The Washington Post has gone too far …


The Washington Post

The op-ed pages of The Washington Post should be a place for serious debate about the direction of our country.

But by hiring former Bush administration speechwriter Marc Thiessen — the second former Bush speechwriter to whom it has given a regular column — The Washington Post has crossed the line. Thiessen is a serial misinformer. And he shouldn’t be rewarded with the audience or credibility that a regular column provides.

In his latest column, Thiessen attacks lawyers who have represented detainees, warning that these lawyers may hold “radical and dangerous views” and that by giving detainees representation, lawyers are “using the federal courts as a tool to undermine our military’s ability to keep dangerous enemy combatants off the battlefield in a time of war.” These outrageous claims have been refuted by lawyers from across the political spectrum, including former Bush administration attorneys — yet the Post gives Thiessen free rein to engage in baseless smears. He’s even used misleading statements in support of torture.

You stepped up to demand the accountability the Post needs. Nearly 7,000 people have signed our petition to tell The Washington Post to say no to promoting torture. Will you help us spread the message?

Ask your friends to tell The Washington Post: Stop promoting torture.

Thiessen is a proponent of torture, and in his quest to advocate for torture and attack torture opponents, he has resorted to misinformation and smears that have no place in the debate over national security policy.

Thiessen’s willingness to distort the truth and engage in hysterical attacks doesn’t just undermine his own credibility — it undermines the ability of readers to trust The Washington Post as a source of honest analysis.

The Post has offered Thiessen a platform to promote his views, despite the fact that he:

  • …said in his book that lawyers who represented Guantanamo detainees were “aiding and abetting America’s enemies.”
  • … falsely claimed in his most recent book that, since CIA interrogation of terror suspects began after 9-11, there were no attacks on U.S. interests at home or abroad.
  • … falsely claimed in a Post op-ed that Bush oversaw “2,688 days without a terrorist attack on [American] soil,” ignoring the anthrax mail attacks, the El Al shooting in Los Angeles and other domestic terrorist attacks.
  • … misleadingly compared waterboarding of detainees with the training of U.S. troops.
  • … called President Obama’s decision to release Bush administration torture memos “irresponsible” and claimed that “Americans may die as a result.”

Ask your friends to tell The Washington Post: Stop promoting torture.

The editors of The Washington Post need to hear from you that falsehoods and outrageous smears in support of torture are not acceptable. We need more voices to join the nearly 7,000 who have already confronted the Post. Let’s tell them: You’ve gone too far. Stop promoting torture.

Ask your friends to tell The Washington Post: Stop promoting torture.

Thank you for your continued help in holding the Post accountable.

Eric Burns
President,
Media Matters for America

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*The Master Recovery Act Transportation Map


Sometimes it’s good to look up close at how a single Recovery Act project is changing a community for the better and putting people to work. Other times it’s instructuve to take a few steps back and look at the big picture.  As an example of the latter, the web team at the Federal Highway Administration created an online map of the U.S. that shows over 12,000 Recovery Act road projects. Each of the dots represented on the map represents a project. The full, interactive version on the map allows you to click the dots in order to learn more about these projects.

Recovery Act MapMarch 11, 2010.

Secretary Ray LaHood’s Blog talks more about the Recovery Act map:

More important than the number of dots is that every dot in every state represents jobs. And whether we’re keeping someone from unemployment or hiring someone back, these Recovery Act projects are creating jobs. Tens of thousands of jobs.

Those dots also add up to a lot of safer, smoother miles for you, your loved ones, and the commercial truck drivers who transport the goods we use from place to place.

In October 2009, President Obama spoke about the benefits that the construction industry was seeing as a result of the Recovery Act, including thousands of highway projects which also helped to create private sector jobs.

What makes these kinds of projects so important isn’t just that we’re creating so many jobs. It’s that we’re putting Americans to work doing the work that America needs done. We’re rebuilding our crumbling roads, our bridges, our waterways. We’ve already approved nearly a thousand transportation projects to upgrade airports, railroads, mass transit systems, and shipyards. We’re strengthening our nation’s infrastructure in ways that will leave lasting benefits to our communities, making them stronger, making them safer, and making them better places to live.

Visit WhiteHouse.gov/Recovery or Recovery.gov to learn more about the Recovery Act and projects in different states.

