What Was “Essential” and What Wasn’t: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175761/ On a damp Friday morning 11 days into the government shutdown, a “few dozen” truckers took to the Capital Beltway in a demonstration with the Twitter hashtag #T2SDA (Truckers to Shut Down America).  They wanted to tell lawmakers they were angry, launch an...

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Drones, the Media and Malala’s Message

Peter Hart FAIR blog Drones, the Media and Malala’s Message Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai’s visit to the United States was widely covered in the media, including interviews with ABC‘s Diane Sawyer (10/11/13), CNN’s Christiane Amanpour (10/14/13) and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show (10/8/13). She was selected as ABC‘s “Person of the Week” on October 11,...

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The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism

Glenn Greenwald The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/14/independent-epitaph-establishment-journalism Like many people, I’ve spent years writing and speaking about the lethal power-subservient pathologies plaguing establishment journalism in the west. But this morning, I feel a bit like all of that was wasted time and energy, because this new column by career British journalist Chris Blackhurst – an executive...

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Robert Reich to Tea Party: Americans Don’t Like Traitors to Our System of Government

Robert Reich RobertReich.org http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/robert-reich-tea-party-americans-dont-traitors-our-system-government?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, has just changed his tune. He now says: “My primary focus is on minimizing risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. There are many paths you can take to get there. Socialized medicine is...

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How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press

Kevin Gosztola The Dissenter http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/10/10/how-obama-administration-controlled-media-is-used-to-avoid-scrutiny-from-the-press/ What makes the crackdown on leaks, increased denials of Freedom of Information Act requests and surveillance of journalists even more pernicious is how this conduct by President Barack Obama’s administration has taken place as the administration simultaneously uses its own media to pump out its...

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The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_radical_christian_right_and_the_war_on_government_20131006 There is a desire felt by tens of millions of Americans, lumped into a diffuse and fractious movement known as the Christian right, to destroy the intellectual and scientific rigor of the Enlightenment, radically diminish the role of government to create a theocratic state based on...

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Finding Our Way To Empathy, Passion And Resistance

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers popularresistance.org http://www.popularresistance.org/popular-resistance-newsletter-finding-our-way-to-empathy-passion-and-resistance/ Public opinion is going through a major change.  The combination of the collapsed and languishing economy; and people standing up and speaking about taboo subjects out loud is creating a new political narrative. The Brookings Institution, a mainstay of Washington, DC think tanks, found...

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Congressional “Mad Dogs” Render the Powerful Powerless

Ralph Nader Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/10/03 SHUTDOWN – blared the Washington Post headline. None of the powers-that-be could stop a small faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives from shutting down many federal government operations starting on October 1. Suddenly the powerful Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are powerless, along...

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Pulling the Plug on the First Amendment

Rosemarie Jackowski Dissident Voice http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/09/pulling-the-plug-on-the-first-amendment/#more-50937 During the September 23, 2013 meeting of the Bennington Select Board an order was given to pull the plug. Given the order, the CatamountAccess-TV cameraman immediately obeyed. Video and audio of the live broadcast suddenly disappeared from thousands of television screens. This occurred during an enthusiastic discussion between a citizen...

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