Hey folks, how are you today?
McCutcheon v FEC Decision
- What exactly is in the decision? How does it affect you? Curious on what was the old system? All of that can be answered here thanks to the Associated Press.
- The White House: We are “disappointed” with this ruling, but will still be reviewing the decision
- Interested in reading segments from the decision? The words of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas (both supporting) and Justice Stephen Breyer (dissenting) can be found here.
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad states Russia is re-establishing a “multipolar world”
- Journalist Steve Horn also offers his own well-made analysis ”Whose Propaganda” with Liz Wahl, RT and the reaction in the American media
- I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing and quality post by journalist Nathan Fuller on leftists asking for intervention in Syria. Great and necessary read.
- The U.S. is troubled by Iran’s choice of ambassador to the UN, who was a former hostage taker in 1979
- A NATO American general warned Russia has the ability to make a quick attack with its troops on Ukrainian border
- Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed six police officers and injured one person at the ministry of interior
- The BDS campaign seems to be picking up momentum with potential actions for corporations to divest and even government sanctions to be made
- Juan Cole: “Palestine’s Abbas finally says will Go to UN over Israeli Squatters“; The U.S., meanwhile, will attempt to salvage talks between both Israel and Palestine
- It might not be found in the media today, but in Saudi Arabian society there is discontent raging and the elites are scrambling to get control
- Eight people have been killed by militants in Yemen after the militants attacked an army complex
- The Syrian state news agency reported rebel-fired mortals killed five civilians in the capital of Syria
Asia and Oceania
- The Pakistani Taliban leadership is divided on whether to continue their ceasefire with the Pakistan government, but the Pakistani Taliban are open to continuing discussion
- It seems there may be signs of discontent and clamor for independence in Taiwan now
- In Egypt, a bombing outside of Cairo University has killed an Egyptian police brigadier-general. No one has taken responsibility for the attack.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon asked for international efforts to be increased to prevent violence in Central African Republic
- As the presidential election in South Africa nears, issues such as poverty and corruption are plaguing a country that months ago said goodbye to Nelson Mandela
- A close aide to Greek Prime Minister Antonio Samaras was found to be in contact with neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. The aide has since resigned.
- Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanokovych regrets inviting Russia into his country and calls capture of Crimea a “major tragedy.”
- The National Front, a far-right party in France, decided to focus on getting seats in the European Parliament with a broad coalition
Latin America, Caribbean and Canada
- A Brazilian jury sentenced 15 police officers each to 48 years in jail for killing four inmates during a 1992 riot
- Roman Catholic bishops criticized Venezuela for acting as if they were a totalitarian regime
- Gallup: The Gallup Job Creation Index has gone up for the month of March with more jobs created in the private sector than in the public sector
- IMF head Christine Laguarde called for the developed nations to use “bold” policies in order to speed recovery
- Michael Moore: “The Criminals at GM Should Pay the Ultimate Penalty”
- It merits repeating that Social Security will not be bankrupted due to the elderly as it is a ruse used to trick the youth (and others) into believe in austerity
- A few years ago there was a case against the CEO of Bank of America that ended with a small fine. What happened in that?
- Coca-Cola announced it will soften their marketing if protests continue in Brazil right before the World Cup; Interesting major companies are aware of the power of protest
- A professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art talks with The Real News on unionization and the lives of adjunct professors
- It is surprising to hear how models under 18 are exploited and abused in their workplaces and are powerless
- The Department of Labor considered cheerleaders in the NFL as “seasonal amusement,” not as workers who deserve decent wages
- It is absolutely troubling, as an investigative report out of Oregon shows, to see teenage workers accepting sexual harassment for fear of losing of their job
- OSHA has announced it will track what company subcontractors were working for if workers die on the job while working on cell tower sites
- Pew: In midterm elections, the Hispanic turnout has been low compared to other races like whites (who hold first) and blacks
- A new bill in the House has requested more transparency from the executive branch when it comes to the deaths due to drone strikes
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy”
- The Department of Homeland Security released a report on Occupy Sandy and praised it, but the problem is that it is the Department of Homeland Security
- An investigation found the Environmental Protection Agency failed to tell human test subjects it would face the risk of cancer and perhaps death in experiments
- Sarah Palin criticized Rep. Paul Ryan (D-WI) for his “insane” budget plan for not doing enough in terms of cutting spending; I went back and forth in deciding to post this since Palin’s views are nothing to me, but it could be something important
- Pacifica Radio is perhaps a good model for journalism to replicate, but it is currently in need of funding as it faces cuts
- In Mississippi, the state legislature has passed a law that potentially can ban gay people from attending hotels, restaurants and even pharmacies. It is all in the name of religious freedom.
- A college student fell to his death after ingesting a cannabis-laced cookie. While it is being reported as the drug causing the death, it seems too far-fetched for a drug to do this.
Top Gun (Stories)
- At this time of this writing, there are reports of a shooter at Fort Hood who has injured personnel there.
Health, Hunger and Homelessness
- Pew: A new thorough report found 67 percent of Americans would rather provide treatment to drug users compared to 26 percent who favor prosecution
- UN officials has said there is severe hunger in South Sudan, which could be linked to the civil war there
The Second Sex
- Pew: A new report has found when women start to work, it can increase chances of economic mobility for their family
- A clinic escort pens a much-needed letter to legislators on protecting women when they enter clinics
- A great report on how women in Tunisia still face problems in terms of rape and violence in the country despite changes
- Gallup: 57 percent of Americans prefer more energy conservation rather than more energy production
- With such an extreme drought plaguing California, the wildfires there may end up horrific as conditions are ripe
- Amazon delivers with giving consumers their products, but they rely a lot (and I mean a lot) on fossil fuels, making their environmental record dirty
- Now the threat of smog has reached the UK, specifically the southern portion, and it has raised alarms
- The death toll for the Washington mudslide has risen to 29 people, but 20 people are still missing
- A new report found U.S. cellphone data speed is dreadful compared to other places, but T-Mobile is the best one currently
- Funny story out of Los Angeles where an artist put his CD on fake Justin Bieber albums and put them on store shelves