This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 6, 2013 for week ending Feb. 15, 2013


"It hurts the Latino community, the immigrant community and activists when there's lots of backdoor negotiating happening. And I think we really need to see a lot more grassroots input into what a progressive comprehensive immigration framework would look like."

– Maegan Ortiz, publisher of, on punitive measures in the comprehensive immigration reform proposal

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Punitive Action a Major Feature of 2013 Proposed Immigration Reform Legislation

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Interview with Maegan Ortiz, publisher of, conducted by Scott Harris


The nation’s Latino voters played a decisive role in determining winners and losers in the 2012 presidential election. Hispanic citizens voted in large numbers, with 71 percent supporting Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama, while only 27 percent cast ballots for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The 44 percent gap was larger than Obama’s 36 percent margin of victory over GOP candidate John McCain in 2008.  Story continues

"Moral Injury" a Key Factor in Rising Suicide Rates Among U.S. Veterans

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Interview with Rita Nakashima Brock, founding co-director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, conducted by Scott Harris


There is a growing body of knowledge exploring the issue of "moral injury" among veterans returning from America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The condition results from a conflict between an individual’s view of one's moral self and one's behavior in war. Moral injury can occur along with PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, but the two conditions have different origins.  Story continues

"The Untouchables": Frontline Investigates Why the Federal Government Failed to Prosecute Wall Street Bankers Over Financial Crash

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Interview with Martin Smith, writer and producer of Frontline's "Untouchables", conducted by Scott Harris


The U.S. Justice Department announced on Feb. 5 that the government was proceeding with a lawsuit against Standard & Poor’s, charging that the ratings agency “knowingly, and with intent to defraud ... executed a scheme to defraud investors.” Standard and Poor’s, along with other ratings agencies, stands accused of issuing their highest triple A ratings for toxic securities made up of bundled subprime residential mortgages. When the housing market crashed, the securities lost their value, triggering major losses to some of the largest banks in what become a global financial meltdown.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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