Dave Lindorff

Unemployment has already reached — or surpassed — Great Depression levels. Why won't media say so?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' eagerly awaited Friday morning Official Unemployment Rate report for April — what editors generally call the BLS' "headline" rate of unemployment — was definitely headline-worthy. This was especially evident in the next day's New York Times (5/9/20), which ran a bar chart of historic unemployment going back to 1946 across the top of the front page, and then a long red bar down the right-hand column of the entire page showing job losses for April.

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Access Denied! Colleges Withhold Transcripts From Grads in Loan Default

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Did Standard & Poor Downgrade US Debt to Help Crush Social Security and Medicare?

A recent breathless anxiety-inducing headline of the day was that Standard & Poors, the rating agency, has issued a “negative outlook” warning on US sovereign debt, claiming that the US, in comparison with other countries with a top AAA credit rating, has "very large budget deficits and rising government indebtedness and the path to addressing these is not clear to us". S&P warned that there was a “a one in three chance that the US could lose its AAA rating in two years because of its mounting debt.”

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Pakistani and Indian Newspapers Say US CIA Contractor Raymond Davis Organized Terrorist Activities

Pakistani and Indian newspapers are reporting that Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor in jail in Lahore facing murder charges for the execution-slayings of two young men believed to be Pakistani intelligence operatives, was actually involved in organizing terrorist activities in Pakistan.

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Is the Government X-Raying You While You Drive?

If you have been feeling uneasy about having to be X-rayed by a Transportation Security Administration goon who can look under your clothes every time you fly, consider this: at least you can say no, and agree to be subjected to an old-fashioned full-body search.

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Did U.S. Forces Execute Kids in Afghanistan?

The Taliban suicide attack that killed a group of CIA agents in Afghanistan was big news in the U.S. over the past week. The attack took place on a base that was directing U.S. drone aircraft used to attack Taliban leaders. The airwaves and front pages were filled with sympathetic stories referring to the fact that the female station chief, who was among those killed, was the "mother of three children."

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My Fellow Americans -- The Speech Obama Should Give on Health Care

My Fellow Americans:

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