard by the media because he…
The federal coal leasing program is ripping off taxpayers. Zinke just canceled plans to reform it.
30 Mar 2017 | 1:10 am CEST
The new interior secretary gets started on Trump’s dirty work. Earlier this week, I wrote a post about Donald Trump’s decision, as part of his exe…
Ohio Prisoner On Hunger Strike Against Punishment For Netflix Documentary Enters Infirmary
30 Mar 2017 | 12:57 am CEST
Ohio prisoner Siddique Abdullah Hasan entered the infirmary at the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) on March 24, “presumably due to failing health…
A Progressive Congressman Who Lost His Seat Because Of Obamacare Explains Why It Was Worth It
30 Mar 2017 | 12:56 am CEST
Former Democratic congressman Tom Perriello has a word of advice for public servants: do what's right, even if it costs you your job. In a new op-ed…
Remember When Trump Said He Cared About the Opioid Crisis? Fast Forward to Now.
30 Mar 2017 | 12:47 am CEST
During his campaign, Trump said that his supporters were "always" bringing up opiate addiction. "We’re going to take all of these kids—and…
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Conspiracy Theorists Welcome in Corporate Media–if They Have the Right Targets
30 Mar 2017 | 12:21 am CEST
Former British Conservative MP Louise Mensch has become something of a celebrity of late in anti-Trump media. In the past two weeks, Mensch has appear…
A Scientist Just Spent 2 Hours Debating the Biggest Global Warming Deniers in Congress
30 Mar 2017 | 12:03 am CEST
At a congressional hearing on climate science Wednesday, Michael Mann lamented that he was the only witness representing the overwhelming scientific c…
The real reason there won’t be questions about LGBTQ people in the 2020 census
29 Mar 2017 | 11:50 pm CEST
Simply put: It’s not mandated by law. The US Census Bureau probably isn’t the first federal agency you’d pin for a scandal. Yet that’s exactl…
Washington won’t decide Obamacare’s future this year. Topeka will.
29 Mar 2017 | 11:40 pm CEST
Obamacare isn’t shrinking. It’s actually expanding. If you want to keep up with the future of Obamacare, you'd be better served following the news…
The convenient scapegoat of gerrymandering
29 Mar 2017 | 11:30 pm CEST
Gerrymandering frequently, and wrongly, gets the blame for government dysfunction. Gerrymandering is back in the news and being blamed for all sorts…
Buffy might be leaving Netflix in April, but you can still nostalgia-binge it. Here’s how.
29 Mar 2017 | 11:23 pm CEST
Friday, March 10, is the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And exactly three weeks later — Friday, March 31 — is reportedly the last d…
Every episode of Buffy, ranked, in honor of its 20th anniversary
29 Mar 2017 | 11:23 pm CEST
Exactly 20 years ago today, a little-watched network called the WB premiered a midseason replacement show based on a 1992 movie that flopped at the bo…
Ivanka Trump Will Become an Official Federal Employee
29 Mar 2017 | 11:13 pm CEST
Amid mounting ethical concerns about Ivanka Trump's already central role in her father's administration, the first daughter made this announcement tod…
Trump Ally Alex Jones: “The Head Of The Jewish Mafia Is George Soros”
29 Mar 2017 | 11:04 pm CEST
CALLER: I’ve noticed since the very beginning that the two main guys out there at the forefront of all of this are Senator John McCain and Lindsey G…
It’s official: Ivanka Trump will be a White House staffer
29 Mar 2017 | 11:02 pm CEST
Ivanka Trump’s power behind the scenes in the White House is now really, truly official. The president’s daughter, who already had a West Wing Off…
Trump's Manufacturing Policy Could Destroy Many Times More Jobs Than Were "Saved" At Carrier
29 Mar 2017 | 10:44 pm CEST
In the weeks after Election Day, media outlets tirelessly amplified President Donald Trump’s misleading claim that he personally saved hundreds of j…
Trump’s New Executive Order Will Worsen Hunger in Africa
29 Mar 2017 | 10:26 pm CEST
This story first appeared on National Geographic Voices. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took his most concrete step thus far to unravel his prede…
Duo Behind Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos Could Finally See Justice
29 Mar 2017 | 9:32 pm CEST
Remember back in the summer of 2015, when videos accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue were being released online seemingly every week?
