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Truthout Daily Digest February 26, 2014

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Lofgren, Giroux, Cole, Bacevich, Wu, Bogosian and Brian: The “Deep State” – How Much Does It Explain?

Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company: Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process.” But have you heard of the “Deep State”?

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Spying on Activists: New Document Shows Army Targeted Olympia Anarchists, War Protesters

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: According to documents, a criminal intelligence analyst on the Army payroll infiltrated the anti-war activists in Olympia to gather intelligence, which he shared with police departments, the FBI and a fusion center in Washington. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Army and law enforcement agencies can be sued for damages.

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Richard Wolff: Enterprise Structure Is Key to the Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Richard Wolff talks about “The Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future,” his entry in the new anthology Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, and his conviction that making the transition from capitalism to socialism requires a deliberate critique of capitalist workplace organization.

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Thailand and Shinawatra: Errors, Omissions From the Left

Michael Pirsch, Truthout: People in the Western world are being fed lie upon lie, omission upon omission – including from alternative and left media – about the demonstrations in Thailand. The reasons for the protests are being inaccurately reduced to defending the “Bangkok elite” from poor northeastern farmers.

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Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas

Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer, The Center for Public Integrity: Oil money is so thoroughly ingrained in the Texas culture and economy that there is little interest in or sympathy for those who have become collateral damage in the drive for riches. This in-depth report looks at the effects of drilling in Eagle Ford Shale.

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Zen Over Zinn: Avoiding Unpleasant Truths With David Brooks

Steve Breyman, Truthout: The New York Times columnist David Brooks is a pseudo-intellectual, soft right, victim-blaming reality dodger. His latest target? The American “precariat.” Let’s cut through Brooks’ truth avoidance about the death for many Americans of the American Dream.

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The Mainstream Media’s Criminal Climate Coverage

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The mainstream media is failing us when it comes to covering the story of the century – made climate change. And there’s no better example of this failure than the decline of climate coverage at Reuters since that news organization hired Paul Ingrassia as deputy editor-in-chief.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: New Film Refutes Jobs, Security, Gas Price, Tax, Safety and Climate Claims

By Staff, Center for Media Democracy: The Center for Media and Democracy released a new short film, Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, and major investigative report debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline as the State Department solicits comments from the public on its controversial environmental impact assessment.

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Incremental Raises to Minimum Wage Will Not Increase Unemployment

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: A recent Congressional Budget Office report claims that up to half a million jobs could be lost because of a minimum-wage increase, but its claims are based on weak analysis and ignores the potential gains for workers’ standard of living.

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Swiss Banking Giant Helped US 1% Evade Taxes on Billions of Dollars, but Justice Department Hasn’t Prosecuted

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Big banks who help defraud the US Treasury are not a Department of Justice prosecution priority, according to a new Senate report. That’s exactly what Credit Suisse bank did without criminal repercussions, the analysis charges.

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If Money Is Speech, Chevron Just Bought a Megaphone

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Supreme Court Could Soon Open the Floodgates for More Anti-Gay Laws

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Prosecution in Terrorism Case Relied Partly on Surveillance Done Without a Warrant

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Putin Puts Troops in Western Russia on Alert in Military Drill

Read the Article at Reuters

The Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba: The Mayor Who Brought an Economic Democracy Vision to Mississippi

Read the Article at The Nation

Hillary Clinton Revs Up the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Not a Threat, but Threatened: On the Second Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death, Can Young Black Men Feel Safe?

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

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