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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday May 8,2014

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Cecily McMillan: The Latest Butterfly on the Wheel

Joe Macaré, Truthout: The “butterfly upon a wheel” endures as a metaphor for individuals punished by the criminal justice system for political reasons. Cecily McMillan is the most recent in a long list of examples, from Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond to the NATO3 and Monica Jones.

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Elizabeth Warren: A Video History of Her Battle Against Wall Street

Staff, American Family Voices: American Family Voices (AFV) compiled a video to celebrate the publication of Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance. AFV provides highlights of Warren’s advocacy for the working people of the United States.

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Progressive Activism Seen as Key to Democratic Turnout in Midterm Elections

Sam Knight, Truthout: Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus see activism and organization as key to Democratic turnout in the midterms, but activists are looking for a politics that puts people and principles first.

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Washington’s Pivot to Ignorance: Will the State Department Torpedo Its Last Great Program?

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Given what the State Department’s Fulbright Program achieves and what it contributes to American prestige abroad, the budget cut is a terrible idea, but the scheme behind it is worse.

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With Friends Like the IMF and EU, Ukraine Doesn’t Need Enemies

Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera America: If they are fortunate enough to avoid war, Ukrainians may be in for an unpleasant economic surprise at the hands of European authorities and the IMF in the form of an austerity prescription.

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The Other NRA

Saru Jayaraman, Truthout: The powerful National Restaurant Association does all it can to assure that industry wages are kept so low that many workers rely on public assistance and that paid sick leaves – along with taxes – are avoided, making employees go hungry and customers sick.

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Oh What a Tangled Web We Freeze

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: Censorship can be accomplished in so many ways. There’s the iron-fisted, potboiler/spy-thriller Putin way. Or there’s the smarmy, ice-cold fingers-clenching, wads-of-cash-American way.

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When Corporations Get Too Big to Tax

Bob Lord, OtherWords: We may very well see the day when Uncle Sam spends more money pandering to big companies than it receives from taxing them.

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Homeless Forced From Market Street

David Krause, Truthout: San Francisco upgraded its power washing of Market Street sidewalks from twice a month to 20 times per month, a rate increasingly hard on the street’s homeless population.

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Instead of Exploiting the Newest Generation of Americans, Let’s Invest in Them

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we could spend several trillion dollars on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, why not use that kind of money to pay off all the student loan debt altogether with a debt Jubilee?

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Hazardous Cargo: Shipping Highly Flammable Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

Adam Federman, Earth Island Journal: Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are not prepared in case of an accident.

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Economic Update: Corporations, Wages and Jail

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on no growth in the US; China overtakes the US; the costs of the GM bailout; and the defeat of the bill to raise minimum wage while Hawaii raises its minimum wage. Major discussions of Pfizer’s decision to relocate to the UK; how the European Court supports Tobin (financial transactions) tax; and the stunning economics of prisons and jails in the US.

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Let’s Stand Our Ground and Stop Giving the Gun Guys a Right to Murder

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Two recent “stand your ground” cases show that the law is more about giving white gun owners the right to set up murders under the guise of protecting themselves than gun rights. The law is also a descendant of slavery and segregation, when minorities could be murdered with impunity.

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New Movement Aims to “Reset the Net” Against Mass Surveillance

Read the Article at Wired

Obama Administration Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Over Confidential Sources

Read the Article at The Progressive

The GOP’s Benghazi Show Trial

Read the Article at The Washington Post

What Is Boko Haram, and Why Do Its Members Kidnap Schoolgirls?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Cliven Bundy Standoff: Locals Want Armed Militia Out, Lawmaker Says

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Congress Is Terrible at Science – and This Should Make Us Worried

Read the Article at Slate

California City Aims to Fight Bullying by Criminalizing It

Read the Article at Reuters

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