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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Backed by Big Telecom, GOP Takes Aim at Net Neutrality and Community Broadband

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Why are members of Congress trying to derail popular efforts at the Federal Communications Commission to protect local broadband competition and establish meaningful net neutrality rules? The answer is easy: just follow the money.

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New Blueprint for US Workplace: Ellen Bravo on the Fight for Paid Family Leave

Amy Dean, Truthout: Too many Americans are going to work sick or unable to take time to care for a family member. Ellen Bravo, who has worked to organize women and men around this one policy goal for several decades, explains how we can change that.

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Israel’s Grinding Ground War in Gaza

Richard Silverstein, Truthout: For there to be a viable Palestine, Israel and the international community must recognize Hamas as a valid political interlocutor, rather than purely a terrorist organization.

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Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block

Julia Angwin, ProPublica: A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. This type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s web browser to draw a hidden image.

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Screeching to the Choir: Anti-Abortion Terrorism and Christian Fundamentalism

Douglas Jamiel, Truthout: Like a social thermostat, the virulence of the anti-abortion movement has intensified with every victory in women’s rights, its rage stoked with each instance of female empowerment and self-determination.

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Legalized Bribery Has Allowed Sheldon Adelson to Buy and Sell Politicians

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Sheldon Adelson, the same man who dropped a cool $150 million during the 2012 election cycle, is now talking about spending tens of millions more in the 2014 midterm elections. Make no mistake about it; when rich people or corporations put money into politics, it’s an investment, and they’re expecting a financial return.

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Stop Calling Soldiers “Heroes”: It Stops Us From Seeing Them as Human

Cara Hoffman, Salon: Last month the Institute of Medicine released a study showing that only half the veterans with PTSD are getting treatment for the condition. While this might seem a failure on the part of the Veterans Administration, there are likely bigger cultural issues at play.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Fewer Than 12 Percent of US Workers Belong to Unions, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Today, fewer than 12 percent of all workers belong to a labor group; since Congress can’t agree to increase the minimum wage, perhaps we should let small businesses decide; a Bush-appointed federal judge in California has declared that the death penalty in that state is unconstitutional; and more.

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Jonathan Schell | The Path to a New 1914? How the United States Chose War After 9/11

Jonathan Schell, TomDispatch: After 9/11, the Bush administration summoned into action the immense, technically revolutionized, post-Cold War US military machine, licensing military operations anywhere in the world. In the ensuing months, the aims and means of the war expanded. “Regime change” was established as a means for advancing the new policies.

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As Winds of Change Blow, South America Builds Its House With BRICS

Diana Cariboni, Inter Press Service: While this month’s summit of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) might have been off the radar of Western powers, the leaders of its five member countries launched a financial system to rival Bretton Woods institutions.

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Generational Warriors? Secure Your Wallet

Jenny Brown, Labor Notes: Those trying to drum up a war between the generations claim Social Security won’t be there for younger folks when they retire – but carefully avoid mentioning that Social Security is there for us now, supporting our parents.

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Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault on Gaza

Anton Woronczuk, The Real News Network: Vijay Prashad, the Edward Said chair at the American University of Beirut, says that without international pressure, Israel will not be held accountable for the crimes it commits against the Palestinians.

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BuzzFlash

An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind, Said Gandhi, and Israel Is Losing Its Sight in Gaza

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: There is no exclusivity to victimhood.

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Federal Appeals Courts Clash Over Obamacare Subsidies

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

“True Blood”‘s Ted Cruz Fundraiser at Bush Library Driving Wingnuts Crazy

Read the Article at Crooks and Liars

Eight Key Questions That Will Decide Control of the Senate

Read the Article at PBS Newshour

Nancy Pelosi Supports Jump Start for Middle-Class Women

Watch the Video on The Colbert Report

Twenty Million Americans Get Insurance Under Obamacare, Report Says

Read the Article at TIME

Evangelical Group Aims to Convert Children as Young as Five at Portland Parks and Pools

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

World Breaks Temperature Record for June After Hottest May

Read the Article at The Guardian

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