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Truthout Daily Digest March 20, 2014

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Living Legacy of Machismo: Rape Victim Charged for Self-Defense

Andalusia Knoll, Truthout: Alleged kidnapping and rape victim Yakiri Rubi Rubio is out on bail but could spend ten years in jail for “excess of legitimate defense” – turning her attacker’s knife back on him – in a case that reveals continuing problems of unequal justice in Mexico.

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From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers

Candice Bernd, Truthout: A hunger strike at a private GEO Group immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington, has spread to another GEO facility in Texas after President Obama called for a review of immigration-enforcement policies last week. But will private prison lobbying ensure beds at these facilities stay filled?

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The Breaking of a Power Monopoly: Community Choice?

Dina Rasor, Truthout: Pacific Gas & Electric has had a monopoly on the energy needs of the northern two-thirds of California since 1905. But a new state government entity called Community Choice Aggregation promises to turn over most conventional wisdom of who has the power.

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New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

Aaron Cantú, AlterNet: Between 2000 and 2012, the top Fortune 100 companies received $1.2 trillion from the government. That doesn’t include all the billions of dollars doled out to housing, auto and banking enterprises in 2008-2009, nor does it include ethanol subsidies to agribusiness or tax breaks for wind turbine makers.

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Fukushima Fallout: Ailing US Sailors Sue TEPCO After Exposure to Radiation 30 Times Higher Than Normal

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Three years after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, scores of US sailors and Marines are suing the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, for allegedly misleading the Navy about the level of radioactive contamination.

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Bureaucracy, Autocracy and Neoliberal Canada

Fred Guerin, Truthout: We must not only intervene, resist and oppose neoliberal governments and corporate capitalist hegemony; we must finally put an end to these death-dealing institutions.

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The Cancer Stage of Reaganomics

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The only way that the education of the common people can be attended to is by wiping out the mountains of student loan debt that 30-plus years of cancerous Reaganomics has created, and making college affordable again.

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Why Everyone Should Care About the NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslims

Saadia Faruqi, Tikkun Daily: The US District Court dismissed a long-standing case against the NYPD for its secret surveillance of Muslims in New York and New Jersey in the years after 9/11. This case sets a dangerous precedent about religious freedom and civil liberties that all Americans should worry about.

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New Study Shows Dangers of Trade Agreements That Help Corporations Sue Governments

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh, Triple Crisis: As the Obama administration negotiates new trade agreements, new rules, dubbed “investor rights” by the corporations, allow firms to sue governments over actions (including public interest regulations) that reduce the value of their investments.

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Japanese Government Squelching Efforts To Measure Fukushima Meltdown

David McNeill, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Off the record, university researchers in Japan say that even now, three years after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, they feel pressure to play down the impact of the disaster.

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Armed Angry White Males Are the New Domestic Terrorists

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III, Truthout: Today, lynch mobs have been replaced by Zimmermans and Dunns, who feel empowered by Stand Your Ground, believing that juries of their peers will exonerate them of their use of deadly force when black youths are involved.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Koch Brothers Spent More Money Than Top 10 Unions Combined, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: In the 2012 elections, the Koch brothers spent more money than the top ten unions combined; the gamblers on Wall Street raked in $26.7 billion in bonuses in 2013; there is no national law requiring employers to give people paid time off when they’re sick; and more.

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Economic Update: The System in Question

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on the GM recall; Bangladeshi women garment workers; and high-tech tax evasion. Major discussions of family income’s relation to longevity and of the definition and criticism of capitalism. Response to a listener on “spirits” guiding investors’ behavior.

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Doctor Shilled for Flame Retardant Industry, Got Paid $240,000 and Didn’t Disclose It

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: If an industry that does harm to people or the environment needs a helping hand, there is always a hired-gun expert who can be bought.

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Eleven Years Ago: The Questions the Media Didn’t Ask Before We Went to War in Iraq

Read the Article at The Nation

The Neocons Are Circling Over Ukraine Like Vultures

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

US Boycotts UN Drone Talks

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Poll: Majority Opposes Employers Opting Out of Contraception Mandate

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10,000-Gallon Pipeline Spill in Southwest Ohio Near River, Nature Preserve

Read the Article at Reuters

The Real Rand Paul-Ted Cruz Battle Is Only Just Beginning

Read the Article at National Journal

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