Truthout: 10 April 2012

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Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall.

Truthout: 10 April 2012

Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign
Michael D Shear and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times News Service: “Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall. ‘We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,’ Mr. Santorum said.”
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Photo Essay: Chicago Spring Takes the Streets
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: “Though it’s been a temperate winter, things are heating up in Chicago. With only weeks to go until May Day and fewer than two months until the NATO summits, Occupy Chicago has come back out into the streets.”
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Twenty-Six Major Corporations Paid No Corporate Income Tax for the Last Four Years, Despite Making Billions in Profits
Pat Garofalo, ThinkProgress: “Last year, Citizens for Tax Justice found that 30 major corporations had made billions of dollars in profits while paying no federal income tax between 2008 and 2010. Today, CTJ updated that report to reflect the 2011 tax bill of those 30 companies, and 26 of them have still managed to pay absolutely nothing over that four year period.”
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White House Report Backs Obama Push for Tax on Millionaires
Lesley Clark and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: “Going on the offensive as the presidential campaign heats up, the White House released a report late Monday that champions legislation to force the wealthiest Americans to pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes.”
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Food Stamps Helped Reduce Poverty Rate, Study Finds
Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times News Service: “A new study by the Agriculture Department has found that food stamps, one of the country’s largest social safety net programs, reduced the poverty rate substantially during the recent recession. The food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, reduced the poverty rate by nearly 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year included in the study, a significant impact for a social program whose effects often go unnoticed by policy makers.”
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UN Calls for Immediate Halt of Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh
Kate Hoshour, Joshua Frank and Justin Guay, Truthout: “Despite glossy PR materials touting its ability to deliver on sustainable development and energy access goals, the coal industry routinely threatens human rights around the world, particularly in South Asia. Land grabs, forced evictions, violence, and environmental destruction are all disturbingly prevalent in coal industry projects.”
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What We Do: A Comic About Women in the Labor Force
Anne Elizabeth Moore and Lauren Weinstein, Truthout: “The last installment of Ladydrawers looked at gendered discrepancies in media hiring practices .. and how the gender of the labor pool might affect media content. In this piece, we look at what might be missing from the media – in other words, at the issues disproportionately affecting women that somehow get missed in a male-dominated media environment. Welcome to ‘What We Do,’ the first of two strips with Anne Elizabeth Moore and Lauren Weinstein – and watch for ‘What We Look Like’ next month.”
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How Occupy Wall Street Plans to Take Down Bank of America, and How You Can Help
Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet: “Unless we do something soon, we might be heading for yet another people’s bailout of America’s bank. Occupy Wall Street has decided to fight back. ‘This bank is not working, and the people should be deciding how to break up this bank, how it should be democratically run, before it gets either another bailout or is bought out by some other bank,’ Nelini Stamp, an Occupy Wall Street participant and organizer, told AlterNet.”
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Tom Engelhardt | The Afghan Syndrome
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com: “Still, credit must be given. Increasingly poorly remembered, Vietnam is now one for the ages. After so many years, Afghanistan has finally emerged as a quagmire beholden to no other war. What an achievement! Our moment, Afghanistan included, has proven so extreme, so disastrous, that it’s finally put the unquiet ghost of Vietnam in its grave. And here’s the miracle: it has all happened without anyone in Washington grasping the essence of that now-ancient defeat, or understanding a thing”
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Bill Gates Is Latest Donor to ALEC to Jump Ship, and More
In today’s On the News segment: Republicans are lying to keep more Americans out of a job, Americans want to know if Mitt Romney is stashing money in offshore bank accounts to avoid paying taxes, Bill Gates is the latest donor to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to jump ship, kelp off the coast of California was found to contain levels of radioactive iodine – stemming from last year’s ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, and more.
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Self-Reporting Creates $385 Billion “Tax Gap”
Gerald E Scorse, Truthout: “The real divide in US incomes isn’t between the top 1 percent and the other 99 percent. It’s between those whose income is reported by their employers to the Internal Revenue Service, and those who self-report. The divide is costing the Treasury about $200 billion a year, and Congress should gradually phase it out.”
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Training Terrorists in Nevada: Seymour Hersh on US Aid to Iranian Group Tied to Scientist Killings
Amy Goodman, Democracy NOW!: “Journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed that the Bush administration secretly trained an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists. Hersh reports the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command trained operatives from Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, at a secret site in Nevada beginning in 2005.”
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Latin American Leaders Revolt Against the Bloody War on Drugs
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “The bipartisan political posturing by the US government in declaring a military assault on illegal drugs, when our leaders know that thousands and thousands of people are dying for a war with no exit and no end in sight to the supply or demand side, is a violation of human rights and a murder warrant on civilian collateral damage among our southern neighbors.”
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The Free-Market Sainthood of the Koch Brothers
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The Drones Are Coming – to America
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Confessions of an Iraq War Whistleblower
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Tar Sands in the United States: What You Need to Know
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Supreme Court Agrees to Reconsider Citizens United
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The War on Immigrant Women: Part of the Sweeping Crusade Against the Fundamental Rights of All Women
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Why Obama’s JOBS Act Couldn’t Suck Worse
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