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Obama Welcomes Wounded Warriors to ...

Obama Welcomes Wounded Warriors to White House

President Barack Obama hosts the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the White House.

A Biden Running in 2016: Beau Biden...

A Biden Running in 2016: Beau Biden Plans Gov Run

At least one member of the Biden family is running in 2016.Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, won't seek reelection to his AG post and will instead run for governor in 2016, he announced Thursday.

Watch Live: Obama, Biden Host Wound...

Watch Live: Obama, Biden Host Wounded Warrior Project Event

President Obama and Vice President Biden welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the White House.

First Read's Morning Clips

First Read's Morning Clips

OBAMA AGENDA: Putin ups the ante"President Vladimir V.

Is America Ready For Hillary the Ha...

Is America Ready For Hillary the Hawk?

Hillary the HawkAs the violence and rhetoric escalates in Ukraine, associates and allies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- with 2016 on the horizon -- are making the case that she?s a bigger hawk than the president when it comes to using military power.

Three Pro-Russian Militants Killed ...

Three Pro-Russian Militants Killed In Attack On Ukraine Base

This video contains graphic images that could disturb some viewers. Three pro-Russian militia members died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior minister said on Thursday.


Portland: Teen urinated in water su...

Portland: Teen urinated in water supply

The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why?
Getting rich -- fast -- by computer

Getting rich -- fast -- by computer

CNNMoney's Zain Asher explains high frequency trading -- how it works and how its effecting your bank account
Horse takes carriage on wild ride

Horse takes carriage on wild ride

This horse slammed into cars in Savannah, Georgia. Its five carriage passengers jumped out. HLN's Robin Meade has more.
Army mom surprises kids at school

Army mom surprises kids at school

With the help of CNN affiliate WJLA, U.S. Army Sgt. Natalie Campbell surprises her children after a deployment to Beirut.
Dying woman's wish for her dog

Dying woman's wish for her dog

A terminally-ill woman's dying wish is to find a home for her dog. CNN affiliate KUSA reports.
Teen in tears for this 'promposal'

Teen in tears for this 'promposal'

A Texas student decides to get cops involved in a prom proposal that has since gone viral. CNN affiliate KTRK reports.


Five Adjectives That Scream "Don't ...

Five Adjectives That Scream "Don't Vote Republican!"


There are more than five, of course, and voting Democrat may not be much of an improvement, but attaching these adjectives to the comically contemptible GOP seems more than appropriate.


In 2010 Mitch McConnell said: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." He didn't mention the economy, or education, or jobs, or the housing market. Instead, the goal is to beat Obama, whatever misery it might cause 200 million Americans.

For the past two years the Republicans have obstructed proposals that would have helped most Americans. They fought the middle-class tax cut because it would only apply to the first quarter-million of income. They killed a jobs bill that was supported by two-thirds of the public. They rejected a bill to disclose information about big campaign donors. They disrupted the routine process of increasing the debt ceiling, thus triggering the first-ever downgrading of the U.S. credit rating. Most recently they've obstructed efforts to provide mortgage debt relief to American homeowners.

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Mitt Romney's Most Unexcellent Adve...

Mitt Romney's Most Unexcellent Adventure


Mitt Romney has to be more relieved than an Iowa corn farmer in the middle of a thunderstorm to be back on home soil. Arms wide. Head back. Wet face. Smile. Podium steps. National Anthem. The American electorate may harbor an ambivalent attitude towards the former governor of Massachusetts, but the reaction to his European Vacation from folks across the big pond could only be described as decisively derisive. If diplomacy were a hurdling sport, the guy stumbled over the lane chalk. The plan was for the GOP nominee to embark on a low- risk, three- country jaunt to raise his suspect foreign policy bona fides, but the seven- day charm offensive proved to be light on charm and heavy on offense. Good will hunting transformed into ill will gathering.

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BuzzFlash Commentary Will Soon Be P...

