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Shifting dynamics of control

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Enlarge IT WAS bound to be a messy combination and, according to a new report on censorship in China, it is. The country has an estimated 600m internet users who are...
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Since cyber security is coming to the forefront here, a look at Chinas' controlled internet and its possible consequnces make this worth reading. Not so much for criminal charges as much for simple spying.

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The Worst of Paul Ryan’s Budgets

The Worst of Paul Ryan’s Budgets | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from Editorial from the NY Times

...Mr. Obama should have no illusions about the core beliefs of some of his Republican dining partners, or their willingness to accept change. That was made clear on Tuesday when the House Budget Committee chairman, Representative Paul Ryan, unveiled his 2014 spending plan: a retread of ideas that voters soundly rejected, made even worse, if possible, by sharper cuts to vital services and more dishonest tax provisions.

 

The budget, which will surely fly through the House, was quickly praised as “serious” and job-creating by the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, though it is neither. By cutting $4.6 trillion from spending over the next decade, it would reverse the country’s nascent economic growth, kill millions of real and potential jobs, and deprive those suffering the most of social assistance.

All the tired ideas from 2011 and 2012 are back: eliminating Medicare’s guarantee to retirees by turning it into a voucher plan; dispensing with Medicaid and food stamps by turning them into block grants for states to cut freely; repealing most of the reforms to health care and Wall Street; shrinking beyond recognition the federal role in education, job training, transportation and scientific and medical research. The public opinion of these callous proposals was made clear in the fall election, but Mr. Ryan is too ideologically fervid to have learned that lesson.


The 2014 budget is even worse than that of the previous two years because it attempts to balance the budget in 10 years instead of the previous 20 or more. That would take nondefense discretionary spending down to nearly 2 percent of the economy, the lowest in modern history. And in its laziest section, it sets a goal of slashing the top tax rate for the rich to 25 percent from 39.6 percent, though naturally Mr. Ryan doesn’t explain how this could happen without raising taxes on middle- and lower-income people. (Sound familiar?)
 

There’s no need, of course, to balance the budget in 10 years or even 20; these dates are arbitrary, designed solely to impress the extreme fiscal conservatives who now compose the core of the Republican Party.

 

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VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren vs. Banks

VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren vs. Banks | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Did you know HSBC bank helped Al Qaeda launder money? Watch Sen. Warren demand accountability -- and then sign the petition telling the SEC to end "too big for trial."
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List of bills filibustered to "make Obama a one term president" — GOP gambled and lost, We the People pay the price

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Interesting,...as Paul Harvey use to say, "And here's the rest of the story".

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Nomad 's comment, March 14, 2013 11:26 AM
Yes, that the problem with so much pre-packaged, carefully selected news. To be fully informed, I think takes a lot of work and is next to impossible when there's a slant written in to the information.
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VIEWPOINT: Why Progressives Need A Strong GOP

VIEWPOINT: Why Progressives Need A Strong GOP | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
It’s time for one of our annual political rituals — CPAC, the American Conservative Union’s conference, begins this Wednesday.
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Jeb Bush's Coming-Out Party

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Not that kind of coming-out party. On Sunday, former Florida governor Jeb Bush hit the talkshow circuit to clarify his stance on immigration and further stoke the rumor mill surrounding a 2016 run for the White House.
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Nomad 's comment, March 14, 2013 11:28 AM
He's got a lot of skeletons. Type Miguel Recarey. A man who was given some pretty extraordinary treatment after conducting one of the largest medicare frauds in US history. Well, until Rick Scott came along anyway.
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OFA--A Dark Money Group by Any Other Name

OFA--A Dark Money Group by Any Other Name | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by Lisa Rosenberg of the Sunlight Foundation, about Organizing For America, formerly Obama For America:


But with today’s announcement that OFA will limit who it takes money from and that it will disclose donors of $250 or more on a quarterly basis, why aren’t we applauding them for seeing the light?

