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  • Is the left enjoying a moment of triumph -- or has a president with no bearings left the Tea Party in charge?
  • How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything
  • Has the Left Surrendered? 
  • What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For?

Thomas Frank, Salon

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 | I used to talk to the political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. a lot back in the ’90s when we both lived in Chicago and wrote for the same magazines. I thought of him in those days as a man of brilliant skepticism, as someone who could always be counted upon to have the exact right word for the situation of the left in the Clinton years.

Reed has a great and important essay in the current issue of Harper’s Magazine in which he assesses the situation under President Obama—and manages to throw bucket after bucket of cold water over a Democratic Party that is still exulting after its big win in 2012.

Thomas Frank's most recent book is "Pity the Billionaire." He is also the author of "One Market Under God" and the founding editor of "The Baffler" magazine.

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Has the Left Surrendered? Richard Eskow, LA Progressive

  • An independent left must never plead with Democratic leaders to be heard, as too many liberals have been wont to do. That way lies continued irrelevance – and continued contempt. The future left must be willing to say “no” to … Democrats, with all that the word “no” implies.
  • Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost Its Nerve and Its Direction

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What the Hell is Barack Obama's Presidency For? Gary YoungeThe Guardian

  • "If there was a plot, he's lost it. If there was a point, few can remember it. If he had a big idea, he shrank it. If there's a moral compass powerful enough to guide such contradictions to more consistent waters, it is in urgent need of being reset."
  • His ascent to power had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare and too piecemeal to constitute a narrative
  • Obama’s State Of The Union Address: An Empty And Reactionary Charade

After pledging transparency, PBS hides details of new deal with billionaire owner of NewsHour

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  • The major difference this time is that this new story of secrecy isn’t about who funds the journalism on the NewsHour. It is about who actually owns the NewsHour.
  • Officials refuse to provide evidence of guarantees for editorial independence.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division
  • What DC Won't See Tonight on Public TV

David Sirota, Pando Daily

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March 7, 2014 |  Last month, in response to Pando’s revelations that anti-pension mogul John Arnold secretly was financing PBS’s “Pension Peril” series, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issued a scathing report demanding immediate reform. Criticizing “the lack of transparency” at PBS, CPB’s ombudsman Joel Kaplan declared that public broadcasting outlets must let the public access details of their financial dealings.

So how’s that new commitment to transparency going?

Here’s how: Once again, a PBS flagship station is in the process of negotiating a deal with a politically active mogul. Once again, the deal involves the NewsHour — the same iconic PBS program that stealthily promoted Arnold’s anti-pension programming. And once again, PBS is refusing to disclose the deal’s financial details to the public.

David Sirota is a staff writer for Pando Daily, television commentator and nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation and Salon.com. He covers the intersection of politics, technology and popular culture.

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Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division, David Sirota, Pando Daily

  • Millions of unsuspecting viewers (are) wholly unaware that the PBS “reporting” they are watching is not objective news, but instead an ideological advertisement funded by a billionaire trying to manipulate public policy.
  • The Wolf of Sesame Street
  • A Word from Our Sponsor
  • PBS Censors  "Citizen Koch" documentary

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  • "Spies of Mississippi," won't be airing (Feb 10) on WETA, the public television station serving the nation's capital. 
  • A shadowy government entity (Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission) exercising questionable powers in the name of a vaguely defined goal? It's not hard to draw a parallel between the commission and today’s government activity in the name of homeland security.
  • Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division
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Fr. John Dear, Dismissed from Jesuits

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  • "It Is So Strange to Be Hated by So Many Church Leaders"
  • Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order

Megan Sweas, Religion Dispatches

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March 5, 2014 | "This week, with a heavy heart, I am officially leaving the Jesuits after 32 years." This was how Fr. John Dear announced his dismissal from the Jesuit order in his National Catholic Reporter (NCR) column in January—a "divorce" (as Joshua McElwee put it that same week) that seemed to many to have been inevitable, if deeply regrettable. Dear, a widely respected peace activist, has been arrested over 75 times for civil disobedience, but it was his "obstinate disobedience" toward the directives of his Jesuit superiors that resulted in his dismissal.

