Saturday, April 3, 2010

Truthout 4/3

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | Dr. King's Economic Dream Deferred
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Truthout: "This is a perilous moment. The individualist, greed-driven free-market ideology that both our major parties have pursued is at odds with what most Americans really care about. Popular support for either party has struck bottom, as more and more agree that growing inequality is bad for the country, that corporations have too much power, that money in politics has corrupted our system, and that working families and poor communities need and deserve help because the free market has failed to generate shared prosperity - its famous unseen hand has become a closed fist."
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Report: VA Needs to Improve Services for Growing Number of Women Veterans
Mary Susan Littlepage, Truthout: "The GAO conducted the study because women are a growing subgroup of veterans. In 2008, the VA provided health care to more than 281,000 women veterans. Also, women veterans seeking VA health care need access to an array of services and Congress has raised concerns about how well the VA is prepared to meet the physical and mental health care needs of women."
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Why Torture Is Necessary
Davidson Loehr, Truthout: "Secrecy, torture and the murder of those who resist are necessary parts of this perfect storm of unimaginable violence in the service of unimaginable theft."
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Rachel Maddow: The Bikini Graph on Job Gains (Video)
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC demonstrates job growth under Obama vs. Bush using a "bikini" graph.
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Army Secretary Backtracks on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "Backtracking on an earlier statement regarding the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, Army Secretary John McHugh warned openly gay soldiers that they could still be discharged from the Army if they acknowledged their sexual orientation."
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On Jobs vs. High Unemployment, Obama Has Political Balancing Act
Dave Cook, The Christian Science Monitor: "Even new employment figures show the US economy's strongest job-creation performance in three years, the Obama White House knows that talking to Americans about jobs requires a delicate political dance. The political challenge is to remind voters that progress is being made in battling unemployment as the 2010 congressional elections approach, while at the same time not appearing oblivious to the economic distress felt by the jobless."
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Not Satisfied With US History, Some Conservatives Rewrite It
Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers: "The right is rewriting history. The most ballyhooed effort is under way in Texas, where conservatives have pushed the state school board to rewrite guidelines, downplaying Thomas Jefferson in one high school course, playing up such conservatives as Phyllis Schlafly and the Heritage Foundation and challenging the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted to separate church and state. The effort reaches far beyond one state, however."
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