OFA’s Disclosures are neither Timely nor Complete

As long as OFA is making up the rules as it goes along, there is no reason it shouldn’t meet or surpass the disclosure requirements that apply to political parties. Disclosure delayed is disclosure denied, and the quarterly reporting of donors promised by OFA allows them to hide donors—at least temporarily—in an age when technology could easily facilitate real time online disclosure. Moreover, OFA is not disclosing details normally associated with political contributions—specifically the address, occupation and employer of the donor that not only help identify the donor but the industry or interests that might be important to him. There is no disclosure of bundlers either—a big donor could deliver a fat wad of checks to OFA from his fat cat friends, and while OFA’s chairman and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will know who to thank, the public will remain in the dark.

OFA is a Mechanism for Fat Cat Access

Messina took great pains to address the unseemly specter that OFA is a vehicle to sell access to the president to the highest bidder, stating, “we can't and we won't guarantee access to any government officials.” But while he did not guarantee access, nor did he rule it out. Quite the contrary. “Just as the president and administration officials deliver updates on the legislative process to Americans and organizations across the ideological spectrum, there may be occasions when members of Organizing for Action are included in those updates.” Will the members of OFA who give $50 be included in those updates, or only the members who give $50,000 or $500,000?

There is no Accountability

Under OFA’s “voluntary” system of disclosure, there is no enforcement mechanism to ensure that big money donors will be disclosed, or whether the group is sticking to its commitment to prohibit corporate and foreign contributions. There is nothing to prevent a CEO from writing a big check to OFA, only to be reimbursed from her corporate coffers—laundering a corporate contribution. The only legally enforceable rules that apply to OFA are the same ones that apply to every other dark money 501(c)(4) organization—and we know how well those work. [MORE]

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Gary Hewitt's comment, March 9, 2013 5:57 PM
I can tell you from working with OFA ever since 2009 when it became Organizing For America in between the Presidential elections we have all been staying well informed on what is going on. As I am a student in college many financial contributions have been small. But I have still been in on many conference calls and some of them was even with President Obama. As OFA is now no longer a Political Campaign and just an Organization just like any other 501(c)(4) if it reports anything that is more than the anyone of the Republican Groups is doing. By law they are not required to report any contributions at all!
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Graham's very bad day on Twitter

Graham's very bad day on Twitter | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Laced throughout tweets cheering on Rand Paul was a vicious, visceral anger aimed at Graham.
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Boehner Pledges to Stick to the 'Hastert Rule'

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by Jonathan Strong and Daniel Newhauser, Roll Call


Speaker John A. Boehner sought to assure his conference on Tuesday that the “Hastert rule” is still regular practice, on the heels of breaking it for the third time this Congress.
 

Republicans breached the rule — under which the speaker only brings forward bills that enjoy support from the “majority of the majority” — last week when a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed with a majority of Democratic votes. Of three major bills passed this session, two have passed in violation of the rule. The House passed the fiscal-cliff deal Jan. 1 despite the rule as well.

The rule — named after former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. — may be tested again in coming months on legislation relating to immigration and gun control, although a GOP leadership aide said that scenario is highly unlikely.

At a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia asked Boehner whether he planned to keep bringing forward bills that split the GOP conference.

Boehner told reporters after the meeting that the VAWA vote was an outlier and said he would like to abide by the Hastert rule.

“We tried everything we could to ... get the differences in our conference resolved. And the fact is that we couldn’t resolve our differences. It was time to deal with this issue and we did,” the Ohio Republican said. “But it’s not a practice that I would expect to continue long term.” [MORE]

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Judy Zitko's comment, March 13, 2013 11:54 AM
This is wrong. The majority of people are being ignored by the GOP because of this rule. If the right wing wackos aren't for something, then no one gets a chance to vote on it. Something is wrong with this picture.
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The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
You have questions, we've got answers. Click to see every question you've ever had about the sequester answered.
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Was Invading Iraq Worth It?

