The Common Good

Afternoon News Bytes: April 13, 2012

THE HUFFINGTON POST: The End of Capitalism -- So What's Next?
This year's World Economic Forum in Davos saw intense debate about the future of capitalism. Many participants were asking whether capitalism, with all of its excesses, still has a place in today's world. The media, meanwhile, speculated that if even managers and bankers were raising doubts about the system's future, then perhaps capitalism had already been laid to rest in Davos.
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NPR: Evangelical Leader: Romney-Huckabee Would Make 'Appealing' GOP Ticket
Evangelical leader Richard Land told NPR Thursday that he believes that voters who share his beliefs will have no difficulty voting for expected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, "unless he were to do something catastrophic, like pick a pro-choice running mate."
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THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Student Loan Debt A Growing Threat To The Economy
Move over, mortgages. Get out of the way, Greece. Another economic doomsday scenario is emerging.
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CBS NEWS: Gingrich Charges Fox News With Pro-Romney Bias
During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted The Fox News Channel, accusing the cable news network that employed him as recently as last year of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight and singling out former colleagues for attacking him out of what he characterized as personal jealousy.
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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Protests Follow Cease-Fire In Syria
Thousands of Syrians took to the streets after the noon prayer in countless mosques on Friday, offering the biggest test of the country’s fragile cease-fire since it was declared at dawn on Thursday and reviving the public protests that ignited Syria’s 13-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
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REUTERS: Goldman Sachs CEO Gets $16.2 Million Pay Package
Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein's compensation increased 14.5 percent to $16.2 million in 2011 despite a sharp decline in profits and share price during the year, leaving the bank open to more attacks on its pay policies.
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THE HUFFINGTON POST: Transformative Development: How Jim Yong Kim Might Change the World Bank
Since President Obama nominated Dr. Jim Yong Kim as President of the World Bank commentators have weighed in on his past writings, his nationality, his part in upholding an unjust U.S. domination of the Bank, and his qualifications. But at the heart of this presidential decision is a fundamental question of focus and mission for the World Bank. Jim Kim represents a break from the past -- as both his supporters and detractors agree -- and would surely steer the Bank in new directions.
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THINK PROGRESS: Gallup: Public Understanding Of Climate Science Continues Rebounding
To go by the polls, the high point of public understanding of climate science was 2006 to 2008. That’s no surprise, since that period saw a peak in media reporting on climate science, starting in 2006 with An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary of Al Gore’s PowerPoint presentation on climate science, and continuing in 2007 with the 4 scientific assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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