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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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“Walking While Woman” and the Fight to Stop Violent Policing of Gender Identity

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Today a coalition of local and national LGBTQ and civil rights groups will unveil proposals to serve as a “roadmap” for the Obama administration to address the criminalization of queer people and people living with HIV. There’s a good chance the DOJ is ready to take note.

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Samantha Sarra, Truthout: The self-sacrificing courage and commitment shown by Sister Rachele Fassera, who followed and faced up to child kidnappers in Uganda, is the stand we all must take in the face of continued violence to, and abductions of, women and girls around the world.

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Just What Is Net Neutrality, and Why All the Fuss?

Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company: So far, the internet has remained mostly free without explicit neutrality regulations. But some ISPs want to charge a premium to provide content providers a fast-lane on the electronic highway. This has many worried that change could spell the end of an open, fair internet.

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Realistic Solution to End Voter Lines and Intimidation

Dina Rasor, Truthout: This has not been a good decade for voting rights. It seems like each state with a Republican governor and legislature has raced to see how difficult they can make it for people of color and poor people to vote. Vote-by-mail may be one route to ease voting difficulties.

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Occupy Wall Street on Trial: Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces Up to Seven Years

Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: An Occupy Wall Street activist has been found guilty of assaulting a New York City police officer in a trial that critics say should have been about the police assaulting her.

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Ellen Brown | Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street: Why Jerry Brown’s Rainy Day Fund Is a Bad Idea

Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog: There is no need to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street’s malfeasance. Californians can have their cake and eat it too – with a state-owned bank.

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After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Officials Keep Their Email in the Shadows

Justin Elliott, ProPublica: Aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are sending emails from private accounts to conduct official business to skirt transparency laws.

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The War on Voting Comes Home

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Republicans say their voter ID laws protect against “voter fraud,” but really they’re only there for one reason and one reason alone: to keep people – mostly minorities and other Democratic-leaning groups – away from the polls.

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Paul Krugman | Just Blame the Naysayers

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: In a recent editorial, former central banker Jürgen Stark asserts if inadequate action from the European Central Bank leads Europe into a Japan-style lost decade or two, it’s the fault of all those critics who warned that this might happen. Krugman dissects his argument.

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Fans Move to Buy LA Clippers After Owner Is Banned From NBA

Christopher Zumski Finke, Yes! Magazine: After NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape in a racist rant, two fans have decided that the people of LA should own the team. They have started organizing fans to raise money for the purchase and make the Clippers a nonprofit organization.

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Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Julia Angwin, ProPublica: Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying. We don’t know for sure how successful the spy agency has been breaking encryption, but security experts still recommend using these techniques.

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Republicans Didn’t “Benghazi” Ronald Reagan Over Hundreds of GI Deaths in Lebanon

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It is regrettable that four US personnel died in the 2012 Benghazi attack. However, the GOP obsession about the incident has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with the loss of lives.

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Taxpayers to Keep on Paying for Lawmakers’ Cars

Read the Article at The Washington Post

More Cops Have Died From 9/11-Related Illnesses Than on the Scene at Ground Zero

Read the Article at RT News

Pennsylvania College Gets an “F” for Selling Out to Fracking

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Student-Led Climate Victory: Stanford University to Purge $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

Read the Article at The New York Times

Putin’s Latest Law Forces Russian Bloggers to Register With the Government

Read the Article at Mashable

Report: Drug Cocktail in US Executions Banned From Use on Animals

Read the Article at The Guardian

Citgo’s Corpus Christi Environmental Crimes: Too Big to Punish

Read the Article at the Texas Observer

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