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Check out Ezra Klein’s compilation of the bills that most likely would have passed if the Senate didn’t have a filibuster (a thing Democrats are thinking about doing away with):
– The DREAM Act
Perhaps the most consequential blocked bill in 2009 and 2010 was the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were children when they immigrated, provided they serve in the military or go to college.
– The DISCLOSE Act
[T]he DISCLOSE (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections) Act, which would require corporations to disclose their political spending, and bar government contractors, TARP recipients and foreign firms from such spending.
Hey, who wouldn’t want to keep government contractors from contributing to politicians? After all, that’s our tax dollars they’re contributing. We give them our collective money and they spend it in support of one side or the other? No way.
– Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)
The act would allow workers to form unions by collecting signatures of more than half of a workplace. Currently, workers hold elections to determine if they’ll have a union, a process which union activists complain is prone to management interference.
– The Public Option
In November 2009, the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America act, a health reform bill that included a government-run health plan or “public option” similar to Medicare that exchange participants could purchase instead of private insurance. That same year, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced that he had 51 votes for such a proposal in the Senate. But as anyone who followed the health care debate recalls, the proposal died when Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) declared their intention to filibuster a bill that included it. Absent a filibuster, it’s likely a public option would have gone through.
The Paycheck Fairness Act
This bill would make it easier for women to raise concerns about pay inequity in their workplaces, by requiring employers to demonstrate that any pay differentials between men and women are due to different responsibilities and not just gender, by allowing women to disclose their salaries for the purpose of investigating pay disparities even when otherwise prohibited from doing so, and by banning retaliation against women who bring up pay inequality.
– Permanent Middle-Class Bush Tax Cut Extension
In late 2010, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) offered a bill to permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for workers making less than $250,000. Barring further action, the bill would have let the high-income cuts expire.
You get the idea. There’s a lot more. Read on here.
I remember when a filibuster meant Senators had to actually stand up and declare their opposition to a bill so the press would and could note it and so they’d be on television doing so. It took guts because the “whole world was watching.”
The way the filibuster works now, someone in a back room can say they’re opposed and that’s it. No name. No face.
Let’s bring this back:
Do you think Republicans would oppose the DREAM Act or the DISCLOSE Act or the Public Option if they had to sleep on cots and talk for hours on CSPAN about why they do? Are you kidding? No way! The only reason they feel so free to block those things now is because they can remain anonymous.
The filibuster is for chickens.
Gee. I thought we had an election a few weeks ago and a majority of the American people said
A number of Democratic leaders — including Reps. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), John Larson (Conn.) and Xavier Becerra (Calif.) — have said they would support some spending reductions in Medicare, but that cuts to direct benefits should not be a part of the negotiations. Along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), they also maintain that Social Security reform has no place at all in the “fiscal cliff” talks.
But Hoyer, the Democratic whip, warned that taking entitlement benefits off the table is a bad place to start the negotiations. Such entrenched positions are little different, he said, than the Republicans’ refusal to consider hikes in tax rates — a central element of President Obama’s deficit-reduction proposal.
Hoyer said GOP proposals to raise the Medicare eligibility age, make wealthier seniors pay higher Medicare rates and limit the cost-of-living increases for some federal programs are legitimate ones, even as he warned he might not support them.
“They clearly are on the table,” Hoyer said of the Medicare changes during his weekly press briefing in the Capitol. “They were on the table in the Boehner-Obama talks. They’ve been on the table for some period of time. That does not mean that I’d be prepared to adopt them now, but they’re clearly, I think, on the table.”
Un. Believe. Able. Democrats don’t get that they’d be loved for at least a generation if they’d stand up for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and instead raise revenue by raising income taxes on the rich, raising the income limit on Social Security and cutting defense spending.
The people who voted for Obama aren’t the only ones who oppose Medicare cuts. A majority of Republicans do too: Republican Voters Don’t Want to Cut Medicare.
These folks just had a nice long vacation outside D.C. but the corporate lobbyists have already re-occupied their brains.
A friend sent me a link to this petition at Democracy for America:
About the Petition
Republicans are ginning up the “fiscal cliff” to scare Americans and force Democrats to extend the Bush tax cuts, while demanding cuts to vital programs like Medicare.
