Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Truthout: 29 March 2012

Truthout: 29 March 2012

Is There More to Sen. Snowe's Resignation Than Congress's "Crumbling Center"?
Danny Weil, Truthout: "Snowe is hardly a moderate. Casting the conservative senator from Maine as such exemplifies how far to the right this country has moved ... Snowe's announcement she will not seek another term in the Senate may have little to do with 'civility' or 'loss of the center' within contentious politics and more to do with the fact her husband is knee-deep in controversy over an educational for-profit college chain know as Educational Management Corporation or Wall Street ticker (EDMC)."
Read the Article

CEO Pay: Money Well Earned?
Salvatore Babones, Truthout: "The idea that corporations should seek to maximize shareholder value - and nothing else - was born in the 1980s and rose to dominance in the 1990s. Before the 1990s, many people believed that corporations existed to produce useful goods, provide important services, generate meaningful employment and support vibrant communities. How quaint that sounds today."
Read the Article

Robert Scheer | The Supreme Court's Five Hypocrites
Robert Scheer, Truthdig: "The Supreme Court is so full of it. The entire institution, as well as its sanctimonious judges themselves, reeks of a time-honored hypocrisy steeped in the arrogance that justice is served by unaccountable elitism. My problem is not with the Republicans who dominate the court questioning the obviously flawed individual mandate for the purchasing of private-sector health insurance but rather with their zeal to limit federal power only when it threatens to help the most vulnerable."
Read the Article

Few Minds Are Changed by Arguments in Court
Susan Saulny, The New York Times News Service: "The morning arguments before the Supreme Court had grown tense just as the lunch crowd was packing into the food court at a downtown Atlanta office complex to watch news coverage of the hearing. Over a meal of fast food, Bebee Dillard, a cleaning business owner, could not have been more pleased with the conservative justices, who were asking tough questions about the constitutionality of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the law intended to overhaul the nation's health system."
Read the Article

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Radiation Levels at Fukushima Have Reached Their Highest Point Yet, and More
In today's On the News segment: The Supreme Court has finished hearing arguments about the constitutionality of Obamacare, new study finds only 56 percent of students who enter American universities are able to graduate within six years, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan received a 600 percent increase in his salary from the year before, radiation levels at Fukushima have reached their highest point yet, and more.
Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

War With Iran? Sen. Rand Paul Calls the Question
Robert Naiman, Truthout: "Before we have a war with Iran, shouldn't the Senate and the House have at least one debate and vote on it? Isn't that what the Constitution demands? ... If you agree to the principle that Congress should debate and vote on a war with Iran before any such war takes place (which also happens to be the Constitution and the law), when do you think a good time would be for the Senate and the House to start taking up the question?"
Read the Article

Why the Huffington Post Needs to Immediately Retract Mark Benjamin's Afghanistan Massacre Report
Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: "A March 25 article by Mark Benjamin at The Huffington Post seriously misled readers about a link between the controversial antimalarial drug mefloquine and the mass murder in Afghanistan attributed to Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Relying on a document he wrongly identified, and with zero evidence backing up his claims, Benjamin's headline stated 'Military Scrambles to Limit Malaria Drug Just After Afghan Massacre.' As a matter of journalistic ethics, Benjamin should apologize to his readers and retract the story."
Read the Article

Generals Who Don't Just Fade Away: The Newest in Self-Dealing Maneuvers
Dina Rasor, Truthout: "As I mentioned in an earlier Solutions column, it was a tradition for ex-generals to enter the civilian business world. It was even considered unseemly for a retired general to go work for a military company after World War II, but unfortunately, a large percentage of current retiring generals go to work for defense companies, giving 'advice' and claiming not to lobby."
Read the Article

District Court Permanently Blocks Oklahoma Ultrasound Law, Expect a Supreme Court Battle
Robin Marty, RH Reality Check: "The 10th Circuit Federal Court has just issued a permanent injunction on a 2010 Oklahoma law that would require all women terminating their pregnancies to first undergo a mandatory ultrasound. The news, which is no doubt welcome to the women in and around Oklahoma who will no longer have to endure the added financial stress and emotional pressure of an unwanted, medically-unnecessary ultrasound, also sets up what is likely to be the next big battle - this time, before the Supreme Court."
Read the Article