BuzzFlash Commentary Will Soon Be Posted on Truthout


In a day or two, BuzzFlash Commentary (formerly known as the BuzzFlash blog) will move to the actual Truthout site. It is an exciting step in the continued integration of BuzzFlash into Truthout.

Not only will there be the physical move of the site (and when the move is completed, you will be reading this message on the new design), but it will now allow for photographs, videos, audio and other enhancements to be integrated into BuzzFlash at Truthout commentary.

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We Wrecked Iraq, We Pulled Out, We ...

We Wrecked Iraq, We Pulled Out, We Redeployed in Anaheim


We wrecked Iraq, we pulled out, we redeployed in Anaheim.

This ain't working, guys- I mean, firing rubber bullets into anguished crowds, siccing attack dogs on moms and children. I mean, inventing enemies, going to war, unleashing state-of-the-art firepower in all directions and eventually losing, but not before we've inflicted maximum suffering on the innocent and magnified the original problem tenfold.

We lose every war we fight.

Another way to say that is: We exacerbate every problem we militarize. Indeed, militarization is as much a part of the problem - as much a threat to civilization - as, for instance, terrorism or drugs. And the recent, ongoing community uproar in Anaheim, Calif., over two police slayings of Latino males in one weekend - and the subsequent police reaction to that outrage - illustrates the terrifying ineffectiveness of a militarized, "us vs. them" approach to conflict.

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The Massive Voter Fraud of the GOP

The Massive Voter Fraud of the GOP


Isn't it voter fraud to deny US citizens the right to vote?

That is what the Republican Party is engaged in its campaign to place onerous requirements on the poor, infirm and destitute seniors, the homeless, students and others to vote.

Politico recently ran background summaries on each state that has passed restrictive voter laws in an article entitled "Voter ID laws could swing states": "At least 5 million voters, predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012." Think Progress reports that "As many as 43 percent of voters in the city of Philadelphia may lack valid Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-issued photo identification, the City Paper reports. While several other forms of photo identification - including U.S. passports and many student ID cards - are acceptable proof of identity under the controversial and possibly unconstitutional new law, this statistic suggests these restrictions may provide an even larger obstacle for urban (and racial minority) communities who do not drive."

Why is the disenfranchisement of potentially millions of Americans the perpetration of a fraud? Because it would mean perhaps millions will not be able to vote due to false claims by GOP sponsors of these bills that there are massive cases of illegal voters in the United States.

In a recent Brennan Center for Justice report it is noted that Republican backed obstacles to exercise the right to vote are not limited to government-issue photo ID cards:

"Significantly, these voting law cutbacks extend well beyond the most visible and controversial step to require government-issued photo ID that many citizens don't have," said report co-author Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program and former Chair of the Ohio Secretary of State's bipartisan Election Summit and Conference. "An array of technical moves can add to significant barriers to the ballot. And it comes at a time when experience has taught us there are many ways to improve the voting process and expand access to the franchise while reducing costs."

The Brennan Center report also warns that "The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012-63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency."

Debunking the myth of voter fraud, the Brennan Center produced a study that showed in a state such as Wisconsin, where Scott Walker led the charge against "alleged" voter fraud, there were only minute voting errors in the 2004 election (.00006% of ineligible voters casting ballots in the state that year) - and that "none of these problems could have been resolved by requiring by requiring photo ID at the polls."

Writing in the Michigan Law Review in 2007, Spencer Overton bluntly lays out the facts:

The Carter-Baker Commission's Report noted that since October 2002, federal officials had charged eighty-nine individuals with casting multiple votes, providing false information about their felon status, buying votes, submitting false voter registration information, or voting improperly as a noncitizen. Examined in the context of the 196,139,871 ballots cast between October 2002 and August 2005, this represents a fraud rate of 0.000045% (and note also that not all of the activities charged would have been prevented by a photo- identification requirement)

When you balance taking away the Constitutional right to vote of millions of Americans on the basis of 89 people being charged nationally with illegal voting over a three year period, those who seek to restrict access to the ballot box are engaged in a fraudulent scheme to impact elections through the denial of the most basic right of citizenship.

