Dina Rasor, Truthout: The New York Times reporter James Risen is in a waiting game with the Department of Justice and the Supreme Court, and the fate of a journalist’s right to protect sources lies in the balance.
John Lamperti, Truthout: The election of the FMLN’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén to El Salvador’s presidency in a clean election with a minimum of outside interference represents a victory. Prior to the civil war, the electoral system in El Salvador was blatantly corrupt; for many years the military candidate always won.
Colin Gordon, Dissent: The recent spike in American inequality, and the gains rapidly accruing to those at the upper end of the income distribution ladder, are driven in large part by “financialization” – the growing scale and profitability of the financial sector relative to the rest of the economy, and the shrinking regulation of its rules and returns.
Dan Massoglia, Truthout: Rules for when the government can hack your computer are headed for a dramatic and troubling expansion as federal hacking is of rising interest in domestic policing.
Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: Haitian activist Kettly Alexandre of the Peasant Movement of Papay Women’s Committee speaks to advances made over 40 years for women’s rights, equity and an end to violence.
Joseph Jerome, Truthout: There is little question that big data has developed an image problem. This image has only worsened as one headline after another has detailed how NSA and other intelligence agencies use it for massive surveillance on American citizens.
John Logan, Truthout: Last week, the National Labor Relations Board held hearings to allow public comment on its new election rules. Antiunion organizations and consultants dominated the proceedings, and their testimony revealed the right-wing wants to make it as difficult as possible for workers to choose a union.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Geocentrism was disproven 500 years ago, and the only people who still believe in it are fringe nuts and religious fundamentalists. However, denying climate change is about as mainstream as it gets – and for Republicans it’s the default position.
Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Georgia Republican Rep. Jack Kingston, who is up for re-election, has said he will oppose any efforts to fund gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brendan DeMelle, DeSmogBlog: A Texas jury awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued a fracking company for intentionally causing a nuisance on the their property, which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water.
Advertising Revenue, Not Enlightenment, Is the Goal of Sunday Morning DC Pundit Shows
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The Sunday morning news programs play a key role in creating a DC conventional wisdom consensus. In reality, however, the gabfest of effete pundits is nothing more than filler between advertising.
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