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 look beyond the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week and use the comments section to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Buster Brown focuses on campaign donations in the 2012 election.
“Paul Ryan Brings Fundraising Prowess to Romney Presidential Bid,” by Alina Selyukh, Alexander Cohen and Sam Forgione. Reuters, August 14, 2012.
For the last three months, Romney has outraised Obama. And the consensus among Washington insiders is that Romney’s VP pick will be a boon to his fundraising prowess, helping continue this trend in the run-up to the election. On Saturday, the Republican nominee announced his running mate to be Paul Ryan, whose Wisconsin congressional campaign is a top raiser this year. Reuters, as well as myriad pundits and journalists this week, said that Ryan is already energizing donors, especially in the securities and investment industry.
Marisa Carroll focuses on gender and sexuality.
“Going to Mississippi: If I Don’t, Who Will?” by Dr. Willie Parker, MD. The National Partnership for Women and Families, August 14, 2012.
We usually select reported pieces here, but this week the most important writing on gender and sexuality comes from a physician who travels to Mississippi to provide abortion care. His work is dangerous, contested and vital, but he returns because women deserve “what I want for myself: a life of dignity, health, self-determination, and the opportunity to excel and contribute.” Truly an incredible—and necessary—look at why the reproductive justice movement matters.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook focuses on the role of dissent in the contemporary United States.
“For Latinos, Anaheim gang sweep rubs riots’ wounds. Should police have waited?” by Schuyler Velasco. The Christian Science Monitor, August 14, 2012
Once again, the deep hostility of the Anaheim elite towards the Latinos that constitute a majority of the city’s population (yet not a single member of the city council) is demonstrated in this report of the gang sweep, where local community members were arrested on seemingly baseless suspicions. It’s obvious that the Anaheim police are well trained in counterinsurgency techniques—we know that the Pentagon has screenings of The Battle of Algiers—one has to ask if they are showing it in the Anaheim Police Department as well.
Andrea Jones focuses on barriers to justice in the United States and abroad.
“How the ‘Best Interest’ Bias of Family Court Threatens Immigrant Parents,” by Seth Freed Wessler. Colorlines, August 8, 2012