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The Dissenter

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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Prison Protest

The Bullpen

29 Jul 2011

Senate Hunting for Republican Votes on Reid Debt Limit Bill

The President’s address this morning wasn’t entirely useful, though he did lay out the compromise that everyone expects to get out of this unless John Boehner just lights himself on fire on the House floor while yelling “Wolverine!” He basically outlined the Reid plan, with Mitch McConnell’s resolution of disapproval

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29 Jul 2011

Austerity Goolsbee Ignores Own Statistics to Make Case for Deficit Reduction

Austan Goolsbee of the Council of Economic Advisers responds to today’s horrendous GDP numbers. The downward revision in the first quarter to 0.4 percent further reflects the slowdown of economic growth due to substantial headwinds faced in the first half of this year. Additionally, the annual revision to GDP showed

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29 Jul 2011

Boehner Bill Will Get One Minute of Debate Before Passage

The amendment for the Boehner bill, which yokes a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to the passage of a second round of debt limit increase, is available here. It’s just a page long – the BBA is the only change. The Pell grant stuff was just grumbling. This is

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29 Jul 2011

Inside the Obama Deal on Fuel Economy

The President will announce a deal on fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks today, boosting the average fuel economy to 54.5 MPG by 2025. The agreement would require U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon or 163 grams per mile of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025,

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29 Jul 2011

Libyan Rebel Military Commander Assassinated

Just to step away from the debtpocalypse for a second, did anyone notice that the Libyan rebel commander has been assassinated? The Libyan rebels’ top military commander was assassinated Thursday after being summoned from the front lines for questioning by rebel leaders. Abdel Fattah Younes, 67, a former Muammar Gadhafi

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29 Jul 2011

Republicans Turn Debt Limit Bill Back Into Cut, Cap and Balance Act

This is pretty incredible. After calling his debt limit plan the result of a bipartisan compromise, House Speaker John Boehner plans to alter the bill by turning it back into the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. Boehner could not secure the votes for passage on his plan last night. There

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