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Senate Overcomes Procedural Hurdle, Will Consider Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

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WASHINGTON — Today the Senate roundly defeated a Republican filibuster that had been preventing the Senate from moving to consideration of the Democracy For All Amendment. The Senate is expected to take up the Amendment following the expiration of post-cloture debate time. People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker released the following statement:

“Achieving a full Senate debate on the amendment is a historic step forward in the movement to take back our democracy from powerful corporations and billionaires.

“The American people are angry that their voices are being drowned out by the roar created by massive spending on our elections. They’ve made clear that they’ll no longer settle for elections that are auctioned to the highest bidders, or for a government sold off to multi-national corporations and billionaires. They know that a representative democracy cannot thrive if the force of peoples’ voices depends on the size of their bank accounts. By passing hundreds of local and state resolutions, by signing more than three million petitions, and by keeping the pressure on their elected representatives, ordinary Americans have shown that they are willing to fight for an amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United and get big money out of politics.

“Americans have also made clear that they aren’t buying the misleading arguments made by opponents of the amendment. Instead, by wide margins voters align with the idea that an amendment is necessary to make sure our democracy is truly of, by, and for the people.”

Link to the original article from People for the American Way.

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Democracy or Oligarchy? Take Action!

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This Monday marks a momentous day: the U.S. Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decisions in cases like Citizens United and McCutcheon.

"Billionaires buying elections is not what American democracy is about and it is not what our Constitution stands for," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), writing in the July/August edition of The Progressive.

This vote is a victory for many in the movement that started calling for amending the Constitution four years ago, after the 2010 Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to nearly unlimited political spending.

Over 2 million Americans have already signed a petition calling on Congress to amend the constitution and restore the primacy of voters -- rather than money -- in our political process.

JOIN THE CALL BY CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES NOW.

"If we cannot control the power of the billionaire class to buy elections, there is no question that more and more people will be elected to office who see their role as protecting the needs of the rich and the powerful as opposed to protecting the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick, the poor, and working families," Sen. Sanders wrote.

Now is your last chance to add your name to the list!

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Former VA Governor McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND — A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.

After three days of deliberations, the seven men and five women who heard weeks of gripping testimony about the McDonnells’ alleged misdeeds acquitted the couple of several charges pending against them--but nevertheless found that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in a nefarious exchange for his largesse.

The verdict means that Robert McDonnell, who was already the first governor in Virginia history to be charged with a crime, now he holds an even more unwanted distinction: the first ever to be convicted of one. He and his wife face decades in federal prison, though their actual sentence will probably fall well short of that.

The former governor was convicted of 11 corruption-related counts pending against him, though acquitted of lying on loan documents. The former first lady was convicted of eight corruption-related charges, along with obstruction of justice. Maureen McDonnell was acquitted of lying on a loan document.

The jury’s verdict brings to a close a trial that seemed to grip the nation since it began in July with the shocking revelation by defense attorneys that the McDonnells’ marriage was shattered, and that would be a core element of their attempt to beat the charges. The proceedings that followed over the next five weeks at times resembled a soap opera, as the McDonnells endured a humiliating dissection of their relationship amid unflattering allegations about the lavish lifestyle supplied by businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr.paid for them to lead.

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After Hobby Lobby: A Single-Payer Health Care Solution?

After Hobby Lobby: A Single-Payer Health Care Solution?

Now that the initial shouting and—at times—vitriol from both sides has subsided after Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it’s time to take a sober look at what the ruling says about the future of health care reform in the United States. The majority’s ruling was an...

Fred Rotondaro and Christopher J. Hale | TIME 13 Jul 2014 Hits:1053 HCA Articles

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Countries spending the most on health care

Countries spending the most on health care

The United States currently spends more per person on health care than any other developed country. Health outcomes in the U.S., however, are among the worst. Despite weak health spending growth worldwide, a number of countries still had substantial health care budgets as of 2012. Based on data released by the...

Ashley C. Allen | USA Today 13 Jul 2014 Hits:440 HCA Articles

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The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’

The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’

Constitutional amendments are often proposed but rarely advanced to the stage of serious debate. What moves any meaningful amendment from mere paperwork to serious consideration is the popular will of the great mass of Americans. And the popular will of the great mass of Americans have been abundantly clear since...

