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The Dissenter

27 Jul 2011

Live Blogging Rep. Peter King’s Third ‘Muslim Radicalization’ Hearing

Representative Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will hold his third anti-Muslim hearing this morning. Or, as he frames it, his “third Muslim radicalization hearing.”

This third hearing titled, “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland,” explicitly targets Somali Americans in this country especially those in the Midwest in Minnesota and Ohio. Rep. King is convinced that they are susceptible to recruitment, radicalization and training from this organization that allegedly has ties to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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26 Jul 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 26

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@shadowproof.wpengine.com. Bladder cancer survivor files a new complaint with the TSA. Incidentally, he is the same 62-year -old survivor who made

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26 Jul 2011

Tim DeChristopher Gets Two Years for Showing Profound Courage in the Face of Injustice

(photo: 350.org ) A man with profound courage and great character, climate activist Tim DeChristopher, went to jail today for bidding on oil and gas leases on federal land when he didn’t have the money to pay for the bids he placed. Sentenced to two years and fined ten thousand

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26 Jul 2011

Tim DeChristopher Gets Two Years for Showing Profound Courage in the Face of Injustice

A man with profound courage and great character, climate activist Tim DeChristopher, went to jail today for bidding on oil and gas leases on federal land when he didn’t have the money to pay for the bids he placed. Sentenced to two years and fined ten thousand dollars, DeChristopher was taken into custody immediately following his conviction of two felony counts of interfering with and making false representations at a government auction.

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The Bullpen

03 Aug 2011

State Level Fights Offer Opportunities for Progressives

In Chris Cillizza’s smug dismissal of liberal frustration, with the curt statement “liberals and progressives have nowhere else to go,” he overlooks the fact that liberals have plenty of places to go. More than ever, in fact. From a movement-building perspective, there are more opportunities than normal in an off

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03 Aug 2011

The Bush Tax Cuts Is the Only Revenue Pot Available

If there was a question that the expiration of the Bush tax cuts would wipe out the entire medium-term deficit before, with the debt limit deal added in it would certainly do that. You would add $3.6 trillion in revenue onto the $2.1-$2.4 trillion in cuts, leading to a total

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03 Aug 2011

Iraqi Government Authorizes Negotiations With US Over Extended Military Presence

In Iraq, the political leadership has taken a small step toward allowing a US military presence to remain in the country beyond the previously agreed-to December 2011 pullout date. They authorized the Iraqi government to enter into negotiations with the US on what that presence could look like. These talks

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03 Aug 2011

The Never-Ending Pivot Is a 360 Back to the Deficit

The President has just the thing to focus the federal government’s attention on the jobs crisis: a bus tour of the Midwest. And his Treasury Secretary kicked off the campaign (shall we call it The Next Recovery Summer?) in the Washington Post. How does that go? Well, he spends 14

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03 Aug 2011

In Seeking Waiver, BofA Admits They Violated Numerous Laws

The foreclosure fraud settlement has been predicted as coming in “a matter of weeks” for I think about 5 months now. I don’t see it coming at all, so it’s not entirely smart to jump on every rumor of a deal or a settlement. But Shahien Nasiripour’s story about a

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03 Aug 2011

Country Hates the Lack of Progress. So What?

As per usual, Chris Cillizza perfectly sums up an axiom in Washington with his headline, “Liberals Hate the Debt Deal. So What?” First of all, the polling shows that everyone hates the debt deal, particularly those independents who were supposed to be wooed by it, but let that go. The

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