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  •  Interesting report on the history and (17+ / 0-)

    constitutionality of The Fairness Doctrine.  I'm only on page three of the document but this paragraph caught my interest:

    "The debate in Congress regarding whether to reinstate the doctrine continues today. In the 109th Congress, bills such as H.R. 3302 were introduced to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. However, in the 110th Congress, the proposed legislation related to the Fairness Doctrine would have prohibited the FCC from reinstating it. In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Congress
    forbade the FCC to use any of the funds appropriated to it under the act to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. This prohibition continues, temporarily, under the continuing resolution now in effect.
    Once the restriction on spending is lifted, the FCC will be free to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine if the agency so chooses. Congress also may introduce legislation to reinstate the doctrine."

    [Emphasis mine]

    Who knew? Interesting stuff. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    •  If they reinstated the fairness doctrine... (1+ / 0-)
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      the national gadfly

      ...Al Jerkoffa might have to bring back Alan Colmes...

      We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

      by Minerva on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:11:45 AM PST

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    •  Interesting nugget about NAFTA & unions (7+ / 0-)

      In this respect, then, NAFTA may be increasing the economic insecurity among U.S. workers. Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, researched this issue.  She found that in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certification elections, more than 50% of employers made threats to close all or part of the plant during the organizing drive.32 By comparison, in the late 1980s, only 29% of employers made plant closing threats during NLRB campaigns.  Also, it is possible that threats to close plants prevented union organizing drives from getting underway.

      NAFTA: Economic Effects on the United States

      "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

      by Edgewater on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 09:26:45 AM PST

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