Friday, August 30, 2013

Win: IRS to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages | Common Dreams

Win: IRS to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages | Common Dreams

Marriage equality group welcomes announcement but says full marriage equality nationwide still needed

Clarion Call Rings Throughout Nation: 'Low Pay Is Not OK' | Common Dreams

Clarion Call Rings Throughout Nation: 'Low Pay Is Not OK' | Common Dreams

Wave of fast food worker strikes resurges on Thursday with walkouts across the US

'Black Budget' Revealed: A Detailed Look at US 'Espionage Empire' | Common Dreams

'Black Budget' Revealed: A Detailed Look at US 'Espionage Empire' | Common Dreams

Latest revelations made possible by Edward Snowden give unprecedented view of how taxpayer funds are use to "collect it all"

Feds Won't Interfere With Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington | Alternet

Feds Won't Interfere With Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington | Alternet:

 This unprecedented decision steers federal priority away from the longstanding, reactionary U.S. war on drugs.
Signs of sanity. Don't hold your breath. And don't bogart that joint!!

The National Memo » Economy Grows Faster Than Expected As GOP Threatens To Derail Recovery — Again

The National Memo » Economy Grows Faster Than Expected As GOP Threatens To Derail Recovery — Again

America’s real gross domestic product (GDP) beat estimates to grow 2.5 percent during the second quarter of this year, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Economists had expected an increase of 1.7 in the key statistic that tracks the total output of goods and services produced by labor and property in the United States.

Private sector inventory investment made up for cuts to government spending at the federal, state and local levels.

Imagine where we'd be if they hadn't shredded government employment across all levels around the country!!

Tell President Obama to not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

Tell President Obama to not appoint Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chair

CNBC Host Believes Animals Will "Snuggle" Under Keystone Pipeline | Alternet

CNBC Host Believes Animals Will "Snuggle" Under Keystone Pipeline | Alternet

But an expert explains how the pipeline "would be a disaster for wildlife."

 Have I mentioned that Larry Kudlow is an idiot? I should bring that up at least once a day lest anyone should ever take him seriously.

NYPD Secretly Labels Mosques as Terror Groups and Spies on Them | Alternet

NYPD Secretly Labels Mosques as Terror Groups and Spies on Them | Alternet

Confidential police documents show at least a dozen terrorism investigations into mosques since 9/11

The High Probability of Being Poor in America | Alternet

The High Probability of Being Poor in America | Alternet

The number of Americans that struggle with joblessness and poverty throughout their lifetime is still exceedingly high.

What Whistle Blower and Former High Level Executive Michael Winston Knows About Bankers Crimes Will Horrify You | Alternet

What Whistle Blower and Former High Level Executive Michael Winston Knows About Bankers Crimes Will Horrify You | Alternet

Winston is one of Wall Street’s greatest enemies -- he's the man who knows too much.

What Whistle Blower and Former High Level Executive Michael Winston Knows About Bankers Crimes Will Horrify You | Alternet

What Whistle Blower and Former High Level Executive Michael Winston Knows About Bankers Crimes Will Horrify You | Alternet

Winston is one of Wall Street’s greatest enemies -- he's the man who knows too much.

How an American Right-Wing Conspiracy Traveled to Egypt and Has People Thinking Obama Is in Deep with the Muslim Brotherhood | Alternet

How an American Right-Wing Conspiracy Traveled to Egypt and Has People Thinking Obama Is in Deep with the Muslim Brotherhood | Alternet

A propaganda blitz has successfully convinced Egyptians that since Obama hasn't embraced Gen. Sisi, he's caught up with the Brotherhood.

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett’s Attorneys: Gays, Like Children, Can’t Marry

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett’s Attorneys: Gays, Like Children, Can’t Marry

Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s attorneys said Wednesday.

Serioiusly? WTF?!?!?

AP sources: Despite Obama’s assertion, intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’

AP sources: Despite Obama’s assertion, intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’

The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no “slam dunk,” with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In Syria, Obama's Calculations Reveal Stupidity of US Imperialism | Common Dreams

In Syria, Obama's Calculations Reveal Stupidity of US Imperialism | Common Dreams

As US and NATO plan aerial attack on Assad government, analyses expose cynical and dangerous mindset of those choosing war over peace

What the Assault on Whistleblowers Has to Do With War on Syria | Common Dreams

What the Assault on Whistleblowers Has to Do With War on Syria | Common Dreams

Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria.

Every president who wants to launch another war can’t abide whistleblowers. They might interfere with the careful omissions, distortions and outright lies of war propaganda, which requires that truth be held in a kind of preventative detention.

Could We See Superstorm John Boehner Coming our Way Soon? | Alternet

Could We See Superstorm John Boehner Coming our Way Soon? | Alternet

Environmental group petitions to name hurricanes after climate change deniers like Boehner or Marco Rubio.

African American Amputee Assaulted and Mocked by Cops in Nebraska | Alternet

African American Amputee Assaulted and Mocked by Cops in Nebraska | Alternet

Police forced the man out of his car at gunpoint and assaulted him, he alleges in court.

CIvil Rights Leader Gloria Richardson Reflects on the 1963 March on Washington | Alternet

CIvil Rights Leader Gloria Richardson Reflects on the 1963 March on Washington | Alternet

Richardson, who spoke - briefly - at the first march reflects on the movement, women's role and the continued struggle.

New Jersey Senate Candidate Stokes Homophobia In Race Against Cory Booker: 'I Personally Like Being A Guy' | ThinkProgress

New Jersey Senate Candidate Stokes Homophobia In Race Against Cory Booker: 'I Personally Like Being A Guy' | ThinkProgress

New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R) criticized Cory Booker for suggesting that he does not mind if people consider him gay, telling a conservative website on Monday that the Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for senate is “weird” and may be posturing to appeal to “the gay vote.”

No, Martin Luther King Jr. Was Not A Republican -- But Here's What He Had To Say About Them | ThinkProgress

No, Martin Luther King Jr. Was Not A Republican -- But Here's What He Had To Say About Them | ThinkProgress

“Most people don’t talk about the fact that Martin Luther King was a Republican.”
That’s a quote from Ada Fisher, a Republican National Committeewoman from North Carolina, that was published without qualification or correction this week by ABC News.

