Feb 26, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and David Koch Collude Against Wisconsin Workers | | AlterNet

Rupert Murdoch and David Koch Collude Against Wisconsin Workers | | AlterNet
By Adele M. Stan
While Fox News feeds its rabble the anti-union line, Murdoch's Wall Street Journal columnists front for Koch's Americans for Prosperity and coddle elite investors.
Photo Credit: CNBC
In the week-long battle taking place in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights, you'd expect Fox News to be doing what it's done: misreporting the story, mistakenly characterizing a poll supporting public workers to mean its opposite, featuring Glenn Beck painting the protests of union workers as something cooked up by Stalinists. And you might be tempted to think, well, that's just Fox playing to its base of frightened Tea Partiers who prefer a fact-free zone to the more challenging territory of actual news, where the answers are never pat, and the world is a bit more complicated than it seems in the realm of Fox Nation.

Feb 24, 2011

Tea party and American foreign policy

Tea party and American foreign policy
8:50 AM, February 24, 2011 ι Abby Wisse Schachter
In Foreign Affairs this month, Walter Russell Mead has some bad news for President Obama . Mead argues that the Tea Party is here to stay in one form or another and that it is important for US foeign policy to reflect that fact. Mead says, however, that a proper understanding of how "Jacksonian" populists - aka teapartiers -- see the world is key:

Feb 22, 2011

Chomsky: Uprising in the USA?

Chomsky: Uprising in the USA? | Economy | AlterNet
World-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky discusses the protests in defense of public sector employees and unions in Wisconsin.

Koch Brothers’ Money Fuels Wisconsin Fight - NYTimes.com

Koch Brothers’ Money Fuels Wisconsin Fight - NYTimes.com
Published: February 21, 2011
WASHINGTON — Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.
Left, Robert Caplin For The New York Times; Dave Williams/Wichita Eagle, via Associated Press
David H. Koch, left, and Charles G. Koch have long used their wallets to promote fiscal conservatism and combat regulation.

Feb 7, 2011

AOL to Buy The Huffington Post - NYTimes.com

AOL to Buy The Huffington Post - NYTimes.com: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

The Huffington Post, which began in 2005 with a meager $1 million investment and has grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country, is being acquired by AOL in a deal that creates an unlikely pairing of two online media giants.
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Arianna Huffington said that as she began talking to Tim Armstrong of AOL, “it was really amazing how aligned our visions were.”
On Sunday, Tim Armstrong said the deal fit “right into our strategy.”
The two companies completed the sale Sunday evening and announced the deal just after midnight on Monday. AOL will pay $315 million, $300 million of it in cash and the rest in stock. It will be the company’s largest acquisition since it was separated from Time Warner in 2009.

Feb 6, 2011

Leon T. Hadar: Will Anti-Interventionist Congressional Republicans Please Stand Up

Leon T. Hadar: Will Anti-Interventionist Congressional Republicans Please Stand Up

Since the inception of Tea Party movement, pundits -- including yours truly -- have been trying to deconstruct the foreign policy direction of what is a coalition of many local and national groups that seem to share a commitment to libertarian economic policy agenda.

Indeed, a recent study prepared by the Cato Institute refutes the popular notion that the movement is dominated by social-cultural conservatives. As David Kirby and Emily Ekins point out, "Libertarian attitudes are fueling roughly half the tea party activists" who believe that "'the less government the better' and don't see a role for government in promoting 'traditional values.'" This is a big reason "why the movement has largely focused on economic matters, resisting attempts to add social issues to its agenda," the two analysts note.

Feb 5, 2011

Rand Paul: Republicans 'Aren't Maybe Brave Enough' to Tackle Deficit - ABC News

Rand Paul: Republicans 'Aren't Maybe Brave Enough' to Tackle Deficit - ABC News

'True Believer' Paul Wants All Foreign Aid Eliminated -- Including Aid to Israel

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took aim at the newly released House GOP budget, saying it falls far short of what needs to be done to deal with the federal deficit.
"It's really not going to touch the problem," Paul said. "There's a disconnect between Republicans who want a balanced budget but aren't maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come."
The plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released on Thursday, would cut non-security discretionary spending by $58 billion by the end of fiscal year 2011, which ends on Sept. 30.

Egypt, Federal Deficit Brings Calls to Eliminate Foreign Aid

Egypt, Federal Deficit Brings Calls to Eliminate Foreign Aid

Egypt, Deficit Bring Calls to End Foreign Aid -- But Should We?

Feb 5, 2011 – 8:25 AM
Andrea Stone
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus January 27.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for ending all foreign aid as way to help shrink the federal deficit.
WASHINGTON -- The unrelated crises roiling Egypt and the federal budget have at least one thing in common: They both have brought calls to eliminate foreign aid.

Just as Punxsutawney Phil crawled from his hole this week, the perennial debate over sending taxpayer money to foreign lands emerged once more on Capitol Hill.

In its effort to get a handle on the turmoil, the Obama administration raised the specter of ending military aid to Egypt. The second-largest recipient of U.S. largesse after Israel, Egypt has gotten more than $250 billion in weaponry since 1950, and that doesn't count thebillions sent there for economic development and the promotion of democracy.