This is just one of the reasons it's not enough to say "I want people to have something better than the minimum wage" while opposing an increased minimum wage. The American economy is like a game of musical chairs, and there will be nowhere near enough good-job chairs to go around as long as chair availability is determined by corporate CEOs. That's why the government needs to step in to improve the situation dramatically.
RAND PAC, Paul?s political organization, used actors to portray the conversation, which hits both rivals on the dynasty issue. [...]
?Clinton? says: ?We both agree on so many issues: bigger government, Common Core, and amnesty for illegal immigrants.?Doesn't it seem to be a little early for Paul to be smearing his fellow maybe-candidates? Cheap-shot PAC ads seem to start so early these days.
No matter. What's important here is that Sen. Rand Paul, a man who literally inherited his political career, his political contacts, his campaign strategy, his fundraising tools, and his entire pre-prepared collection of slightly nutty, definitely fervent, dubiously libertarian fans from his father, wants to run for president as his father did before him because he thinks political dynasties are bad.
Welcome to the GOP primaries, everyone! Get settled in, we're gonna be here a while!
You know, climate change is actually a very interesting subject with a lot of very strange potential implications. It also plays right into the entire reason most national news shows exist, which is to send their viewers into spasms of panic over all of the things in the world that are going to kill them at any given moment. It is equal parts natural disaster, suicide bomber, space invasion and political thriller. If Fox News were on board with climate change, they would have their viewers in a quivering mass on the subject within days. Advertisers would love it, because Buy Overpriced Gold. The NRA would be giddy over the implications because it means your children and grandchildren might get to blast some folks. Climate change is like ebola plus measles plus incoming freaking asteroid impact, and if you can't make that exciting in a high-production-values network news format you are really not trying very hard.
But that isn't dissuading Third Way and others from charging that Obama is ?tacking too hard left on the overall issue of spending and long-term debt.?Data from the Pew Research center show that 55 percent of Democrats still view deficit reduction as a ?top priority.? First off, the deficit is one of those issues that tends to jump all over the place in polling depending on what?s in the news. If politicians are talking it up, it might be hot. In the recent Pew poll mentioned above, it ranked six as a priority among all voters, behind terrorism, jobs, economy, education, and social security. But among Democrats, it actually ranked 12 out of 23 issues, so not quite as hot as Politico's framing suggests.
Of course, the question on everyone?s mind is: how will Obama?s budget play for Hillary in 2016?And some in the Democratic Party worry that when Clinton does finally announce her campaign ? which sources told POLITICO may not come until July ? she may take over as the head of a party celebrated by the activist left but without a clear purchase on the moderate voters who will help decide the outcome of the election in Florida, Ohio and other key swing states. What those voters want to know is that someone cares about them. Frankly, Clinton always did better with moderate voters than Obama. It?s an easy fit for her. Clinton?s bigger hurdle is exciting the base, not moderates. And Elizabeth Warren is living proof that Clinton does not have to appeal to one group at the expense of the other.
Third Way should really just concentrate on seeing if it can erase any digital remnant of that Wall Street Journal op-ed instead of worrying about President Obama ?lurching to the left.?
Despite the drop from the third quarter, analysts are generally upbeat about the economy's prospects over the next 12 months. That's in great part due to strong consumer spending in the fourth quarter (the best in nine years), gains in new job creation, which were more than 200,000 a month for 11 of the 12 months of 2014 and the Federal Reserve's report this week that the economy is growing at a "solid pace."
But there are warning signs, too. Business investment, a weak housing market and a trailing off of exports in the face of economic and political turmoil in Europe could all reduce growth. And the drop in oil prices, with its pluses and minuses, make looking into the future even murkier than usual.Documents show U.S. plan to track drivers wider than thought: Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings. [?]
The ACLU warned that the buildup of a vehicle surveillance database, the existence of which first surfaced on Monday, stemmed from the DEA?s appetite for asset forfeiture, a controversial practice of seizing possessions at traffic stops and vehicle pullovers if agents suspect they are criminal proceeds.These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Jan. 29: Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains, by Richard Riis
American Family Association fires Bryan Fischer, by Steven PayneWhat it's like to come out as poor at an elite university. Charges against George Zimmerman dropped as ex-girlfriend recants: An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday.[?]
"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman ... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement ... precludes my office from proceeding further," [State Attorney Phil] Archer said in a statement.Flogging of Saudi blogger canceled again: Blogger Raif Badawi, who has so far received 50 of the 1,000 lashes he's been sentenced to by Saudi authorities for allegedly insulting Islam on Free Saudi Liberals, a website he created but has since been shut down. His wife told Agence France-Presse that she was uncertain about why the reprieve had been granted. He was originally sentenced to 600 lashes and seven years in prison, but the prosecutors appealed and a new judge boosted the punishment to 1,000 lashes?50 a week for 20 weeks?$266,000 in fines and 10 years in prison. Floggings had previously been postponed two weeks in a row for medical reasons because he hadn't recovered from the first 50 lashes. Team Blackness discussed what a good ally looks like, using Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry's ice cream as the example. The founders have spoken out publiclyin support of #BlackLiveMatter and encouraged franchises to sell Hands Up United T-shirts. Also discussed was another milestone in Obamacare, Huckabee's further inability to understand women and Comcast's impressively horrific customer service. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS On today's Kagro in the Morning show: TX derp roundup. Jeb loves abusing power. Arrested for... resisting arrest. Armando: GOP <3s judicial activism. More scam PACs, like Huckabee's. New GunFAIL excuse: We didn't know our toddler knew about the gun under the mattress.
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".
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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
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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
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.
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Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.
Some of the latest scientific research shows:Sea Level rising 60% faster than IPCC projectionsMethane and CO2 in thawing Arctic permafrost a climate tipping pointCollapse of Siberia's Coastline is Releasing Huge Amounts of CO2Greenland Ice sheet suffers unprecedented surface meltIndian Monsoon more likely to fail as global warming acceleratesSouthern Ocean warming impact on Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability and sea level rise
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