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House Gears Up For Immigration Battle

House Gears Up For Immigration Battle | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Republican leadership has installed immigration hawks to chair the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee that would be charged with drafting immigration bills.
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▶ Shields and Brooks on Koch brothers’ near-billion dollar spending plan, no third run for Romney - YouTube

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Mitt Romney’s decision n...
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Following the money trail……

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The thing Bernie Sanders says about inequality that no other candidate will touch

The thing Bernie Sanders says about inequality that no other candidate will touch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The presidential candidate is willing to do something that virtually no other presidential candidate would do.
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State Integrity Investigation

State Integrity Investigation | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Corruption Risk and The Enforcement Gap

The State Integrity Investigation mobilized a highly qualified network of state reporters to generate quantitative data and qualitative reporting on the health of the anti-corruption framework at the state level. Reporters scored 330 questions about their state’s accountability and transparency framework – what we call Corruption Risk Indicators – by combining extensive desk research with thousands of original interviews with experts from state government
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Here is a site where you can keep an eye out for your state corruption ratings and details. Worth keeping adding to your reading list. Our government for the people by the people can't exist as a spectator sport. We all have to do what we can to follow more the corporate news cast and step up to the plate. Maybe voting day should be a national paid holiday and two days to attend public meetings each year as well with verification of attendance required. No days off if you don't participate in citizens duties. 

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Bill and Hillary Clinton made roughly $25 million in speeches since 2014

Bill and Hillary Clinton made roughly $25 million in speeches since 2014 | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton earned more than $25 million delivering 104 speeches since the beginning of last year, according to a mandatory financial disclosure filed Friday.The former secretary of state — now a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination — also brought in more than $5 million for her book...
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 Hillary earned $335,000 to speak at a Qualcomm event in San Diego. This is about as much a Bernie Sanders entire net worth.

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Confederate flags fly high for Florida rally

Confederate flags fly high for Florida rally | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
More than 4 500 people turned out for the “Florida Southern Pride Ride” to back the Confederate flag.
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Rubio slams higher education 'cartel,' proposes 'investment' plan for students

Rubio slams higher education 'cartel,' proposes 'investment' plan for students | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio urges overhaul of higher education funding, whereby private investors pay student tuition, for a cut of a graduate's future earnings.
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Rubio says give a company a cut of your future earnings to cover the cost of your college. That might be an even better deal then investing in credit card companies because student loans cannot be forgiven….Just most likely not a good deal for the student.

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A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote

A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Greek election has also factored into the U.S. presidential race. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "I applaud the people of Greece for saying
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Wow! Crowds from the mainstream…..66,000+in Portland and 6,000+ of them showed up to listen to Bernie! He is not like a Russian style socialist….He is democratic socialist much like Germany and other European…and even the USA during the years after the two world wars…. Here is an interesting discussion based on how too many governments and policy have been bought out by the huge collection of wealthy companies and people…. If you decide to support him you may need to see if you are registered in a manner that allows you to vote in your states democratic primary…  Independents, Democrats or Republicans sometimes can not vote other than in their party's State primary…..Some live where you can vote either way when you show up…I once registered democrat in one state I lived because that was were the main game was laid out in that state…then registered differently in other places for different reasons. You do have to be registered to vote in any election at all so at least register to do that…and then show up…Hopefully everyone will do their homework and not just count on corporate sponsored news to shape their decision.

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114th Congress | Voteview Blog

114th Congress | Voteview Blog | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Cruz had voted Yea but switched his vote Nay this time
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Government policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils | Owen Jones

Government policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils | Owen Jones | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Legislation to tackle radicalisation runs the risk of silencing and alienating children in our classrooms
If you care about children’s development and combating extremism, this is a story that should alarm you.
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How Tsipras and Varoufakis turned Greek tragedy into Twitter triumph

How Tsipras and Varoufakis turned Greek tragedy into Twitter triumph | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Greek PM and his finance minister have been live-tweeting the debt drama, but the eurozone is striking back in the social media onslaught
Politicians aren’t particularly renowned for a strong game on social media.
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Confederate memorials splashed with 'Black Lives Matter' slogan

Confederate memorials splashed with 'Black Lives Matter' slogan | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the controversy over commemoration of the Confederate Army converged Monday when activists spray painted the slogan on Confederate memorial in Baltimore.
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I think a better answer would be place a monument to a black hero close by in a manner that upstages this monument. Or push to have large bushes hide it. Not sure showing the angry, reactive side to a controversy is the best answer for change.

