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February 24 2014

08:00

Arizona Governor Fears Government Regulation Could Ruin Bigotry and Hatred

readersupportednews.org - By Andy Borowitz - Feb. 24 (Comedy News) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said today that she was reluctant to sign an anti-gay “religious freedom” bill passed by the Arizona state legislature this week, telling reporters, “I believe that bigotry and hatred should be free of government regulation.”

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February 11 2014

08:00

Watch: Fox host rips Bill O’Reilly over his ‘disrespectful’ interview with President Obama

freakoutnation.com - By Anomaly - Feb. 11 (News Analysis) - Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama wasn’t appreciated by co-host Geraldo Rivera. O’Reilly called his interview “disrespectful” and said it was “unsettling to watch,” because the president deserves “all the respect and dignity” of the office. Rivera noted that O’Reilly referred to Obama as a “community organizer”and added, “[O’Reilly] is the president of most of the white men in America and Barack Obama’s the president of everybody else.”

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January 23 2014

08:00

Freedom Summer: How Civil Rights Activists Braved Violence to Challenge Racism in 1964 Mississippi

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 23 (Review) - Hundreds of people marched in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Day. On Jan. 22, 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer and other civil rights activists marched around the Forrest County Courthouse in support of black voting rights. The rally was the beginning of a historic year in Mississippi. Months later, civil rights groups launched Freedom Summer. More than 1,000 out-of-state volunteers traveled to Mississippi to help register voters and set up what they called "Freedom Schools." Out of Freedom Summer grew the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that challenged the legitimacy of the white-only Mississippi Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The period also saw the murders of three civil rights activists — Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.

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January 14 2014

08:00

What Most People Think They Know About Marijuana Is Unscientific, Paranoid and Even Racist Propaganda

AlterNet - By Maia Szalavitz - Jan. 14 (Special Report) - Everyone thinks they know something about drugs—whether from personal experience or from 8th grade prevention classes or simply because the media presents so many stories about them. Unfortunately, most of what people think they know is inaccurate, and comes from years of government war-on-drugs propaganda, with little understanding of its medical and historical context.

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Tags: Racism Law Drugs
08:00

Noam Chomsky: Sabra & Shatila Massacre That Forced Sharon’s Ouster Recalls Worst of Jewish Pogroms | Democracy Now!

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 14 (Special Report) - We look at one of the most shocking incidents in the career of the late former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Up to 2,000 Palestinians died on Sept. 16-17, 1982, when the Israeli military allowed a Christian militia to attack the camp.

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Tags: Racism Israel

January 13 2014

08:00

Noam Chomsky on the Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead "Imposes a Vow of Silence"

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky - Jan. 13 (Interview) - Among Palestinians, Sharon was one of the most reviled political figures in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is seen as father of the settlement movement and an architect of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon that killed a reported 20,000 Palestinian and Lebanese. We discuss Sharon’s legacy with three guests: Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University; and Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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December 23 2013

08:00

On Sarah Palin's Impressively Incoherent 'Duck Dynasty' Comments

Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi - Dec. 23 (News Analysis) - Palin's mind is amazing. Slavery was purely a private-enterprise abomination. It had nothing to do with being subservient to the government. It was the opposite of that, actually. She was also wrong in the sense that the health care program isn't "free stuff" (even those who will receive subsidized care will be paying in one form or another for their policies). So she pulled off a Friedman-esque anatomical impossibility there, getting three feet in her mouth at the same time.

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December 16 2013

08:00

Santa Claus Is 'Black As Hell'... Sorry, Megyn Kelly

Huffington Post - Dec. 16 (Comedy News) - Santa Claus made a pre-Christmas Eve stop by Weekend Update this Saturday to address Megyn Kelly's claim that he's a white guy, and he made one thing abundantly clear... he's "black as hell."

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December 14 2013

08:00

Federal Judge Describes, Then Supports Plot to Rob Detroit Pensioners

AlterNet - By Frank Joyce - Dec. 14 (News Analysis) - It is important to understand that at no point has Detroit declared or requested bankruptcy. Indeed Detroiters and others in Michigan have resisted as best they could, only to be overpowered at every turn. As Judge Rhodes explains below, bankruptcy has been orchestrated from Lansing (the state capitol) with a lot of help from Wall Street banks and other financial players.

