Thursday, July 29, 2010

Truthout 7/29

Shirley Sherrod, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt and American Racial Hysteria
Cary Fraser, Truthout: "The recent firing of Shirley Sherrod by the secretary of agriculture after an excerpt of a video of her speech at an NAACP event was used to portray her as a poster-child for anti-white racism by Andrew Breibart, the conservative media personality, provoked a firestorm of controversy about race and its legacies in American life."
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From the Heart of Arizona, We Still Have a Dream
Randall Amster J.D., Ph.D., Truthout: "Following the news that a federal judge has struck down what are essentially the worst parts of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, there is a sense of vindication and relief on the part of many who have been working for justice in regard to immigration issues."
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Tea Partyers in Wonderland
Barbara Koeppel, The Nation: "The mythmongers in Tea Party land and millions more Americans seem to prefer fiction to fact. Based on a mid-April New York Times/CBS News poll of about 1,600 adults, we learned that 52 percent of Tea Party supporters believe 'too much has been made of the problems facing black people.'"
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House Votes to Eliminate Cocaine Sentencing Disparity
William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers: "The House of Representatives passed a historic bill Wednesday that narrows sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine convictions, which civil rights and civil liberties experts say contributed to the disproportionate imprisonment of African-Americans in recent decades."
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WikiLeaks Q&A With Daniel Ellsberg
Gloria Goodale, The Christian Science Monitor: "Before WikiLeaks, before the Afghanistan war, before the Internet, a defense analyst named Daniel Ellsberg rocked America in 1971 when he leaked to the newspapers of the day a top-secret study of US decisionmaking in Vietnam. The documents came to be known as the 'Pentagon Papers.'"
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Robert Reich | The Final Lesson of BP
Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "BP is starting over. It just named a new American president and its finances are looking up. BP's second-quarter report showed surprisingly strong revenues of $75.9 billion, beating Wall Street's estimates. (This includes a $32.2 billion writedown along with the $20 billion liability fund that the Obama Administration wanted.) The company has started to sell $30 billion of its assets to ensure it has all the money it needs to pay any liability claims. No wonder several Wall Street analysts are suggesting BP stock as a terrific buy."
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Michigan Oil Leak Polluting Kalamazoo River; Governor Declares Disaster Area
Tim Martin, The Christian Science Monitor: "Crews were working Wednesday to contain and clean up an estimated 877,000 gallons of oil that coated birds and fish as it poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River, one of the state's major waterways."
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News in Brief: Migrant Bodies Piling Up in Arizona Heat, and More ...
July, a deadly month for immigrants crossing the desert; DOJ investigates FBI agents for cheating on test of new surveillance rules; French officials target Roma after riots; Michigan oil spill tops one million gallons; second sailor's body found in Afghanistan.
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Timing of Stock Sales by Moody's Chief Raises Questions
Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers: "The chief executive of Moody's Investors Service sold almost $3 million in company stock this year, and $7.1 million last year, both times right before his company's stock price fell from its peak levels, a McClatchy analysis has found."
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Democrats Take on Supreme Court's Giant Sell-Out of Our Democracy to Corporations
Joshua Holland, AlterNet: "Democrats in Congress are fighting to undo, or at least mitigate, the potential damage wrought by the Supreme Court in its Citizens United decision, an example of right-wing judicial activism that has the potential to put the final nail in the coffin of American self-governance and turn over our elections to multinational corporations."
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Safety First!
Dick Meister, Truthout: "The number of serious on-the-job accidents this year have yet again made very clear the urgent need for expanded and tightened government safety regulation. The toll on workers has been high, as President Cecil Roberts of the United Mine Workers union told the House Education and Labor Committee in mid-July."
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A Trove of FDR's Papers Finally Available to the Public
Tish Wells, McClatchy Newspapers: "President Franklin D. Roosevelt never kept a diary. He never gave lengthy interviews to historians. He died before he had a chance to write a memoir. Yet he held the nation's top office at a time of amazing tumult and transition. Now historians have a new set of documents to help piece together the details of the nation's longest presidency - and one of its most momentous."
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Abbas Gets Arab Backing to Enter Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
Joshua Mitnick, The Christian Science Monitor: "Setting the stage for the Palestinians to negotiate directly with Israel, the Arab League agreed in principle today to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas holding face-to-face peace talks with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The decision of the Arab League's forum on Israeli-Palestinian talks is significant because it provides political cover for Mr. Abbas, who has been locked in a battle for legitimacy with Islamists from Hamas who oppose negotiations with Israel."
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