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In The Public Interest

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In The Public Interest

Among the vast daily news sources bidding for our readership, I find four little-heralded publications representing major causes worthy of attention.

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Corporate traitors need a lesson in patriotism

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It is time to apply the standard of patriotism to the U.S. multinational corporations and demand that they pledge allegiance to the United States and “the Republic for which is stands … with liberty and justice for all.” This July 4 would be good day for Americans to demand such a corporate commitment.

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Waiting for the spark

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What could start a popular resurgence in this country against the abuses of concentrated, avaricious corporatism? Imagine the arrogance of passing on to already cheated working people and the jobless enormous corporate losses? This is achieved through government bailouts and tax escapes.
History teaches us that the spark usually is smaller than expected and of a nature that is wholly unpredictable or even unimaginable. But if the dry tinder is all around, as many deprivations and polls reveal, the spark, no matter how small, can turn into a raging inferno.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes progressives for granted

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When liberals and progressives have nowhere to go, New York’s new Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, can move toward the corporatist right of the political spectrum with impunity. Brandishing an inherited $10 billion state deficit, Cuomo has earned the following description in the April 7 edition of The New York Times:

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An open letter to President Obama

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Dear President Obama:
An interesting contrast is playing out at the White House these days — between your expressed praise of General Electric’s CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt, and the silence regarding the widely desired nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Regulatory Bureau within the Federal Reserve.

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Nuclear March Madness

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President Obama’s pick of Kansas to win the March Madness collegiate basketball tournament ended with their defeat by Virginia Commonwealth University this past Saturday. He must know how the Jay Hawks are feeling because he is entangled in his own March Madness that will continue after this month ends.

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Japan reminds us a nuclear nightmare may be looming

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The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States — many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the West Coast exposed to potential tsunamis.
Nuclear power plants boil water to produce steam to turn turbines that generate electricity. Nuclear power’s overly complex fuel cycle begins with uranium mines and ends with deadly radioactive wastes for which there still are no permanent storage facilities to contain them for tens of thousands of years.

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PBS and NPR are leaning right

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The tumultuous managerial shake-up at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public TV are replete with left-leaning or leftist programming.
Ludicrous, that is, unless this criticism’s yardstick is the propaganda regularly exuded by the extreme right-wing Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These “capitalists” use the public’s airwaves free of charge to make big money.

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New York is selling out injured baby rights

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be judged harshly by history if he doesn’t reverse his position supporting limiting the legal rights of brain damaged babies. Imagine a lifetime $250,000 cap on pain and suffering and families having to endure a burdensome and humiliating struggle to get medical bills paid as they arise from an insurance-funded entity.
Gov. Cuomo is hiding behind the recommendations of his Medicaid Redesign Team, which has more than a sprinkling of hospital and industry lobbyists, and which was the stalking horse for this heartless proposal.

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They’re ‘Mad as Hell’ in Madison — and with good reason

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The large demonstrations at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisc., are driven by a middle-class awakening to the specter of its destruction by the corporate reactionaries and their toady Gov. Scott Walker.       

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