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Business And Progressives Allied: Politics And Pocketbooks 7.10.2015 Crooks Liars
My organization, American Family Voices, hosted a summit in DC on Friday between forward-thinking business leaders and top leaders of the progressive movement in America. It is the beginning of a crucially important conversation in American politics that is long overdue, because for most businesses in America today, their best prospect at competing with huge corporations who cut insider deals to rig the rules in their favor is to have progressive economic policies win the day. And because, frankly, the progressive movement will not win substantive change in this country without strong and successful business leaders being on our side. This was a fascinating and unprecedented meeting, as the participants were about 50/50 between business people and progressive movement leaders. I have been to plenty of progressive meetings where there were a few business people there scattered among hundreds of progressive movement activists; and I have been invited as a speaker to some business meetings where I was the ...
Minnesota organizers to speak at White House labor summit 7.10.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The two Minnesotans who'll speak lead groups of low-wage workers including fast food employees and janitors, people who typically haven't been represented by organized labor.
TPP battle in Congress could last a few more months or to the end of next year. Foes stand firm 7.10.2015 Daily Kos
The final text of the 30-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement may not be available until early next month, and the earliest vote on it in Congress will be February. But that vote might not take place until December 2016. And, though liberal Democrats don't like the agreement and most Republicans tend to favor what they mislabel as "free trade," the opposing sides on the agreement are not completely aligned in the usual partisan way. Given this fact and that it's an election year, it's hard to be certain how the vote will turn out although it's clear that President Obama, armed with fast-track authority, has the advantage: Now the deal faces months of scrutiny in Congress, where some bipartisan opposition was immediate. That debate will unfurl against the backdrop of a presidential campaign in which populist anti-trade talk against the deal is already prominent. Still, for Mr. Obama the accord could be a legacy-making achievement, drawing together countries representing two-fifths of the global ...
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Lou Dobbs: 'almost a straight line' between mass shootings, school prayer 7.10.2015 Daily Kos
The Fox News analysis: They didn't pray enough. Fox News Business Genius Lou Dobbs knows why we're having all these mass shootings in our schools. No, it's not the guns. It's never the guns. Public schools, public school boards should demand a return to the Judeo-Christian ethic, to the practice of religion in our schools, prayer in schools, in my opinion. And, there is almost a straight line between what happened in 1963 and the denial of the right to pray in our public schools, and violence in our schools and our society, that has risen exponentially over that time. I wonder why this line of thinking isn't used more often by the business community. We're told that our children are being murdered because they're not allowed to pray hard enough or publicly enough, but you never hear Dobbs opining that IBM's fourth quarter profits are going to be flat because Jesus did it. You don't have Fox News panels sniffing that it's a shame Carly Florina had to lay off tens of thousands of people after a series of ...
Hoyer calls for Voting Rights Act restoration in wake of Alabama DMV closures 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Democrats and voting rights supporters more generally aren't letting up on Alabama's decision to close 31 driver's license offices shortly after putting a voter ID law into effect. On Monday, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell released a letter calling on the Justice Department to investigate the move. Following that, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer linked Alabama's move to the need to restore the Voting Rights Act : “The Voting Rights Act was born from the bloody actions in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965, and since the Supreme Court struck down one of its most important protections – the federal Justice Department’s ability to prevent discriminatory rules like Alabama’s photo identification requirement – our democracy has been weakened," Hoyer said in a statement Monday evening. In 2013, the Supreme Court invalidated the formula determining which states – which, at the time, included Alabama – were required to get "pre-clearance" from the federal government or a panel of judges before ...
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If only winners get paid, then why did Carly Fiorina float away with a $42 million golden parachute? 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
The most stunning line in the Washington Post's new report exposing Carly Fiorina's failure to pay vendors for work they performed during her failed 2010 campaign for Senate in California is this : "People are just upset and angry and throwing her under the bus," said Jon Cross, Fiorina's operations director for her Senate campaign. "If we didn't win, why do you deserve to get paid? If you don't succeed in business, you shouldn't be the first one to step up and complain about getting paid." If you don't succeed in business? That's interesting. That's very interesting indeed, you see, because Fiorina most definitely did not succeed in business . As CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she nearly destroyed the once-legendary Silicon Valley powerhouse, pushing it into an ill-advised merger that cost the company 30,000 jobs and tanked its stock . And yet after HP's board of directors finally ousted her in 2005, Fiorina exited with a $21 million severance package , plus another $21 million in stocks, options, and a ...
