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Truthout Daily Digest | Monday, 5 January 2015

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Henry A. Giroux | Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: Austerity measures under neoliberal governments represent the undercurrent of a new form of authoritarianism that has no allegiances except to power and capital. Still, hope can mobilize people to think beyond the neoliberal austerity machine and advance forms of egalitarian community and a living, radical democracy.

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Dean Baker | Does the University of Michigan’s New Football Coach Need Food Stamps?

Dean Baker, Truthout: Jim Harbaugh is leaving the San Francisco 49ers to become head football coach at the University of Michigan. Reportedly, his salary will be $7 million for the first year. If that doesn’t sound like the income of a food stamp beneficiary, you better look more closely.

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New York City Activists Mobilize for Right to Counsel in Eviction

Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Activists and legal groups are mobilizing in support of Intro 214, legislation that will make New York the first place in the United States to provide free legal representation to indigent and low-income tenants facing eviction.

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When the Teenager Is the Breadwinner

Yana Kunichoff, In These Times: Iris Sebastian’s parents, Luis and Josefa, have long played a precarious financial balancing game. Luis had long suffered from diabetes, and fluid retention in his legs made it increasingly difficult to work on his feet all day. Iris, an 18-year-old high school junior, felt it was her responsibility to keep the family afloat.

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Maryland Governor Ends Death Penalty Immediately

Kevin Mathews, Care2: In an ironic twist, Maryland has killed the death penalty a little sooner than anticipated. Just two years ago, state legislators decided to put an end to the controversial form of punishment. However, that still left four death-row inmates lingering in a strange legal limbo.

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How Outraged Is the Obama Administration About Torture?

Julio Sharp-Wasserman, Truthout: Since the Bush era, there has been no fundamental change in the policy of torturing for intelligence in the face of imminent threats. Suspects have merely been tortured in different locations and through a slightly altered bureaucratic process.

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The Republicans Didn’t Really Win the Senate

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: According to FairVote, the 44 Democratic Senators and their two independent allies received 67.8 million votes over the course of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections. The 54 Republican Senators, on the other hand, received only 47.1 million votes during that same time period.

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Joseph Stiglitz: Economics Has to Come to Terms With Wealth and Income Inequality

Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking: In this interview, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explores the themes of his paper on distribution of income, the work of Thomas Piketty and the need for the field of economics to come to terms with the growing gulf between haves and have-nots.

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Something That Changed My Perspective: Karl Polanyi’sThe Great Transformation

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: “Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation is listed in one economics book as one of the four most important economics books in history. They are probably right. Unlike my 2008 examples, The Great Transformation focuses on the tension between economic ‘progress’ and its often-negative social impact.”

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Panama Canal Rival: Work Starts in Nicaragua Amid Fears Over Environment and Role of China

Maya Collombon, The Conversation: Work has begun on a new canal route in the Panama region, in what is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects of our time. The Interoceanic Grand Canal of Nicaragua will take five years to build over some 278 miles, traversing several major rivers and Lake Nicaragua.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Half of US States Have a Minimum Wage Higher Than Minimum, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: As of January 1, 2015, more than half of all the states in our nation now have a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum; home health workers should have gotten a raise this month, but US District Court Judge Richard Leon made sure that didn’t happen; there’s an easy way that President Obama can help us stick it to the 1%; and more.

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Richard D. Wolff | Economic Update: Economics of Denial

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This week’s episode provides updates on Apple, French socialism, the Greek election, Vermont dropping single-payer health care, oil and Russia, as well as the latest National Labor Relations Board rulings. We also discuss welfare economics, meritocracy and what 5 percent GDP growth means for this country – without the hype..

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BuzzFlash

“What Would Jesus Do?” Organization Defies City to Feed the Homeless

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout:Unfortunately, the last days of 2014 indicate that the war against the homeless will continue into 2015.

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St. Louis County Grand Juror Challenges Lifetime Gag Order, Sues Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

Read the Article at St. Louis Public Radio

Cheating the School Kids: Corporations Don’t Pay Their State Taxes, Either

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Republicans Say They’ll Act Fast to Push Agenda

Read the Article at The New York Times

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sets Sights on Payday Loans

Read the Article at Reuters

That College Football Coaches Are Paid Millions of Dollars Is an Insult to Laborers

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Can’t Pay Your Fines? Your Driver’s License Could Be Taken

Read the Article at NPR

How Inequality Made These Western Countries Poorer

Read the Article at The Washington Post

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