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Link Between Natural Gas Fields and Health Issues Remains Largely Undocumented

Last month, the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica published a report that highlights how dangerously little scientists and government officials know about the health consequences of living near a natural gas drilling site.

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Teen Suicide Prevention









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Christie Makes a Splash









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Foggy Demands May Hurt Wall St. ‘Occupation’

Going into their third week on the streets, the protesters who make up Occupy Wall Street are gaining more and more attention from mainstream media. But with the new scrutiny rises an issue that the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times each touched on in features published this week: Protesters lack narrow, unifying demands.

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Hundreds Attend Troy Davis Funeral

Family members, friends and hundreds of supporters flocked to Savannah, Ga., on Saturday to attend the funeral of Troy Davis, who was executed Sept. 21 in the murder of an off-duty police officer.

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Bank of America Plans New Debit Card Fee

Bank of America announced that it will charge its customers $5 a month for making purchases with debit cards, and Wells Fargo, Chase and SunTrust are poised to follow suit. (more)

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Gottfried Helnwein

A Peek at Henry A. Giroux’s ‘Education and the Crisis of Public Values’

“We are more than a nation in decline; we are a nation moving toward the bittersweet simplisms, policies and values of a new form of authoritarianism,” writes Henry Giroux, in an article adapted from his new book on America’s shift away from democratic values toward a rigid, market-driven uniformity.

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Mr. Fish

Time After Time

One of the most obvious and deeply unsettling failings of our human character is our inability to accept just how much sway the lizard portions of our brains have over our behavior and just how short we continue to fall when attempting to achieve synchronicity with our highest ideals.

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U.S. Drone Attack Kills Al-Qaida Leader

The CIA launched a drone attack Friday in northern Yemen that killed Anwal al-Awlaki, one of the most influential remaining leaders of al-Qaida wanted by the United States, authorities said.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Occupy Wall Street

Thousands of protesters have crowded Wall Street for the last 12 days, decrying the effects of corporate greed on a functioning democracy. Those protesters, Occupy Wall Street, are our Truthdiggers of the Week.

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A Writer for All Time

Two new volumes—a biography and an anthology—shine light on G.K. Chesterton, an inhabitant of the twilight realm of the praised but unread.

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How Baseball Explains Modern Racism

New analysis of statistics gleaned from baseball provides a larger lesson about conditioned behavior in our institutionally racist society.

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Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

Chris Christie’s Big Problem

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.

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Well Said, Mr. Chesterton

Some lovers of wit rank G.K. Chesterton as one of the greatest aphorists. Here’s a GKC sampler.

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Hope Changed









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Chris Christie Teases









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Wall Street Protests









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Tomatoes of Wrath









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AP / Louis Lanzano

The Best Among Us

Those on the streets around Wall Street are the physical embodiment of hope.

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A Question of Trust

A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, reports that people who are more easily embarrassed may also be more trustworthy.

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Mortgage Rates Reach Record Low

U.S. mortgage rates on 30-year fixed loans have fallen to a record low after the Federal Reserve last week announced its plan to reduce borrowing costs by replacing short-term debt with more long-term debt. (more)

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Libyan Rebels Retake Gadhafi’s Hometown Airport

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters on Thursday took complete control of the airport in ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown for the second time in as many weeks, witnesses said, despite continuous sniper and rocket fire from Gadhafi loyalists. (more)

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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)

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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

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Whose Class War?

One week after President Obama proposed his deficit reduction plan, the cries of “class warfare” that escaped the mouths of alarmed politicians and media pundits around the country can still be heard by anyone standing near a radio, television set or computer. (more)

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Men We Trusted to Lead Us

Why are Ben Bernanke and Barack Obama just now discovering that there is a jobs crisis in this country?

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David Nallah (CC-BY)

Class Warfare: Bring It On!

President Obama came out here last Tuesday to proclaim himself a "warrior for the middle class." Would that it were true.

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White House / Pete Souza

Why They Hate Warren Buffett

You can’t accuse a big capitalist of “class warfare.” That’s why the right wing despises Warren Buffett and is trying so hard to shut him up.

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Michael Moore on Occupy Wall Street

Michael Moore dropped by “Democracy Now!” to talk about the Occupy Wall Street protests, what he says is just the beginning of a movement spreading across the nation.

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Massachusetts Man Arrested in Plot to Bomb Pentagon, Capitol

A Massachusetts man was arrested by federal authorities Wednesday on suspicion of planning an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled airplanes loaded with explosives. (more)

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Supreme Court to Review Health Care Law

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to review whether Congress overreached its constitutional power by passing the 2010 health care law, which would require almost every American to have health insurance.

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ICE Arrests Almost 3,000 Convicted Criminal Immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday that the agency had arrested almost 3,000 immigrants previously convicted of crimes. The arrests came in a seven-day “Cross Check” operation that spanned all 50 states and four U.S. territories.

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What Hugo Chavez Is Up To

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been busy courting countries from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the Far East to assemble a political and economic bulwark against American imperialism. (more)

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Frank Rich Blasts Bipartisanship

With an eye on the ruthlessly partisan strategies, tactics and proposed policies of the Republican contenders for the White House, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich assigns a poor grade to Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle. (more)

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The Push to Preserve the Postal Service

Facing a shortfall of a few billion dollars, the U.S. Postal Service is planning to drop 220,000 full-time jobs and close 3,700 post offices and 300 processing centers by 2015, while scaling back services and cutting retirement benefits. And that’s after laying off 110,000 employees since 2007. (more)

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AP / Jae C. Hong

Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz

From Our Arsenal to Yours

Iraq has made a down payment of $1.4 billion to the United States on 18 F-16 fighter jets that are intended to protect Iraqi sovereignty when the U.S. is gone. But the planes will not be delivered for years to come, and U.S. forces are required by the status-of-forces agreement to withdraw by the end of December. (more)

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Billions Saved









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Two and a Half Republicans









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AP / Wilfredo Lee

Suleiman’s Travels

A flight attendant’s voice had come over the loudspeaker, asking my husband and another guy with a common Muslim name to get off the Delta flight scheduled to depart from JFK. It is the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Troy Davis and the Machinery of Death

On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia’s death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

Afghanistan Is Obama’s Gordian Knot

The Gordian knot by which this American project is bound is the simultaneous conflict and collaboration of the United States and nuclear Pakistan.

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Israel Refuses to Halt Settlement Construction

Israel decided to move ahead with settlement construction Tuesday, giving the go-ahead for the building of 1,100 housing units in east Jerusalem, even after Palestinians claimed the area as their future capital in their application for U.N. membership last week.

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