A Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee

A Tea Party Tempest in Tennessee

Jon Meacham on why Lamar Alexander should prevail against a hard-right challenger.

Defense Takes Unusual Step in Senat...

Defense Takes Unusual Step in Senator Plagiarism Probe

A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.

Hillary Clinton Says Redskins Shoul...

Hillary Clinton Says Redskins Should Change Their Name

?I think it?s insensitive and I think that there?s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation?s capital,? she told Fusion TV.

Obama Unveils New Russian Sanctions...

Obama Unveils New Russian Sanctions With 'Bigger Bite'

President Obama announces a coordinated effort with the EU in response to Russian actions in Ukraine.
McDonald Confirmed as New Head of V...

McDonald Confirmed as New Head of Veterans Affairs

The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.

Watch Live: Obama Delivers Remarks ...

Watch Live: Obama Delivers Remarks on Ukraine

President Obama delivers remarks on the situation in Ukraine.


Bergdahl could be questioned next w...

Bergdahl could be questioned next week

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could meet next week with the U.S. Army General looking into how the now-freed prisoner of war was captured by the Taliban in 2009, his attorney said.
Girl hit by plane on beach dies

Girl hit by plane on beach dies

The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Is she really a plus-size model?

Is she really a plus-size model?

Robyn Lawley, who wears a size 12, is drawing praise for posting unretouched photos of herself in protest against airbrushing. LZ Granderson argues her protest highlights a wider problem.
Malaysia Airlines considers rebrand

Malaysia Airlines considers rebrand

Malaysia Airlines struggles to recover from recent tragedies. CNN's Ana Cabrera shares the plan to rebrand their image.
Family feud cost millions of lives

Family feud cost millions of lives

On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Over the next week, Europe's royals exchange a flurry of telegrams.
Teen caught on cam taking THIS ...

Teen caught on cam taking THIS ...

A Michigan man videotaped a teen trying to take his moped and then confronted the teen about it. WZZM has more.

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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Historic People?s Climate Summit in...

Historic People?s Climate Summit in Shadow of Chevron?s Richmond Oil Refinery

U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on C...

U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on Country of Origin Labeling a Victory for Consumers and Farmers

Comment on Senate NSA Reform Bill

Comment on Senate NSA Reform Bill

Life Size LEGO Figurines Descend on...

Life Size LEGO Figurines Descend on Rockefeller Plaza to Save the Arctic

Solar Power Installations Jump to a...

Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Record

International Coalition Urges McDon...

International Coalition Urges McDonald?s CEO to Make Good on His Word & Ban Ronald McDonald from Schools

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...


Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

“A federal judge ruled yesterday that California’s version of the death penalty is unconstitutional. Apparently the difference is California’s version has avocado on it.” ?Seth Meyers
No Signs Of A Wave Election So Far

No Signs Of A Wave Election So Far

Nate Cohn looked at the small amount of generic Congressional polling there is available and concluded, consistent with other indicators, that there is no sign of a wave election this year. The polls he looked at showed an average 1.9 percent advantage for the Democrats over Republicans. Cohn wrote: These findings bear no resemblance to […]
SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Constantine; ...

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; Constantine; SHIELD; Hannibal; Big Bang Theory; Community; Orphan Black; True Blood; Fargo; Sleepy Hollow

There’s a lot of news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con. The Arrow panel is above, followed by the season three trailer. Ra’s al Ghul  will be the main villain next season. Flashbacks next season will include characters who died earlier on the show, and will deal with characters beyond Oliver.  Thea will be back […]
Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

“Marvel Comics announced that the next Captain America will be black. He has the same powers as white Captain America except he has to show ID when he votes.” ?Bill Maher
Norm Ornstein On The Republican Bat...

Norm Ornstein On The Republican Battle Between The Conservatives And Lunatic Radicals

While, as should be obvious from the previous post, I am not thrilled by the prospect of Hillary Clinton being president, any Republican alternative would be far worse. With all her faults, Clinton isn’t bat-shit crazy. Norm Ornstein has written again about how extreme the Republican have become. He described the extremists who have become […]
Andrew Sullivan On The Vacuity of H...

Andrew Sullivan On The Vacuity of Hillary Clinton

I almost feel like we are back in the 2008 primary battle seeing how Andrew Sullivan is really letting Hillary Clinton have it in a post entitled The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton. I?d like to find a reason to believe she?s a political force who stands for something in an era when there is […]


Ukraine Firing Ballistic Missiles -...

Ukraine Firing Ballistic Missiles - Obama-Kerry Say Nothing

The U.S. backed Ukraine government is using ballistic missiles against its own citizens according to CNN's intel sources. Obama-Kerry have nothing to say about that. Why?
Occupy Movement's Third Annual Nati...

Occupy Movement's Third Annual National Gathering July 31 - August 4

A journalist's report on the Occupy National Gathering in Sacramento, California.
Conflict's in the genes: The Dawn o...