That’s a bad deal. Our country can’t afford to give away huge tax cuts to the rich and our seniors can’t afford to live without Medicare or Social Security. Congress needs to reject any deal that extends the Bush tax cuts for the rich or make cuts to vital programs.
I’m all for what the petition says and I know we need to keep pressuring our representatives (from the president on down to local city council members) to do what they were elected to do but the fact that we have to draw up a petition asking Democrats to do what We the People elected them to do (the results were crystal clear), THREE WEEKS AFTER THE ELECTION, speaks to how much we distrust them, and it’s a distrust they’ve earned.
The message we sent should still be ringing in their ears. It should ring in their ears for months if not years.
Ugh. It’s astonishing how quickly they get sucked back into K-Street-DC-land.
Here we have Democrats being wimps again, just two weeks after the American people said no to cutting
entitlements earned benefits:
Dems already signaling flexibility on entitlements: Relatedly, the Wall Street Journal quotes named and unnamed Democrats who are already saying they are prepared to give some ground on entitlement reform. It’s a bit odd that Dems would signal this at the outset, particularly given that Republicans continue to only show flexibility on tax loopholes, and not tax rates — meaning they are not making any big concessions.
I have to wonder what kind of election results would be required to force Democrats to grow a pair and to ahem, act like Democrats.
Republicans are famous for claiming their candidates are so smart they don’t need to use teleprompters but Obama and/or Democrats are incapable of thinking on their own and on their feet so they use them all the time.
It’s a trivial, silly argument that sucks up a ridiculous amount of energy and airtime. Not only that, it doesn’t hold water. So let’s let that go once and for all America:
My Tweet of the Day — this is how bad it is — from Col. Morris Davis.
Here’s his mini-bio:
Gitmo chief prosecutor 2005-07, anti-torture & humanitarian law advocate / nat’l security & military law commentator. Professor @ Howard Univ. School of Law.
Ugh. I’m so sick of voting for the guy who isn’t as bad as the other guy.
I’m seeing various (unconfirmed) reports that Mitt Romney will tell President Obama to “man up” tonight over what happened during the raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Project much? If Romney in fact does use those two words, Obama should remind Romney of this which happened yesterday: Mitt Romney cancels ‘View’ appearance, has no plans to reschedule.
Looks like Mitt Romney won’t make his much-anticipated appearance on “The View”after all.
Romney was scheduled to appear on “The View” on Oct. 18 with his wife, Ann, but his camp called over the weekend to cancel, Barbara Walters reported on Monday’s episode. Romney’s reps cited scheduling issues, Walters said — however, Ann will still stop by the program on Thursday.
The visit became much-anticipated last month, when Romney was caught on a widely-circulated tape at a private fundraiser in Florida, saying, among other things, that appearing on “The View” was a “high-risk” proposition because of the four “sharp-tongued” non-conservative co-hosts.
Poor widdle baby. Romney’s afraid of the “four ‘sharp-tongued’ non-conservative co-hosts?” Give me a break. Talk about needing to “man-up.”
I could not believe my eyes this morning when I checked all three cable “news” networks and saw that they were breathlessly covering the “congressional inquiry” into the death last month of our Libyan ambassador and three other men at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The whole thing is a freaking charade but would actual “news” organizations have the guts to point that out? No.
Michael Tomanski says it like it is:
The admission this morning on CNN by Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz that he’s “absolutely” voted against administration requests for increased embassy and consulate security funding should, in a rationally ordered world, put an end to this whole Benghazi business. I mean, it really takes a set of onions to do this. Vote down increased security funding, then a tragedy happens, then try to exploit it to help your presidential candidate because it happened to occur in September of an election year. This deserves the word disgusting.
Now, why it took Soledad O’Brien to elicit this fact, and not Chaffetz’s Democratic counterparts or the White House a month ago is a disturbing question that for the moment I’ll set to the side. But the Christian Science Monitor has the goods on two votes, in 2011 and 2012:
“In 2011 they [Republicans] came in and passed a continuing resolution for the remainder of that fiscal year. The House proposed $70 million cut in the WSP [Worldwide Security Protection program] and they proposed a $204 million cut in Embassy security,” says Mr. Lilly. “Then the next year, fiscal 2012, they cut worldwide security by $145 million and embassy security by $376 million. This year’s bill is the same thing all over again. The House has cut the worldwide security budget $149 million below the request.”
