Saturday, February 22, 2003

The DCCC compares the administration's promises and performance.

Slate Magazine offers some advice to the backers of the forthcoming liberal talk radio network.

Friday, February 21, 2003

According to Radio Free Europe, Secretary Rumsfeld says that U.S. troops are now ready to go to war with Iraq.

Slate Magazine explains how fallout can be fun.

President Clinton talks to the Atlantic Monthly about Iraq.

In this recent post on his web site, Paul Krugman offers some interesting observations on time lags in the economy.

Michael Kinsley on budget deficits and the economy.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

The Memory Hole offers this example of bias in the media. And here Dan Rather offers some candid observations about U.S. media self-censorship, while Gore Vidal offers an alternative take on 9/11.

Wired News reports that the FCC today voted 3-2 to let states decide whether to spur competition between the regional Bell phone companies and their rivals. Chairman Michael Powell dissented. In another divided vote, the Commission eased restrictions requiring the Bells to provide rivals discount access to fiber-optic lines for broadband service.

In another story Wired News reports that the message at the Digital Rights Summit yesterday was that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act threatens innovation in Silicon Valley, and that businesses and consumers should band together to change the law.

More from Paul Krugman on bias in the media.

Slate polls 27 pundits on their views--pro and con--regarding the threatened invasion of Iraq.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

The Washington Post reports that the President will sign legislation this week setting a 2003 budget that raises federal spending by 7.8 percent over last year, and capping a two-year period in which the federal budget increased by 22 percent.

According to this Reuters news story, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York has issued a 238 page opinion rejecting efforts by Wall Street firms to dismiss a securities class action lawsuit alleging that the firms rigged hundreds of IPOs. A copy of the opinion can be found here.

Wired News reports that the ACLU, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Arab-American groups, petitioned the Supreme Court on Tuesday to review the decision by the secret FSIA Court of Appeals to broaden the government's ability to conduct secret surveillance.

According to this report from Yahoo News, the Bush Administration is considering the imposition of restrictions that would severely undermine the effectiveness of the global AIDS assistance program announced during Bush's State of the Union Address. According to the report, the administration is considering a requirement that all foreign non-governmantal organizations certify, as a condition of receiving US funds, that they neither perform nor promote abortion as a method of family planning.

Take Back the Media offers this report on bias in the media. Another report can be found here.

The New York Times reports that New York has lost almost 176,000 jobs in the last two years. That's greater than the entire population of Knoxville Tennessee. And according to the San Francisco Chronicle, job losses in California are more than twice as large as official statistics show.

In today's NYT, President Bush is quoted as comparing last weekend's worldwide antiwar protests to a "focus group." If so, it likely was the largest "focus group" in history, involving over 6 million people protesting in over 30 cities around the world.

Monday, February 17, 2003

According to this story on the San Jose Mercury News, Google has agreed to acquire Pyra Labs, a pioneer in blogging software.

Salon reports on Saturday's worldwide protests against the U.S. planned invasion of Iraq.

Michael Kinsley ruminates on Miguel Estrada's omerta before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

According to this NYT report, a group of Democratic investors is planning a liberal news radio network to challenge right-wing dominance of talk radio.

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