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The Incredible Lightness of Being D...

The Incredible Lightness of Being Dick Cheney


On July 30, 2012, former Vice-President Dick Cheney described President Obama as one of the "weakest" Presidents, ranking even (sic) Jimmy Carter above him (1). That statement makes one wonder: what is Cheney's definition of the opposite of weakness? That is "strength." Well, let's take a look at some of Cheney's personal and political history to try to determine the answer to that question.

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44,000 Endangered Species Condoms G...

44,000 Endangered Species Condoms Given Away to Celebrate 44th Earth Day

In honor of the 44th Earth Day celebration, the Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 44,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country. The condoms will be given away next week by more than 500 volunteers in all 50 states and at dozens of Earth Day events on college campuses nationwide and in major cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.

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Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your...

Vermont Makes Huge Advance for your ?Right to Know?

The Vermont Senate today voted 28-2 to approve legislation that would require foods produced using genetic engineering (GE) to be labeled in Vermont. Minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37). Pending the governor’s signature, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

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Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oi...

Major Victory in Effort to Limit Oil Drilling in Ecuadorian Amazon

Despite tremendous odds, supporters of a pioneering effort to keep Ecuador's largest oil reserve permanently in the ground have gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for a national vote on the issue in a special election.

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Sanders Applauds Vermont Senate Vot...

Sanders Applauds Vermont Senate Vote on Food Labels

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a Vermont Senate vote to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients.

“I am very proud that Vermont is taking the lead in a growing national movement to allow the people of our country to know what is in the food they eat. GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries around the world and should exist in the United States,” Sanders said.

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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country?s Fi...

Vermont Lawmakers Pass Country?s First No-Strings-Attached GMO Labeling Law

Today, by a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

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LePage Veto of Solar Bill Is Sustai...

LePage Veto of Solar Bill Is Sustained By Maine Senate

Statement of Dylan Voorhees, NRCM Clean Energy Director

“It is extremely disappointing that the governor’s opposition to solar energy is holding Maine back on the opportunity for more jobs and cleaner air. His rejection of LD 1252—aided today by his legislative allies in the Senate—means Maine will likely fall further behind in solar energy investments and creation of good quality, clean energy jobs.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin says his ma...

Russia's Vladimir Putin says his marriage is over

Source: [b]BBC[/b] Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have said their marriage is over. The couple, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision, we hardly ...
Christie expected to name Lautenber...

Christie expected to name Lautenberg successor

Source: [b]News12 NJ[/b] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears poised to name a temporary successor to the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The governor has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference in Trenton. However, the announcement did not specify a topic. Lautenberg died Monday a...
George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammator...

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial The Lookout By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty) “Profiled” “Vigilante” “Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain” “Wannabe cop” Suspec...
Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esthe...

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: [b]ABC News[/b] By BOB THOMAS Associated Press LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP) Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early Thursday in h...
Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Fores...

Syria Hails Qusair Capture as Foreshadowing Rebel Defeat

Source: [b]Bloomberg[/b] The Syrian governmment’s capture of al-Qusair is a “strategic turning point” marking the beginning of the end for the armed opposition, Syria’s premier said, as the army promised mercy for surrendering rebels. Retaking the city opens the door “for successive vi...
Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collectin...

Lindsey Graham ‘glad’ NSA collecting phone records

Source: [b]Yahoo News[/b] Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Thursday morning he's "glad" the National Security Agency is secretly collecting millions of telephone records from Americans in an effort to track down terrorism suspects. “We are very much under threat," Graham said on "F...


Insurance Companies Plan To Increas...

Insurance Companies Plan To Increase Policies Offered On Exchanges Following 2014 Success, And Other Health Care News

The first year of enrollment for insurance under the exchanges is largely for first getting our feet wet, with more people projected to sign up in the future. It certainly exposed problems in the computer system and allowed for them to be fixed (although further testing before October was clearly needed). Insurance companies got to […]
Coverage Of The Success of Obamacar...

