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It's Time Several Women, Not Just Hillary Clinton, Ran to Run America (Ahem, Elizabeth Warren)

There are several strong female contenders, including one Massachusetts senator, who should challenge the former secretary of state for the Democratic presidential nomination; spies are being recruited on college campuses; meanwhile, the U.S. government will financially reward people who support TAFTA. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

A Woman Should Run for President Against Hillary Clinton. Or Many Women.
It was exhilarating covering Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency, but there was so much about the race that was backward and retro, more 1958 than 2008.

‘Selling Out’ Is Meaningless: Teens Live in the Commercial World We Created
In the recent Frontline documentary “Generation Like,” Doug Rushkoff lamented that today’s youth don’t even know what the term “sell-out” means.

Israeli Teens Need to Stop With The Auschwitz Selfies
Israel can’t decide if teens joking around at Auschwitz is normal, immature behavior or utterly Holo-caustic disrespect.

Cursive Is an Endangered Species
Over the past decade or so, something big has been happening in public schools throughout the United States: Instruction in cursive writing has all but disappeared, cut from curricula as schools bring more technology (and keyboarding) into the classroom.

Who Ought to Underwrite Publishing Scholars’ Books?
At almost any gathering of academic publishers or librarians, you’ll hear someone float the idea—sometimes phrased as a question—that the model for publishing scholarly monographs is broken.

Gender Segregation in Israeli Schools a Social ‘Disaster’
Professor Amnon Rubinstein, a former minister of education and recipient of the Israel Prize for Law, told Al-Monitor: “I find it very strange that providing the weaker sectors of the society access to higher education as a way of reducing gaps rarely ever comes up for discussion in the Knesset. It really bothers me.”

A Surprising Number of Bank Robbers Use Mass Transit for Their ‘Getaway’
In the modern city, criminality meets multimodality.

50 Exonerations So Far in 2014
On pace for a record-breaking year.

The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling
And there’s very little the U.S. can do to stop it.

How the Clintons Went from ‘Dead Broke’ to Rich: Bill Earned $104.9 Million for Speeches
Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives in Switzerland and Denmark, an investors’ group in Sweden and a cluster of business and political leaders in Austria.

How The Feds Are Recruiting Spies at Campuses Across the U.S.
In July 2005, a select group of fifteen- to nineteen-year-old high school students participated in a week-long summer program called “Spy Camp” in the Washington, DC, area.

So Desperate For Support, U.S. Will Pay People Who Support TAFTA
Some folks in Europe — farmers, consumer groups, enviros, privacy advocates and others — have strongly opposed the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that’s now being negotiated.

The Pope Excommunicates the Mafia, Finally
In some ways, it is surprising that Pope Francis made news by traveling to Calabria and excommunicating members of the Mafia.

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