Views for 2012-07-06

Friday, July 6, 2012
Robin Marty
When It Comes To Reproductive Health, The National Right To Life Committee Literally Wrote The Media Playbook
Anti-choice activists and lawmakers have been good about putting out consistent messages in the media. Their adherence to a specific set of terms, their standard talking points, and their consistency...
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Ralph Nader
Jolting the Democratic Party from Its Stupor
If the Democrats in Congress were all drinking water from the same faucet, there might be a clue to their chronic fear of the craven and cruel corporatist Republicans who dominate them.
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Sadhbh Walshe
How US Prison Labor Pads Corporate Profits at Taxpayers' Expense
In 1979, Congress created the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (known as PIE; pdf) to establish employment opportunities for inmates "that approximate private sector work...
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Jeff Spross
5 Ways Republicans Have Sabotaged Job Growth
New numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the economy added a mere 80,000 jobs in June. That’s down from an average of 150,000 jobs a month for the first part of the year...
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Mark Weisbrot
Federal Government Can Restore Full Employment – If Only it Wanted to Do So
Three years after our worst recession since the Great Depression officially ended, the U.S. economy is still very weak. The people most hurt by this weakness are the unemployed and the poor, and of...
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Jon Wiener
'Shut Down San Onofre': The New Front Line in the Fight Against Nuclear Power
Not long after the meltdown at Fukushima, workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, north of San Diego, discovered radioactive steam leaking into the air. Hundreds of steam tubes had been...
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Robert Reich
How Not to Get Big Pharma to Change Its Ways
Earlier this week the Justice Department announced a $3 billion settlement of criminal and civil charges against pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline — the largest pharmaceutical settlement in history — for...
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Ruth Rosen
The 'Obamacare' Challenge to American Individualism
Early in the morning, half awake, I heard my husband let out a whooping cheer from somewhere in the house. “I can’t believe it,” he kept saying. Like most of my friends, he--a Director of Public...
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Robert Scheer
Libor Interest Rate Scandal: Crime of the Century
Forget Bernie Madoff and Enron’s Ken Lay—they were mere amateurs in financial crime. The current Libor interest rate scandal, involving hundreds of trillions in international derivatives trade, shows...
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Michelle Chen
Labor Activists Peer into Shadows of Apple’s Factory Empire
Our gadgets and tablets make our lives easier, but those palm-sized miracles of convenience are built by hard work in a metastasizing global chain of low-wage labor.
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Charles Davis, Matt Stoller
The Santa-ization of MLK's Radical Legacy
“The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around.” – Martin Luther King’s final speech, I've Been to the Mountaintop
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John Atcheson
The Future as a Commons: Capitalism and an Ecologic Tragedy in Time
In 1968 Garret Hardin published his now famous essay, The Tragedy of the Commons , in which he demonstrated that the inevitable result of unconstrained growth on a commonly held pasture was a “...
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Jeremy Brecher
After the Failure of Rio+20: A Human Preservation Movement?
A quarter-century ago, when “Save the Whales!” was a popular slogan, a New Yorker cartoon showed one whale asking another, “But can they save themselves?” In the early 21st century, experts and...
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