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Interior approves first phase of 146-mile high-voltage transmission line

The Obama administration says the project will improve the grid; environmentalists say it will harm public lands.

 

This is the kind of debate that should be going on in Congress or some public forum so voters can be informed. (By the way, I support the power line as necessary.)


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Public Opinion Snapshot: Public Supports Raising Taxes on the Rich, Opposes Repealing Obamacare

Public Opinion Snapshot: Public Supports Raising Taxes on the Rich, Opposes Repealing Obamacare | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
Most Americans don’t support conservatives’ sacred causes of not raising taxes on the rich and doing away with the Affordable Care Act.

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Million-Dollar Megaphones: Super PACs and Unlimited Outside Spending in the 2012 Elections | Demos

Million-Dollar Megaphones: Super PACs and Unlimited Outside Spending in the 2012 Elections | Demos | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
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NAFTA on Steroids | The Nation

NAFTA on Steroids | The Nation | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would grant enormous new powers to corporations, is a massive assault on democracy.

 

Think of the TPP as a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny. Indeed, only two of the twenty-six chapters of this corporate Trojan horse cover traditional trade matters. The rest embody the most florid dreams of the 1 percent—grandiose new rights and privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulation. They include new investor safeguards to ease job offshoring and assert control over natural resources, and severely limit the regulation of financial services, land use, food safety, natural resources, energy, tobacco, healthcare and more.

 

The stakes are extremely high, because the TPP may well be the last “trade” agreement Washington negotiates. This is because if it’s completed, the TPP would remain open for any other country to join. In May US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said he “would love nothing more” than to have China join. In June Mexico and Canada entered the process, creating a NAFTA on steroids, with most of Asia to boot.

Countries would be obliged to conform all their domestic laws and regulations to the TPP’s rules—in effect, a corporate coup d’état. The proposed pact would limit even how governments can spend their tax dollars. Buy America and other Buy Local procurement preferences that invest in the US economy would be banned, and “sweat-free,” human rights or environmental conditions on government contracts could be challenged. If the TPP comes to fruition, its retrograde rules could be altered only if all countries agreed, regardless of domestic election outcomes or changes in public opinion. And unlike much domestic legislation, the TPP would have no expiration date.


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Full Show: The One-Percent Court | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Full Show: The One-Percent Court | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
Because of partisan gridlock in Washington, the Supreme Court has become the most powerful and outspoken branch of government – decisions they make shape...
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Conservative Super PACs Trying to Tilt Scales in Competitive House Races

Conservative Super PACs Trying to Tilt Scales in Competitive House Races | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

by LAUREN FOX

 

As the multi-million-dollar presidential campaign lingers on, a few conservative Super PACs and outside spending groups are directing their money to where the payoff is bigger: competitive races for the House of Representatives.

 

In a race where President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have raised $348 million and $193 million respectively, Super PACs must raise and spend gobs of money in order to define a candidate.

 

In Congressional races, where the average cost is between $1 million and $2 million, a Super PAC can change the course of a race with a $500,000 ad buy.

 

"In a presidential race, unless a group catches lightning in a bottle with an ad, it won't have that much impact," says Bill Allison, a Super PAC expert for the Sunlight Foundation, a group that monitors outside influence in elections. "In a congressional race, one ad buy can be detrimental to a campaign." [MORE]

 


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Not a Gaffe, But The Real Romney

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by RALPH NADER

 

There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney said his job “is not to worry about those people.

 

”Hey, Mitt, why start with the 47 percent? Fully 100 percent of the nation’s 500 biggest corporations are dependent on various kinds of corporate welfare – subsidies, giveaways, bailouts, waivers, and other dazzling preferences – while many pay no tax at all on very substantial profits (see their familiar names – General Electric, Pepco, Verizon etc. – here).

 

Are the corporations that receive this corporate welfare going to vote for President Obama? (Mr. Romney has declared that corporations are people.) Of course they’re not. Nor are all of the 47 percent of people who are “dependent upon government.”

 

Mr. Romney doesn’t understand the double standard where government checks....


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Liz's comment, September 23, 2012 5:50 PM
Your participation in political and Presidential run in 2000 did not benefit this country. We do not forget Ralph!
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Citizens United: The Shareholders Strike Back

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Forget Congress. It's investors who are battling against corporate dark money.
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Yes, it’s True—We Built That...

