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The Right-Wing Billionaire Who Bowed to North Korea Over "The Interview"

What "The Colbert Report" Taught Us About the Psychology of Conservatives

If Torture Was Categorically Wrong When Hitler Did It, Then Why Is the CIA Excused When They Do It?
-- Jacqueline Marcus for BuzzFlash at Truthout

Chevron Halts Arctic Drilling Plans "Indefinitely"

"The Last Nail in His Coffin": How America Deluded Itself About Cuba for 50 Years

Paul Krugman | Putin’s Bubble Bursts

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

The Perils of Criminal Justice "Reform" and the Promise of Abolition

Stephen Colbert Retiring His "Report" and the Host He Played

Sony Hack a "Serious National Security Matter": White House

Bill O'Reilly: Black People Should Wear "Don't Get Pregnant at 14" T-Shirts

Street People: Do You Just "Walk On By"?
Is there a helpful way to respond when you encounter one of the approximately 578,424 people who were homeless on any given night in the United States today?

All Executions Are "Botched" Because Capital Punishment is Inhumane
-- Mark Karlin, Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout

Barack Obama’s Cuba Surprise
Secret diplomacy, prisoner trades, a plea from the Pope, and a breakthrough.

Federal Court Stands Up for Gun Rights for People Who Have Been "Committed to a Mental Institution"

Meet the Men and Women on the Hill Who Told Citigroup to Go to Hell

Judge Won't Release Former Alabama Governor Siegelman on Appeal Bond

The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings
Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability.

Paul Krugman | Good Economic News in the US Should Not Lead to Complacency
The US had a good employment report earlier this month, but good news can turn into bad news if it encourages complacency.

Quiet Distress Among the (Ex) Rich

Republicans Rustlin' Up Some Cash With Dick Cheney

US Allies Increasingly Absent From Syria Strikes

Mom's Exposure to Air Pollution in Pregnancy Doubles Child's Risk of Autism, Study Says

To Fight Ebola, Cuba Is Sending Its Biggest Export - Doctors

America’s Wealth Gap Between Middle-Income and Upper-Income Families Is Widest on Record

Keystone XL Pipeline: TransCanada Sends Final Offers to 100-Plus Nebraska Landowners

How Torture Puts Americans at Risk
Polls show that most Americans – and an overwhelming majority of “conservatives” – view post-9/11 torture as justified, presumably because it made them feel safer. But torture may actually have made them less safe.

Arctic Still Heating Up Twice as Fast as Rest of Planet

My Week in the Right-Wing Lie Machine: When Fox News, Twitchy and Montel Williams Declared War on Me
When I wrote the troops don't protect my freedoms, the response was ugly, vitriolic and confirmed everything I said

How Bad Can Marco Rubio and Congress Muck Up the Cuba Shift?

Sony’s Theater of the Absurd: How “The Interview” Became the Most Insane Cultural-Political Spectacle in Recent History
A major Hollywood movie is dead because of North Korean cyberattacks, and the whole thing is too bizarre to believe

The Pakistanis Choosing Light Over Darkness After the Horrific Peshawar School Attack

Aboriginal Knowledge Could Unlock Climate Solutions

"Nuclear Option" Helps Obama Reshape The Courts for a Generation

Sony Pictures cancels Christmas Day release of 'The Interview'

Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World
Steal $2 trillion and you aren’t corrupt, you’re respectable.

“Lynching Rebranded”: Mothers Who Lost Children to Police Violence Speak Out

GOP lawmakers blast Obama’s Cuba policy shift

LA Sheriff's Department Agrees to Federal Oversight to Settle Abuse Suit

Kansas Congressman MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill

Seven Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Kentucky (and Everywhere Else)

After Duo Created CIA Torture Methods, Did World's Largest Group of Psychologists Enable Abuses? (VIDEO)

Six States to Watch for Anti-Choice Laws in 2015

Here They Are: The Vincent Rue Emails the Texas Attorney General Didn’t Want You to See

El Salvador Imprisons 17 Women Who Lost Their Newborns as Murderers

Four indicted in West Virginia chemical spill case

A Timeline of CIA Atrocities
CIA operations follow the same recurring script.

