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11 May

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Reid: Supporters of Filibuster Reform Were
“Right”

Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress: “Last year, several
senators proposed reform[ing] the filibuster rule and prevent[ing] Senate
Republicans from continuing their unprecedented campaign of obstruction of bills
and nominees. Ultimately, however, these reforms failed because too many Senate
Democrats were unwilling to move forward with them. Yesterday, in a floor
speech, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) admitted that the reformers
were correct, and that the senators who kept the filibuster intact were wrong.”

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Seniors’ Social Security
Garnished for Student Debts

Ellen Brown, Truthout: “A
sizeable chunk of US student loan debt is held by senior citizens, many of whom
are not only unemployed but unemployable…. Two million US seniors age 60 and
over have student loan debt, on which they owe a collective $36.5 billion.
Almost a third of all student loan debt is held by people aged 40 and over and
4.2 percent is held by people over the age of 60. The total student debt is now
over $1 trillion, more even than credit card debt.”
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Caught
on Tape: Governor Walker Plans for a Single-Party State

Mary
Bottari, PR Watch: “Video was obtained and released less than a month before the
June 5th recall election for Wisconsin governor that shows newly elected
Governor Scott Walker in a frank conversation with one of his biggest
supporters. ‘Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state and work on
these unions and become a right-to-work?’ [billionaire Diane] Hendricks
continued. ‘What can we do to help you?’ … ‘The first step is we’re going to
deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use
divide and conquer.'”
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Monsanto’s Minions in California
Alexis
Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association: “Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman with
the Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition, says requiring
labels on genetically engineered food would increase food prices. What she
doesn’t say is that she’s being paid by the trade association that represents
both the biotech behemoths like Monsanto that engineer the GMO crops and the
food industry giants like PepsiCo. that use ingredients made from these crops in
their products.”
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Ten Most
Racist Practices of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Ian Millhiser,
ThinkProgress: “Yesterday, the Department of Justice filed a formal legal
complaint against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
(MCSO) alleging widespread constitutional violations and lawless mistreatment of
Latinos. According to the complaint, Arpaio and his staff engaged in widespread,
violent and demeaning mistreatment of Latino residents of Maricopa County, often
targeting individuals solely because of their race.”
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On the
News With Thom Hartmann: Vermont Will Soon Become the First State to Ban
Fracking, and More

In today’s On the News segment: Vermont
will soon become the first state to ban fracking, total Super PAC spending this
election cycle is set to top $100 million, the Senate Judiciary Committee is
taking a closer look at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and more.

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Hillary Clinton’s Silence Is Deafening on Massive Palestinian
Prisoner Hunger Strike

Robert Naiman, Truthout: “More than
1,500 prisoners are currently observing an open-ended hunger strike in defense
of basic human rights: the right not to be detained without charge, the right
not to be subjected to sustained solitary confinement, the right to be visited
by one’s family. Two of the prisoners have been on hunger strike for more than
70 days and have been widely reported to be ‘near death.’ Is it possible that US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could say a few words about this situation?”

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A Shock
From JPMorgan Is New Fodder for Reformers

Nelson D. Schwartz,
The New York Times News Service: “It didn’t take long for bank reformers to say
we told you so. JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion trading loss, which was disclosed on
Thursday, could give supporters of tighter industry regulation a huge new piece
of ammunition as they fight a last-ditch battle with the banks over new federal
rules that may redefine how banks do business.”
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Robert
Reich | Of Bedrooms and Boardrooms

Robert Reich, Robert
Reich’s Blog: “America’s real problems have nothing to do with what we do in our
bedrooms and everything to do with what top executives do in their boardrooms
and executive suites. We’re not in trouble because gays want to marry or women
want to have some control over when they have babies. We’re in trouble because
… of a boardroom culture that tolerates financial conflicts of interest,
insider trading, and the outright bribery of public officials through unlimited
campaign ‘donations.'”
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Creating
a New Economy for the Poor, Starting With Women in the Third
World

Mark Karlin, Truthout “In many ways, despite advances
in technology, the exploitation of the poor by the haves has not changed much
over the past few centuries – nor has ignoring those of such abject destitution
that they barely survive. In the DVD ‘Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad
Yunus,’ documentary maker Holly Mosher offers a detailed insight into the
innovative microcredit financing that helps poor people rise into a functional
economic system and improve their standard of living.”
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In Search of Stripper Solidarity: Can Professional Dancers Find
Workplace Justice?

Rachel Aimee, In These Times: “The last
time I danced at a strip club in Manhattan, I paid an $80 ‘house fee’ to work
… I went home with $40 less than I’d arrived with. After working in this
exploitative industry for many years, I wanted to organize to improve working
conditions for strippers. But when I reached out to other activists who had been
involved in campaigns to protect dancers’ rights, the overwhelming response I
got was: ‘Don’t do it!'”
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What if
Kobe Bryant Were an Imprisoned Palestinian Soccer
Player?

Dave Zirin, The Nation: “Imagine if a member of Team
USA Basketball – let’s say Kobe Bryant – had been traveling to an international
tournament only to be seized by a foreign government and held in prison for
three years without trial or even hearing the charges for which he was
imprisoned. Chances are we’d notice, yes? This is what has happened to
Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak.”
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BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES

Image of Romney Violently Cutting the Hair of a Gay Classmate
Won’t Go Away

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “With a
large dollop of help from The Washington Post, the 2012 Obama campaign appears
to be using the basic strategy that the GOP has successfully used for decades in
presidential elections: bring out negative (or in the case of the Republicans,
usually create) characteristics of your opponent and hammer them home early.
Indeed, make the character issue so strong that many voters stop processing the
issues.”
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North Carolina Lesbian Seeking Marriage License
Arrested
Read the Article at The Associated
Press

African-Americans Support Obama’s Same-Sex Marriage
Stance
Read the Article at The Daily
Beast

Foreclosure Victims Protest Outside Obama Fundraiser
Read the Article at
Firedoglake

Paul Krugman: Easy Useless Economics
Read the Article at The New York
Times

US Military Course Taught Officers “Islam Is the
Enemy”
Read the Article at The Guardian
UK

Catholic Bishops Challenge Girl Scouts USA for Conflict With Church
Teachings
Read the Article at The Associated
Press

US Army Pioneer Says Male Superiors Mistreated Her Because She’s a
Woman
Read the Article at The New York
Times

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