Coverage Of The Success of Obamacare And Debunking Republican Lies

Reading liberal versus conservative columnists give entirely different views of the Affordable Care Act. Liberals have been writing about its success while conservatives continue to spread misinformation. Here’s a few examples of liberal views on the topic (which are the fact-based articles): Tim Dickenson of Rolling Stone (source for the above graphic) writes that Obamacare […]
New CBO Report Projects The Afforda...

New CBO Report Projects The Affordable Care Act Will Cover More People And Cost Less Than Previously Projected

A new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the Affordable Care Act  increase the number of people covered, help reduce the deficit, and will cost $104 billion less than previous forecasts:: Relative to their previous projections made in February 2014, CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA?s coverage provisions will result […]
SciFi Weekend: Hannibal; Captain Am...

SciFi Weekend: Hannibal; Captain America and Agents of SHIELD; The Americans; Orphan Black; Continuum; Captain Janeway and Geocentrism; The Expanse

 Yakimono provided an excellent start for the second half of this season of Hannibal. The episode answered the question of how they continue for several more episodes between the release of Will Graham from prison and the ultimate revelation that Hannibal Lecter is the Chesapeake Ripper. Chilton had an agenda, but his plans did not […]
Fact Checking Valuable, But Not Alw...

Fact Checking Valuable, But Not Always Right

The Moderate Voice has a post yesterday on the increase in fact-checking in journalism. Fact-checking is preferable to the standard media practice of quoting both sides as if they are equally valid, generally with an implied assumption that the truth is somewhere in the middle. This leads to erroneous reporting when one side is intentionally […]
Obama Warns Of Threats To Right To ...

Obama Warns Of Threats To Right To Vote

If one followed politics superficially from the mainstream media, they might come to the incorrect view that we have a two party system in which the two parties differ on some issues but are essentially mirror images of each other. Looking more closely, it becomes apparent that instead we have a centrist party which has […]


Yes, We Have No Democracy

Yes, We Have No Democracy

Thom Hartmann has it right: Government in the USA is no longer responsive to the will of the people. But his focus on money in politics is misdirected, distracting attention from factors that are more important, more shocking, less discussed. There are six reasons our democracy is broken, and only two of them can be discussed in polite society.
Who are the Koch brothers and what ...

Who are the Koch brothers and what do they want?

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. The results of that decision are clear.
---Darkness--Not of Skin, but Mind-...

---Darkness--Not of Skin, but Mind---

Indirectly, a response to a "debate" on racism in the US.
a stake tears through pennsylvania

a stake tears through pennsylvania

A Right to Assemble Chaos--Why Amer...

A Right to Assemble Chaos--Why American Police Incite Riots

As part of a concerted effort to restrict public assembly in the US, police escalate even the most innocuous of public gatherings into a riot situation.
3M Misleads Consumers About Its Des...

3M Misleads Consumers About Its Destruction of Old-Growth Forests

3M destroys our old-growth forests and then cons consumers.


Constituent puts Florida Republican...

Constituent puts Florida Republican on defensive over Obamacare repeal

Republicans are having a hard time at home this break, now that they have to answer for those 50-plus repeal votes of a law that seems to be working out pretty well right now. That's captured perfectly by ThinkProgress, which brings us Florida Rep. Dennis Ross's latest town meeting.
CONSTITUENT: You?ve voted to repeal it approximately 50 times. Had zero votes on a replacement. So my question is, why do you think it is so good to deny seniors on Part D to make them pay more, about $4,000 more for medicine, and people with pre-existing conditions get denied insurance, have 26-year-olds have a harder time getting insurance because they can?t get on their parents?? Why do you think those are good ideas?

