Tuesday, June 21, 2005

"TOP Five" News and Opinion Stories of the Week

Here are the "TOP Five" news/opinion stories from the past week. Obviously, there was much more going on that even around twenty stories can convey. David will return to his blog in mid-July.


  • Tomgram: Mark Danner on Smoking Signposts to Nowhere
  • They Died So Republicans Could Take the Senate" by Thom Hartmann in BuzzFlash.com.
  • The national campaign to impeach George W. Bush by Professor Francis A. Boyle in On-Line Journal.
  • The Best of Tomdispatch: Arlie Hochschild.
  • As Toyota Goes ... by Thomas L. Friedman in the NYT.
  • Downing Street and Beyond: Hearing Builds Momentum for Full Investigation in Democracy Now!
  • FBI & 9/11 by Sibel Edmonds in BuzzFlash.com.
  • Reclaiming Our Democracy, Our Country, and Our Soul. Keeping the Downing Street Drums Beating. by Anthony Wade in OpEdNews.com.
  • What Exactly Is Judicial Activism? The Charges Made Against the President's Judicial Nominees by John W. Dean in Findlaw's.
  • Never Steal a Turkey in Lubbock, and Other Tales of Texas Justice by Molly Ivins in the LAT.
  • Purgatory without end in the Economist.
  • Halliburton given $30m to expand Guantanamo Bay by Rupert Cornwell in the UK Independent.
  • Nixon's madman strategy by James Carroll in the BG.
  • Bush's Support on Major Issues Tumbles in Poll by Robin Toner and Marjorie Connelly in the NYT.
  • Lobbying From Within, a NYT editorial.
  • U.S. Pressure Weakens G-8 Climate Plan by Juliet Eilperin in the WP.
  • Bishops Likely to Renew Abuse Policy by Larry Stammer in the LAT.
  • Part 1: Documents Suggest Merck Tried to Censor Vioxx Critics by Snigdha Prakash in NPR.
  • Gov. Bush Seeks Another Inquiry in Schiavo Case by Amy Goodnough in the NYT.
  • Politics and Terri Schiavo a NYT editorial.
  • Hit by friendly fire by Kevin Whitelaw in USNWP.


    Lest anyone is wondering, we think that the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld stories are far and away the most important, but we are not sanguine about the chances, so the other stories are important too. Perhaps the biggest story is the out-and-out flagrant violation of their own professional ethics by the mainstream press for failure to report the Downing Street Memos/Minutes for what they obviously are: THE SMOKING GUN!

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