William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: The ongoing saga of freeloading Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is, on the surface, a perfect masterpiece of right-wing, clown-car stupidity. But Mr. Bundy’s most dedicated supporters were a couple of billionaire brothers named Charles and David Koch.
Noam Chomsky, Truthout: This era’s most extreme international crime, the US-UK invasion of Iraq, was not a break in world order because the aggressors didn’t cross Russian or Chinese red lines. In contrast, Putin’s takeover of the Crimea and his ambitions in Ukraine cross US red lines.
David Bacon, Truthout: The free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia has produced a significant trade surplus for the United States, but a plan to protect Colombians has been totally ignored.
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: The economy added 288,000 jobs in April. With upward revisions to the prior two months’ data, this brings the three-month average to 234,000. Voluntary part-time employment has been rising, which is a predictable effect of the Affordable Care Act.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: What a bittersweet 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Educationruling. After making great progress toward integrating public schools, our nation reversed course. Resegregation gradually replaced integration as a leading educational indicator over the past 25 years.
Renfrey Clarke, Truthout: Ukraine’s “turn to the West,” in combination with austerity measures that will sharply reduce demand from the population and further cripple industry, will deindustrialize Ukraine and turn it into an agricultural and raw materials appendage of the EU.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: The problem with the FCC is that “business and government are now so intertwined that public officials and corporate retainers are interchangeable.” FCC officials, including Tom Wheeler, transit back and forth through the revolving door between public service and lucrative private commerce.
Matthew Stein, Truthout: With thousands of flattened homes and numerous devastated communities in the aftermath of this week’s widespread tornadoes, it is worthwhile to revisit tornado safety tips.
Marta Molina, Waging Nonviolence: In Brazil, April 19 is “The Day of the Indian,” a commemoration imposed by whites in Brazil to supposedly remember the importance of indigenous cultures for the country. But the indigenous Guaraní people of Brazil have nothing to celebrate.
John Light, Moyers & Company: In yesterday’s hearing on dark money, some very smart people shared their thoughts about big money’s corrupting influence on our democracy and what might be done to limit it. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was one of them.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: The issue of sexual assault on college campuses has been in the spotlight this week with a White House task force urging schools to take action. But long before celebrities and senators entered the picture, the battle against sexual assault on college campuses was led by students who rose up to hold their schools accountable.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: On Wednesday, the Harkin-Miller $10.10 minimum wage increase met its day on the Senate floor. In a 54 to 42 vote, the bill failed to advance – with the vote being split mostly along party lines.
Too Big to Jail Continues: DOJ May Charge Two Banks With Criminal Acts, but Not Hold Them Criminally Accountable
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: One of those breathlessNew York Times“insider” articles predicts that the Department of Justice will finally get at least two big banks to plead guilty to criminal charges. However, the forecast is that there will not be any significant criminal consequences.
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