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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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Jerk or genius, TV’s Stephen Colbert boosts US

Remembering ‘Kvetcher in the Rye’ JD Salinger by Greg Palast

ACORN mounts campaign to ‘sting the stinger’ by Daniel Tencer

Rahm Emanuel will really, really not like hosting this mental disabilities panel

CORPORATE POWER
How corporations secretly move millions to fund political ads by Brad Jacobson

Dems consider constitutional amendment to combat campaign finance decision

ACLU may reverse course on campaign finance limits from NY Sun

The end of the corporate zombie? from Huffington Post

BEHIND THE CONSERVATIVE VEIL
Rumsfeld sent Wall St Journal op-ed dismissing torture allegations to Dubya

Report: SarahPAC spent thousands buying copies of Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’

Insurance companies ‘used Tea Party’ to try and kill bill by Sahil Kapur

Glenn Beck update: The backpedaling begins by Arianna Huffington

MIDDLE EAST POWER STRUGGLES
Obama’s silent war shocks Pakistan from Guardian UK

Onward Christian soldiers, again from Antiwar.com

Raze illegal buildings, unless they are Jewish settlements

Israeli commander: ‘We rewrote the rules of war for Gaza’ from The Independent

BROADCAST POLITICS
FCC gives Native American tribes priority to obtain radio licenses

Obama wants you to create the next YouTube by Megan Tady

Countdown begins for end of Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’

Obama is obligated to sue Rush Limbaugh for demotion from True/Slant

JOURNALISM & PRESS FREEDOM
McChesney & Nichols on ‘Death & Life of American Journalism’ from DN!

Novaya Gazeta, publisher of assassinated journo, site back online after attack

College journalists included in proposed amendment to Maryland shield law

Anti-Govt protest covered by bloggers, ignored by Russian media

THE LATEST WATERGATE
What if the Landrieu phone plot perpetrators were liberal or Muslim?

High jinks to handcuffs for Landrieu provocateur from NY Times

Landrieu phone plot: Men arrested have links to intelligence community

Is this the same Stan Dai arrested for trying to bug Landrieu’s office?

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CINEMA
Wal-Mart, Target put squeeze on Redbox from Business Week

Movie Gallery files bankruptcy, closing 760 stores

Hollywood loses key battle over illegal downloads

Surveying video art and alternative media 1968-1980 from Cineaste

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Truthout offers exclusive video interview with ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis

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Democrats propose increase of national debt by $2 trillion; More background

Air America bankruptcy brings end to live programming

Ron Paul: ‘Take out’ the CIA for dealing drugs, assassinations, war-mongering

Dennis Kucinich shreds Dems for betraying promise of change from Raw Story

HAITI UPDATES

Plane full of meds turned away but patients need treatment from Media Hacker

Boy saved after week under rubble, girl killed by Haitian police for looting

Hope for Haiti telethon to air live on TV and Internet Friday 8pm EST

Insight into Wyclef Jean’s foundation under attack from Jack & Jill Politics

PRESS FREEDOM

Student staff resigns following high school censorship battle

What makes for a critical press? Save the News sees a role for govt support

State Dept to offer financial support for grassroots Internet freedom work

Russian journalist dies after police beating from Reuters

MORE MEDIA

FCC plans to expand ‘robocall’ restrictions

FCC closes cable programming loophole

Why OK Go’s new video won’t be seen 50 million times from Future of Music

Student resigns from paper after publication of cartoon urging hate crime

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Chris Matthews is scared of kung fu fighting terrorists from Raw Story

Senate health-care bill would still leave millions uninsured

Banks roll out new check, card fees from Democratic Underground

Official Army history: Bush ‘hamstrung’ troops by Stephen C Webster

Former UK Prime Minister slams Iraq War motives

Michael Chertoff’s serious ‘full-body scanners’ conflict of interest

The new Katrina flood: Hospital liability from ProPublica

AT&T tells FCC it must ditch landline phones to improve broadband

Do charter schools encourage innovation, best practices?

Tyranny of govt & duty of confidentiality as bloggers from TechCrunch

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Former "Most-trusted man" on TV

Slideshow of mostly showbiz & sports stars who passed away in 2009

LISTEN- Press freedom on the front lines from Free Speech Radio News

Iraq to take steps to bring Blackwater’s murderers to justice

Airport security: Two alternatives to full-body scanners

Dems seek to shorten primaries, rein in superdelegates from CS Monitor

Hotel WiFi should be a right, not a luxury from TechCrunch

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Top youth activism victories of 2009 from WireTap

Good riddance to decade begun by theft of the presidency by John Nichols

Over 20m people collected unemployment checks in 2009

137 media workers killed during 2009

An extraordinary year in politics from The Hill

10 things that didn’t suck about media in 2009 from Huffington Post

Top 10 cable news moments of 2009 from TPM Livewire

Top 10 objectively biggest tech stories of 2009 from Tech Meme

Obama: When myth meets reality from Tech President

Shielding journalists in the Internet era from LA Times

Internet radio stations are the new wave from NY Times

Fuck love, let’s make dystopia from Tiny Mix Tapes

WireTap Mag says farewell by Kristina Rizga

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Vodpod videos no longer available.

