Tony Kashani, Truthout: Bob Dylan’s SuperBowl commercial for Chrysler opens, “Is there anything more American than America?” Answer: Maybe this commercial – and not necessarily in a good way.
Sarah Macaraeg, Truthout: What have we learned since the internment of Japanese-Americans in desert concentration camps and converted race tracks? Other brown-skinned peoples are detained in the desert and deported.
Lawrence Grossberg, Truthout: “It is difficult for me to write a farewell to Stuart Hall, my teacher, mentor, interlocutor and friend… I do not wish to sanctify him. My grief is both deeply personal and intensely political.”
In today‘s On the News segment: Congressional Democrats are done waiting on Republicans; scientists are taking a closer look at the deep-sea impacts of the BP oil spill; a federal judge says Kentucky must respect same-sex marriages from other states; and more.
David Krieger, Truthout: We wonder how the conversation went when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called six Air Force nuclear launch officers during their shifts at underground launch control centers recently.
Mindy Townsend, Care2: The Kansas legislature is going to do whatever it takes to make sure marriage in Kansas remains oppressive and exclusively hetero. Their new tactic? Eliminate no-fault divorce.
Richard Eskow, Campaign for America’s Future: President Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for some federally contracted workers to $10.10. This move illustrates the fact that we need a higher minimum wage for all workers.
Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future: It is not only the wrong time to bring fast track up for a vote in Congress, it is time to scrap the TPP agreement. Instead we need to fix NAFTA first.
Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News: Ignorance in the form of stereotyping people from other parts of the world can have unpredictable consequences, sometimes leading to mass suffering that a more enlightened view might have avoided, as Lawrence Davidson reflects.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: “There is only one accepted aroma in the pack. It’s the unforgiving stench of brutal evangelism, fundamentalism, restriction, and judgment.”
George Lavender, National Radio Project: We all want the freedom and opportunity to choose what ends up on our plate, but when a handful of companies control most of the brands you see at the grocery store, what choices are really left?
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