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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.


Prison Protest

The Bullpen

27 Jul 2011

Boehner’s Bill Gets Re-Score By CBO; Dems United Against It in the Senate

House Speaker John Boehner has retooled his bill and submitted it to CBO, and CBO responded by affirming that it would cut the deficit by $917 billion over the next decade, along with setting up a process for another $1.8 trillion through a Catfood Commission II. Boehner didn’t actually do

27 Jul 2011

The Roundup for July 27, 2011

Here you are, people, with tonight’s roundup: • Jonathan Bernstein’s rah-rah for the Reid plan over the Boehner plan doesn’t say one thing different than what I’ve been saying – the only significant difference between the two plans is the timing of the debt limit increase (and as I’ve said,

27 Jul 2011

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hints at Continued US Presence

I think we’re reaching a semantic game with respect to the US military presence in Iraq. The political community just won’t ask for an extension of military troops. But the leadership appears to be falling back to allowing trainers to work with Iraqi security forces. That’s what Iraqi Foreign Minister

27 Jul 2011

Senate Doesn’t Have Enough Time to Increase Debt Limit By August 2

I think Nate Silver is basically correct that this debt limit debate is over, except for figuring out who has to endure the ritual humiliation in the end. But that does not mean that the debt limit will be increased before August 2. In fact, I think we’ve run out

27 Jul 2011

Absence of Progressive Economic Opinion Puts Country in Straitjacket

This is related to my last post, but E.J. Dionne correctly asserts that all of the polls Democrats are sticking in people’s faces about how they’re “winning” on the politics are meaningless if they cause material harm to the economy: The latest Pew Research Center poll released on Tuesday –

27 Jul 2011

Companies Lament Political Uncertainty; the Certainty of Austerity Should Worry Them, Too

US companies are hoarding some cash in preparation for the possibility that no debt limit deal is reached by next Tuesday, as well as lining up additional sources of financing in case the credit markets suffer. But executives are going way too far by blaming the debt limit crisis for