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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday 24 May 2014

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Moral Robots for the Pentagon? Let’s Work on Pentagon Morality First

Dina Rasor, Truthout: While the Navy figures out how to inject human morals into the computers of future fighting robots, it’s clear the Department of Defense has major work to do instilling morals in its humans, as it is more than willing to let troops be injured or killed rather than admit and fix problems.

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Northeast Fights Back as Expanding Fracking Infrastructure Endangers Us All

Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: As an increasing number of Americans find themselves living on the frontlines of fracking, efforts to halt the spread of gas infrastructure have gripped New England.

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Federal Judge Puts US Rep. John Conyers Back on Primary Ballot

Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press: For the first time since 1964, Rep. Conyers was at risk for not being on the ballot, all due to a technicality. But on Friday a judge ruled he will be up for re-election.

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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica: Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal law enforcement agents to record all interrogations with suspects in custody. It comes at a time when the recording of interrogations has become increasingly widespread, as a means to prevent false confessions and coercion.

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What Is the New Populism?

Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future: The New Populism arises from the stark truth about today‘s United States: Too few people control too much money and power, and they’re using that control to rig the rules to protect and extend their privileges.

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Lagging Urban Transport Works Hinder World Cup Sustainability

Fabiola Ortiz, Inter Press Service: Brazil’s efforts to promote the image of an environmentally sustainable World Cup have focused on the stadiums built for the tournament. But the 12 cities where the matches will be played are in a race against time to complete urban transport projects.

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Meet the Woman Who Was Assaulted by a Cop for Taking Tylenol

Robin Marty, Care2: Standard procedure, or excessive force? That’s the question being asked in Ohio, where an officer assaulted a 35-year-old woman in a court holding area, claiming that she was violating custody rules because she took a dose of painkiller for an infected tooth. The incident was caught on tape.

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Why American Conservatives Are Suddenly Freaking Out About Guillotines

Lynn Stuart Parramore, Campaign for America’s Future: People in the United States are under attack daily. The greedy rich know it, because they are the ones doing the attacking. Somewhere behind the gates of their private communities and the roped-off areas, they fear that the aggression may one day be turned back on them.

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The Aptly Named Anne-Marie Slaughter

Steve Breyman, The Palestine Chronicle: An op-ed in which she was splitting hairs over whether the invasion of Iraq was “illegal” or “illegitimate” was a stomach-turning attempt to justify the US invasion while appearing to uphold respect for multilateralism and international law. It has come to characterize Slaughter’s career in foreign policy.

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Democrats Push to Restart CDC Funding for Gun Violence Research

Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts. Since 1996, Republicans have worked to eliminate funding for the study.

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BuzzFlash

The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

The Fake Patriotism of Fox News: What the Right Doesn’t Understand About Memorial Day

Read the Article at Salon

Study: Black College Grads Have Double the Unemployment Rate

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Thomas Frank: You Can’t Have a Center if You Don’t Have a Left

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

Colleges Are Buying Stuff They Can’t Afford and Making Students Pay For It

Read the Article at The Nation

The Ancient Roots of the 1%

Read the Article at Science Mag

Global Anti-GMO Action: People Unite Against Monsanto Dominance

Read the Article at RT

Utah Man Facing Hate Crime Charges Says Threatening Black Child Was “Just My Opinion”

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

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