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US oil company donated millions to climate skeptic groups, says Greenpeace

The obscenity of war by Amy Goodman

Citizens united against Citizens United by David Swanson

Police: Teaching kids to mistrust govt. makes couple ‘unsuitable’ parents

FINANCIAL SHENANIGANS

Bailed out banks are even more powerful now than before the crisis

Elizabeth Warren: Bank lobbyists fought for very thing they’re now against

Supreme Court hands victory to mutual fund industry

Student loans: Govt. is now officially in the banking business

TECHNOLOGY POLITICS

Google goes evil, gets in bed with Verizon by Josh Silver

PR firm behind propaganda videos given $25M stimulus contract

Google says China’s ‘great firewall’ blocked search

Fox News has best quarter in network history from Mediaite

POLITICAL INTRIGUE

Thanks health bill, for $250M back to abstinence-only education

Naomi Wolf thinks Tea Parties help fight fascism from Alternet

Brown vs. Democracy in California by George Lakoff

States high on marijuana tax as budget cure

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Fred Nowak

UN torture expert criticizes Obama for not investigating previous administration

TOP HEADLINES

Why is Barack Obama writing GOP talking points? by John Nichols

Granny D dies at 100: She walked across the USA for campaign finance reform

Why the oppressed must tell their own story from Toward Freedom

Top US home-school texts dismiss evolution

THE TORTURE ARCHITECTS

George W Bush & Dick Cheney pulled the torture strings from The Progressive

Federal judge says Donald Rumsfeld can’t duck trial from Chicago Reader

The reason why torture memos resemble Clarence Thomas’ way of thinking

Reporter: Karl Rove’s book nearly made me choke on a pretzel

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

Rep. Dennis Kucinich forces Congress to debate Afghanistan

Kucinich & 16 other members of Congress start bipartisan War debate

House defeats Kucinich resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan

Sen. Levin to block Blackwater’s $1B Afghanistan contract

THE GAYS

Virginia Attorney General orders colleges to stop protecting gays

Sen. Lieberman, Sen. Levin take lead on measure to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Republican State Sen. with staunch record against gay rights comes out

Glenn Beck apologizes to viewers for interview with Rep. Eric Massa

US NOT POST-RACIAL YET

Study finds median wealth for single black women is $5

Justice roars: Local outrage at New Orleans music mag’s cover

Less stimulus money is going to American minorities

Could immigration split the Tea Party? from The Rachel Maddow Show

HEALTH CARE DEBATE

Obama’s rhetoric against single-payer is reprehensible from The Progressive

Daily Kos founder says Kucinich deserves (impossible) primary challenge

Mitt Romney’s lies, lies & staggering health care hypocrisy by Sahil Kapur

Reconciliation: Obsessed or ignorant, pick one by Jonathan Chait

ECONOMIC OUTRAGE

Rowdy protesters target funding cuts at US campuses from Michael Moore

Goldman Sachs authors a Greek tragedy by Jim Hightower

US lawmakers launch new push to reveal NAFTA

RNC finance director exposed: Manipulating donors with fear, crude caricatures

ODDS & ENDS

‘Carpuccino’ infuriates car lovers, coffee lovers, pun lovers from Gizmodo

Meth war’s money matters raise questions from Boise Weekly

A snitch in your pocket by Michael Isikoff

Medical marijuana’s lost man: Bryan Epis from NORML

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Economic collapse not over

Corporate welfare roulette by Jim Hightower

Chomsky on corporate takeover of US democracy from In These Times

Kucinich vs. Greenwald on campaign finance from Democracy Now

Time for Wall St to earn back America’s trust by Elizabeth Warren

Goldman Sachs made billions by pushing AIG to bankruptcy

Reid’s updated jobs bill tosses ‘pathetic’ corporate tax giveaways

Obama defends CEO bonuses he once called ‘shameful’

White House responds, aims to set record straight on bonus issue

Dems cracking down on corporate political spending ahead of midterms

Supreme Court cabal has unleashed a corporate Frankenstein

It is now mathematically impossible to pay off US national debt

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British opposition to Blair

Tony Blair forced to testify on war crimes to Iraq Inquiry by David Swanson

OBAMA

Jobs plan offered to Congress: $5K tax credit for every new hire

Cuts to Fed Govt greenhouse-gas emissions ordered by CS Monitor

Obama helps in play-by-play booth for Duke vs. Georgetown game

Theory behind Obama’s appearance with GOP by Sharon Fisher

POLITICS

Poll: Americans pretty clueless about politics, world from Raw Story

Justice Dept clears torture memo author John Yoo of misconduct

Health deal was reached days before Mass. election, says Sen. Harkin

Not too late to limit or reverse impact of Citizens United v. FEC

RADIO

Prometheus says the clock is ticking on LPFM bill from Radio Ink

Internet, new media support community radio, but problems remain

FCC OKs upping digital radio power from Benton Foundation

Community radio reaches out to Haiti from Prometheus Radio

MEDIA

BitTorrent census: About 99% of files infringe copyright from Ars Technica

Supreme Court decision good for free speech & bottom line, says NAB

Gay dating site’s Super Bowl ad denied by CBS, anti-abortion ad is OK

Laura Flanders on GRIT TV: Citizens United, Iraq, Howard Zinn

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Local leaders shut out of military-run relief efforts by Ansel Herz

