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Has Obama changed America or is he another ‘counterfeit progressive’?


Is Barack Obama a transformational president? That was his ambition: to be more, as he put it, like Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton, to launch a new era, not simply tack to the prevailing winds of the old. Not surprisingly, ...

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US ‘Regime Change’ Madness in the Middle East


Seymour Hersh’s recent revelations about an effort by the US military leadership in 2013 to bolster the Syrian army against jihadist forces in Syria shed important new light on the internal bureaucratic politics surrounding regime change in US Middle East ...

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Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History


Sanders campaign just beat record held by President Barack Obama in 2011 in his bid for re-election. by Andrea Germanos The Bernie Sanders campaign announced Sunday that it “reached a major milestone in grassroots financial support” during the third Democratic presidential ...

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Hillary Clinton and the ISIS Mess


Hillary Clinton’s speech on ISIS to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) showed clearly what to expect in a Clinton presidency: more of the same. In her speech, Clinton doubled down on the existing, failed U.S. approach in the Middle ...

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47 Democrats Join with House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees


“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.” by Jon Queally Forty-seven House Democrats joined with a majority of Republicans to approve a bill that would effectively stop the ...

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Democracy Beats Oligarchy


“From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories,” announced a Washington Post headline after last week’s elections. “Liberals Got Smoked Across the Country Last Night,” read another in Slate. The post-election media narrative has focused on setbacks for progressives, including ...

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US Congress passes bill that bans transfer of Guantanamo detainees


The US Congress has overwhelmingly passed a $607 billion “defense policy bill” that prohibits the transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba to US detention facilities. The Senate voted 91-3 in favor of the 2016 National ...

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Why Rand Paul Called Hillary Clinton a Neocon


Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com Right before the November 7 Democratic Presidential Forum, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul went on MSNBC and said Hillary Clinton was a “neocon.” The host, Chris Matthews, responded by erupting into laughter, as if the ...

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George Bush Snr slams ‘iron-ass’ Cheney & Rumsfeld in biography


Ex-US President George H.W. Bush has a bone to pick with Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. In a new biography of the 41st president, he lashed out at their reaction to the 9/11 attacks under his son’s presidency, calling it ...

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High Stakes — Cleaning Up After Harper


Canadians couldn’t have been much clearer on Monday when they hit the polls in numbers that haven’t been see for decades: The Harper era is history after some ten years of Conservative rule led by outgoing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. ...

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Anderson Cooper: Opposing Illegal CIA Wars Is Unelectable


Robert Naiman A key reason that the US has so many wars is that big US media have a strong pro-war, pro-Empire bias. You rarely see big US media badgering a politician for supporting a war that turned out to ...

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In Debate, Hillary and Bernie Define Two Poles


It was, as Martin O’Malley said, a very different debate from the Republicans’: no racist remarks, not immigrant-bashing, no attacks on women, no clowning or pandering to religious bigotry, and a much more serious policy discussion. In their closing remarks, ...

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6 flip flops from Hillary ‘Real Person’ Clinton


After a four-year hiatus, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finally returned to a major network Sunday morning political talk show a few weeks ago. Everything boiled down to one question: Who is the real Hillary Clinton? “I am a real ...

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Hillary Clinton’s private server target of cyber attacks: Document


Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which she used during her tenure as secretary of state, was the target of attempted cyber attacks from around the world, according to a congressional document. Attempted incursions originated in China, Germany and South Korea ...

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Cameron’s flagship housing policy only helps the rich, campaigners warn


Prime Minister David Cameron called for a “national crusade” to build affordable housing by cutting planning regulations and launching “starter homes.” The plans have been criticized by housing charities for overlooking low earners. In his closing speech to Conservative Party ...

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Alabama Makes Photo IDs Mandatory for Voting, Then Shutters DMV Offices in Black Counties


The ‘decision to cut out ID services to almost all counties with a majority black population is discriminatory and wrong,’ says ACLU of Alabama. by Andrea Germanos Some observers say that Alabama’s move to close dozens of drivers license offices is ...

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Jimmy Carter on US ‘Oligarchy’ and Corrupting Power of Money on Politics


Former president said he’d not be “inclined” or “capable” of raising the massive funds needed to get elected today by Lauren McCauley Commenting on the political landscape, now six years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, former U.S. President ...

