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Truthout Daily Digest December 7, 2013

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Global Trade Deal Condemned by Anti-Poverty Groups

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Little-Known Agency Proves That Some Bankers Aren’t Too Big to Jail

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Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet

Read the Article at Wired

Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Lift a Family of Three Above the Poverty Line

Read the Article at the Economic Policy Institute

Worst-Case Scenario for Oil Sands Industry Has Come to Life, Leaked Document Shows

Read the Article at Inside Climate News

Americans Locked Up Abroad: Who They Are, What They Did

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Listen Up, Budget Cutters: Austerity Can Lead to Blood on the Streets, Even in America

Read the Article at AlterNet

Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think

Maura Stephens, Truthout: People flock to Walmart for perceived bargains and convenience. Here are some facts that might keep them from adding their hard-earned cash to the profits of a company that’s squashing lives and worker rights worldwide.

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Bankruptcy or Bunko? The Right’s War on Detroit’s Public Pensioners

Douglas Jamiel, Truthout: The purposeful, ideologically driven assault on democratic government orchestrated by ALEC and forces in Michigan’s Statehouse has starved already-ailing Detroit of revenues. Through the emergency financial manager, they will continue to redistribute public assets to corporate pockets.

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“Do What Thou Wilt,” or Who Imagined Ted Cruz Into Existence?

Joseph Natoli, Truthout: The closer your political platform gets to allowing everyone to do as they want and at the same time pointing out and berating what’s interfering with this, the better your chances are to get elected to national office in the United States.

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Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: “Everybody In, Nobody Out”

Salvatore Aversa, Occupy Democrats: Vermont’s single-payer program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont and a slight increase in taxes.

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The People’s Sanctions

Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Foreign Policy in Focus: How Nelson Mandela and ordinary citizens from all over the world strong-armed corporations, changed US foreign policy and ended apartheid in South Africa.

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Want to Cut Food Stamp Spending? Raise the Minimum Wage

Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: Don’t cut social welfare programs for the people who need them – cut those people’s need for the programs by raising the minimum wage, argues Dave Johnson.

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Operation Enduring Occupation

Staff, Socialist Worker: A proposed deal between the US and Afghanistan to “end” the war is occupation by another name: a continuing US military presence in the region to carry out the agenda of the American empire around the globe.

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Congress’ Year-End List of Unfinished Business Likely to Remain Long

David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: This is a largely do-nothing Congress, so most of its tasks might go undone in these last days of the 2013 legislative session.

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It’s the Hypocrisy, Stupid: Fundamentalist Christian Bullies Running Amok in America’s Military

Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: We are seeing a cowardly swarm of smarmy, fundamentalist Christian organizations whining and screaming that it is now they who are the “real” victims of “Obama’s anti-Christian Defense Department.”

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2013: The Year the Prison System Changed?

Staff, National Radio Project: Years of campaigning for basic human rights for people caught up in America’s criminal justice system may finally be paying off. 2013 saw significant changes from sentencing reform, to drug policy, to how people are treated behind bars.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Refusing to Accept Defeat in Colorado Fracking Bans, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit in two cities claiming that voters violated a state law by banning fracking; workers and activists delivered a petition to the Massachusetts State House to put paid sick time before voters on the 2014 ballot; leaders around the world spoke of their admiration for Nelson Mandela’s life-long work as a political activist; and more.

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