But pin this on Obama? Especially now that we know that his administration sought diplomatic security funding that the Republicans cut? The only scandal here is that hypocrites like Chaffetz and Darrell Issa have the kinds of jobs that permit them to subpoena people.
And here, by the way, is what the Ryan Budget would do to the State Department. Unbelievable people, these are.
Yet another monumental cable “news” fail and another extraordinarily whimpass response by the White House. Why didn’t they point this out? Why didn’t Democrats as a whole point it out? How about Hillary? People listen to and respect her.
Here we have a corporate media just in it for the show and the drama and the fights and cowering Democrats who continue to exhibit signs of Stockholm Syndrome.
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya became a major issue on the campaign trail and the mother of a Navy Seal killed in the violence is voicing her anger that Mitt Romney is speaking about her son on the campaign trail.
“I met some remarkable people, one of whom was a former navy seal. I just learned a few days ago that he was one of the two former navy seals killed in Benghazi. It broke my heart,” Romney said to a crowd on the campaign trail.
Glen Doherty was one of four Americans killed in the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate.
Romney met Doherty at a Christmas party.
7News spoke with Doherty’s mother.
“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” said Barbara Doherty, Glen’s mother.
Stay classy Mitt!
For those of us who aren’t necessarily going to vote for Barack Obama on November 6 because he’s the Democratic candidate and/or because he’s less bad than Romney, there’s this most recent info in a long line of disturbing news out of the Obama administration:
A critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.
The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.
Gee. I’m so glad this has been all over the “liberal media.”
The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.
Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.
I can see it now. American corporations will rush to register in foreign countries so they can “appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings,” like clean air and water laws. Geezus. Obama’s brain has been infiltrated by CEOs.
“Bush was better than Obama on this,” said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of Doctors Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, referring to the medication rules.
Trans-Pacific negotiations have been taking place throughout the Obama presidency. The deal is strongly supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the top lobbying group for American corporations. Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2012 presidential elections, Mitt Romney, has urged the U.S. to finalize the deal as soon as possible.
I don’t recognize this hyper pro-corporate Obama. He isn’t the guy I voted for. He isn’t a Democrat as I define Democrats. Democrats have historically been pro-worker. Who’s standing up for We the People around here anymore? No one.
Filed under: Obama — Don’t Count on My Vote
The Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi doesn’t pull any punches here: This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close.
The mere fact that Mitt Romney is even within striking distance of winning this election is an incredible testament to two things: a) the rank incompetence of the Democratic Party, which would have this and every other election for the next half century sewn up if they were a little less money-hungry and tried just a little harder to represent their ostensible constituents, and b) the power of our propaganda machine, which has conditioned all of us to accept the idea that the American population, ideologically speaking, is naturally split down the middle, whereas the real fault lines are a lot closer to the 99-1 ratio the Occupy movement has been talking about since last year.
Think about it. Four years ago, we had an economic crash that wiped out somewhere between a quarter to 40% of the world’s wealth, depending on whom you believe. The crash was caused by an utterly disgusting and irresponsible class of Wall Street paper-pushers who loaded the world up with deadly leverage in pursuit of their own bonuses, then ran screaming to the government for a handout (and got it) the instant it all went south.
These people represent everything that ordinarily repels the American voter. They mostly come from privileged backgrounds. Few of them have ever worked with their hands, or done anything like hard work. They not only don’t oppose the offshoring of American manufacturing jobs, they enthusiastically support it, financing the construction of new factories in places like China and India.
They’ve relentlessly lobbied the government to give themselves tax holidays and shelters, and have succeeded at turning the graduated income tax idea on its head by getting the IRS to accept a sprawling buffet of absurd semantic precepts, like the notions that “capital gains” and “carried interest” are somehow not the same as “income.”
For all this, when it came time to nominate a candidate for the presidency four years after the crash, the Republicans chose a man who in almost every respect perfectly represents this class of people.