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The Wall Street Journal’s Attempt to Take Down Bernie Sanders Backfired


Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in early primary states, and he’s gaining on her in national polls. And major media outlets are starting to treat Senator Sanders seriously, but not necessarily with complete honesty. Take for example Laura Meckler’s ...

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Corbyn takes new approach to Prime Ministers’ Questions


The new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has taken new approach to Prime Ministers’ Questions (PMQs) during his first encounter with David Cameron in the parliament.  Corbyn said the UK had had enough of what he called “theatrical politics” and now it ...

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Fringe No More: Sanders Takes Major Lead in Key Battleground States


New polling shows Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton in both New Hampshire and Iowa by Deirdre Fulton ‘Fringe candidate’ no more, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic presidential primary voters in ...

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How Jeb Bush’s Florida Plan for School ‘Choice’ Created an Industry of Corruption and Chaos


“Reading the emails make(s) me want to throw up” tweeted the Food Babe after reading a lengthy series of them posted online by The New York Times on Sept 5th. The emails in question result from a Freedom of Information ...

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Jeb Bush Deploys George W. Bush to Court Pro-Israel GOP Donors


George W. Bush has been conspicuously absent from his younger brother’s presidential campaign, but Jeb Bush is putting him to use–at least in private. This morning the former president was scheduled to meet in New York City behind closed doors ...

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Nothing Is Agreed Yet–We Can Still Stop The TPP’s Copyright Trap


JEREMY MALCOLM Trade negotiators have a saying–that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. What that means is that despite all of the deals that has been struck in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations so far, they remain tentative until ...

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As Sanders Leads in NH Poll, Senator Says Clinton Campaign’s ‘Getting Nervous’


Though often discounted by corporate media, the Vermont senator’s campaign surges ahead by Andrea Germanos Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Saturday that he thinks the Hillary Clinton campaign is “getting nervous about the kind of energy and enthusiasm our campaign is ...

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Clinton refuses to apologize for email scandal


US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has refused to apologize for using a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Clinton, however, said she was “sorry” that the issue has caused confusion for Americans. “At the end of the ...

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Clinton emails reveal internal gossip, bank heists and … gefilte fish?


The State Department has released 7,000 more pages of emails sent to or by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They reveal much about the Democratic presidential candidate’s personality and interests, as well as those of her associates. The emails ...

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Revisiting 1930s Authoritarianism Through Donald Trump


Give this to Donald Trump: he helps us picture how the anti-democratic, right-wing, personality-driven movements of the 1930s came to power. Those movements are usually characterized as fascist though they were diverse, and the term itself is hellishly hard to ...

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Trump is Global Journalism’s American Junk Food


Christian Christensen He’s everywhere. Spray-tanned face and white teeth exploding through the front pages of newspapers and magazines. Implausible hair mesmerizing on Twitter and Facebook. Comments on female journalists and illegal Mexican immigrants echoing across the ether. It is likely ...

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Doublespeak from an establishment controlled Labour so terrified of Corbyn they want to block 110,000 voters


Labour explores political cannibalism as it attempts to smear the dramatic swell in numbers as Tory sabotage instead of support for Jeremy Corbyn.  ### Some 110,000 supporters of the Labour Party currently registered to vote in the upcoming leadership election could be barred ...

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The Government’s ‘Predictive Judgments’ Land Innocent Travelers on the No Fly List Without Meaningful Redress


In the movie Minority Report, Hollywood depicts a future Washington, D.C., in which people are arrested by a special police force called Precrime, based on predictions that they will commit murders in the future. These predictions are not based on science, but ...

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Superrich Donors Turn Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy


Once upon a time in our Good Ol’ US-of-A, presidential contenders and their political parties had to raise the funds needed to make the race. How quaint. But for the 2016 run, this quaint way of selecting our candidates is ...

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Half of voters want criminal probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email use


As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton turns over her private email server to the FBI, a new poll shows that just over half of registered voters want to see a criminal investigation over the incident. The Democratic frontrunner has been ...

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Where the TPP Could Lose


Activists in Chile have made their government draw red lines on the corporate-friendly investment deal. North Americans could take a lesson. Julia Paley After years of secret negotiations and silence in the media, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has risen ...