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December 13 2013

08:00

Jon Stewart's Reaction To Megyn Kelly's 'White Santa' Statement Is All We Need

Huffington Post - By Ross Luippold, Jon Stewart - Dec. 13 (Comedy News) - Fox News has certainly make their fair share of problematic gaffes on air, but on Thursday, they marched forward with out-and-out racism when Megyn Kelly clarified to kids that Santa is white, despite what the liberal media has been telling them.

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December 11 2013

08:00

ALEC's "Institutional Corruption," From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 11 (Special Report) - We discuss ALEC’s latest efforts, along with its historic opposition to divestment campaigns from apartheid South Africa, with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

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November 20 2013

08:00

How Charter Schools Are Undermining the Future of Public Education

AlterNet - By Stan Karp - Nov. 20 (Special Report) - In too many places, charters function more like deregulated “enterprise zones” than models of reform, providing subsidized spaces for a few at the expense of the many.

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October 28 2013

07:00

Why Atheists Can’t Be Republicans

AlterNet - By CJ Werleman - Oct. 28 (Opinion) - The atheist movement comprises more than 2,000 groups and organizations in the U.S. today, but the movement, in composition and purpose, has failed to establish a coherent cause outside of validating non-belief and offering platitudes towards protecting the separation of church and state. Another thing one notices with the atheist movement is the fact it is predominantly upwardly middle-class, white and male. Sikivu Hutchinson writes, in her essay “Prayer Warriors and Freethinkers”: “If mainstream freethought and humanism continue to reflect the narrow cultural interests of white elites who have disposable income to go to conferences then the secular movement is destined to remain marginal and insular.”

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October 21 2013

07:00

Inside the Conservative Brain: Why Tea Partiers Are Desperately Afraid

AlterNet - By Lynn Stuart Parramore - Oct. 21 (News Analysis) - As an illustration, powell looks at how Tea Partiers feel about Social Security, which is coming under vigorous attack just as default has been avoided. When asked individually, powell finds that the Tea Partier likes the program a lot. But she only likes it for her own group — for people who have, in her view, “worked for it.” She doesn’t want the Others to have it because she doesn’t want to be connected to “Them.” “They” don’t work the way she does. “They” don’t care about America as she does. “They” don’t belong in America. This divide between the small group and the larger community can be leveraged by politicians who wish to sway them.

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August 16 2013

07:00

Rachel Maddow Slams North Carolina for Stripping Citizens of Right to Vote

AlterNet - Aug. 16 (Opinion) - Rachel Maddows has denounced a harsh voter suppression bill signed into law in North Carolina by unpopular North Carolina Governor. Pat McCrory this week which affects the voting rights of minorities, the elderly, students and low-income earners.

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August 13 2013

07:00

Judge Rules NYPD "Stop and Frisk" Unconstitutional, Cites "Indirect Racial Profiling"

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Aug. 13 (News Report) - n a historic ruling, a federal court has ruled the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactics used by New York City Police officers are unconstitutional. In a harshly critical decision, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said police had relied on what she called a "policy of indirect racial profiling" that led officers to routinely stop "blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white."

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July 13 2013

07:00

Rand Paul's Confederacy Scandal Is Not an Anomaly -- Libertarianism Is a 'Philosophy' That Papers Over Deep Racism in America

AlterNet - By Thom Hartmann - Jul. 13 (Comment) - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul the guy who questioned the wisdom of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when he first ran for office, finds himself at the center of yet another race related controversy this week. On Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon published an article titled “Rebel Yell” detailing the previous career of Paul’s right-hand man co-author Jack Hunter.

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July 06 2013

07:00

Is the South Dragging the Rest of the Nation Down?

AlterNet - By Allen Barra - Jul. 06 (Opinion) - I don’t think racism is the cardinal sin of the South, and it certainly isn’t exclusive to the South. The South’s cardinal sin is in pretending that racism didn’t cause the Civil War, and that racism doesn’t survive as a major issue

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Tags: Racism
07:00

Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon, on the Struggle to Win, and Now Protect, Voting Rights in U.S.

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jul. 06 (Interview) - Today we spend the hour with 13-term Congressmember Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, one of the last surviving speakers from the historic 1963 March on Washington, D.C. — which took place 50 years ago this year. During the 1960s, Lewis was arrested more than 40 times and beaten nearly to death as he served as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped organize the Freedom Rides, and campaigned for Robert Kennedy’s presidential bid

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