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Post-2012-election wrap With Congressional disapproval ratings hovering around 75% one might think there would be a big turnover in Congress. Reporting for Politico Seung Min Kim explains the 5 traits of the House freshman class It wasn’t a wave election, but the 2012 races will sweep in an outsize freshman class nonetheless. The 113th Congress will welcome at least 79 new House members — 44 Democrats, 35 Republicans. That total would grow to 85 new faces in the House if current results in still-uncalled races hold. It will be the largest freshman class of the past dozen years, aside from the 89-member class elected in November 2010. The newest members knocked out more than 20 incumbents. But a large number of retirements and redistricting in key states also helped bring fresh blood to the Capitol. California alone will be responsible for 11 new members in the House. Here are POLITICO’s five traits of the incoming class of House freshmen. Next year’s House Democratic Caucus will achieve a significant milestone: the first in which women and minorities make up the majority. Democratic gains will boost Latino ranks in the House with at least eight new members .... This cycle saw the highest number of Asian-American congressional candidates in history ..... The Congressional Black Caucus will welcome five new members .... And the incoming class of House freshmen will have three openly gay members, all Democrats. ..... Though Democrats fell short of the 25 net seats needed to regain House control, they did manage to narrow the GOP majority. Gains in suburban America were a big reason why. .... House Democrats bragged after Tuesday night that they rolled back the “tea party wave” that swept them out of power in 2010. But plenty of new freshmen are strong conservatives backed enthusiastically by the movement that made its mark in 2010. ..... Six of the comeback specialists are Democrats ousted in the 2010 Republican wave: Bill Foster of Illinois, Alan Grayson of Florida, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Dan Maffei of New York, Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire and Dina Titus of Nevada. .... So all these new members equate to about 18-20% turnover, way lower than the 75% disapproval rating the 112th Congress now enjoys. The Do Nothing Congress will return as the 113th Edition in January with Paulie Ryan leading the obstructionists no doubt from the so-called "Fiscal Cliff" to more climate-change denial. Meanwhile citizens in the NY/NJ area are still dealing with the latest data point of climate change, Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. Over at Slate Katherine Goldstein wonders Is Occupy Wall Street Outperforming the Red Cross in Hurricane Relief? In Sunset Park, a predominantly Mexican and Chinese neighborhood in South Brooklyn, St. Jacobi’s Church was one of the go-to hubs for people who wanted to donate food, clothing, and warm blankets or volunteer help other New Yorkers who were still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Saturday, Ethan Murphy, one of the people heading the kitchen operation, estimated they would prepare and send out 10,000 meals to people in need. Thousands and thousands of pounds of clothes were being sorted, labeled, and distributed, and valuable supplies like heaters and generators were being loaded up in cars to be taken out to the Rockaways, Staten Island and other places in need. However, this well-oiled operation wasn’t organized by the Red Cross, New York Cares, or some other well-established volunteer group. This massive effort was the handiwork of none other than Occupy Wall Street—the effort is known as Occupy Sandy. .... So how did an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, best known as a leaderless movement that brought international attention to issues of economic injustice through the occupation of Zucotti Park in the financial district last year, become a leader in local hurricane relief efforts? Ethan Murphy, who was helping organize the food at St. Jacobis and had been cooking for the occupy movement over the past year, explained there wasn’t any kind of official decision or declaration that occupiers would now try to help with the hurricane aftermath. “This is what we do already, “ he explained: Build community, help neighbors, and create a world without the help of finance. Horst said, “We know capitalism is broken, so we have already been focused on organizing to take care of our own [community] needs.” He sees Occupy Sandy as political ideas executed on a practical level. DN! sent our their correspondent Mike Burke for this fascinating interview After Sandy, Occupy Movement Re-Emerges as Relief Hub for Residents in Need Interestingly, one of the more active relief efforts that we came across in the Rockaways was done by a group calling themselves Occupy Sandy Relief. And this is a group of—pretty much of alumni from Occupy Wall Street who started organizing really in the hours after the storm, about ways that just, you know, regular members of the community could help. And we talked to one organizer named Catherine Yeager. She lives in the Rockaways, and we talked to her outside of the—a restaurant called the Veggie Island, which had been transformed into a relief hub. And this is part of what she had to say.
- CATHERINE YEAGER: ....Right now, the biggest issue that we need is generators, and we need pumps, because we can’t get the electricity turned back on until all of the basements are pumped out. And there’s still—if you walk Rockaway and you knock on any door, someone—every single door, someone is going to need help.