ROSS: I don?t. I think one of the most unfortunate things my party did the last three years was not offer an alternative to health care. I?ve always felt that way. I think it?s absurd when I tell people that this isn?t what you should do, but I don?t have an alternative for you.

Ross actually does have some health care legislation, not that it's going anywhere. He wants more Health Savings Accounts, a solution only a banker could love. That's not going to answer any of his constituent's concerns about increasing access to coverage. Or about how repealing the Medicare Part D provisions would hike seniors' prescription costs. That's not a replacement plan.

Republicans still thank they can run?and win?on Obamacare repeal in 2014. If that's going to happen, they're going to have to come up with a much better answer than this.

Now two 'Kissing Congressman' staff...

Now two 'Kissing Congressman' staffers have lost their jobs?both women

Screenshot of cellphone video of surveillance video of Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) kissing a staffer.
Last week, Congressman Vance "Big Smooch" McAllister dumped a female staffer after leaked security camera footage showed him kissing her in the hallway outside his Louisiana office. And now another woman has left the office over the affair:
Leah Gordon, the staff member of U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister who is accused of leaking the video of the congressman?s scandalous kiss, has resigned as his Monroe District Office manager.
But don't worry, the kissing congressman isn't a monster?she wasn't forced out:
?We won?t terminate or discipline any employee until after our internal investigation of the security breach is complete,? Terry said. ?(Gordon) resigned on her own.?
See? Vance McAllister is one of the good guys. He'd never force someone to quit before getting all the facts, because he knows that far more important than rushing to judgment is to establish the most important fact about this whole sordid affair: Who was the mastermind pulling the strings in the conspiracy to expose his philandering ways?
Win the Senate? Not as easy as Repu...

Win the Senate? Not as easy as Republicans think

U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses the crowd during a campaign stop with Former President Bill Clinton (not pictured) at campaign event in Louisville, Kentucky February 25, 2014. REUTERS/John Sommers II
Mitch McConnell won't be Senate Majority Leader after November. And thanks to Alison Lundergan Grimes, he won't even be in the Senate.
The media and Republicans are already claiming victory this November. The reality? With Republicans all-but-guaranteed pickups in West Virginia and South Dakota, the race will come down to the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Some people have tried to make Virginia into something, but really, it's not. Neither is New Hampshire. Or Iowa.

So to win back the majority, Republicans have to win those two seats in WV and SD, and four more from Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, and North Carolina. All the while, they must hold their two endangered seats in Kentucky and Georgia. That's called "running the board."

Head below the fold for a closer look at the GOP's actual chances of victory.

Rep. Dennis Ross tells minimum wage...

Rep. Dennis Ross tells minimum wage constituent he won't support raising minimum wage

Give Republican Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida credit for being willing to express his theory that there should be no minimum wage directly to a constituent who had been working for that minimum wage for 10 years.
ROSS: No. [...] I think it would do more harm to our economy than anything. You work at Arby?s, the cost of products, the cost of services are going to go up. [...] If we are going to make it a living wage, who?s going to pay for it? Who?s going to pay for it?
You see where this is about to go, right?
AUDIENCEMEMBER: I will. I?ll pay 20 cents extra for a hamburger. [Applause]

[Original questioner]: He said he?ll pay. So if he?ll pay, I?m going to work every day busting my butt. I want to know, would you take a walk in my shoes? Lay your tie and your suit down, just for a day, 24 hours, and take a walk in my shoes. The people that I work with, we?re keeping the economy floating and going in the cycle. But the people that hire, they?re just paying money, just throwing money. But I?m actually working every day. So why wouldn?t you support it?

But Ross kept his cool, because he's just that devoted to the Screw You, I've Got Mine philosophy.
ROSS: Because it?s not right. Economically, it?s not right. It does more harm to our economy. [...] If the government?s going to tell me how much I can get paid and when I can work and when I can?t work, then we have a serious problem in this country.
I think that guy just lost himself a few votes. He's going to have to pander extra-hard to some corporate bigwigs to make up for it, but I think he has it in him.
Eric Cantor agrees with President O...

