Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out nearly everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week and use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Buster Brown focuses on campaign donations in the 2012 election.
“Wall Street Is Still Giving to President,” by Peter Nicholas and Daniel Lippman. The Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2012.
Despite Obama’s attempts to raise taxes on one-percenters by ending the Bush tax cuts and regulate Wall Street with the Dodd-Frank bill, the securities and investment industry is nonetheless filling the president’s campaign coffers. The WSJ reports the 77 bundlers he now has from the aforementioned industry have already topped 2008 levels by $300,000, with $14.5 million.
Marisa Carroll focuses on gender and sexuality.
“Conscience Clause’ Gone AMOK—Rape Victim Denied Morning After Pill By Prison Guard,” by Robin Marty. RH Reality Check, June 29, 2012.
A Tampa woman was raped, treated by a rape crisis center and given two emergency contraception pills—one to be taken at the center and one to be taken 12 hours later. When she reported the rape to the police, she was arrested on an old warrant for failure to pay restitution and failure to appear. The prison guard confiscated the second pill because it “was against [the guard’s] religious beliefs,” and now the victim is suing the Sheriff’s office. This case is horrifying, but ever-more commonplace as the fight for “religious freedom” (and against women’s rights) expands the conscience clause, from nurses to bus drivers and, now, prison guards.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook focuses on the role of dissent in the contemporary United States.
“Cost to Protect U.S. Secrets Doubles to Over $11 Billion,” by Scott Shane. The New York Times, July 3, 2012.
The past decade has demonstrated that it has became increasingly more difficult to be in a space of dissent in the United States. However, due to the increasing levels of secrecy, not only is it more difficult to be in a space of dissent, but it is also more difficult to access information that would allow a space of dissent to emerge. The fact that the government has doubled the amount that it spends on secrecy in the last decade confirms this.
Andrea Jones focuses on barriers to justice in the United States and abroad.
Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world’s prison capital: “Part 1: Louisiana is the world’s prison capital,” by Cindy Chang, Scott Threlkeld, and Ryan Smith. The Times-Picayune, May 2012.