Saturday, July 3, 2010

Truthout 7/3

BP Is Only the Latest Killer of the Gulf
Max Ajl, Truthout: "The news from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe keeps on worsening. [But] the marine ecosystems of the Gulf have been literally dying for decades. Most summers, an immense zone of oxygen-depleted seawater runs from the Louisiana continental shelf to the Texas coast."
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3/5 of House Dems "Obsessed" With Afghan Withdrawal Timetable
Robert Naiman, Truthout: "'Obsession' isn't just 'a fragrance for men.' According to our Commander-in-Chief, 'obsession' now also characterizes the widespread interest in the timeline for bringing home 100,000 American boys and girls safely from Afghanistan so they can grow old with their sweethearts and lead economically productive lives, rather than becoming Pentagon statistics or lifelong burdens on their family members and the public purse."
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Supreme Court Rules for President in Separation of Powers Case
Warren Richey, Christian Science Monitor: "Congress overstepped its authority when it sought to create an independent watchdog agency deliberately insulated from direct presidential control and political accountability. In a 5-to-4 decision, the US Supreme Court struck down a portion of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which authorized the creation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)."
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Celebrate Fourth of July, Liberally
Justin Krebs, Truthout: "As we prepare to enjoy barbecues and watch fireworks this Fourth of July, there's no reason to leave liberal politics at the door. Independence Day is a holiday today's American liberals should embrace. It is an opportunity to highlight what's best in America by promoting the progressive values that animate our country. It's a time to Celebrate Liberally"
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Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We, the People, Can Win Over Washington
Shahid Buttar, Truthout: "Despite promises of change, the Obama administration has proven itself either unwilling - or unable - to shift the paradigm driving increasingly invasive surveillance or increasingly pervasive profiling according to race, religion and national origin. Nearly halfway through the Obama administration's term, the battle to banish the Bush administration's policy legacy remains largely unfought, let alone won."
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Pentagon Ban on Guantanamo Reporters is Illegal, Group Says
Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers: "A coalition of major news organizations is challenging as unconstitutional Pentagon rules that were used in May to ban four reporters from covering military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a letter to Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, the organizations argue that the Pentagon's interpretation of the rules is 'plainly illegal' because it bars publication of information considered 'protected' even if the information is already widely known and publicly available."
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Obama Eulogizes Sen. Robert Byrd Under West Virginia Skies
Linda Feldmann, Christian Science Monitor: "Under a brilliant blue summer sky, the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) of West Virginia was honored and eulogized Friday for his life of service, scholarship, and dedication to the people of his home state."
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Afghanistan by the Book - THE Book, That Is
John Goekler, Foreign Policy In Focus: "It's no secret that the Obama administration has struggled from the beginning to find a coherent narrative to support the Afghan war it inherited. Or to craft an even remotely coherent strategy. (Other than how to shift the blame when the whole thing implodes.) But now that General David Petraeus is assuming command, hearts seem suddenly light. There is a sense - or at least a claim - that new leadership in the field will somehow transform an otherwise bleak and worsening situation."
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The Erosion of Individual Liberties: When Justice and Politics Become One
Lt. Col. Barry Wingard, Truthout: "In the "War on Terror," I am amazed how every time our enemy takes action, it sets into motion a scramble by our government to take away the individual rights of Americans. Will we reach a point at which we will be completely stripped of our civil liberties in the name of eliminating danger from external threats?"
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Is BP Rejecting Skimmers to Save Money on Gulf Oil Cleanup?
Anita Lee, McClatchy Newspapers: "A report released Thursday by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform included a photo depicting 'a massive swath of oil' in the Gulf with no skimming equipment in sight. The report concluded: 'The lack of equipment at the scene of the spill is shocking, and appears to reflect what some describe as a strategy of cleaning up oil once it comes ashore versus containing the spill and cleaning it up in the ocean.'"
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