Paul Armentano, Truthout: The majority of Americans – if not yet a majority of their elected officials – believe that the ongoing enforcement of marijuana prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches on civil liberties, impedes legitimate scientific research, engenders disrespect for the law and disproportionately impacts communities of color.
James Risen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing: In Pay Any Price, James Risen uncovers fraud and malfeasance of massive financial proportions during the war in Iraq – and the cancerous spread of the surveillance-industrial state.
Nancy A. Heitzeg, Critical Mass Progress: Mississippi locks up more people per capita than China and Russia combined, and the state spends $389 million annually on corrections. On closer inspection, a “bipartisan” prison reform law passed earlier this year by the governor is not what it seems.
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog: Two lawsuits filed against Denton show the Bush oil and gas legacy clearly lives on and stretches from the state where the fracking industry was born, all the way to Iraq, and back again.
Katie Klabusich, Truthout: Stop saying Joni Ernst won because she ran from her personhood stance. We can’t afford to learn the wrong lesson from the midterms as the campaign for 2016 gets underway.
Jonathan Pelto, Truthout: Although Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has been referred to as “America’s Craziest Governor,” he won his re-election last week – with plenty of corporate and national GOP cash.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: When it comes to net neutrality, conservatives are absolutely clueless. The only thing that President Obama’s proposed net neutrality plan does is prevent internet service providers like Comcast from blocking or slowing down websites that Comcast doesn’t like or that are owned by rival companies.
Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet: Detroit has cut off water to at least 27,000 residences this year. Around 10,000 households are without running water. Without question, Detroit’s political and economic climate has been the most tumultuous of any major city in the United States.
Penn Loh, YES! Magazine: From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It’s about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: It is time to admit that leftists have no influence in the Democratic Party. The re-election of Gov. 1% Cuomo (with the endorsement of the Working Families Party) in New York shows that third parties aren’t spoilers; it is the Democrats who do that all by themselves.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Dissent: The influence of big money on citizenship policies can be read as a natural progression of what’s been taking place over the past few decades as a result of laissez-faire economic policies: privatization, offshoring and the resultant growing wealth inequality.
Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, a retired, three-star US general who helped command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is calling for a public inquiry along the lines of the 9/11 Commission to look into why the two wars have gone so poorly.
If a Boat Had Its Weight as Disproportionately Distributed as Wealth Is in the US, It Would Sink
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Another study (published last month) confirms the startling imbalance of wealth in the United States.
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