Top E.U. court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe 6.10.2015 Washington Post
Top E.U. court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe
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Sanders' people-powered campaign financially matching Clinton's old-school effort 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
A mass movement can match the fundraising power of the moneyed elite. Too bad the Clinton campaign is still stuck in the past. You've already seen the quarterly fundraising numbers for the Democratic primary campaign. Hillary Clinton: Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled in $28 million for her 2016 bid in the third fundraising quarter of the year Bernie Sanders: Sanders's fundraising picked up over the summer, helping him collect more than $25.5 million over the last three months We know the kind of campaign Sanders is running: A never-ending stream of public rallies and appearances. We also know what kind of campaign Clinton is running: A never-ending stream of high-dollar fundraisers at the homes of wealthy benefactors. One of these tactics is getting people excited, boosting poll numbers, and raising money in the mid-$20 millions. Another one is disengaging potential supporters, killing poll numbers, and raising just above the mid-$20 millions. So which one is the better ...
Fiorina swipes at liberal media for unpaid campaign debts story. But it's not hard to prove. 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
Carly Fiorina is not happy with the Washington Post article about the 2010 campaign debts she left unpaid for years , including a debt to the widow of a pollster who died while working for Fiorina. Apparently Fiorina thinks all she needs to do is blame the liberal media : According to MSNBC, Fiorina assailed "the left and their allies in the media" for the story, which was based on more than two dozen interviews with staff members, friends, contractors and operatives who worked on the 2010 Senate campaign. All said there was a huge problem with the operation: It didn't manage money well. Fiorina said Monday that The Post doesn't "have much credibility" anymore. If not the Post, how about the Federal Election Commission, and Fiorina's own FEC filings ? Because of course the Post has Fiorina's termination report from her 2010 Senate campaign, and of course it was filed in January 2015, immediately before she began running for president. It shows payments for finance consulting, political strategy ...
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A critique of this ridiculous but popular meme about Michelle Obama 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
Sigh. This photo and its ignorant caption just won't go away. It's been shared over 6,000 times on Twitter, but the levels upon levels upon levels of bullshit being expressed in the caption must be addressed. 1. Michelle Obama is badass. For almost their entire adult lives, she made more money than he did. In her last role as a VP at the University of Chicago Hospital she was making over $300,000 per year, and that was in 2005. 2. Michelle Obama has a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a law degree from Harvard. Nobody— not her husband, or anybody else—gave her the world. Even being the first lady in general doesn't equate that, but it sure as hell doesn't mean that for her. They are equal partners in life. Right now, and during most of his presidency, she has been more popular than he. She campaigned for his presidency like a woman possessed. Barack didn't give her the world. STOP! 3. The caption in this photo implies that Michelle found a scrub, she stuck with him, and he eventually became a king. ...
House Republicans ready Benghazi-style committee to 'investigate' Planned Parenthood 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
Not letting the ongoing Benghazi committee fiasco stop them, House Republicans are preparing to set up yet another special committee to conduct a completely unnecessary and highly politicized investigation. This time it's Planned Parenthood, and the legislation creating it [pdf] could be considered as soon as Wednesday. SEC. 3. (a) The select panel is authorized and directed to conduct a full and complete investigation and study and issue a final report of its findings (and such interim reports as it may deem necessary) regarding— (1) medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in fetal tissue procurement; (2) any other relevant matters with respect to fetal tissue procurement; (3) Federal funding and support for abortion providers; (4) the practices of providers of second and third trimester abortions, including partial birth abortion and procedures that may lead to a child born alive as a result of an attempted abortion; (5) medical procedures for the care of a child born alive ...
Breast Cancer Patient Arrested for Protesting TPP: "This Is Price Gouging at the Cost of Lives" 6.10.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade accord in history. The agreement has been negotiated for eight years in secret and will encompass 40 percent of the global economy. Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a statement calling TPP "disastrous" and vowed to fight it in Congress. One sticking point on the TPP had been the so-called death sentence clause, extending drug company monopolies on medicines. The United States and drug companies had pressed for longer monopolies on new biotech drugs, while multiple countries opposed the push, saying it could deny life-saving medicines to patients who cannot afford high prices. The compromise reportedly includes monopolies of between five and eight years. Last week in Atlanta, Zahara Heckscher, a cancer patient, disrupted TPP negotiations and was arrested as she demanded access to the secret text to see whether it includes a ...
