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07 Aug 2011

The ‘Sense of Life’ at the Bughouse Square Debates

At this point in history, the US government perpetrates at least seven wars. A stagnating US global economy now serves the wealthiest one percent at the expense of the bottom ninety-nine percent. The political class has an increasing disinterest in confronting the current and oncoming crises that have and will result from climate change. And, there is an intensifying bipartisan consensus among the Washington establishment that national security and American capitalism should trump civil liberties and digital privacy rights.

Now more than ever the American people of this country need to be out in public spaces debating with one another, having dialogue about the issues that corrupt and inept politicians will never properly confront.

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06 Aug 2011

Navy Veteran Who Became an FBI Informant Discusses Why He’s Suing Rumsfeld for Torture (VIDEO)

Keith Olbermann continued his coverage of US citizens, who are suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture. On “Countdown” on Friday night, Donald Vance, a US navy veteran and former defense contractor, appeared on the show to describe how he came to be held and tortured in an American-run prison in Iraq for almost 100 days.

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06 Aug 2011

WikiLeaks Cables Show US Strategy for Regime Change in Syria as Protesters are Massacred

n the aftermath of a massacre in Hama, Syria state media broadcasted images of “burnt, buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble,” according to the New York Times and claimed the revolt in Syria has ended. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports tens of thousands have taken to the streets all over the country and are continuing a five-months old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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06 Aug 2011

The Week at The Dissenter — CIA Escapes Contempt Charges PLUS Water Torture Revelations

This week The Dissenter has reason to celebrate as Jeff Kaye, who regularly writes and publishes to this blog, had his Truthout story on the various types of water torture the US military has employed featured on “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann. The Nation‘s Jeremy Scahill came on to provide analysis

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The Bullpen

19 Jul 2011

Report: Economic Team Wanted No Part of Warren Nomination for CFPB

It’s dawning on people that Richard Cordray has no better chance of being confirmed by the Senate to the position of Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Elizabeth Warren did. Not only do we have the plain words of 44 Republicans in the Senate, enough to filibuster the

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19 Jul 2011

Advertising in Wisconsin Recalls Offer Broad Critique of Republican Ideology

Chris Bowers is right that the Wisconsin recalls represent a progressive community “in the arena,” willing to fight the class war before it decimates the middle class. Even though the recalls were initiated over the issue of collective bargaining – a specific element of the class war – the bulk

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19 Jul 2011

US Diplomats Had Face-To-Face Meeting With Libyan Government

US officials met face-to-face over the weekend with representatives of the Libyan government in Tunisia. Accounts vary about the meeting. The US claims they delivered a message to Moammar Gahdafi, that he must leave power. The Libyans claim that the US was trying to mend relations, which actually doesn’t make

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19 Jul 2011

McConnell-Reid May Eliminate All Health Spending Cuts, Backload Spending to Avoid Near-Term Reductions

We get a little more detail on just what the spending cuts are that will be grafted onto the proposal to raise the debt limit in the McConnell-Reid package today, from Carl Hulse. He goes through the complex system whereby Republicans allow the debt limit to be raised by the

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19 Jul 2011

The Banks Are Still Robo-Signing

Remember that whole thing about the banks using armies of Wal-Mart castoffs and entry-level employees to sign affidavits attesting to the legitimacy of complicated mortgage documents without knowing any of the contents inside? Remember how they took responsibility for that and said they were halting foreclosure operations until they figured

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18 Jul 2011

The Roundup for July 18, 2011

Had the occasion to drive under the Mulholland Bridge, the source of “Carmageddon,” and I have to say I didn’t see a whole lot different about it. But they finished it, whatever it was! • Matt Stoller writes a great piece on Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama and leadership. Somehow I

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