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Tablet Computers Replacing Servers at Some Restaurants

The quest for efficiency and maximum profits has led some restaurateurs to do away with wait staff and enable customers to place orders through tablet computers installed at their dining table. (more)

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Groups Push to Make Doctors’ Performance Records Public Again

Journalism and patient advocacy organizations are fighting against a recent decision by the Obama administration to shut down public access to an online database of doctor malpractice and disciplinary records.

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Let My People Go









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Abbas to Seek Palestinian Statehood at the U.N. Next Week

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations Security Council next week, a move that intensifies already considerable tensions in one of the Middle East’s most intractable conflicts. (more)

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Intervenes in Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of a Texas murderer Thursday who was sentenced to death by jurors who were told he was a bigger threat to public safety because he is black.

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Denmark Elects First Female Prime Minister

The people of Denmark elected their first female prime minister Thursday, bringing the center-left Social Democratic Party to power after 10 years with a right-wing government.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Shoshana Hebshi

Shoshana Hebshi, our Truthdigger of the Week, had the courage to blog about her experience traveling on the anniversary of 9/11, bringing to light the truth about where America stands on racial profiling 10 years after the Twin Towers fell.

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The Muslim World Brings Forth a Counter-Jihad

Robin Wright’s new book, “Rock the Casbah,” surveys the people of Islam a decade after 9/11 and finds they have turned not toward extremism but moderation.

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Where Are the Compassionate Conservatives?

We heard plenty of contradictions, distortions and untruths at the Republican candidates’ tea party debate, but we heard shockingly little compassion—and almost no acknowledgment that political and economic policy choices have a moral dimension.

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Preserving Life (Unless It’s Uninsured)

Watching the Republican presidential candidates and their agitated tea party supporters at the CNN/Tea Party Debate, an ordinary citizen might feel confused.

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University of Hypocrisy

In the firmament of celebrated Americana, there is Mom, apple pie, football and beer—but there most certainly is not marijuana.

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Who’s Your Mummy?

Whether the Mummy or Frankenstein’s Monster, there was no getting around the fact that these poor souls, many of them merely starved for love and companionship, were innocent victims of either intolerance or blatant discrimination from the dominant culture.

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The Case for Troy Davis and Against Gov. Rick Perry

On Aug. 18, 1989, Mark MacPhail, a young police officer, was shot to death in a parking lot in Savannah, Ga. Soon afterward Troy Davis (above) was convicted of the killing. Although a majority of testifying witnesses have recanted their statements, a U.S. district court has ordered Davis to be executed Sept. 21. (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Mike Farrell on Troy Davis and Political Cowardice

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Mike Farrell on Troy Davis, the battle for Latino voters, 9/11 by the numbers and Robert Scheer on America’s record poverty.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Mike Farrell on Troy Davis and Political Cowardice

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Mike Farrell on Troy Davis, the battle for Latino voters, 9/11 by the numbers and Robert Scheer on America’s record poverty.

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Netflix Has a Customer Crisis

With about a quarter of all Internet traffic in North America passing through its servers and roughly 25 million subscribers, Netflix got everybody’s attention in July when it announced that it was raising its prices by as much as 60 percent. Now the company is conceding ... (more)

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Poll: Do You Know Who Represents You?

David Sirota got us thinking with this tweet: “My guess is that 50% of political [junkies] who follow every shred of news about Obama/GOP don’t have any idea who their state legislator is.” Do you know who represents you in your statehouse? Click here.

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The Rogue: Sarah Palin or Joe McGinniss?

Next week Joe McGinniss, the author and so-called journalist who moved in next door to Sarah Palin and her family more than a year ago, will officially release his book about the former Alaska governor, and already his work has received scathing reviews.

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Postal Service May Slash 35,000 Jobs

The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it is thinking about closing more than half of its mail-processing centers, which would eliminate more than 35,000 jobs, in order to turn a profit. (more)

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Boehner Bad-Mouths Any Talk of Tax Hikes

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the “super committee” on debt reduction should not be considering any sort of tax increases as it attempts to slash the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion. (more)

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AP / Mike Carlson

Bachmann Politicizes Cervical Cancer

Doctors, public health officials and academics spoke out this week in support of the HPV vaccine after Michele Bachmann thoughtlessly railed against it. (more)

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Women and PTSD

More and more American women face the trauma of combat, yet post-traumatic stress disorder is often presented as a uniquely male condition. According to this short documentary, the number of women suffering from PTSD symptoms has doubled in the past 10 years.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Trader Lost Billions for Swiss Bank