JPMorgan Chase May Have To Pay $6 Billion To Settle Financial Crisis Lawsuit: Report

JPMorgan Chase May Have To Pay $6 Billion To Settle Financial Crisis Lawsuit: Report:

U.S. officials may want to extract a London Whale-size legal settlement from JPMorgan Chase.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency wants JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, to pay more than $6 billion to settle claims that it knowingly sold bad mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ahead of the financial crisis, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Atheist Jailed When He Wouldn't Participate In Religious Parole Program Now Seeks Compensation | Alternet

Atheist Jailed When He Wouldn't Participate In Religious Parole Program Now Seeks Compensation | Alternet

The court awarded a new trial for damages and compensation for his loss of liberty, in a decision which may have wider implications.

Mindless and Extravagant "Support Our Troops" Display Doesn't Help Soldiers, But Does a Lot for Those Who Profit From War | Alternet

Mindless and Extravagant "Support Our Troops" Display Doesn't Help Soldiers, But Does a Lot for Those Who Profit From War | Alternet

It's time to examine the "support our troops" rhetoric and understand it does little for those whose lives are at risk.

How Highly Paid CEOs Rip Off Their Companies and the Public Via Fraud and Walk Away With Their Pockets Bulging | Alternet

How Highly Paid CEOs Rip Off Their Companies and the Public Via Fraud and Walk Away With Their Pockets Bulging | Alternet

Just one example of a corporate culture that rewards executives for behavior that hurts workers, taxpayers, and shareholders.

Nutrition Labels Aimed to Dupe Consumers—And How to Tell What You're Really Eating | Alternet

Nutrition Labels Aimed to Dupe Consumers—And How to Tell What You're Really Eating | Alternet

When a sugary cereal like Count Chocula appears to be a healthy choice, you know something has gone terribly wrong with nutrition labels.

The Other NRA: How the Insidiously Powerful Restaurant Lobby Makes Sure Fast-Food Workers Get Poverty Wages and Have to Work While Sick | Alternet

The Other NRA: How the Insidiously Powerful Restaurant Lobby Makes Sure Fast-Food Workers Get Poverty Wages and Have to Work While Sick | Alternet

Fast-food workers feed their families on a pittance while the big corporations resist fair pay and sick leave.

In Dramatic Reversal, Michigan Senate Passes Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion | TPMDC

In Dramatic Reversal, Michigan Senate Passes Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion | TPMDC

The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, extending health coverage to more than 400,000 low-income residents, but not without a little legislative drama first.

Four Big Lessons GOP Learned From The Clinton Era | TPMDC

Four Big Lessons GOP Learned From The Clinton Era | TPMDC

Wait.... what? Repugs can learn?

The National Memo » Move Over, Obamacare: Impeachment Is The Right’s New Lost Cause

The National Memo » Move Over, Obamacare: Impeachment Is The Right’s New Lost Cause

Sometimes politics is like high-stakes poker. If you look around the table after a few hands and you can’t tell who’s the pigeon, citizen, chances are it’s you: the guy who plunked down $26.95 for a book called Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office.

Obama's DOJ Relentless in Efforts to Force NYT Journalist to Reveal Confidential Source | Common Dreams

Obama's DOJ Relentless in Efforts to Force NYT Journalist to Reveal Confidential Source | Common Dreams

'This administration has an atrocious record for prosecuting whistleblowers. Can it really get away with jailing the reporters who talk to them, too?'

Moral Obscenities in Syria | Common Dreams

Moral Obscenities in Syria | Common Dreams

"The threat of a reckless, dangerous, and illegal US or US-led assault on Syria is looking closer than ever."

I'm not entirely opposed to doing something military in Syria (altho I draw the line at boots on the ground*), but I'm not overly enthused about it either. At least, with this WH, I'm less concerned it will turn into an Iraq style clusterfuck.

*That came out the first typing as 'bots on the ground'. Let me state categorically that I am in favor of bots on the ground! :)

Kelefa Sanneh: MSNBC Tries to Figure Out What Liberals Really Want : The New Yorker

Kelefa Sanneh: MSNBC Tries to Figure Out What Liberals Really Want : The New Yorker

MSNBC tries to figure out what liberals really want.

Chris Hayes On His Ratings: 'Obviously, The Numbers Are Bad Right Now'

Chris Hayes On His Ratings: 'Obviously, The Numbers Are Bad Right Now'

MSNBC's Chris Hayes conceded that his ratings have been "bad" in an interview with The New Yorker published on Monday. The magazine ran a lengthy feature by Kelefa Sanneh on MSNBC's current place in the cable news landscape.

The National Memo » Boehner Demands Medicare, Social Security And Medicaid Cuts To Raise Debt Limit

The National Memo » Boehner Demands Medicare, Social Security And Medicaid Cuts To Raise Debt Limit

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) vowed on Monday that any increase in the debt limit would require cuts to the “mandatory side” of government spending.

School District Hires Firm to Monitor Student Social Media Postings | Alternet

School District Hires Firm to Monitor Student Social Media Postings | Alternet

Some students in the California school district say it's an invasion of privacy.

Some?!?! The remainder must be home schooled!

The National Memo » WATCH: Inequality Is Real, And It’s Been Created On Purpose

The National Memo » WATCH: Inequality Is Real, And It’s Been Created On Purpose: Memo Pad

Former secretary of labor Robert Reich’s introduction of his new project Inequality.is explains why both income and wealth inequality began to skyrocket in the early 1980s. This wasn’t by chance, Reich explains. The greatest inequality between the rich and poor since the Great Depression is the result of specific policy choices made by the Congress and the president and supported by a Supreme Court that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has said is becoming a “subsidiary” of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The National Memo » WATCH: Crossroads Targets Young Americans With New Anti-Obamacare Ad

The National Memo » WATCH: Crossroads Targets Young Americans With New Anti-Obamacare Ad

Crossroads GPS, the 501(c)(4) “dark money” group co-founded by Karl Rove, has released a new ad encouraging young Americans not to get health insurance coverage under Obamacare.

The National Memo » Will High Court Widen Flood Of Money In Politics?

The National Memo » Will High Court Widen Flood Of Money In Politics?

One of the first cases the Supreme Court will consider in its next session is whether to allow millions, perhaps billions, more dollars into the U.S. political system.

The National Memo » The Armageddon Caucus

The National Memo » The Armageddon Caucus

Are you ready for the Big Magilla of American politics? This fall, every important domestic issue could crash into every other: health care reform, autopilot budget cuts, a government shutdown, even a default on the national debt.

10 Fascinating Things About Sex, Lust and Love You Probably Didn't Know | Alternet

10 Fascinating Things About Sex, Lust and Love You Probably Didn't Know | Alternet

Science has come a long way in understand sexuality. Here are some very interesting facts.

