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Truthout Daily Digest December 12, 2013

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William Rivers Pitt | Here Lies America: Shot to Death

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: If a pill or a car or anything else was killing as many children a year as guns, there would be a national panic and a recall and bipartisan legislation in Congress to make sure it never happens again.

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TransCanada Begins Injecting Oil Into Southern Leg of Keystone XL Despite Reported Anomalies

Candice Bernd, Truthout: TransCanada has begun its initial start-up process on the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline despite hundreds of reported anomalies in the pipe. Grassroots activists are calling on regulators to halt the start of commercial operations.

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As It Turns Out, There Still Is a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: The Many Friends of ALEC

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Even if ALEC were to disappear tomorrow, its agenda still would be propelled by a variety of institutional allies, including the Reason Foundation, the State Policy Network and a variety of think tanks.

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Actually Existing Capitalism: Wrecking Societies for the Benefit of Big Capital and the Super-Rich

CJ Polychroniou, Truthout: Evidence suggests that capitalism has become wholly predatory and has given up all pretense of being “socially responsible.”

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Bill Moyers | The Great American Class War: Plutocracy vs. Democracy

Bill Moyers, TomDispatch: There is nothing idealized or romantic about the difference between a society whose arrangements roughly serve all its citizens (something otherwise known as social justice) and one whose institutions have been converted into a stupendous fraud.

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John Pilger | Mandela’s Greatness May Be Assured, but Not His Legacy

John Pilger, Truthout: John Pilger recalls an interview with Nelson Mandela in the 1990s, painting a portrait of a leader whose African National Congress had been in struggle and exile for so long, they were willing to collude with forces that had been the people’s enemy.

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How Do You Destroy a Presidency?

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: What do you do if you want to make sure a president goes down badly in history and that his or her legacy is one of failure? Of course, the easiest thing to do is to blow up the economy.

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The Backroom Deal That Could’ve Given Us Single-Payer

Enrique Diaz-Alvarez, Jacobin Magazine: It’s not so much that Obama “sold us out” to a powerful constituency, but that he picked the wrong powerful constituency. A quick look at the financial details reveals that health insurance nationalization was always the real “path of least resistance.”

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Paul Krugman | What Europe Needs Now Is Moderate Inflation

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Europe’s inflation problem: it’s too low. Moderate inflation is actually a good thing for modern economies.

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Jim Hightower | This Thriller Is Both a Joke and No Laughing Matter

Jim Hightower, OtherWords: NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander says he thinks it’s OK for the government to spy on us, but he wants to deny the media the freedom to report on Big Brother’s surveillance.

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Social Justice Groups Demand Congress Slash Military Budget, Spend Money on People, Peace, Planet

Anne Meador, DC Media Group: A social justice coalition called on the Congressional Budgetary Committee to pass a budget resolution that redirects military spending to domestic needs.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: America’s Pensions Are Under Attack, and More

In today’s On the News segment: Politicians, corporations and even our courts are all chipping away at retirement benefits and promised health care that workers paid into throughout their careers; Republicans in the US Senate stayed up all night to delay a vote on a federal appeals court judge; millennials could be the next great generation; and more.

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Economic Update: Struggles Over the Welfare State

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on the tentative budget deal in Congress, psychiatrists refusing insurance and austerity’s terrible toll on Ireland. Interview with Yale history professor Jennifer Klein on rise, fall and possible rise again of the US welfare state and organized labor. Response to questions on possibilities of a worker take-over of Boeing in Seattle.

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The School Shootings You Didn’t Hear About – One Every Two Weeks Since Newtown

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Rachel Maddow | How George W. Bush Failed the GOP

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Nuclear Disarmament: Beyond Iran

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

No, the Budget Deal Isn’t a “Compromise”

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Mark Morford | Obama and the Harsh Reality Check

Read the Article at The San Francisco Chronicle

Michigan Puts Restrictions on Abortion Insurance

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Soothing Words on “Too Big to Fail,” but With Little Meaning

Read the Article at The New York Times

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