All Further Articles for 2013-01-30

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Gitmo As Systemic Failure
With the appalling news that the State Department is reassigning Guantánamo s pecial envoy Daniel Fried and closing his office, critics are blasting what Glenn Greenwald calls the "vintage Obama symbolic gesture" - while retaining a core injustice - that was the supposed promise to close Gitmo. Sadly, Charles Pierce nails it. "The institutions failed because the politicians failed, and the politicians failed because we let them."
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He Shot First: Yet More Senseless Shootings of Kids
Amidst ongoing Senate hearings on gun violence, more horrific stories. Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was shot and killed when, en route to ice skating with friends, he committed the crime of mistakenly pulling into the driveway of an armed 69-year-old Vietnam veteran and Christian missionary. Officials called the shooting "not a question of race (but) a tragic event dictated by fear” - and guns. A 15-year-old girl was also randomly shot and killed a week after performing at Obama's inauguration. Today Gabby Giffords powerfully testified, "Too many children are dying." Yes. Surreal Update : Shortly after Giffords testified, several people shot at a Phoenix office complex. Surreal Etc : And another, at an Atlanta middle school.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Fox Sinking, Sun Rising
January's cable news ratings show that Fox News saw the lowest viewershi p in years, with declines of u p to 40% in key demo graphic grou ps - ratings that Politico hastens to call "down but not disastrous." So okay, they're still leading. But MSNBC saw a gain of 11% since last year. Ho pe s prings.
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