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The Dissenter

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.”

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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

11 May 2012

Arizona Becomes Latest State to Raid Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Funds

We now have yet another state diverting a large portion of the hard dollar funds they received from the foreclosure fraud settlement, and instead of using them to help homeowners, moving them to cover a budget hole. The latest example concerns Arizona, one of the major states suffering from the

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11 May 2012

Reid: Senate Rules Reform Proponents Were Right

Yesterday the Senate wanted to take up and quickly pass a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. After some maneuvering, the bill passed the House with over 330 votes, a rare sight these days. So you would think that nothing would go wrong over in the Senate. You would be wrong.

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11 May 2012

Campaign for a Fair Settlement Protests Obama Fundraiser: “Help Us”

President Obama’s star-studded fundraiser at George Clooney’s house went off without a hitch. But before the event, about 50 activists with the Campaign for a Fair Settlement, mostly low-income victims of foreclosure or predatory activity by the financial sector, made their appeal to the President in a protest on the

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11 May 2012

In Leaked Video, Walker Tells Donor of Plan to “Divide and Conquer” Unions

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, facing a recall election in a little over three weeks, was caught on tape telling a top donor that he has a strategy to turn Wisconsin into a right to work state: A filmmaker released a video Thursday that shows Gov. Scott Walker saying he would

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11 May 2012

JPMorgan’s $2 Billion Loss Shows Impotence of the Volcker Rule

I spent most of yesterday afternoon laughing my ass off about Jamie Dimon’s London Whale loss, but it’s actually not all that funny. JPMorgan Chase revealed a $2 billion loss on a bad bet they made on a credit default swap index trade. They described it as an egregious, self-inflicted

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10 May 2012

GOP Complains of Unfunded Mandates, then Cuts Medicaid

I want to revisit David’s earlier post on the punitive measures the GOP House proposed to replace the automatic defense cuts required by the deficit reduction debacle of last year. That law, passed by both parties after the GOP threatened to force the government into default and signed by President

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