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Not Kawaii: Messages From Japanese Anti-Nuclear Activist Group Todos Somos Japon

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FBI Kept Quiet About Occupy Wall Street Assassination Plot, FOIA-Obtained Documents Show

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New NSA Slides Explain the PRISM Data-Collection Program

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Bank of America Should Be Prosecuted Instead of an Occupy Protestor Scrawling Chalk Messages on a Sidewalk

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EU Demands "Full Clarification" Over NSA Spying on European Diplomats, Warns of Severe Impact on Relations

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Not Kawaii: Messages From Japanese Anti-Nuclear Activist Group Todos Somos Japon

A.M. Gittlitz, Truthout: An anti-nuclear activist group uses imaginative means to keep the continuing consequences - including thyroid cancer and other radiation poisoning - of the Fukushima Dai Ichi nuclear meltdown in US public consciousness.

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Absentee Ownership of Corporations Is Big Problem, but Solution Is Evident

Robert A. G. Monks, Truthout: Like military drones, corporations have enormous power, insulate operators from risk and create vast external costs for society. Large institutional shareholders should call for better accountability.

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American Dies in Egypt as Country Begins Protests

Nancy A. Youssef, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Amina Ismail, McClatchy Newspapers: An American citizen was among at least four people killed in demonstrations in Egypt that ushered in what was expected to be days of civil conflict over the rule of President Mohammed Morsi.

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The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants Are Getting Crushed

Michael Grabell, ProPublica: Across America, temporary work has become a mainstay of the economy, leading to the proliferation of what researchers have begun to call "temp towns." In some lines of work, huge numbers of full-time workers have been replaced by temps.

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Yemen's "Schoolhouse Rock" vs. the "War on Terror": A Conversation With Baraa Shiban

Robert Naiman, Truthout: Robert Naiman speaks to Baraa Shiban, who works for the British human rights group Reprieve. Shiban discusses a proposal currently in Yemen's National Dialogue Conference that would prohibit drone strikes in the country.

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Food Justice: Connecting Farm to Community

Tory Field and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Just Food in New York City is nimbly doing just what its name suggests: building food justice. It makes community supported agriculture (CSAs), farmers' markets and gardens accessible and affordable in the city.

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Mass Protest, Not a Speech, Is Needed to Address Climate Change

Chris Williams, ClimateStoryTellers.org: Now is not the time to cuddle up to the Democrats, but to forge forward with resistance, protests and organization all across the country, while establishing solidarity with those in other countries fighting their own governments' corporate priorities.

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Nuclear Waste: A $1 Billion Energy Department Project Overshoots Its Budget by 600 Percent

Douglas Birch, The Center for Public Integrity: A multi-billion dollar nuclear fuel plant being built by the Energy Department in South Carolina has become an embarrassing symbol of government mismanagement, plagued by long delays, wasteful spending and construction snafus.

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Photo Essay: Mexico Celebrates World Day Against Monsanto

Andalusia Knoll, Upside Down World: In this photo essay, Andalusia Knoll captures the spirit of Mexicans protesting genetically-modified corn on international March Against Monsanto Day.

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Carey Shenkman and Patrick McCurdy discuss the growing tension against independent media since Edward Snowden's revelation; Lauren Wright interviews journalist Jeremy Scahill on his new documentary Dirty Wars; Dr. Roberto Rodriguez discusses the continuing battle against Raza Studies in Arizona and beyond; and more.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Capitalism's "One-Track Mind" for Profits

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New Bank of America Whistleblower Emerges: More Customer Abuse Secrets

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Manning Trial: Judge Rules WikiLeaks Tweets Relevant to "Aiding the Enemy" Charges

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GOP Leaders Warn Pro Sports Leagues Not to Promote Obamacare

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WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg on Stop and Frisk: Police "Disproportionately Stop Whites Too Much and Minorities Too Little"

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Military Faults Guards in Guantanamo Captive's Suicide by Overdose

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Total Surveillance: The Response to Snowden's Leak Ignores the Reality of Political Repression

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Capitalism's "One-Track Mind" for Profits

Jacinda Chan, Truthout: The policies President Obama and the US are proposing as "solutions" to poverty and the drug trade in Central America exacerbate their root causes.

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Egypt Braces for Millions to Retake the Streets in Protests

Manar Ammar, Occupy.com: Millions of people are expected to take to the streets across Egypt this weekend in a revival of the 2011 revolutionary spirit that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. The protests are spurred by a petition to remove President Morsi from power and hold early elections.

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Film Gimme the Loot Pays Homage to the Graf Writers Who Risk It All

Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Truthout: Gimme the Loot is a smart film which glorifies the artists who risk everything to share their work, for free, in the public realm, challenging street art's own glass ceiling along the way.

