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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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The New Face of US Health Care: $1,000 per Pill

Peter S. Arno and Michael H. Davis, Truthout: Federal law says that drugs like Sovaldi, the hepatitis C drug priced at $1,000 per pill, are subject to price regulation – but that regulation isn’t taking place. It is time for the government to defend our right to affordable health care.

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Marjorie Cohn on Drone Warfare: Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Law professor, writer and social critic Marjorie Cohn discusses the just-published book she edited, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

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The Price of Private Prison

Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: Private prison corporations use their massive profits to lobby for legislation that expands incarceration. Because they’re profit driven, companies outsource prison services, like health care and food, to for-profit contractors, so every basic need is an opportunity to cut corners and make a buck.

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Jimmy John’s Foreshadows a Union-Free Future – and Unions May Be to Blame

William C. Anderson, Truthout: Jimmy John’s is facing a one-of-a-kind lawsuit over its noncompete agreements for employees. The attacks faced by Jimmy John’s workers illustrate a much larger problem: a weakened labor movement.

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Spanish Government Strips Away Protesting Rights

Kevin Mathews, Care2: Spain is showing signs of fascism with its new anti-protest legislation, nicknamed the “gag law.” Last week, the country’s lower parliament approved the law. If it is implemented, peaceful protests could be shut down if police fear they will “turn disorderly.”

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NYPD Police Union Accuses Mayor, Protesters of Being Responsible for Cops’ Murder

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: New York City is grappling with the aftermath of the first targeted killings of police officers in years. The head of the city’s biggest police union has faulted the recent anti-police brutality protests and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has expressed sympathy for the movement’s concerns.

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The United States Is Committing Brutal Acts of Torture Right Now

Nafeez Ahmed, AlterNet: The grisly details of CIA torture have finally been at least partly aired. But much of the media coverage of this issue is missing the crucial bigger picture: the rehabilitation of torture under the Obama administration, and its systematic use to manufacture false intelligence to justify endless war.

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Fracking Permit Issued in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources issued a drilling permit for Helis Oil and Gas, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its ambition to frack in St. Tammany Parish. Public outcry against fracking there was not enough to sway the state agency.

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This Moment Must Be About Black-Ness

Lisa Gray-Garcia, POOR Magazine: If you do not walk in a Black-identified body, this is a moment to practice humility: a value never taught in this stolen, colonizer-run world. We are all pawns in the game of non-humility – the cult of independence and the nation of separation.

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A Lump of Coal for Fossil Fuels

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: The fossil-fuel divestment movement got the perfect holiday gift in 2014: tumbling stocks. Founded only two years ago by experts and students fed up with the glacial pace of climate action, the global divestment effort is already liquidating more than $50 billion of oil, gas and coal assets.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Most Americans Don’t Realize How Climate Change Impacts Health, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Most Americans don’t realize the ways that climate change impacts their personal health; scientists recently figured out why animals’ appearances change along with their temperament; the world’s oceans are virtually overflowing with plastic; and more.

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BuzzFlash

Irony of Christmas: Obama Is Santa Claus to the Rich, and They Call Him Marxist

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The plutocrats should be hailing Obama as Santa for the oligarchy, instead of portraying him as some sort of cross between Lenin and the Antichrist.

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Charles P. Pierce: The CIA and NYPD’s Perilous Insubordination in Our Democracy

Read the Article at Esquire

Joe Conason: Ending a Cuba Policy That’s Failed for 50 Years

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Report: New Congress Dumping Budget Office Chief to Clear Way for Special GOP Math

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama … Bush? Here We Go Again

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Warming Oceans Are Bleaching Coral Reefs, Putting Ecosystems at Risk

Read the Article at Common Dreams

The GOP Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress

Read the Article at The Daily Beast

After Major Stroke, Gordie Howe’s Stem Cell Treatment Brings “Miraculous” Results

Read the Article at The Canadian Press

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