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Is Newsweek's Michele Bachmann Cover Sexist?

This week’s controversial Newsweek cover unflatteringly portrays Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann as the “Queen of Rage.” Groups from across the political spectrum have called the cover sexist and, three years after the presidential candidacies of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, the incident has raised questions about the media’s coverage of female politicians. 

On her Sound Off segment on MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry says both mainstream and liberal media outlets need to avoid portraying conservative women as inherently incompetent individuals. When criticism becomes highly personal, Harris-Perry says, it’s more likely generated by gender than by real political disagreements.

Kevin Donohoe 

From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Japan's Nuclear Legacy

Survivors of the first nuclear tragedies are now campaigning not only against nuclear weapons, but now also against the dangers of nuclear power. As Japan remembers the anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August, the country is paying special attention to the high radiation readings coming from the Fukushima nuclear reactor following the devastating earthquake and tsunami this past spring. Japan is realizing that both the nuclear bomb and nuclear radiation could have different, yet equally devastating, impacts on the health and livelihood of their country. 

Greg Mitchell, Nation correspondent and author of Atomic Cover Up: Two US Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the Greatest Movie Never Made, joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss the anniversary, hidden footage of the bombings and the future of nuclear policy. 

Anna Lekas Miller

Dave Zirin and Sherry Wolf: Sports Shape the Way We Understand Our World

Sports are more than just games: when we play or watch sports, we are forming the ways we look at our world and understand issues of sexism, racism, homophobia and nationalism. In this week's special sports Issue of The Nation, academics, journalists and athletes report on how activists, fans, athletes and even corporations use sports to express both their politics and identity. 

On NPR's Only a Game, Dave Zirin discusses why The Nation chose to devote an entire issue to sports and Sherry Wolf explains why the locker rooms of professional sports are America's deepest closet despite opinion surveys showing broad acceptance of homosexuality among both sports fans and athletes. You can check out the Sports Issue here and Wolf's article here

Kevin Donohoe

Barbara Ehrenreich: On (Not) Getting By in America

Jobs are not jobs unless workers can live off of their wages in a way that does not trap them in eternal poverty. Unfortunately, the “Walmartization” of America—the proliferation of low wage jobs with little benefits for workers—and the continued deterioration of the  government welfare system has worsened rather than alleviated the jobs crisis.

Barbara Ehrenreich, author and frequent Nation contributor, worked entry-level, minimum wage jobs to write her exposé, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. Ten years later, she caught up with her coworkers from her jobs at Walmart and in housekeeping and waitressing to revisit how these below-living wage “jobs” only further institutionalize poverty.

Ehrenreich joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! this morning to describe her investigation in light of the debt-ceiling deal and the ensuing credit rating downgrade and its ramifications for an already depressed economy. 

Anna Lekas Miller

Defending the Economy

The debt-ceiling debate was based on a faulty foundation—there was never any option other than raising the ceiling. The only way to account for a growing populace in need of a larger infrastructure is raising the debt ceiling. Yet, somehow, the Republican Party seems to think that although we need to grow, we cannot borrow the money to expand to equally serve all of our people. 

The debt ceiling “crisis” is part of a much larger, real crisis: the jobs crisis. Instead of understanding that the debt deadline would quickly approach and long term solutions to unemployment and social services for the unemployed needed to be addressed, the debt ceiling became a series of hastily determined sacrifices with longterm, devastating effects.

John Nichols joins Jon Wiener on KPFK to deconstruct the history, problems and ramifications that the debt ceiling debate has on our political system. 

Anna Lekas Miller

Countdown to Wisconsin's Recall Elections

Wisconsin Democrats need only three states to gain control of the State Senate. Republican incumbent candidate Alberta Darling holds one of these contested seats. She has served as Governor Scott Walker's point person on budgets, and according to a recent interview, thinks that individuals who make over $250,000 per year should not be taxed, because they are small businesses, not rich people. Meanwhile, her opponent, Sandy Pasch, was in the capitol fighting against Scott Walker's union busting agenda since the beginning. 

John Nichols joins The Ed Show to say that  Wisconsin's recall elections will ultimately boil down to who was with and who was against Scott Walker. 

Anna Lekas Miller

Jeremy Scahill: No Accountability for US Torture

Many "detention centers" claim that they don't practice torture tactics—for example, instead of "water boarding" they "interrogate with water"—and get away with it.  As Jeffrey Kaye explains in a new report at TruthOut, during the Bush administration, the military used waterboarding-style torture at Guantanamo and other detention sites throughout the world. Despite Obama's claims that closing Guantanamo would take priority on his agenda as president, infamous Bush-era policies have quietly expanded under his administration. There is little to no accountability for these actions. 

Jeremy Scahill joins Keith Olbermann on Countdown to describe the heinous lack of US accountability when it comes to international law in torture cases. 

Anna Lekas Miller

How ALEC Turned Prisoners into Corporate America's Cheap Labor Force

What do breaded chicken patties, office chairs and cruise missiles used in Libya have in common? They are all made by America's 100,000-strong secret workforce: prisoners.

Since the 1990s, the American Legislative Exchange Council has helped states turn prisoners into a source of cheap labor for corporate America. On Democracy Now!, Mike Elk explains the hidden history of ALEC and prison labor, and the group's latest effort to privatize America's parole system. You can read Elk's piece on ALEC's prison policies here.

Kevin Donohoe

The Spending Cuts Are Two Sacred Cows Strapped Together With a Time Bomb

Once the debt “deal” was reached, Congress and the White House decided that a yet-to-be-formed “Super Committee” of twelve members of the House and Senate should decide exactly how to butcher the budget. It is no secret that Republicans are opposed to military cuts and Democrats are opposed to social cuts—but will this generalization be productive as a point of compromise? Or will it simply hold each side hostage until the Republicans bluff their way towards bad policy, using the alternative—automatic cuts—as a bluff to force a deal exclusively on their terms?

Ari Melber joins Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC to break down how this “Super” Committee is actually a ticking time bomb strapped to two sacred cows: military spending and social spending.

Anna Lekas Miller

How the Koch Brothers Are Blocking the Vote in Wisconsin

Once again, the Koch Brothers are pouring money into a campaign to keep Wisconsin Democrats from voting in the recall elections. Although the general elections are taking place on August 9th, absentee ballots sent out by the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity to voters in heavily-Democratic districts "mysteriously" claim that the ballots must be returned only by August 11th. This blatant attempt at election fraud could not be more obvious. 

The Koch Brothers have seemingly limitless funds to devote towards any measure of fraud to confuse, dissuade and ultimately frustrate Democrats away from the polls. The Nation's John Nichols joined Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, on last night's episode of The Ed Show to discuss the Koch-fueled fraud. 

Anna Lekas Miller

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