Meet 9 Inspiring Women Taking the Climate Fight to Cities Around the Globe
29 Mar 2017 | 9:00 pm CEST
"As women, we know all too well that the powerful often seek to silence our voices when we speak out to protect the most vulnerable in our communi…
Rolling Back Climate Regulations Is Trump's Most Dangerous Con Yet
29 Mar 2017 | 8:49 pm CEST
The executive order President Trump signed Tuesday is his most dangerous con yet. By rolling back President Obama's Clean Power Plan and other cl…
The GOP’s New Front In Culture War Against Climate Science
29 Mar 2017 | 8:40 pm CEST
Republicans and the fossil fuel interests that own them—along with their theoconservative ideologies—have opened up a new front in the culture war…
What Would It Take For Bill O’Reilly To Get Fired?
29 Mar 2017 | 8:33 pm CEST
Over the past two years, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has drawn attention to President Barack Obama's clothing at a Muslim wedding and claimed Rep. M…
Holocaust Survivor Slams Top Immigration Official: "History Is Not on Your Side"
29 Mar 2017 | 8:29 pm CEST
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance at a White House press briefing to announce that the Justice Department would beg…
Trump's Interior Secretary Hints at Chilling Construction Plan for Mexican Border Wall
29 Mar 2017 | 8:06 pm CEST
Trump vowed Mexico would pay, but he never mentioned anything quite like this. President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed that Mexico would pay…
2:00PM Water Cooler 3/29/2017
29 Mar 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Trade and steelworkers, "Slavghazi" (?), Gorsuch nomination, Clinton's back, broadband, pending home sales, DEA seizing cash, this Tinder story will a…
Daily Beast: Ex-Breitbart Staffer Alleges Illegal Relationship Between Outlet And D.C. Landlord
29 Mar 2017 | 7:11 pm CEST
A new report from The Daily Beast reveals that a former writer for the extreme-right website Breitbart.com filed a complaint with the Department of Ju…
Watch Journalism Professor Jason Johnson Shut Down A Conservative's Defense Of Spicer: "You Don't Get To Tell Other People What Racism Is"
29 Mar 2017 | 7:01 pm CEST
CHRIS JANSING (HOST): And let's give Sean Spicer his say. He was on The Hugh Hewitt Show this morning. Here's his response to the criticism. [BEGIN VI…
Bernie Sanders Unloads on Trump's Rollback of Climate Protections: 'It's an International Embarrassment'
29 Mar 2017 | 6:11 pm CEST
Click here for reuse options! The Vermont senator minces no words with the cast of "Morning Joe." Sen. Bernie Sanders iss…
Maxine Waters and April Ryan Are Not Alone: 'Misogynoir' Is an Everyday Experience for Black Women
29 Mar 2017 | 6:04 pm CEST
Workday indignities are daily occurrences for black women. There was nothing atypical or unusual about the displays of arrogance, condescension a…
Senator Aims to End Phone Searches at Airports and Borders
29 Mar 2017 | 6:01 pm CEST
More than a month after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) requested information about US Customs and Border Protection's practice of searching cell phones at US…
Reporter April Ryan: Sean Spicer Is "Discrediting Credible Media"
29 Mar 2017 | 5:55 pm CEST
ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): What was going through that head of yours when Sean Spicer was wagging his finger and shaking his head?  APRIL RYAN: Disbe…
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‘No Agency Would Be Hit Harder Than EPA Under the President’s Budget Plan’ - CounterSpin interview with Marianne Lavelle on Trump climate denial
29 Mar 2017 | 5:50 pm CEST
"One of the first things that the new EPA did was put a stop to most of the regulation for methane from oil and gas."…
Media Must Choose: If Trump's Not A Liar, He's Delusional 
29 Mar 2017 | 5:44 pm CEST
While President Donald Trump continues to rip apart the seams of honest discourse with his ceaseless collection of lies and falsehoods, some journalis…
First Republican Calls for Devin Nunes to Step Down for Coordinating With White House
29 Mar 2017 | 4:47 pm CEST
A bombshell report says that Nunes' claims are coming from the White House, as his credibility is slipping. Shortly before last week’s Hous…
Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump's "Clean Coal" Promise
29 Mar 2017 | 4:01 pm CEST
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump moved to effectively erase Barack Obama's record on climate change, by signing an executive order to roll back fede…
The Risks to America’s Booming Economy
29 Mar 2017 | 4:00 pm CEST
After a long and slow recovery from the recession that began a decade ago, the US economy is poised for robust growth this year. But, although the eco…
The American Opioid Epidemic
29 Mar 2017 | 3:55 pm CEST
More discussion of the possible causes and implications of the opioid epidemic.
