today’s On the News segment: Republicans in the Michigan State House
passed a new law that will allow Gov. Snyder to break union contracts, slash
budgets, and sell off parts of the commons to for-profit corporations; in the
wake of the Connecticut school shooting, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
told reporters that it is not the time to talk about gun violence; the European
High Court of Human Rights condemned the extraordinary rendition programs of
George W. Bush; and more.
Bailey, Truthout: Earlier in the year, the US media extensively covered
the 66-day hunger strike of a Palestinian named Khader Adnan, who risked his
life to protest his detention without charge or trial. Today, there are five
more prisoners protesting with their empty stomachs. Yet virtually no one is
covering their cases. Why?
Barron, The New York Times News Service: More details emerge in the
nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, but officials offered no hint of what
had motivated the shooter.
Barack Obama, The White House Website: “We’ve endured too many of these
tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a
President, but as anybody else would – as a parent”
Van Houten, Yes! Magazine: The nation is grieving after yet another
fatal mass shooting. Aren’t there ways to curb this ongoing national
Kelley, AlterNet: We’ve heard a lot about the union-busting bill that
passed in Michigan, but several other legislative items slipped through with
barely a peep from the media. Want to know what else the Michigan legislature
was up to recently?
Morris, Truthout: What do many Republicans in the House of
Representatives have in common with the 17th century Spanish Inquisition? Both
have waged a war on science.
Maguire, War Is A Crime: “I say, ‘Sorry to the Afghan people for what
the governments of the US and NATO and other governments have done to the Afghan
people, and I say, ‘Not in my name.’”
Fischer, PRWatch: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
appears to be anticipating an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit, after
multiple complaints challenging the “corporate bill mill’s” charitable