Christian Exoo and Calvin F. Exoo, Truthout: Poverty has been identified as a causal factor in lower IQ and psychiatric disorders. What can this tell us about public policy and the minimum wage?
Rania Khalek, Truthout: Fifty-eight-year-old Iraqi-born artist, activist and businessman Andy Shallal is running for mayor of Washington. He tells Truthout about his hopes and plans for the district: public housing and education, alleviating homelessness, limiting the role of money in politics, raising the minimum wage, and what not to call the city’s football team.
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Truthout: After environmental study, the State Department recently offered an almost apologetic justification for permitting the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, but strong pragmatic considerations and deeper reflection, lead to the possibility of a pivotal decision for a different world.
Jim Hightower, OtherWords: Pat Roberts is dancing like a fool with right-wing ideologues who want to elect one of their own to the Senate.
Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Wednesday’s announcement by Chairman Tom Wheeler that the FCC would write new rules to insure open access to the Internet generally was seen by consumers as a step in the right direction. But media reform advocates were concerned that it didn’t go far enough.
In today‘s On the News segment: It looks like Progressives may be able to claim a victory; there are still massive problems at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant; more than 1,000 medical professionals say that fracking must be stopped; and more.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: There is wide political agreement that we need to do more to support our veterans and their families. A key question is how we are going to pay for increased veterans’ benefits, given broad Republican resistance to raising revenue or increasing the deficit.
Melia Ungson, Next New Deal: Beyond concerns about having adequate supplies of water for drinking, industry, and agriculture, priorities to protect ecosystems and water quality are being put to the test. Even though California has managed with droughts in the past, this is a new scale.
Making Contact, National Radio Project: On this edition of Making Contact we explore how the privatization of public education is playing out across the country and how students and teachers are fighting back.
Kevin Mathews, Care2: American multi-billionaire Tom Perkins can’t seem to avoid controversy lately. Whether he’s comparing himself to a Holocaust victim, calling for mass disenfranchisement, or even just writing erotica, the headlines are sure to follow.
The Buzzflash commentary for Truthout will return soon.
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