Eric Cantor agrees with President Obama: When it comes to immigration reform, Republicans suck

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) stand together at a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
On Wednesday, President Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to wish him a happy Passover and the topic of immigration reform came up. Earlier in the day, the president had slammed House Republicans for blocking immigration reform and even voting for "extreme measures" that would deport Dreamers, but instead of using the call to chart a different path for the GOP and show the president was wrong, Cantor used it to launch a whiney attack on the president?and in the process, conceded that the president's criticism was correct:
Today, President Obama called me to discuss his desire for comprehensive immigration reform. The President called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together. After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue. I told the President the same thing I told him the last time we spoke. House Republicans do not support Senate Democrats' immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House. I also reiterated to the President there are other issues where we can find common ground, build trust and get America working again. I hope the President can stop his partisan messaging, and begin to seriously work with Congress to address the issues facing working middle class Americans who are struggling to make ends meet in this economy.
To recap:
  1. Eric Cantor is very offended that the president called out Republicans for being obstructionist Neanderthals on the issue of immigration reform.
  2. Therefore, Eric Cantor is committed to making sure that Republicans continue to act like obstructionist Neanderthals on the issue of immigration reform.

I'm pretty sure that when the president talks about finding common ground, he means coming up with an immigration reform plan that Republicans like Cantor will allow through the House. That would be far preferable to the current state of affairs, but at least everybody now agrees on the problem: House Republicans do not want meaningful immigration reform, not now, not ever.

Tell your Congressmember to bring immigration reform to the House floor

Ted Cruz explains why he's electabl...

Ted Cruz explains why he's electable

With a reflection of the U.S. Capitol dome serving as a backdrop, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacts to a question about negative perceptions of Tea Party Republicans during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Bour
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, if he realized what he was saying
Don't let this headline get you down...
Ted Cruz Says It's Too Early To Worry About 2016
...because Ted Cruz is most definitely thinking about 2016, given that he made those comments in South Carolina, where the GOP's first southern primary will be held in 2016. According to Politico, the crowd there loved him:
It didn?t take much for Ted Cruz to bring a crowd of conservatives to its feet here.

By the time the Texas Republican senator finished speaking Tuesday night, an adoring audience hailed Cruz and his no-compromise, combative style of conservatism that has made him the scourge of the GOP establishment but a hero of the tea party.

Ever the wet blanket, however, Politico quickly pivoted to say that Cruz faces skepticism from some Palmetto staters:
?Electability ? that will be his challenge,? said Republican Lindsey Graham, South Carolina?s senior senator. ?He?s got to show he can put the patchwork together.?
Kinda' hard to argue with that point. Cruz is about as electable as Attila the Hun. I mean, Cruz might do a little better, but the point is they would both be guaranteed losers.

Good news, though: As he made clear when explaining why his skeptics were wrong, Cruz is completely unaware of this fact:

When asked about doubts about his electability, he pointed to the grass-roots ?army? and ?diverse coalition? that propelled him to victory in his 2012 Senate race.

?We saw support from every spectrum of the Republican Party,? Cruz said.

Dear Ted: Even if the Supreme Court repealed the entire Voting Rights Act, seeing "support from every spectrum of the Republican Party" still won't win you the White House. But it might just win you the nomination. And we'll be rooting for you every step of the way.


Indonesian police use Shootings, ki...

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ?development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate?s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia?s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat
More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla

Civil Society stages mass walkout p...

Civil Society stages mass walkout protest from Warsaw Climate change negotiations

Civil society organisations abandoned the COP19 climate change negotiations in Warsaw on mass. Members from Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Actionaid, Friends of the Earth, the International Trade Union Confederation (statement) and 350.org all started leaving the conference at 2pm. This is an unprecedented action, the first time several major civil society groups have staged a mass walkout.

