Today's Top Stories

Court makes it official: You have no privacy online

Although online services like Twitter and Facebook spend a lot of time on their privacy policies, a recent U.S. court decision involving the Twitter accounts of several WikiLeaks supporters shows when push comes to shove, users of social networks and most online services have virtually no expectation of privacy whatsoever -- at least, not if the entity trying to get access to their personal information happens to be the U.S. Justice Department.

School's Out

A lost generation of journalists

When the newly hired president of Modesto Junior College, Gaither Loewenstein, proposed shutting down the school's media programs, he argued that journalism was obsolete. Loewenstein’s argument stunned media students and faculty all over the state, amounting to a baseless assertion that what today’s media professionals were producing didn’t require any training specific to the field. And yet that argument carried the day.

Block brings back Pittsburgh Press in e-version

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has electronically resurrected the old afternoon competitor that it bought and retired 18 years ago. The region’s largest daily newspaper’s corporate parent, Toledo-based Block Communications Inc., announced today that it is launching an afternoon electronic edition of what it is calling The Pittsburgh Press, the daily newspaper that the Post-Gazette ceased publishing after a lengthy strike in the early 1990s.

Lawmakers heading for another fight over NLRB

Lawmakers are heading for yet another fight over the NLRB, as House Republicans try to ban the board from acting in half a dozen different fields of labor relations, from prohibiting majority sign-up to rolling back NLRB rules for making union recognition elections fairer. This time, however, the bans have been rolled into the NLRB's appropriations funding, so would actually have an impact if enacted.

Occupy Movement Could Declare ‘Victory’ and Scale Back Camps, Founder Suggests

In a new “tactical briefing” issued on Monday, hours before the Occupy Wall Street camp was raided by the police, the editors of Adbusters, the Canadian, anti-consumerist magazine that dreamed up the movement, suggested that it might be time for the protesters to “declare ‘victory’ ” and scale back the camps before winter sets in. It is not clear if the suggestion will be approved, or even considered, by the various general assemblies of protesters.

AFL-CIO's Issue 2 Poll In Ohio Yields Bad News For Gov. John Kasich

The defeat of Ohio's Issue 2 on Tuesday spells political trouble for Republican Gov. John Kasich and possibly for the Republican presidential ticket in Ohio in 2012, according to a new poll sponsored by the AFL-CIO. While the AFL-CIO is an obviously interested party, its pollster -- the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates -- shared the complete questionnaire and cross-tab data with The Huffington Post and has been transparent about its methodology.

Effort to recall Wisconsin governor to kick off

The effort to recall Wisconsin’s Republican governor is expected to begin on Tuesday, although his opponents have yet to come up with a candidate to replace him. The recall effort comes in response to a Wisconsin law passed this year that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal sparked weeks of protests that drew tens of thousands of people to the state Capitol.

The New Progressive Movement

Twice before in American history, powerful corporate interests dominated Washington and brought America to a state of unacceptable inequality, instability and corruption. Both times a social and political movement arose to restore democracy and shared prosperity. Following our recent financial calamity, a third progressive era is likely to be in the making. Those who think that the cold weather will end the protests should think again.