People Want Melania Trump to Be Forced to Leave NYC
29 Mar 2017 | 3:45 pm CEST
A petition requests that she leave and save the city a ton of money. The exorbitant cost of keeping Melania and Barron Trump in their gold-plated…
Hillary Clinton Takes on Spicer and O'Reilly's Sexist Remarks, Calls on Women to Challenge 'Everyday Sexism'
29 Mar 2017 | 3:40 pm CEST
Click here for reuse options! "Women...have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride."…
Noam Chomsky: Trump's Threat to Human Civilization Is More Immediate Than We Realize
29 Mar 2017 | 3:09 pm CEST
The renowned political scientist discusses Republican radicalism, nuclear brinkmanship and American decline. On Tuesday, Donald Trump signed an e…
Tillerson Goes to Asia
29 Mar 2017 | 2:59 pm CEST
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent trip to Asia represented an important opportunity to begin to address what could turn out to be the big…
'Pathetic' Republicans Are Roasted on Seth Meyers for Sucking up to Trump
29 Mar 2017 | 2:41 pm CEST
Click here for reuse options! Trump's presidency has been "far worse" than the Morning Joe co-hosts ever anticipated.
Trump the Ideologue?
29 Mar 2017 | 2:30 pm CEST
It might be cathartic to call Donald Trump an idiot, but the implications of his presidency are serious. If Trump’s progressive opponents fail to en…
Russia’s Nonprofit Spies
29 Mar 2017 | 1:49 pm CEST
Nothing riles up Western observers of Russia today as much as its law on foreign agents, which requires non-commercial organizations engaged in undefi…
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29 Mar 2017 | 12:55 pm CEST
How Devin Nunes Is Threatening the Constitution
29 Mar 2017 | 12:00 pm CEST
With his bizarre antics and partisan-driven decisions the past week and a half, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the under-siege chairman of the House int…
From Great Britain to Little England?
29 Mar 2017 | 11:29 am CEST
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit will transform the UK into what she calls “Global Britain.” And yet, far from being a grea…
Wells Fargo Gets An Additional $110 Million Wrist Slap Over Fake Accounts Scandal
29 Mar 2017 | 10:14 am CEST
Wells will wind up paying far more in consumers via a private settlement of its fake account scandal than regulators made it cough up to them…
CalPERS, CalSTRS, Other Investors Have Indemnified Private Equity Criminal Conduct Even Though Fiduciary Counsels Say No
29 Mar 2017 | 7:39 am CEST
CalPERS board member JJ Jelincic confirms yet another major lapse by private equity investors.
Bill Black: Kansas Legislature Slips Koch Noose, Authorizes Medicaid Expansion
29 Mar 2017 | 6:49 am CEST
The Kansas legislature bucks long-standing Republican orthodoxy and votes for Medicaid expansion. A harbinger or a one-off?
Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Call To Arms’ by Sturgill Simpson
29 Mar 2017 | 1:28 am CEST
This may be one of the more popular and well-known protest songs from 2016. It was performed on “Saturday Night Live” by Sturgill Simpson.