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Desperate Hillary Clinton caught buying Twitter followers


Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them. According to two popular online measuring tools, no more than 44 per cent of ...

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Trump refuses to apologize over Megyn Kelly remarks


US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has declined to apologize for the remark he made about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, insisting that he did not imply anything offensive and that he values women. “I cherish women,” Trump said Sunday, ...

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Urging Bernie Sanders to “Speak Out” on Foreign Policy, Petition Gathers More Than 8,000 Signers in First Day


WASHINGTON – A petition to Sen. Bernie Sanders – urging him to tackle foreign policy issues in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination – gained 8,000 signers on Sunday (Aug. 2). While praising the Sanders campaign’s “strong challenge to corporate power ...

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Yes, Racism Is Rooted in Economic Inequality


Hillary Clinton is an astute campaigner. In a Facebook Q&A the other day, she was asked about the Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley at the Netroots Nation conference earlier this month. The inquirer, a ...

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The Failure – and Future – of Democracy In Europe


Europe’s proven plenty capable at regulating lightbulbs and vegetables. But it’s failed utterly at making democratic decisions about money. By Vojko Volk There’s at least one reason we should be grateful to the Greek people for exposing the European Union’s ...

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2nd Scottish independence referendum ‘inevitable,’ says Salmond


A second referendum on Scottish independence is “inevitable,” former First Minister Alex Salmon has said amid fears the union is “hanging by a thread.” The ex-Scottish National Party (SNP) leader said the government’s failure to live up to the ‘No’ ...

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Racism, economic inequity parallel issues in US: Democratic candidate


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says racism is a problem parallel to income inequality in the US after he was criticized for focusing only on economic issues. “We have to address both” institutional racism and economic inequality to combat poverty in ...

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You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers


Ronnie Cummins On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, ...

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Criminal investigation sought into Clinton’s private email account


The Justice Department has been asked to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive government information with the use of a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, according to a report. The request ...

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The Value of Protest


As a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders, my first reaction to hearing about Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest at Netroots Nation was disappointment. This looks bad, I thought. Bad for Bernie, who is the only presidential candidate with any chance ...

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As Cuban Flag Rises in U.S. Capital, ‘Antiquated Policies’ Still in Place


The ‘removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade… the return of occupied territory in Guantánamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba,’ must come next, said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez by Nadia Prupis The Cuban embassy on Monday officially ...

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Iran nuclear conclusion ‘bad for Israel,’ US presidential candidate says


Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker says the conclusion of Iran’s nuclear talks is bad for Israel and he would call the agreement off should he become US president. In an interview with CNN on Sunday, the Wisconsin governor described the ...

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Sanders Putting Pressure on Clinton in Democratic Contest


But Bernie Sanders is always there. Garnering the largest crowds of the presidential race. Raising millions of dollars, more than nearly every other candidate of either party. And boasting a following that can only be described as intense. Over the ...

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Watchdogs Reveal Chamber of Commerce ‘Blowing Smoke’ for Big Tobacco

"[T]he U.S. Chamber and its AmCham affiliates have joined the tobacco industry in fighting effective tobacco control policies in multiple countries—often without filly disclosing that they are working with the tobacco industry—implying that the full force of the U.S. business community is behind these efforts and that economic harm could result if countries move forward," states the report. (Photo: Raxon Rex/flickr/cc)

New report sheds light on joint efforts to undermine public health protections against tobacco by Sarah Lazare A new report sheds light on the shadowy and coordinated efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the tobacco industry to use intimidation, ...

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Clinton: Military options against Iran ‘not off the table’ if necessary


US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says all options, including military options, are not off the table should Iran violate the terms of a nuclear deal with the world powers. In a statement on Tuesday, the Democratic candidate said she would ...

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Judge Slams ‘Frivolous’ Government Appeal; Pledges to ‘Move Fast’ on Guantánamo Tapes Release

A protester in an orange jumpsuit and black hood stands outside of the Capitol. (Photo: takomabibelot)

WASHINGTON – A federal judge has slammed the Obama Administration’s stalling over the release of 32 force-feeding tapes from Guantánamo Bay, calling the Government’s prior appeal ‘the most frivolous I have ever seen.’ In a hearing this morning in Washington ...

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Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?


