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The Dissenter

09 Dec 2010

FBI Continues to Target Activists in Chicago and Minneapolis (VIDEO)

On December 6th, Chicagoans came out for an Emergency Response Rally organized by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression to support activists who have been targeted by the FBI in the past months. Those present stood in the cold and condemned U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been directing the FBI to expand its repression of activists in Chicago.

06 Oct 2010

Chicago Activists Raided by FBI Refuse to Participate in “Fishing Expedition”

Weeks after the FBI raided their home, two Chicago
activists, Stephanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker, stood before a crowd of about 150
Chicagoans gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building and declared during a
press conference they, and twelve others who were subpoenaed, have no intention to go before any grand juries and participate in a “fishing expedition.”

25 Nov 2009

Single Payer Advocates Address Deep Flaws in Democratic Health Bill

On the day before Thanksgiving, members of single payer advocacy organizations gathered for a press conference to voice strong concerns with a Democratic health bill that they feel fails to address the biggest problems with health care in America.


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The Bullpen

02 Aug 2011

White House Hopes Catfood Commission II Takes Bush Tax Cuts Off the Table for Them

I guess I’m supposed to be excited by the fact that the Senate leadership used the Catfood Commission II as a carrot to get their caucus to sign onto the debt deal. Three Republican Senate sources tell TWS that senators who vote against the deal will be ineligible to serve

02 Aug 2011

The Next Hostage Crises: 2012 Appropriations, Federal Gas Tax

John Boehner says that he got 98% of what he wanted out of the debt limit fight. The only thing I can conceivably think of that he didn’t get was an additional hostage-taking situation over the debt limit. But those are in great supply in Washington. First, Boehner and the

02 Aug 2011

Debt Limit FUBAR Could Sap Progressive Energy for Wisconsin Recalls

I mentioned yesterday that one of the overlooked consequences of this debt deal is the timing. It came one week before recall elections in Wisconsin that actually represent the best of the progressive movement and a backlash against the forces that won a landslide in 2010. Consider what happened there.

02 Aug 2011

Defense Cuts in Debt Limit Deal Less Than Meets the Eye

Among the silver linings in this deal, progressives are told, are that it makes real and thoroughgoing cuts to the defense budget. The Pentagon is supposed to be one of the big losers in the deal. This was the President’s unwavering vow, according to the obligatory Politico tick-tock. And yet,

02 Aug 2011

FAA Still on Partial Shutdown as Congress Goes on August Recess

Add another $1.2 billion in lost revenue to the contracting fiscal policy we’re embarking on in the midst of a low-growth jobs crisis. After passing the debt limit deal today in the Senate, Congress plans to take a vacation for a month. That’s despite some unfinished business. The FAA is

02 Aug 2011

States, Everyone in Them, Country Screwed By Debt Limit Deal, Fiscal Policy Path

We’re starting to get the hard numbers on what the debt limit deal, which passed the House yesterday and will pass the Senate today, would mean for the US economy. It’s really not pretty. Since only a cockeyed optimist would think that fiscal policy is going to be get better