Hypnotized by Ayn Rand and Reaganomics, Republicans Have Completely Lost Touch with Economic Reality | Alternet

Hypnotized by Ayn Rand and Reaganomics, Republicans Have Completely Lost Touch with Economic Reality | Alternet

The GOP doesn't understand how the economy works or the concerns of middle-class families.

How Depraved Money Hungry Media Is Distorting What We See, and Messing with the Country | Alternet

How Depraved Money Hungry Media Is Distorting What We See, and Messing with the Country | Alternet

Three recent stories that drive home the sorry state of the media.

Our Banks Own Airports, Control Power Plants and Much More—How Can We Stop Them from Controlling the Lifelines of the Economy? | Alternet

Our Banks Own Airports, Control Power Plants and Much More—How Can We Stop Them from Controlling the Lifelines of the Economy? | Alternet

Aren’t there rules against that? And where are the banks getting the money?

Homeownership remains a goal that should be encouraged - latimes.com

Homeownership remains a goal that should be encouraged - latimes.com

If we convince ourselves that just because home values declined after 2007 the U.S. should stop encouraging ownership, we'll be making a drastic mistake.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ginsburg: Supreme Court One of 'Most Activist' in History

Ginsburg: Supreme Court One of 'Most Activist' in History

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Supreme Court has become "one of the most activist courts in history" and pledged to continue her unofficial role as its liberal leader for the foreseeable future.

Daily Kos Action

Daily Kos Action

Tell science book publishers not to cave to Texas Board of Education

The Fed Has Warped Our Capitalist System — Money and Markets

The Fed Has Warped Our Capitalist System — Money and Markets

The mainstream media treated last week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting as a non-story. But if we read between the lines, the Fed’s decision to endorse the status quo on monetary policy is alarming. 

Mother Claims She Called Sheriffs to Split Up Fight Between Her Daughter and Son-in-Law -- Officers Instead Shoot Them Both to Death | Alternet

Mother Claims She Called Sheriffs to Split Up Fight Between Her Daughter and Son-in-Law -- Officers Instead Shoot Them Both to Death | Alternet

Another sad tale of too much firepower and excessive use of force.

Daniel Ellsberg: Journalists Who Attack Glenn Greenwald Are 'Tools' Who Do 'the Work of the Government' | Alternet

Daniel Ellsberg: Journalists Who Attack Glenn Greenwald Are 'Tools' Who Do 'the Work of the Government' | Alternet

America’s most famous whistleblower slammed the journalists attacking Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

U.S. Prepares to Attack Syria -- 60% of Americans Are Against It, Obama Has No UN Approval, and No Proof of Who Was Behind Gas Attacks | Alternet

U.S. Prepares to Attack Syria -- 60% of Americans Are Against It, Obama Has No UN Approval, and No Proof of Who Was Behind Gas Attacks | Alternet

Any moves to bomb Syria risk further American involvement in a brutal civil war that has spiraled out of control.

Daily Kos: The Donald sued for $40 million over 'Trump University' scam

Daily Kos: The Donald sued for $40 million over 'Trump University' scam

In most cases, for-profit education is a big enough scam to begin with. Add Donald Trump to the equation and have the "education" in question be a series of seminars on how to get rich in real estate and you get the kind of scam that has now led New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to sue Trump for $40 million over his "Trump University"

Daily Kos: An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America

Daily Kos: An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America

Daily Kos: Anti-vaccine megachurch hit with measles epidemic, now offering free vaccinations

Daily Kos: Anti-vaccine megachurch hit with measles epidemic, now offering free vaccinations

Schadenfreude Alert! The fact that it's Kenny Copeland's church just makes it all the more wonderful :)

Daily Kos: Wealthy white columnist enters Georgetown boutique, debunks myth of racism in America, exits

Daily Kos: Wealthy white columnist enters Georgetown boutique, debunks myth of racism in America, exits

Sigh..... just fucking sigh...

Daily Kos: Restaurant Asks 25 Black People to Leave Because 1 White Person Feels "Threatened"

Daily Kos: Restaurant Asks 25 Black People to Leave Because 1 White Person Feels "Threatened"

Remarkable.

Fifty years after Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech this crap's still going on.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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George Packer Interview - AmericasDemocrats.org 

Labor Day is coming up, and this week we hear from three experts on the challenges facing working people in America. Best-selling author George Packer talks with us about his book “The Unwinding,” and how, since the Reagan administration, we have become “a society of winners and losers.”

We'd All Be Much Wealthier If We Acted Like a Society—Instead We Prop Up the Private Wealth of a Small Number of Elites | Alternet

We'd All Be Much Wealthier If We Acted Like a Society—Instead We Prop Up the Private Wealth of a Small Number of Elites | Alternet

If we continue the present path, high-quality public goods will be available to fewer and fewer.

Marijuana Reforms Continue to Sweep the Nation at a Blistering Pace | Alternet

Marijuana Reforms Continue to Sweep the Nation at a Blistering Pace | Alternet

2013 has been an extremely busy year at the state level for marijuana.

7 Outrageous and Downright Horrific Statements From the Right-Wing Fringe Just This Week | Alternet

Here's everone's favortie list of the week!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Daily Kos: Tesla Model S receives highest safety rating of any car ever tested

Daily Kos: Tesla Model S receives highest safety rating of any car ever tested

Daily Kos: Fox News bravely exposes President Obama's blatant support for murdering white people

Daily Kos: Fox News bravely exposes President Obama's blatant support for murdering white people

Why a Small Church in Los Angeles is Leading the Legal Fight Against Government Surveillance | Common Dreams

Why a Small Church in Los Angeles is Leading the Legal Fight Against Government Surveillance | Common Dreams 

When I first met Reverend Rick Hoyt he said, "You don't have to call me Reverend - just Rick is fine."The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles has taken a stand against the NSA surveillance program.

Miranda's Lawyers Threaten UK over 'Flagrant Misuse' of Authority | Common Dreams

Miranda's Lawyers Threaten UK over 'Flagrant Misuse' of Authority | Common Dreams:

British government defends detention of journalist's partner and use of anti-terrorism law to search personal electronic devices and abridge civil liberties

Obama Pushes for Warrantless Access to Phone Data... Again | Common Dreams

Obama Pushes for Warrantless Access to Phone Data... Again | Common Dreams

White House petitions Supreme Court to declare the practice lawful as public outrage over NSA warrantless spying continues to grow

Evidence of Chemical Attack Seems Compelling—But Remember There's a Propaganda War Going On | Alternet

Evidence of Chemical Attack Seems Compelling—But Remember There's a Propaganda War Going On | Alternet

The evidence so far for the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army is second-hand and comes from a biased source.

