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Truthout Daily Digest March 6, 2014

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William Rivers Pitt | Worse Than the Mob: The Insurance Industry Is Organized Crime

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Abandoning the concept of single-payer health care is the Original Sin of the Affordable Care Act. The insurance industry has less morality than a Mafia leg-breaker but far more power, and someone decided to keep it in charge of the process anyway.

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Danny Glover and James Counts Early | A Year After the Death of Hugo Chavez Frias

Danny Glover and James Counts Early, Truthout: A year after the death of Hugo Chávez Frías, we take time to reflect about his life, his virtues and limitations, his public promises, achievements and unfinished work. Chávez was a bold thinker, uncompromising in his goal of constructing a new, just, economically productive Venezuela.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Dallas Police 72-Hour Review Policy

Stephen Benavides, Truthout: In November 2013, a secret policy allowed Dallas police to take 72 hours to review any evidence before making an official statement. The policy was instituted in response to a police shooting report that was contradicted by a home surveillance camera.

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Profiteers Are Lining Up To Make Money Off Global Warming

McKenzie Funk, The Penguin Press: In his book Windfall: The Blooming Business of Global Warming, McKenzie Funk reports on the long line of individuals, corporations and financial investors who are betting on climate change to make a huge profit from catastrophe.

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Denton, Texas, Citizens Group Fights for Fracking Ban

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Instead of trying to get a temporary moratorium on fracking, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group plans to turn Denton into a frack-free city, making it the first in Texas to ban fracking outright.

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Hair-Trigger America

William J. Astore, Truthout: A nation that used to espouse isolationism has morphed into one poised for hair-trigger pre-emptive war, privately armed to the teeth and the leading purveyor in the global arms trade.

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The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War: How the Military Avoided Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Asked for Billions More

Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch: Despite cries of doom since sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change anytime soon.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Petroleum Politicians, Crude Money and Media Spin

Dave Saldana, PR Watch: From a purely economic standpoint, political contributions are an astonishingly good investment for oil companies. TransCanada and the American Petroleum Institute have very large bank accounts, and they’ve been willing to open their checkbooks to tell the story their way.

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President Obama Proposes 2015 Budget

Jasmine Tucker, National Priorities Project: President Obama released his sixth budget proposal, requesting $3.9 trillion in fiscal year 2015. At a time of conflict over federal spending, the president’s budget is largely a political document that shows Obama’s priorities in detail.

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Ian Haney Lopez on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López says dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests.

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Labor Anger Simmers in Cambodia

Michelle Tolson, Inter Press Service: With public gatherings banned in Cambodia and charges framed against 23 union leaders and activists, labor discontent within the garment worker sector may not be spilling onto the streets, but it is simmering.

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Economic Update: Subsidizing Corporations

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on International Women’s Day; the long-term unemployed; rich/poor cities; subsidies for the biggest corporations; Google’s hiring policies; Chrysler subsidies and Canada; the defeat of Arizona’s discrimination law; and more.

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Why Should Laboring Americans Work Hard and Play by the Rules When the Rich Don’t?

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The 1% and their bought politicians love to lecture the 99% about working hard and playing by the rules. Then how come they don’t?

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Predictable Backlash: Pentagon Now Fears Drones Being Used Against US

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Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights

Read the Article at The Nation

The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Read the Article at Truthdig

The Predatory Consensus of the “Deep State”

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

How Steve Stockman Pioneered the Uncampaign

Read the Article at Mother Jones

USDA To Allow Chickens From US to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to US for Consumption

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Four Same-Sex Couples Challenge Wyoming’s Marriage Ban

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