Interesting bit of info here as to the differences between senate Republicans and Senate Democrats in terms of who those two groups give their attention to:
Larry Bartels, a political scientist at Princeton University, has done some fascinating research on the responsiveness of U.S. Senators to the policy preferences of voters, broken down by income level. The above graph shows what happens when candidates have to spend so much of their time plying high-dollar donors for big checks to fund their increasingly expensive campaigns. As The New York Times noted today, Mitt Romney and President Obama have both held more fund-raisers than they have public events over the last seven days.
Both parties are awful when it comes to low-income constituents but Democrats are relatively consistent when it comes to middle and high income folks. But man-oh-man, check out the Republicans. Wow.
Bravo to California’s Democratic Governor Gerry Brown. I’m hoping the old saying, “As California goes, so goes the nation” pans out when it comes to this:
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a bill that makes it easier for Californians to vote by allowing same-day voter registration.
“Voting—the sacred right of every citizen—should be simple and convenient,” said Governor Brown. “While other states try to restrict voters with new laws that burden the process, California allows voters to register online—and even on Election Day.”
Assembly Bill 1436 (Feuer) allows same-day voter registration, giving Californians the right to vote with a provisional ballot if the conditional voter registration is deemed effective. Same-day registration will be permitted once the Secretary of State certifies California’s new statewide voter database, VoteCal. Last year, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 397 (Yee) allowing Californians to register to vote online.
You go Gerry. I love this openness and inclusiveness, as opposed to the paranoia and darkness of the Republican philosophy about voting, which isn’t really a philosophy as much as it is about voter (read Democratic) suppression.
Oh, and Gerry, you’re a hunk.
Since the day Barack Obama was sworn in we’ve heard D.C. pundits and financial guru types screaming about how Democrats, and Obama in particular, are bad for the business community. They’ve gone on and on, to this day, about how Main Street, small business people are crawling on their hands and knees, dragging the burden of a Democratic administration behind them like a ball and chain, praying that come November 7, they will be lifted up to the bright shining light of supposedly pro-business Republican policies that will set them free.
Full stop. Let’s take a look at some actual facts:
Nearly half of small business owners (47 percent) plan to vote for a second term for the president, compared to 39 percent who plan to vote for Mitt Romney, according to a new poll conducted by the George Washington University School of Political Management and Thumbtack.com. Even more importantly, perhaps, the president is perceived as more supportive of small companies by the most coveted group of voters — independents.
So the next time you hear someone claim all small business owners are unhappy with Obama, remember this little ditty and wonder what their ulterior motives are.
I love this monument to snarkiness from Jonathan Weil over at Bloomberg:
We inky wretches in the press get criticized all the time anyway for picking on politicians over their gaffes on the campaign trail. So when I saw this from Representative Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, I figured I might as well pile on.
Ryan was talking about the Federal Reserve’s plans, announced today, to pursue another round of quantitative easing, which is a fancy term for printing money to buy financial assets. At a campaign event in Wisconsin yesterday, Ryan said the central bank is “trying to bail out the fact that the president hasn’t led, that the Senate hasn’t passed a budget, that we have a horrible economic policy coming from our regulations and from our tax policy.”
Just one question: How do you bail out a fact?
Meow. I couldn’t resist.
Oh, and speaking of the GOP crowd and the Fed, they’re having a fit because they don’t want the economy to improve one teeny tiny bit. Check out the bottom headline on this screenshot from the Drudge Report about the action the Federal Reserve took today:
They’re actually proud — yes, proud — that Romney asked Bernanke not to do what he did because again, heck, it just might help the damn country and we can’t have that! No siree. Not while Obama’s in office.
For the First Time in 98 Years, the Fraternal Order of Police Will Not Endorse a Presidential Candidate
This is big:
Mitt Romney has been turned away by a large union whose endorsement he hoped to win.
The 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union, announced that it would back no candidate for president this year, the first time the group had passed on an endorsement in its 98-year history. The union backed the Republican nominees in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and backed President Bill Clinton in 1996.
The rebuff came less than three months after Mr. Romney met with the order’s top brass in June seeking the group’s endorsement. “We had a lengthy and comprehensive meeting with Mr. Romney,” said Jim Pasco, the group’s executive director.
“The important challenges faced by our rank-and-file officers, the real issues in public safety, and the problems that our criminal justice system is facing are not the focus of either campaign,” Chuck Canterbury, the group’s president, said in a statement. “It would be irresponsible for us to support either candidate.”
