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This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 27, 2010 for week ending Nov. 5, 2010


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Report Documents Some Tea Party Leaders' Links with Racist and Xenophobic Groups

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Interview with Hilary Shelton, NAACP Washington bureau director and senior vice president for policy and advocacy, conducted by Scott Harris

teapartyracismAfter months of conservative activists brandishing racist signs at anti-Obama Tea Party movement rallies around the country, delegates at last summer's NAACP convention unanimously passed a resolution condemning white supremacist elements within the Tea Party, and called on the group's leaders to repudiate members who spread a message of bigotry and hate. When Congress passed the health care reform bill in March, tea party activists protested on Capital Hill, with some hurling racist epithets, and even spitting at members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Story continues

Big Oil Companies Back California Referendum to Repeal Climate Change Regulations

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Interview with Dan Newman, co-founder and director of, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


In 2006, California passed a ground-breaking law to address climate change, known as AB-32 or the Global Warming Solutions Act. In the face of inaction by the federal government on climate change, this state law requires California to reduce its global warming emissions -- including carbon dioxide and five other gases -- to 1990 levels by 2020. That would be a 25 percent reduction over current levels and would put California in compliance with requirements specified in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. never ratified. Story continues

U.S. Labor Could Draw Lessons from French Union Militancy and Solidarity

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Interview with David Moberg, senior editor with In These Times, conducted by Scott Harris

france Over the past two weeks, French workers have engaged in militant national strikes and massive protests in opposition to President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 and the age for a full government pension from 65 to 67 years. Although there is widespread public opposition, the French Senate and National Assembly haves passed different versions of Sarkozy's pension reform bill, and are expected to finalize and approve the law. Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news  

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