John Nichols | The Nation 11 Jul 2014 Hits:268 ECR Articles

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Understanding the crisis in Iraq

Understanding the crisis in Iraq

SO...WHAT'S going on in Iraq? A lot, and it has been going on for a long time, but the English language media has chosen to ignore most of the important stuff as it occurs. Now, with the Sunni insurgency "capturing" Mosul, the country's second-largest city, we are going to get a...

Michael Schwartz | Socialist Worker 07 Jul 2014 Hits:427 EWO Articles

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Unthinkable Thoughts in the Debate About ISIS in Iraq

Unthinkable Thoughts in the Debate About ISIS in Iraq

This week Iraq emerged from the recesses of American memory and became a hot topic of conversation. Alarming headlines about ISIS’s “takeover” of Mosul and their march towards Baghdad have elicited a number of reactions: The most conservative call for direct US military action against ISIS to ensure that the...

Ross Caputi | Common Dreams 07 Jul 2014 Hits:381 EWO Articles

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The U.S. Government Treats Detained Immigrants Like Slaves

The U.S. Government Treats Detained Immigrants Like Slaves

The New York Times reported that one national employer relied on the labor of more than 60,000 immigrant workers last year to cook, clean, and do laundry while living behind locked doors and barbed wire. The employer paid them only $1 per day – or in some cases, compensated them...

Carl Takei | ACLU Blog of Rights 29 Jun 2014 Hits:312 ESJ Articles

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Is It Time to Implement a National Popular Vote in Presidential Elections?

Is It Time to Implement a National Popular Vote in Presidential Elections?

On April 15, 2014 Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State quietly signed into lawthe National Popular Vote, making New York the 10th state -- along with the District of Columbia -- to support this effort, while also boosting the total numbers to 165 of the 270 electoral votes needed to make...

Pearl Korn | Huffington Post 17 Jun 2014 Hits:677 CFTE Articles

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At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

President Obama, appearing emboldened after his recent move to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, on Saturday ridiculed members of Congress who deny climate change or plead scientific ignorance as an alibi for avoiding an uncomfortable truth. Speaking in gleefully sarcastic terms to a commencement ceremony at the University of...

Mark Landler | The New York Times 15 Jun 2014 Hits:382 SGW Articles

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ACA is paying off with access for all

ACA is paying off with access for all

The venomous politics dogging the Affordable Care Act and the flawed rollouts of its new health insurance marketplaces have too often overshadowed health reform’s noble goal: ensuring that more Americans have access to vital, potentially lifesaving medical coverage. But on Wednesday, a groundbreaking analysis released by University of Minnesota researchers offered...

Editorial Board | Star Tribune 15 Jun 2014 Hits:557 HCA Articles

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A Middle East Tragedy: Obama's Syria-Policy Disaster

A Middle East Tragedy: Obama's Syria-Policy Disaster

For over three years, the United States has sought to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by supporting an Al Qaeda-infused opposition that Washington either knew or should have known would fail. Yet, in his commencement address at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama promised the American people and the rest...

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett | The National Interest 03 Jun 2014 Hits:354 EWO Articles

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Women's rights around the globe: behind the data

Women's rights around the globe: behind the data

More than 130 of 143 countries have genderequality laws, 142 grant equal rights for men and women on property ownership and 129 have laws preventing women from being sacked while pregnant. Some form of parental leave is offered in almost all countries when women give birth, and in 116 countries...

Liz Ford | The Guardian 03 Jun 2014 Hits:438 Women's Issues

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Criminal Injustice

Criminal Injustice

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change. Fortunately, the Obama Administration recognizes the unacceptable status quo, and recently...

Rep. John Conyers | Huffington Post 03 Jun 2014 Hits:381 EMC Articles

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Will the Supreme Court Kill Public-Employee Unions?

Will the Supreme Court Kill Public-Employee Unions?