Swiss banking giant UBS said Thursday that a rogue trader had cost it approximately $2 billion in unauthorized trades. (more)

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Miserable Monogamy

An expert decrees that monogamy is unnatural and unnecessary; Mexican “Indignados” protest President Felipe Calderon’s failed “War on Drugs”; meanwhile, scientists have discovered a new “Super Earth” that may contain water. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Stuffed Perry









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Quacks Like a Ponzi Scheme









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Solyndra and Obama









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Perry and the GOP’s Feckless Establishment

The Republican Establishment is said to have grave qualms about Gov. Rick Perry. Here’s the problem: There is no Republican Establishment. It squandered its authority by building up the tea party’s brigades and then fearing them too much to do anything to check their power.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

One Betrayal Too Many

With a record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, it’s getting too late to give President Obama a pass on the economy.

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Americans Really ‘Like’ Facebook

A recent Nielsen report shows that Americans reached a new cultural milestone in May: They collectively spent 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook that month.

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Ron Paul: ‘We Occupy So Many Countries’

During Monday’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew boos from a crowd that was otherwise eager to cheer when he criticized U.S. foreign policy, saying “We’re under great threat because we occupy so many countries.”

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Lost Decade … Lost Generation?

Sooner rather than later, the ethnically diverse, socially tolerant, technologically fluent Millennials will make a new nation. But what will they do with that power?

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Office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Elizabeth Warren Is Running for the Senate

In the past few years, Elizabeth Warren proved herself one of the very few people in government committed to actually doing something about Wall Street greed, and she got kicked to the curb as a result. Now she is hoping to win back Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Republican Scott Brown. (more)

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Scientists to Begin Testing Artificial Volcano to Curb Climate Change

Researchers in the U.K. will begin an experiment next month that, by imitating a volcanic eruption, could eventually lead to a climate-cooling method that would work by putting sun-reflective particles into the stratosphere.

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This Is the Rocket That Will Take Us to Mars (video)

Who said NASA is dead? The space agency has unveiled its new rocket design—the most powerful ever if we go ahead and build it—capable one day of dropping a human or two on Mars.

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Congressional Committee Questions Solar Company Failure

A congressional investigative committee interrogated government officials Wednesday about why they supported giving a $535 million loan package to the recently failed California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.

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Ahmadinejad Says 2 U.S. Hikers Will Be Freed (Updated)

Update: The Iranian Justice Ministry has contradicted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said the release of the two hikers who were sentenced to eight years in prison could be delayed.

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White House / Pete Souza

Pennsylvania Monkeys With the Electoral Vote

Pennsylvania Republicans may have found a new way to gerrymander the 2012 presidential election in the GOP’s favor with a plan involving a shift in the rules that govern how votes are awarded in the electoral college. (more)

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AP / Mary Altaffer

Democrats Lose Weiner’s Seat to GOP

Voters in New York City’s 9th Congressional District elected Republican Bob Turner, a retired cable television executive from Queens, to the House seat vacated by disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in June. (more)

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Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Private Contractors

A study conducted by the Project for Government Oversight (POGO) found that on average the U.S. government pays private contractors more than twice what it pays federal workers for a number of public services. (more)

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Afghanistan and the Big Lie

Italian journalist Olivia Poli joined John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, for a stroll through New York City’s Washington Square Park, where they had an unusually candid conversation about the so-called drawdown of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. (more)

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Troy Davis and the Politics of Death

Death brings cheers these days in America. That is why challenging the death sentence to be carried out against Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21 is so important.

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AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

How to Save the United States and Israel From Themselves

Most Americans would likely agree that the main shock delivered to Americans and the American government by the 9/11 attacks was that of vulnerability. Another such shock is impending.

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Remembering Vietnam War Foe Carl Oglesby

Carl Oglesby, one of the most influential figures of the 1960s counterculture, died Tuesday at his home in Montclair, N.J., after a short illness.

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Art Icon Richard Hamilton Dies

British artist Richard Hamilton, whose work was highly critical of consumerism and politics, died Tuesday at 89 while preparing a retrospective of his art. Among his many achievements, Hamilton designed the minimalist white cover for the Beatles album that bears no name.

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9/11 Reflecting Pool









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Noam Chomsky on 9/11, Jobs and Palestinian Statehood

It’s a healthy serving of Chomsky three ways, as the celebrated intellectual stops by “Democracy Now!” to digest three of the biggest issues in the news.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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