Margaret Talev reports for McClatchy Newspapers: "Thousands of liberal and labor activists rallied in the nation's capital on Saturday and in other U.S. cities, calling for young or disillusioned Democrats to vote in the November elections. If conservative Fox commentator Glenn Beck's late August rally invigorated tea party enthusiasts to vote for Republicans, many of those who turned out for the 'One Nation Working Together' event saw it as their chance to shout back."
Priority issues for attendees were jobs, the cost of higher education and the economy. Though the crowd was evenly divided about President Obama's first two years in office, it seemed as though everyone agreed that it's time to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Interviews by June Arunga and Kmele Foster. Shot and edited by Dan Hayes.
Tax Breaks Are Not Sufficient to Restore Employment
A construction worker in Seattle, Washington. Short term, spending from the government would make up for the lack of private spending in areas such as construction, which plummeted after the collapse of the housing bubble, leaving many unemployed in this sector. Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives
How to Replace the War System
Michael N. Nagler comments for Truthout: "Despite appearances, people are becoming more aware that we cannot solve problems by waging war on them. If you are not aware that this is happening, you are not alone; watch any news or "entertainment" program and you'll see that competition, violence and war are still considered "normal." It's rare to spot nonviolent, alternative methods, since they are so rarely featured in mainstream media."
Surveillance: America's Pastime
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"Underground" Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals
Mike Ludwig reports for Truthout: "An anonymous cadet at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) spoke out against alleged religious discrimination at the school last week, saying that some cadets must pretend to be evangelical Christians in order to maintain standing among their peers and superiors. In an email to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), the whistleblower stated that he is part of an 'underground group' of about 100 cadets who cannot rely on proper channels to confront evangelical pressure. The email, published by Veterans Today, applauds the MRFF from the 'underground' and indicates that the academy is 'literally overrun with Christian conservative fanatics.'"
Fear and Favor
Paul Krugman writes for the New York Times: "A note to Tea Party activists: This is not the movie you think it is. You probably imagine that you’re starring in “The Birth of a Nation,” but you’re actually just extras in a remake of “Citizen Kane.”True, there have been some changes in the plot. In the original, Kane tried to buy high political office for himself. In the new version, he just puts politicians on his payroll. I mean that literally. As Politico recently pointed out, every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding office and isn’t named Mitt Romney is now a paid contributor to Fox News. Now, media moguls have often promoted the careers and campaigns of politicians they believe will serve their interests. But directly cutting checks to political favorites takes it to a whole new level of blatancy."
Lies of the Tea Party
Joe Conason writes for Truthdig.com: " For Americans still suffering from persistent unemployment, falling incomes and rising inequality, politicians of either party probably generate little enthusiasm. Yet although political ennui is understandable, the disaffection and demoralization of Democrats have created a dangerous political vacuum that is being filled with misleading data, urban legends and outright lies. Indeed, the entire tea party movement was founded on false assumptions about the economic program that probably saved the country from a second Great Depression."
Why the Democrats' Response to the Pledge Has Been Inadequate
History Lessons With Dick Armey: Tea Parties Predate Obama, Clarence Thomas Was 'Lynched'
Megan Carpentier reports for Talking Points Memo: "Speaking to a largely unfriendly -- and often openly hostile -- audience at The New Yorker Festival's Tea Party panel on Saturday morning, former House Majority Leader and current FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey attempted to explain to those in attendance the true origins of the tea party and why so many people seem to be so angry right now. And, despite sharing the stage with Harvard history professor and author Jill Lepore, CNBC's Rick Santelli and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), he openly attempted to rewrite more than a little history to fit his preferred narrative."
Deficit Fraud Rand Paul on Extending Bush's Tax Cuts: "I'm Not Seeing It As A Cost"
Pat Garofalo writes for ThinkProgress: "Last month, a spokesman for Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul said that, if elected, Paul 'will vote against and filibuster any unbalanced budget proposal in the Senate.' Not only can the budget not be filibustered, but Paul is going to make balancing the budget exceedingly difficult, as he is willing to extend all of the Bush tax cuts - including those for the richest two percent of Americans - without offsetting them with spending cuts or tax increases elsewhere, for a total cost of nearly $4 trillion."
