Monthly Archives: January 2013

Daily Kos: You want to teach first graders WHAT?

The primary goal of the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program is not to safeguard children, but to protect the interests of the NRA and the firearms industry by making guns more acceptable to children and youth. The Eddie Eagle … Continue reading

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: New Reports Finds 44 Percent of Americans One Financial Shock Away From Ruin, and More

More American exceptionalism: A stunning new report finds that 44 percent of Americans are just one financial shock away from complete ruin; state and local governments are taxing the super-rich at half the rate they tax the poor; the student-loan … Continue reading

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The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor – NYTimes.com

Thomas Edsall reviews the conservative case that America’s poor are secretly doing just fine because the basics and even the luxuries are getting cheaper. So don’t worry about those 42.6 million people living in poverty; they’ll upgrade to Blu-ray one … Continue reading

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White House targets oil-and-gas tax breaks as part of plan to replace sequester – The Hill’s E2-Wire

“The idea that you need to subsidize an industry that has enjoyed record profits — that taxpayers have to subsidize it — just doesn’t make sense in a time when we have to make choices about how best to use … Continue reading

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Ex-CIA Agent, Whistleblower John Kiriakou Sentenced to Prison While Torturers He Exposed Walk Free | Alternet

…and yet, Dick Cheney, one of the master minds behind the torture program, and turd-blossom Karl Rove revealed the identity of an undercover CIA agent, and they still roam free. A retired CIA agent who blew the whistle on the agency’s Bush-era … Continue reading

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NYPD Handcuff, Interrogate 7-Year-Old Over $5 | Alternet

You can all sleep a little easier, knowing the law is on the job: Bronx police arrested a seven-year-old boy, put him in handcuffs and held him in custody for ten hours after a playground fight over $5, according to … Continue reading

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Republican Federal Judge David Sentelle: How the GOP Has Packed the Courts With Partisan Hacks

The impact of a stacked Republican judiciary continues to be a blight upon the Constitution and an ongoing assault upon an independent federal bench.  Given Harry Reid’s cave on filibuster reform, relief does not appear to be on the way … Continue reading

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Weird and Getting Weirder | NationofChange

Weird is the only way to describe January temperatures whipsawing between record warm and arctic cold over a span of a few days. Experts say that is what climate change looks like: weird, record-shattering weather. We’ve had 334 consecutive months … Continue reading

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The Decline of Unions is Your Problem, Too | TIME.com

“Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.”–Martin-Niemöller …the fact is that when unions are stronger the economy as a whole does better. Unions restore demand to an economy by raising … Continue reading

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News from The Associated Press

Daniel Wagner highlights a new study that shows the unemployed are being bilked as states issue unemployment benefits through prepaid cards rather than direct deposit. First the banks helped create the jobs crisis; now they’re charging for the service. News … Continue reading

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