Broken News

With one week till election day 2014, Nicole Sandler takes a look at what's at stake. Sadly, the prospect of reasonable gun laws in the first national election following the Newtown massacre and just days after yet another school shooting are virtually absent from the nation's ballots, as The Nation's George Zornick tells us. Plus, a nuclear accident in Illinois that the mainstream corporate media is silent about!

Lighting the Fuse

I'd always nod along when Randi Rhodes would say that it's not if it'll happen, but when. And I, like she, always wondered what the catalyst will be that finally lights the fuse. Back in 2010, the spark that begat the Arab Spring was one of those proverbial straws breaking the camel's back--  a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire to protest his government's treatment of himself and his fellow citizens along with its brazen corruption. Before dawn on Friday, Dec. 17, as [Mohammed] Bouazizi pulled his cart along the narrow, rutted stone road toward the market, two police officers blocked his path and [...]

All Those Years Ago …

Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces stormed the beaches at Normandy, and thus the beginning of the end of World War II. Today, President Obama and other world leaders gathered there to pay tribute to the many soldiers who died there, and to salute the survivors, now mostly in their 90s, to thank them for their role in preserving freedom. Thirty years ago this week, Bruce Springsteen released Born in the USA. He was transformed into a Superstar™ and was widely misunderstood, especially by politicians like Ronald Reagan who attempted to hijack the title track for his own purposes, but [...]

End Gerrymandering & Lou Dobbs Has an “Illegals” Problem

This morning, I spoke with Jeff Reichert, the writer/producer/director of the film Gerrymandering, that opens nationwide October 15 and will screen October 12 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. If you're in South Florida and would like tickets to the screening, be one of the first 10 people to email me to ask for them, and I'll send you a pair of passes to a screening at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. In addition to visiting the sites linked above, you can also check out EndGerrymanding.com to learn more. I was supposed to speak with Ellen Freidin of [...]

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