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Closing up shop

I’ve been writing and collecting stories, and they will be archived here indefinitely. I was too busy packing and moving, and then spending the past month on the west coast. I plan to update the site with all the content that is missing here, but there won’t be anything new here.

New projects are coming soon. My next job and next radio show will both begin before the end of summer. Right this second, you can CLICK HERE to see the last ten articles I wrote for Raw Story in May.

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Leaked video shows US forces laughing as they kill reporters, civilians

US troops violated Rules of Engagement in Reuters shooting

US should join the International Criminal Court from Toward Freedom

What’s real and what’s imagined in NYT’s product placement survey?

MLK’s death and other uncomfortable truths by Greg Guma

NPR studies NPR’s gender balance from FAIR

Sen. Durbin promises to support diversifying the airwaves

We need birth control, not geo-engineering from Grist

Sen. McCain: ‘I never considered myself a maverick’

Tea Party could cost Republicans in census

Philly to ease marijuana penalties

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Plagued by bad memories? Call Death Bear

TOP STORIES

Letter sent to alleged drug kingpin details DEA surveillance

CPB’s new local journalism centers initiative from New Public Media

FCC removes gender from advertising nondiscrimination rules

Victim-blaming is alive in the school paper at American University

HEALTH REFORM

Ten things you didn’t know were in the health bill by Emily Badger

David Frum on health reform: ‘Repeal is literally impossible’

Insurers find loophole in health bill, say they don’t have to cover sick kids

The strange tale of ‘black liquor’ and $25B from The Takeaway

CLIMATE AWARENESS

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change, says James Lovelock

Landmarks went dark worldwide to mark fourth annual Earth Hour

The Yes Men trick the world from Campus Progress

Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood promises bicyclists will finally have a voice

POLITICALLY SPEAKING

Nader on Attention deficit democracy from Common Dreams

Obama is ‘delivering, but for financial institutions’ says Chomsky

CNN claims only Dems want to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Watchdog files complaint against ‘deceptive and illegal’ Hannity concerts

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Democrats include $250m for abstinence-only education in health bill

The Secular Coalition for America, a national advocacy organization representing secular Americans, expressed its deep disapproval over this reversal.

“2009 marked the first year in nearly three decades that federal birth control funding was focused unequivocally on science-based sex education. No federal funds were spent on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs–programs not supported by scientific consensus. We are greatly disappointed that health care reform was used as a vehicle for extending this theocratically-motivated program which ignores science,” said Executive Director Sean Faircloth.

Blogger Michael Petrelis, a gay rights activist, is curious how certain progressive cabinet officials feel about this aspect of health reform, but isn’t holding his breath waiting for a response:

I’d sure like to hear from gay White House staffers Brian Bond, the gay liaison, and Jeff Crowley, the head of the Office of National AIDS Policy, about the supposed benefits behind allocating so much money for abstinence programs long-debunked by scientific research. Anyone care to wager that Bond and Crowley don’t say a thing about this outrageous waste of money?

Mississippi Governor: Media gave health bill ‘longest wet kiss’ in history

Sen. Schumer: A vote for health bill will be ‘asset’ in November elections

Wannabe Senator willing to ‘work across the aisle’ for GOP ideas only

Obama’s surprise 1st Kabul visit since ordering surge (Note my photo)

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The big story Sunday was of course the passage of health insurance reform in Congress. However my shift was over before the big vote. So these are stories from Sunday morning.

Karl Rove’s meltdown on ABC Sunday morning drew a lot of attention.

Republican leaders insisted on NBC that the racist and homophobic taunts by protesters at the Capitol on Saturday were isolated.

And, not that it matters now, Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN “we’ve got the votes.”

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Karl Rove’s history revisions continue

Seinfeld mocks ‘Massa massages’ on SNL

Axelrod calls Israeli settlement plan ‘an insult’

Dems: We will have the votes for health reform

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Tough economy, Jesus

These are the pieces I wrote for Raw Story on Sunday with David Edwards, who manages video content for the site. This first one got massive readership, and has now been posted to Digg and Facebook by over 4000 people.

Tom DeLay: People are unemployed because they want to be

“People are unemployed because they want to be? ” asked CNN’s Candy Crowley.

“Well, it is the truth. And people in the real world know it,” said DeLay.

The Senate passed a $10 billion stopgap unemployment measure Tuesday, after including an amendment offered by Sen. Bunning to prevent further deficits.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

Mitt Romney: Obama’s words ‘support’ 9/11 truthers abroad

Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney says he’s glad the Patriot Act was extended, but Obama’s “Apology Tour” was a mistake.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace did not ask Romney about his tan.

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Consumer protections the ‘fundamental divide’ in health reform

“I think the president would love to have Republican votes,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “What he has is lots of Republican ideas: Selling insurance across state lines, making sure that we crack down very aggressively on fraud and abuse moving forward.”

“But,” she pointed out, “there’s a fundamental difference. The Republicans feel strongly that insurance companies should have less regulation than they do now, less consumer protection, less oversight. The president feels strongly that we need to change the rules of the road, that we can no longer have a private health system where insurance companies get to pick and choose, where they can lock people out and price people out. That’s really one of the fundamental divides.”

Sebelius added that even though there are GOP ideas in the bill, and Dems are “hopeful” there will be Republican votes, she’s not sure there will be.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell on RNC ‘fear’ presentation: ‘It’s not helping’

Politico revealed a GOP PowerPoint presentation last week that recommended using fear and extreme negative feelings about Democrats to raise money.

“That sort of thing is certainly not helpful. I can’t imagine why anybody thought that would be helpful,” Sen. Mitch McConnell told ABC’s Matt Dowd Sunday.

“I don’t like it. I don’t know anybody that does,” he said.

When asked if someone should be fired for the presentation, the Minority Leader tried to distance himself. “Look, I don’t run the RNC. That’s up to them,” he said.

The fallout from the revelation that Republican operatives have such disdain for their own base has begun. Mark DeMoss, a prominent Evangelical wrote a letter to Michael Steele this week cautioning, “I’m afraid the presentation is representative of a culture and mindset within the Republican National Committee.”

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