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You Can Say Goodbye to Some of Your Favorite Foods Thanks to Climate Change

Chocolate, wine, coffee—these are just some of the foods we’ll lose due to climate change; an American expat living in France explains why “Americans are suckers who have themselves to blame for crappy broadband”; meanwhile, a town in Alaska may become the first place in the U.S. to tax churches. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Laura Poitras Tells Jon Stewart How She Persuaded Edward Snowden to Be Filmed

The “Citizenfour” documentary filmmaker stopped by “The Daily Show” on Monday for a captivating interview in which she discussed how Edward Snowden first got in touch with her and what the repercussions of the whistle-blower’s courageous acts have been.

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NSA Reform Blocked by Paranoid Republican Senators

“God forbid we wake up tomorrow and [Islamic State] is in the United States,” Sen. Marco Rubio said as the USA Freedom Act, considered a “gift to terrorists” by critics, was rejected by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Is There a Civil War Brewing in Jerusalem and the West Bank?

The killings at the Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday and the spate of Israeli killings of Palestinians in the West Bank are all small harbingers of a coming civil war.

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Immigration: Presidents Have the Power, but Does Obama Have the Guts?

Protecting immigrants from deportation, permitting them to come out of the shadows, is the right thing to do.

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Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine

For a man who had taken a stunning electoral blow two weeks earlier, Barack Obama completed his Asian trip with an air of unperturbed leadership of the world.

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Don’t Blame Obama When Boehner Won’t Do His Job

The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

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German Town Plays Charitable Prank on Neo-Nazis

If you can’t beat ’em, make ’em raise money against their own cause.

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House Democrats Re-Elect Nancy Pelosi as Their Leader Without Dissent

Clearly House Democrats do not blame Nancy Pelosi for their losses.

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Bill Cosby’s ‘Spanish Fly’ Routine Makes for Uneasy Listening as Rape Claims Circulate

Bill Cosby wasn’t always all about pudding pops, inscrutable sweaters and “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

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Russell Brand Tells Amy Goodman His Reasons for Wanting a Revolution

“There’s a deficit of happiness, a deficit of community,” the “Trews” host told Amy Goodman in a recent “Democracy Now!” interview. “All of us or a lot of us feel a little adrift, like we don’t how we’re supposed to live.”

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Pilgrim Reform

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Pope Unselfie

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Science Says It May Finally Be Time to Kick Your Milk Habit

The claim that milk “does the body good” may have more to do with politics than science.

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If You Want to Know What’s Happened to Our Democracy, Follow the Richest .01 Percent

Why should we care how the uber rich spend their money?

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Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality

For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

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Americans Are 64 Times More Likely to Be Murdered Than Die in an Act of Terrorism

The Institute for Economics and Peace in the U.K. has released a report on terrorism in 2013, which it maintains was substantially up. Conceptually, I have to critique the study.

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Another Bank Behaving Badly? British Journalist Paul Mason Is Fed Up

Channel 4’s economics editor is sick of covering the same mega-banks broaching criminality. “We really deserve a better banking system,” he says, standing in front of the RBS building.

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Toyota’s Mirai Is the Car of the Future

The world’s biggest automaker is betting that hydrogen is the future of automobiles, so it’s calling its first mass production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Mirai, the Japanese word for “future.”

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Bill Maher Criticizes Nonvoters, Calls Russell Brand ‘Laughable’

On Friday’s “Real Time,” Bill Maher took on Russell Brand and a big portion of the American public who don’t believe voting makes a difference.

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Obama Governs for the Nonvoting Majority

Obama’s Republican critics say that his forceful approach on immigration, climate change and net neutrality show he isn’t paying attention to what the voters said in the midterm elections. They’re right.

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Immigration, Impeachment and Insanity on the Republican Right

Obstructing, denouncing and demonizing Barack Obama are so central to the existence of the Republican Party today that its leaders simply ignore the real purposes of the president’s proposed immigration orders.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Cuban Medical Workers Fighting Ebola

When the deadly international health crisis is over, the world will be morally indebted to a tiny island nation that has suffered economic attack from the U.S. for more than half a century.

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Lame Duck Obama

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One in 30 American Children Are Homeless

A new state-by-state report finds racial disparities, increasing poverty and domestic violence responsible for the rise in child homelessness.

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Micro-Mandate

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Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal

On the brink of a new, post-bankruptcy beginning, Detroit is really two cities. One is comprised of wealthy enclaves linked to a compact, rapidly redeveloping downtown. The other is made up of the rest of the 139-square-mile urban expanse, populated by longtime residents who have fought for decades to survive in an environment that has become increasingly uninhabitable.

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Obamacare Hunt

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Iron’s Mixed Blessing for Health of Oceans

New research shows that iron fertilization stimulates growth of the plankton that help transport carbon dioxide to the deep ocean—but swells the number of small creatures who feed on plankton and whose shells put CO2 back into the atmosphere.

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Here Are Some of the Ways Islamic State Is Losing as It Lashes Out Like a Cornered Rat

Islamic State has not had a good month, suffering substantial setbacks in Iraq and watching with concern as the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad looks set to retake the major northern city of Aleppo.

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U.S. Aid Worker’s Death Confirmed as Islamic State Tries to ‘Mask a Week of Defeats’

American aid worker Peter Kassig is the latest hostage to be slain by Islamic State on video.

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Did Saudi Arabia Wage an Economic War on Iran, Russia and North Dakota at the G-20?

What did Saudi Arabia have to say at the recently concluded G-20 conference?

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Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

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The Last Days of Tomas Young

The maimed veteran died last week after a desperate battle with the VA, which callously had reduced his pain medication. His crucible is familiar to the many other Americans who have become the fodder of our wars.

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‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears

Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

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Sparking Black Prophetic Fire

Radical public intellectual and outspoken activist Cornel West discussed his new book, “Black Prophetic Fire,” for over an hour with black liberation theologian James H. Cone in Princeton, N.J., in November. Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges introduced the speakers.

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Vladimir Putin Leaves G-20 Ahead of Schedule

The Russian president quit the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, early, citing needs to get back to Moscow after enduring hours of Western leaders urging him to drop his support for secessionists in eastern Ukraine.

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White House Seeks Next Generation of High-Tech Weapons

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. military will research and develop new weapons systems based on cutting-edge technologies in attempt to maintain its military dominance.

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Science Offers New View of Hopes for Human Survival

Astrophysicists say questions about the sustainability of civilization on our high-tech planet may soon be answered scientifically as a result of new data about the Earth and other planets in its galaxy.

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Why the Mexican People Will Not Let Their Government Bury the Missing Ayotzinapa Students

Though a Mexican official called the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero “very successful,” the parents of the youth, accompanied by a violence-wary populace, will not let the case close; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to run for president; meanwhile, harrowing information about Greece’s neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn has been revealed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Obamacare Prices Could Rise 20 Percent in 2015

Data released by the Obama administration shows that many Americans who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year unless they switch plans, The New York Times reports.

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Obamacare Meets SCOTUS

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How a New Pill Could Help You Learn Like a Child Does

Ever long to absorb information with the facility that children display while learning? A new “smart pill” may help adults do just that.

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Porn Stars Show Us What the Internet Would Be Like Without Net Neutrality

Still confused about the meaning of net neutrality? Watch a few adult film stars explain it in terms even Sen. Ted Cruz will understand in a new Funny or Die clip.

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