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A new birth for social democracy

A new birth for social democracy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
With the global economy undergoing fundamental transformation, Kemal Derviş argues that a new social contract is needed to account for the increasingly important role that individual preferences, and individual responsibility, play in today’s world.
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Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Some economists point to Denmark, where fast-food workers make more than twice what they would in the United States, in discussions about American wages.
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The Education of Jeb Bush

The Education of Jeb Bush | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Jeb Bush has maintained a national profile on the issue with which, as governor of Florida, he had sought to make his biggest mark: education reform.
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Great article on the creator of 3rd grade, reading purgatory. He should have a big war chest!  Jeb hobnobs with the Koch's Heritage Foundation and  Carl Rove's Super Pac and was a speaker at the ALEC conference this year as well…that's like more mixing money with politics than I thought could happen.  That is like triple dipping into the biggest money that corrupts politics today.


So I didn't know this is a  man that seeks to undermine public schools and privatize our educational tax dollars with government contracted private schools for profit. He was the first Governor to sign off on ALEC written policy of the Stand Your Own Gun Laws. I guess he blessed Florida with the Zimmerman situation that destroyed two families. Great articles ..it really lets you know who this guy is.


Jeb should fail weak readers in the 7th grade to improve his 8th grade reading scores as well…it appears that the gains from holding 8 year olds in reading 3rd grade reading purgatory don't hold by the 8th grade testing of those students. 

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Mississippi

Mississippi | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Mississippi gets a grade of C+ for corruption risk and ranks 6th out of 50 states in the State Integrity Investigation. Find out why and e-mail Mississippi's report card to elected officials.
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Here is exactly how we can let state officials know we are keeping an eye out and staying involved in what is happening at our state houses. It is simple and speaks volumes to our officials that we have people in place keeping track of what is going on…..Don't forget many of these watchdog group are non-profit and not supported by taxes either….



Pick the ones that serve you best and support them to keep doing this independent service for us. Fact check the watchdogs as well as the groups that they watch or oppose them, look up criticisms of the group, follow them who or what they observe and watch over, and their opposition too for a while. The truth usually shows up to verify the worthwhile watchdog organizations and many have a legal team to call in to sue on behalf of wronged citizens and challenge what would other wise go unchallenged. The best and longer active watchdogs will have a track record of successful actions results already, as well as ongoing battles to make the world a better place and new groups that are good are showing up on the scene to help build awareness.  we can also support them by sharing what they find responsibly…check it out as much as you can. No one has to be rich to participate in sharing and 3 to 5 dollar donations do matter when you multiple by a thousand+  people chipping in.


Freedom is not free we pay for it with our taxes and in the case of watchdog groups with our donations or volunteering to work in whatever way we can  or work affordably if hired as staff….Enough small donations add-up and will keep watchdogs groups afloat….Most the core people working for these group feel their work is important and just want a good living so they can keep doing good work. They are not looking for not mansions.


These are groups that often lobby for our interest while our officials seem to lobby and be lobbied for corporate interest these days. Watchdogs actively help us participate while we might be too busy to keep up with every C-span video on important matters or read every news release and congressional action….These follow the trail, connect the dots and can zero in on what needs our attention the most while we all hearing and watching the same Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal for one or two months as though it's the only news in the world.


The best of these groups are limited in their watch….Some main groups today are Food and Water watch, and FreePress.net, EFF and others watching corruption in mass media, environmental watch groups, education watch groups and a large member group that runs across the lines of many issues are anti-corruption watch dog groups and get money out of politics watchdogs that send alerts to activities that look corrupted.


Demand Progress has open opportunities for petitions to be started  last I knew and Avazz is an international watchdog action group with broad actions around the globe to reach out to those around the globe to draw attention to even un-noticed, poor people issues for those in countries that have little time or power to wage their own action.. When you join these groups for alerts they don't waste your attention…Their mail is either call to action alerts, awareness or occasional donations request…if you think they are worth keeping around then send them money or your old, but good running  car or offer a room in your house if you like, but help them to afford to be there for us. By the way if you can start a petition on the White house link and if you get 100,000 to sign it Obama will consider it . The White house doesn't promote action to get signatures though like many action groups do.

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12 things to know about Bernie Sanders

12 things to know about Bernie Sanders | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Money-in-politics facts about the independent U.S. senator from Vermont
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Very interesting resource that over the years many media giants will site showing it is trusted. Hillary made in one speech Bernie Sanders entire net worth. Which one is likely to represent the interest of ordinary working people best?  Not that any one of us wouldn't take 300,000+ to give a speech if someone ask us to. But still, does Hillary really need to moonlight as a big corporate speaker?  We need more Warrens and Sanders in the congress and the White House.We need  people will to be public servants for a while or even a life time…We do not need more people that use the positions to line their own and their families pockets and act as corporate servants.


 Jeb Bush, like Hillary and most others, figure money will buy a win plain and simple. Jeb, the man that wants to hold 8 year olds in the 3rd grade till they can read on grade level that complained Obama uses too many big words and that ordinary folks couldn't understand his vocabulary. I guess the Bush boys didn't realize there are such things as reading specialist that can be used so weak readers can move forward without being held back and advance in reading skills as they move on with other courses throughout k-12. We really need to elect people that understand ordinary people including the idea that you can't explain to an 8 year old that failing the 3rd grade doesn't make that child a looser and a dummy…Bush also didn't do his homework or he would realize the research shows that  students retained are 60% more likely to drop out. He also failed to check his follow up data because the gains on the 4th grade testing he sites to brag about  do not hold up by the 8th grade or 11th grade testing. 


