Friday, September 19, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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A Rough Month in America for Women
Froma Harrop
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Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.

Gallantry has been in especially short supply this month. Prominent American men have been roughing up their women in spectacularly public ways — ranging from coldly calculated mind games to a knockout punch.

September opened with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's ...

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From Voting on Scottish Independence to Taming Speculation
Nomi Prins
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In a dead heat and with three days to go before the Scottish referendum on independence, most media and economist arguments - beyond those regarding emotional debates of identity, heritage and autonomy – are increasingly fear-driven. 

For those advocating Scotland embrace its status quo, the panic-inducing exchange goes like this:  if Scotland votes for independence, it will become a debt-saddled wannabe ...

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Power Drain
Tom Engelhardt
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It’s possible I’ve lived most of my life on the wrong planet -- and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but looking back from our helter-skelter world of 2014, I ...

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America’s Natural Politics
Jim Hightower
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My father, W.F. "High" Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn't know it. Didn't know the word, much less the history or anything about populism's democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: "Everybody does ...

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How Not to Get Your Country Back
Froma Harrop
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The tea party mantra, "I want my country back," resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared.

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Casinos Just Aren’t the Answer
Froma Harrop
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The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

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Russia Denounces Obama’s Plan for Syria Airstrikes as Violation of International Law
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s state plans for taking on the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich remarked on television: “The U.S. president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the U.S. armed forces against ISIL positions in Syria without ...

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Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

A survey, released on September 6, of 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni showed them far more hopeful about the future competitiveness of American firms than about the ...

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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency
David Sirota
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If you own a share of a company, how much information about the company are you entitled to? That is the question embedded in the debate over a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

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Joe Conason
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Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a "residual force" in Iraq, complained Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and he is to blame for the Islamic State's advances. He sounds just like George W. Bush, gloated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and he is reluctantly enacting the ...

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BP and the Three Stooges Defense
Greg Palast
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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.

Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig. 

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That Gosh Darn Minimum Wage
Jim Hightower
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feels put upon just for having to talk about increasing the pay of the country's working poor.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. “It was,” the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, “the worst day of my political life.”

Was he talking about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America? No.

McConnell was reflecting on the day 12 years ...

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Big Business Billionaires to Continue Buying Elections in the US
Christina Sarich
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Although there has been little bipartisan support of bills that would limit the corporate fire-sale which has become the election process in America, just a few days ago, not a single Senate Republican voted in favor of putting a check on unlimited money in politics by supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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The Inflation Fighters Want to Increase the Debt Burden on Our Children
Dean Baker
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Are you worried about the government running deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars and a debt in the TRILLIONS? If so, then you should be really angry at people calling for the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates. If the rate hikers get their way, they will add trillions of dollars to the debt burden borne by our children and grandchildren.

Okay, I’ll stop with the deficit hawk garbage, but there is a simple point here. If the Fed slows the economy and ...

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Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease
Noam Chomsky
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On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

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Driving American Politics Underground
Chris Hedges
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Politics, if we take politics to mean the shaping and discussion of issues, concerns and laws that foster the common good, is no longer the business of our traditional political institutions. These institutions, including the two major political parties, the courts and the press, are not democratic. They are used to crush any ...

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The People vs. Federal Bank Settlements and Liquidity Rules
Nomi Prins
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Last week, in an interview with Bloomberg News, former Countrywide CEO, Angelo Mozilo gave the nation the middle finger. He expressed zero remorse or culpability for his very personal (and personally lucrative) role in the subprime crisis that catalyzed a global economic recession. Apparently baffled by a potential ...

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NSA’s ICREACH Will Make the NSA Look Like They’ve Been Spying Through a Child’s Broken Kaleidoscope
Christina Sarich
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Ah, this game of mirrors that has appeared before us.

 

The patterns being revealed are truly motley, a polychromatic show of just how repugnant a power left unchecked can become. The DEA, and FBI likely already know where you spent last night, who you were with, and if you have any medical conditions. They also know your bank balance, your five best friends, and the latest conversation you had with one of them about your boss or co-workers. That’s ...

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America
Robert Reich
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Detroit is the largest city ever to seek bankruptcy protection, so its bankruptcy is seen as a potential model for other American cities now teetering on the edge.

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The GOP’s Fear of Higher Voter Turnout
David Sirota
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It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration.

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The Economics of Violence
Bjørn Lomborg
Op-Ed
Markets’ Rose-Tinted World
Mohamed A. El-Erian
Op-Ed
ISIS: Unanswered Questions
Chris Kanthan
Op-Ed
Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill
Bryce Covert
News Investigation
Reading Hamilton From the Left
Christian Parenti
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Dolphins

Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction.

Climate Change

It's on! The biggest march and mobilization against climate crisis is about to make history.

Student Loans

As Occupy Wall Street marked its third anniversary on Wednesday, one offshoot group, Rolling Jubilee, made a historic achievement as the collective bought and abolished nearly $4 million in debt owed by thousands of students.

Education

A teacher in Florida is taking a stand against state-mandated standardized test and refusing to give them to her young students.

Environment

A way to move away from pollution and waste dependency is planting trees to increase sustainability and one company is offering a biodegradable urn be planted when a person dies to combat environmental pollution at cemeteries.

Fracking

E&B Natural Resources Management, an independent-based oil and gas company, has their sights set on the small, popular coastal city, Hermosa Beach in California as its newest oil drilling location.

China

A silent march through Hong Kong brought thousands of protesters together in a pro-democracy movement that’s quickly gaining ground.

Workers’ Rights

After a week-long strike, workers at Juno Lighting Group in Chicago, Illinois went back to work with an offer that workers helped ratify.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction, but organizations are conducting life-saving missions.

Genetically Modified Foods

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Food Health

Grassroots groups are continuing the right for a more just food system from Palestine to the rural areas of Washington D.C.

Fracking

Environmental organizations filed a motion to uphold a ban on fracking, which was enacted in Longmont, Colorado back in 2012.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Internet

Big Telecom and their supplicants want to regulate your Internet and make online services more expensive.

Fracking

Fracking has been introduced into many states, making the U.S. a major gas producer, but activist are trying to stop this as it is hazardous to our environment.

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