The water that came in is toxic, OK? We had water from the beach. I watched the waves that morning. They were already incredibly dirty. The bay and the ocean met every single part of Rockaway during the storm. There was at least two feet of flooding everywhere, sometimes up to six or seven feet of flooding, depending on where you lived. Everyone’s been affected, doesn’t matter who you are, doesn’t matter where you are. Every single person’s been affected. And so, a lot of right now is getting those basements pumped out, debris getting pulled out, you know, sweeping out huge chunks of just gunk and junk, and trying to figure out where it all goes. The boardwalk is destroyed. You know, I watched the boardwalk out my window come rushing down. The water level here got up to about five feet, and the winds were almost 20 miles per hour, so it looks like the ocean coming through this entire place. I watched cars rolling down the street. I mean, it was—it was scary. And out the window, you could see the fire. You could see this huge flame of fire coming from Breezy Point. And they really—I mean, there were, I think, 80 homes lost over there—and just devastated. So, the last couple days have been very inspiring, because we’ve had so many people coming. People are starting to realize that Rockaway was hit as bad as it was hit, and they’re coming to start helping and starting to think about us a little bit more. So, we’ll see what happens. I don’t know when we’re going to get electricity back. I don’t know. ....
BUSH CRIME FAMILY NEWS: Robyn Hagan Cain at FindLaw.com tells us Court Dismisses Torture Lawsuit Against Donald Rumsfeld The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit this week from two American civilians who claim that they were tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq, Reuters reports. In an 8-3 opinion, the Seventh Circuit concluded that the plaintiffs had no right to sue former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and others in the military chain of command for damages. The en banc decision reverses last year's Seventh Circuit panel ruling that the men could pursue their Bivens claims against Rumsfeld. .... Writing for the Seventh Circuit majority, Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook said that a Bivens remedy is personal, and would not apply to the contractors' case even if the court created a common-law damages remedy against military personnel and their civilian superiors. Though the Supreme Court concluded in Iqbal that cabinet secretaries and other supervisory personnel are accountable for what they do, they are not vicariously liable for what their subordinates do. Knowledge of a subordinate's misconduct is not enough for liability. ...... The contractors' lawyer, Michael Kanovitz, expressed disappointment in the ruling, saying that the decision means "a civilian can never bring a claim to enforce their rights if they are violated by anyone in the U.S. military," Reuters reports. Kanovitz indicated to Bloomberg that Ertel and Vance might petition the Supreme Court for review. Good luck with THAT considering the R.A.T.S. on the SCOTUS. Maybe, just maybe, Obama will get to nominate a couple of decent (non-corporate aka for-the-peeps) judges to the SCOTUS in the next four years (as every Obamabot has beat us over the head with this election season). Don't hold yer breath: Obomber luvs him some extrajudicial killings.
Paul Krugman explains the Delusions of Reason at his NYT blog What’s so strange about this is that everything — everything — that has happened for the past decade has demonstrated the opposite. Modern Republicans are devotees of faith-based analysis on every front. On economics, in particular, they are devoted to supply-side fantasies that keep being refuted by evidence — and their reaction is to try to suppress the evidence. They’ve spent pretty much the whole past four years issuing dire warnings about inflation and soaring interest rates that keep not coming true; they cling to the belief that if only a Republican were in office we’d have a 1982-style recovery even though economists who actually studied past financial crises predicted the slow recovery in advance. And don’t even get me started on climate change. The truth is that the modern GOP is deeply anti-intellectual, and has as its fundamental goal not just a rollback of the welfare state but a rollback of the Enlightenment. Yet there are some wannabe intellectuals who delude themselves into believing that they have aligned themselves with the party of objective (as opposed to Objectivist) analysis. You might think that the election debacle would force some reconsideration. But I doubt it; if the financial crisis didn’t do it, nothing will.
