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Harry Reid Effectively Kills Obama’s TPP and TTIP International Trade Deals

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Harry Reid Effectively Kills Obama’s TPP and TTIP International Trade Deals

Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader has come out publicly saying, “I’m against fast track.” This means that unlike the international-trade treaties that were rammed through Congress under George W. Bush, Obama’s trade deals won’t be — and that they are thus now practically dead.

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Obama Admin. Trying To Decide Whether To Assassinate Another U.S. Citizen Overseas – Ben Swann Analysis

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Military, Politics with 0 Comments
Obama Admin. Trying To Decide Whether To Assassinate Another U.S. Citizen Overseas – Ben Swann Analysis

It appears the Obama administration is once again considering whether or not to use a drone strike to assassinate an American citizen living overseas. But, are they following the drone strike rules published by the White House? Watch this video to see why Ben Swann says that despite the appearance of a NEW drone strike policy… nothing has actually changed.

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Ron Paul: Will No One Challenge Obama’s Executive Orders?

Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Politics with 0 Comments
Ron Paul: Will No One Challenge Obama’s Executive Orders?

President Obama’s state of the union pledge to “act with or without Congress” marks a milestone in presidential usurpation of Congressional authority. Most modern presidents have used executive orders to change and even create laws without Congressional approval. However President Obama is unusually brazen, in that most Presidents do not brag about their plans to rule by executive order in state of the union speeches.

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WikiLeaks: US trying to ‘Criminalize Journalism’ Over Snowden Leaks

Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
WikiLeaks: US trying to ‘Criminalize Journalism’ Over Snowden Leaks

In a House Intelligence Committee hearing looking into worldwide threats to U.S. national security on Tuesday, Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) suggested that journalists brokering leaked documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden are breaking the law. Later, Rogers called investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the reporters who first broke the NSA leak story, a thief for stealing government information. Greenwald responded on Twitter, saying, “Maybe there’s something that has become pretty sick about DC political culture if the idea of prosecuting journalists is now this mainstream.” RT’s Liz Wahl talks to WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson to see if journalists reporting on leaked documents are accomplices to treason, as some US government officials have suggested, or merely participating in their First Amendment rights to freedom of the press.

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Fast Track to Income Inequality

Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Fast Track to Income Inequality

Corporate interests were fiercely lobbying for President Obama to dedicate serious time in this State of the Union speech to pushing fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in order to try to overcome growing congressional and public opposition to both, but instead he made only a brief passing reference. The White House had come under considerable pressure from congressional Democrats and base groups not to raise these issues, given the stark conflict with the main theme of Obama’s speech. Implementing TPP – a NAFTA-on-steroids with 11 nations – would undermine Obama’s efforts to battle income inequality.

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Meet the U.S. Allies – Saudi Arabia Passes Draconian, Medieval Laws to Crush Dissent

Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Meet the U.S. Allies – Saudi Arabia Passes Draconian, Medieval Laws to Crush Dissent

Michael Krieger: The Saudi regime just passed a series of Medieval laws to crack down on all dissent. In a nutshell: Dissent = Terrorism. Simply exposing corruption could be seen as a violation of the law. Some also warned that Saudi women who get behind the wheel of a car in violation of the ban on female drivers could be tried under the new anti-terror law. Other worrying aspects include an article that says police can raid homes and offices on suspicion of anti-government activity without prior approval from a judge or even a superior.

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First in the nation: Arizona senate committee passes 4th Amendment Protection Act to thwart NSA spying

Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
First in the nation: Arizona senate committee passes 4th Amendment Protection Act to thwart NSA spying

On Monday, an Arizona state senate committee became the first legislative body in the country to pass a bill designed to thwart surveillance programs from the National Security Agency (NSA). Senate Bill 1156 (SB1156), the Arizona 4th Amendment Protection Act, was introduced by Sen. Kelli Ward and 14 other sponsors and co-sponsors.

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Is the TPP Dead? Have We Won?

Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Government, Politics with 2 Comments
Is the TPP Dead? Have We Won?

It has been 20 years since NAFTA, (North American free Trade agreement) went into effect with the promise of more equality, more jobs, and a better, more prosperous and peaceful world for all of us.

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Top 5 Ways to Spot a Liar Using Past Presidents as Examples – Abby Martin

Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Government, Politics with 1 Comment
Top 5 Ways to Spot a Liar Using Past Presidents as Examples – Abby Martin

Abby Martin speaks with BTS producer Manuel Rapalo about the top five characteristics of a liar, including body language and verbal signals, using past presidents as prime examples.

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Obama’s State of the Union Address Failed to Look at Roots of Income Inequality

Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Politics with 0 Comments
Obama’s State of the Union Address Failed to Look at Roots of Income Inequality

TRNN: Obama’s address failed to look at roots of income inequality. President Obama’s State of the Union address focused on expanding economic opportunities by raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable and increasing economic mobility… During the previous five years of the current economic recovery income and wealth inequality has not only increased, but accelerated. That’s according to economist Thomas Hickey and Emmanuel Saez. Joining TRRN to unpack all this is David Cay Johnston. He’s a pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter and a contributing editor to Newsweek…

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Mind Control in American Politics – James Corbett

Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Mind Control in American Politics – James Corbett

Having been immersed in the left/right facade their entire lives, many have begun to see the world and those around them through that prism. Either someone is on the same “side” as they are, or they are the enemy. There is no room for nuance, no subtle distinctions to be made, no room for alliance or cooperation on matters of great import. Perhaps most devastatingly, there is now little room for any analysis of the powers behind the political throne, the oligarchical financial interests that could care less whether this or that President has a “D” or an “R” next to their name, whether a Prime Minister is “Labour” or “Conservative,” whether an MEP identifies with the “left” or the “right.”

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Take Action NOW to Topple the TPP (takes only 1 minute)

Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Politics with 2 Comments
Take Action NOW to Topple the TPP (takes only 1 minute)

January 22nd marks the beginning of a ten-day push by groups who work on a wide variety of issues to stop Congress from granting the President Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The push culminates in an Intercontinental Day of Action against the TPP on Jan 31- with events and actions being planned all around the world. To help topple the TPP, go to stopfasttrack.com and follow the quick and easy instruction

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Chris Hedges: What Obama Really Meant Was …

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges: What Obama Really Meant Was …

Chris Hedges on what Obama really meant in his NSA speech: Throughout American history, intelligence services often did little more than advance and protect corporate profits and solidify state repression and imperialist expansion. War, for big business, has always been very lucrative and used as an excuse to curtail basic liberties and crush popular movements.

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Microsoft, Facebook: Obama’s NSA Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Microsoft, Facebook: Obama’s NSA Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough

President Barack Obama announced reforms to the way the National Security Agency collects digital information in a speech at the Justice Department on Friday. The proposed changes include more oversight by the Executive Branch, reworking national security letters that force private companies to turn over customers’ information to the NSA and an end to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows for bulk metadata collection.

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Thievery: How Congress Keeps Stealing From Our Retirement Benefits and Social Safety Net

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments
Thievery: How Congress Keeps Stealing From Our Retirement Benefits and Social Safety Net

Congress has a nasty habit that’s not going away. It has been stealing a few billion here and a few billion there from earned retirement and safety net payments, overlooking whether those benefits have been promised or are even sufficient. Military pensions, unemployment, disability and Social Security are all targets.

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