This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 14, 2016 for week ending Dec. 23, 2016

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To Stop Trump Agenda, Progressive Activists Must Push Democrats to Boldly Resist

MP3 Interview with Michael Corcoran, Boston-based journalist, conducted by Scott Harris

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When Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, he’ll become president of a nation divided. He’ll have captured the White House through winning 270 votes in the Electoral College, an archaic and undemocratic feature of the U.S. Constitution, while losing the "popular" vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes. A cloud hangs over Trump’s election as questions grow about his business conflicts of interest and calls mount for a congressional investigation into the role Russia may have played in hacking and leaking Democratic Party emails during the campaign to benefit the Republican party candidate.  Story continues

New Report: Amazon.com's Increasing Dominance Endangers Competition and Democracy

MP3 Interview with Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Most Americans know Amazon.com as a super-convenient online marketplace where you can buy almost anything and get it delivered to your door super-fast. But the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just published a report focusing on the negative impact the company has had in several areas of American life. The group's concerns are expressed in this quote from the report’s introduction: They state, “Amazon’s increasing dominance comes with high costs. It’s eroding opportunity and fueling inequality, and it’s concentrating power in ways that endanger competition, community life, and democracy.”  Story continues

Tribe Welcomes Army Corps Decision on Dakota Access Pipeline, But Fight Far From Over

MP3 Interview with Stephanie Tsosie, associate attorney with Earthjustice, conducted by Scott Harris

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The largest gathering of indigenous tribes in the U.S. in many decades came together in North Dakota in July to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their native and non-native allies won an important victory on Dec. 4 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers refused to grant the pipeline an easement to cross under the Missouri River.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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