Police Crackdown at Burning Man Alarms the Community | Alternet

Police Crackdown at Burning Man Alarms the Community | Alternet

"The pigs are here. And uncommonly badge heavy."

The Little-Known History of MLK's "I Have A Dream" Speech | Alternet

The Little-Known History of MLK's "I Have A Dream" Speech | Alternet

When Martin Luther King Jr. asked his aides for advice about the speech, he was told, "Don’t use the lines about ‘I have a dream’ ... it’s cliché."

Right-Wing Wannabe Obama Impeachers Are Living in Dreamland | Alternet

Right-Wing Wannabe Obama Impeachers Are Living in Dreamland | Alternet

Tom Coburn, Ted Cruz and other crackpots can't stand up to their base and face reality. Can this party ever change?

Plutocrats' New Pitch: Let Us Rob You Now So You Can Plan Ahead for Poverty | Alternet

Plutocrats' New Pitch: Let Us Rob You Now So You Can Plan Ahead for Poverty | Alternet

Pete Peterson & Co. kindly want to take your Social Security away to prevent you from imagining a dignified future.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thirteen Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret from You | Common Dreams

Thirteen Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret from You | Common Dreams

The President, the Head of the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and the Judiciary, are intentionally keeping massive amounts of information about surveillance of US and other people secret from voters.

Can You Feel It? People are Getting More Tense as Anti-Human New Political Order Takes Shape | Alternet

Can You Feel It? People are Getting More Tense as Anti-Human New Political Order Takes Shape | Alternet

As the loss of economic and political right increases, the population is getting spooked.

Let's hope 'spooked' leads to corrective action (ie, informed progressive voting!)

What's the Difference Between a Third World Autocrat and a Wall Street Mogul? | Alternet

What's the Difference Between a Third World Autocrat and a Wall Street Mogul? | Alternet

When the financial sector siphons billions, it hurts workers, children, and the possibility that ordinary people can thrive.

Why Wall Street & Co. Will Do Anything to Stop Eliot Spitzer from Championing the Public Interest | Alternet

Why Wall Street & Co. Will Do Anything to Stop Eliot Spitzer from Championing the Public Interest | Alternet

Spitzer as comptroller: Good for New York, good for women, terrifying for Wall Street abusers.

Walmart's Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shoddy Goods | Alternet

Walmart's Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shoddy Goods | Alternet

Walmart's planned takeover of urban markets threatens to cut off other viable economic development options. 

Multinationals Are Plotting to Steamroll What's Left of Our Democracy to Make Huge Profits | Alternet

Multinationals Are Plotting to Steamroll What's Left of Our Democracy to Make Huge Profits | Alternet

We've got to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership that's being drawn up in Washington before it becomes law.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Other Telecoms Fighting to Cash In... on You | Alternet

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Other Telecoms Fighting to Cash In... on You | Alternet

An aggressive anti-consumer effort is underway, aimed at turning your private behavior into dollar signs.

John Boehner Seeks To Calm Republican Clamor Over How To Stop Obamacare

John Boehner Seeks To Calm Republican Clamor Over How To Stop Obamacare

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner warned rank-and-file Republicans in a conference call on Thursday against using the threat of a government shutdown to stop the implementation of Obamacare, according to people on the call.

Obama Calls Possible Syria Attack A 'Big Event Of Grave Concern'

Obama Calls Possible Syria Attack A 'Big Event Of Grave Concern'

President Barack Obama says a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a "big event of grave concern" that has hastened the timeframe for determining a U.S. response.

Fukushima: Vast Amounts Of Radioactive Water Creeping Towards Sea

Fukushima: Vast Amounts Of Radioactive Water Creeping Towards Sea

Deep beneath Fukushima’s crippled nuclear power station a massive underground reservoir of contaminated water that began spilling from the plant’s reactors after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly toward the sea.

Obama Scolds Lame-Duck Congress | TPM LiveWire

Obama Scolds Lame-Duck Congress | TPM LiveWire

President Barack Obama scolded Republicans for failing to carry out the core responsibilities of Congress, including passing a budget, in an interview with CNN that aired Friday.

Obama: Cutting Aid To Egypt May Not Reverse Actions

Obama: Cutting Aid To Egypt May Not Reverse Actions

President Barack Obama says cutting off aid to Egypt “may not reverse what the interim government does.”

Conservatives Revolt As GOP Tries To Calm Obamacare Shutdown Mania | TPMDC

Yes, I know it makes the situation extremely dangerous and all sorts of bad results could occur, but the vision of GOP eating itself alive is SOOOOOO entertaining.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

As a Democrat, I Am Disgusted with President Obama | Alternet

I'm not quite to 'disgusted' yet, but I'm pretty damned disappointed.

Jailers Took Pictures of Young Man Who Hanged Himself in His Cell While He Was Still Alive, Father Alleges | Alternet

Jailers Took Pictures of Young Man Who Hanged Himself in His Cell While He Was Still Alive, Father Alleges | Alternet

Journalist Michael Hastings Reportedly Feared His Car Had Been Tampered With | Alternet

Freakier and freakier... this story won't die.

The Misdeeds of Times Star Columnist Maureen Dowd | Alternet

OhNo MoDo!

Manning Announces Gender Transition | Alternet

This is apparently real, not parody.

Will the American Right Kill Us All? | Alternet

Will the American Right Kill Us All? | Alternet

The Republican Right and its Tea Party allies have prevented the U.S. government from responding aggressively to the global warming emergency.

Ted Cruz Citizenship: Background Check Likely Asked About It | TPMDC

Ted Cruz Citizenship: Background Check Likely Asked About It | TPMDC

Come, journey down the Ted Cruz citizenship rabbit hole.

When the junior Republican senator from Texas and thinly-veiled 2016 presidential hopeful released his birth certificate last Friday confirming his birth in the far flung, foreign city of Calgary, an exhaustive analysis of the document began. After scouring the certificate a bevy of experts returned with some news: whether he likes it or not, Cruz is a Canadian-American.

United States of Paranoia: How the FBI Spied and Lied So Conspiracy Theorists Would Sound Crazy | Alternet

United States of Paranoia: How the FBI Spied and Lied So Conspiracy Theorists Would Sound Crazy | Alternet

Jesse Walker's new book—The United States of Paranoia—explores how the fear of intrigue and subversion influences our national identity.

