The Huffington Post reports: "If today's uninspiring data on the mounting jobs crisis isn't enough to convince you of how difficult it will be to turn employment situation around, we've gathered some graphical evidence of just how bad it is out there."
Recommended Audio: GRITtv - Welcome to Recovery for the Rich
Laura Flanders writes: "Welcome to the recovery. That's what Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote in the New York Times this week. And such good news! We've all been waiting to be told that the economy was improving, after all. Consider: Conan O'Brien, surely one of the nation's most famous unemployed folks, just made $25 million, one of the highest prices paid for a Manhattan apartment this year. Someone's buying—even if they got a bit of a break. The apartment was originally listed for $29.5 million!"
Food Stamps or Teachers?
Katrina vanden Heuvel writes for The Nation: "The GOP midterm election strategy is clear: stubbornly oppose anything and everything that might improve the economy and bank on voters to blame Democrats for these tough times come November. There is perhaps no clearer sign of the poisonous political environment this stance has created than the battle to pass a $26 billion package to help states and local governments make Medicaid payments and avoid laying off 140,000 teachers. The only way Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to break a Republican filibuster was with offsets largely through—if you can believe it—$12 billion in cuts to food stamps."
Deficit Scare Talk Is a Big Scam by Corporations and Right-Wingers; The Problem Is Not Enough Good-Paying Jobs
Joshua Holland writes for AlterNet: "The Great Recession doesn’t exist in Washington, DC. Six of the 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S. are in the DC metropolitan area, and according to Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, citizens of the nation’s capitol are the most optimistic in the country, far more positive about the economy than the rest of America. It’s understandable -- the private sector simply isn’t hiring; public spending has averted a second Great Depression, and the spigot is located in the District."
Shifting War Strategy Smacks of Desperation
Photo: U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail
Whose Hands? Whose Blood? Killing Civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq
Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: "Consider the following statement offered by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news conference last week. He was discussing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks as well as the person who has taken responsibility for the vast, still ongoing Afghan War document dump at that site.
"You Need to Know What's Really Going On": WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on the Fight for the Truth
Photo: AFP/File - Leon Neal
Recommended Audio: John Stewart - I Give Up - 9/11 Responders Bill
Despite Anthony Weiner's passion and a clear majority, the House Republicans defeat a bill providing health care for 9/11 first responders.
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Our Sick System Still Needs Triage
Bill Boyarsky writes for Truthdig.com: "Attending a meeting on the new health care law, I had to fight the urge to stand up and beg the experts to stop. They were making the issue too complicated. At this rate, nobody will be able to understand what the law will do. And this may be the fatal flaw of the ambitious program. The law is too complex for the public to understand unless President Barack Obama somehow finds a better way to explain it."
The Dark Side of Vitaminwater
John Robbins reports for the Huffington Post: "Now here's something you wouldn't expect. Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the company's vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. No surprise there. But how do you think the company is defending itself? In a staggering feat of twisted logic, lawyers for Coca-Cola are defending the lawsuit by asserting that 'no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.'"
Are the Corporate Money Floodgates About to Open?
take advantage of the lifted restrictions, outspending corporations on independent campaign ads by nearly threefold in the first six months of 2010. But now there's mounting evidence that some of the nation's most visible and powerful corporations have entered the fray." Photo: Flickr/Tracy Olson
DeMint Tries To Rewrite History: ‘This Was Not Bush’s Recession’
Alex Seitz-Wald writes for Think Progress: "During a lengthy speech on the Senate floor yesterday about his opposition to the confirmation of Elana Kagan to the Supreme Court, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) went on a tangent, claiming the ongoing economic downturn “was not Bush’s recession” but was a “result of Democrat economic polices..."
The Neo-Know Nothings
seeking to review or revoke the citizenship clause of 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States." While the call to revoke this birthright citizenship was traditionally confined to fringe political parties and right-wing demagogues, the rising call to repeal the amendment is becoming a mantra of the Republican mainstream. But in championing reform of birthright citizenship, Republican lawmakers are directly undermining "revered U.S. constitutional traditions" and reversing "one of our nation's unique achievements, embodied in the current president and many others: that descent does not mean destiny."
