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20 Dec

Nation of Change

Thursday,
20 December 2012

 

The
Real War on Christmas: Canceling Unemployment Insurance For Two Million
Americans

Trevor
Davis , Op-Ed:
President Obama criticized House Speaker John Boehner’s
“Plan B” proposal today because it lacks an extension for unemployment insurance
for the long-term jobless. If the president fails to win on this issue, two
million people will face tough choices. The mortgage or the car payment? Go to
the doctor or hope for the best? Cash in the 401(k) or take the kids out of
college? Tick tock. Ten days left. The hostages wait for forces beyond their
control to decide their fate.

Nearly
1 Million Workers Will Receive a Pay Boost in January Due to Minimum Wage
Increases

Pat
Garofalo, News Report:
“If the federal minimum wage had kept up with
inflation since the 1960s, it would be over $10 today, a far cry from the
current $7.25. Nearly one in four American workers is expected to be in a
low-wage job over the next decade (which doesn’t just harm the individual
worker, but is detrimental to the workers’ children). Raising the minimum wage
would especially benefit women.”

The
Financialization of Gender

Kim
Tran, Op-Ed:
There has been much speculation about who will replace
Timothy Geithner as the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. One of the most absurd
claims related to the conversation is that appointing a woman would change the
complexion of the Treasury, its policies, or both. The argument rests upon the
premise that women in power are inherently different from their male
counterparts. While there are a few reasons this holds its weight in water
(there are admittedly few women in positions of great economic power), there are
more why it does not.

Senator
Harry Reid and Guns: Time to Take a Stand

Medea
Benjamin, News Analysis:
“While there is a lot of talk in Democratic
circles about Republicans standing in the way of sensible gun laws, a hidden
secret is that the Democratic Senator leader from Nevada, who is key to getting
gun control legislation passed in this country, has been as pro-gun as most
Republicans. With 20 children dead, President Obama insisting that preventing
gun violence will be a second-term policy priority, and Harry Reid not facing
re-election until 2016, perhaps the Senator will now be willing to stand up to
the NRA?”

Playing
to Lose? Obama’s Just Another Chicago Player Throwing the
Game

Dave
Lindorff, Op-Ed:
If President Obama had been the commander of Allied
forces during the invasion of Normandy 1944, he would have cut a deal with the
Nazis when they launched the counter-offensive called the Battle of the Bulge,
and WWII would have ended in Europe with a divided France and a still-extant
Third Reich into the 1950s. If he had been president in 1965, we wouldn’t have
Medicare today. If he had been Rosa Parks, black people might still be riding at
the back of the bus.

Fiscal
Cliff Politics: Dems Target GOP House Members

Rachael
Marcus, News Report:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is
running radio and Web ads that target 21 vulnerable Republican House members for
“holding the middle class hostage” during the fiscal cliff negotiations. The
campaign is a bit unusual — most parties prefer to run ads a bit nearer to an
actual election. “It’s not really common to see much Democratic or Republican
congressional spending this soon after an election,” said Michael Franz of the
Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks and analyzes campaign advertising.

The
Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Bribe Its Way Through Expansion in
Mexico

Amy
Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Video Interview:
“New details have emerged
in the massive bribery scandal behind Wal-Mart’s expansion into Mexico, where
the corporate giant now operates one in five of its stores. After exposing the
bribery earlier this year, The New York Times has now visited dozens of Mexican
towns and cities to document the payoffs the company used to get its way. We’re
joined by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter who broke the
story, David Barstow.”

Amy
Goodman | Lessons From New Town, Australia, For Newtown, US

Amy
Goodman, Op-Ed:
On April 28, 1996, Martin Bryant, a troubled
28-year-old from New Town, Tasmania, took a Colt AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to
the nearby tourist destination of Port Arthur. By the time he was arrested early
the next day, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23. The reaction in Australia
was profound, especially since it was a nation of gun lovers, target shooters
and hunters. The massacre provoked an immediate national debate over gun
control.

Funding
Restored for U.S. Military Biofuels Program

Carey
L. Biron, News Report:
Reversing attempts to eliminate the U.S.
military’s advanced biofuels program, both houses of Congress on Tuesday
approved major legislation that now presents no obstacles to broad-reaching
Defence Department plans to mainstream and spread the use of alternative fuels
throughout its operations. The move has received broad plaudits from
environmentalists, industry advocates and high-level defence officials.

Are
the U.S. and Israel Heading for a Showdown?

Ira
Chernus, Op-Ed:
Here’s the question no one is asking as 2012 ends,
especially given the effusive public support the Obama administration offered
Israel in its recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza: Will 2013 be a year of
confrontation between Washington and Jerusalem? It’s on no one’s agenda for the
New Year. But it could happen anyway. It’s true that the Israeli-Palestinian
peace process appears dead in the water. No matter how much Barack Obama might
have wanted that prize, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rebuffed
him at every turn.

FROM
AROUND THE WEB
Monster
Storm Sandy

Senate
Republicans Aim to Cut Sandy Aid Bill Down

U.S.
Senate Republicans sought to slash a $60.4 billion aid bill to cover
reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy, proposing on Wednesday to fund only $23.8
billion in immediate disaster relief while assessing longer-term
needs.

Gay
Rights

Defense
Bill Includes Broadened Version of Todd Akin’s Anti-Gay Provision

“It’s
going to generate endless issues,” one expert warns.

Gun
Rights

Obama
Presses for New Gun Control Policy

US
president appoints panel, led by his vice president, to draft a list of
“concrete proposals” to curb gun
violence.

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