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Cuba’s Startup Paradox 6.10.2015 TechCrunch
 You see them everywhere. Throngs of young and old, men and women, heads down on their smartphones, fingers rapid fire, mouths curling into smiles as they soak up the joy of an Internet connection. Why are all these people clogging the sidewalks instead of logging in at home? This is Cuba, and in Cuba, you can’t log in at home. Read ...
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Universities sector renews call for more public funding after deregulation fiasco 6.10.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Greater investment is ‘pivotal’ as Australia languishes at the bottom of global rankings in public spending on universities, peak body for sector to argue

Universities Australia has sought to draw a line under its support for the government’s ill-fated plan to deregulate student fees, resuming its long-standing calls for greater public investment in the sector.

The main body representing public universities planned to publish newspaper advertisements on Wednesday that called on the government to “fund our future” because public spending now ranked 24th out of 25 advanced economies as a share of gross domestic product.

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Lindsey Graham, seeking aid for home state, says he can't remember why he voted against Sandy relief 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
Oh, fuck this guy : Graham was among the Republican senators who opposed a federal aid package in January 2013 to assist states hit by Hurricane Sandy, but now he doesn't remember why. "I'm all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don't really remember me voting that way," Graham said. Pressed further, he said: "Anyway, I don't really recall that, but I'd be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did." There is something about disasters that brings out the absolute worst—or really, the absolute truth—about Republican ideology. If it happens to their own state or district, they run straight to Washington to ask for help. If it happens somewhere else, though, fuck 'em—they're on they're own . Republicans should be embarrassed both by their inhumanity toward their fellow citizens and the shameless reversals they readily make whenever their own constituents are in need, but they never will be. This is all part of a long tradition of naked hypocrisy that's coded deep into the GOP DNA. Hell, in ...
Cartoon: The joys of 'campus carry' 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
(Click to enlarge) Earlier this year, Texas passed its own "campus carry" law despite opposition from University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven , former leader of the U.S. Special Operations Command who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. (Yeah, he did that.) Texas now joins other states such as Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon (!) , which are forcing colleges to allow concealed handguns on campus to varying degrees. In the wake of school shootings like the one in Roseburg, OR, it's tempting to think that a "good samaritan" with a gun could prevent loss of life, but there's not exactly a precedent yet for armed civilians stopping a mass shooting . There have been, however, an incomprehensible number of deaths from gunfire. It seems likely that the number of accidents, suicides, and heat-of-the-moment shootings would quickly eclipse the number of lives saved by armed college students. On a lighter note, one thing I miss about college is that glorious moment of finding pizza left over from an ...
Obama’s Numbers (October 2015 Update) 6.10.2015 FactCheck
Our quarterly update of selected statistical indicators of Obama's presidency.
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In rural America, a startling prospect: voters Obama lost look to Sanders 6.10.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Shelley Brannon, 62, can sum up the Obama presidency with three words. Well, three words and an exclamation. "He screwed us," said Brannon, a coal miner from Wise County, Va., as he sat outside a rally for the United Mine Workers of America. "Man, he screwed us." He shook his head under a ...
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Fox News 'analyst': 'At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work.' 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
The above would be a tweet this morning from Fox News analyst Monica Crowley.
At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work.
Florida Libertarian candidate dinged for goat sacrifice, but strong on need for armed rebellion 6.10.2015 Daily Kos
Did what now? Meet the Libertarian Party of Florida's candidate for U.S. Senate, because Florida . Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood. [...] "I did sacrifice a goat. I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans," he said. "I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness ... Yes, I drank the goat's blood." Mr. Sol Invictus, and yes he did legally change his name to that, was chosen by the Libertarian Party not because his strong record on ritual animal sacrifice but, presumably, because of his very loud opinions on possibly mounting an armed revolution against the American government. You know: Libertarianism. "The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?" he said in a phone interview Friday. "I don't think I'm the only person who sees a ...
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