The GOP’s Agenda To Change The Constitution
Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich Need a History Lesson
Joe Conason writes for Truthdig.com: "No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. Arguments in opposition range from a professed concern for the sensitivities of the Sept. 11 victims’ families to a primitive battle cry against Islam—but what they all share is an arrant disregard for our country’s founding principles."
Tea Partiers Who Got Rich off Big Government
Photo: From left to right: Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott and New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. (AP Photo)
Scientists Cast Doubt on Claims BP Spill's No Threat to Gulf
Erika Bolstad, Renee Schoof and Margaret Talev report for McClatchy Newspapers: "Many scientists say they're skeptical of a widely publicized government report Wednesday that concludes much of the oil that gushed from BP's leaking well is gone and poses little threat to the Gulf of Mexico."
Raising the Stakes on Gay Marriage
Same-Sex Marriage Is Now a 2010 Issue
John Nichols writes for The Nation: "Same-sex marriage, an on-and-off issue in election campaign seasons going back to the mid-1990s, is back with a vengeance for the 2010 cycle. But, this time, it could play very differently—if Democrats and responsible Republicans choose to recognize the arguments for marriage equality that the judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco outlined when he struck down California's Proposition 8."
How Disney Magic and the Corporate Media Shape Youth Identity in the Digital Age
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Possible Verizon-Google Deal Worries Net-Neutrality Advocates
Deb Weinstein reports for Truthout: "A rumored deal between cellphone service provider Verizon Wireless and Internet giant Google that would give preferential speeds to Google properties such as YouTube on mobile devices has net neutrality advocates on edge. Details of the agreement, as first reported by The New York Times, has thrown net neutrality advocates in a tailspin. By creating a two-tier Internet system, advocates say it not only exploits mobile users trapped in service agreements, but also works around years of wrangling over what constitutes a fair playing field on the Internet."
Genachowski’s Fast Fading Star — And How He Can Still Salvage His Term As Chairman
jetting about to industry conferences and rubbing elbows with the media elite, he does not appear very interested in actually doing the work of Chairman." Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America
Genachowski, Man Up! And Silicon Valley, Wake Up!
Stacy Higginbotham writes for GigaOm: "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just called off the “closed door” network neutrality negotiations it was conducting between major ISPs, Google, Skype and the Open Internet Coalition, after news broke Wednesday afternoon that Google and Verizon had reached an independent deal on the issue outside of the FCC negotiations. The end of these talks, which had been roundly criticized because they were being held in secret, may be a sign of hope for the FCC to push ahead with the public debate. However, it’s more likely another example of how powerless the agency has become."
FCC Gives Up on Brokering Compromise on 'Net Neutrality'
Fox New Has an African-American Problem
Karl Frish writes for the Huffington Post: " Last night, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren apologized for airing file footage of Shirley Sherrod while discussing a story about African-American Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). As Media Matters' noted, not only is this not the first time Fox News has made such a mistake, it also fails the network's self-described "zero tolerance" policy for onscreen/factual errors:
Van Susteren didn't mention the error during her show last night, though she later apologized for it on her blog. But let's not forget: Fox has a stated "zero tolerance" policy for onscreen or factual errors. And it's worth repeating that, despite this policy, Fox has repeatedly refused to correct previous "mistakes."
This also isn't the first time Fox News has inadvertently shown footage of one African-American while discussing another. As Media Matters has noted, in June 2007, Fox News showed footage of Rep. John Conyers during a report on the expected indictment of Rep. William Jefferson. In 2006, Fox aired footage of Harold Ford Jr. while talking about Barack Obama."
Big Brother on the Net
Eliza Krigman writes for the National Journal: "Advertisers and companies are tracking individuals' behavior on the Internet in significantly more depth and detail than most people are aware of, a new study conducted by the Wall Street Journal found. On average, the nation's 50 top Web sites installed 64 pieces of tracking technology onto the computers of visitors, often with no warning. Dictionary.com, Comcast.net and MSN.com installed more than 100 tracking tools each during the Journal's test. Small programs and files known as "cookies," "flash cookies" and "beacons" do the tracking work."