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‘Turning Back on American People,’ US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
‘Turning Back on American People,’ US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Marking a major—and likely symbolic—victory for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a 62-36 vote that will not be sufficient to override President Barack Obama’s expected veto.

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Dark Money Is Destroying Our World, Not Just Our Politics

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Dark Money Is Destroying Our World, Not Just Our Politics

Once again, dark money ruled on Election Day 2014 when a slew of die-hard reactionaries swept into office, their victories clinched by donations from a small group of selfish big money donors. These wealthy funders seem to believe they can hide behind the gates of their fancy estates and not experience the adverse effects of global climate change or the consequences of the other regressive policies they promote. So how did these radicals, who are out of touch with the values of most Americans, spend their second week of the 114th Congress? Rubbing elbows with one another and the other sycophants that feed at the trough of dirty money.

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Trust Reality Rather Than President Obama’s Words on Drones

Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Drones, Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Trust Reality Rather Than President Obama’s Words on Drones

“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve…worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained.” – President Obama. A message to President Obama: saying something does not make it so. How does killing people, so many of them innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever, with missiles launched from drones by “pilots” thousands of miles away, demonstrate respect for human dignity and the application of “proper” constraints?

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Senate Votes 98-1 That ‘Climate Change Is Real’; Amendment Stating that Humans Contribute To It Fails

Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Senate Votes 98-1 That ‘Climate Change Is Real’; Amendment Stating that Humans Contribute To It Fails

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 to approve a resolution stating that “it is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Then, about 15 minutes later, the Senate rejected a second resolution that said climate change is real and caused by humans.

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Which Current Members of Congress Voted Against Making MLK Day a Federal Holiday?

Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Which Current Members of Congress Voted Against Making MLK Day a Federal Holiday?

In 1983, Congress voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation to honor the memory of the late Martin Luther King Jr. by observing a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January. But not every elected official was onboard with the effort. Now the decades-old issue of who opposed making MLK Day a holiday has returned to the political scene, as one House Republican leader has faced scrutiny for his opposition to the day in conjunction with a larger controversy over race.

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Senate To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is Happening

Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Senate To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is Happening

A measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) asks whether lawmakers agree with the consensus of scientists who say climate change is impacting the planet and is worsened by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking – Dennis Kucinich

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking – Dennis Kucinich

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s financial and physical security by handing the national treasury over to war profiteers.

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Sanders Has a Couple More Good Ideas: Break Up Big Banks, Expand Social Security

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Sanders Has a Couple More Good Ideas: Break Up Big Banks, Expand Social Security

US senator puts forth two key policy proposals designed to steer economic and political control away from Wall Street and towards the working class

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Victory! Congress Ends War On Medical Marijuana

Posted by on December 14, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Victory! Congress Ends War On Medical Marijuana

In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on medical marijuana. The provision passed the Senate Saturday and is expected to be signed by President Obama, bringing a halt to the three-year-long medi-pot crackdown in California and other states.

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To Counter Rise of Oligarchy, Sanders Pitches Progressive Economic Vision

Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
To Counter Rise of Oligarchy, Sanders Pitches Progressive Economic Vision

Amid speculation over 2016 presidential run, senator from Vermont lays out 12-step plan to combat 40-year decline of middle class and rampant inequality

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With Everyone Focused on Ferguson, Obama Quietly Passing 3,400 New Regulations Before Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
With Everyone Focused on Ferguson, Obama Quietly Passing 3,400 New Regulations Before Thanksgiving

Although the government and mainstream media perfectly timed the Ferguson grand jury decision to go off right after President Obama passed executive amnesty (which, magically, no one in the mainstream media is talking about anymore), it also works out well for the White House that this event transpired right before the upcoming holiday.

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Obama’s New Leader at the Pentagon Will Mean More War – Not Less

Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Government, Politics, War on Terror with 0 Comments
Obama’s New Leader at the Pentagon Will Mean More War – Not Less

Chuck Hagel is out, and no matter who replaces him, we know this much about the state of Obama’s administration: it’s still addicted to secret war

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Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom – Ron Paul

Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom – Ron Paul

Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act is a Victory for Freedom – by Ron Paul. It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. To oppose it at that time was, by design, to seem unpatriotic.

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Kucinich: Weary Nation ‘Must Not Cede to Forces of Destruction’

Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Government, Politics, War on Terror with 1 Comment
Kucinich: Weary Nation ‘Must Not Cede to Forces of Destruction’

Former congressman says that despite grim political realities, a new paradigm is still possible for those willing to fight for it

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‘Enough Is Enough': Sen. Warren Condemns Obama’s Latest Wall Street Pick

Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
‘Enough Is Enough': Sen. Warren Condemns Obama’s Latest Wall Street Pick

‘It’s time for the Obama administration to loosen the hold that Wall Street banks have over economic policy making.’

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