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15 Jul 2011

Decision in Julian Assange Extradition Appeal Postponed: Sweden Created This Standoff, Says Assange Lawyer

The post was originally published on July 13 to myFDL. It is being republished here to give those who missed it a chance for an update and insight on Julian Assange’s extradition appeal. A decision in WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange’s extradition appeal hearing is not expected for three weeks, as

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15 Jul 2011

Welcome to FDL’s The Dissenter

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to The Dissenter, a Firedoglake blog that will cover civil liberties and digital freedom issues. It will feature regular coverage of the torture scandal that continues to wear on and the ongoing US government war on WikiLeaks, along with coverage of the Orwellian expansion of the surveillance state, Internet privacy rights, the mass incarceration of people of color in this country and the current and historic repression of dissent.

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15 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 15

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. All times are in EST. And, if you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email dissenter@shadowproof.wpengine.com. 10:50 AM ET The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has launched a campaign, “Shine

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15 Jul 2011

Welcome to FDL’s The Dissenter

(photo: Shrieking Tree) It is with great excitement that I welcome you to The Dissenter, a Firedoglake blog that will cover civil liberties and digital freedom issues. It will feature regular coverage of the torture scandal that continues to wear on and the ongoing US government war on WikiLeaks, along

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The Bullpen

04 Aug 2011

We Will Have Tim Geithner To Kick Around Anymore

The White House urged Tim Geithner to stay in his post, and apparently they got their wish. But it seems calculated based as much on fitness for the job as on the inability to get a replacement nominee through Congress: Speculation from Washington to Wall Street has intensified because Mr.

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04 Aug 2011

Pelosi: We Won’t Get Rolled Again (But They’re Rolling Themselves on the Bush Tax Cuts)

Being outside of Washington I don’t get invited to all the cool confabs, but apparently I missed Nancy Pelosi saying that Democrats won’t lose hostage situations again. The theme of the meeting was reluctance to re-hash or second guess debt ceiling strategy and attempt to get people to focus attention

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04 Aug 2011

Stock Market Cliff Diving on Euro Fears

Stocks are down sharply today, as the reality of the global economic predicament begins to dawn on the investor class. But the bond market looks even worse, writes Paul Krugman: The US 10-year bond rate is now down to 2.5%. So much for those bond vigilantes. What this rate is

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04 Aug 2011

Romney Goes to China – As an Electoral Strategy

Mitt Romney is running a haplessly dishonest, but potentially effective general election campaign. I don’t know if he’s going to make it to the general election. But if he does, these are the types of messages you’re going to see. The ad is a little incoherent. It features an Ohio

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04 Aug 2011

In Wisconsin, Where Have the Public Employees Gone?

The money in the Wisconsin recall races is bordering on obscene, as expected, and on both sides. We Are Wisconsin, the labor coalition, has raised close to $10 million for the recalls. And on the other end of the scale, the Club for Growth has put in about $3 to

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04 Aug 2011

FAA Deadlock Continues; Reid Offers Boehner a Deal

Deals have apparently been reached on patent reform and trade agreements, two pieces of the this-won’t-create-jobs “jobs” agenda. But a third deal, which would avert the continued furlough of 74,000 Americans, has not yet been reached. The FAA remains in partial shutdown, with construction projects at airports all over the

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