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'A New Era of Responsibility'

"Push Obama to Follow Through on Peace Vows," by Amy Goodman, The Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 22, 2009
"How to Push Obama," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Danger of Green Stimulus," Jesse Jenkins, Huffington Post, Jan. 5, 2009

"Who Will Seize the Moment?" Turning Crisis into Opportunity, by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2008

"Community Organizers Press Obama for Real Change," by, Dec. 3, 2008

Civil Liberties

"The effects of Obama's refusal to investigate Bush crimes," by Glen Greenwald,, Jan. 20, 2009

"Binding U.S. law requires prosecutions for those who authorize torture, " by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 18, 2009

"Obama Has to Hold Bush Accountable for the Laws He Broke," by Elizabeth Holtzman, The Nation, Jan. 16, 2009

"Obama Must Restore the Constitution: Prosecuting Bush and Cheney," by Dave Lindoff,, Jan. 16-19, 2009

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Human Rights Solutions

"Single-Payer Health Care Would Stimulate Economy," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2009

"Fulfilling the Promise of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration at 60," audio recordings from a Connecticut conference marking the 60th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., Dec. 6, 2008

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Converting Fossil Fuel/War Economy to Green, Renewable Energy/Peace Economy

"Green Jobs Should Top Our Economic Recovery List," by Juleyka Lantigua, Jan. 6, 2009

"Obama Must Get Afghanistan Right,"by Katrina Van Heuvel, The Nation, Jan. 9, 2009

"Nine Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year," by Deepak Chopra, Alternet, Jan. 1, 2009

"Electric Cars Put Hawaii on The Road to Independence," by Times Online/UK, Dec. 4, 2008

"Weapons Come Second: Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?" by Frida Berrigan,, Nov. 25, 2008

The FY 2009 Pentagon Spending Request - Global Military Spending, by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Economic Crisis

"The Outcry Is Muted, But The Food Crisis Is Getting Worse," by Jayati Ghosh, The Guardian/UK, Jan. 9, 2009

"Ideas for Obama, "by Paul Krugman, by The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Ponzi Scheme Presidency: Bush's Legacy of Destruction," by Tom Engelhardt,, January/February, 2009

"Fiscal Therapy," by David Cay Johnston, Mother Jones, January/February, 2009

"A Look At Wall Street's Shadow Market: How Some Arcane Wall Street Financial Instruments Magnified Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 5, 2008

"Swapping Secrecy for Transparency," by Christopher Cox, SEC Chairman, The New York Times Op-Ed, Oct. 19, 2008

"The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street: Steve Kroft On Credit Default Swaps And Their Central Role In The Unfolding Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, 2008

Broken Government

"Broken Government: By The Numbers," 40 ways in which the federal government failed to perform under the administration of George W. Bush, 2001-2008

Class Warfare

"How the Rich Are Different From You and Me,"Places that went for Obama are richer and smarter than places that went for McCain, by Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing, Slate, Dec. 11, 2008

"Questions About the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds, " First Report of the Congressional Oversight Panel for Economic Stabilization, Dec. 10, 2008

War And Profiteering

"This Is Change? Twenty Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House," by Jeremy Scahill,Alternet, Nov. 20, 2008

"Don't Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart," Why Americans Shouldn't Go Home, by Tom Engelhardt, Nov. 12, 2008

"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007

"Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq," Between The Lines interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by Scott Harris, for the Week Ending May 3, 2002

The Iraq Crisis, a Global Policy Forum, U.N. Security Council section on the 13 years of sanctions and other background of the war, the humanitarian situation, the importance of Iraq's huge oil resources, and disputes over a post-war government and reconstruction plan

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, Nov.-December 2001

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Coalition Fights Wall Street Effort
to Weaken Financial Reform Legislation

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Interview with Heather Booth,
director of Americans for Financial Reform

finance reform

One year after the financial meltdown that ushered in the worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression, the Obama administration and Congress are working toward passage of legislation to impose new regulations on the nation's banks and financial institutions.

On Dec. 11, Democrats in the House passed a bill, without a single Republican vote, that would create a new federal agency to protect consumers by policing the practices of mortgage and credit card companies, establish new rules for the trading of derivatives and increase transparency of the credit-rating process. The legislation also authorizes an audit of the Federal Reserve and requires the nation's large banks to pay into a fund that would be used to break them up and sell them off if they go bankrupt.

The Senate is now working on its own financial reform bill, with the possibility of attracting bi-partisan support. But some observers say the proposed new regulations don’t go far enough to prevent big banks and Wall Street from engaging in casino-like behavior that could cause another devastating economic collapse. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Heather Booth, a long time social justice organizer and director of Americans for Financial Reform, who talks about her group's campaign to demand Congress enact strict new rules to rein in the reckless conduct of U.S. banks and financial institutions.