I’ve gotten a fair bit of correspondence complaining that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hasn’t said anything recently in support of the human rights of Palestinians. Of course, Sanders isn’t talking a lot about a lot of things that a ...

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Neocon war criminal Hillary Clinton wants your trust


US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has dismissed the idea that the American people do not see her honest and trustworthy to take the White House, insisting that they “should and do trust” her. “I have every confidence that during ...

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TTIP in the EU: Rejecting Democracy at Every Turn


Polly Jones (Common Dreams) – After many twists and turns, MEPs decide today what sort of Transatlantic Trade and Investment deal (known as TTIP) they want the European Commission to negotiate on their behalf with the USA. Negotiations were launched with ...

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A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for the Zionist war machine


International lawyer Barry Grossman believes that voting for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton means voting for “the Israeli hard right and the US war machine.” Grossman made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday when asked about Clinton’s ...

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Fewer people in US proud to be American: Poll


Fewer people in the United States consider themselves to be “extremely proud” to be an American compared to a decade ago, according to a new survey. While most people – 54 percent – consider themselves “extremely proud” to be American, ...

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Memo to Media: Ask Trump If He’s a ‘Serial Racist’


Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams) – It’s easy to laugh off Donald Trump’s fact-free comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists. And easy to poke fun, as Jon Stewart did, at Trump’s grudging admission that some Mexican immigrants might be “good people.” But ...

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TISA Leaks Part Deux: More Evidence of Concerted Attack on Democracy

The Trade in Services Agreement "responds to major corporate lobbies’ desire to deregulate services," says global trade expert. (Photo: GGAADD/flickr/cc)

A WikiLeaks analysis shows how 52-nation Trade in Services Agreement threatens both net neutrality and personal data privacy Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams) – One day after it leaked a trove of documents related to the massive, pro-corporate Trade in Services Agreement ...

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Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen’s Approaching Famine?


UN official warns country of 26 million ‘one step’ from mass starvation (Common Dreams) – With Yemen on the verge of famine, and civilians paying a devastating toll in the relentless Saudi-led bombing campaign, one key question emerges: Will the U.S. ...

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A Short History of the Neocon ‘Clean Break’


To understand today’s crises in Iraq, Syria, and Iran one must grasp their shared Lebanese connection. This assertion may seem odd. After all, what’s the big deal about Lebanon? That little country hasn’t had top headlines since Israel deigned to ...

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Clinton campaign calls Benghazi panel a ‘charade’


Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has denounced the House Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack as a “charade.” In a video released on Wednesday, the Clinton campaign accuses the committee and its Republican chairman of wasting taxpayer ...

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The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything


The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet. So it’s hardly surprising, when ...

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Cuban embassy a ‘slap in the face’ of Israel: GOP senator


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the Obama administration’s decision to reopen the US embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana, is a “slap in the face” of Israel. The senator from Texas made the remarks on Wednesday night, hours after President ...

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French Asylum for Snowden and Assange Would Send ‘Clear Message’ to US


(Common Dreams) – French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would “absolutely not be surprised” if whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received asylum in France. “It would be a symbolic gesture,” Taubira told French news channel BFMTV on Thursday, adding ...

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The Vileness of the Clintons


‘Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour? When the storm is ended shall we find How softly but swiftly they have sidled back to power By the favor and contrivance of their kind?’ — Rudyard Kipling, Mesopotamia ...

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Message to Congress on Trade and Inequality: Wake Up, ‘Trickle-Down’ is Dead!


(Common Dreams) – The debate over trade is red-hot these days. Proponents in Congress are revving up this week to push through their ‘Plan B’ after a grassroots uprising took them by surprise earlier this month and defeated ‘Plan A’, which ...

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Is this democracy? Senate ignores wisdespread outrage against Fast Track

Excessive criminal copyright rules are what we get when Big Content has access to powerful, secretive rule-making institutions which would be codified by so-called "free trade" deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Image: EFF)

Today the Senate voted 60 to 37 to jump a procedural hurdle on the path that will send Fast Track trade promotion legislation to President Obama for his signature. Senators voted for the bill that will facilitate the later approval ...

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1984 Arrives Thirty Years Late: Say Goodby to Privacy Forever if This Bill Passes


(Common Dreams) – Legislation called “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” has been introduced in both houses of Congress. Nice name, no? Don’t you think you should have “the right to know before you go” to a college ...

