Petraeus At Bilderberg; Unemployment Up ; China Building Bigger, Better ‘Panama’ Canal; NYT Can’t Hate BO; Getting’ Down To Gitmo — Friday Morning News Roundup 6-7-2013
Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.
- Disgraced Former CIA Director David Petraeus is attending this year’s Bilderberg Group meeting, evidently to offer input on how the expansion of surveillance capabilities can be harnessed and coordinated by governments partnering with the private sector.
- Nicaragua has agreed to a 100-year concession with a Chinese company to build an alternative to the Panama Canal. The project is expected to cost $40 billion, and will track a channel through Lake Nicaragua to create a channel wider and deeper than the Panama Canal, which itself is currently being widened.
- The national unemployment rate went up in May from 7.5 to 7.6 percent, despite Department of Labor statistics that showed jobs increased slightly more than expected. Most of the new jobs are coming from temporary help agencies and food service.
- The New York Times quietly revised language in an editorial Thursday condemning President Barack Obama’s Administration for collecting Americans’ phone call data in order to tone down the harshness in the originally-published piece.
- Elderly Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are joining White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on a trip Friday to Guantanamo Bay prison.
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Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.
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