GOP Operative And Big Biz Team Up To Fight New Indiana Gay Marriage Ban | TPMDC

GOP Operative And Big Biz Team Up To Fight New Indiana Gay Marriage Ban | TPMDC

A group of strange bedfellows in Indiana is fighting a push by state lawmakers to tighten the already strict gay marriage ban there.

10 Shocking Examples of Police Killing Innocent People in the "War on Drugs" | Alternet

10 Shocking Examples of Police Killing Innocent People in the "War on Drugs" | Alternet

Many innocent victims have become collateral damage in our pointless, destructive drug war.

Shhh! Don’t Call Our Obamacare Money Obamacare, Say GOP Governors | TPMDC

A variety of Republican governors have sought federal funds under Obamacare, many of them to expand Medicaid eligibility for more residents, a centerpiece of the law that the Supreme Court made optional for states last year. But shhh!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Guardian’s Editor in Chief Vows to Continue Publishing NSA Documents | Common Dreams

Guardian’s Editor in Chief Vows to Continue Publishing NSA Documents | Common Dreams

The Guardian‘s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, appeared on Tuesday’s All In. “There came a point, about, just over a month ago where the tone changed and there was an explicit threat to use the law if we didn’t either return the material that we had, or destroy it.”

International Alarms Go Up as Fukushima Alert Level Raised | Common Dreams

International Alarms Go Up as Fukushima Alert Level Raised | Common Dreams

Regulators acknowledge that crisis is worsening amid constant flow of bad news at crippled nuclear plant

Global Progressive Community Reacts to Manning Sentence | Common Dreams

Global Progressive Community Reacts to Manning Sentence | Common Dreams

35 year sentence proves US will 'aggressively prosecute those who expose war crimes, and diligently protect those who commit them.'

'A Concern for My Country': Manning to Seek Obama Pardon | Common Dreams

'A Concern for My Country': Manning to Seek Obama Pardon | Common Dreams:

Manning: 'If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.'

'Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society' | Common Dreams

'Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society' | Common Dreams

The following is a rush transcript by Common Dreams of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday following the announcement of his 35-year prison sentence by a military court:

Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization | Arianna Huffington

Burnout: The Disease of Our Civilization | Arianna Huffington

Since launching our Third Metric campaign -- to redefine success beyond the first two metrics of money and power to include well-being, wisdom, and our ability to wonder and to give back -- I've been seeing things through a Third Metric lens. And what I see is a split-screen world. On one side, we have endless examples of how the business world and the American workplace still haven't changed and continue to glorify an approach to measuring success that leads to burnout and a culture enraptured with technology to the point that tools meant to give us greater control of our lives have, instead, taken control of our lives.

Daily Kos Action

Daily Kos Action

Demand answers from the next Fed chair

For Ted Cruz, Crazy Runs in the Family | Alternet

For Ted Cruz, Crazy Runs in the Family | Alternet

Ted and his right-wing nut-job dad are having a grand old time wooing GOP voters, and scaring normal people.

Poof! Your Job Is Now Freelance, Part-time, No Benefits | Alternet

Poof! Your Job Is Now Freelance, Part-time, No Benefits | Alternet

How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones.

Civil Rights Then & Now: Time to March on Washington Again | Alternet

Civil Rights Then & Now: Time to March on Washington Again | Alternet

Fifty years after King’s historic march, the struggle for racial justice faces unprecedented challenges.

Rick Perry Quietly Lobbies The White House For $100 Million In Obamacare Funding | ThinkProgress

Rick Perry Quietly Lobbies The White House For $100 Million In Obamacare Funding | ThinkProgress

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) despises all things Obamacare, including its optional Medicaid expansion. But he'll still take $100 million of the law's funding.

Justice Department Planning To Announce Financial Crisis Charges

'Bout Freakin' TIme!

CCR Condemns Manning Verdict, Questions Future of First Amendment | Center for Constitutional Rights

CCR Condemns Manning Verdict, Questions Future of First Amendment | Center for Constitutional Rights

7,000 Gun-Loving "Patriots" Living in an Walled Citadel Built Around an Arms Factory in Idaho -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong? | Alternet

Any post with the words Idaho, patriots, and guns is scary enough. Throw in Walled Citadel and Arms Factory and I'm prepping for Armageddon :)

After the UK's Scandalous Detention of a Journalist's Partner, It's Becoming All Too Clear What Kind of a World We're Heading to | Alternet

After the UK's Scandalous Detention of a Journalist's Partner, It's Becoming All Too Clear What Kind of a World We're Heading to | Alternet

The destructive power of state snooping is on display for all to see. The press must not yield to this intimidation

Bank of America Intern Dies After Working Three All-Nighters | Alternet

Bank of America Intern Dies After Working Three All-Nighters | Alternet

The culture isn't specific to BofA. All the megabanks (and investment banks, which basically are megabanks, too) operate on the same wavelength. Find an asset, use it to exhaustion, if it survives, promote it. And yet, they still need government bailouts (and complete inattention to their illegal activities) to survive. Makes you wonder if the culture promotes the wrong people.

What Arab Spring? Latest Events in Egypt Practically Erase the History of the Past Two Years | Alternet

What Arab Spring? Latest Events in Egypt Practically Erase the History of the Past Two Years | Alternet:

Pinochet Sisi is treating the Egyptian crisis like a Hollywood hit—despite the fact that the European Union and U.S. may soon "suspend aid."

Matt Taibbi: We're Saddling College Students with Crushing Debt ... and the Govt. Is Acting Like a Greedy Profiteer | Alternet

Matt Taibbi: We're Saddling College Students with Crushing Debt ... and the Govt. Is Acting Like a Greedy Profiteer | Alternet

"Even gamblers can declare bankruptcy, but kids who enter into student loans will never, ever be able to get out of this debt."

Cruz On Defunding Obamacare: 'This Is A Fight We Can Win' | TPM LiveWire

I don't usually pick on Canadians but this guy is just nuts. It seems to be a job qualification for Texas Repugs.

Only One in Four Young Adults Know About Obamacare Exchanges | TPMDC

Only One in Four Young Adults Know About Obamacare Exchanges | TPMDC

Only one in four young American adults are aware of the online health insurance marketplaces that will open on Oct. 1 as part of the federal health care reform law, according to a report released Wednesday.

State Officials: DOJ Has Given ‘Tacit Approval’ For Legalized Marijuana | TPMDC

State Officials: DOJ Has Given ‘Tacit Approval’ For Legalized Marijuana | TPMDC

Colorado officials say they believe they have “tacit approval” from the U.S. Justice Department to implement voter-approved laws legalizing marijuana.