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Big Coal Wins as Obama's EPA Grants
Permit for WV Mountaintop Removal Mine

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Interview with Janet Keating,
executive director of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition,
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In early January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first mountaintop-removal coal mining permit in West Virginia among the 23 in the state it had delayed for further scrutiny. The EPA issued a permit to the Patriot Coal Corporation's Hobet 45 mine with the condition that the company reduce by half the number of miles of streams buried. Throughout Appalachia, the EPA has held 79 permits for a more thorough review, a departure from the Bush administration's practice of rubber-stamping virtually all such applications from coal companies.

On Jan. 8, a panel of experts published a report in Science Magazine about the health and environmental impacts of mountaintop removal, the first such study ever undertaken. The report's 12 environmental scientists concluded that the evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining destroys streams and threatens human health is so strong that the government should stop granting new permits for it.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Janet Keating, executive director of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, one of the grassroots groups in West Virginia fighting to stop mountaintop removal mining -- which destroys mountains -- pollutes streams and spreads air contamination by blasting tons of rocks with millions of pounds of dynamite. She explains why her group condemns the EPA decision to grant the permit to the Hobet mine, and how opponents hope to end the destructive mining practice.
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Food Policy Councils Can Help Alleviate
Growing Hunger in America

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Interview with Annie Shattuck,
policy analyst at Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy,
conducted by Scott Harris


A report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in mid November found that the number of Americans who lack food is at the highest level ever recorded with nearly 50 million people experiencing hunger last year, including one out of every four children without enough to eat. The report found that 16 percent -- or 49 million Americans in all age groups, ran short of nutritious food during the course of the year, compared with about 12 percent the year before.

The effect of the nation's economic crisis is clearly seen in the report's findings, connecting rising poverty and record levels of unemployment with people’s inability to feed themselves and their children. During his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama pledged to end childhood hunger. Now with record levels of hunger, anti-poverty groups are pressing the White House to make good on that promise.

During the past three decades, over 100 local food policy councils have been established across the U.S. These councils create community space for discussion of food issues and platforms for coordinated action addressing food supply, quality, pricing, production, distribution, and consumption. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Annie Shattuck, policy analyst with the group Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy. Shattuck, co-author of Food First's report, 'Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned,' talks about the government's report on growing hunger in America and the role food councils could play in alleviating that hunger.

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"Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads," by Peter H. Stone, National Journal, Jan. 12, 2010

"Feingold Fears 'Lawless' Court Ruling on Corporate Campaigning," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 12, 2010

"There's Plenty of Good News, But Will the US Ever Hear it?," by David Swanson, After Downing Street, Jan. 12, 2010

"Drumbeat to Boot Geithner Gets Louder, on Eve of Hearings on Disastrous Economic Crash," by Danny Schechter & Dylan Ratigan, AlterNet, Jan. 12, 2010

"Why Taxing Health Care Plans is a Terrible Idea," by Bill Salganik, Counterpunch, Jan. 12, 2010

"Obama received $20 million from healthcare industry in 2008 campaign, three times the amount of McCain," by Brad Jacobson, Raw Story, Jan. 12, 2010

"President Obama, the CIA and the Master of the Cover-Up," by Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout, Jan. 11, 2010

"'Political reporting' means 'royal court gossip,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 11, 2010

"Mr. Smith Rewrites the Constitution," by Thomas Geoghegan, The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2010

"White House Believes 'Liberal Angst' Over Healthcare Will Go Away," by Donna Smith, Common Dreams, Jan. 10, 2010

"California, Here We Come," by Michael Winship, Truthout, Jan. 9, 2010

"As old-timers depart, Congress breaks down under new dynamics," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 8, 2010

"Courts Roll Back Limits on Election Spending," The New York Times, Jan. 8, 2010

"Lawmakers Press for Geithner AIG Testimony," Reuters, Jan. 8, 2010

"McCain Gets It, Obama Doesn't," by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, Jan. 6, 2010

"The Growth of Citizen Co-Ops Is a Positive Development As Corporations Fail Us in Every Way," by Sena Christian, AlterNet, Jan. 5, 2010

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"Will Wednesday's Wall Street inquiry find the real villains?," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 12, 2010

"Demand overwhelms program to prevent homelessness," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 12, 2010

"The Case Against Bernanke," by Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post, Jan. 10, 2010

"Banks to Britain: Drop Dead," by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, Jan. 10, 2010

"The Other Plot to Wreck America," by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Jan. 9, 2010

"Unemployment: The 2010 Time Bomb," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 9, 2010

