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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 1 August 2014

Big Players Promote Water Privatization

Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Americans used to take water for granted, but the water shutoff in Detroit has taught us all important lessons. The private sector is willing to be ruthless in denying access to the most basic needs.

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Rent or Tuition? The Growing Student Dilemma

Chris Wegemer, Truthout: Increasingly, economic pressures are forcing some to choose between paying for rent or tuition. But homeless college students remain overlooked – and no reliable nationwide data exists.

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Fighting Bad Science in the Senate

Andrea Lynn, Next New Deal: The Senate hearing for the Women’s Health Protection Act shows just how important it is for women’s health advocates to push for the facts.

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Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar

Nick Surgey, PRWatch: Although ALEC recently proclaimed it was being falsely portrayed as “anti-clean energy,” recent revelations confirm that the group continues to pursue a polluters’ wish list.

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Anti-Politics and the 1%

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: There are two opposite forms of anti-politics, one striving toward a technocracy controlled by oligarchies and corporations, and one striving toward a radical democratization of society.

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Labor and the BDS Movement: Two Perspectives

Andrew Ross and Jo-Ann Mort, New Labor Forum: For too long, the debate about how best to oppose the occupation of Palestine has been clouded, often intentionally, by strenuous deliberations over tactics. Trade unions are no strangers to these contests. Two activists debate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

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Report Criticizes EPA Oversight of Injection Wells

Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica: A new congressional report says the EPA failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste deep underground.

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Antiwar Protests Spreading in Ukraine as Government Wages All-Out War in the Southeast and NATO Threatens Russia

Roger Annis, Rabble: A rising wave of antiwar and anti-conscription protest is taking place in cities and towns across western Ukraine.

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World Bank Board Declines to Revise Controversial Draft Policies

Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service: A key committee of the World Bank’s governing board spurned appeals to revise a draft policy statement that risks rolling back several decades of reforms designed to protect indigenous populations, the poor and sensitive ecosystems.

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Job Growth Slows in July

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: Wage growth slowed slightly in the last quarter to 1.8 percent, from 2.0 percent in the last year. The economy added 209,000 jobs in July, but it was a sharp slowing from its 277,000 average over the prior three months.

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Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Now Supported by Half of Senate Members

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Yes, it may be a long, arduous haul to reclaim a populist democracy for the voters, but absent such activity, the US is stuck in the rut of plutocracy.

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Do We Have a New App for the Injured and Dying Children of Gaza?

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Why the Children Fleeing Central America Will Not Stop Coming

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Charles P. Pierce | The Sad Clownhood of John Boehner

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Jon Stewart: Congress Is the “Sharknado 2” of Government

Watch the Video at The Daily Show

Paul Krugman | Knowledge Isn’t Power

Read the Article at The New York Times

The Next Epidemic

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The Feds Are Demanding That Twitter Turn Over More User Info Than Ever

Read the Article at Mother Jones