As we have tried to explain over and over again OBJECTIVE REALITY IS IMMATERIAL to the Right Wing and the Greater GOPher electorate. Over at NYMag.com Frank Rich calls it Fantasyland - Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too Mitt Romney is already slithering into the mists of history, or at least La Jolla, gone and soon to be forgotten. A weightless figure unloved and distrusted by even his own supporters, he was always destined, win or lose, to be a transitory front man for a radical-right GOP intent on barreling full-speed down the Randian path laid out by its true 2012 standard-bearer, Paul Ryan. But as was said of another unsuccessful salesman who worked the New England territory, attention must be paid to Mitt as the door slams behind him in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s brilliant victory. Though Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might. ..... The blogger Steve Benen, who meticulously curated and documented Mitt’s false statements during 2012, clocked a total of 917 as Election Day arrived. Those lies, which reached a crescendo with the last-ditch ads accusing a bailed-out Chrysler of planning to ship American jobs to China, are not to be confused with the Romney flip-flops. The Etch-A-Sketches were a phenomenon of their own; if the left and right agreed about anything this year, it was that trying to pin down where Mitt “really” stood on any subject was a fool’s errand. ..... Given that Romney had about as much of a human touch with voters as an ATM, it sometimes seemed as if a hologram were running for president.(Do you mean Mitt Headroom? Haha! -Ed.) Yet some 57 million Americans took him seriously enough to drag themselves to the polls and vote for a duplicitous cipher. Not all of this can be attributed to the unhinged Obama hatred typified by Mary Matalin’s postelection characterization of the president as “a political narcissistic sociopath.” ....... This year’s instantly famous declaration by the Romney pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” crystallized the mantra of the entire GOP. The Republican faithful at strata both low and high, from Rush’s dittoheads to the think-tank-affiliated intellectuals, have long since stopped acknowledging any empirical evidence that disputes their insular worldview, no matter how grounded that evidence might be in (God forbid) science or any other verifiable reality, like, say, Census reports or elementary mathematics. No wonder Romney shunned the word Harvard, which awarded him two degrees, even more assiduously than he did Mormon. At the policy level, this is the GOP that denies climate change, that rejects Keynesian economics, and that identifies voter fraud where there is none. At the loony-tunes level, this is the GOP that has given us the birthers, websites purporting that Obama was lying about Osama bin Laden’s death, and not one but two (failed) senatorial candidates who redefined rape in defiance of medical science and simple common sense. It’s the GOP that demands the rewriting of history (and history textbooks), still denying that Barry Goldwater’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy” transformed the party of Lincoln into a haven for racists. Such is the conservative version of history that when the website Right Wing News surveyed 43 popular conservative bloggers to determine the “worst figures in American history” two years ago, Jimmy Carter, Obama, and FDR led the tally, all well ahead of Benedict Arnold, Timothy McVeigh, and John Wilkes Booth. The good news for Democrats this year was that the right’s brand of magical thinking (or non-thinking) bit the GOP in the ass, persuading it to disregard all the red flags and assume even a figure as hollow as Romney could triumph........ Nor, for all the panicked Republican talk about trying to make the party more inclusive and rational, is there any evidence that the GOP base wants to retreat a whit, whether on immigration or gay marriage or reproductive rights or the reinstatement of Jim Crow–era roadblocks to voting in states like Florida and Ohio. Or that any Republican leaders with actual power (as opposed to the out-of-office Jeb Bush) want to, either. The right is taking solace from exit-poll findings that more Americans still label themselves conservative than liberal and still think government does too much. A moderate putsch led by Olympia Snowe in exile, or David Frum, David Brooks, and Michael Gerson from op-ed pages, or Meghan McCain on Twitter, is not going to get very far. But that’s the Republicans’ plight...... The news business, which we once counted on to vet hoaxes and fictions, is now so insecure about its existential future that it was cowed to some extent by the Scarboroughs, Noonans, and Roves, with most of the networks, not just Fox, ignoring the statistical data of Silver and others and instead predicting a long, nail-biting Election Night. Much more so go read it all! And almost on cue from CBS This Morning we find Condoleezza Rice: GOP sent "mixed messages" throughout election While Rice maintained that the electoral college often skews the reality of an election -- "It was still a close election in the popular vote," she said -- she admitted that there is a need for a "bigger tent for the Republican party." She explained that while the party stands for a lot of things that are "broadly popular with the American people" -- from "fiscal responsibility" to "the possibility of strong national defense," she admitted "clearly we are losing important segments of the electorate." Rice explained, "on the immigration issue ... and probably some issues about women too, some mixed messages were sent. And when you send mixed messages through the narrow funnel that is the media funnel, sometimes people only hear one side of that message. At AlterNet Roy Edroso proprietor of Alicublog asks Why Does the GOP Keep Generating Extremists? During the campaign, instead of tying Democrats to weirdos, the Republicans generated a flood of their own. Again! .... But a weird thing happened: During the campaign, instead of tying Democrats to weirdos, the Republicans generated a flood of their own. Again! And here conservatives turned out to be a big, fat liability for their cause. As Republican after Republican made crackpot comments about rape, contraception, and abortion, the GOP's rightwing brain trust unfailingly followed up and said, yeah, that's what we believe, that's what we've always believed. .... And because the conventional wisdom had always been that autonomous, sexually active women and the men who love them are just a fringe constituency, instead of questioning the wisdom of attacking them, the big brains questioned the wisdom of having Sandra Fluke speak at the Democratic Convention. I always knew this issue was a winner for the Democrats, but now I'm beginning to think that it affected everything else as well. That is, Romney's crackpot economic and environmental policies might have had more traction with voters if so many of them were not convinced that he represented and was listening to a bunch of lunatics who were totally out of touch with how human beings live. .... Haha! Confused? So was Kristen Neel headlines the Sydney Morning Herald! It must be quite a shock for Julia Gillard to find that President Barack Obama's re-election somehow transformed her into Australia's male, Christian president who "actually supports what he says". Confused? So was Kristen Neel, a teenager from Georgia, who gained Twitter infamy in Australia in a matter of hours on Wednesday evening. After news President Obama won four more years, the 18-year-old tweeted: "I'm moving to Australia, because their president is a Christian and actually supports what he says." She has since deleted her Twitter account, but search tool Topsy showed she was retweeted over 1500 times. Before she went offline, Ms Neel tried to explain. "I was referring to the prevous (sic) office that actually had a moral position," she wrote. Australian political and media observers didn't take long to pounce, sending out numerous tweets:
- L@kristenneel_ our "president" is a prime minister, is a woman, and is an atheist. I think you meant Antarctica. Move there. — Gilbert (@post_rock0)
- @kristenneel_ Not one word of that sentence is true. I’m not even angry, I’m impressed.— ABCnewsIntern (@ABCnewsIntern)
- I feel sorry for @kristenneel_. USA, may I suggest more funding to Public Education to avoid another Twitter-tragedy in 4 years time.— Ken Sekiya (@ki_sekiya)
- DAVID FRUM: The conservative followership has been fleeced, exploited and lied to by the conservative entertainment complex.