LABOR — TENNESSEE GOP SENATORS BLOCK EFFORTS TO UNIONIZE FEDEX DRIVERS


This week, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) slammed the brakes on a Senate bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), objecting to a change in the House version of the bill that fixes an inequity in labor law that makes it more difficult for truck drivers at Memphis-based Federal Express to unionize than drivers at other shipping companies. Fellow Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) applauded Corker’s effort, pledging to “use every right or privilege I have as a senator to make sure that in the end of the process, the legislation does not include the unfair provisions singling out FedEx that’s in the House bill.” The senators’ effort to prevent what they call an “unfair” provision singling out FedEx labor workers is itself a contradiction because, as Jim Berard, a spokesman for House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) noted, the House language seeks to “treat people who have the same type of job equally under federal labor laws.” FedEx has successfully lobbied for years to remain classified as an airline subject to Railway Labor Act (RLA), a law that is technically supposed to apply only to airlines and railroad companies and stipulates that workers can’t form local unions. CEO Fred Smith — “who raised more than $100,000 for 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain and was George W. Bush’s fraternity brother” — defends this exception, adding, “I don’t intend to recognize any unions at Federal Express.” The language that Corker objects to would bring FedEx under the National Labor Relations Act like other shipping companies, such as UPS. Corker announced Wednesday that he will release his hold on the bill after receiving assurances from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that the FedEx provisions would not appear in the Senate bill.

Ask Congress to Stop the Rape of Women Worldwide


One out of every three women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

In some countries, the rate is as high as 70 percent of all women.

Every 26 seconds, it’s estimated that someone, at times a child or baby, will be raped in South Africa, where the rate of rape is the highest in the world.

Stand up against violence against women today >

As these shocking numbers illustrate, violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive major human rights violations worldwide. Despite recognizing the gravity and scope of these violations, the global response to violence against women remains woefully inadequate.

Right now, however, there is a bill in Congress that could have a major impact on this issue and help millions of women around the world.

The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would, for the first time, integrate strategies to prevent and address violence against women and girls into US foreign assistance programs.

Send a letter to your elected representatives in Congress today asking them to speak out against violence against women and girls by co-sponsoring IVAWA >

We need to do everything in our power to get our elected officials to help stop the rape and violence that leaves women and girls with long-term physical and psychological scars – and tears apart communities.

Passing IVAWA would be a major step toward ending this violence.

Ask your elected representatives in Congress to co-sponsor this bill and help change the lives of women and girls all over the world >

Thank you for all that you do,

– The Change.org Team in partnership with CARE

Click here to sign your name

Ask Congress to stop the rape and abuse of women worldwide.


Join thousands of supporters nationwide on Monday.

RSVP to Al Gore’s urgent briefing.

Last week we flooded the Senate with the biggest call-in campaign in our movement’s history. Thanks to you, Repower America supporters alone made more than 62,000 calls for a strong energy and climate bill, far surpassing our ambitious goal of 50,000.

Now, with the pressure on and serious negotiations in the Senate underway, we have to keep that momentum up.

On Monday, March 15th, Al Gore will be announcing some important news for our movement on a live nationwide conference call — and you’re invited. We’ll be discussing the latest news from Capitol Hill and laying out campaign plans for how to get comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation passed through the Senate in 2010. In short, it’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.

RSVP for Al Gore’s urgent briefing on Monday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. ET.

We have only a few short months before our elected representatives turn their attention to campaigning for the fall election. With a strong clean energy and climate bill already passed in the House, these next few months are our best chance in years to pass strong legislation that will create jobs and begin to solve the climate crisis. And everything could hinge on just a handful of votes in the U.S. Senate.

Developments in the Senate are coming fast and furious. We have to be ready at a moment’s notice to capitalize on every inch of progress and push back against efforts to block a strong clean energy and climate bill — just like we did with last week’s call-in marathon.

We need all hands on deck — so RSVP now for next week’s live conference call with Al Gore, and take on our critical call-to-action.

Join Al Gore on March 15th to find out how you can help in the fight.

We’re closer than we’ve ever been, but we can’t let up now. We need your help to keep pushing for clean energy — for the sake of our economy, our families and our planet.

Thanks,

Dave Boundy
Campaign Manager
Climate Protection Action Fund’s Repower America campaign

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