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From the Philippines to the NSA: 111 Years of the US Surveillance State

Mike Morey, Occupy.com: The surveillance state has expanded massively over the last decade, but the techniques for keeping tabs on American citizens and suppressing dissent have a long and unsavory history.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The US Senate Approved the So-Called Comprehensive Immigration Bill, and More

In today's On the News segment: On Thursday, the United States Senate approved the so-called comprehensive immigration bill; last-minute attempts to stop student loan interest rates from doubling failed to meet the deadline; the Supreme Court declined to hear two more cases involving same-sex couples; and more.

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Thirteen Facts About America's Tax-Dodging Corporations

Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future: These mindblowing facts are all true, and there are many more to be found in the world of corporate taxation. To fix the economy more people will need to learn about them - and demand that they be changed.

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The Pushback Against Privatization Across the Country

Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: State and local governments are reconsidering whether for-profit companies should be allowed to indiscriminately profit off of taxpayer dollars with limited accountability.

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Guns Lost, Stolen or Strayed

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Reporting lost or stolen guns is not mandatory for private citizens, and as a result, many missing firearms go unreported.

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Challenging Liberty: The Danger of DNA Databases

Devon Douglas-Bowers, The Hampton Institute: The expansion of DNA databasing to include even victimless crimes shows that we are moving to a state of law where virtually any crime will allow the police to draw and database one's DNA.

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Jim Hightower | A Raw Deal From TransCanada and the Texas Railroad Commission

Jim Hightower, Other Words: Texans like Julia Trigg Crawford are rebelling against a toxic combo of ignorance and arrogance.

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Harvest of Empire, Part 1

Andrew Stelzer, National Radio Project: It's not just jobs and prosperity that draw immigrants to the United States. Many Latin Americans were brought here, or forced to come by dangerous or deadly conditions.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

The Shocking Truth About Seattle Weather

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William Rivers Pitt | He Can Marry, She Can't Vote: Another Day in Deranged America

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Man Who Scrawled Chalk Protests on Sidewalk Against Big Banks Faces Possible Prison

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Snowden, Manning and Assange: Since When Did the Constitution Mandate Punishing People for Telling the Truth?

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Ms. Davis Goes to Austin

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Issa Directed Treasury Inspector General to Ignore IRS Treatment of Liberal Groups

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The Gay-Marriage Victory Is Bigger Than You Think

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Frank Rich Thinks David Gregory Should Be Relegated to the "Today" Show

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Supreme Court Throws Out Ruling Blocking Texas Voter ID Law

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William Rivers Pitt | He Can Marry, She Can't Vote: Another Day in Deranged America

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "One segment of the nation is lifted out of apartheid, another is shoved back down into it, and a Justice of the Supreme Court can't remember his justification for the latter a day after ruling against the former."

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Mainstream Media MIA for Texas Abortion Bill Filibuster

Martha Sorren, Truthout: Despite the historic moment of the Senate Bill 5 filibuster, the mainstream media was absent on coverage, leaving citizens to do the reporting.

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President Correa, Put Your Shield Over Edward Snowden

Robert Naiman, Truthout: To counter a government-media campaign to "convict Snowden in the media," we've worked with prominent citizens to initiate a letter from Americans to Ecuador's President Correa urging him to grant Snowden's application for asylum. At this writing, more than 9,000 Americans have signed.

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Time to Move Away From the Reagan Revolution

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The Supreme Court decision does not represent the beginning of a war against voters; this fight began in 1980, says Hartmann, when Ronald Reagan took office.

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Paul Krugman | The Evolution of Human Capital

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Economics professor Nancy Folbre is probably correct when she says that the golden age of human capital, in which the economy strongly demanded liberal-arts colleges and universities, is already behind us.

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Lechmere: The Employer's "Right" to Keep Employees Isolated and Uninformed

Ellen Dannin and Ann C. Hodges, Truthout: The 1991 Lechmere Supreme Court case judicially amended the NLRA to allow employers to block their employees from hearing about the advantages of collective bargaining.

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Why the Supreme Court Said "No to Blacks, Yes to Gays"

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun Magazine: When we look at why the Supreme Court rulings favored gay rights over black rights, the answer is purely political.

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Protecting Mainstream Journalists Only?

J. AndrĂ©s Araiza, Occupy.com: It isn't the 1% that requires more protection. It's journalists and the rest of us: the 99%.

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George Monbiot | How Can We Invest Our Trust in a Government That Spies on Us?

George Monbiot, The Guardian: Electronic spying on citizens is happening not only in the US, but also in Britain. Monbiot outlines a few recent revelations about undercover policing in Britain.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Republican Sequester Wreaks Havoc on Our Economy, and More

In today's On the News segment: Yesterday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced a huge revision to previous estimates of economic growth; Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander wants to abolish the minimum wage; one lawmaker is already calling on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act; and more.

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Syria and the Monarchs: A Perfect Storm

Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy In Focus: The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition will almost certainly accelerate the chaos of this three-year old civil war.

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