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The Dissenter

03 Aug 2011

Activists Urge Chicago Mayor Emanuel to Protect Their Right to Protest During NATO/G8

Antiwar groups and organizers have come together to demand and ensure Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago protect their right to hold peaceful permitted rallies and marches when the G8 and NATO meet in May of next year. They have submitted requests for permits more than ten months before the NATO/G8 summits are slated to be held and on July 28 they submitted a letter to the mayor’s office urging the city to commit to guaranteeing their civil liberties during the meetings.

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02 Aug 2011

Notes on Civil Liberties for August 2

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.   The Pentagon’s $42 million plan to conduct surveillance on social media: Techland reports— The program’s plan is fourfold: 1.

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02 Aug 2011

Debt Ceiling Deal Trickery: A Catalyst for an Uprising?

There are many initiatives going on in the country. Protests are happening every day and the people are coming out to show their leaders they are angry and outraged.

Kevin Zeese: “People are all reaching the same conclusion together. There is a groups consciousness that is developing that the dysfunctional government that’s corrupted by corporate dollars is not acceptable anymore.”

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02 Aug 2011

Debt Ceiling Deal Trickery: A Catalyst for an Uprising?

The outcome of the debt ceiling talks is a foregone conclusion. An agreement has been established. The Obama Administration and GOP leaders came together and came up with a deal that would satisfy enough of Republican congressman beholden to the right wing economic libertarian “Tea Party.” Democratic leaders were stuck

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The Bullpen

28 Jul 2011

Boehner Plan Gets Tense Vote Today in House

John Boehner gets a major test of his leadership today when his plan to increase the debt limit gets a vote in the House. I think he’ll pass, as he’s designed the test and can give out the answer sheets, to use a pretty poor metaphor. I don’t believe Boehner

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28 Jul 2011

Standard and Poor’s Has Less Leverage Than the Political Class Thinks

Standard and Poor’s rogue actions violate the Securities and Exchange Act, by giving the impression to the political class that they must reduce the deficit by $4 trillion in the next 90 days to avoid a credit downgrade (S&P, mindful of this violation, is now saying that they’ve been misquoted).

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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