Obamas on Race: We've Been Treated Like the Help

There’s Even More Plastic on the Ocean Floor Than on Its Surface

GOP senators: Climate skeptics? Or deniers? No, Big Oil lobbyists

A Racist With a History of Lying Was a Witness in the Darren Wilson Grand Jury

Jeb Bush may be 'the smart brother' - but he's as much of a climate denier as any conservative

How the CIA Covered Up Its Lie on Torture and bin Laden

Bolivia to Host 2015 Meeting of Social Movements to Fight Climate Change

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in the US Implement Police Body Cam Policy

Henry Giroux: America's Addiction to Torture

"Duty to kill you"; cop suspended for threat to protesters

"Ban the Box" Campaigns Seek to End Discrimination Against Formerly Incarcerated College Applicants

Dave Zirin | The Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Hawkins, #BlackLivesMatter and the Accidental Activist
The Power of Political Athletes to Puncture Privilege

The Senate cleared a $41.6 billion package of tax breaks on Tuesday, sending the legislation to President Obama in one of the last substantive moves of this Congress.

More Nails in the Drug War Coffin: Top Stories of 2014

How the CIA Torture Program Helped Give Birth to the Islamic State
Here's what the recent report on torture doesn't say.

Some Investors Still Heart Big Banks, No Matter What Elizabeth Warren Says
Big banks have been nothing but trouble for years. For a few fund managers, that spells an opportunity to make money.

Unions Sue to Stop Chicago Pension Overhaul

Why Police Unions Are Lashing Out Against Cop Critics Like Never Before

United Nations vote on death penalty moratorium puts US in awkward spot

Congress Is Finally Going to Make Local Law Enforcement Report How Many People They Kill

Shell Warns Oil Industry May Join Big Coal’s War on EPA to Prevent ‘Precedent’ of Carbon Regulation

[Infographic] The Torture Architects

Mark Morford | The Dick Cheney School for Heartless Bastards

Contraception Is Not Abortion, but the Right-Wing Has a Plan to Convince You Otherwise

Why big spending on political campaigns makes racial inequality worse

US Delays Release Of Study on 1953 Iran Coup

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill
Immigration officials are opening new lockups for moms and kids seeking refuge from violent homelands. So much for compassion.

Obama Praises LeBron James for Wearing "I Can't Breathe" Protest Shirt

Indiana Church That Fired Gay Employee to Close After Falling Attendance
First United Methodist Church is shutting down following the forced resignation of its gay choir director.

Why Police Unions Are Lashing Out Against Cop Critics Like Never Before

Murder of LGBTQ Activist Renews Venezuela’s Human Rights Debate

EPA Expected to Issue New Regulations for the Disposal of Coal Ash
Friday’s announcement will provide the first controls for the handling and storage of the toxic waste left behind at coal-burning power plants

Fracking Ban in New York Paves the Way for Other States
-- Wenonah Hauter of EcoWatch on BuzzFlash at Truthout

How Fox News Ran With Bogus Testimony Given to the Ferguson Grand Jury
Witness 40's story has unraveled. Sean Hannity used it at least 21 times to defend Darren Wilson.

Huge US Child Health Study Canceled After $1.3 Billion

Drone Strikes Counterproductive, Says Secret CIA Report

Red Love: Toward Racial, Economic and Social Justice

The Crazy US "Group Think" on Russia

Mark Morford | Miracle Pill! Eat Anything, Burn Fat, Die Miserable

Washington Governor Proposes Big, Bold Climate Plan

The People Have Spoken: This Is the Most Brazen Lie of 2014

How Smart NYS Fracktivists Beat Cuomo and Won the Fracking War

Fixing the Crowded Earth

Maya Schenwar | Declaring War on Heroin

Senator Warren Voices Concern About TPP Trade Pact With Asia

Freedom Industries Owners Indicted, Charged in West Virginia Chemical Leak

The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline

These Ubiquitous Chemicals May Be Making Us Stupid

June Storms Put Nebraska on a National List of Remarkable Weather

Jim Hightower | Thinking of Amazon Workers This Holiday Season
-- Jim Hightower on BuzzFlash at Truthout

US Plans to Sue New York Over Rikers Island Conditions

Here’s All the Plastic in the Ocean, Measured in Whales

Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea
After the five major theater chains pulled Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview, Sony killed its own movie.