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- BYRON YORK: The thing that struck me talking to Romney supporters at the convention center right after he had conceded was that so many of them said they were incredibly shocked at this. They had come to the event expecting Romney to win. They were really stunned when it turned out that he hadn't.
- YORK: You had this kind of mutually reinforcing phenomenon going on between the Romney campaign, some influential commentators and then a lot of that commentary then gets repeated in the media at large.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
- Hurricane Sandy coverage including After Sandy, Occupy Movement Re-Emerges as Relief Hub for Residents in Need AND Starting Line of Canceled Marathon, New York’s Staten Island Overcome by Post-Sandy Desperation PLUS As Sandy Relief Lags, Residents from Red Hook to Hoboken Band Together for Community Response and more!
- The Nation's Ari Berman In Tight Race, 11th-Hour Voter ID Laws, Suppression Could Decide Ohio and Other Swing States
- Brentin Mock, lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012 & Myrna Pérez, senior counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice In Key Florida Battleground, Tea Party-Linked "True the Vote" Challenges Voters at the Polls
AND Election (Suppression) Day 2012: From ID to Intimidation, How to Protect Your Rights at the Polls
- Investigative reporter Greg Palast In Ohio, African-American Turnout Threatened by Reduced Early Voting and Faulty Ballots
- Kim Barker, reporter for ProPublica In Landmark Ruling, "Dark Money" Group Tied to Citizens United Ordered to Reveal Its Donors
- Campaign 2012 Obama Re-Elected to 2nd Term with Near Sweep of Battleground States
- Jealous and Flanders Election 2012: Ben Jealous, Laura Flanders on Obama’s 2nd Term & the Future of Progressive Politics
- Scahill & KucinichJeremy Scahill and Dennis Kucinich: In Obama’s 2nd Term, Will Dems Challenge U.S. Drones, Killings?
- Justine Sarver, executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy CenterFrom Marriage Equality to Legalizing Marijuana, Election Day Ballot Measures Won by Movements
- Juan González Juan González: Critical Role in Obama’s Re-Election Heralds New Era of Decisive Latino Vote in U.S. AND Puerto Rico Referendum Approves U.S. Statehood for 1st Time, But Results Show Divided Views
- Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz and Democracy Now! fellow Martyna Starosta Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath
- John Nichols John Nichols: Overwhelming Obama Victory Not Just a Mandate for the President, but for Progressives
- Denver Nicks, journalist and author Bradley Manning Offers to Plead Guilty to WikiLeaks Charges if Gov’t Drops Espionage, Enemy Case
- Mick Dumke, reporter for Chicago’s alternative newspaper, the Chicago Reader. After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov’t Showdown
- Smiley and West Tavis Smiley, Cornel West on the 2012 Election & Why Calling Obama "Progressive" Ignores His Record AND ON-LINE EXCLUSIVE Part 2: Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West Call on Obama to Host a White House Conf. on Ending Poverty
- READ Amy Goodman at TruthDig Now the Work of Movements Begins he election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States. There will be much attention paid by the pundit class to the mechanics of the campaigns, to the techniques of microtargeting potential voters, the effectiveness of get-out-the-vote efforts. The media analysts will fill the hours on the cable news networks, proffering post-election chestnuts about the accuracy of polls, or about either candidate’s success with one demographic or another. Missed by the mainstream media, but churning at the heart of our democracy, are social movements, movements without which President Obama would not have been re-elected......
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The 1st Amendment is Our Permit Our permit to occupy is The First Amendment. Quickly sign the following statement which will be delivered to mayors, police chiefs and major media across the country:
- Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest. We do have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop.
