Apr 04 2014

Daily News Flash with Maya Rockeymoore on Senate Release of CIA Report, March Jobs Report, and Ban on Public Funding of Conventions

Uprising’s guest expert Maya Rockeymoore, President of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a social change non-profit dedicated to making policy work for people and their environment, analyzes today’s news headlines:

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted yesterday to declassify sections of a secret report on CIA use of torture during the Bush era. The report, which has been at the center of controversy between the CIA and the Senate committee, may reveal for the first time exactly how far CIA operatives went in their use of so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques to extract intelligence from more than a 100 terrorism suspects after the 9/11 attacks. Once the 500 or so pages of a total of 6200 are reviewed by the White House and the CIA, the information will be made public. Rights groups like Amnesty International want the report to be released in its entirety. Click here for a New York Times article about the story.

The jobs report from March is in, and on the surface the economy looks to be improving. Overall, 192,000 jobs were added to the economy, all of them exclusively from the private sector. The official unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7%. However, when accounting for underemployed people and those who have stopped looking for work, about 12.7% of Americans are unemployed, up from 12.6% in February. Click here for a Wall Street Journal blog post about the story.

Just one day after the US Supreme Court struck down limits on individual contributions to political candidates in the McCutcheon case, President Obama signed a law banning public funding of political conventions. Previously Americans could opt to add $3 to their tax returns to the President Election Campaign Fund in order to undermine private funding and consequently influence over elections. The ban was bizarrely tucked into a wholly unrelated bill called The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story. Click here for a Guardian newspaper article about the story.

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