Was Invading Iraq Worth It? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Iraqi WMDs did not exist. The replacement regime in Iraq is not a democracy in any usual sense of the word. But 10 years on, it would be wrong to say the war achieved nothing, says David Frum. (Was Iraq worth it?
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While I agree with Mr. Frum tha Iraq is producing more oil then under the old regime, something making oil companies a lot richer, that's as far as I go. His inference that  this wouldn't be accuring without invading is dubius. It's been ten years and we had them in a box, that might have made a difference. He promises a follow up, Ill be waiting.

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Mapping Out The Revolving Door Between Gov't And Big Business In Venn Diagrams

Mapping Out The Revolving Door Between Gov't And Big Business In Venn Diagrams | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Via Larry Lessig we get series of Venn diagrams showing the revolving door between big business and government. When people talk about regulatory capture, this is what they mean. When people talk about corruption and crony capitalism, this is what they mean. If you want a quick visual idea of why so few people trust this government to do the right thing for the people, rather than the big companies, this is why. [MORE diagrams]

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A great diagram for every citizen to gaze upon! Thank You Larry Lessig of Harvard Law. Great Visual! Your friend Aaron would be proud of you.


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Rene Thompson's comment, March 6, 2013 4:57 PM
Why not do both parties?
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, March 7, 2013 3:36 PM
This is most likely incomplete or it may also be due to the fact that we have a Democratic president filling jobs at the moment. It seems to record mostly those current positions that overlapped in earlier periods & show up in both parties. There does appear to be influence no matter which party is in charge.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, March 11, 2013 11:21 AM
Also Aaron died as a result of Obama's (Bush's to a lesser degree) push to promote a cyberwar defenses and offenses and part of that means capturing and cornering talent like Aaron's to work for the government and corporate interest. I think many people don't realize that the Republicans aren't the only ones not playing in all the various power games fairly. All of them are reaching for the power of the web and being not clearly in control of it is scary to the so called and sometimes elected "ruling class" of all governments and businesses. The cyberwar is real and citizens all over the planet need to be fully aware that it may be the most serious war of all times and hold their own share of that power through activism, shopping habits and sending strong messages to officials all over the globe. The fight isn't just out of country hacks....It is over who will control the voice and the messages of the planet and the power it gives to many groups like this and totally different groups from this to connect to one another and collectively and individually seek answers to problems and discoveries we can't even imagine. And the longing to hold on to the old power structure is now challenged more than ever in history if people all over the world don't pay attention they will lose the war and never know it happened. Aaron's army goes on to make sure that doesn't happen. His death shows how serious all governments are taking this war. He faced more years in jail than a murderer in most states and all he was trying to do was make knowledge available as a cultural share. Now that's a scary odd war like we've never seen, but it is clearly real.
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Obama’s second-term Cabinet to play bigger policy role

Obama’s second-term Cabinet to play bigger policy role | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
For second term, Obama is turning more to outsiders and empowering them with greater responsibility.
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Lunch with Louden | Thursdays at Noon Pacific - Mar 14,2013

Lunch with Louden | Thursdays at Noon Pacific - Mar 14,2013 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Jeanene Louden and co-host Debilyn Molineaux discuss current affairs and systemic changes that are needed in the Unitied States. Live callers are encouraged to propose their own solutions and engage with the host and/or guests.
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Pleasent conversation and thoghtful incite. Listen in online and call in with comments.

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Bartender who filmed Mitt Romney's "47 percent" video had innocuous motivation

Bartender who filmed Mitt Romney's "47 percent" video had innocuous motivation | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by JAKE MILLER, CBS News

The man who recorded Romney's "47 percent" comments at a fundraiser in Florida - comments that ransacked Romney's presidential bid after they were publicized last September - was a bartender for the catering company serving the event, and he credits former President Bill Clinton for his decision to bring a camera to work that fateful day.
 

The Huffington Post reports that the company for which the yet-to-be-named bartender worked had previously catered an event where Mr. Clinton spoke. When the former president was done with his remarks, he stepped into the kitchen to thank the staff - waiters, bartenders, busboys - who had helped put the event together.


