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Sunday, Nov 9, 2008, 10:47 am

Sunday afternoon links: “Pack your bags” edition

By Jarrett Dapier

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-Don't let the door hit you on the way out, guys:

Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions
Stem Cell, Climate Rules Among Targets of President-Elect's Team

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

I think I can safely write that we've been waiting 8 years to read news like this.

-Not so fast: Check out Bush's "subtle scheme" to undermine Obama reforms.

-After the bigoted, dispiriting approval of Proposition 8 in California last Tuesday (for which Obama must share some blame) it's hard to find much to celebrate in the Sunshine State. That's why this news about the approval of high-speed bullet trains is exciting. It ain't exactly equal rights for same-sex couples, but still worth cheering. Also, support for Amtrak is growing nationally.

-Coleman/Franken watch: The Coleman team fails in its bid to halt the count of absentee ballots and Josh Marshall thinks Franken's gonna win this thing (possibly bringing the Senate Dem count to 59).

-For Chicago and suburban Chicago residents: StreetWise, the magazine you see sold by men and women on street corners all over the city, has a new look and a new price ($2). Their re-design will lure more advertisers and readers, strengthening and expanding what the organization can achieve. For those of you unfamiliar, StreetWise "is a social enterprise designed to help severely impoverished men and women out of poverty. (They) publish weekly StreetWise, a general interest newspaper with a gritty "from the streets perspective" to give insight to its readers on what is really going on in Chicago. By using vendors as the distribution mechanism, we are able to personalize the face of poverty and create income for the vendor."

Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.

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