Archive for June, 2011

Jun 30 2011

July 1, 2011

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Sonali Kolhatkar returns to Uprising to discuss the causes behind the “weird weather” and mega-fires sweeping the West with Chip Ward Also, Steven Hill analyses the austerity agenda and massive popular protests in Greece, Britain, and Spain, and Sonya Lunder from the Environmental Working Group on their 2011 Guide to Sunscreen. Plus this week’s edition of ReThink Reviews with Jonathan Kim. …

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Jun 30 2011

LA Times: GOP chilly to Obama’s call to deal with debt ceiling, skip the fireworks

Newswire | Published 30 Jun 2011, 9:45 am | Comments Off on LA Times: GOP chilly to Obama’s call to deal with debt ceiling, skip the fireworks -

Republicans on Wednesday greeted coolly President Obama’s challenge that they deal immediately with raising the debt ceiling and related issues, with one key GOP senator urging Democrats to give up their Fourth of July break to work on the issue.

At his news conference, Obama called on Congress to pass a variety of economic measures — free trade as well as patent reform. But he reserved his most direct language for the stalemate over raising …

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Jun 30 2011

ColorLines: 12K Prisoners Await Ruling Today on Crack Sentencing Reform

Newswire | Published 30 Jun 2011, 9:39 am | Comments Off on ColorLines: 12K Prisoners Await Ruling Today on Crack Sentencing Reform -

A decision expected today from the U.S. Sentencing Commission could potentially free thousands of inmates convicted of crack felonies, if the commission decides to apply retroactively Congress’ 2010 reform of drug sentencing laws.

The Fair Sentencing Act, signed into law in August 2010, was an effort to reduce the huge disparity in punishment of those convicted with cocaine possession or use versus those caught with crack. The law gets rid of so-called “mandatory minimums” and knocks …

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Jun 30 2011

Politico: U.S. recognizes Muslim Brotherhood

Newswire | Published 30 Jun 2011, 9:32 am | Comments Off on Politico: U.S. recognizes Muslim Brotherhood -

The U.S. has decided to formally resume contact with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group – which does not recognize Israel – in a move that could further alienate some Jewish voters already skeptical of President Barack Obama, it was reported.

One senior U.S. official said the Brotherhood’s rise in political prominence after the forced departure of former President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year makes the American contact necessary.

“The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing… …

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Jun 30 2011

Huffington Post: Mark Halperin SUSPENDED For Obama ‘D*ck’ Comment

Newswire | Published 30 Jun 2011, 9:29 am | Comments Off on Huffington Post: Mark Halperin SUSPENDED For Obama ‘D*ck’ Comment -

Mark Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for calling President Obama a “dick” live on air.

The suspension came just hours after Halperin, a top editor for Time and a regular on “Morning Joe,” profusely apologized for the remark, which came during Thursday’s “Morning Joe” broadcast.

MSNBC’s statement read:

Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We …

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Jun 30 2011

USA Today: Stephen Colbert’s super PAC gets approval

Newswire | Published 30 Jun 2011, 9:22 am | Comments Off on USA Today: Stephen Colbert’s super PAC gets approval -

Stephen Colbert’s bid to launch a super PAC is no laughing matter, especially now that the comedian has won approval to raise unlimited campaign cash to influence the 2012 elections.

The Federal Election Commission today voted 5-1 to approve Colbert’s political action committee, giving him a shot at doing what political types such as Bush strategist Karl Rove and former Obama aide Bill Burton are already doing to finance TV ads ahead of next year’s elections.

Colbert …

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Jun 30 2011

NY Times: Public Workers Strike in Britain Over Pensions

Newswire | Published 30 Jun 2011, 9:16 am | Comments Off on NY Times: Public Workers Strike in Britain Over Pensions -

LONDON — Hundreds of thousands of teachers and public-sector workers across Britain walked off their jobs on Thursday to protest the government’s proposed changes to their pension plans. Union officials warned that this could be the beginning of a wave of strikes this summer and fall over pensions and public-sector budget cuts.

“Today’s action across the country demonstrates the anger and distress that this government is causing teachers,” Christine Blower, head of the National Union of …

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Jun 30 2011

June 30th, 2011

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Due to unforeseen circumstances Uprising will not be live today. Tune into KPFK Pacifica Radio for special programming. …

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Jun 29 2011

June 30th, 2011

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Sonali Kolhatkar returns to Uprising to discuss the austerity agenda and massive popular protests in Greece, Britain, and Spain with Steven Hill. Also, Iruka Okeke makes the case for better medical practices in Africa in conversation on her new book, “Divining Without Seeds,” and Chip Ward examines the causes behind the “weird weather” and mega-fires sweeping the West. …

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Jun 28 2011

June 29th, 2011

Enjoy the final day of three days of special programming with former KPFK host and OC Weekly’s Managing Editor, Gustavo Arrellano. Sonali Kolhatkar returns to Uprising on Thursday June 30th. …

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