The bartender decided to bring his camera to the Romney fundraiser, hoping he could get a photo with Romney if the GOP candidate followed Mr. Clinton's lead.


Romney did not emulate the garrulous former president. Instead, he arrived late to the event, spoke briefly, and was rushed out. He told his dinner guests that his remarks were off the record, but he did not repeat the warning to the catering staff.


The bartender would not get a picture with Romney as he'd hoped. Instead, he set his camera on the bar and surreptitiously recorded Romney's remarks. [MORE]

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Nomad 's comment, March 14, 2013 11:24 AM
Thanks for scooping this. The most important part is the comparison between Clinton and Romney. Paying attention to the little guy (not the fat cats) is the most honest way to win an election. Romney discovered that the hard way.
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Deficit reduction ≠ $333 million cut for families in poverty + $183 billion in tax dodging

Deficit reduction ≠ $333 million cut for families in poverty + $183 billion in tax dodging | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by CARL GIBSON, Huffington Post

Here's a pop quiz for Congress: If you cut food assistance for needy families by $333 million, and allow corporations to dodge $183 billion in federal taxes in the same year, how much did you end up reducing the deficit?


We just saw the first round of $85 billion in sequester cuts, now coupled with the injustice of the top 5 "too-big-to-fail" banks -- Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs -- receiving an annual subsidy of $63 billion. The next five biggest banks receive a $20 billion annual subsidy. This still continues even though we just allowed sequestration to cut $333 million from the supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). We're spending billions to keep big banks afloat, but we just cut 600,000 needy mothers and their children from the WIC program. This government has decided it would rather starve children than take big banks off the welfare rolls. [NEWS]

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Judy Zitko's comment, March 13, 2013 11:51 AM
Figures don't lie, but liars can figure.
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Filling an empty niche

Excerpt from article by by Thomas C. HallWashington Business Journal


"One of the think-tank's former clients, RJR Nabisco Inc., sought Campanella's advice on environmental issues. Then Monsanto Corp., General Electric Co., Amoco Corp. and other big-names came calling; Stateside now has more than 80 clients.
 

"In the middle of these projects, I started asking why these big companies needed help with issue expertise," Campanella said.


After discussing it with a few former clients who became her unofficial board of directors, Stateside was launched with about $81,000 in startup cash. Even though the niche was clearly there, the company was plowing new turf, and it wasn't sure how to grow.


"We were so opportunistic we didn't do much planning," she acknowledged."


When the light bulb went on, Campanella was well prepared. She had been immersed in legislative issues for more than a decade already, serving on the staffs of former Reps. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., and Mickey Edwards, R-Okla., before a brief stint at the Department of Transportation in the Reagan administration.

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The regular folks that really get only a single vote once every so many years in shaping influence really need to start getting together with a better plan than that. The collection and union of business owners....otherwise known as a corporation are all too often busy undermining the individual citizen and worker's interest in the interest of their collective and personal profits.


Wonder who they are overcharging and underpaying and benefit cutting to have the cash flow to do that? This is a short sited plan for short term profits and one cannot undermine the public hand that feeds them and end up in a good place for anyone. Citizens really need more than ever to join together in a balanced pushback for their own interest and we really need to rethink how business in National, State and Local government offices is running. If we don't stand up against these influences for our own collective interest (like corporations can afford to do for their interest) than we may deserve to be a open cadaver for corporate and officail vultures and vampires. They may not be bad guys as individuals but their "Gang" (which is this case is corporate) just won't let them be nice and stay in the group, so they need us to help them do the right things..We cannot allow these corporate influences to be unchallenged bullies in our democracy.

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Welfare: Social and Individual Responsibility

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by Joseph Westfall

 Welfare and the community: Is society responsible for the well-being of the poor? Are the poor to be held in any way responsible for themselves? How far must poverty go before society is morally bound to act?