Conflict's in the genes: The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

In the current movie, a group of Simians and a group of Homo sapiens are survivors of a world-wide, highly fatal infectious disease epidemic which the humans conveniently name the "Simian flu." That it has nothing to do with the Simian population but rather was created in a Homo sapiens lab and just happened to escape is a product of the Homo sapiens media naming it the "Simian flu."
Israel Is Stealing and Murdering It...

Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine

Reading the Western Media, watching Western TV, and listening to Western radio, one is left with the propaganda that the Palestinians are to blame for the Israeli attack on Gaza, just as one is left with the propaganda that the Malaysian airliner deaths are Russia's fault. There is no evidence, but propaganda does not require evidence. Just repetition.
Governor Cuomo Should Debate Primar...

Governor Cuomo Should Debate Primary Challenger Zephyr Teachout

Teachout lacks Cuomo's name identification and campaign treasury. But she is a uniquely credible challenger in this race, and for this debate. As the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation, which has been in the forefront of advocacy for increased transparency and accountability government and politics, she's an actual expert on corruption issues.
Palestine, War and the Lethal Role ...

Palestine, War and the Lethal Role of Journalists

Stateless and humiliated for so long, Palestinians have risen up against Israel's huge military regime, although they themselves have no army, no tanks, no American planes, gunships or missiles. he over-riding, routine terror, day after day, has been the ruthless control of almost every aspect of their lives, as if they live in an open prison.

Open thread for night owls: 1,000 c...

Open thread for night owls: 1,000 children

Purple-eyes twin owls
The damage that can be done by 1,000 children: Speaking to an anti-immigrant rally at the Massachusetts state house this weekend, Boston radio host Jeffrey Kuhner warned that the state?s plan to take in about 1,000 children fleeing violence in Central America will destroy the country and turn ?Massachusetts into Mexichusetts." [...]

?As Shakespeare would put it, it is the national question: Shall we be or not be? Shall we exist as a nation jealous of its sovereignty, faithful to its law and its Constitution, protective of its citizens, or are we going to be transformed into a socialist third world banana republic which does what Mini-Me wants to do, what he is in the process of doing, if we don?t stop him now?? Kuhner said. ?Because he is going to turn Massachusetts into Mexichusetts. And my answer to him is loud and clear: No mas, no more!?

By ?Mini-Me,? Kuhner appears to be referring to Gov. Deval Patrick, who has introduced a plan to temporarily shelter 1,000 of the Central American children who have fled to the U.S. southern border.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009?TX-Sen, Gov: Hutchison will step down in Fall, special in May 2010:

Republicans were hoping Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's expected resignation to run for governor wouldn't happen until next year, thus avoiding an early special election. Unfortunately for them, her plummeting poll numbers against über-wingnut Gov. Rick Perry have forced her hand. She's coming home earlier. U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on Wednesday told WBAP's Mark Davis she plans to officially launch her bid for Texas governor in August.  She added that she will step down from the U.S. Senate sometime in October or November to battle incumbent fellow Republican Governor Rick Perry. Had Hutchison pulled a Palin this summer, Republicans would've been forced into a November special election, so she's giving them at least a seven-month respite. A fall resignation means the special election will take place in May 2010.

Hutchison claims she's sticking around through the fall to fight against Obama's health care and cap and trade plans, and to vote against Sonia Sotomayor. She needs to be the Queen of No in DC to try and appease the angry Right enraptured by Perry's secession talk. Good luck with that. She'd be better off coming home earlier to try and stem Perry's momentum. Instead, she just gifted him another four months in his head start.

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Ventricular clouds. ? @ofVerona

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, another look back at Halbig today, this time in search of The One Analysis To Rule Them All. In gun news: open carry at the airport goes poorly; naked boobs are ruining Texas gun boners; a concealed carry ninja intervenes & nearly lets the bad guy get away; child gun deaths on the rise; at least 14 states see gun deaths top vehicular deaths; what to do if you don't like it when open carriers come in: just leave, and; if you think you shouldn't be afraid, one gun rights advocate says you're wrong. Natalie Tennant does what the Conventional Wisdom says she "has to," but would WV win in a real trade-off?

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Economics Daily Digest: Companies l...

Economics Daily Digest: Companies look to turn off the tap on free water

Economics Daily Digest by the Roosevelt Institute banner

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Companies Proclaim Water the Next Oil in a Rush to Turn Resources into Profit (The Guardian)

As the CEO of Nestle publicly declares that any water beyond survival needs should be paid for, Suzanne McGee considers the potential horror story of commodifying water.

Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay (NYT)

Federally mandated paid maternity leave could be one of the most powerful tools to reverse the decline of women's participation in the U.S. labor force, says Claire Cain Miller.

One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong (TNR)

In light of current legal fights over health care exchange subsidies, Jonathan Cohn looks back to a 2010 e-mail from an influential House staffer for proof of Congress's intentions.

