07 Dec 2010

No New NAFTA: Tell Congress to Stop NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade

President Obama is going to send this NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade deal to Congress soon. We need to put a stop to this new NAFTA immediately, so Congress needs to hear from you now.

Sign our petition to Congress at NoNewNAFTA.com.

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07 Dec 2010

Holder Focuses on Penny-Ante Financial Fraud as Major Mortgage and Foreclosure Fraud Goes Unpunished

Eric Holder very proudly stepped up to the podium yesterday and explained that the Justice Department was deep into a wide-ranging financial fraud investigation that is looking at hundreds of separate incidents. A nationwide law enforcement crackdown targeting financial fraud has led to cases against 343 criminal defendants involving $8.3

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07 Dec 2010

It’s A Not-So-Wonderful Foreclosure – Let’s Change That

Note: Hey Firedogs, I’m Josh Bolotsky of Living Liberally (best known for Drinking Liberally), with a quick message about our partnership with Firedoglake to bring attention to the foreclosure crisis. It’s A Wonderful Life is a classic movie, one of the few films that people watch as an annual tradition,

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07 Dec 2010

More on the “Second Stimulus” Impact of the Tax Deal Framework

Ezra Klein tweets that the tax cuts deal proves that “liberals care less about stimulus, than their rhetoric would suggest.” Robert Gibbs, who said that the deal was not meant to be a second stimulus, would probably not go so far. But let’s look at that question. CAP is out

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07 Dec 2010

Apres Assange, Le Deluge

Julian Assange has been remanded to gaol, bail was refused. He’ll be held thru Dec 14. Assange’s attorney says many people would come forward to put forth a bond. Per MSNBC, the magistrate/judge wasn’t happy that Assange gave a P.O. box in Australia as his address,  then divulged the location

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07 Dec 2010

Lieberman Wants New York Times Investigated for Wikileaks Releases

New York Times editor Bill Keller, explains how his organization checked with the US government before publishing any of the Wikileaks State Department cables, redacted all sensitive names from publication at the recommendation of the government, and basically did everything they could in advance to clear the release with the Administration. Carne Ross, the British Ambassador, “found it extraordinary” that the NYT would clear their releases with the US government.

And now, for their trouble, the Times has put themselves in the crosshairs of Joe Lieberman, the head of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

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07 Dec 2010

Message from Julian Assange?

I think Julian Assange’s penalty for four counts of  whatever the Swedes are calling it now should be a stint as global EFG poster boy for safe sex:

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07 Dec 2010

Guide to Leaving America for the European Union

(Written by an American expat living the European Union) This purpose of this diary is not to recruit people to move to the European Union but rather to support people who have already made that decision by providing an informational resource. While it may be difficult to qualify for emigration

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07 Dec 2010

Eight Predictions About Obama’s Tax Cut Deal

Now that President Obama has reach a “compromise” with the Republicans on tax cuts for the rich — which are even more generous to the ultra-wealthy than any George W. Bush passed — it’s time for predictions.

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07 Dec 2010

President Lashes Out at the Left: “This Country Was Founded on Compromise”

I basically knew everything the President said in his press conference today, but let’s parse a bit of it: 1) The tax cut deal is going down in flames specifically because of Democrats. You would think that a Democratic President wouldn’t have to call out his own party if he

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