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Census Hiring Boosts Jobs in May

The U.S. economy tacked on 431,000 new jobs in May, the biggest monthly jump in a decade, but most of those were people hired for the 2010 census count, and those jobs will vanish after the summer.

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‘Buzz’-Kill for Privacy Advocates

Buzz, Google’s answer to Twitter, is getting a lot of bad looks from privacy advocates. The service, which allows users to share short messages or “tweets” (buzzers?) with a network of friends, is faulted for an alleged invasion of privacy that uses e-mail data to automatically create a preconfigured friends list.

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Chinese Activist Sentenced to 11 Years

In one of the most improper of Christmas presents, Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights activist, was sentenced to an unusually harsh 11 years in prison for charges of “subversion.” The decision was ostensibly made on Christmas Day to minimize international attention.

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Free Tuition for Harvard Law Suspended

Two years after Harvard Law School announced it would waive a year of tuition for students who pledged to work five years in the nonprofit sector or in government, the school has suspended the program, citing both the recession and a flood of students seeking to get in on the deal.

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Banking Collapse Lands on America’s Schools

One of the worst casualties of the Iraq war and the Wall Street failures is the U.S. public school system, which is central to the nation’s economic, intellectual and social health. With financial resources being consumed, education cuts are on the way. Thank you, John McCain and President George W. Bush.

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Poll: Economy Gets Nine Thumbs Down

A poll by The Washington Post-ABC News reports that nine in 10 Americans rate the economy negatively, with a majority of those polled believing it to be in “poor” shape. Support of the U.S. war in Iraq is also down, with six in 10 Americans rejecting the administration’s argument that the conflict is an effective defense against terrorism.

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FCC Cashes In on Spectrum Auction

After two months and 261 rounds of bidding, the FCC announced Tuesday that it has raised a total of $19.6 billion from the sale of the U.S. wireless spectrum. The revenue, slated to fund “public safety and digital television transition initiatives,” is nearly double what Congress had previously estimated for the publicly owned spectrum.

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Court Rejects Religious Vouchers Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the arguments of a conservative religious group that wants to use public funds to send students to religious schools.

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    High Court to Hear Global Warming Case

    From the AP: “The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.”

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    Mystery Senator at Capitol
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Mystery Senator Blocks Sunshine Bill

    A bipartisan Senate bill that would have created a public database of all government contracts has been blocked by an unknown senator.  The bill, which passed its committee unanimously, can now move forward only if the mysterious senator who placed it on “secret hold” removes the constraint.  (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    choking
    From redcross.org

    Finish Chewing Before Reading This Item

    Seriously: We won’t be responsible for the above if you try to digest your dinner and this news simultaneously….
    Ready? OK: Bush is apparently frustrated that the Iraqi people have not shown greater support for America’s mission in Iraq.
    That’s right: Bush is frustrated at the lack of public support for America in Iraq.
    Has the man stopped watching even Fox News, and instead installed a one-way walkie-talkie in his brain with Don Rumsfeld on the other end?

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    On the Air

    In case you missed them, here are some choice picks from the week in radio.

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    Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

    The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
    We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    NYU Prof Launches Experiment in ‘Open-Source’ Journalism

    It’s called NewAssignment.net, and the idea is for everyday citizens to fund specific reporting projects that will be assigned to professional journalists. This could be the birth of an entirely new paradigm in reporting: professionals and amateurs working together in a truly networked way. Check it out.

    Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Mission Accomplished
    From hammeroftruth.com

    Top Reporter: Stop Reporting Pols’ PR Events, Photo Ops

    Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, one of the few traditional media reporters to have forcefully challenged Bush’s prewar claims on WMDs, has called for a moratorium on publishing government statements “that are designed solely as a public relations tool.”

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    Tax Dollars to Fund Study on Restricting Public Data

    According to USA Today: “The federal government will pay a Texas law school $1 million to do research aimed at rolling back the amount of sensitive data available to the press and public through freedom-of-information requests.”
    Seriously, this s*#t just got ridiculous; the Bush administration is already the most secrecy-crazed in the 20th century. Now it needs more layers of secrecy?

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Anti-Suicide Bomb Public Service Ad
    From Newsweek

    Hollywood Studio Produces Ad Against Suicide Bombing

    A Hollywood studio and a Lebanese production company have produced a $1-million public service ad aimed at discouraging suicide bombings. Their funding came from “an independent, non-governmental group of scholars, non-political people,” according to an exec. (Via Huff Po)

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    The Clean Money Campaign Needs Your Help

    A law working its way through the California Legislature would provide for full public funding of credible candidates in statewide races. This is the real-deal way to eliminate the ruinous influence of huge campaign contributions in elections. It’s already working in a few states, and a victory in California could start a nationwide revolution. Check it out. Sign a petition. Join the cause.

    Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Eating at Lobbyists’ Troughs, Congress Votes Itself a Pay Raise

    House and Senate lawmakers embraced a $3,300 pay raise that would increase their salaries to $168,500. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that members of the House’s own ethics committee took over $1 million in privately funded (read: lobbyist-funded) trips last year.

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    Mr. Fish Animation

    Mr. Fish: Democrats Craft a Winning Strategy

    By Mr. Fish

    Watch an original animated short by Mr. Fish on the Democratic Party’s new secret weapon for winning back the hearts and minds of the American public.

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    Abstinence War Room

    Check out this documentary about a faith-based abstinence program that religious-right forces installed in New Mexico public schools. Watch for the part about the covert “purity” war room.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Gridlock
    From enterstageright.com

    A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

    Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

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    Newspaper Punctures Myth of ‘the Boy Crisis’

    The Washington Post refutes an earlier Newsweek cover story that claimed boys are falling badly behind girls in public school education.

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    Texas Arresting People in Bars for Being Drunk

    Undercover agents will bust you in a bar for public intoxication—so you don’t get behind the wheel of a car, or something like that.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush: Troops Will Stay in Iraq Past 2008

    The president made the admission during a news conference, during which he uttered perhaps the most tone-deaf and asinine remark of his presidency: “Nobody likes war. It creates a sense of uncertainty in the country.”

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE



    From Fox News via Think Progress

    Cheney Admits to Drinking Before Accident

    In a Fox News interview, Cheney admits to drinking a beer at lunch before the hunt, which took place a few hours later. (Hat tip: Think Progress.) If he’s low-balling the amount he drank, it wouldn’t be the first time Cheney misled the public.
    UPDATE: AMERICAblog reports that MSNBC’s website “scrubbed” a reference to Cheney’s drinking.

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    Catholic Church Slashes Offers, Ups Burden of Proof in Abuse Cases

    In negotiating with a second wave of sexual abuse victims, the Catholic Church has “reverted to the bare-knuckles tactics it had long used to silence or marginalize them,” critics tell the New York Times, “largely because public attention to the scandals had abated.” Read the story.

    Posted on Dec 31, 2005 READ MORE


    Intelligent Ruling on Intelligent Design

    It’s good to know that some of our judges are standing up to the fundamentalists. A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled today that a public school district can’t require the inclusion of “intelligent design” in biology classes as an alternative to evolution. See story.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


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