Journey to US-Cuba Reconciliation Included Presidents, Popes and Spies
The negotiations to reopen US ties with Cuba took a year and a half, in nine meetings held in Canada and the Vatican.

The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year
Mandatory adoption seminars, discredited science about fetal pain, and many more highlights of anti-abortion bills coming to a statehouse near you.

This GOP Lawmaker Wants a Woman to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion
Unless it was "legitimate rape."

US Executes Fewer Prisoners, but Deaths Are More Brutal
An increase in botched executions highlight a year that had a sharp drop of state-sanctioned deaths

An Actual Positive Foreign Policy Move: US to Recognize That Cuba Exists
-- Mark Karlin, Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout

Shadowy anti-net neutrality group backed by the Koch brothers flooded FCC with comments
Form letter campaign makes it appear Americans don't support net neutrality.

Need a Lawyer? Sell Everything
The test of whether a person can afford a lawyer is often so extreme that even the most indigent of defendants may be deemed unworthy of counsel.

Five Things You Should Know About Jeb Bush's Far-Right Legacy
Jeb Bush has been responsible for enacting some of the most toxic conservative policies.

A Warren Run Would Change Everything
Warren is, essentially, a populist, and if there was one good sign from this year's midterm elections it's that Americans of all stripes, even those living in red states, support a populist agenda.

Despite Warnings of Future War, Obama to Impose New Russian Sanctions

Out of Control Fracking Well Forces Evacuations
Official said Tuesday blowout at the Ohio well remained a threat.

Gov. Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

‘God Loves Women Who Have Abortions': The Religious Abortion Advocates That History Forgot

People With Mental Illnesses Are Scapegoated as Cause of Mass Shootings
-- Bill Berkowitz for BuzzFlash at Truthout

The return of subprime lending
Loans that helped trigger 2008 economic crisis begin to make a comeback.

From Ferguson to Freedom: Institutional Racism in the US

Glenn Greenwald | US TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, but None to Their Victims

Walmart Guilty of Illegally Intimidating Workers, Judge Rules

13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

How Congress Snuck Changes to US Environmental Policy Into New Budget Bill

Obama declares waters in and near Bristol Bay, Alaska, off limits to oil and gas leasing

Where's the outrage? Congress changes savings accounts and retirement funds, and the US sleeps

Torture: Why the uniformed military balked at ‘enhanced interrogation’

Cheney Offers Tortured View of History in Defending Waterboarding

Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and The New Yorker

Abolishing the CIA
-- Robert C. Koehler for BuzzFlash at Truthout

CNN's #AskACop triggers anti-police backlash

Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland

US to start talks with Cuba to normalize relations

Not The Onion: Police-owned company sells "Breathe Easy Don't Break The Law" shirts in response to popular "I Can't Breathe" shirts

Building a Better Border Means Relating to Communities

Whistleblower Suit Alleges For-Profit College Tricked Veterans Into Debt

Germany: Criminal complaint filed against Bush era architects of torture

Peshawar attack: Taliban release images of gunmen who killed 132 innocent children as they claim massacre was justified

Wisconsinites Fight Back Against the Criminalization of Pregnant Women

Prosecute the Prosecutors: A Way to Justice in Staten Island, Ferguson and Cleveland

Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Democrats want US to side with Palestine than Israel

Free Jeffrey Sterling: As CIA Leak Trial Approaches, Whistleblower Advocates Urge DOJ to Drop Charges

Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

Horrible: Video of Torture in Afghanistan as American Soldiers Stand by and Watch

In Leak Case, Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony From New York Times Reporter James Risen

Some theaters drop 'The Interview' amid Sony hacker threats

Colleges are cutting deals with Wall Street to steer students into debit cards

EU court removes Hamas from terror blacklist