Forget Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow union-bashing governors. Forget the partisan Republican attacks on organized labor. The gravest threat today to public-employee unions—which represent cops, firefighters, prison guards, teachers, nurses, and other city and state workers—is a Supreme Court case named Harris v. Quinn, which could be decided...

Andy Kroll | Mother Jones 03 Jun 2014 Hits:616 ESJ Articles

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The age of climate warfare is here. The military-industrial complex is ready. Are you?

The age of climate warfare is here. The military-industrial complex is ready. Are you?

During his speech at West Point Military Academy earlier this week, President Barack Obama described climate change as a "creeping national security crisis" that will require the armed forces to "respond to refugee flows, natural disasters, and conflicts over water and food." The speech emphasised that US foreign policy in the...

Nafeez Ahmed | The Guardian 03 Jun 2014 Hits:533 EWO Articles

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AFGE Fights Back on 2025!

AFGE Fights Back on 2025!

SSA Bargaining Unit Employees: SSA is now seeking your ideas for a Vision 2025 plan.  What SSA is not telling you is that they already have a draft plan that is a product of the Academy with the framework of that plan given to the Academy by SSA leadership. The draft plan...

Witold Skwierczynski | National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations 31 May 2014 Hits:383 ESJ Articles

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Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

The unseen hand of antigovernment ideology can be found everywhere nowadays – even in your mailbox. The proof is in what you won’t find there, like your annual statement of earned Social Security benefits. The government stopped mailing those out in 2011. It’s also getting a lot harder to find Social Security...

Richard Eskow | Campaign for America's Future 31 May 2014 Hits:779 ESJ Articles

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A Small Step in the Right Direction A Treatise on Cannabis and Its Medical Use

A Small Step in the Right Direction A Treatise on Cannabis and Its Medical Use

On behalf of the thousands of Minnesotans who will hopefully benefit from the compromise medical marijuana bill recently signed by Governor Dayton, I offer my humble thanks. Though I am grateful these days for any small step in the right direction, I am saddened that the public has once again been...

Gerald Ganann 29 May 2014 Hits:474 War on Drugs - Criminal Injustice

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Endless War! 5 Disturbing Things in America's Military Budget

Endless War! 5 Disturbing Things in America's Military Budget

Hundreds of billions of dollars will once again be spent on the U.S. defense budget. It’s Pentagon budget time.  And once again, Congress and the White House are haggling over the fine print of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  But what has stayed constant over the years is the massive...

Alex Kane | Alternet 29 May 2014 Hits:653 EWO Articles

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Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

Ratify the ERA more than 30 years past the deadline? Heck, yes! Why not?

In December 1972, the Tribune urged the General Assembly to ratify the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment with an editorial headlined, “Give the ladies what they want.” The wording was a play on the unofficial founding motto of Marshall Field & Co. department stores, “Give the lady what she wants,” and...

Eric Zorn | Chicago Tribune 21 May 2014 Hits:476 ERA Action Articles

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Absentee ballots already cast will need photo ID, elections official says

Absentee ballots already cast will need photo ID, elections official says

An emergency appeal filed late Tuesday argues that reinstating the requirement to show a government-issued photo ID to vote in the Nov. 4 election “imposes a radical, last-minute change to procedures for conducting an election that is already underway.” On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Board announced that voters who had already...

Dee J. Hall | Wisconsin State Journal 21 Sep 2014 Hits:33 Wisconsin

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This Is What Happens When Chicago Privatizes School Janitorial Services

This Is What Happens When Chicago Privatizes School Janitorial Services

The standard Republican meme, that everything is better done by the private sector, has been debunked in almost every way imaginable (more on that in a bit), but there’s perhaps no more graphic an example of the private sector being much, much worse than the unionized public sector than the...

Justin Rosario | Proud to Be Filthy Liberal Scum 17 Sep 2014 Hits:462 Illinois

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Rauner Says Don’t Invest in Mom-and-Pop Businesses

Rauner Says Don’t Invest in Mom-and-Pop Businesses

“Family run businesses are a great investment.  They are part-and-parcel of a community. Corporate raiders like Bruce Rauner will never understand that,” said Dr. Dupuis, co-owner of Wheatland Animal Hospital. Dupuis employs more than two dozen residents of DuPage and Will counties. The billionaire GOP candidate who pledged to run Illinois...

