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Republican disapproval grows in budget battle, Post-ABC poll finds

Republican disapproval grows in budget battle, Post-ABC poll finds | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Congressional Democrats also lose ground while Obama approval ticks up on budget
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Tell the Supreme Court Justices That You Support Marriage Equality

Tell the Supreme Court Justices That You Support Marriage Equality | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Sign onto 'The People's Brief' that will be submitted to the High Court. Stand on the right side of history - love can't wait!
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One person can make a difference. Collectively, we can and we must ensure dignity and equality for every American. That is what is meant to be an American. Please sign on.

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World's Biggest PR Firm Quits American Oil Lobby » EcoWatch

World's Biggest PR Firm Quits American Oil Lobby » EcoWatch | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Edelman spun off an advertising subsidiary so that it could show a commitment to not aiding the denial of climate change science. American Petroleum Institute's (API)
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Finally, a PR firm taking steps to no longer be part of the lies and propaganda coming from fossil fuel companies. 

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We must have the courage to push back against intellectual dishonesty

We must have the courage to push back against intellectual dishonesty | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Make no mistake about this. Reza Aslan and Glenn Greenwald are playing the O'Reilly "Tiller-the-baby-killer" card against Sam Harris. They are being intellectually dishonest about the role that rel...
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Do not let the lies and obfuscations go unchallenged. Stand up and stand strong with people like Sam Harris who simply ask the question, “What kind of world do we want to live in?”

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#FightFastTrack: Coalition Takes Aim at Lawmakers over Corporate-Friendly 'Trade' Agreement

#FightFastTrack: Coalition Takes Aim at Lawmakers over Corporate-Friendly 'Trade' Agreement | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Environmental, labor, and community groups are organizing rallies, public forums, and creative direct actions this week urging their congressional representatives to say "no" to a renewed bid to rush through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership "trade" deal by passing "fast track" legislation.
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"Senate Finance Committe Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is saying he wants to reintroduce Fast Track legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this month — right after Members of Congress return from the Presidents Day recess," explains Citizens Trade Campaign, referring to legislation that would allow the Obama administration to avoid transparency and full congressional review of the deal. "Now’s the time to tell Congress: no Fast Track for the TPP!"

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Malcolm X Was Right About America: Chris Hedges

Malcolm X Was Right About America: Chris Hedges | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The civil rights leader, assassinated 50 years ago this month, knew that empire cannot be reformed—it must be destroyed. - 2015/02/01
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Dear Obama Hater - You Just Wasted A Decade Of Your Life

Dear Obama Hater - You Just Wasted A Decade Of Your Life | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Lots of you continue to get unhinged emails from people on Facebook, your drunk uncle, and various Tea Party relatives. Here's a gentle response to them....

Pretty soon Obama will be gone and you ...
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ALEC: Match.com for evil

ALEC: Match.com for evil | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Meet ALEC — and Nick Rathod, the guy fighting back
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For decades, corporations have found Republicans ready to do their bidding thanks to a shadowy outfit known as ALEC. But Nick Rathod, a preacher's son, has a plan to fight back.


The State Innovation Exchange, SiX, is a new “action tank” that aims to achieve long-term progressive policy gains in states and localities across the US. Elected officials and staff across the country are writing legislation that will shape America's future. SiX provides trusted, expert resources to inform and enhance that work, building the legislative wing of the progressive movement. SiX aims to encourage cross-pollination among states, providing a platform for the best ideas to spread and grow. The group is an ally in tough fights, and it provides cover in places where its resources make the biggest impact.

With a SiX account, users can access a legislative library, follow the activity of key legislators, and track issues as they evolve in each of the states. It’s an unprecedented set of tools designed to ensure the best thinking on current issues is used to advance progressive legislation in all 50 states.


@nick_rathod

@stateinnovation

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Issa's big dud: No White House connection to IRS 'scandal'

Issa's big dud: No White House connection to IRS 'scandal' | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) wasted enormous congressional resources over the last 18 months trying to inflate the IRS " scandal " into a mountain. The release Tuesday of his final, petulant report on the affair marks what may be its final decline into a mouse.
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Just another blatantly obvious example of the waste, fraud, and abuse perpetrated by the GOP on the American populace.

 

The final paragraph really does sum it up:

"For Issa, who is Congress' richest member, and plutocrats from shore to shore, an intimidated and underfunded IRS is heaven. And that's what we've got."

 

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Inquiry Into I.R.S. Lapses Shows No Links to White House

Inquiry Into I.R.S. Lapses Shows No Links to White House | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A House investigation of denials and delays of tax exemption applications by Tea Party groups has not found any coordination between the agency and the Obama administration.
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Our tax dollars at work....

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Tell President Obama: Keystone XL fails the climate test. Say #NoKXL now! | Oil Change International

Tell President Obama: Keystone XL fails the climate test. Say #NoKXL now! | Oil Change International | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Enough is enough. No more debate. No more oil industry-funded lies. Now is the time for leadership.
The science shows Keystone XL would be a climate disaster, and would easily fail the President's own climate test. 

President Obama has all the support he needs -- from science, and from the people -- to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Send a message to President Obama to stop Keystone XL now! 
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Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA's Torture Scandals - The Intercept

Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA's Torture Scandals - The Intercept | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The "queen of torture" played a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee, had a key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and reportedly mishandled information that could potentially have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
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The Intercept is naming Bikowsky over CIA objections because of her key role in misleading Congress about the agency’s use of torture, and her active participation in the torture program (including playing a direct part in the torture of at least one innocent detainee). Moreover, Bikowsky has already been publicly identified by news organizations as the CIA officer responsible for many of these acts.