He talks here with Religion Dispatches (RD)  about his commitment to radical nonviolence, the future of the Church—and closes by offering some strong words to the spiritual-but-not-religious cohort. 

Megan Sweas is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who writes about religious and social issues. 

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Maryknoll: Vatican has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from order, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

  • November 19, 2012 | In interviews Bourgeois focused on the rights of conscience of Catholics and "the importance of people of faith and members of Maryknoll to be able to speak openly and freely without fear ... of being dismissed or excommunicated."
  • SOA Watch Activist Arrested by Military Police
  • Churchgoers, save yourselves

 

Duluth doctors: PolyMet study skips health impacts

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  • The 19 health care professionals say the state and federal agencies conducting environmental impact statement "have not been clear about the health impacts that sulfide mining will have on the people of northeastern Minnesota and visitors to the region."
  • Take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit!

John Myers, St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

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02/27/2014 | A group of Duluth area physicians, nurses and medical school faculty says human health impacts of copper mining haven't been adequately addressed in the PolyMet environmental review.

The group says the environmental review, which is open for public comment through March 13, fails to define the human health impacts of increased mercury emissions, exposure to asbestos-like mineral fibers and arsenic.

John Myers is a reporter hanging around the north woods covering environment, natural resources, mining and other news.

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Sign the PetitionTake action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit! Deb Harley

  • I have been made aware of many of the disturbing details and unsubstantiated claims put forth in the PolyMet Environmental Impact Statement that they released in Dec. 2013, and I feel it's imperative that we take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit!
  • ".... We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children." --Ancient Indian Proverb 
  • Can the Minnesota DNR fix Polymet's Problems?

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Hundreds arrested in Keystone pipeline protests outside White House, Amel Ahmed, Aljazeera America

  • At least 500 students rallied, staged a mock oil spill and bound themselves to the White House fence
  • Keystone approval would set terrible example
  • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Truth Is that Stopping the KXL Matters

What the US Media Won't Tell You About Ukraine

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  • Why you should not take U.S. papers and television at face value on Ukraine ... .
  • Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War.
  • Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy

Ted Rall, Common Dreams

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Armed men in military uniform walk outside a Ukrainian military unit near Simferopol, Ukraine, on Sunday, March 2. Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded the Ukrainian base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | As usual, America's foreign correspondents are falling down on the job.

Stories devoid of historical context cast Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a naked act of neo-Soviet aggression. Considering that the relevant history begins a mere two decades ago, its omission is inexcusable.

The spark that led to the takeover of Crimea was not the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich. It is what happened the day after.

Ted Rall is the author of the new books "Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?," and "The Anti-American Manifesto". 

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Ukraine in Context: What You Don't Know About a New Cold War, Jon Queally, Common Dreams

In a crisis that betrays simple narratives, analysts hope for solutions that de-escalate the threat of violence while protecting ordinary Ukrainians from the various interests of elite powers.

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Propaganda and nonsense: Even more New York Times hypocrisy, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

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  • What the New York Times and John Kerry pretend to forget is the real history of America's noxious role in the world.
  • Ukraine: Exploding The Myths, Outlining Solutions

MinnPost Series | How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers

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  • Nan Madden, director of the Minnesota Budget Project, a liberal-leaning research and advocacy group, says raising the hourly minimum to $9.50 would reduce reliance on public assistance and promote greater self-reliance.
  • Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?
  • Truth to Tell | Minimum Wage in Minnesota
  • Special Project | The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem

Steven Dornfeld, MinnPost

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The Berkeley study found that front-line fast-food workers earn a median salary of $8.69 per hour and that 87 percent do not receive health-care benefits through their employer. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

03/03/14 | This is one in a series of articles funded by a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation.

When consumers step up to the counter and order one of McDonald’s “Extra Value” meals, they probably think they’re getting a good deal. Most of them never consider how much they are paying in taxes to subsidize the labor force preparing and serving those meals.

A study completed last fall by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley concluded that front-line fast-food workers earn so little that 52 percent of them are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs. The cost to the taxpayers – nearly $7 billion a year.

