Posted April 10, 2013
A just-announced settlement from the U.S. Treasury Department is meant to compensate homeowners who faced wrongful foreclosure during the housing crisis. But the payout to these homeowners—many of whom had their homes taken without having ever missed a payment—amounts to paltry sums, generally $300-$500 per family. Activist Alexis Goldstein created a Tumblr of tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how homeowners can use these funds: For Having My House Stolen. Here, she talks about the site with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.
Posted April 8, 2013
An ode to the Iron Lady from Morrissey's 1988 debut solo album Viva Hate. British police under Thatcher responded to the pop song in predictable fashion, by searching the singer's home and carrying out an official investigation.
Posted March 21, 2013
During a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing this week, Elizabeth Warren asked why the federal minimum wage has not risen with productivity, and argues that an increase to $10.10 is completely feasible.
Posted March 18, 2013
In his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards, Anderson Cooper (wiping Madonna's lipstick from his mouth) tells the story of how he became a journalist and credits the "heroes" of LGBT journalism--Vito Russo, Harry Hay, Frank Kameny, and Audre Lorde, to name a few--for his presence on stage for the 24th annual ceremony. "I've benefited from what they and so many others have done; what they have spoken up for...been arrested and fired for; been beaten and bloodied and bruised for."
On a less rosy note, see Dustin Goltz' piece on InTheseTimes.com criticizing how gay elders are portrayed--including in shows that earned GLAAD awards. It's not all tragedy and martyrdom in the world of LGBT journalism, however, Anderson made sure to state: "I've had so many blessings in life, and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings."
Posted March 15, 2013
In an exclusive video with Ed Schultz, Scott Prouty, the bartender who filmed Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" comments during the 2012 presidential campaign cycle, explains his decision to release the footage.
Posted March 6, 2013
This infographic video tells the startling truth about the issue of wealth inequality in America, and how the reality is much, much different from what we think it is.
Posted March 5, 2013
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers and guest Kevin Hart offer up a dissenting opinion in response to Justice Scalia's attack on the Voting Rights Act last Wednesday. During arguments in the the Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder Scalia called the 1965 act a "perpetuation of racial entitlement," saying that, since the problem of racist voter exclusion in the South has been solved, the 1966 act is no longer needed and potentially unconstitutional. "Really?!" asks Hart. "Understand something: Black people don't like hearing something's unconstitutional. The Constitution used to say that I'm three-fifths of a person."
Posted March 1, 2013
This video from Al Jazeera covers the latest in the Bradley Manning trial. The WikiLeaks whistle-blower facing the possibility of a life sentence for treason, pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 lesser charges including the misuse of classified information. Twenty-five-year-old Manning, an Army private accused of leaking the largest number of classified documents in U.S. history, has been awaiting court martial since May 2010. The leak included hundreds of thousands of State Department cables as well as a graphic cockpit video of a US helicopter attack on civilians that killed 12 people including children and two Reuters journalists. In addition to his plea, which the Washington Post reports could bring a sentence of 20 years in prison, Manning gave his first testimony on how and why he leaked the classified material to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks website. "I believe that if the general public ... had access to the information," said Manning in court, "this could spark a domestic debate as to the role of the military and foreign policy in general."
Posted February 20, 2013
Assessing the impact of this weekend's historic climate rally in Washington, D.C., Thom Hartmann interviews Public Citizen's energy program director Tyson Slocum about how the record turnout of 40,000 could affect the future of energy policy in America. They discuss the controversial Keystone Pipeline as well as the climate change bill that the San Francisco Chronicle has called "radical"—the Boxer-Sanders Climate Protection Act of 2013.
Posted February 13, 2013
For bragging rights, the U.S. government often cites its role in the invention of the Internet. But Bill Moyers, in an edition of Moyers & Company this week, wonders how it is that "many other countries offer their citizens faster and cheaper access than we do." He interviews Susan Crawford, author of the book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, in which she points out that most Americans are still plugged in with outdated broadband connections rather than the much faster fiber optic technology. An additional 19 million Americans have no access at all to a high-speed Internet connection. Why? Too much support for a monopolized industry and not enough support for consumers, she argues.
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