Friends of the Earth International highlighted that the Warsaw Climate Change negotiations were failing, with Tension high in Warsaw talks as G77+China walk out. The role of Australia and reduced ambition of Japan  have been widely mentioned. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers, but there has been substantial intransigence from much of the developed world to progressing the negotiations forward on finance, ambition, and a loss and damage mechanism. Poland's Coal Summit has shown the fossil fuel corporatism entwined in this COP with widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations of COP19 and at UNFCCC official Christiania Figueres who gave the keynote speech at the coal summit 

Related: Democracy Now: "Nature Does Not Negotiate": Environmentalists Walk Out of U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw | "Polluters Talk, We Walk": Civil Society Groups Abandon Warsaw Talks over Inaction on Global Warming | "We Have to Consume Less": Scientists Call For Radical Economic Overhaul to Avert Climate Crisis
Analysis: The Warsaw walkout and the Climate Movement

Canadians and Australians protest c...

Canadians and Australians protest climate wrecking policies and pipelines

The weekend of 16th and 17th November saw tens of thousands of people in Canada and Australia out in the streets in over 260 protests against the climate policies of these countries. Australia and Canada are seen as the major wreckers in Warsaw at COP19.

The Saturday protests in Canada occurred from coast to coast to Repulse Bay, Nunavut on the Arctic circle, more than 10,000 people gathered in over 180 events co-ordinated by Defend our Climate. Many protests focussed on stopping further expansion of the Alberta tar sands and pipelines to move the bitumenous oil south to Texas, east through Ontario and Quebec, and west through British Columbia. On Sunday, more than 60,000 people attended climate protests across Australia, protesting the attempt to repeal carbon pricing and clean energy programs by the conservative Government lead by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected on 7 September this year, who denied any link between climate change and bushfires as unusually early and intense bushfires raged around Sydney.

Civil Society NGO and local Polish activists also staged a Climate Justice march in Warsaw in association with the COP19 climate change negotiations taking place. Super Typhoon Haiyan set the initial mood at the negotiations with Philippines negotiator Naderev Saño (Yeb Saño) saying "time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway". There is widespread dismay at the coal powered negotiations in Warsaw with Japan and Australia being particularly singled out.

Related: Australia Indymedia - Tens of Thousands rally for Climate Action across Australia

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and dev...

Typhoon Haiyan causes death and devastation in the Philippines

On November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Sama province in the Philippines, destroying coastal communities with ferocious winds and a storm surge of 6-7 metres (up to 20 feet). According to Dr Jeff Masters "Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph (315 km/h) at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history."

Authorities of Tacloban City with a population of 220,000 and capital of Leyte province, gave an early estimate that perhaps 10,000 people died from this one city. Many people were surprised by the huge storm surge tidal waves that inundated much of the city. Many smaller coastal villages were also devastated with most buildings destroyed or suffering severe damage. According to the UN Reliefweb report on 14 November the number of affected people has increased to 11.8 million. The official death count from Typhoon Haiyan is currently 4,460 but with numbers still increasing. There were 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed. A total of 2.5 million people are in need of food assistance.

Related: Climate IMC: Typhoon Haiyan: This is a climate crime | Time for turning tears into anger says Walden Bello | Philippine groups demand action on climate finance, loss and damage in Warsaw climate talks | Ejected from COP19 for expressing solidarity to the Philippines | Youth observers expelled from UN climate change talks for Philippines Solidarity | Indybay: Super typhoon Haiyan is climate wake-up call | They destroy We suffer Statement on Yolanda?s Aftermath
Non-corporate Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts: Waves for Water | Haiyan NYC Relief Project | Doctors without Borders | Oxfam International

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snip...

Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and unidentified snipers attack Mi'kmaq women and elderly who were part of an anti-fracking encampment.

Support pours in for Mi'kmaq attacked by police and snipers. Today, Monday, Mi'kmaq Warrior Tyson Peters shot with rubber bullet risks losing his leg after protecting woman from a bullet.

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