“We seem to have tacit approval at this point,” State Sen. Pat Steadman, a Democrat who co-sponsored two bills establishing the state’s regulations for recreational marijuana, told TPM in a phone interview Tuesday.

Maureen McDonnell’s Role In Virigina Gifts Scandal | TPMMuckraker

The gifts scandal that has rocked the Virginia governor’s mansion has reached a critical juncture. After months of news stories and reports of a federal investigation, the Washington Post recently suggested that if charges are in fact coming against Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), they could come in a matter of days.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What NSA "Transparency" Looks Like | Alternet

Take a look at what information about rule violations the agency itself released.

Obama Pushes for Warrantless Access to Phone Data... Again | Common Dreams

Obama Pushes for Warrantless Access to Phone Data... Again | Common Dreams: Obama Pushes for Warrantless Access to Phone Data... Again

White House petitions Supreme Court to declare the practice lawful as public outrage over NSA warrantless spying continues to grow

Miranda's Lawyers Threaten UK over 'Flagrant Misuse' of Authority | Common Dreams

British government defends detention of journalist's partner and use of anti-terrorism law to search personal electronic devices and abridge civil liberties

When the State Attacks Journalism | Common Dreams

When the State Attacks Journalism | Common Dreams

Patton Oswalt Trolls Twitter Conservatives With Brilliant Lesson

Thanks, Patton. @pattonoswalt the best of the best

Mike Huckabee, Jim Inhofe Give How-To On Denying Climate Change Without Any Concern For Facts

We all knew Inhofe was an idiot, but until this, I'd always thought Huckabee was a charlatan and attention whore, but apparently, he is, indeed, bereft of grey matter.

Guardian Editor: U.K. 'Security Experts' Entered Offices And Destroyed Hard Drives

Well, our security Nazis have effectively infected the UK. History will be hard on us. Magna Carta? We don't need no stinkin' Magna Carta!

Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol

Like....whoa, maaan.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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North Carolina’s speedy vote suppression tactics show exactly why the Voting Rights Act was working. - Slate Magazine

Usually it takes years to judge when the Supreme Court gets something very wrong. Think of Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the court in the 2010 campaign-finance case, Citizens United, freeing corporations to spend money on elections. He wrote that the “appearance of [corporate] influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy,” a point that remains hotly debated even as the amount of money in federal elections skyrockets. 

But the conservative justices’ decision this past June in Shelby County v. Holder, striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, has already unleashed in North Carolina the most restrictive voting law we’ve seen since the 1965 enactment of the VRA. Texas is restoring its voter ID law which had been blocked (pursuant to the VRA) by the federal government. And more is to come in other states dominated by Republican legislatures.

Glenn Greenwald: Detaining My Partner Was a Failed Attempt at Intimidation | Alternet

Glenn Greenwald: Detaining My Partner Was a Failed Attempt at Intimidation | Alternet

The detention of my partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended.

Is This the Dumbest, Wrongest Thing Said on Fox Today? | Alternet

Is This the Dumbest, Wrongest Thing Said on Fox Today? | Alternet

It could just be!

But if it is, it won't be for long ;)

3 Things You Need to Know About What's Going on in Egypt | Alternet

Your head may be spinning if you're trying to understand recent events in Egypt. So here's an explainer on new developments and U.S. policy.

Head They Win, Tails You Lose

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Mark Levin: Obama Wants 'an Abortion in Every Household' | Video Cafe

Mark Levin reminds me of the scum I used to have scrape off the side of my pool every spring...

Get Your Assumptions Off My Kid | Amelia

Get Your Assumptions Off My Kid | Amelia

Sen. Rand Paul: There's Room In GOP For Big Government Guys Like Christie | TPM LiveWire

That's 'big' of him...

The Latest Obamacare Lie: Congress Exempted Itself From The Law -

A persistent theme in discussions about Obamacare in recent weeks has been the claim that the White House has granted congress an exemption from the law.

NOPE!

Daily Kos: NYPD assaults judge trying to protect handcuffed homeless man from beating, judge sues

Daily Kos: NYPD assaults judge trying to protect handcuffed homeless man from beating, judge suesImagine how bad the situation would have gotten if the judge hadn't been white!!!

FreePress.net | End the Intimidation: Stop the Attacks on Journalists and Their Families

FreePress.net | End the Intimidation: Stop the Attacks on Journalists and Their FamiliesDavid Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained yesterday for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport. He was questioned under a British anti-terrorism law and his laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices were confiscated. 

Greenwald, of course, is the journalist who first reported on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which revealed widespread, unchecked surveillance programs in the United States and England. 

Intimidating journalists and harassing their family members are tactics used by totalitarian regimes, not democratic governments.

The National Memo » WATCH: Tea Party Challenges ‘Chicken’ Senators To Shut Down Government

The National Memo » WATCH: Tea Party Challenges ‘Chicken’ Senators To Shut Down Government:

 In an effort to build support for Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) Hail Mary effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, two Tea Party groups are launching a new ad campaign accusing Republican senators of being too chicken to shut down the government.

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"The Ed Show" is moving back to msnbc's weekday lineup starting Monday Aug. 26 at 5pET/4pCT/3pMT/2pPT. Let's get to work!

Tell the FDA: End the Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men | CREDO Action

Tell the FDA: End the Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men | CREDO Action

The National Memo » Ted Cruz Is Lying To The Republican Base, And They Love It

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) needs conservatives to believe that shutting down the government to defund Obamacare will not hurt the Republican Party.

The National Memo » Christie’s Debate Phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future. At the risk of sounding like one of those “professors” the New Jersey governor regularly condemns, I’d argue that these 15 words, spoken to a Republican National Committee meeting in Boston last week, raise more questions than they answer. Here are a few.

The National Memo » Conflicts? Deficits? Why Reporters Ignore The Real Story Of The Clinton Foundation

The mere prospect of Hillary Rodham Clinton running for president again is evidently provoking outrage among old adversaries – from Rush Limbaugh and Fox News to Maureen Dowd – whose appetite for bogus “Clinton scandals” will never be sated.

Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked to prove security exploit - CNN.com

A Palestinian hacker posted a message on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's page after he says the site didn't take his warnings about a security flaw seriously.

(SNICKER)

I Gotcher Sharia Right Here....

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

7 Idiotic and Dangerous Statements From Right-Wing Nut-Jobs Just Last Week | Alternet

Here's your weekly entertainment. Don't read after eating.