STOP the ACHE Appalachian Community HEALTH EMERGENCY Advocating for government action and protection of the public from the health crisis in mountain top removal communi ties
- Lawmakers concerned about the health effects on humans from mountaintop removal coal mining set forth legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (OH), Louise Slaughter (NY), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), John Yarmuth (KY), Lynn Woolsey (CA), Judy Chu (CA), Raúl Grijalva (AZ), James Moran (VA), Michael Honda (CA), John Conyers (MI), and Keith Ellison (MN) introduced the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act H.R. 5959 which would place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACHE coalition presently consists of participants from Coal River Mountain Watch, Mountain Health and Heritage Association, and Christians for the Mountains. “We encourage you, if you’re concerned about mountaintop removal’s effect on your community’s health, to join us in making your voice heard,” said Allen Johnson, executive director of Christians for the Mountains. “Please contact us, learn about the issue, and take action to protect your community.”
Community-Wealth.org community-wealth.org a project of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland Community-Wealth.org brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity. Featuring Community Wealth Building in Action: The Cleveland Model Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative—the host of C-W.org—in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Shorebank Enterprise Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, and the city's major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy. Increasingly, this model is being referred to nationally as The Cleveland Model. Initial planning is now underway to assist other cities in Ohio and nationwide to replicate and adapt this innovative approach to economic development, green job creation, and neighborhood stabilization. Find more many resources at Community-Wealth.org!
NET NEUTRALITY! SaveTheInternet.com Declaration of Internet Freedom Tired of fighting bad bills like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA? Want to stand up against those who are trying to control what we do and say online? It's time for something different. A group of more than 1,500 organizations, academics, startup founders and tech innovators has come together to produce a Declaration of Internet Freedom, a set of five principles that put forward a positive vision of the open Internet. Our goal: Get millions of Internet users to sign on to this Declaration. Build political power for Internet users to make sure that we get a seat at the table whenever, and wherever, the future of the Internet is being decided. It's time to stop playing defense and start going on the offensive. The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate in the 21st century. But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online. And all too often, people in power are making political decisions behind closed doors about how the Internet should operate — and they're doing this without the involvement of actual Internet users. The result: policies that could close down the open Internet and destroy our freedom to connect. It’s time for us to reclaim the Internet for its users. Take action now and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom..
CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE American Majority Rejects Washington Austerity Consensus – And We Demand Media Coverage by Roger Hickey, President, Campaign for America's Future: No more silent majority. The Campaign for America’s Future is joining with the Center for Economic and Policy Research (whose Co-Director, Dean Baker blogs regularly about economic bias in the media) and with FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) to monitor the media’s coverage and representation of the American Majority views as they go into covering the big deficit fight. But we want to enlist YOU too. Send us accounts of unbalanced coverage in the national media and in your local newspapers and television. Call up reporters, editors, assignment people and tell them when they are under-representing the views of the American Majority. We should have at least half the experts, pundits, quotes and real people represented in their coverage. In a debate as important as the one we are going into, we can’t allow the media to ignore the American Majority. Much more at www.ourfuture.org
MOVE TO AMEND! www.movetoamend.org SIGN HERE NOW! And check out more actions on the Move to Amend Calendar featuring David Cobb's Barnstorming Tour! Also visit Rep Alan Grayson's site www.savedemocracy.net GET INVOLVED! And Alan Grayson is running again in FL-8! Help out at CongressmanWithGuts.com
SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT See CourageToResist.org and Bradley Manning Support Network UPDATE! BuzzFlash Commentary Military Makes a Mockery of Bradley Manning’s Right to a Speedy Trial September 28, 2012: “PFC Manning’s statutory and constitutional speedy trial rights have been trampled upon with impunity,” writes David Coombs, defense lawyer for accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning, in a new motion posted to his blog yesterday. The 117-page comprehensive motion takes a long and thorough look at the ways in which the Convening Authority and prosecution have utterly failed to act according to their obligations to provide Manning a speedy trial. Coombs concludes that the only remedy for these extremely long delays is a dismissal of charges with prejudice. At the time of Coombs’ filing, Manning had been imprisoned for 845 days. Coombs emphasizes just how long this is......
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The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises
Considering Democracy: 8 Things to ask your Representative
- This Week (ABC) Host George Stephanopoulos
• Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
• Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
• ROUNDTABLE: Fox News anchor Greta van Susteren, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., The Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot, and The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel.
- Face The Nation (CBS) Host Bob Schiefer
• Senior Campaign Adviser David Axelrod
• Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
• ROUNDTABLE: Vanity Fair's Dee Dee Myers, Harvard University's David Gergen, The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.
