Boston’s Annual Civic Holiday Commemorating the 1st Battles of the American Revolutionary War in Lexington and Concord, Mass.

“8 Worst Reactions to the Boston Bombings,” Alternet, April 16, 2013
“5 People Hijacking Boston Bombing to Push Their Nasty Politics,”, April 16, 2013
“Let’s Be Cautious in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombings,” by Matthew Rothschild, The, April 16, 2013
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interview on symbolism of terror attack, with U.S. Rep. William Keating, (D-Mass.), Homeland Security Committee
“ Live Blog: Bombings at the Boston Marathon,” Boston Globe, April 15, 2013
“Newtown at Boston, 26 Miles, 26 Lives,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on how, at this year’s Boston Marathon, the 26th mile was dedicated to the 26 Newtown victims … only to bring another round of mourning that included children, again
“A message of hope in light,” Rachel Maddow signs off on her show sharing New York “BatSignal” projection messages of hope for Bostonians

Investigation Exposes Companies and Individuals in Secretive Global Offshore Banking Network

Interview with Michael Hudson, editor, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, conducted by Scott Harris

While it is widely known that many of the world’s wealthiest individuals and large corporations have for many years taken advantage of so-called tax havens to avoid paying taxes in their home countries, the identities of many of those people hadn’t been exposed until a recent investigation. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists recently revealed that they had obtained 2.5 million files that uncovered the names of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, detailing the activities of celebrities, the super rich, politicians and others who use secret bank accounts for the purpose of tax avoidance. Story continues
Progressive Campaign Group Threatens Primary Challenges to Congressional Democrats Supporting President Obama’s Social Security Cuts

Interview with Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, conducted by Scott Harris

The release of President Obama’s federal budget proposal last week included a reduction of Social Security benefits totaling an estimated $100 billion or more over 10 years through a change in the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated. Many progressive groups around the country have loudly proclaimed their staunch opposition to the proposed change, called the Chained Consumer Price Index, or “Chained CPI.” The White House says the president only supports reductions in Social Security and proposed additional cuts to Medicare benefits if congressional Republicans accept closing tax loopholes that benefit the wealthiest Americans, and there are protections in place for the most vulnerable citizens. Story continues
Mistrial in New Haven Police Assault Case Underscores Nation’s Ongoing Racial Divide

Interview with Diane Polan, defense attorney, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

A very unusual event unfolded in Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., over the past couple of weeks. A man took his case to trial rather than plea bargain the charges against him, and on April 12 a judge declared a mistrial after the jury said they couldn’t convict the defendant because the police in the case had also broken the law. Since 98 percent of court cases are settled by plea bargaining, with no trial, the case of Jewu Richardson stands out. The case resulted from a routine traffic stop in 2011, when Richardson, who is African American, fled the scene and led police on a chase across town. He was shot in the chest by one officer and almost killed. Police then charged him with assault on an officer, a charge carrying a penalty of 30 years in prison.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) claims children in Britain face a stark future due to massive budget cuts in youth services imposed by the current Conservative-Liberal coalition government. (“UNICEF: British children facing bleaker future under coalition,” The Guardian, April 9, 2013 )
Since the 1950s, U.S. aid to the world’s hungry has been “tied” to boosting U.S. food commodity prices, such as corn, and shipping American-grown grain to feed the poor. But this system, supported by agribusiness, shipping interests and a few aid groups, is slow and expensive in delivering critical food aid to starving nations. (“Barack Obama Budget calls for sweeping reform of US food aid,” The Guardian, April 11, 2013; “Obama plan shifts aid from Bunge to African farmers,” Bloomberg, April 11, 2013; “Obama seeks to overhaul international food aid,” New York Times, April 4, 2013)
Under the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act, 2.7 million undocumented immigrants won temporary legal status and a million immigrants became U.S. citizens.(“Amnesty: Back to the Future,” Christian Science Monitor, April 8, 2013)

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