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Vol. 13, No. 3,136 - The American Reporter - April 16, 2007



Commentary
FDA'S FAILURE ON MERCURY-TAINTED FOODS IS CALIFORNIA'S OPPORTUNITY
by Andy Peri

SAN FRANCISCO -- Recent controversy over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's mishandling of mercury warnings in tuna only further strengthens the urgent need for the state of California to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of mercury-contaminated seafood. [MORE]

Make My Day
I DON'T BELIEVE IN THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
by Erik Deckers

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. My birthday, my anniversary, and any other occasion where someone gives me presents are also big favorites. [MORE]

Momentum
A LEADER TO LEAD US ALL
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- This is what I want for Christmas: a country united, and a leader who leads us all. That's all. [MORE]

The American Reporter
Hails and Salutes

100 Years of Flight
1903 - 2003

Opinion
IS IT TIME TO OVERRULE THE SUPREME COURT?

by Jeff Milchen

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- I'm two states removed from California, and I don't know who I'd have supported in San Francisco's recent runoff election for mayor. But I do know this: democracy lost. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash
WHEN 'JENNY KISSED ME' THRILLED A TEEN
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Humming or whistling a song absent-mindedly often goes on until someone might say: "Can I tie up that tune for you? It's got you in knots." [MORE]

Breaking News
POWELL HAS SURGERY FOR PROSTATE CANCER
by Joe Shea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2003, 9:50am -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, the symbol of his country's diplomacy as well as the diversity of its leadership, will undergo surgery for prostate cancer at Walter Reed Army Meeical Center in Washington today, MSNBC reported. [MORE]

SADDAM CAPTURED NEAR TIKRIT; IRAQIS JUBILANT
by Joe Shea

FROM NEWS SERVICES, Dec. 14, 2003 -- Saddam Hussein, the feared and despotic ruler of Iraq for more than two decades, was captured alive at a rural farmhouse by the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division Wolverine Combat Team No. 1, a unit of the United States Army's Task Force Iron Horse, near his birthplace of Tikrit at about 8 p.m. Baghdad time Saturday night, the head of the Iraq Authority said Sunday morning. [MORE]

Analysis
SADDAM'S GONE, BUT IRAQ IS STILL A QUAGMIRE
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein on Sunday was a great coup for the United States. [MORE]

On Media
POLITICAL REFORM AND THE INTERNET MEDIA
by Robert Gelfand

SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- In a republic that prides itself on a free press as the defender of democracy, it is remarkable how little the press is willing to expose and oppose candidates who lie, distort, and otherwise sling mud in the end stage of campaigning. Attacks may come in the form of television spots or political mailers timed to arrive in the final hours before an election. In each case, the advantage goes to the candidate who has the money to carry out the attack. [MORE]

Monday Moron
DATELINE: MORON
Larry Lieberman

TAMPA, Fla -- Piecing together a humor-based column is difficult today given the gravity of world news we have received in the past 24 hours. [MORE]

Market Mover
AT THE MULTI-CENTER MALL OF PANAMA, IT'S CHRISTMAS-MANIA
by Mark Scheinbaum

PANAMA CITY, Panama, Dec. 13, 2003 - Both the temperature and humidity are around 85 and in full red dress uniform - hat, boots, beard, gloves - Santa Claus was waving at traffic on Avenida Balboa, and well, to be honest, as shoppers walked by they whiffed the fact that St. Nick was getting, shall we say, a little ripe. [MORE]

On Native Ground
LET 'EM EAT PEPPER SPRAY: THE 'MIAMI MODEL' FOR PROTESTERS
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Comedian and political activist Barry Crimmins thinks next year will be "the summer of hate" - the moment when the opposition to everything that the Bush administration stands for will reach a boiling point. [MORE]