- 60 Minutes (CBS)
• Belle Harbor - The residents of this New York City shoreline neighborhood have suffered more than their share of tragedy, but continue to show a unique strength and grace even after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Scott Pelley reports. Clem Taylor, Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Robert Anderson and Nicole Young are the producers.
• Three Million Open Jobs - As millions of Americans remain unemployed, U.S. manufacturers are having trouble filling jobs requiring the skills to operate their high-tech machinery. Byron Pitts reports. David Schneider is the producer.
- Meet the Press (NBC) Host David Gregory
• Microsoft, NBC News Dissolve MSNBC.com Joint Venture NBC is buying Microsoft's 50 percent interest in the MSNBC website for an undisclosed amount. MSNBC.com will be rebranded as NBCNews.com, and readers who logged into MSNBC.com late Sunday were automatically redirected to NBCNews.com. Microsoft is preparing to launch its own news service this fall. Although he declined to provide many details about the operation general manager of MSN.com Bob Visse said the news staff will be about the same size as the roughly 100 people who created original content for the MSNBC.com. "There is no question that we are going to have more flexibility to make our own decisions," said Vivian Schiller, NBC News' chief digital officer. "This is really an amicable breakup. We think competition will make us better." Okay then.
• Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
• member of the “Gang of Six” during the debt ceiling debate, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
• NBC's Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell
• CNBC's Jim Cramer on What Happens if They Can't
• ROUNDTABLE: Rep.-elect Joaquìn Castro (D-TX); Republican strategist Steve Schmidt; presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, and NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd.
- State of the Union With Candy Crowley (CNN) At 9 AM ET, Candy talks to the power players: politicians, business leaders and international newsmakers who will make Monday morning's headlines. At NOON ET, Candy wraps it all up with fresh interviews and the best of the earlier hours.
• New York Rep. Peter King
• NJ Sen. Bob Menendez
• California Gov. Jerry Brown
• ROUNDTABLE: former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, WA Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, former Commerce Secretary and Romney campaign adviser Carlos Gutierrez and American Values President Gary Bauer.
- HEAD ON RADIO with Bob Kincaid
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• PRAYER MEETIN' WEDNESDAY!!!!! Bob and callers go over election results! Listen HERE NOW! Amen to the White Rose Society! Donate to Head On HERE! And join Coal River Mountain Watch at www.crmw.net!
- YOUR GREEN NEWS REPORT
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• 'Green News Report' - November 1, 2012 IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: With Hurricane Sandy recovery underway, Bloomberg endorses Obama, Romney is heckled, and the impacts of climate change finally begin to dawn on corporate media and public officials; PLUS: Planning ahead for a climate changed future ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
• IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see link): CIA's Climate Change Security Report Delayed Due To Hurricane Sandy; Winter Storm May Hit In Early November, Possibly On Election Day; Energy company CEO: Why do we have to talk about climate change today?; Australia Rejects Calls From The Fossil Fuel Industry To Roll Back 20 Percent Renewable Energy Target; Exxon And Shell Earn $54 Billion So Far In 2012, After Taking $800 Million In Annual Tax Breaks; KFC UK will no longer source from Asia Pulp & Paper ... PLUS: The Onion: Nation Suddenly Realizes This Just Going To Be A Thing That Happens From Now On ... and much, MUCH more!
• BRADBLOG UPDATE! BREAKING: Portland's Clear Channel-owned KPOJ Progressive Talk Station Flipped to Fox Sports By Brad Friedman on 11/9/2012 - This is horrible. Tonight, without warning, Clear Channel Communications-owned 620 AM KPOJ in Portland, Oregon, one of the most progressive cities in one of the nation's most progressive states, has flipped from it's years-long progressive news and talk format over to Fox Sports as of 5:30pm local time. KPOJ was the only commercial progressive talk radio station in Portland. The city will still have several other Rightwing talk radio stations, including one owned by Clear Channel, and they already have two sports stations, but the Bain Capital-owned media conglomerate is now killing yet another progressive voice from our publicly-owned airwaves. .....
• BRADBLOG UPDATE! The Day After: About Those Voting Machines... We've got a lot of mopping up to do around here today, tomorrow and in the days and weeks ahead. There are still races outstanding, recounts apparently coming and, despite encouraging reported results yesterday, an electoral system left in shambles. If you haven't noticed or guessed, yes, we intend to hold President Obama to this remark (and many more) from his victory speech last night......
• BRADCAST UPDATE! KPFK 'BradCast': Election 2012 Mop Up, Reform Begins; Bob Fitrakis on OH's Secret Vote Software Today on my KPFK/Pacifica Radio show: My take on what did and didn't go right and wrong during yesterday's 2012 elections --- there was plenty of each --- and what now needs to be done about it all. Plus, investigative journalist Bob Fitrakis from Ohio's Free Press on OH Sec. of State Jon Husted's secret, uncertified, "experimental" software installed on vote counting systems in 39 counties just days before the 2012 election, and Fitrakis' state and federal lawsuits to try to block it...