We have had 20 years of Bushes and Clintons in the White House out of the last 30 years….All that time ordinary workers lost wealth and jobs…..Many jobs were lost to low wage labor in oppressed worker nations we signed trade treaties with already. Also, many jobs have and will continue to be lost to technology and this makes the reevaluation of how people earn a living even more critical going forward.


Is it time for yet another change Obama really could pull off? Is it time to raise up the American middle class worker again after decades of allowing American workers and families to fall off the cliffs, leaving huge numbers of children living in poverty. America used to be a place where ordinary workers could show the  world how to work and have a decent life as well….We also do not need to be like Greece that next week may have to privatize much of what once belonged to the Greek People by selling national collective assets to the very companies and banks that cut deals that  broke their country…Research it…..Retirement benefits did not cause Greece to get in this tough spot..…2008-2009 events played a major role.We are watching Greece turn into a 3rd world nation before our eyes….as the middle class is but even further into the poor house and debt for life. Third world countries have basically nearly no middle class…only very rich and very poor. And it is sad that the banks and wealthy that gained massive amount of money after the 2008 -09 crash that they made happen are positioned to pick the bones of Greece for even greater gains.

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ApexOpus Find Jobs

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★ JOB ALERT ★ #jobs #job #Burnsville - Inspirational Speaker Needs a New Website (Burnsville) http://t.co/zsLJ3t3tYj ☜ view details #hr
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Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe

Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As Greek voters reject further budget cuts and tax hikes in exchange for a rescue package from European creditors, who is to blame for the debt crisis embroiling Greece? Is Germany trying to crush Greece to set an example? Will Greece leave the eurozone? What does this mean for the global economy? We speak to Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at New School University. He’s the author of several books, including, most re
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Germany, France and other European countries just took over Greece for years to come if their parliament accepts the terms. They basically will lose sovereignty to their nation other than name only. This is a good breakdown about what is going on…It isn't early retirement that caused this like many articles and media personality would have everyone believe. The  banks and deal makers  that brought it on are likely to be the ones to benefit big from the deals Greece is getting.

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Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe

Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As Greek voters reject further budget cuts and tax hikes in exchange for a rescue package from European creditors, who is to blame for the debt crisis embroiling Greece? Is Germany trying to crush Greece to set an example? Will Greece leave the eurozone? What does this mean for the global economy? We speak to Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at New School University. He’s the author of several books, including, most re
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Worth your time to hear this and understand a bit more of what is going on with Greece and how what is going on there impacts the rest of us. Look father into the role the 2008 bank fails helped bring this all on….It was not just the regular Greek worker or retiree that caused this problem as you will see if your research a bit.

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Mainers Back Bernie at Big Rally

Mainers Back Bernie at Big Rally | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
More than 7,500 people packed an arena in Portland, Maine on Monday night in another big show of grassroots support for Bernie Sanders.
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Simultaneous Islamist Attacks Kill at Least 30 Soldiers in Egypt

At least 30 soldiers have been killed in the north of Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula following a wave of near-simultaneous attacks by Islamic militants, according to Egyptian military and security officials.  The attacks, which took place on...
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Jeremy Hunt should lead by example and take care of older people | Archie Bland

Jeremy Hunt should lead by example and take care of older people | Archie Bland | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Society isn’t less caring. But the proportion of older people is going up and more of them will be childless.
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Concern over Brexit's impact on political landscape in Northern Ireland

Concern over Brexit's impact on political landscape in Northern Ireland | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Irish parliament wants input into EU negotiations amid fear British departure could affect north-south relations The fragile political settlement in Northern Ireland would face greater instability if the UK votes to leave the EU in David Cameron’s...
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U.S. Health Care Companies Enjoy Big Opening In India - Forbes

U.S. Health Care Companies Enjoy Big Opening In India - Forbes | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
India's economy is expected to grow 7.5% in the year ahead, driven by ever-growing demand for energy, infrastructure, and technology and high-quality healthcare. I've traveled to India to see what's happening.
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Trampling culture, destroying history | The Why Files

Trampling culture, destroying history | The Why Files | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Deliberate destruction and looting threaten antiquities. Is this the rule or the exception through history? Why destroy culture?
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The attacks on historical sites in the middle east and now Egypt are a sad destruction of knowledge and our link to access communications from people of our past. Yes, it is our history there as well as theirs. Many of the stories of the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims and those that predate all those faiths lay in the dust and artifacts of those lands. Here is a story of how often and why this has happened. This is an interesting read.

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