New Revelation that AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC From Criminal Investigation
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Eric Holder is holding true to his congressional testimony last year that prosecuting banks too big to fail could hurt the economy. The reality is that not holding them criminally responsible destroys financial integrity and ends up in taxpayer bailouts.
The Best of Jon Stewart’s Battle Against Fox’s Imaginary “War on Christmas”
A Very Adult Social Security Tantrum
From Fast Food Strikes to Walmart: 2013 and the Year in Labor
The Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Politics of the Knights of Columbus
For 1.3 Million Long-Term Jobless, Another Step Closer to the Edge
The Battle Within the Democratic Party
“Osama bin Laden Is Our President Obama”: The Year on the Fringe
Bruce Melton, Truthout: To prevent increasingly dangerous climate change, the public and our leaders must be convinced to act decisively and robustly. As the latest data show, changes are occurring more quickly than scientists have ever predicted, and simple emissions reductions are no longer the answer.
Candice Bernd, Truthout: A Senate bill that restores due process rights of appeal for those fired federal employees whose jobs are deemed “sensitive” to national security is seen as the return of a longtime protection for potential whistleblowers.
Harrison Samphir, Truthout: The Primrose leak contamination of wetlands, forests and the traditional lands of the Beaver Lake Cree and Cold Lake First Nations demonstrates the dangers of in situ bitumen extraction, but also of Canada’s current abusive energy and First Nations policies.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Devorah Heitner’s new book, Black Power TV, describes the pioneering journalists who attempted to provide adequate media representation of African-Americans and made inroads in transforming television from a site of oppression and exclusion to a site for liberation.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and a whistleblowing fugitive from American justice have just one thing in common: impact.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update/Truthout: Updates on dangers in anti-bacterial soap, South African union starting socialist party, Germans retiring abroad, billionaires’ whims shaping health care. Major discussions of Obamacare and alternatives to capitalist bank scandals. Responses to emails on worker coops in US and on “regulated capitalism.”
Laura Flanders, GRITtv: Joo-Hyun Kang, director of Communities United for Police Reform, says, “Safety doesn’t have to be at the cost of respect and dignity. Our job as activists is to make sure that (Bill de Blasio’s promise of change) doesn’t turn into just something for a campaign.”
Robin Marty, Care2: For years, Utah has addressed its homeless problem simply by offering apartments to those who lack a home, worrying about the details of the exchange later. The plan, called Housing First, was launched by then Gov. Jon Huntsman and started providing apartments to the homeless in 2005.
Paul Thomas, AlterNet: A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the state’s investment in charter schools comes as the state struggles to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards.
Emerson Urry, EnviroNews: While speaking with Erin Brokovich, the topic of the worst environmental disasters in California history came up. The following list of the top 10 man-made environmental disasters that California has ever experienced contains some disturbing information.
Aaron and Susan von Frank, Tyrant Farms Blog: “The way we used to source our meat had the same desensitizing effect that many people in our society have developed toward violence. Those aren’t ‘real’ animals we’re buying and eating; they’re cheap chunks of protein.”