This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 2, 2011 for week ending Nov. 11, 2011



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Failure of Congressional Super Committee May Be Best Outcome to Protect Social Safety Net

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


As a result of a deal reached in negotiations to break the impasse over raising the nation’s debt ceiling in August, the so-called congressional super committee was formed, composed of six Democrats and six Republicans, half from the House and half from the Senate. The committee is charged with making cuts or increasing revenue to reduce the nation's deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. The panel must reach a bipartisan agreement, then pass their recommendation onto Congress by Nov. 23. If the panel cannot reach a deal, that failure would trigger automatic cuts in domestic and defense spending in the 2013 federal budget.  Story continues

Federal-State Task Force Proposes Strategy to Restore Oil Spill-Ravaged Gulf of Mexico

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Interview with Aaron Viles, deputy director with the Gulf Restoration Network, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


After last year's British Petroleum oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal-state task force began looking at ways to address long-term environmental damage along the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force issued a preliminary strategy in early October that has been hailed by many stakeholders as a step in the right direction. The oil disaster panel specified several goals which include building resilient communities, protecting marine and coastal ecosystems and safeguarding water quality.  Story continues

Occupy Wall Street Movement Employs New Tactics to Confront Increased Police Violence

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Interview with Arun Gupta, a founding editor of New York City's Indypendent newspaper, conducted by Scott Harris


After six weeks of rapid expansion to cities and towns across the U.S., activists participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement witnessed some of the worst police violence on Oct. 25, when Oakland police reportedly used flash grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of mostly peaceful protesters exercising their right of free speech at an encampment near City Hall. In the midst of the Oakland clashes, former Marine and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen sustained a skull fracture when he was shot in the head by an unknown police projectile.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

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