Today's Top Stories

Global news organizations seek justice for slain journalists

More than 400 representatives of global news organizations today issued a call for global action to halt the killing of journalists. Gathered at the News Xchange 2011 convention in Portugal, they backed a resolution demanding the killers of journalists be brought to justice and committed themselves to "create maximum exposure" for each and every death. More than 1,100 news media staff have been killed in the past 10 years.

Verizon and 29 Other Big Corps Paid No Taxes Since 2007

For the last three years, Verizon has paid less than zero taxes. Indeed, as quoted in “Corporate Taxpayers and Corporate Tax Dodgers,” a research report issued today, corporate tax loopholes are so out of control that most Americans can rightfully complain, “I pay more federal income taxes than General Electric, Boeing, DuPont, Wells Fargo, Verizon, etc., etc., all put together.” That’s an unacceptable situation.

News for all the People: An Unflattering Portrait of Race and American Media

"News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media" weaves two equally compelling and related story lines. The first is a story of how the media in America, going back to Colonial times, wrote about people of color. The second is how people of color, in reaction to the misleading and false accounts being written and broadcast about them, tried to gain a foothold to tell their own stories through their own newspapers, radio stations and internet sites.

News Corp scandal spreads with Sun reporter arrest

The phone hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's News Corp threatened to spread to other titles on Friday, as sources said a journalist at the Sun newspaper had been arrested over allegations of police bribery. News of the arrest of a Sun journalist will come as a bitter blow to the group, which has consistently argued that the illegal practices of snooping on people's phone messages and paying off the police were restricted to the News of the World.

At this rate of job growth, the unemployment rate will stay disastrously high

This morning’s release of the Employment Situation report showed that 80,000 jobs were added in October, a level of growth not far below the 90,000 average of the past six months -- or just enough to keep up with normal growth in the working-age population. At these rates, the labor market will never start putting the backlog of nearly 14 million unemployed workers back to work. In other words, this minimal level of job creation will keep us mired in disastrously high unemployment.

The Journal Fizzles on Occupy Oakland Protest

Several thousand Occupy movement protestors shut down the Port of Oakland yesterday, a week after Oakland police attacked the protest with tear gas and, allegedly, flashbang grenades and rubber bullets. Big news story -- but here's how the Wall Street Journal framed it: "The Occupy Oakland protesters’ call for a general strike Wednesday largely fizzled as organizers failed to rally significant support from unions, but protesters brought operations at the Port of Oakland to a halt."

Can Sandy Pope Win 3-Way Teamsters Race?

Teamsters are voting for their national officers in a mail ballot that will determine whether the union’s leadership is jolted to life—or remains asleep at the wheel. Ballots went out October 6 and will be counted November 14. The race pits 13-year incumbent James P. Hoffa against a former ally, Vice President Fred Gegare from Wisconsin, and against Sandy Pope, a New York local president and longtime leader of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU).

Union Pressure, OWS Protests Tear Down a Barrier to Taxing Speculators

For months, the AFL-CIO has been been pressuring the Obama administration to ease off rigid opposition to international efforts to tax financial speculators. And that pressure has been highlighted on Capitol Hill and on the streets by an allied union, National Nurses United. Now, as the G-20 summit ponders creation of a financial transactions tax, French President Nicolas Sarkozy indicates Washington may prove less of a barrier than in the past.

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