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Sanders Talks 'Political Revolution' in Iowa as Clinton Declares: 'I'm Baaack' Appearing at a fundraising event for outgoing U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the gathered crowd of Democratic Party supporters, "Hello, Iowa. I'm baaaack!" Regarding the widely held assumption that Clinton will run for president in 2016, she addressed the issue most directly by saying, "It is true I am thinking about it." Read the Full Story
Bernie Sanders fires up devotees in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa — On the same day retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s Democratic Steak Fry became a de facto Hillary Clinton campaign rally, another group of Iowa progressives gathered in a church basement to hear from a potential presidential candidate who’s not sure he actually wants to be president. That would be Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. Read the Full Story
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The Senate Tried to Overturn 'Citizens United' Today. Guess What Stopped Them? A majority of the United States Senate has voted to advance a constitutional amendment to restore the ability of Congress and the states to establish campaign fundraising and spending rules with an eye toward preventing billionaires and corporations from buying elections. Read the Full Story
Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy -- Continued Under Obama -- Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS Thirteen years ago, a draft dodger from Texas stood on a pile of rubble in New York City and promised, "The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." Of course, the people who flew the planes into the World Trade Center could not hear anybody, as their remains were buried in the rubble beneath Bush's feet. Read the Full Story
Ferguson Residents Are Still Angry, As Questions Remain and Protests Continue One month after the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, anger and frustration continues to grow in Ferguson, as calls for the arrest of Wilson and questions over the police response to weeks of protests remain unanswered. Read the Full Story
The Speech on Diplomacy That Obama Should Have Given Last Night Too often in the United States—most especially since 9/11—we equate “doing something” with “doing something military.” George W. Bush gave a traumatized, near-paralyzed US public two options: we either go to war, or we let ‘em get away with it. Faced with that choice, it was hardly surprising that 88 percent or so of people in this country chose war. Read the Full Story
Dark Money Corruption of Democracy Forces Climate Change Direct Action and Mass Mobilization When the political system fails to provide necessary reforms, mass movements arise to force political change. The latest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of irreversible climate impacts, and paints a dire forecast for future generations. Climate activists have come to the conclusion that when our governments are bought and sold, policy shifts must begin in the streets. Compromised politicians will not willingly act to save the ecological balance of the planet. Read the Full Story
550+ Groups Reject Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority in Letter to Senator Wyden WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, nearly 600 organizations led by the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen sent a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) firmly rejecting fast-track trade promotion authority and calling for a new system for negotiating and implementing trade agreements. Read the Full Story
Football Star Ray Rice Gets Cut for Dosmetic Abuse, While Federal Judge Mark Fuller Still Has His Job Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was cut from the team yesterday after new video revealed details about the violence involved in his domestic-abuse case. Meanwhile, Alabama federal judge Mark Fuller has been sentenced to 24 weeks of treatment for drug, alcohol and domestic-violence issues--but it appears he will keep his job and escape criminal prosecution. Read the Full Story
Norton Says First Senate Hearing in Twenty Years Takes DC Statehood to a New Level WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that Senator Thomas Carper’s (D-DE) announcement of the first District of Columbia statehood hearing in more than two decades highlights “a season of unusual progress for D.C. statehood.” Senator Carper, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is one of the cosponsors of the Senate companion bill to Norton’s D.C. statehood bill, the New Columbia Admission Act. Read the Full Story
Bipartisan Case for a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance Following recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions dismantling our nation’s campaign finance laws, all Americans are certainly not equal on Election Day. With 5-4 split decisions, the court has given corporations the ability to spend unlimited money to persuade voters, and also declared limits on large donations to be the equivalent of infringement on speech. Read the Full Story
Party choice is key issue as Sen. Sanders mulls 2016 run WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has belonged to one political party in his lifetime: the anti-war Liberty Union Party. That was back in the 1970s. Since then, Sanders has forged his own political path, caucusing with Democrats in Congress but remaining independent on the ballot. Read the Full Story
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image Bernie Sanders fires up devotees in Iowa
image Protest Groups Call for Linking Arms on Wall Street to Stop the Destruction of the Ecosystem
image Congresswoman Speier Calls on Walgreens to Address Illegal Charges to Women for Contraceptives
image Norton Statehood Testimony Says D.C. is the Equal of the States
image In a Partisan Climate, 2 Lawmakers Try to Talk Past Climate Change
image The Senate Tried to Overturn 'Citizens United' Today. Guess What Stopped Them?
image Since 9-11 America's Insane Foreign Policy -- Continued Under Obama -- Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS
image Ferguson Residents Are Still Angry, As Questions Remain and Protests Continue
image The Speech on Diplomacy That Obama Should Have Given Last Night
image Dark Money Corruption of Democracy Forces Climate Change Direct Action and Mass Mobilization
image 550+ Groups Reject Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority in Letter to Senator Wyden
image Football Star Ray Rice Gets Cut for Dosmetic Abuse, While Federal Judge Mark Fuller Still Has His Job
image Norton Says First Senate Hearing in Twenty Years Takes DC Statehood to a New Level
image Bipartisan Case for a Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Finance
image Party choice is key issue as Sen. Sanders mulls 2016 run

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On the Hill with Heroes and Tap Dancers

On the Hill with Heroes and Tap Dancers

I think the bad guys are sacred of the heroes and the tap dancers are managing a shuffle ball change just enough to keep in step with re-election. Thursday July...

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Against U.S. Escalation in Iraq

Against U.S. Escalation in Iraq

The Obama administration seems poised to bomb insurgent-controlled areas of Iraq in another escalation of the deepening quagmire.

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Twelve States Are Suing The EPA Over Its Attempt To Fight Cl…

Twelve States Are Suing The EPA Over Its Attempt To Fight Climate Change

West Virginia, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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Lame Duck Hunt and the Fast Track Flush, Installment #1

Lame Duck Hunt and the Fast Track Flush, Installment #1

Yet more secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are underway today in Washington. Thanks to some hearty protestors braving the heat and humidity to hold a location pointer out in front...

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Elizabeth Warren Quietly Racked Up A Nice Win

Elizabeth Warren Quietly Racked Up A Nice Win

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) got her way on Tuesday when the Federal Reserve rejected the living will plans for most Wall Street banks.

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Gaza Initiative - PDA End War & Occupation team

Gaza Initiative - PDA End War & Occupation team

PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) shares the horror of the world at the slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza. We condemn violence against civilians by all sides.

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'Poor Doors' Come To SoCal: Low-Income Residents Of This Pro…

'Poor Doors' Come To SoCal: Low-Income Residents Of This Proposed WeHo Complex Can Look At The Pool But Can't Swim In It

Developers of a mixed-use building in West Hollywood have proposed building low-income housing within its ritzy complex, but those folks wouldn't be able to share the same amenities as everyone...

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The Koch Brothers' Reign of Terror: How Their Great Wealth I…

The Koch Brothers' Reign of Terror: How Their Great Wealth Is Buying Our Government

It seems like every e-mail I receive these days from a Democratic Senate candidate or Senator up for re-election this cycle includes a warning that the infamous Koch brothers will...

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TPP Media March

TPP Media March

We'll be back in September

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Defense Dept. Studying Protesters to Prepare for ‘Mass Civil…

Defense Dept. Studying Protesters to Prepare for ‘Mass Civil Breakdown’

Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements.

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The Ultimate Goal of the NSA is Total Population Control

The Ultimate Goal of the NSA is Total Population Control

At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'

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