From the Community: bin Laden photos, McJobs, and big oil
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President Obama's decision not to release photos of bin Laden's corpse hasn't gone over well with everyone. Including The Associated Press, which has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for photographic and video evidence from the bin Laden raid.
For [senior managing editor] Oreskes, the photo is an important piece of evidence to establish what happened during the Navy SEALs raid on bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. "In the week since the raid there's been a whole series of story-lines about what happened in this raid," said Oreskes. "At this point, anything that might shed more light on what occurred is potentially quite newsworthy. So we would like this imagery to fully understand what happened during this event."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Read responded to Speaker Boehner's recent claims that Republicans won't vote to raise the debt ceiling unless trillions are cut from the budget: start by getting serious about oil and gas subsidies.
“You can't talk about cuts without first looking at eliminating the giveaways to big oil. It should start there,” Jon Summers, a top spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said in a statement. “We agree we have to cut spending, but it is ridiculous for Republicans to push a plan to kill Medicare while trying to defend taxpayer handouts to big oil companies that are making record profits. They don't need the money. If Republicans are serious about cutting spending, they'll support our plan to eliminate welfare for Big Oil so we can apply that money toward the deficit.”
If you read the headlines, you'll see news of job growth. But how many of the jobs being added to the economy are McJobs -- low-paying, requiring little in the way of skills, and not offering opportunities for advancement?
At one end of job growth, you have increasing numbers of people flipping burgers, answering telephones, engaged in child care, mopping hallways, and in other low-wage lines of work. At the other end, you have increasing numbers of engineers, doctors, lawyers, and people in high-wage "creative" careers. What's disappearing is the middle, the decent-paying jobs that helped expand the American middle class in the mid-twentieth century and that, if the present lopsided recovery is any indication, are now going the way of typewriters and landline telephones.
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