TOP STORIES

Howard Zinn: How I want to be remembered from Common Dreams

Howard Zinn: A radical treasure by Bob Herbert

Blackwater’s youngest victim by Jeremy Scahill

Why Daniel Ellsberg may still be ‘Most dangerous man in America’

MEDIA THINKING

Ideas for Change: Make broadband a universal service

Is there still a market for new local radio stations?

Not-so-Breitbart & the story of James O’Keefe from Media Matters

Dispatches from the stacks from The Contrarian

AMERICAN POLITICS

Supreme Court ruling on campaign cash adds fuel to populist fire

GOP dismayed by Obama’s performance, letting cameras roll a ‘mistake’

Obama speaks at Republican retreat in Baltimore from WA Post

Does Fox News coverage = GOP campaign contribution? by Eric Boehlert

HAITI LATEST

Sending hope over the airwaves by Ansel Herz

Community radio stations obliterated, off the air from CPJ

UN envoy criticizes US relief efforts from McClatchy

Oil in Haiti, reasons for US occupation by Ezili Danto

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Graf artist Jerry survived Haiti quake

TOP STORIES

After 34 years, plainspoken Justice Stevens gets louder from NY Times

Kucinich: Retirement program would create 1 million jobs from Raw Story

K Street rushing to get its slice of jobs bill before Obama’s spending freeze

ProPublica Super Bowl Blitz: Which Congressmen are getting perks?

HAITI LATEST

Must-see TV makes bad journalism: Failures in coverage by Robert Jensen

Examination of mismanagement and fiscal abuse at the Red Cross

Limited compassion for Haiti by Justin Podur

Venezuela cancels Haiti’s debt

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Despite court ruling, Congress can still limit campaign finance

Ruling to deliver $300M boost to media from Ad Age

Corporations are citizens, what are we? from Truthout

Why ACLU supports the Supremes by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

WAR & MILITARISM

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’ by Sahil Kapur

1/3rd of women in US military are raped from News Junkie Post

Obama’s drones responsible for increase in civilian deaths from Truthout

Does NYT’s top Israel reporter have a son in the IDF? from FAIR

TECHNOLOGY POLICY

Warning: Your cellphone may be hazardous to your health from GQ

Consumer advocates declare war on copyright treaty from CBC

Transparency and ACTA secrecy by Michael Geist

Internet companies voice alarm over Italian law from Radio Netherlands

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Ed Schultz to Robert Gibbs: ‘You are full of shit and losing your base’

Addressing a crowd of progressive talk radio fans in Minnesota, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz revealed some of the harsh words he had exchanged with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs off the air earlier in the week.

“I told him he was full of shit is what I told him,” Schultz said. “And then he gave me the Dick Cheney f-bomb the same way Senator Leahy got it on the Senate floor. I told Robert Gibbs, I said, ‘I’m sorry you’re swearing at me, but I’m just trying to help you out.”

“I’m telling you, you’re losing your base,” he continued. “Do you understand that you’re losing your base? And that the American people don’t want public option, the American people want single-payer!?'” READ MORE

Sen. Menendez calls out ‘unprecedented’ filibusters as Sen. DeMint backtracks on ‘breaking the president’

Senators from each of America’s two major political parties lashed out at one another on a Sunday morning talk show. Dodging questions with talking points is nothing new, but this morning Senator Robert Menendez went off script and challenged the defeatism infecting the country.

In July, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said if Republicans were able to stop health care reform it would “break” President Barack Obama. “If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.

But now, DeMint denies that his intention was to break the president. READ MORE

Police beat 18-year-old violinist accused of carrying Mt. Dew bottle

Pittsburgh police have reassigned three plainclothes officers to uniformed duty pending an investigation into the beating of an 18-year-old student.

A police report indicates that officers became interested in Jordan Miles when they suspected he had a gun in his coat. After beating Miles in the head with a closed fist, the officers discovered the object was a Mountain Dew bottle.

Miles, a violinist and honor student who attends the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School, says he resisted arrest because he thought the men were trying to abduct him and didn’t identify themselves as police.

The student is black, and the three officers are white. READ MORE

Cornyn: Effect of Supreme Court campaign finance ruling ‘overstated’

Sen. John Cornyn wants everyone to calm down about a Supreme Court decision that would allow corporations to pour an unlimited amount of cash into campaign advertisements. Cornyn believes the effect of the decision has been “overstated.”

“I think [the impact has] been overstated,” Cornyn (R-TX) told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

Apparently Cornyn thinks that contributions to campaigns by individual donors is more of a threat than unchecked money from large corporations. READ MORE

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