Indiana Editors: We Won’t Use Governor’s “Troubling” News Service | Blog | Media Matters for America

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to launch what some are calling a “state-run news service” is drawing harsh criticism from Indiana news outlets who say the move is a blatant effort to bypass the press and spin information.

Pence, a Republican, will create Just IN, a website that will seek to break news about his administration and utilize state press secretaries headed by a former reporter to provide written stories for news outlets. The website will launch in February, according to The Indianapolis Star, which obtained documents detailing the project.

The Star added that “the endeavor will come at some taxpayer cost, but precisely how much is unclear. The news service has two dedicated employees, whose combined salary is nearly $100,000, according to a search of state employee salary data.”

via Indiana Editors: We Won't Use Governor's "Troubling" News Service | Blog | Media Matters for America.

Facility 1391: Israel’s secret prison | World news | The Guardian

The men under the black hoods all have the same question once the blindfolds and manacles are off: Where am I? A voice filtering through a narrow slit in the steel door told Sameer Jadala he was “in Honolulu”, Raab Bader that he was “in a submarine” and “outside the borders of Israel”, Bashar Jadala that he was “on the moon”. None of them imagined it at the time, because only a handful of the political and security establishment knew such a thing existed, but they were prisoners in Israel’s Guantanamo: Facility 1391.

via Facility 1391: Israel's secret prison | World news | The Guardian.

Bernie Sanders Shows How Reagan Helped Destroy The Middle Class

WASHINGTON — President Ronald Reagan remains a venerated figure in American politics, even as folks on the left have been taking a more critical look at his economic legacy in recent years.

So perhaps it’s not a surprise that Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders would not think well of the Gipper. But when Sanders took to the Senate floor Thursday evening to offer a broad vision for how to do something to help the declining middle class, he offered a stunning chart that showed just how poorly most Americans have fared during economic recoveries since the advent of Reaganomics.

The chart starts by showing that in the decades after World War II, the bottom 90 percent of the country captured most of the growth in income during rebounds from tough times. But then came the Reagan era, and what George H. W. Bush once dubbed “voodoo economics.” After Reagan implemented his policies, the top 10 percent grabbed nearly 80 percent of the growth in incomes coming out of the oil crises of the late ’70s.

“Whoa! What happens in 1982?” Sanders said, noting the dramatic reversal in his diagram. “Well, Ronald Reagan is president, and the good news is we are into trickle-down economics.”

via Bernie Sanders Shows How Reagan Helped Destroy The Middle Class.

▶ Robert Reich takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – YouTube

▶ Robert Reich takes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – YouTube.

2016 Election – When Trends Collide –

An oft-cited statistic is that, in five of the six post-World-War-II elections that took place after one party had held the White House for eight consecutive years, or two terms, the party defending the presidency lost. The only election that deviated from this pattern was in 1988, when Vice President George H.W. Bush was able to add a term onto that of his boss, Ronald Reagan. This suggests that the default setting is that after eight years of one party, Americans are generally receptive to change and ready to give the other side a turn. Or perhaps it’s that the grievances accumulated against a party over two terms make it very difficult for its nominee to retain the White House. Clearly, whether the sitting president is popular, or politically radioactive, matters.

In short, this history gives Republicans the advantage for 2016, unless Obama’s numbers are quite strong. Obama’s name will not be on the ballot next year, but how well or how poorly he is doing matters, and will help determine whether this pattern holds or whether it subsides.

via When Trends Collide –

A Personal Note to Readers

Thank you for reading.
I was looking through some statistics for this site, and I noticed that some of you have been following my blog for three years. I so appreciate that you do so.
Normally I post news articles from around the web. I would like to do more original content, but I never seem to find the time. I am sorry for that.
I hope that all of you will continue to read and spread news and try to make this a better nation. There is a lot wrong with our society, and we must work hard to fix it.

Remodeling democracy, 800 years on –

This year marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Latin for “Great Charter.” The document, sealed by King John in 1215, helped launch the long struggle for democracy and civic rights around the world. Yet by many measures, traditional democracy – at least the kind spread widely in the 20th century – appears to be in trouble, leading some experts to ask if democracy itself is changing.

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