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Questions the Press Should Ask
  1. Intimidation, retaliation and marginalizing of safety at the FDA
    The email monitoring and spying at the Food and Drug Administration was aimed at suppressing the safety opinions of people whose job was to give their safety opinions. Writer Martha Rosenberg interviews Ronald Kavanagh, a former FDA reviewer.
  2. Are the hunger wars coming?
    Michael Klare write that if history is any guide, rising food prices caused by drought will also lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict.
  3. The Fed's 2% inflation target is a cruel trap
    Who supports it? The same economists who got us into this mess. But Tom Palley writes that the Fed's inappropriate fixation on low inflation dooms us to permanent wage stagnation and unemployment far in excess of full employment.
  4. AT&T should be begging California for forgiveness, not regulatory relief
    AT T wants another gift from the California legislature. Telecom activist Bruce Kushnick raises questions Californians should be asking about decades of being ripped off, instead.
  5. Four federal spending myths that won't die
    These stubborn myths, too often propagated rather than debunked by the mainstream media, lead to poor policy proposals based on misplaced fears.
  6. Are regulations killing jobs? Here's how to find out.
    NYU Law School's Institute for Policy Integrity has put out a tip sheet for reporters to get to the bottom of assertions that government regulations, such as ones by EPA, are killing jobs. And also to check on claims to the opposite – that regulations are creating jobs.
  7. Will the reasons for the Iraq war ever be known?
    Tersely, Gil Cranberg links the voluminous findings in the Penn State probe into the Sandusky sex scandal to the failure – and circumscription – of a government inquiry into the possibly illegal invasion of Iraq, and the very costly war there.
  8. The primary documents of torture, now with meta tags
    The ACLU's new Torture Database now makes it easy for the public -- and reporters -- to search through over 100,000 pages of documents related to the Bush administration's rendition, detention, and interrogation policies and practices.
  9. There's a class war, all right. Guess who's winning.
    Noted journalist Phil Meyer calls on reporters to follow the example of Barlett and Steele and see the patterns, the underlying structures that created and are perpetuating so much inequality.
  10. Lessons on covering politics from the late David Foster Wallace
    Rule One in covering the presidential campaign, writes Henry Banta, has been to not allow information – even important information – to trump the entertainment factor, especially not in economics reporting. Time to do away with Rule One, Banta says, and stop fearing boredom.
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