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Truthout Daily Digest December 22, 2013

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Detroit’s Dan Gilbert: Henry Ford or Henry Potter?

Douglas Jamiel, Truthout: Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert seems genuinely to want to be part of the solution for the troubled city, but his business model helped create and now perpetuates the city’s problems.

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Why Are the Franklin Center’s “Wisconsin Reporter” and “Watchdog.org” Attacking the John Doe?

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: The Franklin Center has close ties to individuals and groups that may be caught up in the ”John Doe” probe into possible campaign finance violations during Wisconsin’s 2011 and 2012 recall elections.

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Why the Right to a Fair Trial Doesn’t Really Exist for Drug Defendants

Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch released a report about how federal prosecutors force drug defendants to plead guilty. The report highlights the devastating effects of mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenses.

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How Can We Reclaim the Holiday Season From Corporations?

Frida Berrigan, Waging Nonviolence: Americans spend more than $20 billion a year on toys for kids – with most of that green leaving their pockets between now and the end of December. How can we resist all the messages – subliminal and screaming “buy, buy, buy, buy” – that come at us during the month of December?

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Michelle Alexander on Bill Moyers: Locked Out of the American Dream

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: “There are enormous victories that are being achieved precisely because the people whom we have written off and viewed as disposable are reclaiming their voice, standing up, speaking out, organizing even as they struggle to survive,” Michelle Alexander tells Bill Moyers.

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Obama Signals Changes Likely to NSA Spying

Anita Kumar, McClathy Newspapers: President Obama suggested Friday that he could make significant changes to the government’s vast surveillance programs, including the contentious mass collection of phone records, but insisted that the US needs to continue aggressive surveillance.

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Iran Sanctions Bill Big Test of Israel Lobby Power

Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service: This week’s introduction by a bipartisan group of 26 senators of a new sanctions bill against Iran could result in the biggest test of the political clout of the Israel lobby here in decades.

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The Growth of Catholic Hospitals, by the Numbers

Nina Martin, ProPublica: The past few years have been a period of unprecedented turmoil for the hospital industry. Now, a new report confirms that Catholic hospitals are emerging as one of the few clear winners – and adds to a growing chorus of warnings about how church doctrine could affect women’s reproductive health care.

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Letter From Cairo: Arab Winter and Revolutionary Regrets

Andrew Lam, New American Media: It’s a phrase you hear often in Egypt. “Before the revolution,” locals say, things were bad but manageable. Before the revolution, everyone hated the same regime. After the revolution, hope has turned to fragmentation and fear. And tourism – once a mainstay of the economy – has slowed to a trickle.

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Taking Direct Action Against Israel’s Racist Marriage Law

Patrick O. Strickland, The Electronic Intifada: Activists have launched a new campaign to challenge Israeli laws which prevent many Palestinians from marrying each other. Launched in March this year, the campaign is called “Love in a Time of Apartheid.”

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Trade Advantage Replaced by Rent Extraction

Michael Hudson, Michael Hudson’s Blog: Michael Hudson was interviewed on the Renegade Economists radio/podcast entitledCrony Competition on the Road to Unearned Income. He gives a wrap on the economics of 2013 and discusses Detroit, Iceland, Madoff, Marx and Blackstone Capital.

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This week on SpeakOut:

Joseph Natoli pokes fun at our overwhelming sense of entitlement; Bruno Giuliani shares Tunisian rapper Weld El’s last words before going to jail; Lambert Strether reports a conversation with Bernie Sanders about hearings on his single payer bill; James Zogby compares and contrasts Nelson Mandela and Yasir Arafat; Jimmy Franco Sr. sheds a light on bilingual education in America; and more.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Budget Again Favors the Right Wing, as Pentagon Benefits While People Suffer

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

When the Right to Bear Arms Includes the Mentally Ill

Read the Article at the New York Times

2014 Looks More Optimistic for Gitmo Than 2013

Read the Article at RT

Judge Grants Injunction in Oklahoma Birth Control Lawsuit

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

How to Beat GOP on Inequality: Key Reforms That Don’t Involve Congress

Read the Article at Salon

Feinstein to Obama: Move Without Congress on GMOs

Read the Article at The Hill

Chauffeurs to the Political Establishment Say They’ve Been Taken for a Ride

Read the Article at The Huffington Post

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