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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 22, 2010 for week ending Oct. 1, 2010


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Corporate-Funded Tea Party: Repeal New Deal Government Programs

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Interview with Matthew Rothschild, editor of Progressive magazine, conducted by Scott Harris

teapartyThe corporate funded Tea Party movement, which came into prominence for their virulent hatred of President Obama, deficit spending and government programs, appears to have virtually taken over the Republican Party. Over recent months, the movement's sponsored candidates have won several important primary victories - the latest being Christine O'Donnell's defeat of Delaware's GOP-endorsed candidate to run for U.S. Senate. But O'Donnell, who has declared that masturbation is adultery and that women shouldn't serve in the U.S. military, now stands accused of campaign ethics violations, and is far behind in recent polls against her Democratic opponent.

Other successful Tea Party-endorsed Senate candidates, such as Sharron Angle of Nevada, Joe Miller in Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky have taken controversial stands against many government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and civil rights legislation - while favoring tax breaks for the nation's wealthiest citizens. Story continues


Groups Raise Funds to Launch U.S.-Gaza Aid Ship

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Interview with Nada Khader, executive director of WESPAC, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Across the U.S., funds are now being raised for a group calling itself "U.S. Boat to Gaza," which is seeking $370,000 over the next month to buy a ship that will challenge the Israeli blockade and bring material aid -- including construction supplies -- to Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip. Although Israel has eased its blockade of Gaza in recent months, there are still severe limits on construction and raw materials allowed into the territory governed by the militant Hamas party.

The U.S. vessel is set to join a flotilla of other ships from Europe, Canada, India, South Africa and parts of the Middle East, and is due to set sail for Gaza this fall. U.S. organizers say their Gaza-bound ship will be named after President Obama's best-selling book, "The Audacity of Hope." This flotilla will sail the same route as the group of ships boarded and seized by Israeli commandos at the end of May, during which eight Turkish solidarity activists and one Turkish-American youth were killed. Story continues

Oil Industry Organizes "Astroturf" Rallies to Fight Stronger Regulation

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Interview with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, conducted by Scott Harris


British Petroleum's blown-out Deepwater Horizon oil well that killed 11 workers and leaked over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is close to being pronounced dead, according to the government's incident commander, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. While the oil well may soon be permanently plugged with cement through a long awaited relief well, the effects of the worst oil spill in U.S. history won't soon disappear. Hundreds of thousands of people who live along the Gulf coastline have seen their jobs and businesses destroyed by the spill, which damaged the seafood industry and drove away tourists. The full extent of damage to the environment may not be known for years.

In contrast to the many years of lax government enforcement of safety standards on offshore oil drilling, widely seen as one of the causes of the Gulf spill disaster, Congress has recently attempted to strengthen regulations on the oil and gas industry. But now the American Petroleum Institute is organizing rallies nationwide to oppose federal legislation that would increase safety standards on oil rigs, remove the monetary cap on liability for future spills, increase royalties paid to taxpayers and protect oil industry whistleblowers. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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