Army said Friday in Colorado Springs. That means the United States should expect protracted military actions that look far different from the tank wars of the past, Gen. George Casey Jr. told more than 1,000 people attending the annual Armed Forces luncheon at The Broadmoor." Photo: Getty Images.
Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us
Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster: Justice Department Investigating Massey For 'Willful Criminal Activity'
Samuel Hananel, Associated Press, reports on The Huffington Post: "Federal prosecutors said Friday they are investigating whether there was "willful criminal activity" by the company that operates the West Virginia coal mine where 29 workers died in an accident last month. The U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of West Virginia said in a letter that investigators are looking into possible criminal conduct by the mine's operator, Performance Coal, and its directors, officers and agents."
How Too-Big-to-Fail's Army of Lobbyists Has Captured Washington
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Covering the Bank Investigations: A Cautionary Tale
Stephen Engelberg reports for ProPublica: "The story of the banks that created investments and then bet against them has reached a particularly unedifying stage. Every day seems to bring another headline about a bank or hedge fund that is "under investigation" by one authority or another. Such stories can be built around a wispy fact or two. They typically feature indignant denials and lots of caveats, and are often sourced to the always-revealing "people familiar with the case." (For a run-down of the stories, see our just-published Bank Investigations Cheat Sheet .) "
Recommended Audio: KCPT - Week in Review for May 14
This week's show discusses the out come of the Kansas legislative session, the budget and the laws that were passed.
Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Goes to Bat for Monsanto, Sides With Conservative Justices
Joshua Frank reports for Truthout: "Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the United States and Monsanto wants to control it. On April 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could well write the future of alfalfa production in our country."
Reporters Committee Releases Summary of Kagan's Media Law Background
The report finds that "Elena Kagan has worked on free-speech and free-press issues more than any recent high court nominee, but her writings tend to explore the underpinnings of current doctrines and standards, rather than argue for or against any particular approach. She has also expressed skepticism with how workable the 'actual malice' libel standard and a reporter’s privilege are, and whether those standards need to be reworked."
All of her non-academic experience was on behalf of a client — whether that was the United States or the National Enquirer — and should not be taken as an insight into her own beliefs. However, the cases do demonstrate her familiarity with the media law issues.
The full report is available on the Reporters Committee's web site.
Chevron's "Crude" Attempt to Suppress Free Speech
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship comment for Truthout: "Even as headlines and broadcast news are dominated by BP's fire-ravaged, sunken offshore rig and the ruptured well gushing a reported 210,000 gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico, there's another important story involving Big Oil and pollution - one that shatters not only the environment but the essential First Amendment right of journalists to tell truth and shame the devil."
Obama calls BP, Transocean Testimony "Ridiculous Spectacle"
Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers: "President Barack Obama took aim Friday at BP and other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, calling their congressional testimony this week 'a ridiculous spectacle' and promising Americans his administration will be more critical of and less 'cozy' with the industry than predecessors."
It's Bush's Oil Spill
even Fox News hosts won't buy it. Meanwhile, new revelations in Friday's New York Times reveal that something closer to the reverse is the truth—the Deepwater Horizon fiasco is yet another consequence of George W. Bush's corruption and incompetence."
The Politics of Disaster: Will Gulf Tragedy Bring Real Change?
Lord Vader joins a long and dirty list of supporters of the climate bill which includes coal companies like Duke Power, Shell Oil, a host of nuclear power corporations as well as the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
If passed the bill would funnel billions of dollars to oil companies for expanded offshore drilling, so-called "clean coal technology" and new nuclear power plants. It would also set up a cap and trade carbon market.
Greenwash of the Week is sponsored by the Change Chevron campaign http://changechevron.org - because Energy Shouldn't Cost Lives.
Outlawing Latinos' Heritage
Eugene Robinson writes for Truthout: "At least we don't have to pretend anymore. Arizona's passing of that mean-spirited new immigration law wasn't about high-minded principle or the need to maintain public order. Apparently, it was all about putting Latinos in their place."
Beyond Reasonable Suspicion
Photo: Griselda Nevarez/Cronkite News Service.
Florida GOP Candidates Back Arizona Immigration Law
Beth Reinhard reports for The Miami Herald: "The Republican Party's front-runner for governor, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, threw his support Thursday behind a tough new immigration law in Arizona that he criticized as 'far out' just two weeks ago. The law makes it a crime for immigrants not to carry legal papers and gives local police the power to question people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally."
Don't Ask Gays About Don't Ask, Don't Tell
7 Gay Sex Scandals of Career Anti-Gay Crusaders
Devona Walker writes for AlterNEt: "From white supremacist to right-wing politicians, we have watched an impressive number of vehemently and vocally anti-gay folks get caught up in gay sexscapades. Homophobia is in itself insanity. But being homophobic and gay, and building your career around that homophobia, well that seems like a bit more than just your run-of-the-mill self-hatred."
Internet Showdown: Conservatives v. Justice Scalia
Aparna Sridhar reports for The Huffington Post: "Earlier this week, corporate front group Americans for Prosperity -- the same group that compared health care reform to the Holocaust -- announced a $1.4 million advertising blitz to stop the FCC's 'government takeover of the Internet.' Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), whose single largest donor in this election cycle is Comcast Corporation, echoed the theme in a letter to President Obama, calling recent policies proposed by the FCC a "government takeover of yet another sector of our economy." And lawyers for Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable prophesied that recently proposed policy changes by the FCC would mark a "radical and unlawful" move that 'should set off alarm bells in Silicon Valley, on Wall Street, and everywhere in between.'"
Phony Grassroots Group Launches Smear Campaign Against FCC Action to Preserve Open Internet
announced the launch of a $1.4 million advertising campaign attacking FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's recently announced steps to preserve neutrality on the Internet. (Check out our coalition partner's net neutrality primer for a refresher on the issue). The message of the well-funded ad campaign is that the government wants to "take over" the Internet. This is a flat-out lie."
New Bill Demands "Neutral Net Neutrality," Hamstrings FCC
Nate Anderson writes for Ars Technica: "In an effort to make network neutrality impossible for the FCC temperament, Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) yesterday introduced a new bill (PDF) that would require "neutral network neutrality." And no, that's not a typo. The bill would make it difficult for the FCC to proceed with its preferred approach to network neutrality, 'reclassifying' Internet access as a telecommunications service over which the FCC has 'common carrier" authority.'"