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Gov. Rick Perry to Turn Himself In

As of Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the first occupant of his office to be indicted in nearly a century, and as of Tuesday, the Lone Star State’s top executive was ready to turn himself in to the local authorities as he stands accused of abusing his power.

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Rick Perry Campaigns Behind Bars

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Are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Fooling Us All?

A writer warns against “progressives” who support “war and empire” and cower rather than condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza; with Jeff Bezos as its owner, The Washington Post has started adding “Buy Now” buttons that link to Amazon; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is criticized for her lavish demands at speaking engagements. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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John Oliver on Ferguson: Police Are Not Soldiers, So Why Are They Wearing Fucking Camo?

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how U.S. towns like Ferguson became militarized with the excuse of the drug war and 9/11 and offers some possible solutions to the conflict in Missouri.

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Equal Justice

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Perry Indicted

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Israel: Crowd Shouts ‘Death to Arabs’ at Jewish-Muslim Wedding

An Israeli crowd gathered outside the wedding of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman in Rishon Lezion, shouting “death to Arabs” on Sunday.

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The Disease of American Democracy

Most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

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The New Jim Crow: Has the Right Finally Repealed the Civil Rights Act?

The 45 million African-Americans in the United States are unequal before the law vis-a-vis European-Americans and becoming more so.

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The Ones Left Behind

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

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What to Look for in Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body.

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People Just Love John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a Couple

The new independent film “Love Is Strange” by director Ira Sachs is getting rave reviews.

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Governor Sends National Guard to Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., police officers were widely criticized for their overly militarized response to public protests, but on Gov. Jay Nixon’s orders, the actual military is coming to town.

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More Protests, Troops, an Autopsy and Amnesty International in Ferguson

As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered National Guard troops into Ferguson, a preliminary autopsy revealed that police shot teen Michael Brown six times. Amnesty International ordered a delegation to monitor developments, and a local pastor called for the police chief’s resignation after department leaks muddied clarity of the lead-up to the teen’s death.

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Julian Assange Announces He’s Leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London ‘Soon’

The WikiLeaks founder told journalists at a news conference Monday that he can confirm he will leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London after two years refuge there, though he stated that his departure was “probably not” due to reasons “the Murdoch press” and others have surmised.

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Embattled Reporter: Obama’s Support for Press Freedom ‘Hypocritical’

“The New York Times reporter James Risen, who faces jail over his refusal to reveal a source and testify against a former CIA agent accused of leaking secrets, has called President Barack Obama ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation,’ ” The Guardian reports.

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Riddles, Lies and Lives—Castro, Muhammad Ali, Einstein and Barbie

It was not by Lucifer’s curse or God’s miracle that the new country managed to outlive 10 U.S. presidents, their napkins spread in their laps, ready to eat it with knife and fork. His enemies do not say that in spite of sorrow, external aggression and internal high-handedness, the distressed island spawned the least unjust society in Latin America.

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Human Factor Speeds Up Glacial Melting

Scientists simulating changes in mountain glaciers over the last century and half have established that rates of melting have increased greatly in recent years—and that humans are the main culprits.

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Back to Iraq Sales

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Militarized Cops and Donuts

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Top 10 Mistakes of Former Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (That Ruined His Country)

Did Nouri al-Maliki’s policies help create the country’s current impasse?

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Dutch Lawyer Who Saved Jewish Boy in WWII Returns Medal to Israel Over Bombing of His Family in Gaza

Henk Zanoli, a 91-year-old Dutch attorney who in 1943 saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis, has returned to Israel the “Righteous among the Nations” medal awarded him three years ago by the Yad Vashem museum.

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Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs

Amid ongoing strife in Ferguson, Mo., civil rights veteran Lawrence Hamm foresees social unrest shifting out of the inner cities that erupted in the 1960s.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Peter Beinart

The historical corrections cited in a major column by the American critic of Israel are key to understanding the latest turmoil engulfing Gaza, the West Bank and the Jewish state.

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Watch This Cat Video (or Anything on YouTube) and Get Hacked

When large flows of Internet traffic and information remain unencrypted, seemingly harmless activities like watching YouTube videos can allow security and intelligence agencies and well-funded private parties total access to a person’s computer.

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Ferguson Exposes the Reality of Militarized, Racist Policing

Hundreds of thousands of Americans watched over the course of a week as military-style police tear gassed a community in mourning, chased them with rubber bullets, and abused and arrested reporters. This is an opportunity to advance the cause of transforming law enforcement.

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Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Giant waves in the jet stream that often govern our weather are changing as the Arctic warms more rapidly—leading to long periods of soaring temperatures that pose major threats to economies and human health.

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Germany Accidentally Collected Kerry and Clinton’s Phone Calls

German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

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Ferguson Sees New Police Conflict Overnight

Police in riot dress clashed with small groups of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., early Saturday morning, confirming that tensions over the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown have not disappeared.

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Top 20 Oil Projects Put Investors’ Billions at Risk

An oil industry think tank warns that high-cost extraction projects failing to match oil demand with global emissions reduction targets could waste $91 billion of investors’ money over the next decade.

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Former U.N. Specialist for Palestinian Rights Suspects War Crimes

Richard Falk, who for six years served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, argues in a recent interview that there is no evidence that Israel’s air campaign has decreased rocket fire from Gaza. Likewise the claim that Hamas uses human shields is unfounded and Israel’s siege of Gaza is missing from media accounts of the cause of the current conflict, he contends.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Ferguson, Al-Maliki Steps Down, Hillary Speaks Out

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the police response to furious crowds after the shooting of Michael Brown; the stepping down of Iraq’s prime minister; Hillary Clinton criticizing President Obama in an Atlantic interview; and remembrances of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

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Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Abuse of Power Charges

The Texas governor’s presidential aspirations may take a back seat to his legal troubles. Rick Perry stands formally accused of two felonies related to his attempt to force the state capital’s district attorney, a Democrat, to resign.

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Guess Why Rep. Paul Ryan Couldn’t Bring Himself to Watch ‘House of Cards’

The hit Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has won three Emmys and delighted countless viewers. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not among them.

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Jason Allen (CC-BY-ND)

Six Days in Ferguson: Voices From the Protests

Here is a day-by-day chronology of what happened in Ferguson, drawn from the best reporting by journalists and witnesses on the ground.

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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

Last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds.

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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message.

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Our Selective Outrage

The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true—but tragically is not—of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

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Bus Stop

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Mayberry

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Police States

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Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

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Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

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A Surer Secret to Firmer Friendship

A survey suggests one in 10 British people—5 million adults—lack what they consider a close friend. Guardian correspondent Tim Lott proposes that “pride” and lack of “humility and the recognition of human fallibility” are partly to blame.

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Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement or Pillage?

Argentina has now taken the U.S. to The Hague for blocking the country’s 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt. Better yet would be a sustainable global monetary scheme that avoids the need for sovereign bankruptcy.

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American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

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Tar Oil Pipeline’s Hidden Pollution Danger

European researchers say a 2,000-mile pipeline designed to carry controversial tar sands oil from Canada to the southern U.S. may lead to much more pollution than previously calculated.

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Like South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time

Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.

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Boots on the Ground

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