C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout: Massive economic damage and human suffering resulting from the 2008 financial crisis continue unabated, while the implications of this crisis continue to elude us, as many people remain in the grip of neoliberal orthodoxy and refuse to acknowledge the need for large scale economic, social and political change.
Amy B. Dean, Truthout: Rep. George Miller talks about the inequities associated with just-in-time scheduling, especially problematic for the 7.5 million part-time workers who say they wish to have full-time positions, and the attempt to right them with the Schedules That Work Act.
Jean Trounstine, The Rag Blog: While the US criminal justice system offers revenge as its principal method of restitution, families may find better solutions for achieving remorse and true rehabilitation. The formal practice of restorative justice “emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime,” and teaches how to do that.
Jonas Persson, PR Watch: O’Keefe’s long-time ally Ryan Sorba turned up at a Netroots Nation conference for progressives this summer, asking the Center for Media and Democracy’s executive director Lisa Graves for political advice in an effort to get Graves to discuss electoral strategy on tape.
William C. Anderson, Truthout: Birmingham’s “50 Years Forward” campaign – and the way in which the city capitalizes on its civil rights history – gloss over the gentrification, structural racism and economic injustice that continue to plague the city.
Dustin Slaughter, The Declaration: Federal, state and local police, with the assistance of phone company employees embedded within DEA narcotics intelligence units, are utilizing an unclassified but “law enforcement sensitive” program, known as Hemisphere, which provides nearly unfettered access to an enormous database of call records.
Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: Obama’s plan to support the Shiites and Kurds in Iraq could worsen sectarian fighting, and a new report says arms sent to moderate Syrian rebels have ended up in ISIS’s hands.
Ngoc Nguyen and Nicole Hudley, New America Media: A measure on the November ballot would reclassify six nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, a move that observers say could help California finally comply with a federal mandate to reduce its overcrowded prison system.
Lisa Gale Garrigues, YES! Magazine: The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association in Salinas, California, is one of a growing number of “incubator farms” across the United States dedicated to training the next generation of farmers. The farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
Cezary Podkul and Claire Kelloway, ProPublica: An updated tally shows that tobacco bondholders are due $2.6 billion of the $6 billion in this year’s payouts to state and local governments from Big Tobacco.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: The latest conservative fad is beating up President Barack Obama for being too squeamish about exerting military force. The Republicans he defeated in 2008 and 2012 are prime examples.
Reported Palin Family Drunken Brawl Represents Travesty of Politics as Entertainment
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: When one cannot tell the difference between elected officials and the comedians who impersonate them on Saturday Night Live, it is a red alert for the future of an informed democracy.
Apparently, “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” Has Expired. So Much for “Breathing Free”
Republicans Filibuster Constitutional Fix to Overturn Citizens United
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Claims of Saudi Hand in September 11 Attacks Hang Over Obama’s Speech
“There Is No Alternative”: Fossil Fuel Deposits Must Stay in the Ground
Sen. Sherrod Brown Accuses Republicans of Voter Suppression