Andy Worthington: The human cost of Guantanamo from Truthout

TOP 4
Supreme Court tosses out ruling to release torture photos

Spitzer on Democracy Now: Geithner, Bernanke ‘complicit’

Dubya and Blair ‘misled public’ ‘could end up on trial’

New white house press pool rotation sparks debate from Politico

PROTESTS AROUND THE GLOBE

20,000 climate activists march through London

Tens of thousands march against Silvio Berlusconi in Rome

Martial law returns ahead of rebellion in Philippines

Arrests mark Greek riot anniversary

Iran bans foreign media, Cut Tehran web access as student rally nears

Zelaya supporters end 5 months of daily protests in Honduras

Gaza Freedom March less than one month away

U of Wisconsin protesters want Karl Rove on trial

TECHNOLOGY HEADLINES

Ode to books, why e-books will never replace them from Geek Dad

Administration fears public scrutiny would scuttle IP treaty talks

ALA submits comments on FCC broadband plan

PEG channels’ new best friend: Comcast? from Multichannel News

Comcast NBC: Donor interests vs. key Obama principles

Comcast rated 10 on Harold Feld’s association scale

The rise and fall of MySpace from Financial Times

TV exec upset daughter wants no TV at college from Techdirt

The myth of broadband hogs

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Eco activist charged for protest stunt

Activist Tim DeChristopher charged for failing to pay oil bid from Huffington Post

Campaign cash behind the Afghanistan escalation from Inst. for Southern Studies

Morocco silences the pens of its journalists from Committee to Protect Journalists

‘Too few funds’ to rebuild Iraq, inquiry told from The Independent

75,000 copycats of US newspaper content per month from Editor & Publisher

Twitter credited for record site traffic on Seattle Times manhunt coverage

Afghan politician: Surge can only magnify crimes against Afghan people

WGXC: Change in the air of the Hudson Valley

Jesse Ventura: New show Conspiracy Theory; MSNBC paid him off in 2003

Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News magazines sold

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Dems who voted against public option got $19m from healthcare firms

Banning a book near you from Truthout

End of FCC censorship of the airwaves may come by Marjorie Heins

Inside look at how Goldman Sachs lobbies Senate by Matt Taibbi

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Pentagon spokesman was Bush domestic propaganda official from Raw Story

ACORN legislation could defund top contractors from Project on Govt. Oversight

Drowning out the right-wing noise machine by Megan Tady

Broad new FBI surveillance rules are unconstitutional from ACLU

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books

Banned Books Week is this week September 28 – October 3, 2009. Check out info from American Library AssociationNOW on PBSChristian Science Monitor and even Movie Licensing USA..

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Attorney Tom Kelley chairs a citizens group called the Colorado Freedom of Information Council. Along with coalition partners like the Bar Association, League of Women Voters and Common Cause, Kelley said, “we act as aggressively in keeping after government as possible.” While Kelley’s coalition is not a press organization, they do provide FOI resources and put together occasional free events.

Last night, Kelley introduced a public forum hosted by Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and attended by over 50 people. The event featured Denver Post editor Greg Moore, Knight Digital Media Center fellow Wendy Norris, University of Denver journalism and new media professor Adrienne Russell, Ari Armstrong a blogger and Dominic Graziano, a journalism student.

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In an unusual live Wednesday morning broadcast, I finally produced the 2nd episode of Digital Crossroads of the year. I’ve been reading and highlighting and writing about Gaza. This show is about thinking critically before you trust what you read in the news.

Funeral at UN school struck by Israel

Funeral at UN school struck by Israel

Below you can click to listen to the 30-minute show as it aired on Boise Community Radio and Radio Free Moscow. If you make it all the way through the show, please check out the additional 10 minutes I did live this morning on RadioBoise.org covering Obama’s support from the “defense lobby” as well as reports inside Gaza. Hear from Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian human rights activist, and from Sameh Habeb, a Palestinian photographer. More links and photos after the jump.

To download or stream the show, click here- Gaza: Wake Up America (mp3)

Check out an additional 10 minutes here- DC 2009 B-Side (mp3)

In a story published Jan. 9th by Alternet from New America Media, Shane Bauer covers “What You’d Know About Israel if you Watched Al Jazeera TV.”

He writes, the 350 reporters who descended on Israel when the conflict began are stuck at the border between Israel and Gaza. Instead of giving their viewers up-close pictorial evidence of what is occurring in Gaza, television networks have been restricted to showing their viewers plumes of smoke as they rise in the distance.

“There is nowhere safe in Gaza,” an enraged John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza told Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros in front of the Al Shifa hospital Thursday. Those words came after the Israeli Defense Forces bombed a UN school that was being used as a refuge. Later in the day, a second UN school was struck by the Israelis, killing at least 40. Ging insisted, “Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized and they have the right to be because there is no safe haven… This violence needs to stop now. Neither side can wait for the other to stop first.”

Meanwhile the world’s only live coverage of the tragedy is kept away from American eyes. While Al Jazeera English competes with CNN and BBC as one of the largest networks in the world, no major American cable provider has been willing to carry the channel since it launched in 2006. But Al Jazeera is finding its way around the problem. Today, Americans can download Livestation, a free program that wil let viewers watch Al Jazeera English and other international networks.

Here’s a timeline looking back at news you likely haven’t seen if you have depended on US network TV and corporate newspapers over the past 2 weeks…

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