The Independent Fundraising Gold Rush Since "Citizens United" Ruling
Health Care's Second Wind
E. J. Dionne writes from Truthdig.com: "Here is another piece of conventional wisdom about this year’s election that is being rendered patently false. It’s been said over and over that no Democrats are running on the health care bill. Actually, more and more of them are proudly campaigning on what the plan has achieved—and they should. In a fight for his political life in Wisconsin, Sen. Russ Feingold went on the air last week with an advertisement that explicitly defends provisions in the bill and attacks his opponent, Republican Ron Johnson, for wanting to repeal it."
Glaxo's Avandia Cover-Up
saying that its "benefits…no longer outweigh its risks." The Food and Drug Administration severely restricted use of the drug to patients for whom there are no other options, stopping short of pulling Avandia off the market." Photo: Flickr/Fillmore Photography
Environmental Justice Comes Back to Life
Emily Badger reports for Miller-McCune: "The Environmental Protection Agency last week resuscitated an interagency working group to tackle environmental justice, an issue that hasn't been discussed much in Washington in nearly a decade. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called the group's first meeting - attended by Attorney General Eric Holder and the secretaries of Interior, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development - a historic event, as federal agencies recommit themselves to rooting out the 'environmental discrimination' that occurs when landfills, coal plants and toxic waste dumps are located disproportionately in communities of color."
A High-Risk Energy Boom Sweeps Across North America
Keith Schneider reports for Environment 360: "The most direct path to America’s newest big oil and gas fields is U.S. Highway 12, two lanes of blacktop that unfold from Grays Harbor in Washington State and head east across the top of the country to Detroit. The 2,500-mile route has quickly become an essential supply line for the energy industry. With astonishing speed, U.S. oil companies, Canadian pipeline builders, and investors from all over the globe are spending huge sums in an economically promising and ecologically risky race to open the next era of hydrocarbon development. As domestic U.S. pools of conventional oil and gas dwindle, energy companies are increasingly turning to “unconventional” fossil fuel reserves contained in the carbon rich-sands and deep shales of Canada, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountain West."
Evidence Refutes BP's and Fed's Deceptions
Photo: Erika Blumenfeld
How Climate Legislation Failed
Kevin Drum writes for Mother Jones: "Ryan Lizza has a big piece in the New Yorker about the failure of climate legislation to move forward this year, and it's worth a read. But I agree with Jonathan Zasloff: if you come away thinking that the White House is mainly at fault here, you've taken away the wrong message. Quick summary: early on there were two possible strategies for getting a bill through the Senate. The first was to round up four or five Republican supporters, since everyone knew there were at least a few Democrats who would never come on board. That never really went anywhere because there just weren't any. In the end, Lindsey Graham was the only Republican willing to support a climate bill."
Courts May Be Critical in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Battle
five teenage boys have committed suicide in recent weeks after being bullied because they were gay.
Comedian Sarah Silverman struck a serious note when she posted the following video on Perez Hilton's YouTube account, pointing the finger squarely at America's social policies that tell gay people that they cannot serve their country openly (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) or marry the person that they love.
"You're telling that to kids, too," said Silverman in the short but strongly worded message, adding that the bullies "learned it from watching you."
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS PROFANITY/NSFW LANGUAGE.
Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful
The Time for Compromise Has Passed on Net Neutrality
Ryan Blethen comments for the Seattle Times: "The Federal Communications Commission needs to realize what it is: a regulatory agency. Once it grasps that simple concept it should do what regulatory agencies do: regulate. The commission has played it safe since Julius Genachowski was installed as chairman by President Obama. Genachowski has had enough time on the job to know when to get aggressive. That time is now. Congress has given Genachowski an entree to stop the FCC's dithering on net neutrality."