This Week on Between The Lines

Posted June 14, 2017 for week ending June 23, 2017

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"It turned out people liked (the Labor Manifesto) quite a bit; they were calling for major increases in spending on the country's national health service, government-sponsored childcare, actually nationalizing the railways and the public utilities."

– Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, on how the British Labor Party's progressive platform pulled off stunning election gains.


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Labor Party's Jeremy Corbyn Surprises Pundits with UK Election Gains

MP3 Interview with Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, conducted by Scott Harris

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When Conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election for June 8, she was hoping to increase her party’s power in Parliament as the country began Brexit negotiations over terms for leaving the European Union. However, voters had a different plan. Instead of strengthening her standing, the prime minister lost seats, with no party now having a majority, in what’s called a hung Parliament.  Story continues

U.S. Progressive Movement Looks to Broaden Agenda Beyond Trump Resistance

MP3 Interview with John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with the Nation magazine, conducted by Scott Harris

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Some 4,000 progressive activists came to Chicago, June 9-11 for the second annual People’s Summit conference. The gathering, largely linked to the movement that supported Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, came to Chicago to discuss strategies to move the nation’s progressive activist groups “beyond resistance to a building a broad people’s movement for a just world.”  Story continues

Coalition Demands Senate Block All New Nominations of Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners

MP3 Interview with Lee Stewart, organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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One of the many climate change fights underway since the Trump administration took office, involves Trump’s nominations to fill vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. This is the government body responsible for approving all fracked gas infrastructure projects that transports gas from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and other states to the rest of the country, and for shipment abroad. In the past 30 years, FERC has rejected only one pipeline project, but the commission has been without a quorum since early February and it’s unable to approve new projects until Trump’s nominees are approved. His first two nominees are Neil Chatterjee, a top energy aide to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Robert Powelson, a Pennsylvania energy regulator who has labeled the many opponents of fracked gas in his state, “jihadists.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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