Dina Rasor, Truthout: While the Navy figures out how to inject human morals into the computers of future fighting robots, it’s clear the Department of Defense has major work to do instilling morals in its humans, as it is more than willing to let troops be injured or killed rather than admit and fix problems.
Ellen Cantarow, Truthout: As an increasing number of Americans find themselves living on the frontlines of fracking, efforts to halt the spread of gas infrastructure have gripped New England.
Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press: For the first time since 1964, Rep. Conyers was at risk for not being on the ballot, all due to a technicality. But on Friday a judge ruled he will be up for re-election.
Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica: Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal law enforcement agents to record all interrogations with suspects in custody. It comes at a time when the recording of interrogations has become increasingly widespread, as a means to prevent false confessions and coercion.
Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future: The New Populism arises from the stark truth about today‘s United States: Too few people control too much money and power, and they’re using that control to rig the rules to protect and extend their privileges.
Fabiola Ortiz, Inter Press Service: Brazil’s efforts to promote the image of an environmentally sustainable World Cup have focused on the stadiums built for the tournament. But the 12 cities where the matches will be played are in a race against time to complete urban transport projects.
Robin Marty, Care2: Standard procedure, or excessive force? That’s the question being asked in Ohio, where an officer assaulted a 35-year-old woman in a court holding area, claiming that she was violating custody rules because she took a dose of painkiller for an infected tooth. The incident was caught on tape.
Lynn Stuart Parramore, Campaign for America’s Future: People in the United States are under attack daily. The greedy rich know it, because they are the ones doing the attacking. Somewhere behind the gates of their private communities and the roped-off areas, they fear that the aggression may one day be turned back on them.
Steve Breyman, The Palestine Chronicle: An op-ed in which she was splitting hairs over whether the invasion of Iraq was “illegal” or “illegitimate” was a stomach-turning attempt to justify the US invasion while appearing to uphold respect for multilateralism and international law. It has come to characterize Slaughter’s career in foreign policy.
Lois Beckett, ProPublica: Two Congressional Democrats are unveiling legislation this morning that would restart the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s gun violence research efforts. Since 1996, Republicans have worked to eliminate funding for the study.
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