Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Pennsylvania is signing a 40-year contract to privatize the state’s bridges. But residents and their representatives should be asking tough questions about the hidden costs of such a deal and how it will affect their rights.
Mark Weisbrot, Truthout: The imposition of deeply anti-democratic neoliberal austerity policies – not the Eurozone per se – undermines the political legitimacy of the European Union.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Author Betty Medsger speaks with Truthout about how a small group of determined, otherwise law-abiding Americans brought down powerful FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, which she describes in The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: “Not only was it sad to hear the news … of Pete Seeger’s passing but startling to realize that it was 45 long years ago that we first met.”
Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu, Truthout: In-vitro meat has been hyped as being a solution to fast-depleting resources and a growing population, but the real solution lies in plant-based food. Take, for example, the Dutch Weed Burger.
Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: Instead of tapping into the full power of the federal government to tackle our most urgent problems, Obama meekly suggested that government might, in certain cases, be obligated to do something. A little something. At some point.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: In his fifth State of the Union address, the president essentially said that he is going to go it alone. His major policy plan for 2014 is to bypass Congress altogether and use targeted executive orders to get things done.
By Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: Many have pointed out that the euro system has ended up functioning like the gold standard – and in so doing has replicated the “gold fetters” that many economic historians say played a big role in the propagation of the Great Depression.
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: It’s surprising to see the Obama administration, which has failed to pursue criminal charges against major financial firms or their top executives for nearly destroying the global economy, make a frontal assault on some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names.
In today‘s On the News segment: Last night, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address; the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has reached a deal on the farm bill; Senate Democrats are standing up for women; and more.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: Most drinking water is perfectly safe. However, this vulnerability in the testing system does indicate that Americans should rethink how we handle and test water that potentially has been compromised.
Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal: As we mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we should acknowledge the right’s battle to eliminate a woman’s right to choose as well as the proactive measures coming from the pro-choice movement.
Pursuing Excessive Wall Street Bonuses Is Akin to a Drug Addiction
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: In a New York Timescommentary, a former Wall Street trader compares avaricious pursuit of money to being a junkie. He was able to kick the habit, but can others?
Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have “Angry Birds”?
Republicans Just Won the Food Stamp War: House Passes Farm Bill With $9 Billion Cut From Food Stamps
Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Dinesh D’Souza Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant’s SOTU Response: “We Need a Break From Capitalism”
Head of GCHQ, Britain’s Electronic Intelligence Agency, to Step Down by Year’s End Following Snowden Leaks
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