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How To Respond to the Oligarchy


The longer I live, the more fascinated I am by two things. One is how much control I have over so many issues and events. The other is how little control I have over so many issues and events. The ...

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Free Trade Deals: Just Another Dirty Secret of the Government


“The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is not a secret”, according to President Obama. “Any member of Congress can look at it”. True, but no notes, no pictures, no copies, no discussion. So, of course TPP is not a secret, most everyone ...

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Despite the Spin, Hillary Clinton Bows Down to Wall Street Overlords


(Common Dreams) – “Perfect! Perfect!” exclaimed a woman looking around at the Four Freedoms Park on New York City’s Roosevelt Island as a large crowd waited for Hillary Clinton to announce her presidential candidacy last weekend. And so it was. Secretary ...

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Video: Bilderberg 2015 Media bosses keep journalists quiet. Nazi Banks Replace Nazi Tanks TonyGosling On RT


http://rt.com/news/266947-bilderberg-police-protests-journalists/ https://soundcloud.com/rttv/media-bilderberg Credits: “We’re given the minimum information and … Via Youtube

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Hillary Clinton not trusted in swing states: Poll


A new poll by the Quinnipiac University has indicated that a majority of swing state voters think Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for the 2016 US presidential election, is untrustworthy for the job. The poll suggests that the former secretary ...

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Bilderberg Harassment of Free Press Journalists


Bilderberg uses the same security as the G7, just on a slightly different alp. So why don’t the lavish state resources extend to allowing free press reporting? By Charlie Skelton The Guardian The clock has struck midnight. The dream is ...

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Sanders to Clinton: The Time to Come Clean on TPP, Fast Track is ‘Right Now’


Calling out Clinton for being wishy-washy on the TPP, Sanders says: ‘If she’s against this, we need her to speak out.’ (Common Dreams) – With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about to formally kick off her presidential campaign with a ...

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Don’t Expect Clinton, GOP Candidates to Work for Social Justice


(Common Dreams) – My car’s bumper sticker reads “I’m ready for Oligarchy: the choice is clear. There is none.” It’s a truism that under our system, no one can be nominated or can win the presidency who isn’t a shill for ...

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The Illegality of NATO


Violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles In recent years, participation in NATO has made European countries accomplices in US efforts to achieve global hegemony by means of military force, in violation of international law, and especially in ...

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As Fast Track Vote Approaches in House, Democrats May Have Last Word

Excessive criminal copyright rules are what we get when Big Content has access to powerful, secretive rule-making institutions which would be codified by so-called "free trade" deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Image: EFF)

The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on the contentious legislation that could grant President Barack Obama increased power to speed so-called “trade” deals through Congress, and its fate is still up in the air as ...

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Election Coffers Fill Up as Campaign Finance Laws Go Unchecked


As 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns get underway, candidates are already raking in unprecedented amounts of donations–and being accused of violating campaign finance laws, according to new reports. But the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency in charge of regulating campaign ...

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US has ‘democracy problem’: NYC mayor


The United States is confronted with a “democracy problem,” which might be solved through reforming national voting laws, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says. “We have a democracy problem in this country, we have declining voter turnout,” de Blasio ...

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Netanyahu is Disconnected from Reality


This writer has commented before on the increasing desperation of Israel to cling to some sense of legitimacy, as it continues policies of racism, oppression and genocide. Any nation indulging in such horrific practices, as Israel does against any and ...

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Bizarre and ironic, war criminal Netanyahu demands global boycott of ISIS ‘products’


RINF EDITOR’S NOTE: The war criminal wants us to stop boycotting Israel and instead reject products from ISIS.. how he expects the world to do this, when in fact ISIS doesn’t produce any products, is a mystery. In a bizarre ...

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The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight


The hit parade of failed arguments should convince any fence sitters that this is a bad deal. Dean Baker (OtherWords) – As Congress gets ready to vote on whether to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), its proponents are making weaker and ...

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G7 conference to take place behind wall of high security


By Gustav Kemper (WSWS) – The so-called leaders of the free world will meet for the annual G7 conference on June 7 and 8 in a hermetically sealed high-security zone. The event will be held at Elmau Castle, a luxury resort in ...

