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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, May 5, 2014

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Let Them Eat 1.6 Percent

Danny Katch, Truthout: Media gasps over New York City workers’ retroactive pay is one episode in the longer game of the rich contributing less in personal and corporate taxes, resulting in government workers being told there is no money while the 1% flaunts its wealth all around them.

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Chris Hedges | Capitalism, Not Government Is the Problem

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “The Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the military to seize US citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era.”

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The World Has Nothing to Fear From the US Losing Power

Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian: In the 18th century, those who opposed democratic revolutions like that of the United States had dystopian visions of governance without monarchy. Now, our foreign policy establishment cannot imagine a multipolar world where the United States and its allies must negotiate more and give orders less often.

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The United States Military Junta

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Our military, thanks to the wording of the National Defense Authorization Act, now has the power to label us terrorists, capture us, lock us up in jail and hold us there without any regard for our constitutional rights to due process or to a fair trial.

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Ukraine Government Says It Has “Lost Control” in Eastern Ukraine as Pro-Autonomy Upsurge Deepens

Roger Annis, Truthout: Pro-autonomy votes in Ukraine will likely have damaging economic consequences for the people in the short term. But those couldn’t be worse than what European austerity programs have to offer. As people throughout Eastern Europe and Russia take inspiration from Ukraine, a new kind of destiny will take shape.

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Dean Baker | The New York Times Turns Paul Krugman Into His Opposite

Dean Baker, Truthout: By hosting columnists like Paul Krugman, The New York Times has helped to inform millions of readers on how the economy works. However, its writers and editors are subject to the same prejudices on issues involving deficits and debt as anyone else.

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Ecuador’s Digital Agenda: Bridging the Digital Divide and Laying the Foundations for a Knowledge Economy

Nate Singham, Truthout: Certain sectors of the Ecuadoran government would like to become less dependent on natural resource extraction as a source of economic growth and instead seek to create a digital- and knowledge-based economy.

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Can Net Neutrality Ensure Social Justice for All?

Daphne Holmes, Truthout: While social justice for all may seem like an unattainable ideal, it is still worth fighting for. Preserving net neutrality may be our last best hope for advancing the cause of global social justice.

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Church and State in America: A Brief Primer

Ira Chernus, History News Network: The Supreme Court has ruled that Greece, New York, can open its town meetings with a prayer, even though nearly all choices in prayers have contained distinctively Christian language. No doubt advocates and critics of the opinion are scouring the history of the United States, looking for proof that their views are correct.

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Despite Local “No” Votes, Teamsters International Declares UPS Contract Ratified

Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes: The largest private-sector union contract in the United States had been in limbo since last summer, as UPS workers around the country voted down their local supplements, sometimes more than once. Now the five-year contract is ratified – by fiat of the Teamsters International.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Big Oil Is Putting Money Behind the NRA, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Tornado season is off to a late, but deadly start this year in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma; Big Oil has figured out where the real power is in the Republican Party, and they’re putting big money behind the NRA; the Supreme Court actually stands up for our environment; and more.

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A Chief Justice in Alabama Won’t Tolerate Non-Christian Lifestyles

Kevin Mathews, Care2: A video shows Roy Moore, Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, declaring the Christian faith the one true religion, while simultaneously belittling other faiths – and secular law. How can a man who admittedly puts his faith above the nation’s laws be expected to interpret the law correctly?

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US Government Should Not Allow Civilians to Buy Machine Guns, Silencers and Grenades

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Did you know that there are about 500,000 machine guns registered to civilians in the United States? Yes, there is a machine gun loophole.

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Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes

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The Men Who Poisoned Charleston’s Drinking Water Now Have a “New” Business

Read the Article at Grist

Occupy Protester Cecily McMillan Found Guilty of Felony Assault, Faces Up to Seven Years in Prison; NYPD Goes Free

Read the Article at The Guardian

Leaked Documents Show How a Wall Street Giant Is Guaranteed Huge Fees From Taxpayers on Risky Pension Investments

Read the Article at PandoDaily

Beyond Donald Sterling, the Nation Faces a Larger Battle With Embedded Racism

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Private Documents Reveal How Big Restaurant Lobby Monitors Fast-Food Protests

Read the Article at Salon

Youths Sue US Government Over Climate Inaction

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

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