Media Beat
PROGRESS AND PERIL FOR U.S. GREENS
by Norman Solomon

SAN FRANCISCO -- Up against the campaign of a wealthy businessman who outspent him nearly 10-to-1, a strong progressive candidate nearly won the runoff election last Tuesday to become this city's mayor. Some national news stories depicted the strong showing for Matt Gonzalez as a big surprise. But it shouldn't perplex anyone when vigorous grassroots organizing combines with a sound strategy to get breakthrough results. [MORE]

Make My Day
I DO?
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- My wife and I raised a lot of eyebrows when we first announced our engagement. I think it was especially puzzling to people, because we had already been married for three years when we made the announcement. [MORE]

Momentum
A LEFT-WING VS. A RIGHT-WING DEATH
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It seems as if no one comes fresh to new experiences these days; we're all carrying too much baggage in our minds. [MORE]

Brasch Words
WHEN HONEST REPORTING GIVES WAY TO GLITZ
by Walter Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The relationship between the tv networks and nation's publicists is incestuous. Most guests on the morning news shows and the late evening talk shows are actors and musicians plugging their latest releases. Some of the guests, however, are writers and editors for mass-market magazines. In one dramatic example of how the news and entertainment are becoming one, NBC's "Today Show" broadcasts stories that first appeared in People magazine. [MORE]

On Media
HARSH TONE OF POLITICAL ADS HURTS DEMOCRACY
by Robert Gelfand

LOS ANGELES -- Watching the mass media cover political advertising is like watching one of those teen horror movies. Why don't the kids come out of the basement and escape from the deranged killer? Why don't newspapers do the most obvious things to protect democracy? [MORE]

Market Mover
WAL-MART CAN'T ALWAYS BE WRONG
by Mark Scheinbaum

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Orange City, Fla., woman "trampled" when the doors opened at Wal-Mart causes me to reveal some "truth in advertising" about my feelings about the 800-pound, no, eight thousand pound gorilla of retailing. [MORE]

Ink Soup
SUNT LACRIMAE RERUM
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. –- When I was growing up in the Thirties in South Carolina I absorbed, along with the rest of the local culture, the rule that forbade men to cry. John 11:35–"Jesus wept"–to the contrary notwithstanding, men, real men, did not weep. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash
BESIDE MYSELF
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- As the youngest of nine children, I was always so proud to sit at that table literally surrounded by brothers and sisters. One by one over the years, there became fewer of us still standing. We've lessened our number but still increased the size of the family with the boys and girls of our next generation. [MORE]

Commentary: Campaign 2004
KERRY STARS IN FACE-OFF WITH FLORIDA DEMOCRATS
by Joe Shea

ORLANDO, Dec. 7, 2003 -- Five minutes into a tough-talking stem-winder that had Florida's Democrats at their state convention here wildly cheering and waving their signs, U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry was suddenly recapturing the coveted mantle of leadership from hard-charging former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. [MORE]

On Native Ground
TO REPUBLICANS, CRITICIZING BUSH IS 'HATE SPEECH'
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie was in Vermont a few days ago to do some fundraising and spread his party's message for the 2004 campaign - to criticize President Bush is to be guilty of committing "political hate speech." [MORE]

An A.R. Exclusive
POOH'S GOT A NEW PAL IN DISNEY FEUD: JOHNNY COCHRAN
by Joe Shea

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 6, 2001 -- The man who freed O.J. Simpson from the clutches of the law in his celebrated murder case will soon go nose-to-nose with the only man who ever prosecuted Simpson successfully - in civil court - for the murders of his wife Nicole and waiter Ron Goldman - in the mutlibillion-dollar suit over royalties and future rights to Winnie the Pooh. [MORE]

Media Beat
PHEW-EE!
PEW POLL ON 'TRADE' DOESN'T PASS SNIFF TEST
by Norman Solomon

SAN FRANCISCO -- Drawing on poll numbers gathered last year, the influential Pew Research Center for the People and the Press waited until the recent trade summit in Miami to put out a report under headlines that proclaimed "Support for Free Trade" and "Miami Protests Do Not Reflect Popular Views." But a much more fitting headline would have been: "Report Conclusions Do Not Reflect Actual Data." [MORE]

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