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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 5 August 2014

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Another Descent Into Hell

Richard Lichtman, Truthout: How do we develop our own opinions? How do we deal with our inability to feel the horror inflicted on others? And when we have changed, how do we change the attitudes of those in power? The small opportunities that exist must be nurtured.

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Noam Chomsky | How Many Minutes to Midnight? Hiroshima Day 2014

Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch: “It is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.”

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Palestinian-American Teen Brutalized by Israeli Police Testifies on Capitol Hill

Chip Gibbons, Truthout: Last week, Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teen beaten by Israeli police, and his mother testified at a Congressional briefing organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation entitled, “Is Israel complying with US and international laws?”

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ALEC’s Jeffersonian Project Pushes to Amend the Constitution

Jessica Mason, PRWatch: The United States could be on the verge of calling its first constitutional convention since 1787, and the American Legislative Exchange Council has been working behind the scenes to make it happen, including through its new lobbying arm, the Jeffersonian Project.

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Gareth Porter | The Real Tonkin Gulf Deception Wasn’t by Lyndon Johnson

Gareth Porter, Truthout: While many believe that the Tonkin Gulf incident was a deception by Lyndon Johnson to justify war in Vietnam, the August 4, 1964, US bombing of North Vietnam was not a maneuver by LBJ.

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Detroit Activists Herald Partial Victory as City Regains Control of the Water

Anna Lekas Miller, Waging Nonviolence: On July 28, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who has operated the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, and been responsible for turning off water for more than 15,000 Detroit residents, issued an order transferring control of the department back to the city of Detroit and recently elected Mayor Mike Duggan.

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Latest Pro-Labor Reform Proposal Might Actually Undermine Labor

Barry Eidlin, Truthout: The latest labor reform proposal to make unionizing a civil right sounds helpful, but in shoring up workers’ individual rights, it could undermine workers’ collective labor rights.

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Syria and Iraq: IS Casts a Chilling Shadow

Richard Sale, Truthout: Can the Islamic State’s military victories in Sunni regions of Syria and Iraq translate into the creation of the so-called “Islamic Caliphate” it touts? Signals are mixed.

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Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regulations Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

Heather Rogers, ProPublica: When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.

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We’re Being Robbed Every Time We Fly

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Airlines have discovered that thanks to the economic recovery, more people want to fly, so airlines have dropped the number of available seats on their planes, which all translates to higher ticket prices. The airlines are taking advantage of simple supply-and-demand economics.

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Senate Bill Preps for War With Russia

Renee Parsons, CounterPunch: If there was an antiwar movement in the United States, the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014 might be at the top of the list for defeat as a totally provocative, irrational piece of legislation that can only be viewed as paving the road for a preemptive first strike on Russia.

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Amy Goodman | Likely Solution for a Lasting Cease-Fire Was on the Table Before Israeli Assault and More Than 1,800 Dead

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Is a lasting cease-fire in Gaza possible – and on what terms? Nathan Thrall has laid out a possible plan for a ceasefire in his new article in the London Review of Books, “Hamas’s Chances.”

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BuzzFlash

Waitresses Pack Heat While Serving Gun-Toting Patrons Munching on Burgers

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Carrying a gun can now get you a discount at local restaurants around the nation. You have to bring your own bullets, of course.

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My Head Exploded When Obama Sanctimoniously Said, “We Tortured Some Folks”

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

Read the Article at Tikkun

Two DREAMers Confront GOP Rep. Steve King Over Immigration Stance

Watch the Video at YouTube

The US Could Supply All of California With Water if We Fixed Our Leaky Pipes

Read the Article at Grist

“Pro-Troop” Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

Methane Blowholes Sign of Runaway Climate Change?

Read the Article at EcoWatch

Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Setback: New Humiliation for GOP’s Scandal Hunter

Read the Article at Salon

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