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Mandatory Miscarriage Reporting-Can it Criminalize Women’s Bodies?

Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Constitutional Rights, Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Mandatory Miscarriage Reporting-Can it Criminalize Women’s Bodies?

A proposed bill before the Kansas state legislature would require women to report miscarriages at any stage in pregnancy. This has been described as the first step along the path to criminalizing pregnant women’s bodies.

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10 Reasons to Vote Against Use of Military Force

10 Reasons to Vote Against Use of Military Force

[Dennis Kucinich to Congress:] Why would Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, be so ready to give up its constitutional power to this president with an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), which represents a wholesale appropriation of war power? This could be one of the most important votes you will ever cast, so I want to share with you, collegially, information that I hope will be of use in your deliberations. I present some thoughts for your consideration as you enter into a momentous, new debate over the authorization of military force, this time against the Islamic State.

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Kshama Sawant: The Most Dangerous Woman in America – Chris Hedges

Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Politics with 0 Comments
Kshama Sawant: The Most Dangerous Woman in America – Chris Hedges

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent. She has successfully lobbied for city money to support tent encampments and is fighting for an excise tax on millionaires. And for this she has become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party.

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Why 47 Republican Senators Should NOT Be Viewed as Traitors

Why 47 Republican Senators Should NOT Be Viewed as Traitors

If demagoguery and fear-mongering were treason, there would be almost no one left in Congress. Bogus pontification in support of political positioning is never pretty, but it’s hardly the sole province of Republicans, even if they’re better at it than most. Dishonest posturing to gull the ignorant is hardly the stuff of treason. Real treason requires some real courage. Treason is a limited-opportunity option in the Constitution. The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes treason, and it’s not just any lawless, stupid, unprincipled act that threatens to draw the nation into a war with Iran that only a tiny minority of Americans and some Israelis really want, or even want to risk.

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What About Israel’s Nuclear Bomb? Why Isn’t That Also Part of the Discussion?

Posted by on March 14, 2015 in Geopolitics, Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
What About Israel’s Nuclear Bomb? Why Isn’t That Also Part of the Discussion?

After Bibi Netanyahu’s provocative speech to Congress, The New York Times provided helpful clarifications in an article headlined “What Iran Won’t Say About the Bomb.” Written by two superbly expert reporters, William Broad and David Sanger, the piece walked through the technical complexities for non-experts (myself included) and explained key questions Iranians have failed to answer. But this leads me to ask a different question: What about Israel’s bomb?

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The Maui GMO Ban, Human Experimentation, and War Crimes

The Maui GMO Ban, Human Experimentation, and War Crimes

To summarize: in the last election, the voters of Maui, in a ballot measure, decided to place a temporary ban on further Dow/Monsanto GMO/pesticide experiments in Maui County. Immediately, Monsanto, Dow, and yes, even the County government of Maui (betraying their own voters), lined up against the results of the vote…Maui County is home to ongoing Monsanto and Dow EXPERIMENTATION with new GMO seeds and new pesticides…Research and development. Out in the open air. Experimentation, which naturally affects the humans living there, and the land.

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Will Liberals and Conservatives Unite to Defeat Crony Corporatism?

Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Corporations, Globalism, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Will Liberals and Conservatives Unite to Defeat Crony Corporatism?

Shared agendas may forge new alliances between liberals and conservatives against crony corporatism.

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Reconciliation: Ex-IRA and British Soldiers Take Tea Together

Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Globalism, New Policies, Police, Politics, War on Terror with 0 Comments
Reconciliation: Ex-IRA and British Soldiers Take Tea Together

Ex-members of the IRA and the British military have rarely encountered each other since the 1998 Good Friday agreement brought to an end 30 years of violence that had claimed more than 3,700 lives. Four former members of the British army and four former members of the Irish Republican Army commenced a meeting that was intended to start a process of reconciliation among men who had once been the most implacable of enemies.

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Tide Turns as 56 US Lawmakers Boycott Netanyahu Speech

Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Geopolitics, Government, Politics, War on Terror with 0 Comments
Tide Turns as 56 US Lawmakers Boycott Netanyahu Speech

Condemning Netanyahu’s efforts to “sabotage diplomacy,” grassroots groups called on lawmakers ahead of time to skip his speech before the US Congress.

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Hell Freezes Over: Missouri GOP Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restore Campaign Donation Limits

Hell Freezes Over: Missouri GOP Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restore Campaign Donation Limits

A state lawmaker in Missouri has proposed an earth-shattering bill: The Missouri Anti-Corruption Act, which would put an end to unlimited gifts from lobbyists by restoring campaign contribution limits, and also close other loopholes that lead to corruption. But, perhaps most surprisingly, it was a Republican who introduced this bill.

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Obama Budget Plan Would ‘Benefit the Worst Corporate Tax Dodgers’

Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Obama Budget Plan Would ‘Benefit the Worst Corporate Tax Dodgers’

President Barack Obama on Monday announced a new proposal as part of his 2016 budget to tax the trillions in offshore profits made by U.S.-based multinational corporations, but critics say the plan leaves in place a system that “encourages companies to game the system to avoid U.S. taxes.”

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Launching ‘New Era of Political Change,’ Tens of Thousands March in Madrid

Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Launching ‘New Era of Political Change,’ Tens of Thousands March in Madrid

Fed up with conservative economics and fueled by Syriza’s recent victory in Greece, tens of thousands of Spaniards flooded the streets of Madrid on Saturday to say: “No to Austerity and Yes to Change!” The march, dubbed the “March for Change,” is the first mass demonstration in support of the country’s new leftist party, Podemos, which is Spanish for “We Can.”

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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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