Selected Headlines from Nation of Change, April 7, 2012

Robert Reich | What Today’s Job Numbers Mean
 Robert Reich, Op-Ed: American consumers, in short, are hitting a wall. They don’t dare save much less because their jobs are still insecure. They can’t borrow much more. Their home values are still dropping, and many are underwater – owing more on their homes than the homes are worth. The economy has been growing but almost all the gains have gone to the very top. As I’ve noted, this is the most lopsided recovery on record.

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Monsanto’s Roundup Altering the Physical Shape of Amphibians
 Mike Barrett, News Analysis: While it wasn’t surprising to see morphological changes take part due to the naturally emitted chemicals from predators, it was rather shocking to find out that Roundup had the same effects — causing the tails of the tadpoles to grow in size. What’s more, the combination of the naturally emitted chemicals and Roundup caused the tadpoles’ tails to grow twice as large. Seeing as tadpoles alter body shape in order to properly survive in its environment, the forced changes from herbicides like Roundup can put the animals at a disadvantage.

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4 Ways to Flex Our Electoral Muscles
 Brooke Jarvis, Op-Ed: Citizens United effectively removed the limits that state and federal laws had placed on how much money corporations and other groups can spend to influence elections—but it didn’t dispute the constitutionality of laws that mandate disclosing how that money is spent. In the six months immediately after Citizens United was handed down, 10 states responded by passing laws requiring more transparency—disclosure of how much money outside groups are spending, what they’re spending it on, and so forth.

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For Trayvon Martin, Justice Hinges on “Prosecutorial Discretion”
 Raj Jayadev, News Report: The term “prosecutorial discretion” has the ring of legal jargon that would only be used by lawyers and judges, but it is a power that extends out of the courthouse and into the streets. As such, it needs to be worked into the vernacular of any civil rights movement that is hoping to bring justice to the Trayvon Martins of America, and bring accountability to the criminal justice system.

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Exclusive: Cop in Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain ID’d, Sued in 2008 Racism Case
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Video Report: “In a broadcast exclusive, we reveal the name of the police officer who allegedly killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, the retired African-American Marine who was shot dead in his own home in White Plains, New York, in November after he inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant. Documented in audio recordings, the White Plains police reportedly used a racial slur, burst through Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, then shot him dead.”

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The Best Congress the Banks’ Money can Buy
 Bill Moyers, Op-Ed: It’s happening right now with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — passed two years ago in the wake of our disastrous financial meltdown. Just last week, for example, both parties in the House overwhelmingly approved two bills that already would change Dodd-Frank’s rules on derivatives — those convoluted trading deals recently described by the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as “the largest dark pool in our financial markets.”

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Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC
Ian Millhiser, News Report: “Software company Intuit, the makers of programs such as Turbo Tax and Quicken, announced today that they will join Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Kraft as the fourth company to end their partnership with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council this week. ALEC is one of the leading proponents of so-called Voter ID legislation that potentially disenfranchises millions of low-income, minority, student and elderly voters in an effort to exclude groups that tend to vote Democratic from the franchise.”

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2 Responses to Selected Headlines from Nation of Change, April 7, 2012

  1. Diarmuid says:

    Tried to post but was blocked yet again. Don’t know what I did to be treated this way other than stand up for the “real” truth, which is what this site was supposed to be all about. So that’s it I’m done. I won’t be posting on, or visiting, your site again.

    Slan

    • Jean says:

      Diarmuld, I’m not locking you out. Is your computer timing out? If so, it has nothing to do with me. We’ll miss you . . . Hugs, ~Jean

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