Senate for Sale…that’s $8, 165,490 and counting.
Senate for Sale…that’s $8, 165,490 and counting.
In this Dec. 9, 1974 file photo, author Gore Vidal tosses barbs in all directions as he discusses Hollywood unions, politics, lecturing and publicizing books during an interview in Los Angeles. (AP File Photo)
This is an excerpt from the new ebook Gore Vidal’s State of the Union: Nation Essays 1958-2005, a collection of 26 timeless essays that exemplify Vidal’s critical vision, from provocative pieces like “Some Jews and the Gays” to the famous “Requiem for the American Empire.” The 182-page eBook is now available on tablets, smartphones and computers—download yours today.
Read the excerpt: http://www.thenation.com/article/174310/decline-empire
Chris Hayes talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota about the lesser-known IRS scandal that started with the Citizens United decision.
The Associated Press says the U.S. Department of Justice has secretly obtained a trove of journalists’ phone records in what its chief executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” The Obama administration seized records for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut, and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery. More than 100 reporters work in the offices. The records were from April and May of 2012. Among those whose records were obtained were Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, three other reporters and an editor, all of whom worked on a May 7, 2012, story that revealed details about a CIA operation in Yemen which stopped an alleged terror plot. AP had delayed publication of the story at the government’s request. “It seems to be terrible intrusion on…
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How sadly depressing…
The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of Monsanto in a case about the use of its patented seeds. Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman had been ordered by a lower court to pay more than $84,000 after planting a mix of seeds he bought from a grain elevator. Some of the plants contained Monsanto’s herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready, which is found in roughly 90 percent of U.S. soybeans. Monsanto accused Bowman of using their technology without paying for it, and the Supreme Court agreed, finding farmers must pay Monsanto every time they plant its seeds. While the case could have wide implications beyond agriculture, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that Monday’s ruling was “limited — addressing the situation before us, rather than every one involving a self-replicating product.”
Evening news coverage throughout April touched upon several economic issues, including income inequality, deficit reduction, and entitlement cuts. A Media Matters analysis of this coverage reveals that many of these segments lacked proper context or necessary input from economists, while some networks ignored certain issues entirely.
Economic Inequality Mentioned In Only 12 Segments. Of the total 123 segments discussing policy effects on the economy, only 12 — slightly less than 10 percent of economic news coverage — mentioned income and wealth inequality and current policy’s disproportionate impact on low-income earners.
MSNBC Led All Networks In Inequality Coverage. MSNBC devoted about 25 percent of its economic coverage to discussing the disparity between the rich and poor, leading the coverage of news networks on the issue. CNN devoted about 10 percent of its coverage to economic inequality, and Fox News devoted 4 percent. ABC, CBS, and NBC provided…
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Absolutely brilliant, not least because they’re giving away the pattern via free download at: Frettelo
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