The Right Wing's Election-Year Islamophobia
John Feffer, TomDispatch: "Those who fervently believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim generally practice their furtive religion in obscure recesses of the Internet. Once in a while, they’ll surface in public to remind the news media that no amount of evidence can undermine their convictions."
Read the Article

Michael Dawson on the Biggest Gulf in American Life
Rakim Brooks, Truthout: "Whether we're talking about what the role of the government is, what you think of the United Nations, political leaders - Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, President Obama - or how to respond to [Hurricane] Katrina and whether it had anything to do with race, across a wide variety of issues we see differences between mainstream black and white American opinion that dwarfs anything in American public opinion, period. Democrat versus Republican, men versus women, conservative versus liberal, the black/white divide is the biggest, one of the biggest in the world, and certainly the largest gap in the United States."
Read the Article

Maxwell's Hammer Redux: Syracuse University and the Effort to Break Down the Rule of Law
Linda Ford, Truthout: "In the wake of President Obama's new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which does away with habeas corpus for those who are labeled 'terrorists,' it really shouldn't be all that surprising to see academic institutions race to provide intellectual backdrop to justify the end to such basic American constitutional rights. But I was a little surprised and a lot appalled to see my alma mater at it again."
Read the Article

Click here for more Truthout articles

BUZZFLASH DAILY HEADLINES

Unlike Trayvon Martin, Gun Lovers Can Carry More Than Skittles in Their NRA Hoodies
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: "The National Rifle Association (NRA) never misses a beat on capitalizing on paranoia or profiting from the gun industry. Call it utterly tasteless and macabre, but as ThinkProgress points out, the NRA sells hoodies in its online retail store that are specially designed to hide handguns."
Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

In House Speech Defending Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore Recounts Being Raped
Read the Article at Raw Story

Jailed Climate Hero Tim DeChristopher Thrown in the Hole
Read the Article at Rolling Stone

Rick Santorum Tells Boy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball
Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Occupy Wall Street Affiliates Chain Subway Gates Open for Fare Strike
Read the Article at The Village Voice

Limbaugh, Santorum, Sex, and the Origins of the Roman Catholic Church
Read the Article at BuzzFlash

Craigslist Founder Jumps Into Voting Rights Fight
Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Scalia Says Court Can't Be Bothered to Read Obama's Health Care Bill: "You Really Want Us to Go Through These 2,700 Pages?"
Read the Article at ThinkProgress

Click here for more BuzzFlash headlines

Support Truthout with a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.

*************

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Keith Rankin: Science, Scientists, And Scientism
Science, in the not-so-recent-past, has often had a bad press. It's been personified, particularly by the political left, as Frankenstein, as agents of capitalism, classical liberalism, colonialism, sexism (yang over yin), eugenics, and god-like pretension. More recently though, in the zeitgeists of climate change awareness and covid, it's had an unusually good press; although we retain this persistent worry that viruses such as SARS-Cov2 may be the unwitting or witting result of the work of careless or evil scientists... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Can ACT's Dream Run Continue?

By most reckonings the ACT Party has had a very successful political year. Not only has its expanded Parliamentary team settled in well to its work, without controversy or scandal, but its leader has gained in community respect, and the party’s support, at least according to the public opinion polls, has increased sharply... More>>

Keith Rankin: Basic Universal Income And Economic Rights
"Broad growth is only going to come when you put money in the hands of people, and that's why we talk about a Universal Basic Income". [Ritu Dewan, Indian Society of Labour Economics]. (From How long before India's economy recovers, 'Context India', Al Jazeera, 31 Oct 2021.) India may be to the 'Revolution of the twenty-first century' that Russia was to the 'Revolution of the twentieth century'... More>>



Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate Pact... More>>

Globetrotter: Why Julian Assange’s Inhumane Prosecution Imperils Justice For Us All

When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, “I think I am losing my mind.”
He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasized by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>