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There needs to be put in place temporary support systems that continues to hold people up should they fall back, maybe even a program that leaves you eligible without having to go through everything should you again fall below a certain need level while one moves forward. Many can find a better job but it may not last so they avoid the change and effort to move forward because if they fail they have given up their safety net and it only makes sense to stay where it's safe and they at least have something. Allowing people to stay eligible should they fail or the temporary great job doesn't turn permanent say during a two  or three year period would allow them the courage to take the very real risk to improve the situation they are in..

 

GED services are in place but many need real college courses and training help while one proves to have successful efforts are needed, not just  advice and workshops on interviews for low paying job skills and filling resumes for people that really don't have much to say.....This would be a real reward for improving yourself rather than booting one off welfare as soon as they start to get better. Like a doctor doesn't take you off your meds until you ARE better knowing you may relapse. This would be true welfare reform that would be designed to really lift people up and not dare them to get better and see how fast they are booted out of the assistance whether they are truly ready or not.... The system today encourages people not to take the real risk involved in developing self-sufficiency.

 

There are those that could work and want to work, but the fact is they are not socially acceptable and people don't want to hire them...That is a very different problem but a real situation some find themselves in and may not even want to admit they are just unwanted. I'm not sure what we do about that. For many in society it is more convenient to give them money and not think about that. Some people are just unattractive to most other people for various reasons and many of those people will be found on welfare programs. That situation would take more than money to change. This would take personal involvement. Anyway as I stated the article gets you thinking. So what do you think?

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What Hath Rand Paul Wrought?

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by ROSS DOUTHAT, NY Times


The Republican Party built an advantage on foreign policy across generations, and then began demolishing it 10 years ago this month. What the cold war made, the invasion of Iraq largely unmade: beginning in 2003, a party that had long promised — and mostly delivered — peace through strength became identified with an intelligence fiasco, a botched occupation and the squandering of American resources, credibility and lives.

Two Republicans running for president in 2012, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul, seemed to have some grasp of what Iraq had done to their party’s reputation. But they were both niche candidates who spoke to small constituencies (libertarians in Paul’s case, journalists in Huntsman’s). Paul’s isolationism was hectoring and eccentric, with a “we had it coming” view of terrorism that the Republican electorate was never likely to embrace. Huntsman’s attempt to rehabilitate foreign policy realism was as passionless and flat-footed as his entire campaign. Neither had much influence on Mitt Romney, whose foreign policy rhetoric left the impression that his party had learned nothing from the Bush era.


But where Huntsman and Paul the elder mostly failed, Rand Paul has been enjoying remarkable success. The Kentucky senator’s recent ascent to prominence, which achieved escape velocity with last week’s 13-hour filibuster delaying the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead the C.I.A., hasn’t just made the younger Paul one of the most talked-about politicians in Washington today. It has offered the first real sign that the Republican Party might someday escape the shadow of the Iraq war and enter the post-post-9/11 era.

Officially, Paul’s filibuster was devoted to a specific question of executive power — whether there are any limits on the president’s authority to declare American citizens enemy combatants and deal out death to them. But anyone who listened (and listened, and listened) to his remarks, and put them in the context of his recent speeches and votes and bridge-building, recognized that he was after something bigger: a reorientation of conservative foreign policy thinking away from hair-trigger hawkishness and absolute deference to executive power.

Exactly where such a reorientation would take the party is unclear. Depending on the context, Paul can sometimes sound like a libertarian purist, sometimes like a realist in the Brent Scowcroft mode and sometimes like — well, like a man who was an ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., just a few short years ago. [MORE]

 

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PlasmaBorneElectric's comment, March 10, 2013 2:04 PM
As an atheistic antitheist I am appalled by Rand Paul's embracement of promotion of a superior intellect rule over the rest of us, especially from a hypocrite who needed the assistance of the very safety net she campaigned against. Ayn Rand was a failure and Rand Paul building his foundation on a failure is a failure as well.
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Bloggers hover over drone debate

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Sen. Rand Paul may have sat down, but the discussion marches onward online.
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Sondra Thomas's comment, March 14, 2013 12:55 PM
Drones are killing people throughout the world without having a trial or conviction. Is this the kind of government we want? I prefer a government that provides clean water and supports education and promotes jobs for its citizens. I don't like war, but I really hate a war on unseen/unknown enemies! Before our government kills someone without announcing what the charges are against that person!
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Rand Paul and the principle principle

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by Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

 

Rand Paul proved on Wednesday that a filibuster can be very good politics. In speaking for over 12 hours in opposition to the Obama Administration’s drone policy, Paul did more to boost his prospects as a 2016 presidential candidate than anything he has done since coming to the Senate from Kentucky in 2010.