Staff | Illinois Freedom 14 Sep 2014 Hits:227 Illinois

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Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Manure is a potent fertilizer that does wonders for the crops that feed the cows that give the milk that makes Wisconsin America's Dairyland. It's also making a mess of its waters. While Green Bay holds a mere 1.4% of Lake Michigan's water, it receives one-third of the lake's nutrient load —...

Dan Egan | Journal Sentinel 14 Sep 2014 Hits:168 Wisconsin

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Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

As large swathes of the western United States continue to wither under the effects of record-breaking drought, longstanding local concerns over water use are becoming increasingly contentious, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good. In recent weeks, a desert area of Southern California has seen focus suddenly...

Carey L. Biron | Mint Press News 12 Sep 2014 Hits:254 California

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Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air

Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air

Natural gas is widely touted as a 'green fuel'. But as Paul Thacker found in Colorado, fracking's national 'ground zero', it's anything but. Lives and health are being ruined by pollution from taxpayer-subsidized gas wells, flaring and refining plants, while property values collapse. Now a mass of environmental refugees are...

Paul Thacker | Ecologist 12 Sep 2014 Hits:255 Colorado

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DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Ferguson Police Dept.

DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Ferguson Police Dept.

  The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Missouri police department after officer Darren Wilson shot to death unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown last month. The investigation was first reported by the Washington Post — which cited anonymous federal law enforcement officials — and...

Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams 04 Sep 2014 Hits:245 Missouri

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Bankruptcy Judge Lets Detroit Water Shutoffs Continue

Bankruptcy Judge Lets Detroit Water Shutoffs Continue

After initially stating he would rule on an emergency appeal to stop water shutoffs at the end of Tuesday’s court session, US federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes announced Wednesday he would issue no decision until at least September 17. This means the city, which has shut off water service to...

Lawrence Porter | World Socialist Web Site 04 Sep 2014 Hits:208 Michigan

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Former VA Governor McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

Former VA Governor McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

RICHMOND — A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings,...

Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind S. Helderman | The Washington Post 04 Sep 2014 Hits:324 Virginia

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A Dream Realized: Community Driven Revitalization in Spartanburg

A Dream Realized: Community Driven Revitalization in Spartanburg

Sometimes you wake up from a bad dream. You pray it’s not real but when you open your eyes, the reality of the situation is staring you right in the face. Harold Mitchell faced a similar situation and learned about environmental injustice when family, friends, and neighbors in his Spartanburg, South...

Timothy Fields | Greenversations 02 Sep 2014 Hits:153 South Carolina

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Moral March to the Polls

Moral March to the Polls

The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It into Action at the Polls Fifty one years after people gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to declare that a new America was possible, North Carolinians of...

NC NAACP 01 Sep 2014 Hits:200 North Carolina

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The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It …

The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It into Action at the Polls

RALEIGH, NC - Activists from across North Carolina protested with their feet and their voices yesterday at the state capitol as they challenged the flood of regressive policies passed by this state legislature over the past two years and committed themselves to turn their anger and discontent into action at...

Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 29 Aug 2014 Hits:273 North Carolina

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'Whose Schools? Our Schools': Chicago Students Rise Up

'Whose Schools? Our Schools': Chicago Students Rise Up

Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city's Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of the largest public education districts in the country. Organized by the...

Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams 28 Aug 2014 Hits:266 Illinois

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Detroit Set to Resume Water Shutoffs For Nonpayment As Protests Continue

Detroit Set to Resume Water Shutoffs For Nonpayment As Protests Continue

While they carry signs “Thirsty For Justice” nearly 45% of Detroit’s 173,000 water accounts are considered past due, with 420 customers due to be denied service Tuesday. The bankrupt Detroit lifted the month-long suspension of shutting off water to people who have not paid bills. Some 25,000 customers have reached payment...

