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Marianne Williamson – Independent Congressional Candidate, CA-33,

Written by on May 17, 2014 in Politics with 1 Comment
Marianne Williamson – Independent Congressional Candidate, CA-33,

New York Times Bestselling Author Marianne Williamson wants to shake up Congress by becoming the House of Representatives’ only independent member. Williamson is one of over a dozen candidates seeking to replace Representative Henry Waxman (D — Calif.) when he retires in January. One way in which she sets herself apart from her competitors is by proposing a “Department of Peace” to develop non-violent alternatives to America’s problems typically addressed through use of force.

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Are the Nigerian Abductions Being Used to Expand the Western Military Footprint in Africa?

Written by on May 13, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Are the Nigerian Abductions Being Used to Expand the Western Military Footprint in Africa?

Western military deployment represents a continuation of a strategy that has failed in Nigeria—and it’s the latest example of the “war on terror” penetrating deep into Africa.

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Ron Paul: What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?

Written by on May 11, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Ron Paul: What Does The US Government Want in Ukraine?

Why the US government is involved in Ukraine in the first place. We are broke. We cannot even afford to fix our own economy. Yet we want to run Ukraine? Does it really matter who Ukrainians elect to represent them? Is it really a national security matter worth risking a nuclear war with Russia whether Ukraine votes for more regional autonomy and a weaker central government? Isn’t that how the United States was originally conceived?

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How Cronyism Is About To Kill Florida Micro-Breweries – Ben Swann

Written by on May 8, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
How Cronyism Is About To Kill Florida Micro-Breweries – Ben Swann

The Florida State Senate just passed SB 1714, a bill which was crafted and supported by Florida Wholesale Beer Association. The bill restricts how much craft breweries can sell to consumers. The way the bill is constructed micro-breweries can sell up to 2,000 kegs a year of their own brew in any size container. But if they sell more than 2, 000 kegs a year, the bill prohibits them from selling their beer in sealed cans or bottles for home consumption directly from the microbrewery

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The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

Written by on May 7, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington. We’re five years into a so-called recovery that’s been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class. “The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes,” says Senator Elizabeth Warren. Which is fueling a new populism on both the left and the right. While still far apart, neo-populists on both sides are bending toward one another and against the establishment.

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Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy

Written by on May 5, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy

The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers without due process, means that this provision will continue to be law. It means the nation has entered a post-constitutional era. It means that extraordinary rendition of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil by our government is legal. It means that the courts, like the legislative and executive branches of government, exclusively serve corporate power — one of the core definitions of fascism. It means that the internal mechanisms of state are so corrupted and subservient to corporate power that there is no hope of reform or protection for citizens under our most basic constitutional rights. It means that the consent of the governed — a poll by OpenCongress.com showed that this provision had a 98 percent disapproval rating — is a cruel joke.

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Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination?

Written by on May 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination?

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren navigates the money-papered halls of Washington, she uses words like “vile” and “shameful” to describe the evildoing of bankers and corporate predators: she’s an outsider from a realm of truer American values who looks upon the upside-down goings on with outraged astonishment, frequently peppering her narrative with her favorite term for disbelief at human folly, an emphatic, “ Really?!?”

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Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

Written by on April 20, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 4 Comments
Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

The rhetoric that has been spewed in recent years about nuclear disarmament is, of course, was always just that: rhetoric. The US government has never seriously considered giving up its nuclear stockpile, or even renouncing a first-use nuclear doctrine. As Dr. Yuki Tanaka of Hiroshima University explains, the Obama administration has not simply continued the aggressive Bush-era stance on America’s nuclear arsenal, but actually extended it. In reality, the Obama administration has simply reaffirmed and even extended the existing US nuclear policy allowing for a first-strike, offensive nuclear war against its enemies. Find out more about the nuclear threat in the new cold war in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder with James Corbett. TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=9084

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Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Tennessee Senate Unanimously Votes to Legalize Hemp

Yesterday, the Tennessee state senate passed a bill which some supporters consider the strongest pro-hemp legislation in the country. House Bill 2445 (HB2445), introduced by Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby), would mandate that the state authorize the growing and production of industrial hemp within Tennessee, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal ban on the same.

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Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Rand Paul: Cheney Started Iraq War to Enrich Halliburton

Last week, continuing the intraparty feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign intervention, former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by criticism from Cheney, for several years ago the Kentucky senator was pushing the conspiratorial notion that the former VP exploited the horrific 9/11 attacks to lead the nation into war in Iraq in order to benefit Halliburton, the enormous military contractor where Cheney had once been CEO.

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5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Written by on April 5, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You With Bills That Do the Opposite Of What Their Catchy Titles Imply

Abby Martin goes over five instances of misleading legislation, including bills like the Patriot Act, Clean Air Act, No Child Left Behind, and the Healthy Forest Initiative which do almost the opposite of what their ‘catchy titles’ imply.

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McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

Written by on April 4, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

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Americans Say 70 Percent of Politicians Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies and 75 Percent Are Corrupted

Written by on April 3, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Americans Say 70 Percent of Politicians Use Political Power to Hurt Enemies and 75 Percent Are Corrupted

A Reason-Rupe poll found that Americans believe that seven out of ten politicians use their power to help friends and hurt enemies. Furthermore, respondents believed that 75 percent of politicians are corrupted by lobbyists and campaign donations.

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Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Undermining the Foundations of American Democracy: Supreme Court Abolishes Campaign Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC overturned a law that allowed the federal government to cap how much an individual could give to multiple federal candidates and committees in a single campaign cycle. The $123,200 overall limit for total contributions to campaigns, parties, and PACs will no longer be in effect, although contributions to individual candidates remain limited to $2,600. Potentially opening the door to a flood of cash from wealthy individuals, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion, stating that this ruling “perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling with MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. In the 2nd video (see below), RT’s Lindsay France looks into this historic ruling.

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Politics with 0 Comments
Democracy vs. Oligarchy – Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: The disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United threw out campaign funding laws that limited what wealthy individuals and corporations could spend on elections. Since that ruling, campaign spending by Adelson, the Koch brothers and a handful of other billionaire families has fundamentally undermined American democracy. If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote, but by a small number of very wealthy families who spend huge amounts of money supporting right-wing candidates who protect their interests. This process – a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process – is called “oligarchy.” The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.

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