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by MICHAEL CHARNEY

 

...Just now, caught between the Pinocchio moments (and one off-the-cuff conversation with an empty chair) of the recently concluded Republican National Convention, and the upcoming Democratic counterpunch launching this week in Charlotte, we find ourselves graced with a few moments of peace stretched across this holiday weekend. It’s a time to grill up some burgers, butter the corn, knock back a few beers, and commune with family and friends. And, for some of us (I hope), it’s also a time to reflect, a time to consider. Labor Day seems the perfect time to ask ourselves this question: What exactly is it that we’ve built…? [MORE]


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The US Chamber of Commerce's Multimillion-Dollar Attack Plan | The Nation

The US Chamber of Commerce's Multimillion-Dollar Attack Plan | The Nation | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
The nation’s top business lobby has built up a huge war chest for conservatives. But has it crossed the legal line?
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Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
Long-time Republican Mike Lofgren describes the modern corruption and dysfunction of both Republican and Democratic parties.
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For the first time in my life, I will be voting against a Republican candidate for president

For the first time in my life, I will be voting against a Republican candidate for president | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

by TONY SKAGGS, KeepThis100.com


A life-long Republican, voted for John McCain, and supported Mitt Romney as the most realistic candidate in the primaries. However, as both a Republican and more importantly an American, I did not share Rush Limbaugh’s view expressed in January 2009: “I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds’… I hope he fails.” Nor do I agree with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who in October of 2010, was asked what “the job” of Republicans in Congress was.


McConnell answered, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” We were in the middle of the greatest economic crisis since the 1930′s and my party has as its main goal trying to make sure the president fails — even if the country fails right along with him. What has happened to my Republican party, this is not a sporting event, we all either win or lose together.


In the past, Republicans were pragmatic, not ideological; they would ask “does it work”, not “does it fit into my theory.”


Ronald Reagan is known for his tax cuts, but he also pragmatically raised taxes 11 times to address the growing budget deficit, and had a good relationship with Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Since Reagan was pragmatic, not ideological, he compromised and worked with congress and accomplished what needed to be done to help the economy. Pragmatic non-ideological republican presidents never had a problem expanding the national government to solve national problems. Republican President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Republican President Theodore Roosevelt created the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Republican President Ford created the first federal regulatory program in education, with a program for special needs children. Republican President George Bush Sr. signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and raised taxes to fight the deficit. Republican President Eisenhower warned: “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, by the military–industrial complex” and was responsible for one of the largest Infrastructure projects in American history (Interstate Highway System). President Eisenhower also sent federal troops to Little Rock Arkansas so that discrimination against black school children would be ended. These men were not Left-wing radical hippies, but the “Tea Party movement” and their supporters in Congress would call them Socialist. While I question many of President Obama’s policies, I can not be sure Mitt’s policies regarding the economy would have been any better. [MORE]


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Party of Strivers

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by DAVID BROOKS

 

...But there is a flaw in the vision the Republicans offered in Tampa. It is contained in its rampant hyperindividualism. Speaker after speaker celebrated the solitary and heroic individual. There was almost no talk of community and compassionate conservatism. There was certainly no conservatism as Edmund Burke understood it, in which individuals are embedded in webs of customs, traditions, habits and governing institutions.

 

Today’s Republicans strongly believe that individuals determine their own fates. In a Pew Research Center poll, for example, 57 percent of Republicans believe people are poor because they don’t work hard. Only 28 percent believe people are poor because of circumstances beyond their control. These Republicans believe that if only government gets out of the way, then people’s innate qualities will enable them to flourish... [MORE]


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Tough Talk for America: 5 Federal Budget Truths You Won't Hear in the Presidential Debates

Tough Talk for America: 5 Federal Budget Truths You Won't Hear in the Presidential Debates | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

by MATTEA KRAMER, TomDispatch.com

 

Five big things will decide what this country looks like next year and in the 20 years to follow, but here’s a guarantee for you: you’re not going to hear about them in the upcoming presidential debates.

 

Yes, there will be questions and answers focused on deficits, taxes, Medicare, the Pentagon, and education, to which you already more or less know the responses each candidate will offer.  What you won’t get from either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is a little genuine tough talk about the actual state of reality in these United States of ours.  And yet, on those five subjects, a little reality would go a long way, while too little reality (as in the debates to come) is a surefire recipe for American decline.

 

So here’s a brief guide to what you won’t hear this Wednesday or in the other presidential and vice-presidential debates later in the month.  Think of these as five hard truths that will determine the future of this country.

 

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I only wish we could get over all the "hate Obama" crap and start discussing sensibly the issues. Thanks for posting this.
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Limbaugh: "We're Outnumbered. ... We've Lost The Country"

Limbaugh: "We're Outnumbered. ... We've Lost The Country" | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

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Justice Dep't approves New Hampshire voter ID law

Justice Dep't approves New Hampshire voter ID law | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

The Justice Department approved New Hampshire's new voter ID, a version that is stricter than existing rules in the Granite State, but not as restrictive as other voters ID laws that the DOJ has rejected.' 