What Paul proved during his “filiblizzard” — it hurts so good to write that — is that he is a politician with a) a core set of beliefs and b) a willingness to stand up for them.

That’s a rare thing in modern American politics where the tendency is to find where the public — or the primary electorate — is on a given issue and then find a way to get there.

“People of all backgrounds yearn for leaders who believe in what they say and will stand strong for their convictions,” said Jesse Benton, who managed Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign and is now serving as campaign manager for Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election race. “Senator Paul is one of those leaders, and the list of others is short.”

While the issue Paul chose — drones and, specifically, the possibility of strikes against American citizens in the U.S. — isn’t a high-profile one, it became clear as the Kentucky Republican talked (and talked) that he was creating a major moment for a party that hasn’t had very many of those since Nov. 6, 2012. [MORE]

 

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Marilee Ritchie Hird's comment, March 7, 2013 10:12 AM
I don't care for his poitics, but I really respect this action. Someone who believes in something strongly enough to actually perform the filibuster, not just use it as a bargaining chip to people who fold just from the threat.
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Hawaii House Passes Fair Elections Legislation

The Hawaii House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday, HB 1481 HD2, to establish a Fair Elections program for state House and Senate candidates. The bill passed on a vote of 48-3 and now heads to the Senate.
 

Under the system, candidates who voluntarily opt in to the program would have to collect a set number of signatures and qualifying contributions to show broad-based community support. Once qualified, candidates would receive a public grant to fund their campaigns.


Candidates would be freed from the non-stop chase for campaign cash and accountable solely to their constituents that elected them instead of big money donors. Candidates who don't have access to big money donors or party insiders would be able to run competitive campaigns for office. [MORE]

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Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together

Defusing political conflicts: A Q&A with Jonathan Haidt about how liberals and conservatives can band together | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Liberals and conservatives are remarkably adept at not listening to each other. Jonathan Haidt on how to cut through the fray.


In the final days of 2012, as Congress worked to hammer out a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, it was difficult to turn on any American news source and not see political finger-pointing. Words like “extremist,” “angry” and “sharply divided” floated in the ether.

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has long been interested in how political choices are made — at TED2008, he delved into “the moral roots of liberals and conservatives.” So he seemed like the perfect speaker to invite to our New York office to tackle the question: can’t we all just get along?

His answer in short: yes. But the key is to understand that all of us are facing the same looming dangers, and make some critical changes in Congress that will allow us to work together on them.
 

Haidt begins today’s talk with an unsettling statement: A pack of giant asteroids are headed for the United States, and they will hit within 50 years. These, of course, are metaphorical asteroids. Says Haidt, “I’m talking about threats that are headed our way that are wrapped in a special energy field that polarizes us, and therefore paralyzes us.” [MORE including video]

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Difference Engine: Are we there yet?

Difference Engine: Are we there yet? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
THE new kidmobile—acquired primarily for the school run and for chauffeuring teenagers to extramural activities—came with a GPS navigation unit built into the...
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Anyone using a GPS to get directions while on the road will enjoy this. The article brings out some common problems with dash installed units that smart phones easily over come. Having one myself, I must agree. He does say at the end help is on the way,via legilation, to remedy this. 

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“In the real world we were kidding ourselves”

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Newt Gingrich talks to Salon about why he and his party were so wrong about the election and the future of the GOP (Interesting @SteveKornacki interview with @newtgingrich: http://t.co/TNMvCDwOfl)...
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