This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 29, 2012 for week ending Sept. 7, 2012


"I think that it is a form of racism in the United States. ... This (message) was carefully crafted in the 1980s and 90s by the people who started doing this, Gingrich. So it's a message that seems to still resonate. It's one of those things where you don't have to say, "race" to mean "race." And it's also misogynist(ic). Who are we talking about? We're talking about poor moms – poor women raising kids on their own."

– Randy Albelda, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, on Mitt Romney's false claim that President Obama has removed the work requirement to receive welfare assistance

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GOP Employs Phony Welfare Issue to Exploit Racial Division and Win Over White Voters

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Interview with Randy Albelda, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, conducted by Scott Harris


Federal welfare program has emerged as a major issue in this year’s election campaign. Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have charged in TV advertising that President Obama has “gutted” the work requirement for welfare recipients, which was a key part of welfare reform legislation signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Critics charged then and now, that the welfare reform law, embraced by Clinton and the GOP, unfairly penalized the working poor – primarily mothers with young children.  Story continues

Romney, Ryan, Akin and GOP Wage War on Women by Embracing Extreme Positions on Reproductive Rights

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Interview with Nancy Keenan, outgoing president of NARAL-Pro Choice America, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


GOP Missouri member of Congress and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s recent comments about "legitimate rape" have served to highlight the Republican Party’s stand against abortion, even if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest. Presidential nominee Mitt Romney – who, as governor of Massachusetts took a pro-choice position – has distanced himself from Akin's comments, saying he supports the right to abortion in those specific cases, while reiterating his newfound opposition to abortion in general. Meanwhile, his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has exactly the same extremist views as Akin, and the official Republican Party platform echoes those same positions.  Story continues

Defenders of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Say Sweden's Actions Justified His Political Asylum Request

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Interview with Jonathan Schwarz, a researcher and producer working with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, conducted by Scott Harris


After exhausting all legal options in Great Britain to challenge an order of deportation to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought political asylum at Ecuador’s London embassy on June 19. On Aug. 16, Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, announced that the government of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa had granted Assange political asylum on the basis that he risks "political persecution" if extradited to Sweden to face trial on sexual assault charges.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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