History Suggests Ryan Block Grant Would Be Susceptible to Cuts (Off the Charts)

Richard Kogan points out the vulnerability of block grants, which have less obvious impacts than individual programs. Of 11 major anti-poverty block grants, nine have faced cuts since 2001.

A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense (The Nation)

George Zornick reports on a proposal by House Democrats that would make labor organizing a civil right and allow workers to take their complaints outside the National Labor Relations Board.

Fast Food Convention Portends Escalation in Strikes (MSNBC)

Ned Resnikoff writes that workers at this weekend's fast food convention pushed for more radical tactics as well as cross-movement collaboration with groups like Moral Mondays in North Carolina.

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After the End of the Innovation Era

Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, envisions a future of slowed technological growth in his speculation for the Next American Economy project.

Global confidence in President Obam...

Global confidence in President Obama much higher than Bush

With the overlapping crises in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, Republicans trying to pin the blame on President Obama are singing the same sound bite in unison. As Mitt Romney put it earlier this year: Our esteem around the world has fallen. I can't think of a major country, it's hard to think of a single country that has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president. And that's a very sad, unfortunate state of affairs. Of course, what's really sad (sadder even than candidate Romney's inability to tell CNN's Donna Brazile and PBS's Gwen Ifill apart) is that Obama's would-have-been replacement has reality exactly backward. As it turns out, polls have shown that almost every major country has more respect for Barack Obama now than for his predecessor, George W. Bush.

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George Zimmerman has a new job. Wor...

George Zimmerman has a new job. Working as a security guard. For an ammunition store. For real.

George Zimmerman in court, June 24, 2013
I'm sure the people of DeLand, Florida, feel safer already: According to a DeLand police report, George Zimmerman has found work as a security guard at Pompano Pats in DeLand.

Pompano Pats is a locally owned store on South Woodland Boulevard that sells firearms, ammunition and motorcycles.

The report stated that the owner of the business asked Zimmerman to guard the store due to a recent burglary.

Rep. Mike Kelly compares EPA regula...

Rep. Mike Kelly compares EPA regulations to terrorism

Rep. Mike Kelly appearing on Fox Business. Chyron: 'Rep. Kelly: The Admin's War on Coal is a War on American Jobs, Livelihoods''
Rep. Mike Kelly
Oh c'mon: Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R) had choice worlds for the Environmental Protection Agency?s new rule on power plant emissions Monday, moving beyond the usual ?war on coal? language and likening the proposed regulations to an act of terrorism. [...]

?You talk about terrorism ? you can do it in a lot of different ways,? he said. ?But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great ? and you keep them on the sidelines ? my goodness, what have we become??

So first we were told that efforts to control carbon emissions is like the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, now the same regulation amounts to "terrorism". Anything else? Anybody else want to weigh in with their deeply held pet theory about why we must continue to destroy the atmosphere of the planet at the fastest possible rate, some new thought on why turning the only planet mankind currently exists on into an Easy-Bake Oven, for freedom? Your starting bid is "because Hitler" and "because terrorism." Anyone else? reports on a press conference delivered by officials from the Alabama Public Service Commission and the Republican National Committee yesterday at which they argued against new EPA coal plant regulations by claiming that ?coal was created in Alabama by God, and the federal government should not enact policy that runs counter to God's plan.?

?Who has the right to take what God's given a state?" asked commissioner-elect Chip Beeker.

Oh f--k you, guy. That's it, I'm out. If anyone needs me I'll be out back building a Mars-capable escape rocket from a bunch of old apple crates.
McCain calls Obama most lawless pre...

McCain calls Obama most lawless president ever, but says Senate wouldn't convict him if impeached

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) smiles as he talks to reporters after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Via TPM, John McCain says that Republicans won't remove President Obama from office "even if we believed that it was warranted" because they don't have enough votes: The fact is that we're not going to impeach the president because we don't have 67 votes in the United States Senate in order to do so. McCain mangled his terminology there, because the Senate doesn't vote on impeachment?that's up to the House. Instead, the Senate would hold an impeachment trial if the House voted to impeach the president. Convicting Obama would require 67 votes, and nobody has ever suggested that there's any chance he'd be convicted. So while McCain did manage to get the headline he probably wanted, he didn't actually say anything that wasn't already universally accepted as obviously true.

But he did support the House's decision to sue the president:

But I do think a lawsuit filing, about the president's abuse of power, which he has clearly done?some 55 times, or whatever it is, on Obamacare alone?I think that's a good idea. And he also said he believes Obama is the biggest lawbreaker ever to sit in the Oval Office, at least that he can remember: I do believe that this president has broken more laws, by executive order?well, let me put it this way: I believe that he has abused the executive branch in a way that I don't recall any other president doing. So on the one hand, McCain told us what we already knew: That there aren't enough votes in the Senate to convict Obama of impeachment. But he also added something we didn't know: That he believes Obama is the most lawless president that he can remember.

Good to know.

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 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 CrisisAnalysis: 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.

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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. [ From Global IMC Newswire ]
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