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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is The Education of Louis - spectator sport:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - The Education of Louis, spectator sport
  • Forty-five years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered:
    Maritn Luther King, Jr.
    The 45th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be marked on Thursday with the launch of a campaign against youth violence in his hometown of Atlanta and a labor union rally in the city where he was killed.

    The King Center in Atlanta said it would honor its namesake by kicking off "The 50 Days of Nonviolence," a challenge for youth to abstain from violence for the rest of the current school year.

    "As my father said, 'The choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence,'" said Bernice King, the civil rights leader's daughter and chief executive officer of the King Center.

  • Blood makes indefensible allowances for bigotry. The gay son of anti-gay Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona defends his father:
    “He doesn’t see it as not allowing his son to be with the person he loves because he knows that regardless of where marriage is, I’m going to be with the person that I love,” he said. “Whether I can legally marry in Arizona or not, it’s not going to change that fact and my father knows that and he accepts my desire to be with the man that I love. As far as it goes with marriage for him it’s a matter of what marriage means to him—to him marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. It has nothing to do with the way he views a person’s relationship, and that’s the thing that I think is hard for people to understand.”
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer will cut print edition to three days a week.
  • 86 journalists in 46 countries explored tax havens:
    On Thursday morning, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will begin releasing detailed reports on the workings of offshore tax havens. A little over a year ago, 260 gigabytes of data were leaked to ICIJ executive dIrector Gerard Ryle; they contained information about the finances of individuals in over 170 countries.

    Ryle was a media executive in Australia at the time he received the data, says deputy director Marina Walker Guevara. “He came with the story under his arm.” Walker Guevara says the ICIJ was surprised Ryle wanted a job in their small office in Washington, but soon realized that it was only through their international scope and experience with cross border reporting that the Offshore Project could be executed. The result is a major international collaboration that has to be one of the largest in journalism history.

    The data were collected from 2.5 million digital files. One of the report's many findings:
    A well-paid industry of accountants, middlemen and other operatives has helped offshore patrons shroud their identities and business interests, providing shelter in many cases to money laundering or other misconduct.
  • Don't miss Ta-Nehisi Coates's unmasking of the Conservative Black Hope:
    The present darling of the right wing, Dr. Benjamin Carson, is a distinguished neurosurgeon who went from the depths of Detroit poverty to the heights of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. But his current status among conservatives isn’t so much rooted in Carson’s redemptive rise from rags to respectability, as it is in the belief that he is, in the long winter of Obama, the one they’ve been waiting for.
  • Sierra Club, others seek 120-day comment period on Keystone XL:
    [The] groups have asked the State Department to extend until early summer the looming deadline for public comments about the agency's controversial draft environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL pipeline. [The comment period now ends April 22, coincidentally Earth Day.]

    Unless the State Department agrees to allow more time for comments on the impact statement, which exceeds 3,500 pages and was released on March 1, the groups will be hard pressed to fully present their "significant concerns," representatives of 15 organizations said in a letter on March 27.

  • Corporate and rich people's tax dodging cost each taxpayer $1,026 In 2012.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brings us news CT's new gun laws, plus a new Q-Poll showing continuing support for universal background checks (with a very interesting observation about what that might mean). A report on yesterday extraordinary #GunFAIL stories. A new round of strikes by fast food workers in NYC, and a check-in with Mike Hummel (aka bluebarnstormer) on last night's event with Biddeford, ME's former Hostess workers. Finally, how much might the NRA's proposed "School Shield" program cost? Anyone think those behind it will pony up when the bill comes due?
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