Oregon State Student Group Stands Up For Arab Journalists Amidst Calls To Disinvite Them From Event
29 Mar 2017 | 12:16 am CEST
A student group hosting an event at Oregon State University on Palestine, Syria, and Yemen, refuses to disinvite two Arab journalists scheduled to spe…
Republicans Just Voted to Let Internet Service Providers Sell Your Browsing History
28 Mar 2017 | 11:58 pm CEST
The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives on Tuesday repealed privacy rules that would have required internet service providers such as Co…
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‘He’s Going to Find a Way to Rule With the Corporations’ - CounterSpin interview with Dan Goldberg on Neil Gorsuch
28 Mar 2017 | 11:28 pm CEST
"I’ve never seen anything like it, where the Supreme Court unanimously demonstrates, on the same day the nominee is testifying, how unqualified this…
High-Stakes Climate Lawsuit Led by Youth Turns Its Attention to Trump
28 Mar 2017 | 10:11 pm CEST
It's somewhat fitting that President Trump, who has named climate deniers and a former fossil-fuel executive to top cabinet posts, including at t…
2:00PM Water Cooler 3/28/2017
28 Mar 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Today's Water Cooler: Border tax, war fever, public option follies, infrastructure, inventories, water, universal adversarial perturbations…
Following Vaughn Rebellion, Prisoners Issue List Of Demands For Reforms
28 Mar 2017 | 6:50 pm CEST
Prisoners at Delaware’s James T. Vaughn Correctional Center wrote an open letter to the warden and department of corrections, which includes a…
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Advocate of Saddam/Al Qaeda Conspiracy Will Save Us From Fake News
28 Mar 2017 | 6:30 pm CEST
The Weekly Standard, lest we forget—as Rutenberg clearly has—was second to no publication in using shoddy journalism to sell a war that would leav…
Unlocking the Potential of Chinese Cities
28 Mar 2017 | 5:49 pm CEST
Letting some of the air out of China's housing bubble, before too much pressure builds up, will require improved management of China’s rapid urbaniz…
The October Revolution in Post-Truth Russia
28 Mar 2017 | 5:29 pm CEST
Russia is locked in a battle between official history (the story of the state) and counter-history (the story of civil society and the memories of the…
The End of Poverty in China?
28 Mar 2017 | 4:29 pm CEST
Over the last 35 years, China has lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty, and is now committed to doing the same for the remaining 45 mill…
Immigrants and Innovation in US History
28 Mar 2017 | 3:55 pm CEST
Economists have been trying to measure the impact immigrants have on economic activity, such as innovation.
President Trump’s Necessary German Lessons
28 Mar 2017 | 3:29 pm CEST
Donald Trump has criticized Germany’s enormous current-account surplus, which he considers the result of German currency manipulation. But Trump is…
Will Trump's Prison Reform Policies Send More Innocent People to Jail?
28 Mar 2017 | 3:09 pm CEST
How many innocent people will end up serving time in prison because of President Trump's policies? Of course, even one is too many, but if recent…
A Dramatic Comeback for Europe
28 Mar 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
The Dutch are famous for building dykes that hold back the tides and storms sweeping across the Atlantic. Have the Dutch now done it again, stopping t…
Tomgram: John Dower, Body Count for the American Century
28 Mar 2017 | 1:40 pm CEST
On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher,…
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28 Mar 2017 | 12:55 pm CEST
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NYT Says Congress Has ‘Duty’ to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It
27 Mar 2017 | 11:03 pm CEST
The New York Times editorial board didn’t take a wave of civilians deaths as a reason to question the wisdom of America’s various “counter-terro…
Obamacare Is A Failure, But It Will Only ‘Explode’ If Trump Sabotages It
27 Mar 2017 | 7:17 pm CEST
The American Health Care Act has gone down in a blaze of glory. It is time to focus on what President Donald Trump has long said would be his plan B.
