This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Feb. 17, 2016 for week ending Feb. 26, 2016


"(Justice Antonin) Scalia was very much part of this sort of multidecade-long movement to undo a lot of legal progress, and part of that is the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act."

– Ari Paul, New York City-based journalist, on the new political battle lines being drawn over appointment of a new Supreme Court justice after Antonin Scalia's death.

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Battle to Replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Looms as Major Election Issue

MP3 Interview with Ari Paul, New York City-based journalist, conducted by Scott Harris


With the death of the Supreme Court's longest serving justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13, new political battle lines were drawn over the fight to replace him. Just hours after the rigidly conservative justice's demise, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asserted that the nomination of a replacement should wait until after the November 2016 presidential election, an opinion shared by other GOP senators and presidential candidates. But President Obama has pledged to fulfill his constitutional duty by nominating a successor "in due time."  Story continues

Direct Action in Pennsylvania Blocks Destruction of Maple Trees for Proposed Gas Pipeline

MP3 Interview with Megan Holleran, organizer, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


A family in rural New Milford Township in northeast Pennsylvania is taking a stand against the plan to build a gas pipeline that would destroy their maple trees, from which they get sap for their small commercial maple syrup operation.  Story continues

U.S.-Russia Weapons Build-up Signals Dangerous New Cold War

MP3 Interview with Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director with Peace Action, conducted by Scott Harris


The Obama administration plans to spend $3.4 billion to increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with the goal of countering what U.S. officials say is a newly "aggressive Russia" under Vladimir Putin's leadership. They point to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the country's support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The budget request is four times the current budget of $789 million, representing the largest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. In response, Russian officials say NATO's move is a threat to European stability. To underscore that point, the Russian military was put on high alert in mid-February, and held snap war games in central and southern Russia near Ukraine.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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