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Truthout Daily Digest November 12, 2013

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Buoyed by Protests, Obama Embraces $10 Minimum Wage

Peter Dreier, Truthout: President Obama has been pushed to up the ante on the minimum wage by strong popular support across the country for increases – and for the equity of allowing workers to share in the gains their increased productivity has won.

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Work Should Adapt to Mothers: Human Shapes Don’t Fit Inhuman Holes

Taliesin Nyala, Truthout: All the arguments over working mothers seem to miss a critical question: Why are we scrambling to figure out how to bend ourselves into the right shape to fit into a business culture that is inherently flawed?

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Ladydrawers – Zoned: The Mysterious “Foreign” Outposts Inside the US

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout: New Ladydrawer Melissa Mendes draws the latest installment of our yearlong look at international gender and labor issues, which examines the wacky world of Foreign-Trade Zones and the labor problems they foster. Despite their rampant growth in recent years, few know they exist.

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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence: A World Without Privacy

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake.

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“Unimaginable” Devastation as Philippines Hit With One of Worst Storms in History

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: More than 10,000 people are feared dead in the central Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Nearly 1,000 people are confirmed dead so far, but the toll is expected to rise. More than 600,000 people have been displaced, and many still have no access to food, water or medicine.

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Chris Hedges | The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: Jeremy Hammond sat in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last week in a small room reserved for visits from attorneys. He spoke with the intensity and clarity one would expect from one of the nation’s most important political prisoners.

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Public Banking in Costa Rica: A Remarkable, Little-Known Model

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt Blog: In Costa Rica, publicly owned banks have been available for so long and work so well that people take for granted that any country knows how to run an economy with a public banking option.

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Paul Krugman | Who’s Afraid of China?

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The Chinese wouldn’t hurt us if they dumped our bonds – in fact, it probably would be good for the United States. But, you say, wouldn’t that send interest rates up and depress the American economy?

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Freedom of Speech in the Digital Age

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: In honor of the 10th anniversary of Free Press, Michael Winship sat down with journalist and author Craig Aaron, who in 2011 became the organization’s president and CEO. You can listen to their audio conversation, read the full transcript or skim the highlights.

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US Higher Education: The New “Treasure Island” for Investors

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: Education “reform” is threatening to gut and loot US universities, replacing the “idea of the university” with “value” for money.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Many Americans Haven’t Heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Many Americans oppose NAFTA and other trade deals, but they haven’t even heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the Virginia election still isn’t over, and it’s now down to provisional ballots in that state’s attorney general’s race; the Senate Intelligence Committee just approved a bill requiring public disclosure of civilian drone-strike fatalities; and more.

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The Miami Dolphins Showcase Bully Solidarity

Dave Zirin, The Nation: With an organized uniformity resembling a flying picket of bully solidarity, members of the Miami Dolphins are loudly and proudly proclaiming their love for suspended teammate and alleged racist bully Richie Incognito as well as their disgust for his accuser, second-year player Jonathan Martin.

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Philippine Representative at UN Climate Talks Vows to Fast Until Action Taken on Environmental “Madness”

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: At least one diplomat is taking climate change seriously. The lead Philippine negotiator to talks in Poland will fast until real efforts are made to save the Earth from catastrophe.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Populist Insurgency Enters Next Phase

Read the Article at Salon

Charles P. Pierce | The Fukushima Crisis Comes to the States

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Joe Conason | Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly “Pro-Life”?

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Twice Betrayed, Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma Face Discrimination at the VA

Read the Article at The Nation

Robert Scheer | The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

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Concerns Grow Over Pace of Aid to Victims in Philippines

Read the Article at The New York Times

House Dems Can Block GOP Food Stamp Cuts by Killing the Farm Bill

Read the Article at Mother Jones

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