- The Peter B. Collins Show PODCAST!
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The Peter B. Collins Show covers American news and politics from the Left Coast. Veteran talk radio personality Peter B. Collins, based in San Francisco, delivers fresh interviews, commentary and analysis on a range of important topics, with views and voices you don’t often find in the corporate media.
• Holiday Break and Website Changes
- To my valued listeners: We are making some changes to the website and our terms, effective in January. We will continue to offer free podcasts–my new daily news and commentary. Our in-depth interviews will be available for $1 per episode, or to subscribers who pay $5 per month or more. Loyal listeners who simply can’t afford it should send an email to email@example.com, as we will be offering a limited number of scholarships to our friends who are hurting during these tough times. More information will be posted as we complete the revisions. I’m grateful to each of you for listening and supporting this work, and hope that the new model will enable us to keep it going well into the future. All the best, -pbc
• PBC Standard Podcast November 8, 2012 Public Citizen’s Taylor Lincoln Reports on “Dark Money” in 2012 Senate Races
- Ring of Fire Radio
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This week on Ring of Fire November 9, 2012
• Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, will be joining us to talk about organized labor’s role in this year’s election.
• Author Ari Berman will discuss the problems voters faced at the polls, and how we can solve those problems before the next election.
• Alternet Washington correspondent Adele Stan will tell us how the Romney campaign pushed the limits on conservative hate talk.
• And “Delirium” author Nancy Cohen will join us to discuss how the GOP’s war on women backfired miserably for Republican candidates.
• VIDEO! THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION & FRAUD with Robert Kennedy Jr & Mike Papantonio “Call us if you have a personal story about Fraud on Taxpayers or False Claims for Payment made by Corportations at 1-866-389-FIRE (3473)or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have evidence of fraud that robbed taxpayer dollars. If our government is paying too much due to fraud by a corporation, Ring of Fire wants to do a story on it.”
• VIDEO! Papantonio: Exposing The Climate Criminals (VIDEO)
• VIDEO! Papantonio: Obama’s First Step; REPLACE ERIC HOLDER (VIDEO)
• VIDEO! Papantonio: GOP’s “Hate Everything Strategy” Backfires (VIDEO)
• VIDEO! Papantonio: Extremist GOP No Longer Relevant In Politics (VIDEO)
Papantonio: Extremist GOP No Longer Relevant In Politics (VIDEO)
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- Majority Report with Sam Seder Streaming LIVE weekdays 11:30 am et @ Majority.fm!
• November 5, 2012 Markos Moulitsas & Occupy Sandy
• November 6, 2012 Janeane “Katherine Harris” Garofalo
• November 7, 2012 Ari Berman & David Dayen With the Wrap Up
• November 8, 2012 Ryan Grim, Progressive Wins
• November 9, 2012 Casual Friday, Cliff Schecter & Andy “Obamabot” Kindler
• MORE Podcast Interviews at Majority.fm!
- On the Edge with Max Keiser Podcasts and more @ MaxKeiser.com!
"HI Y'ALL! Tell the people! Tell the people!"
WHO IS MAX KEISER? Max Keiser is a financial expert, Prediction Markets analyst, inventor and filmmaker. He is the creator of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) the first Prediction Market. Max Keiser co-hosts "The Truth About Markets" on ResonanceFM 104.4 in London. He also produces and presents documentary films covering markets and finance for Al Jazeera’s "People & Power" series. Max Keiser started his career on Wall Street in 1983. He is the creator of KarmaBanque a site that enables activists to challenge corporate power. Read Max Keiser: 'Barack Obama is clueless. Mitt Romney will bankrupt the country' by
Robert Chalmers at The Indepentdent! "Some call Max Keiser a 'traitor' but America's most outrageous political pundit is about to become the most widely watched newscaster on the planet. Here, he explains why he won't be voting in Tuesday's US election."
• VISIT PirateMyFilm.com!!! Crowd Funding for Pirates!