People familiar with the group’s decision said leaders had been disturbed by Mr. Romney’s statements of strong support for several antiunion initiatives, particularly the move in Ohio to restrict the collective-bargaining rights of public-union employees, including police and firefighters. The measure was overturned by voters in Ohio last year.
Romney made his bed on this one as did Obama. Too bad Obama doesn’t have the guts to be — in both word and deed — more supportive of union workers. We need to lift all workers up, not bring everyone down to the level of compensation made by burger flippers at McDonald’s which the corporatocracy wants to do and is doing.
Here’s President Obama in roughly 2008 talking about how he’d “walk on that picket line” with union workers if they were denied their right to collectively bargain, which is exactly what’s happening in Chicago:
“If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America.”
This is a big deal with the Democratic base, which D.C. Democrats tend to ignore, at their own peril this year, IMHO. See Rahm, Rahm, Rahm.
And there’s this:
How cool is that? Paul Ryan loves Obama’s former Chief of Staff.
Obama, do you want to fu*k your base in this close election?
Public Policy Polling is out with a very detailed poll of Ohio voters. It’s a pdf file, with a link at the bottom of the page here: Obama Leads by 5 in Ohio.
The most mind-blowing thing I saw in the results was this:
Romney got 6%?
Who thinks Romney had anything whatsoever to do with killing Osama bin Laden?
My god. Talk about low information voters. Those 6%ers aren’t low information voters, they’re voters who are pulling stuff out of thin air.
False News is cheering Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today because he’s standing against the Chicago Teachers’ Union. Oh, and did you know Rahm is ahem, a Democrat? So Fox is peeing its pants because gosh, this proves even Democrats hate unions, thus EVERYBODY hates unions.
Way to go Rahm:
The folks controlling the DNC convention, who looked proud and strong last night, look like battered and bruised crybabies today because Republicans were being mean to them. And, they caved. Another example of the Democratic party leaving me, not me leaving it. I mean come on. After 24-hours of pressure they’re willing to amend their platform because they can’t stand up to Republicans?
The Democrats opened the second night of their convention by adding God and Jerusalem to their platform, and awaiting the return of Bill Clinton.
Approved on a voice vote, the partly platform now mentions God and declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — two previous omissions that had been attacked by Republicans and other political organizations.
Many delegates in the half-empty hall booed the platform changes. The convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had to call for a voice vote three tines before the additions were approved.
REALLY? Four more years! Four more years!
I’ll say it again: Republicans are afraid of their base; Democrats tell it to go to hell.
When President Obama visited Boulder last Sunday the speakers leading up to his introduction began with a woman who delivered a rather long prayer. There was some grumbling in the audience about how people came out for a political rally, not a religious revival. Let us not forget that the word “God” doesn’t appear once in the Constitution because the Founding Fathers fled England to avoid religious persecution and they were adamant about maintaining a separation between the church and the state:
Paul Ryan wants the Obama administration to explain why the Democratic platform doesn’t include the word “God” in it.
“I think it’s rather peculiar,” the GOP vice presidential hopeful said during a Fox News appearance on Wednesday morning (via Politico). “It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision. I’d guess you’d have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government. I guess I would just put the onus and the burden on them to explain why they did all this, these purges of God.”
For what it’s worth, Ryan is correct that the Democratic platform does not use the word “God.” It does, however, include a plank on religious freedom that opens: “Faith has always been a central part of the American story.” Republicans, meanwhile, used the word “God” ten times in their platform by CNN’s count.
The Founding Fathers would be appalled.
Geezus, isn’t this just par for the course for Fox, treating their audience like idiots and criticizing Sandra Fluke‘s DNC speech before she gives it:
Here is tonight’s schedule. Fluke isn’t on it so she must be speaking tomorrow or Thursday.
What are they doing over there at Fox?!
This is my quote of the evening, from Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana on The Ed Schultz Show just now, about Republicans: “Frankly, we would expect them to start telling the truth.”
Really? Why? Why would you expect Republicans to start telling the truth Governor? What makes you think they will and that they might start? They’re lying more than ever these days. For God’s sake, their presidential and vice presidential candidates are looking the American people right in the eye and lying their asses off. Why would you “expect them to start telling the truth?”