How Libertarian-Style Capitalism Killed My Father and My Best Friends | Alternet

Scientists knew as far back as 100 years ago that asbestos caused a god-awful form of lung cancer, but the insatiable hunger for profits in America prevented it from being banned.

5 Decades Later, Some JFK Probe Files Still Sealed

I'm, really, only interested because I was a schoolboy in Dallas in '63. It was a traumatic event in the 'life' of Dallas, perhaps moreso than for the country at large. Dallas was only beginning its ascent to major city status and it was feared, wrongly, that the assassination would inhibit Dallas' growth, perhaps forever. As it turned out, the old PR adage was right- any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right :)

Elizabeth Warren Asks The Most Obvious Question Ever And Stumps A Bunch Of Bank Regulators

I LOVE this woman!

Rep. Amash Claims Pre-Existing Conditions Were Covered Before Obamacare | Video Cafe

Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell...

House Bill Calls for U.S. Call Centers

It's a start...

Watch Tea Party Crowd Cheer As GOP Rep. Tells Young Girl Her Father Must Be Deported - Occupy Democrats

The revolting people must have their hands wrested from the wheels of power.

Forever 21 Stores Go Forever Wrong With Huge Clearance – Of Employee Benefits | Liberals Unite

Yes, it’s an employee clearance. The large American retail chain, Forever 21 - sent a letter to their employees, and it was not good news – it was a bit heartless, actually.

Forward Progressives — Newt Gingrich Calls Out Fellow Republicans, Says They Have “Zero Answers” for Health Care or Voters

When Newtie is the voice of reason, your party is DOA.

IOC President: We will ensure there is no anti-LGBT discrimination during the Games - PinkNews.co.uk

As usual, the 1%ers miss the point. It's not discrimination against the athletes that we're worried about (the Organizers can take care of themselves), it's Ivan and Olga and Sergei and all the other Russians facing day to day imprisonment or worse that we're trying to protect.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Scandal That's Exposing Ugly Truths About the School Privatization Agenda | Alternet

A Scandal That's Exposing Ugly Truths About the School Privatization Agenda | Alternet

A Scandal That's Exposing Ugly Truths About the School Privatization Agenda
The recent scandal ousting Florida's top education official shows the privatization movement is about profits.

Sorry about the kids, but if it can be a nail in privatization's coffin, I'm all for the scandal(s).

What It's Like to Grow Up in a Country That Doesn't Hate Sex | Alternet

What It's Like to Grow Up in a Country That Doesn't Hate Sex | Alternet

I was lucky to come of age in a country so evolved about intercourse. And it's how I raised my daughter, too

5 Companies That Make Money By Keeping Americans Terrified of Terror Attacks | Alternet

5 Companies That Make Money By Keeping Americans Terrified of Terror Attacks | Alternet

The National Memo » WATCH: Here’s A Perfect Example Of A Republican Who Learned Nothing From The Financial Crisis

The National Memo » WATCH: Here’s A Perfect Example Of A Republican Who Learned Nothing From The Financial Crisis

Tom McClintock is the finest flower of the CA Repug party. Nauseating thought, no?

The National Memo » It’s Time To Decriminalize Possession Of Pot

The National Memo » It’s Time To Decriminalize Possession Of Pot

Friday, August 16, 2013

How The Washington Post’s New Owner Aided the CIA, Blocked WikiLeaks & Decimated the Book Industry | Alternet

How The Washington Post’s New Owner Aided the CIA, Blocked WikiLeaks & Decimated the Book Industry | Alternet

Bezos said management of The Washington Post newspaper will remain the same, but it’s unclear what changes might be coming.

Obama and Media Pushing Larry - 'The Looter' - Summers for the Fed and Blocking the Woman Who Should Lead | Alternet

Obama and Media Pushing Larry - 'The Looter' - Summers for the Fed and Blocking the Woman Who Should Lead | Alternet

Who will win the battle to choose the next head of the Federal Reserve?

Larry Summer has had a long and brilliant career by being horribly, destructively wrong on almost every issue. And has been rewarded for failure by constant praise and 'promotion' Can we let this trend end here? Please?

The Media is Failing to Acknowledge that Student Loans are Actually Rising | Alternet

The Media is Failing to Acknowledge that Student Loans are Actually Rising | Alternet

The media says "bipartisan compromise" has lowered student loan rates. But they fail to mention that today's 13-year-olds are paying for it.

Larry Summers and Jeff Bezos Get Virtually No Scrutiny by the Media, Just Awe and Praise | Alternet

Larry Summers and Jeff Bezos Get Virtually No Scrutiny by the Media, Just Awe and Praise | Alternet

It will be a big step forward when reporters and columnists are able to look at the people they consider brilliant with open eyes and talk about their accomplishments and failures in a serious way.

FM Radio Could Open Up to Hundreds of Community Organizations | Alternet

FM Radio Could Open Up to Hundreds of Community Organizations | Alternet

New FCC rules will enable hundreds of local organizations to apply for FM licenses.

10 Ways Republicans Have Blown Their Own Minority Outreach Strategy | ThinkProgress

10 Ways Republicans Have Blown Their Own Minority Outreach Strategy | ThinkProgress

All the ways Republicans have shot themselves in the foot, in impressive fashion.

It's Time to Do Something When a Corporation Like WalMart Won't Pay a Living Wage: Or Else We All Pay | Alternet

It's Time to Do Something When a Corporation Like WalMart Won't Pay a Living Wage: Or Else We All Pay | Alternet 

Walmart employees are the single largest group of Medicaid recipients in the United States.

America’s Descent Into Madness | Alternet

America’s Descent Into Madness | Alternet

It is crucial that all Americans push back against the coercive forces shaping U.S. culture, before it's too late.

Dying Black Teen Denied Heart Transplant Due Partly to Low Grades and Trouble With the Law | Alternet

Dying Black Teen Denied Heart Transplant Due Partly to Low Grades and Trouble With the Law | Alternet

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Stokes has less than six months to live unless he receives an emergency heart transplant. 

That's a new one.... dying while black...

Watch: 14-Year Old Activist Destroys TV Host on Monsanto, GMO Labeling | Alternet

Watch: 14-Year Old Activist Destroys TV Host on Monsanto, GMO Labeling | Alternet

Watch her take on the TV host who bad-mouthed opponents of Monsanto and their GMOs.

5 Ways States Are Screwing the Poor By Making Welfare Almost Impossible to Get | Alternet

5 Ways States Are Screwing the Poor By Making Welfare Almost Impossible to Get | Alternet

TANF doesn’t recognize the real world people live in.

