This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 6, 2011 for week ending April 15, 2011

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“Any (GOP) lawmaker who, in anti-union bill debates, says there's no political element is lying.”



-- Andrew Kroll, reporter with Mother Jones and associate editor of TomDispatch.com on Republican governors' assaults on labor unions in over 20 states


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Populist Backlash Against GOP Anti-Union Legislation, Cannot by Itself Reverse Labor's Decline

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Interview with Andrew Kroll, reporter with Mother Jones and associate editor of TomDispatch.com, conducted by Scott Harris

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After weeks of enormous demonstrations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana as well as other states, people from all walks of life challenged Republican governors attempting to weaken workers' rights. Union activists protested across the country on April 4 in what they called “We Are One” rallies. Over 1,000 protests, teach-ins and other events marked the day 43 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support the city’s unionized sanitation workers who were on strike for fair wages and treatment.  Story continues

GOP Proposes Deep Cuts for Regulating Food, Health and Safety Standards

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Interview with Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The Food and Drug Administration just released proposed rules requiring chain restaurants and other establishments that primarily serve food to display calorie counts of the food they sell. The requirement was part of the health care reform legislation passed by Congress just over a year ago.  Story continues

Vermont Moves Closer to Establishing Nation's First Single-Payer Health Care System

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Interview with Dr. Deborah Richter, president of Vermont for Single Payer, conducted by Scott Harris

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One day after the first anniversary on which President Obama signed his controversial health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, into law, Vermont’s House of Representatives voted to establish the first single payer health care system in the United States. If the state Senate adopts the single-payer bill, as expected and it’s signed by Vermont’s Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who supports the bill, all Vermonters will have access to heath insurance that supporters say will contain costs.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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