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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 10 November 2014

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Dahr Jamail | Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park in Washington State

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: The US Navy is planning to hold its Northwest Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare training program over Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest in Washington State, despite concerns over potentially severe impacts on human health, wildlife and the environment.

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Call This Election What It Was: A Fossil Fuel Coup

Ben Ptashnik, Truthout: Let’s not hesitate to say what is obvious: This was an entirely corrupt and rigged election. The Senate takeover was a bald-faced, outright abrogation of democracy that felt and smelled like a political coup d’état.

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Dean Baker | Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts

Dean Baker, Truthout: The turn of both parties’ leadership and the centers of elite opinion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact shows the incredible contempt they have for the general public and the political process.

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Telling Their Own Stories Illuminates Life Under Israeli Occupation

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Sixteen evocative and detailed oral histories reveal the brutality of everyday life for the men, women and children living in the West Bank and Gaza inPalestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation.

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Parliament Election in Ukraine Confirms Right-Wing Government and Its Civil War Course

Roger Annis, Truthout: The recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine were another step in the country’s wealthy power brokers’ consolidation of their pro-Europe, pro-austerity economic course and related war against the rebellious population in eastern Ukraine. The elections also confirmed right extremists in power positions.

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Time to Say Goodbye to Judicial Overreach

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s time to reel in our runaway Supreme Court, and that starts by making it accountable to “We the People.” Congress should use their Article 3, Section 2 power to regulate the Supreme Court, and to make sure it stays within its boundaries.

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Performance-Based Education Budgeting Fails the Test

Ramin Farahmandpur, Truthout: Oregon’s statutes say higher education’s tasks are to deliver high-quality education, prepare students for a democratic society and contribute to the economic, cultural and civic advancement of the state. Performance or outcomes-based budgeting will not advance those goals.

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The Case for Closing Down Women’s Prisons

Patricia O’Brien, The Conversation: Women make up just 7 percent of the total prison population. This means that these women are disproportionately affected by a system designed for men. Could women’s prisons actually be eliminated in the United States, where the women’s incarceration rate has risen?

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Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agriculture Giant’s Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: In a victory for food safety advocates, Hawaii’s Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to 1. The moratorium calls for a complete suspension of GMO crops until studies prove they are safe.

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What the Midterms Mean for the Climate Movement

Kate Aronoff, Waging Nonviolence: The 2014 midterm elections weren’t all bad news for the climate movement. However, there needs to be some real talk about what the results of the November 4 elections mean for climate organizers, especially in light of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

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When Bullies Win: How Do Weary US Citizens Face the Post-Election Trauma?

Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet: After an ugly, protracted fight sucking up more money than any Senate race in the country, Republican Thom Tillis beat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan by a slim margin. A consummate bully, Tillis is the kind of man who allegedly shot paintballs at his neighbor’s barn.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Midterm Elections Most Expensive in History, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Last week’s elections were the most expensive midterms in history; the Federal Communications Commission is trying to split the baby on net neutrality; when many people in the United States wake up to cook Thanksgiving turkeys later this month, Kmart workers will be at work; and more.

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Bush Family Hijacked US and Got Away With It, Even if George W. Loves His Dad

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The Bush family’s most profound legacy is having provided the United States with a false narrative of its history, conducting wars and stealing elections.

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The Billion Dollar a Month Club: A Runaway Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Obama Urges Net Neutrality; Cruz Calls It “Obamacare for the Internet”

Read the Article at the Los Angeles Times

Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize

Read the Article at The New York Times

Pesticide Levels on Food Unknown Due to Poor Government Testing

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Obama Is Doubling Down on an ISIS War With No End in Sight – Why Does He Get a Free Pass?

Read the Article at The Guardian

Ferguson Police’s Other Sin: Why Grand Jury Must Probe Brown Shooting’s Aftermath

Read the Article at Salon

Peace as a Human Right

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