McDuped: Why Fast Food Chains Are Inhumane | Alternet

Human beings in major cities simply can't survive and raise families on $7.25 an hour.

Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You'll Never Hear About It in Our 'Free Press' | Alternet

Chomsky: The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You'll Never Hear About It in Our 'Free Press' | AlternetIn a powerful speech, Chomsky lays out how the majority of US policies are practically opposite of what wide swathes of the public wants.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Obamacare debt ceiling: The new hostage crisis.

Obamacare debt ceiling: The new hostage crisis.

R.I.P., GOP!

Cuccinelli Introduces Plan To Divert Public Funds to Church Schools | Crooks and Liars

Cuccinelli Introduces Plan To Divert Public Funds to Church Schools | Crooks and Liars

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has done us all a favor and put every terrible K-12 education proposal in one place so we know what to reject out of hand when someone runs for office. Cuccinelli rolled out his education plan yesterday, which one could find ahead of the rollout in the list of ALEC education proposals.

Daily Kos: Final Tally of Illegal Voters in Boulder County

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R), currently seen as a serious challenger to Gov. Hickenlooper, has been on a crusade to end the plague of fraudulent voting by noncitizens.

House Stark :)

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Did Congressional Intel Committee Withhold Vital Spy Info from Colleagues? | Common Dreams

A key question raised amid the ongoing controversy ignited by NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden is the manner in which US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have interpreted laws put in place by Congress.

A Teen's Brave Response to "I'm Christian, Unless You're Gay"

If you think you can’t make a difference, you are wrong. If you think you are too old or too young to make change happen, you are wrong. If you think that somebody else will do it first, you are wrong. I think this letter is proof enough of that.

GOP Hypocrisy: Three Republicans Who Opposed Sandy Relief Want Federal Aid for AZ Wildfire | Alternet

GOP Hypocrisy: Three Republicans Who Opposed Sandy Relief Want Federal Aid for AZ Wildfire | Alternet

Arizona Sen.'s McCain, Flake and Rep. Gosar change their tune when disaster strikes home.

Extreme Heat Waves to Quadruple by 2040, According to New Study | Alternet

Extreme Heat Waves to Quadruple by 2040, According to New Study | Alternet

Heat said to make growing crops and surviving actually impossible.

Daily Kos: STUNNING: Comparing U.S. & World Covers for TIME Magazine

Daily Kos: STUNNING: Comparing U.S. & World Covers for TIME Magazine

Larry Summers and Jeff Bezos Get Virtually No Scrutiny by the Media, Just Awe and Praise | Alternet

Larry Summers and Jeff Bezos Get Virtually No Scrutiny by the Media, Just Awe and Praise | Alternet

It will be a big step forward when reporters and columnists are able to look at the people they consider brilliant with open eyes and talk about their accomplishments and failures in a serious way.

Did You Know the Deficit Is Shrinking? Most Americans Don't, Thanks to Shameless Deficit Hawk Propaganda | Alternet

Did You Know the Deficit Is Shrinking? Most Americans Don't, Thanks to Shameless Deficit Hawk Propaganda | Alternet

The deficit is down 37.6 percent for the first 10 months of 2013. But half of Americans think it’s growing.

The National Memo » Rand Paul, Here’s Your Evidence That African-Americans Are Being Stopped From Voting

The National Memo » Rand Paul, Here’s Your Evidence That African-Americans Are Being Stopped From Voting

Just days after Hillary Clinton said, “Anyone that says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention,” Senator Rand Paul has proven her point.

The National Memo » Corporate Greed Is Making Us Sick

The National Memo » Corporate Greed Is Making Us Sick

The failure of our corporate and political leaders to make sure every worker gets good health care is causing some unpleasant consequences — like widespread stomach flu.

Daily Kos: Chuck Grassley exempted Congress from Obamacare?

I really think they like to whine just to hear themselves whine.

Is Tea Party Favorite Ted Cruz Eligible To Run In 2016? (VIDEO) | Liberals Unite

Where's the damned birth certificate?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Daily Kos: McConnell boldly refuses to take stance on government shutdown

Daily Kos: McConnell boldly refuses to take stance on government shutdown

ELIZABETH WARREN’S 21ST CENTURY GLASS-STEAGALL IS CRUCIAL TO AMERICA’S FINANCIAL SURVIVAL

Elizabeth Warren, joined by John McCain, has introduced the most significant financial regulatory bill since 1933. 21st Century Glass will shift the risk of $700 trillion to $1.2 quadrillion swap derivatives (without foundational value) and all the too complex to explain investments based on sociopathic Wall Street greed back to the Trojan Mega Bank Holding Companies...

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Daily Kos: AFL-CIO sets its sights on six GOP governors for 2014

Only 6?

Learning From FDR’s Evolution Of Thinking On Keynesian Economics (VIDEO) | Liberals Unite

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains how a handwritten note from Franklin Delano Roosevelt demonstrates how he rewrote his own ideas about the American economy and the possibility of a New Deal, and what today’s Republicans could learn from it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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When a Political Party Goes Off the Deep End

Krugman rocks... or at least applies rocks to the Repugs' head with great force.

Censorship Backfire: Surge of Interest in Zinn's 'People's History' | Common Dreams

After revelations former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels sought to ban classic work, public interest soars

'Pools of Blood' in Cairo Streets as Egypt's Military Attacks Sit-Ins | Common Dreams

'Scores reported dead as Egyptian military violently clears pro-Morsi sit-ins with tear gas and gun fire

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Stop driver's licenses from being "enhanced" with security flaws

NYC Comptroller Calls For Legalized Marijuana Use In NY | Alternet

John Liu, NYC Comptroller, has released a report detailing plans to overhaul the city’s broken marijuana laws by taxing and regulating recreational use.

Gmailers Beware: Google Says You Have No "Reasonable Expectation" of Privacy | Alternet

Gmailers Beware: Google Says You Have No "Reasonable Expectation" of Privacy | Alternet

Again, This Speaks for Itself

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Watch The Daily Show Rip Rand Paul And Chris Matthews! - Americans Against the Tea Party

Watch The Daily Show Rip Rand Paul And Chris Matthews! - Americans Against the Tea Party

Rand Paul: 'I Don't Think There Is Any Particular Evidence' Of Black Voters Being Prevented From Voting | ThinkProgress

Moron! Or willfully blind? Does it make a difference? Either way, he's a vocal force for evil.

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Civil Rights Legend Lewis Says He Would Support Hillary Clinton In 2016

Her first 'endorsement'? :)