"Democrats and the Corporate Media: Looking for Green Shoots in an Economic Desert?," by Dave Lindorff, Common Dreams, Jan. 9, 2010

"How the Teamsters Beat Goldman Sachs," by Andrew Cockburn, Counterpunch, Jan. 8-10, 2010

"Study: More families using food stamps to feed kids," McClatchy Newspapers, Jan. 8, 2010

"Tip of the Iceberg," by Eliot Spitzer, William Black, & Frank Partnoy, New Deal 2.0, Jan. 8, 2010

"The Bad Job Numbers and the Secret Second Stimulus," by Robert Reich,, Jan. 8, 2010

"Bubbles and the Banks," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2010

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Bush Accountability

"Yes, It Was Torture, and Illegal," New York Times editorial, Jan. 3, 2010

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International Affairs

"Yemen: Another US Battleground?," by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Jan. 12, 2010

"Arming Yemen would play into al-Qa'ida's hands," by Patrick Cockburn, Independent/UK, Jan. 10, 2010

"Answering Helen Thomas on Why They Want to Harm Us," by Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, Jan. 9, 2010

"Proposed Amnesty Serves to Whitewash Honduran Coup, CEPR Co-Director Says," Center for Economic and Policy Research, Jan. 8, 2010

"Did the CIA Deploy a Blackwater Hit Team in Germany?," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Jan. 8, 2010

"Power versus the press," by Mark Weisbrot, Guardian/UK, Jan. 8, 2010

"The Question No U.S. Official Dare Ask: Do 700 U.S. bases provoke war rather than provide security?," by William Pfaff, Truthdig, Jan. 7, 2010

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Western, Afghan Troops Fire During Demonstration," Reuters, Jan. 12, 2010

"War's Fury No Longer Pauses for Afghan Winter," The New york Times, Jan. 11, 2010

"The Shadow War : Making Sense of the New CIA Battlefield in Afghanistan," by Tom Engelhardt & Nick Turse, TomDispatch, Jan. 10, 2010

"Afghan Prisoners Challenge Indefinite Detention," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, Jan. 9, 2010

"Iraq, Gaza, Drone Strikes in Pakistan-- the Radicalization of CIA Assassin Humam al-Balawi," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Jan. 9, 2010

"Blackwater wants $1 billion to train the new Afghan police force," by Jason Rosenbaum, Firedoglake, Jan. 9, 2010

"Blackwater and the Khost Bombing: Is the CIA Deceiving Congress?," by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, Jan. 6, 2010

"Blind in Afghanistan," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, Jan. 6, 2010

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Police fight cellphone recordings," Boston Globe, Jan. 12, 2010

"Military Justice and the Fear Game," by Scott Horton, Harper's, Jan. 12, 2010

"ACLU sues Library of Congress over firing employee who criticized Gitmo," The Hill, Jan. 11, 2010

"Appeals Court Extends President's Wartime Powers, Limits Guantánamo Prisoners' Rights," by Andy Worthington, Future of Freedom Foundation, Jan. 11, 2010

"Officials Hid Truth of Immigrant Deaths in Jail," The New York Times, Jan. 9, 2010

"Did a Court Just Deal a Fatal Blow to Tasers for Police?," by Raj Jayadev & Aram James, New America Media, Jan. 8, 2010

"Yemeni Gitmo Detainees Now the Victims of Hysteria," by Andy Worthington, Neiman Watchdog, Jan. 7, 2010

"The Naked Truth About Airport Scanners," by Steve Chapman, Reason, Jan. 7, 2010

"The Sins of Guantanamo: We're keeping detainees in the camp because we're afraid of things they haven't done yet?," by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate, Jan. 6, 2010

"The Lie of Law: Courts Bow to State's Raw Power," by Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, Jan. 6, 2010

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Environment and Sustainability

"TVA Health Assessment Report on Coal Ash Raises Troubling Questions About the Agency," by Gregory Button, Counterpunch, Jan. 11, 2010

"Overcoming the Copenhagen failure," by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Capital Times (Madison, WI), Jan. 7, 2010

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Media Issues

"The fundamental unreliability of America's media," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 12, 2010

"Activists Worried About 'Secret' Internet Treaty," by Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service, Jan. 12, 2010

"Losing the Internet as We Know It," by Megan Tady, Huffington Post, Jan. 12, 2010

"Factually Challenged Fox News Channel Hires Factually Challenged Palin," Media Matters for America, Jan. 11, 2010

"Media Vultures Are Coming: Freedom of Expression at Risk," by Ramzy Baroud, Common Dreams, Jan. 7, 2010

"How to Save Journalism," by John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney, The Nation, Jan. 7, 2010

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