Kaye Wonderhouse | The Global Dispatch 28 Aug 2014 Hits:184 Michigan

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Wisconsin Still Barred From Implementing GOP's Photo ID Law: A Quick Review of the Story So Far

Wisconsin Still Barred From Implementing GOP's Photo ID Law: A Quick Review of the Story So Far

Trying to make sense of all the different court rulings in Wisconsin on their partisan Photo ID voting laws? We'll try to unpack that for you. The short version: Two different state trial courts found the GOP's Photo ID restriction on voting to be a violation of the state constitution's right...

Ernest A. Canning | The Brad Blog 28 Aug 2014 Hits:226 Wisconsin

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Day 5 Mobilizes Women at the NC State Capitol to Protest Regressive Policies

Day 5 Mobilizes Women at the NC State Capitol to Protest Regressive Policies

RALEIGH, NC - Day 5 of the Moral Week of Action mobilized women of all ages, races, creeds, and classes to march together around the NC state Capitol this afternoon to demand an end to the state legislature's regressive attacks on women, their rights, their health, their families and their...

Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 28 Aug 2014 Hits:247 North Carolina

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Advocates Call for Meaningful Action to Protect Health and Environment in North Carolina

Advocates Call for Meaningful Action to Protect Health and Environment in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - Health advocates and environmental activists stood side by side to demand that the North Carolina General Assembly stop its attacks on the health of its most vulnerable communities, whether by refusing the Medicaid expansion, cutting back on health care services or giving corporations the green light to...

Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 28 Aug 2014 Hits:193 North Carolina

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California Senate Approves Measure Banning Warrantless Drone Surveillance

California Senate Approves Measure Banning Warrantless Drone Surveillance

(Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The...

Aaron Mendelson | Reuters 28 Aug 2014 Hits:332 California

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Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting Recounts His Friend’s Death

Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting Recounts His Friend’s Death

FERGUSON, Missouri — The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen. “I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then...

Trymaine Lee | MSNBC 20 Aug 2014 Hits:596 Missouri

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Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City...

David Zahniser | Governing 17 Aug 2014 Hits:259 California

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Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows. If officials decide to change course and expand the program...

Patrick Marley | Journal Sentinel 17 Aug 2014 Hits:303 Wisconsin

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Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was indicted on two felony counts on Friday by a state grand jury examining his handling of a local district attorney’s drunken driving arrest and the state financing for a public corruption unit under the lawyer’s control. The indictment was returned late Friday in...

Manny Fernandez | The New York Times 15 Aug 2014 Hits:218 Texas

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Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested

Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested

Police violence broke out again in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night, as the streets filled with tear gas, rubber bullets, heavily-armed SWAT teams and mine-resistant vehicles on the fourth night of unrest since Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot to death by police on Aug. 9. Mostly peaceful protesters...

Ryan Grim, Braden Goyette | The Huffington Post 14 Aug 2014 Hits:227 Missouri

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Federal Judge in Don Siegelman Case Arrested, Charged with Abusing Wife in Atlanta Hotel

Federal Judge in Don Siegelman Case Arrested, Charged with Abusing Wife in Atlanta Hotel

The federal judge who oversaw the political prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was arrested over the weekend after allegedly beating his wife in a posh hotel room in Atlanta... U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller was charged with misdemeanor battery and taken to the Fulton County jail around...

Brad Friedman | The Brad Blog 12 Aug 2014 Hits:565 Alabama

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Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

Federal and state governments do not do enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office investigation found that existing regulations do not adequately protect against contamination that could occur after earthquakes, which...

Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch 11 Aug 2014 Hits:283 Ohio

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Mississippi GOP Won't Hear Chris McDaniel Challenge to Thad Cochran Primary Runoff Win

Mississippi GOP Won't Hear Chris McDaniel Challenge to Thad Cochran Primary Runoff Win

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican Party on Wednesday refused to hear challenger Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his June 24 GOP runoff loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The party said McDaniel would do better taking his challenge to court. In a letter to McDaniel's lawyer, state Republican Party Chairman...

Jeff Amy | Associated Press 10 Aug 2014 Hits:297 Mississippi

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Virginia Governor's Corruption Case Shows Prosecution Power

Virginia Governor's Corruption Case Shows Prosecution Power

The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell illustrates the power held by prosecutors to destroy a defendant -- or, conversely, to grant a wrist slap. As the trial finished its second week, looming large is the difference between the 14 counts McDonnell and his wife Maureen currently face...