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Archbishop Desmond #Tutu on #Climate Change

Archbishop Desmond #Tutu on #Climate Change | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

Hear the clip in context; listen to the full episode: Put your money where our future it (Climate) 

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"Just as we argued in the 1980s that those who conducted business with apartheid South Africa were aiding and abetting an immoral system, today we say nobody should profit from the rising temperatures, seas, and human sufferings caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We can no longer continue feeding our addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow for there will be no tomorrow."

 

"We are made for each other, part of one family, the human family, with one shared earth."

 

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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7 things Americans think are more plausible than global warming

7 things Americans think are more plausible than global warming | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Seventy-seven percent of the country believe in angels. Only 40 percent concede climate change is a reality VIDEO
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This says a lot about a certain segment of the American populace.

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Obama Derangement Syndrome

Obama Derangement Syndrome | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The extraordinary fear of Obama’s ordinary presidency.
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"But then, that's why Obama Derangement Syndrome is different than Bush Derangement Syndrome: it's not really about Obama's presidency. It's about Obama himself. It's about his blackness, his father's foreignness, his strange name, his radical pastor. Obama's presidency is in many ways ordinary, but the feelings it evokes are not."

- Updated by Ezra Klein on February 23, 2015, 9:10 a.m. ET

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To Prison For Poverty • FULL DOCUMENTARY • BRAVE NEW FILMS - YouTube

Private probation companies charge excessive fees to low income people who can't pay small fines like traffic tickets. If they can't pay, they go to jail. SU...
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Is this what we are becoming; a nation which glorifies money and all things privatized to the degree that being poor becomes a crime and where people profit from the poverty and incarceration of others?

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Laura Poitras on the Post-9/11 Moral Vacuum and How Snowden Will Go Down in History

Laura Poitras on the Post-9/11 Moral Vacuum and How Snowden Will Go Down in History | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
"...it's easy to forget it all began with Poitras... the first person Snowden made contact with." That's CBC News referring to Laura Poitras, the journalist and filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour, which offers a look at NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's first meetings with journalists.
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Petition: Get Big Money Out of Politics!

Petition: Get Big Money Out of Politics! | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The message is simple: 1) Corporations are not people and 2) Money is not speech. (37900 signatures on petition)
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Our representatives spend up to half their day raising money for re-election rather than representing 'we the people.' As a result, the microscopic fraction of the American population who can afford to donate gobs of cash are granted undue access and influence. That's why we have got to get money out of politics. 

The 2016 election might be the first $5 BILLION presidential election. That is a staggering figure. We must stand together to put the power back in the vote, not the dollar. We will not stand for any more greed, and we will not stand for big money determining the present and future of our country. It's time to take democracy back. 

Headed by Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, we are an open source tactic that supports local and state campaign finance reform, national reforms and a constitutional amendment that states: 1) Corporations are not people and 2) Money is not speech. 

Please join us by signing this petition in support of a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics!

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United States of Secrets – FRONTLINE

United States of Secrets – FRONTLINE | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?
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We're living on the wrong side of a one-way mirror.

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Will 2015 be the year that right and left unite?

Will 2015 be the year that right and left unite? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Robert Reich had this to say about a New York Times article, "Auto Industry Galvanized After Record Recall Year" His closing question got me thinking about the corruption of money in our news and i...
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These lies are just what those in power count on us to believe. It’s what makes you and I precisely the audience Big Money wants – a divided populace who is willfully ignorant, woefully misinformed, eager to vote against their own self-interests, and who refuses to unify against them.

 

If and when we do, we’ll actually have a democracy. Until then, look around. This is what we have because it’s precisely what we deserve.

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ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents

ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Released on Christmas Eve, the documents are heavily redacted versions of reports by the NSA to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board
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Right and left don't seem capable (or interested) in agreement on much these days. I can't understand why there doesn't seem to be more agreement on the need to stop the abuse of power by the NSA.

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Tidings of Comfort

Tidings of Comfort | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
You surely haven’t heard this in the news, but 2014 was a year in which the federal government showed that it can do some important things very well.
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"Yet if you look back at what actually happened over the past year, you see something completely different. Amid all the derision, a number of major government policies worked just fine — and the biggest successes involved the most derided policies. You’ll never hear this on Fox News, but 2014 was a year in which the federal government, in particular, showed that it can do some important things very well if it wants to."

- Paul Krugman

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My horrible right-wing past: Confessions of a one-time religious right icon

My horrible right-wing past: Confessions of a one-time religious right icon | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics are the political leaders
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The article the ultra-conservative Christians inside the GOP don't want you to read........and the one every self-proclaimed Republican in America must read.

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‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’

‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’ | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?
- 2014/12/18
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“[B]ecause the concept of torture has been so muddled and disputed,” she <Lisa Hajjar, a professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara> concludes, “I suggest that accountability would be more publicly palatable if we reframed the CIA’s program as one of human experimentation. If we did so, it would be more difficult to laud or excuse perpetrators as ‘patriots’ who ‘acted in good faith.’ Although torture has become a Rorschach test among political elites playing to public opinion on the Sunday morning talk shows, human experimentation has no such community of advocates and apologists.”

— Alexander Reed Kelly.

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Why so many rich Americans think they’re middle class

Why so many rich Americans think they’re middle class | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Recent remarks from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew help shed light on a troubling phenomenon
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There are a lot of people in this country who are completely clueless to this reality:

We are governed by the rich for the benefit of the rich.

 

Add your support to the American Anti-Corruption Act at http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.
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Worth the 3-minute listen.

"The largest hotel company in Latin America is the Grupode Tirismo Gaviota. It is owned by the Cuban military. So while I've been glad to go to Cuba as a reporter, I can't bring myself to return as a tourist.

Maybe now, more Americans will get the chance to see Cuba. And I hope they get to know what they're really seeing." 

Scott Simon

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