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Ron Paul and the Political Theatre

Ron Paul.(Reuters / Joe Skipper)

Students in the state’s official propaganda institutions learn about the wonders of the ­­democratic process, so called, throughout their years of formal study. But the truth is on full display during a presidential election season. These are not wise statesmen, ...

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Charles Kennedy dies, aged 55


Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his Scottish home aged 55. No cause of death has been made public but police are not treating it as suspicious. His family has issued a statement, saying they ...

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Clinton Memo Reveals How They Convince Rich Liberals to Fund Them


“It is no secret that Sec. Clinton is fair-left and not far-left,” says internal memo. But what do her centrist supporters really want to talk about? Jon Queally (Common Dreams) – Would you like to know the kind of strategic thinking ...

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WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 ”Bounty” for Leaked Drafts of Secret TPP Chapters


Democracy Now! – Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number ...

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Poll: Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy


Most people in the United States now have an unfavorable view of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and believe she is not honest and trustworthy, according to a new poll on the 2016 race for the White House. Clinton’s favorable ...

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Will Hillary Clinton Abolish the Prison State Her Husband Created? Don’t Count on It.


As the front-runner for the democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has been saying all the right things and making all the right moves. At an April 28 Columbia University forum on Criminal Justice, Hillary Clinton gave a passionate speech calling ...

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‘A Step in the Right Direction’: US Removes Cuba from Terror List


Move signals continued restoration of diplomatic ties, but economic sanctions will remain in place (Common Dreams) – The U.S. has formally removed Cuba from its list of “state sponsors of terror,” the State Department announced on Friday, signaling one more step ...

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Corporate Media Accused of Parroting Fear-Mongering over Patriot Act


(Common Dreams) – With key provisions of the USA Patriot Act nearing a long-awaited expiration date, there remains one last adversary to take down in the fight for privacy rights: the corporate media. The most recent case is the New York ...

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Is US Trade Rep a Wall Street Crony? Groups Demand Transparency.


Public interest watchdogs say Americans deserve to know what US top trade negotiator Michael Froman ‘has been privately saying to big banks’ (Common Dreams) – Noting deep ties between the country’s top trade negotiator and Wall Street banks, ten groups representing ...

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Under Shadow of Trade Deal, US Pesticide Lobby Pressured EU to Dump Toxic Pesticide Rules


Report details how corporate lobbyists mobilized to stop the EU from regulating hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts (Common Dreams) – Under pressure from the U.S. and agrochemical industry lobbyists and amid ongoing negotiations for a ...

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Ireland Makes History: First Country in the World to Vote for Gay Marriage


(Common Dreams) – The results are in: Ireland has officially become the world’s first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. With a final count of 62.1 percent voting yes, with a total turnout of 60 percent, marriage equality is ...

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Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle


At least one small slice of the American public looks forward to the non-stop, sleazy political advertisements set to inundate viewers during the 2016 elections: media executives and their investors. Peter Liguori, the chief executive of Tribune Company, said earlier ...

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The Murder of JFK


For some time now, I have been analyzing American history in the light of what I have called structural deep events: events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, are mysterious ...

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If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back


It is not often that members of Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. But negotiations over fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in recent months have given elected representatives the chance to voice their opinions ...

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Monsanto Wants to Move to Switzerland. Why Is Obama Doing It Favors?


(Common Dreams) – The longstanding principal goal of U.S. trade policy is to advance U.S. economic interests. So, why is the Obama administration fighting so hard to help Monsanto — a company that is openly trying to slash its taxes by moving ...

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Gift to Multi-National Corporations as Senate Pushes Fast Track Forward


A final vote on Fast Track trade authority could come as soon as Thursday afternoon (Common Dreams) – Thumbing its nose at the wide swath of constituencies and civil society groups that oppose corporate-friendly trade deals, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday ...

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Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics


Most people we might think of as being on the American left don’t generally embrace the idea of “American exceptionalism.” There is one apparent exception to this unexceptional point of view, however, at least in some corners of the American ...

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US threatens not to sign nuclear deal with Iran due to inspection of military sites


Washington has threatened not to sign a final nuclear agreement with Tehran unless the Iranian government gives full access to its military sites and nuclear scientists. “If we don’t get the assurances we need on the access to possible military ...

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