• NEW! MaxKeiserTV on YouTube! MaxKeiserTV PLUS here is Max Keiser’s official Facebook page And here is the official Keiser Report page
• The official Facebook pages for Max Keiser & Keiser Report STACY SUMMARY: For once and for all, here are our real Facebook pages, the other ones are fake. But if you feel like chatting to the fake ones, by all means, go ahead. Max Keiser & Keiser Report PLUS Stacey Herbert
• The “Keiser Report” has been begging europe to do this for years by maxkeiser READ European Banks Preparing To Boycott Big Three Rating Agencies (zerohedge.com)
• Vulture Capitalism & Reverse Vulture Capitalism by maxkeiser - Caught in the battle between hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Argentina, some hedge funds complain that they are being held hostage. Bondholders who agreed to a 70 percent hit as part of Argentina’s debt restructuring are concerned they might not get paid all they are owed if Singer’s Elliott Management gets its way. Gramercy Funds Management, one of the bondholders that agreed to accept 30 cents on the dollar when Argentina defaulted in 2001, said as much to Manhattan federal court Judge Thomas Griesa yesterday. “We’re the ones being held hostage,” Sean O’Shea, Gramercy’s attorney, told Griesa at a hearing. Elliott had asked the judge to lift a stay that would require Argentina to pay up to $1.3 billion to Elliott in December, when Argentina makes payments to other bondholders. READ Hedgies held ‘hostage’ by pirate Singer
• Denninger: The end of the self-delusional game we’ve been running for the last three decades. That endpoint is here, now and today. In the post election hype, Denninger keeps it real. The post-neo-liberal bubble that popped in 2007 is continuing to implode. READ The “New Normal” In Pictures
• Why Bankers Own the World’s Gold by SilverVigiolante - The real conclusion that must be internalized is that, while buying precious metals and other tangible assets can be an excellent way of exiting the fiat currency paradigm, we mustn’t forget that central bankers own the world’s gold. They have been in a position to accumulate for centuries, and through conniving and contrivance have ensured that their stashes are the biggest on the planet. READ Why Bankers Own The World’s Gold
• KEISER REPORT [KR363] Keiser Report: Rip It Up & Start Again! We discuss electing ‘powerless’ governments which then proceed to rip up social contracts and illegally transfer debts to private citizens, who, in turn, accept the ‘moral responsibility’ to keep the corporate welfare Queens rolling in their sacrosanct perks. If government is not ‘legally empowered’ to reduce the pay of bankers who destroyed and continue to run Anglo Irish bank, how were they ever ‘legally empowered’ to transfer the private debts between two private parties to the public? In the second half, Max Keiser talks to Simon Rose of SaveOurSavers.co.uk about the attempt to try capitalism without capital and how the erosion of savings is costing the economy not only capital but jobs and growth.
• KEISER REPORT [KR364] Keiser Report: Triple-Dip Recession Nightmare We discuss Goldfinger at the New York Fed in Lower Manhattan where Germany’s gold did not dissolve in the Hurricane Sandy floods, but $13 trillion in paper assets did. They also discuss Treasury secretaries and Goldman CEOs as the stuff of nightmares. In the second half, Max Keiser talks to Ned Naylor-Leyland about Germany’s gold, JP Morgan’s shorts, Bart Chilton’s ‘investigation’ and whether or not Brown’s Bottom was actually a way to cover up a shortage of gold in London.
• KEISER REPORT [KR365] Keiser Report: Wacko Wizard World We discuss central bankers and governments from Iceland to Argentina attempting to tilt the global pinball game so that the ball goes in the ‘right’ hole while ‘invincibility’ tattoos fail to protect from the guns and knives of financial weapons in the real world. In the second half, Max Keiser talks to Tuur Demeester of Macrotrends.be about the recent report from the European Central Bank suggesting they are concerned about the new breed of decentralized digital currencies threatening their seignorage rights. They also discuss the financial jungle of Argentina where capital controls and economic chaos prove a great testing ground for new currencies
• ON THE EDGE On the Edge with Danny Schechter
• THE TRUTH ABOUT MARKETS [TaM-1257] The Truth About Germany’s Gold Download show HERE (mp3)
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- ANTIWAR RADIO with Scott Horton
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• Pepe Escobar June 30, 2012: Globetrotting journalist Pepe Escobar discusses his article “Syria and Turkey’s Phantom War;” Turkey’s violation of Syrian airspace in a purposeful, measured provocation and test of Syria’s defenses; the near-invocation of NATO Article 5 and a wider war (an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all); looking for ways to bypass the UN on Syria, since China and Russia won’t let an interventionist resolution pass the Security Council; grand plans for NATO expansion in the official “Assured Security, Dynamic Engagement” plan; counterrevolutions in the Middle East and South America, as the US looks to rebuild its portfolio of client states; and how Qatar has become the new superpower in the Middle East, surpassing even Saudi Arabia.
• SCOTT HORTON July 5, 2012: Scott says goodbye to Antiwar.com. Scott Horton is the former host of Antiwar Radio. Visit his blog Stress. Due to budget cuts Scott lost his gig at AntiWarRadio.com! Whoa! See ScottHortonShow.com for archives! Send emails to Scott at scotthorton.org to help Scott keep his podcast going!
• Many more interviews at Antiwar Radio!
• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman, Senate Intelligence Committee
• ROUNDTABLE: Democrats Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Republicans Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).
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