 

Under the state's new law, voters must present a photo ID -- a driver's license, a voter ID card, a military ID card, a US passport, a student ID card, a photo ID issued by any level of government, and any other photo ID deemed legitimate by supervisors at the polls... [MORE]


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iSideWith.com Take the presidential election quiz and see which candidate you side with

iSideWith.com Take the presidential election quiz and see which candidate you side with | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
iSideWith is a new app that shows which political candidates you side with based on the issues selected most important to you.
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Is it good business to let your customers know your politics?

Is it good business to let your customers know your politics? | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

by GEOFF WILLIAMS

 

For Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida and a registered Republican, the answer may be no. Last weekend he gave President Barack Obama a bear hug; the embrace and photo made it clear who he intends to vote for in the upcoming election. But now, some voters, and customers, have taken to Yelp to voice their unhappiness with Van Duzer's political show of affection, and his business.

 

Conventional wisdom says small business owners should not share the political beliefs. Why alienate a significant portion of your customer base, anger employees and possibly vex vendors you do business with? But you'd never know that was the case with the current presidential election, in which both candidates are vying so intensely for the support of small business owners. [MORE]


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Doctors Dispel Myths About Obamacare on Politics Done Right

Doctors Dispel Myths About Obamacare on Politics Done Right | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
Do you still have questions about Obamacare and how it will impact your life? Lets spend some time together today and debunk some of the mythology generated about the Affordable Care Act. Joining us today on Politics Done Right are Dr.
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Citizens United, Shareholder Protection, and “the Silence of the Funds”  - The Demos Blog - PolicyShop

Citizens United, Shareholder Protection, and “the Silence of the Funds”  - The Demos Blog - PolicyShop | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
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The Economic Case against Arizona's Immigration Laws

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by ALEX NOWRASTEH

 

Arizona's immigration laws have hurt its economy. The 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) attempts to force unauthorized immigrants out of the workplace with employee regulations and employer sanctions. The 2010 Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070) complements LAWA by granting local police new legal tools to enforce Arizona's immigration laws outside of the workplace.

 

LAWA's mandate of E-Verify, a federal electronic employee verification system, and the "business death penalty," which revokes business licenses for businesses that repeatedly hire unauthorized workers, raise the costs of hiring all employees and create regulatory uncertainty for employers. As a result, employers scale back legal hiring, move out of Arizona, or turn to the informal economy to eliminate a paper trail. SB 1070's enforcement policies outside of the workplace drove many unauthorized immigrants from the state, lowered the state's population, hobbled the labor market, accelerated residential property price declines, and exacerbated the Great Recession in Arizona.

 

LAWA, E-Verify, and the business death penalty are constitutional and are unlikely to be overturned; however the Supreme Court recently found that some sections of SB 1070 were preempted by federal power. States now considering Arizona-style immigration laws should realize that the laws also cause significant economic harm. States bear much of the cost of unauthorized immigration, but in Arizona's rush to find a state solution, it damaged its own economy.

 


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Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?

Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage? | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it
'If it doesn't make you mad as hell and ready to fight back against the Money Power, we are all in real trouble.' Bill Moyers, Bernard Weisberger, RSN...
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Republicans Reverse Support For Campaign Finance Disclosure

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WASHINGTON -- Outside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Republican convention is taking place, independent conservative groups huddle in strategy sessions and hold laudatory events for some of their mega-donors, at least those who are willing to disclose their names. But those not willing to be named are the real story. Secret donors and the groups that accept their money have become central to the Republican Party's plan to win the White House and take full control over Congress.

 

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On Tuesday, the party officially reversed course from previous party platforms and statements by enshrining its opposition to revealing secret donors in its 2012 platform.


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ALERT: Federal judge restores early voting in Ohio

ALERT: Federal judge restores early voting in Ohio | My Liberal Politics | Scoop.it

by DAVID G. SAVAGE

 

A federal judge ordered the battleground state of Ohio to open its polling places three days before the Nov. 6 election, giving a victory to the Obama campaign and marking the sixth ruling in recent weeks to block or void new voting rules set by Republican-dominated state legislatures.

 

Friday's decision restores early voting on the final weekend and Monday before election day, a time when more than 93,000 Ohio voters cast ballots in 2008.

 

Last week, a three-judge court restored weekend early voting in parts of Florida that are subject to the Voting Rights Act. And on Wednesday, another Florida judge voided part of a state law that would have prevented groups such as the League of Women Voters from registering new voters.

 

A Texas law was dealt two setbacks earlier this week when federal judges in Washington struck down a strict new photo identification requirement and threw out election districts that undercut the voting power of Latinos and blacks. [MORE]


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