November 16, 2011

Wednesday's Daily Brief

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
White House Window Reportedly Hit By Bullet
WATCH: Bob Costas Speaks Out About Jerry Sandusky Interview
Facebook Hit By Massive Spam Attack
Congress Fights To Save School Pizza And Fries
Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Knocks John Boehner
Alec Baldwin: What Occupy Wall Street Has Taught Me
Occupy Wall Street people understand that not only are more difficult times possibly around the corner, they know that the current government will likely do as it has historically done, which is to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of the long term interests of the middle class. Some financially successful people continually remind us all that capitalism is a contest, with winners and losers. And the winners want to enjoy their success and they want the losers to keep it down. The noise of the vanquished is spoiling the victors' fun. But what if unemployment were to rise, say, to 20 percent? There won't be enough cops anywhere in this country to rip down all the tents that are going to pop up in places you never imagined if we hit that figure.
Jessica Alba: America's Moms Are Watching U.S. Senate: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!
Every kid has the right to be safe in her home. Every mom has the right to know that the products she buys for her child are free of toxic chemicals. We have hope and faith in our political system to fix this problem, and we are counting on our U.S. Senators to get it done.
Richard Trumka: The Lessons of Ohio
"Remember Ohio." Those two words should carry new meaning to politicians in Congress and state houses who think they can respond to unemployment, budget crises and voter anger with faux solutions that scapegoat those hit hardest by the current economy.
Rick Schwartz: An Insider's Guide to Movie Credits
Credits. Everyone sees them on posters, in advertisements and on screen, but nobody is quite sure what they mean. As a producer, it's the question I get asked more frequently than any other -- especially by my mother: Who are all those people, and what do they do?
Davis Guggenheim: An Easy Way to Help Our Teachers and Our Kids x 2
For a lot of us, the crisis in our nation's schools feels overwhelming and the problems too big for any one person to make a difference. But the other night it didn't feel that way. Here's why.