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Monday 18 June 2012

Bill Moyers | Thomas Frank on Money in Politics
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co.: “When it comes to the vast, corrupting influence of money in politics, historian Thomas Frank has sounded the alarm loudly and often. In ‘It’s a Rich Man’s World,’ one of his recent essays for Harper’s Magazine, Frank writes, ‘Over the course of the past few decades, the power of concentrated money has subverted professions, destroyed small investors, wrecked the regulatory state, corrupted legislators en masse, and repeatedly put the economy through the wringer. Now it has come for our democracy itself.'”
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Chris Hedges | Occupy Will Return
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: “In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition. This is why obituaries for the Occupy movement are in vogue. And this is why the next groundswell of popular protest – and there will be one – will be labeled as ‘unexpected,’ a ‘shock’ and a ‘surprise.'”
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Hundreds Protest Fracking in Ohio as Drilling Expands
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: “Hundreds of people gathered in Ohio’s capitol city on Sunday to protest hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ the oil and gas drilling process that is rapidly expanding across the Buckeye state as the industry takes advantage of friendly politicians, shale gas reserves and unconventional drilling techniques.”
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Lakoff and Wehling | Obama vs. Romney: The Framing Matchup, Round One
Elisabeth Wehling and George Lakoff, Truthout: “Framing is (or should be) about moral values, deep truths, and the policies that flow from them. As of their kickoff speeches in Ohio, Romney and Obama have both chosen economics as their major campaign theme. And thus the question of how they frame the economy will be crucial throughout the campaign. Their two speeches could not be more different.”
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Dean Baker | Liberals Working for the Right
Dean Baker, Truthout: “It is astounding how liberals are so happy to work for the right by implying that conservatives somehow just want to leave markets to themselves whereas the liberals want to bring in the pointy-headed bureaucrats to tell people what they should do. This view is, of course, nonsense. Pick an issue, any issue, and you will almost invariably find the right actively pushing for a big role for government.”
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Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Declares Victory in Egypt
Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: “Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi claimed a narrow victory early Monday in Egypt’s first free presidential election, hours after the ruling military council further expanded its control over the country by granting itself war powers, raising new questions about what authority the president would actually have.”
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Laura Flanders | Chicago Workers’ Economic Plan: Go Co-Operative!
Laura Flanders, The Nation: “As President Obama was speechifying about our economic futures this week, workers in one famous Chicago factory were taking a big step towards theirs. A group of the workers who occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory in 2008 have founded a worker-run cooperative. They’ve incorporated in the state of Illinois; they’ve made a bid to buy the machinery from their former employer; now all they are waiting for is a serious response from Serious Energy, the company that took over the plant from Republic.”
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Greek Elections and the Future of John Maynard Keynes
Peter Bratsis, Truthout: “From coffee houses in Melbourne to beer halls in Munich and juice stands in Rio de Janeiro, yesterday’s election in Greece has been a topic of much discussion and anticipation. Even those living in the United States have gotten a steady flow of reports on the Greek elections; articles on Alexis Tsipras, leader of the anti-austerity party SYRIZA, proved to be an especially popular topic featured in Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal in recent days.”
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: 1.9 Million American Transportation Workers Are Being Held Hostage by Republicans, and More
In today’s On the News segment: Greek situation is still unresolved, 1.9 million American transportation workers are being held hostage by Republicans in the House, the poor are getting poorer, an estimated 50,000 people took to the streets of New York City on Sunday to silently march against the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, and more.
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Election Countdown 2012: The UN Puts Canada on the Human Rights Watch List, and More
In today’s Election Countdown 2012 news: The UN puts Canada on the human rights watch list; Ohio wants to open up the state’s forests and parks to fracking; Philadelphia’s Green Party takes a firm stand against the privatization of Philadelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned gas utility in the US; and more.
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It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen There
Tom Engelhardt, “After more than a decade of our most recent Afghan War, the Obama administration and the US military are clearly willing to hang out a temporary sign saying: ‘Washington at work. Afghans, thank you for your patience …’ Just across the border in Pakistan, however, ‘kill lists’ are in effect and the air campaign there is being ratcheted up.”
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“White Man, Go Back to Your Home,” Native Americans and Mexican-Americans Should Say
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “Which brings BuzzFlash at Truthout to the perennial point that is usually dismissed by the so-called ‘conventional wisdom’ as leftist claptrap: the indisputable fact that this nation was stolen from indigenous Native Americans. Not just stolen, but tens of thousands of them were killed, captured, intentionally given diseases etc., to benefit the conquest of the white US settlers.”
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Nixon Exceptionalism: What Woodward and Bernstein Got Wrong About Watergate
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When Chomsky Wept
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Senator Whitehouse: “Very Little” Hope for Bipartisan Push to Roll Back Citizens United
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Health Care and Scalia’s Broken Moral Compass
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Frank Rich | Nuke ‘Em
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The Real Job Creators: Consumers
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Bullet-Riddled “Obama Library” Outhouse Appears at Montana GOP Convention
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