I am so sick of this denial crapola or whatever it is. Democrats have been saying this kind of thing for at least three years. Grow a damn pair and call the (increasing) Republican lies out for what they are!!!!
President Obama is in Boulder this afternoon. I decided not to go because the schedule was for him to speak on the University of Colorado campus “sometime between 11 a.m and 1 p.m.” No thanks. I didn’t want to potentially stand around for two hours. And yep, here it is, almost 12:45 and the crowd is still waiting.
Anyway, watch it HERE live if you want.
UPDATE: Obama took the stage at 1:43 p.m. Rude.
There’s a saying that goes something like: Republicans fear their base, Democrats ignore it.
Obama ignored his base today (not to mention this):
The Obama administration has decided to allow Shell to drill in Arctic waters off the Alaska coast, saying that for the time being the company must not go so deep as to hit actual oil because its troubled oil spill containment barge isn’t ready.
Continuing with Obama’s announcement:
Thursday’s decision to allow preparatory drilling represents a huge step in Shell’s controversial effort to explore in the Chukchi Sea. It shows the Obama administration, while not yet giving the green light for Shell to drill into oil-bearing geologic formations, is taking steps to help the company do so if possible this summer.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell will get a permit allowing it to drill about 1,500 feet into the seafloor.
“We believe that there is no oil in that area. We have confidence in that conclusion, otherwise we would not be allowing this limited exploratory effort to move forward,” Salazar said Thursday.
Interior Department officials said the drilling will allow for the later installation of a blowout preventer.
Royal Dutch Shell’s profits rose 15.9 percent in the first quarter of 2012, netting $7.3 billion. Shell’s CEO Peter Voser attributed the increase in part to “strong oil prices,” which rose to over $100 a barrel this quarter.
In 2011, Shell’s profits soared 54 percent to $3.5 million every hour, despite producing 3 percent less oil. This time, it produced 4 percent more than Q1 in 2011.
Again: The hope and change Obama I voted for would say no to this. He would say we’re going to invest in wind and solar. Period.
This is when I say I didn’t leave the Democratic party, it left me:
Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will close its investigation into the CIA’s torture and abuse of detainees without bringing charges.“That the Justice Department will hold no one accountable for the killing of prisoners in CIA custody is nothing short of a scandal,” said Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director. “The Justice Department has declined to bring charges against the officials who authorized torture, the lawyers who sought to legitimate it, and the interrogators who used it. It has successfully shut down every legal suit meant to hold officials civilly liable.“Continuing impunity threatens to undermine the universally recognized prohibition on torture and other abusive treatment and sends the dangerous signal to government officials that there will be no consequences for their use of torture and other cruelty. Today’s decision not to file charges against individuals who tortured prisoners to death is yet another entry in what is already a shameful record.”
So, what Rush said must be true:
If Obama is powerful enough to control the weather, I’m with him!
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is out with “hotline numbers” in both Tampa and Charlotte to be used by reporters who might be arrested at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions:
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has established local hotline numbers in Tampa and Charlotte for reporters and photographers who may be arrested while covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. This free service has been provided by the Reporters Committee during every election cycle since 1972.
The Reporters Committee also is distributing a flier about the hotline both in the convention press rooms, on the Reporters Committee website, and through its recently launched Reporters Committee First Aid mobile app. The flier reviews preparations to cover protests as well as what journalists should expect if they are arrested or prevented from covering news.
Local hotline numbers and partner law firms are:
Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla.
- Hotline: 813-984-3076 or 813-984-3078
- Legal Counsel: Thomas & LoCicero PL
Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, N.C.
- Hotline: 704-343-2063; backup numbers 704-904-5834 or 919-428-5883
- Legal Counsel: McGuireWoods LLP
“It’s unfortunate, but we have seen an undeniable increase over the years in the need for the information fliers and the hotline services,” said Reporters Committee Interim Executive Director Gregg P. Leslie.
Journalists are asked to call the local numbers if they are arrested or experience other problems with law enforcement officials. Issues with credentialing or access should be referred to the main hotline.
Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail.
Yep. This is what it’s come to.
Pins being sold outside a Romney/Ryan town hall event in New Hampshire today:
Love the obsession with the word “ass.” And notice how Romney is standing behind Ryan in the button on the right?