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September 15, 2014
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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet's most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.
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Truthdigger of the Week: David Cay Johnston

The dogged investigative reporter uses plain language to describe the congressionally prescribed byzantine tax schemes that cheat ordinary Americans to benefit financial elites.
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Robert Scheer on Iraq War II

This week on Truthdig Radio: Truthdig's editor on IS, al-Qaida and another mess in Mesopotamia. Also: Bill Blum on beheadings, Deborah L. Rhode on the women's movement, and Sangamithra Iyer on vital vegans.
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What does Mark Twain’s classic outsider hero Huck Finn have to do with the small army of affable manchildren that actor Seth Rogen has played in Judd Apatow films?

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Netflix users seeking rare or less commercially valued titles are finding the company’s streaming and DVD mailer service unequal to their desires, a development that prompts the question of whether technology and free enterprise have led audiences down a dark road to a narrower cultural selection.

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Members of the family of the U.S. journalist killed by the Islamic State last month have told various media outlets that the Obama administration “threatened” them with criminal charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to pay a ransom for him.

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Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss congressional support for Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State. Will it simply leave the problem to the president’s successor? Also, the potential unintended consequences of Scottish independence, and the Senate takes on Citizens United.

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Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to devastating drought.

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Footage of the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in August shows a witness on the scene saying the unarmed 18-year-old’s hands were raised when he was killed.

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“Until this part of the world,” the “Daily Show” host explains, “starts to see past sectarian lines and national borders that, OK, we drew—we’ll give you that—the U.S. can’t fix this ... by waving a magic bomb.”

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Truthdig contributor and New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set” on Wednesday to discuss the “gross negligence” committed by BP and described in a federal judge’s Findings of Fact on the circumstances that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and turned the Gulf of Mexico into a tub of toxic soup.

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Though Humulin has been on the market for many years for a relatively cheap price, a single monthlong dose of the insulin variety manufactured by Eli Lilly costs $1,200 today—more than five times the amount in 2007. Why? Because the company can charge that much, Eli Lilly’s insulin marketing director said.

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Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

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President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Stephen Colbert on the Republican Party’s Failed Attempts to Court Female Voters

The midterm elections are coming up, and despite the fact that a Politico poll shows Republicans have serious “lady problems,” as the “Colbert Report” host puts it, most GOP candidates seem hellbent on continuing to ignore and belittle more than half the country’s population.

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