Andrew Kreig | Justice Integrity Project 10 Aug 2014 Hits:408 Virginia

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Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years. KCBX Terminals, a firm controlled by industrialists Charles and David Koch, is pushing...

Michael Hawthorne | Chicago Tribune 03 Aug 2014 Hits:367 Illinois

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Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents

Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents

A luxury condo building on New York City’s Upper West Side has gotten clearance from the city to have a separate entrance, or a “poor door,” for low-income tenants, according to the New York Post. Extell, which is building the 33-story complex, will build a specific door for the 55 affordable...

Bryce Covert | Think Progress 03 Aug 2014 Hits:320 New York

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Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

As residents of California are urged to conserve water and the state considers placing a mandatory restriction on outdoor water usage, Nestlé is trucking away undisclosed amounts of the precious resource in the form of bottled water. The Desert Sun has an in-depth report of controversy brewing around the company’s bottling plant,...

Lindsay Abrams | Salon 03 Aug 2014 Hits:736 California

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Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania officials have refused to disclose information that freight railroads provide about shipments of volatile crude oil through the state. In the wake of several fiery accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation in May issued an emergency order requiring railroads to report to state emergency management officials the number of trains...

Jon Schmitz | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 03 Aug 2014 Hits:243 Pennsylvania

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Detroit Water Shutoff Controversy Igniting Nationwide Debate

Detroit Water Shutoff Controversy Igniting Nationwide Debate

DETROIT, Mich. (WJLA/AP) -- Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, drew nationwide attention Thursday on Capitol Hill. Due to public pressure, the department has temporarily suspended shutoffs for customers who were 60 days or more behind on bills for...

Scott Thurman | AP | ABC 7 News 01 Aug 2014 Hits:342 Michigan

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Eric Cantor says he'll leave Congress August 18

Eric Cantor says he'll leave Congress August 18

Departing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he will quit Congress altogether in August, ending a once-promising political career in a bid to give his successor a chance for an early turn in office. Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives effective Aug....

Catalina Camia | USA Today 01 Aug 2014 Hits:383 Virginia

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Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Maude Barlow, Canadian author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, with a delegation of water rights advocates brought 260 gallons of water to Detroiters July 24. Of the 15,000 homes that have had water shut off by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, it is estimated that only 48 percent are...

The Michigan Citizen 30 Jul 2014 Hits:318 Michigan

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Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia

Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia

Columbus, Georgia – The Columbus Police Department, continuing its history of antagonizing the movement to close the US military training camp known as the SOA/WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), has this year placed unjust, unsafe and unconstitutional restrictions on the annual SOA Watch...

Hendrick Voss | SOA Watch 21 Jul 2014 Hits:642 Idaho

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Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’

Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’

With fewer than a dozen words Monday, President Barack Obama made his most definitive statement to date in favor of District statehood, delighting both loyal supporters and longtime advocates who have questioned his commitment to D.C. voting rights. During a town hall-style event at a public school in Northwest Washington, Obama...

Mike DeBonis | The Washington Post 21 Jul 2014 Hits:315 DC

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Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending its water shutoffs for 15 days starting today to give residents another chance to prove they are unable to pay their bills. “In case we have missed someone who has legitimate affordability problems this will allow them to come to us to see...

Brent Snavely, Matt Helms | Detroit Free Press 21 Jul 2014 Hits:255 Michigan

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The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

Opponents of tar sands—the massive bituminous oil deposits in Alberta, Canada with a greenhouse gas impact four times greater than that of standard crude—have inched one step closer to a major victory. On Wednesday night, the City Council of South Portland, Maine voted 6-1 to pass an early version of an ordinance...

Cole Stangler | In These Times 20 Jul 2014 Hits:215 Maine

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A National Call to Link Arms for Detroit

Oh, make you wanna holler The way they do my life This ain't livin', this ain't livin' No, no baby, this ain't livin' No, no, no, no --Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues" On July 18 thousands of activists and dozens of organizations will converge on downtown Detroit to protest the privatization of the city’s assets and...

Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier | The Progressive 09 Jul 2014 Hits:372 Michigan

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Detroit’s fight for public water is also the nation’s

Detroit’s fight for public water is also the nation’s

Detroit made international news this month when its municipal water board resumed cutting off water to residents with unpaid bills. With thousands of community members struggling in homes with no running water, local groups reached out (PDF) to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking...

Anna Lappé | Al Jazeera English 02 Jul 2014 Hits:773 Michigan

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The New Machine: Charter Schools

The New Machine: Charter Schools

Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of the Chicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.  The War on Independents Wages On Battle lines were once again drawn between Chicago’s machine democrats and independent democrats when Ald. Toni...

RA Monaco | Sheffield Gazette 29 Jun 2014 Hits:340 Illinois

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Home     News     Sports     Arts & Culture     Opinion     Business     Advertising     About Us     Print Edition  AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

Geraldine Zenteno knew exactly where she wanted to go after graduation. Researching universities, the 17-year-old T.C. Williams senior had fallen in love with The College of William and Mary. Zenteno wants to pursue a teaching career and the Williamsburg school’s education program ranks among the best in the country, according to...

Derrick Perkins | Alexandria Times 17 Jun 2014 Hits:724 Virginia

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Blocking Any Medicaid Expansion, Virginia Legislature Passes Budget Bill

Blocking Any Medicaid Expansion, Virginia Legislature Passes Budget Bill

Empowered by their new majority in the State Senate, Republicans have moved to checkmate Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a monthslong contest over Medicaid, passing a budget that does not include the Medicaid expansion the governor sought and forbidding him from unilaterally expanding the health care program for the poor. Mr. McAuliffe...

Trip Gabriel | The New York Times 15 Jun 2014 Hits:379 Virginia

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Democrats Suggest They Won’t Challenge For Seat After Eric Cantor Refuses Write-In Campaign

Democrats Suggest They Won’t Challenge For Seat After Eric Cantor Refuses Write-In Campaign

The Democratic Party is already signaling that they won’t be solidly backing Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate for Eric Cantor’s old seat after Cantor announced that he won’t run as a write-in candidate. Roll Call reported this morning that, “National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House...

Jason Easley | Politicus 13 Jun 2014 Hits:1023 Virginia

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Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

 Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

In a stunning upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in Tuesday’s congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and devastating loss to the second most powerful Republican in the House who has widely been touted as a future speaker. The race...

Robert Costa | Washington Post 10 Jun 2014 Hits:386 Virginia

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Kasich’s fracking plan comes into sharper focus

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) environmental record took a turn for the worse last week when he approved rolling back the state’s renewable energy standards. The Buckeye State became the nation’s first to go backwards in this area.   But it’s not the only trouble area for the Ohio governor as it relates to...

Steve Benen | The Maddow Blog 02 Jun 2014 Hits:337 Ohio

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Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Primary season has begun to roll out across the country, including some hotly contested -- and some just plain bizarre -- races for governor, Congress and other local and state offices. One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted...

Pearl Korn | The Huffington Post 29 May 2014 Hits:589 New York

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On Anniversary of David Silva Slaying, Protesters Demand Justice

On Anniversary of David Silva Slaying, Protesters Demand Justice

Jacque DelRio interviews Chris Silva (brother of David Silva) and the family attorney David Khon on PDA Radio on Saturday 6/21 at 3pm EST. One year after the death of David Sal Silva, who was beaten by police outside a Bakersfield hospital, family, friends, and supporters gathered near Kern County Superior...

Alfred Camacho | New America Media 27 May 2014 Hits:343 California

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Federal judge overturns Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban

A federal district court judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, handing gay rights advocates their second legal victory in as many days. In the wake of last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III...

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Senate Democrats look to revive dormant Equal Rights Amendment

Senate Democrats look to revive dormant Equal Rights Amendment

Senate Democrats plan to make an end-of-session push this week to “rectify an historical wrong” -- and perhaps give women a strong reason to go to the polls this fall -- by putting Illinois on record in support of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The bid to revive the...

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