reported that the economy lost 131,000 jobs in July, 12,000 less than the 143,000 drop in the number of temporary Census workers. The June numbers were revised down by 100,000 to show a gain of 4,000 non-Census jobs." Photo:
Dodd: It's Not Worth a Fight to Get Elizabeth Warren Confirmed as CFPB Director
Pat Garofolo writes for ThinkProgress: "When it first looked like Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren might stand a serious chance of getting appointed at the first director of the newly-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - a regulatory agency which she was the first to suggest - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) poo-pooed the notion, saying there's a 'serious question' about whether Warren is 'confirmable.' The New Republic's Noam Scheiber wrote that 'after surveying a dozen insiders over the last few days...I've concluded that the odds are good that Warren would be confirmed if nominated by the White House.' And Dodd now seems to have shifted his rhetoric, saying that even if Warren is confirmable, it's not worth a potential fight to get her the job."
Myths and Facts about Raising the Retirement Age for Social Security
Nicole Woo writes for the Center for Economic and Policy Research: "Yesterday's (August 5, 2010) release of the annual Social Security Trustees' Report caused a flurry of media coverage and commentary, including Dean Baker's observation that this year's report predicts much higher future wage growth than prior reports. In fact, the new report forecasts that annual wages will be 47.8% higher in 2040 than in 2010 (adjusted for inflation)."
Katrina Plus Five Years: The Devastation Continues. Is This America's Future?
Between the Bomb and the Burqa
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Book Review: An Honest Look at Obama's First Year
David Swanson writes for Truthout: "Most commentary on President Barack Obama either beats him up unfairly because he's not a Republican or cuts him extra slack because he's not a Republican. If, in the privacy of your own home, you want to pause and review the main events of the first year or more of this presidency, as recorded by someone who obviously doesn't care about partisan boosting, I recommend Paul Street's new book "The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power."
Wealthy Political Newcomers Are Spending Big
Juliet Williams reports for the Associate Press (via Talking Points Memo): "In the midst of one of the worst recessions in decades, a host of former corporate leaders are spending millions in their quest for elective office, using their personal wealth to push past the political machinery and their own lack of experience."
Conway: Rand Paul Is 'A Waffling Pessimist Who Wants To Be The Prince Of Cable TV'
shock, the NRSC." Photo: State of Kentucky
Militarization and the Authoritarian Right
Barry Eisler comments for Truthout: "Yes, former Bush administration speechwriter and current Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen's demand that 'WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped' is, as his colleague Eva Rodriguez notes, 'more than a little whacky.' But it's useful, too, because an infatuation with the notion of using the military in nonmilitary operations, particularly domestic ones, is a key aspect of the modern American right and of the right-wing authoritarian personality. Examining Thiessen is a good way to understand both."
Dishonoring MLK's Legacy: What do Beck, Palin, and the NRA have to do with the 1963 March on Washington?
Dedrick Muhammad writes for OtherWords: "This year's anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington promises to be memorable.Though big commemorations aren't typical for 47th anniversaries, thousands will be in the streets on August 28 commemorating the march, including many people advancing a social agenda that would make Martin Luther King Jr. roll over in his grave."
The Right's New Religious Bigotry
Conservatives Go After Judges Who Rule In Favor of Marriage Equality
Amanda Terkel writes for ThinkProgress: "On Wednesday, Vaughn Walker, chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, issued a landmark ruling declaring the state's ban on marriage equality unconstitutional and without any 'rational basis.' The right wing is trying nevertheless, as they have in other states where judges ruled that denying same-sex couples marriage rights is unconstitutional. They have called for impeaching the judges, launched political campaigns to oust them, and perhaps most disturbingly, perpetrated nasty whisper campaigns about their personal lives."
AlterNet Investigation on Right-Wing Censorship of Digg Makes Huge Waves on the Internet
Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered, an investigative article published on AlterNet by the News Junkie Post's Ole Ole Olson on Thursday spread like wildfire through the media and social networking sites, from ABC News and the Washington Post to film critic Roger Ebert and Digg founder and CEO Kevin Rose's Twitter feeds."
'Clean Coal' Bottom Feeders: Chu Hands Out $1 Billion in Big Coal Welfare, Durbin Hands Out Cigars
Jeff Biggers writes for Common Dreams: "The demise of the climate and clean energy bill be damned! Welcome to Meredosia, Illinois, catfish capital of the world! And now, home to the next installment of bottom-feeding Big Coal welfare -- a check for nearly $1 billion to retrofit a decrepit old plant from Energy Secretary Steven Chu for FutureGen 2.0, our nation's scandalous "clean coal" boondoggle."
Nuke U: How the University of California Is Helping to Blow Up the World
Norman Solomon comments for The Bohemian: "On my way to the Los Alamos National Laboratory a few years ago, I found it listed in a New Mexico phone book - under 'University of California.' Since the early 1940s, UC has managed the nation's top laboratories for designing nuclear bombs. Today, California's public university system is still immersed in the nuclear weapons business."
BP Fires 10,000 Cleanup Workers
Illustration: Mother Jones
Are E-mail Attachements Bad for the Environment?
Kiera Butler writes for Mother Jones: "At one of my first jobs ever, there was a guy who would print out every single email he received. Then, to make matters worse, he would forget about his printed emails and leave them on the printer. Occasionally, just to give him a hard time, we would hand deliver his emails to him and announce their contents. 'Your wife says pork chops for dinner and she loves you!'"
Gay Marriage, the Legacy of Civil Rights and the Black Community
Devona Walker writes for TheLoop21.com: "I argued earlier that opponents of Prop 8 made some really bad moves back in California in regard to swaying the black community. They did not even bother approaching the black community, then they based their entire marketing campaign on comparing Loving v. Virginia, the ban on interracial marriage, and the ban against gay marriage. The ads were jarring, even for me, not because black is more acceptable than gay. It just seemed to play unnecessarily off inherent divisions within those communities as opposed to addressing anything relevant or contemporary. Clearly, the intent was to draw parallels between similar struggles but the impact was far more divisive."
Net Neutrality in Gravest Danger
Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers
Ed Wyatt reports for the New York Times: "Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege. The charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, to Verizon, one of the nation’s leading Internet service providers, to ensure that its content received priority as it made its way to consumers. The agreement could eventually lead to higher charges for Internet users."
Opposition to NBCU-Comcast Intensifies
The Coalition for Competition in Media, a group that opposes Comcast's bid to acquire 51 percent of NBC Universal, is ramping up its lobbying efforts with letters to the National Association of Attorneys General and five state attorneys general in California, New York, Oregon, Florida and Washington. The letters, posted today, call for a close review of the proposed acquisition that 'would cause a media monopoly that results in higher prices for consumers and more limited access to programming.'" Illustration: Free Press