Flynn Scandal Draws Attention To Power Of Turkish Lobby
27 Mar 2017 | 7:08 pm CEST
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was working for Turkey while also working for Trump's presidential campaign, but failed to register. Th…
Tomgram: Jon Else, Eyes on the Prize 2017
26 Mar 2017 | 11:10 pm CEST
On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, Presiden…
Interview WIth Mark Ames: The Unending Baffling Frenzy Over Trump, Putin, And Russia
26 Mar 2017 | 5:19 pm CEST
For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Mark Ames, a journalist and c…
RIP, Trumpcare: How the Health Care Bill Crashed and Burned
24 Mar 2017 | 10:11 pm CET
Without so much as a vote, the Republican crusade to repeal and replace Obamacare has failed. The House was supposed to vote Friday afternoon to advan…
Watch Paul Ryan, Donald Trump Discuss Pulled Trumpcare Bill
24 Mar 2017 | 9:14 pm CET
Moments before the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the widely reviled Republican health care plan Friday afternoon, the vote was abr…
In Political Prosecution, Palestinian American Organizer Accepts Plea Deal, Will Be Deported
24 Mar 2017 | 8:04 pm CET
Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh accepted a plea deal from the U.S. government. She'll lose her citizenship, be deported, but serve no priso…
Why Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearings Were a Waste of Time
24 Mar 2017 | 7:49 pm CET
Well, that was a waste of four days.To put the hearings for Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court in perspective, consider a run-of-the-…
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Dan Goldberg on Neil Gorsuch, Marianne Lavelle on Climate Change Denial
24 Mar 2017 | 4:09 pm CET
The Washington Post published 30 articles, op-eds, blog posts and editorials on Neil Gorsuch in the 48 hours after his nomination—not a single one o…
Neil Gorsuch And His Past Hostility Against Guantanamo Lawyers
24 Mar 2017 | 1:35 am CET
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch did not address troubling claims he made about Guantanamo lawyers fabricating claims of abuse and torture. The post…
Kremlingate Creeps Closer to Trump
23 Mar 2017 | 10:02 pm CET
The noose of Kremlingate is tightening – and the scandal increasingly appears to tie Trump associates to a Russian campaign to subvert American…
Trump's Policies Show How Racial Division Benefits the Rich
23 Mar 2017 | 8:17 pm CET
Since the introduction of the American Health Care Act and Trump's draconian budget proposal, there's been a rash of reporting and anal…
Will Trumpcare Pass? Everything We Know About the Troubled GOP Bill
23 Mar 2017 | 7:15 pm CET
Update, 3:45 p.m. Friday: The AHCA has been pulled, after the Republicans were not able to secure enough votes to pass the legislation.Update, 3:30 p.
Best of TomDispatch: Engelhardt, The 16th Anniversary of American Cowardice
23 Mar 2017 | 1:01 pm CET
It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq...
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Right-Wing Foundation, Scary Nuke Maps Drive Narrative on North Korea ‘Threat’
22 Mar 2017 | 11:16 pm CET
A key feature of reports on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is the Hypothetical Scary Nuke Map that shows an entirely hypothetical, not-yet-pr…
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Black Man Stabbed to Death by White Supremacist–Then Smeared by Media
22 Mar 2017 | 9:27 pm CET
Reading media reports of a white supremacist hate crime, one would hardly know who was the killer and who the victim.
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‘Media Are Unwilling to Look at Government and Say There’s Conscious Malfeasance’ - CounterSpin interview (2004) with Robert Dreyfuss on Iraq War intel
22 Mar 2017 | 5:17 pm CET
"The idea that they were invading Iraq based on faulty intelligence has it exactly backwards. They had already decided they wanted to invade Iraq. So…
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Trump in No Hurry to Staff ‘Enemy of the People’ Offices
21 Mar 2017 | 8:40 pm CET
Trump has been slow to staff the offices that reporters in both Washington bureaus and in newsrooms around the country depend on to get routine inform…
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Words Not to Die For
21 Mar 2017 | 12:26 pm CET
By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked,  “I am an incurable optimist...&rdq…
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Walled In
16 Mar 2017 | 12:33 pm CET
If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator) that brought him to the Ova…
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Winning World War II in the Twenty-First Century
14 Mar 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
If you are an American male of a certain age -- Donald Trump’s age, to be exact -- you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea,…
Tomgram: John Feffer, Next Stop: The Deconstruction Zone
12 Mar 2017 | 10:22 pm CET
Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories -- The Giver, Hunger Games -- like Goths to piercin…
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Surging to Failure
9 Mar 2017 | 2:00 pm CET
The other day, I found myself flipping through old photos from my time in Iraq...
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, War Without End
7 Mar 2017 | 1:35 pm CET
In his inaugural address, President Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country overrun by criminal gangs and drugs, a nation…
Tomgram: William Hartung, The Generals vs. the Ideologues or the Generals and the Ideologues?
5 Mar 2017 | 11:07 pm CET
In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign…