08 Jul 2011

Obama’s Plan to Address 9.2% Unemployment: Send More Jobs Overseas

At today’s press conference responding to the lousy jobs report, Obama offered a few suggestions for how to create jobs: patent reform, infrastructure investment, confidence fairies and … “free trade.” But as the Economic Policy Institute has shown, these trade deals would actually cost jobs, particularly in the manufacturing sector,

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08 Jul 2011

Who Knew Firing Public Workers Increases Unemployment?

BLS: Total nonfarm payroll employment was essentially unchanged in June (+18,000). Following gains averaging 215,000 per month from February through April, employment has been essentially flat for the past 2 months. Employment in most major private-sector industries changed little in June, while government employment continued to trend down. [snip] Employment

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08 Jul 2011

Visa Shuts Down DataCell’s Donation Processing for WikiLeaks Again

Well, I guess this will add to the evidence that Visa is refusing to accept donations from DataCell because it works with WikiLeaks. For a few hours on Thursday, credit card donations once again flowed to WikiLeaks through a payment gateway at Icelandic hosting company DataCell. Then Visa shut it

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07 Jul 2011

David Plouffe’s “Same Old War Horses”

Scarecrow, Digby, and Jon Walker rightly took David Plouffe’s promises that a 9% unemployment rate won’t hurt Obama’s reelection chances to task. But I’m at least as appalled by this part of Plouffe’s statement: The White House’s top political adviser, downplaying the significance of the unemployment rate in the 2012

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07 Jul 2011

Guardian: Andy Coulson to Be Arrested in Hacking Scandal

The Guardian is reporting that former News of the World editor and David Cameron flack Andy Coulson received notice today to show up at a London police station to be arrested tomorrow. Andy Coulson has been told by police that he will be arrested on Friday morning over suspicions that

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07 Jul 2011

Credit Card Companies Forestall Legal Trouble by Allowing Donations via DataCell

Remember that suit Wikileaks’ hosting company, DataCell was about to file? Today was the day they were planning to do so. And surprise surprise, Visa and MasterCard have suddenly decided to start processing payments from DataCell again. Late last week, WikiLeaks and DataCell gave me a copy of a legal

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07 Jul 2011

Is Anwar al-Awlaki The Unnamed “National of the United States” In Warsame Indictment?

So, is it truly the case that Awlaki is indeed the unnamed “national of the United States” here in the Warsame indictment? I don’t know for certain, but it sure as heck fits the facts as we know them and the depraved refusal of the American government to talk about or let the public know its basis for impunity in marking an American citizen for extrajudicial termination with prejudice.

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06 Jul 2011

Yet Another Torture Cover-Up

When the Brits announced a year ago they’d hold an inquiry into torture, I suggested it was an attempt to get torture victims like Binyam Mohamed to settle so the British government could conduct a sham investigation. In November, Mohamed and others agreed to a settlement. And today we discover

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06 Jul 2011

Scott Horton: Glenn Carle’s “CAPTUS” Is Pacha Wazir

As we’ve noted a couple times at EW, I will be hosting Glenn Carle to discuss his book, The Interrogator, at Saturday’s FDL Book Salon. As you no doubt know, his book describes his interrogation of what was described as a high level al Qaeda figure (the detainee wasn’t) and

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06 Jul 2011

Government: Risen Shouldn’t Be Able to Reveal We Want(ed) to Trump Up War against Iran

The government has now responded to Risen’s attempt to quash his subpoena in the Jeffrey Sterling case. I fear the government will succeed in at least getting Risen to the stand, not least because of the gimmicks they’ve used to claim they need information not protected by any confidentiality agreement

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