This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 20, 2011 for week ending July 29, 2011

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"The projected shortfall in Social Security is the equivalent to roughly what it would cost to continue the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans."

"This is not a difficult problem to address. It's a matter of political choice."-- Eric Kingson, co-director of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, on Social Security cuts on the bargaining table with the Republican-led House over deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling in order to avoid default on Aug. 2


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"Gang of Six" Senate Debt Ceiling Deal Would Make Deep Cuts to Social Security Benefits

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Interview with Eric Kingson, co-director of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

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With dire warnings from economists about an imploding economy, and threats by ratings agencies Moody’s and Standard and Poor's to downgrade Washington’s sterling credit rating, the White House and Congress have not yet negotiated a deal to raise the federal government’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. With less than two weeks left before the Aug. 2 deadline, President Obama expressed hope that an agreement would be reached to raise the debt ceiling in time.  Story continues

New Israeli Law Targeting Activists Advocating a Boycott of Israel Provokes Backlash

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Interview with Ofer Neiman, leader of Israeli group Boycott from Within, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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The Israeli Knesset, or parliament, recently passed a controversial law that criminalizes support for the Palestinian-initiated and -led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. The law, approved on July 11, states that individuals or organizations advocating a boycott may be sued for compensation by any individual or institution claiming damage as a result. Evidence of actual damage will not be required. The measure also bars the government from doing business with companies that comply with boycotts.  Story continues

British Tabloid Scandal Unleashes Scrutiny of Rupert Murdoch's Powerful Media Empire

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Interview with Steve Rendall, senior analyst with the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), conducted by Scott Harris

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Rupert Murdoch’s international media empire, News Corporation is being shaken to its very foundations as a result of an ever-expanding scandal surrounding the conduct of reporters working for his British tabloid newspaper, News of the World. Reporters and editors at the paper had been involved in hacking into the phones of politicians, celebrities, the royal family and crime victims -- including 13-year-old schoolgirl Milly Dowler, who had been abducted and murdered. Murdoch employees are also charged with bribing police officials to get leads on news stories.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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