Moral Mondays: Civil Disobedience in a Changing South
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With total control in North Carolina, Republicans are enacting an ultra-conservative agenda, sparking the largest and most sustained protest movement seen in the South in years. Is the GOP fighting a losing battle or is the South as solid as ever? Also, government troops kill dozens and injure hundreds in Cairo, and landing in San Francisco, too low and too slow.
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Government Troops Kill Dozens, Injure Hundreds at Pro-Morsi Rally ()
Today in Cairo, at least 51 people were killed and 435 injured during a rally in support of Egypt's ousted President, Mohamed Morsi. His Muslim Brotherhood called for an uprising against those it accused of wanting to "steal the revolution." That's according to Borzou Daragahi in today's Financial Times.
Can 'Moral Mondays' Change the South? ()
Occupy Wall Street's accused of crying, "Wolf." Weeks of protests failed to move Republicans in Wisconsin. Will it be different in North Carolina? In 2008, Barack Obama carried the state and there was talk of another Southern State turning purple. But last year, he lost there and Republicans won the governorship and super-majorities in both legislative houses for the first time since the Civil War. The GOP has exercised its power, giving rise to "Moral Mondays." Since April, increasing crowds from various walks of life have gathered every Monday near the State House in Raleigh. Hundreds have been arrested. So far, they've being ignored by Republicans, who've used new-found power to cut unemployment benefits, healthcare and education. But, harking back to the civil rights movement, protesters say demographic change and civil disobedience will transform the state and the entire region.
- Sue Sturgis: Institute for Southern Studies, @sue_sturgis
- William Barber: North Carolina NAACP, @ncnaacp
- J. David Woodard: Clemson University, @ClemsonNews
- Bob Moser: American Prospect, @theprospect
Learning from the 777 Crash at San Francisco Airport ()
Saturday in San Francisco, two passengers were killed and many were injured when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 struck a sea wall at the end of a runway, broke into pieces and caught fire. It's known that the plane was flying to low and too slow, but pilot error is only one subject under investigation. At a news conference today, the National Transportation Safety Board reported that the plane landing in San Francisco should have been traveling at 137 knots per hour but may have been going just 85.
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