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Truthout Daily Digest December 14, 2013

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Thom Hartmann | Are Economic Royalists Leading the US Over a Precipice?

Thom Hartmann, Truthout/Twelve: Was the near meltdown of our economy at the end of the Bush administration just a prelude to a more crushing collapse? Thom Hartmann says yes! Read an excerpt from his new book The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America – and What We Can Do to Stop It.

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The Pension-Busters’ Playbook

Katherine Sciacchitano, Dollars & Sense: The methodology for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s calculations takes a page from the playbook of conservatives who argue that public-sector defined-benefit pensions across the country are underfunded and should be eliminated, what one union official calls “the pension-busters’ playbook.”

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Eyewitness to America Betraying Mandela’s South Africa: The Gore-Mbeki Commission

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Truthout: As a high level US Official, Coleman-Adebayo witnessed the dawn of the Nelson Mandela government and US back door complicity with old guard Afrikaner political officials. The author blew the whistle on EPA and won the largest lawsuit in history against the agency.

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Powers Confronts Power and History in New Book

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Nicholas Powers’ book The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street takes the reader on an intense journey through the hot spots of inequity and iniquity in the first decade of this century.

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Did ALEC Found SPN? 1991 Report Suggests So, Exposes SPN Agenda

Rebekah Wilce, PR Watch: The Madison Group, the predecessor to the State Policy Network was ”launched by ALEC … and housed in the Chicago-based Heartland Institute,” says a 1991 report.

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The Transformation of America’s Energy Economy

Bob Massie, WBUR: By voting to break away from a corporate utility and form its own municipal power company, Boulder, Colorado is leading a national shift towards local control and renewable energy.

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Conservatives and Progressives Agree: Congress Should Not Cut Unemployment Benefits

Nell Abernathy, Next New Deal: Extending unemployment insurance is not a partisan issue. The government providing a helping hand to those who most need it has not, historically, been a partisan issue. This is not about left and right. It is about pragmatic versus extremist.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The State of Connecticut Says You Have a Right to Know What’s in Your Food, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: A US District Court judge has set a date for the trial on North Carolina’s new voting laws, and hasn’t yet issued an injunction to block these laws until the case is decided; the House of Representatives voted 332 to 94 to approve the Murray-Ryan budget deal; the state of Connecticut says you have a right to know what’s in your food; and more.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Mulhall v. Unite Here, Giving Labor a Lucky Escape

Moshe Z. Marvit, In These Times: Unions dodged a bullet when the Supreme Court took the unusual step of dismissing the strange and possibly disastrous case of Mulhall v. Unite Here Local 355 as “improvidently granted.”

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Is Anyone Happy With the New Congressional Budget Deal?

Robin Marty, Care2: It seems as though our last government shutdown is barely in the rearview mirror, yet already another round of budget talks has the federal government once more on the verge. The question is, will the new deal get through the chambers?

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A Year of Painful, Daily Reminders in Newtown

Read the Article at the New York Times

Our Sick Gun Fetish Is Destroying Us: Tea Party Fantasies Kill Kids

Read the Article at Salon

Nelson Mandela’s Remains Reach His Childhood Home in Qunu

Read the Article at CNN

White House to Preserve Controversial Policy on NSA, Cyber Command Leadership

Read the Article at the Washington Post

Chris Christie Denies Political Payback in Bridge Controversy as Top Appointee Resigns

Read the Article at Huffington Post

Obama After Sandy Hook: We Must Change

Read the Article at McClatchy

One Student Critically Injured in Colorado School Shooting, Gunman Dead

Read the Article at RT News

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