A GRAND BARGAIN ON JOBS. President Obama put his presidency on the line this week, standing firm on his commitment to raise the debt ceiling and introduce spending cuts over the next ten years. At any other time in history, this would have been a dream deal for the Republicans, but the standoff continues and the deadline for default looms. But as I argue in my Washington Post column this week, gridlock over the debt-crisis is deflecting attention from the real issue—14 million people unemployed. Putting people back to work is the most effective deficit-reduction plan. On Sunday, I joined Tony Blankley, former press secretary to Newt Gingrich, on CNN’s Reliable Sources, where I argued for a more thoughtful media response to the budget crisis and a grand bargain on jobs. So when will the Obama administration eventually “pivot” to jobs? They shouldn’t need to, writes The Nation’s Ari Berman, admonishing the White House for failing to take long overdue action on unemployment. It should have been a priority from day one. Berman joined MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan this week arguing that Washington has once again failed to solve the economic crisis—and instead ceded the political agenda to special interest groups and anti-tax advocates.
SKY FALLS ON HOUSE OF MURDOCH. With the announcement of the resignation of Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s No. 2, News Corporation dropped bid for full ownership of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, and continuing allegations around the phone-hacking scandal, The Nation brings you highlights of over three decades of coverage of Murdoch and his global empire. As D.D. Guttenplan writes in his analysis of the Murdoch “para-corpooration,” the political firestorm of the last two weeks, illustrated here in a detailed slideshow of events, has shaken the foundations of the House of Murdoch. “Is this the end of Rupert?” he asks. And for daily updates and analysis, see media blogger Greg Mitchell’s live-blog: Murdoch Watch.
This week, The Nation is proud to release a number of groundbreaking investigations, bringing you exposés from Somalia, Haiti and here at home, where leaked documents reveal how corporate interests are striking at the heart of our democracy.
THE CIA’S SECRET SITES IN SOMALIA. National Security Correspondent and Puffin Fellow Jeremy Scahill uncovers CIA operations that are supporting the expansion of the US’s widening war in Somalia. Based on extensive on-the-ground investigations in Mogadishu, "The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia," reveals that the CIA is using a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters. Officially run by the Somali NSA, Scahill reports that US intelligence personnel pay the salaries of intelligence agents and also directly interrogate prisoners. Former prisoners held at the underground prison give accounts of the appalling conditions of their captivity and describe fellow prisoners were rendered from Kenya. Scahill traveled to Somalia with filmmaker Richard Rowley to bring you these images from the front lines of Mogadishu. On Wednesday, Jeremy joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to discuss what Salon’s Glenn Greenwald describes as “one of the most significant political exposés of the year.” In this week’s Nation Conversation, Scahill describes his experience as an independent journalist traveling to Mogadishu and reporting on the CIA’s secret sites in Somalia.