Steven Dornfeld has been a government reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, covering the Legislature, politics and public affairs. He has also worked as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Pioneer Press, as well as an editorial page writer and editor for the paper. From 2003 to 2011, he was the Metropolitan Council's director of public affairs.

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Special Project | From the Archives: Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really? John Van Hecke, Minnesota2020

  • If you’re looking for a summary of conservative, no-new-taxes policy opposition to minimum wage increases and workers rights, well, you’ve come to the right place. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's (FFM’s) report has bombastic ideology to spare.
  • The reign of morons is here.

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  • Who has it right? Can anyone really know for sure until these changes go into effect? Can a wage increase in absence of any other corporate regulation at the federal level to reign in greedy profit margins really do more good than harm? TruthToTell’s Andy Driscoll and Michelle Alimoradi ask these questions and more of our guests.
  • Falling Behind. How High Should It Go?

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Special Project | The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: Week Ending December 15, 2013, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • 9 New items including:
    • A Death Knell for the McJob?
    • The True Price of Great Holiday Deals
    • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know
    • Black Friday Walmart Protests
    • “They have blood on their hands"
    • One Walmart's Low Wages Could Cost Taxpayers $900,000 Per Year, House Dems Find
    • Walmart CEO Mike Duke: 'We Do Pay Competitive Wages' 
    • Walmart's Internal Compensation Documents Reveal Systematic Limit On Advancement,
    • Fight back against Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom economics
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Hundreds arrested in Keystone pipeline protests outside White House

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  • At least 500 students rallied, staged a mock oil spill and bound themselves to the White House fence
  • Keystone approval would set terrible example
  • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Truth Is that Stopping the KXL Matters

Amel Ahmed, Aljazeera America 

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Several hundred students and other youths who marched from Georgetown University to the White House protest the Keystone XL pipeline, in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2014. AP Photo/Susan Walsh 

March 2, 2014 | Police arrested nearly 400 student-led demonstrators who marched to the White House on Sunday to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.  

Marching under the name XL Dissent, at least 500 students from across the United States demonstrated and engaged in acts of civil disobedience outside the White House.

After repeated warnings, police arrested demonstrators for "blocking passage" of sidewalks, Sgt. Lelani Woods of the U.S. Park Police told Al Jazeera. "We advised protesters of the outcome of the warnings, which would be an arrest. They decided to remain on the sidewalk, so the arrest process began," she said. 

Amel Ahmed is a Digital News Producer for Aljazeera America.

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Keystone approval would set terrible example, Norman Solomon, Aljazeera America

February 4, 2014 | The president must lead now on climate change, for the sake of the planet’s future.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Truth Is that Stopping the KXL Matters, Dave Saldana, AlterNet

  • The mainstream news media have fallen into the comfortable, formulaic coverage of Keystone XL, and it does little to explain the competing interests in such a highly complicated matter.
  • Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Phantom Jobs, Phony Gas Prices, and Missing Revenue
  • The Crime of the Century
  • An Accident Waiting to Happen

Special Project | From the Archives: Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?

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  • If you’re looking for a summary of conservative, no-new-taxes policy opposition to minimum wage increases and workers rights, well, you’ve come to the right place. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's (FFM’s) report has bombastic ideology to spare.
  • The reign of morons is here.

John Van Hecke, Minnesota2020

Fact_Over_MythApril 8, 2013 | There’s a place for bombast. This past weekend, Bon Jovi rocked the Xcel Center with well-mannered, full-throttled bombast. As it should be. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota’s recent minimum wage increase “report"? It’s all bombast and no substance.

With Bon Jovi, the bombast is the substance. The FFM’s report also presents bombast as substance. The first is wildly entertaining because Bon Jovi is a wildly entertaining, big arena rock and roll band. Minnesota’s proposed minimum wage increase is true substance. FFM’s bombast pretending to be substance has no place, however, in the public policy arena.

John Van Hecke is Minnesota 2020's Executive Director and MN2020 Fellow. He worked for the late Congressman Bruce F. Vento and presently serves on the Saint Paul Charter Commission.

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The Reign of Morons Is Here, Charles Pierce, Esquire.com

  • We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen, and outright frauds; a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.
  • We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons.
  • Elizabeth Warren | This Is a Democracy
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics
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