Janine Jackson interviews Dave Lindorff on Pentagon budget fraud FAIR Dec 14, 2018 CounterSpin audio MP3 Link This is a lightly edited transcript: Janine Jackson: For those of us who remember the $640 toilet seat, the unbelievable absurdity of Pentagon spending has long been—while unbelievably absurd—taken for granted: The Department of Defense spends billions and … Continue reading The Pentagon Steadfastly Stonewalls Against Making Its Budget Auditable
Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization. by Evan Osnos New Yorker Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye … Continue reading Survival of the Richest: Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
by Robert Reich Dec 12, 2018 Privatization. Privatization. Privatization. It’s all you hear from Republicans. But what does it actually mean? Generations ago, America built an entire national highway system, along with the largest and best public colleges and universities in the world. Also public schools and national parks, majestic bridges, dams that generated electricity … Continue reading The Truth About Privatization
by Gary Sick New York Times SUSPICIONS about a deal between the Reagan campaign and Iran over the hostages have circulated since the day of President Reagan's inaugural, when Iran agreed to release the 52 American hostages exactly five minutes after Mr. Reagan took the oath of office. Later, as it became known that arms … Continue reading October Surprise: The Election Story of the Decade
by Robert Parry Consortium News It seems that since I arrived in Washington in 1977 as a correspondent for The Associated Press, the nastiness of American democracy and journalism has gone from bad to worse. In some ways, the Republicans escalated the vicious propaganda warfare following Watergate, refusing to accept that Richard Nixon was guilty … Continue reading America’s Stolen Narrative
Julie Hyland interviews Piers Robinson for WSWS Professor Piers Robinson is the chair in politics, society and political journalism at the University of Sheffield. Much of his research focuses on the interface between propaganda and war. His 2002 book, The CNN Effect: The Myth of News Media, Foreign Policy and Intervention, examined news reporting in a … Continue reading War, Propaganda, and Smears: Piers Robinson
Gutting the IRS Who Wins When a Crucial Agency Is Defunded? If you claim the earned income tax credit, whose average recipient makes less than $20,000 a year, you’re more likely to face IRS scrutiny than someone making twenty times as much. How a benefit for the working poor was turned against them. by Paul … Continue reading Who’s More Likely to Be Audited by the IRS: A Person Making $20,000 — or $400,000?