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Plus Size Bodies, What Is Wrong With Them Anyway?

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In the January 2012 issue of PLUS Model Magazine, plus-size model Katya Zharkova is featured in an explosive editorial where thought provoking statistics and statements are revealed.
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Justice Watch: Amending the Constitution after Citizens United

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source Alliance For Justice

 

James Madison famously wrote that amending the Constitution should always be possible, but reserved only “for certain great and extraordinary occasions.” 

 

Yesterday Alliance for Justice hosted a provocative and engaging panel discussion about how to mitigate the impact of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.  Moderated by Nation contributor Ilyse Hogue, “To Amend or Not To Amend: The Impact of Citizens United” featured Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin, Boston College Law School Professor Kent Greenfield and Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Mark Schmitt in an absorbing examination of the benefits and drawback of a campaign for a constitutional amendment, as well as the viability of alternative solutions to the unfettered flow of money in politics. [MORE]


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How Lobbyists Literally Run The Country

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The United States Senate will stop at nothing until justice is served. Unless you're a banker.

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JPMorgan, the Volcker Rule, and the Extreme Brevity of Financial Memory

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ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, The Huffington Post

 . . . But as the banks and their lobbyists surely knew, the devil is in the details. So, as the public began to forget its outrage, the lobbyists began to get to work. First, the most meaningful proposals, like bringing back Glass-Steagall, or getting rid of too-big-to-fail banks by breaking them up, were tossed aside. What was left became the Dodd-Frank bill, passed in the summer of 2010. In the year following the bill's passage, over two-dozen pieces of legislation were put into the mix to weaken it.

According to Public Citizen, members of Congress who support a weakened version of the rule raked in 35 times more in contributions from the financial industry than those who support a strong version -- $66.7 million to $1.9 million. And as lobbying intensified this spring, lawmakers were, as Bloomberg News put it, "signaling they're receptive" to revising the rule. Sounds like something out of a nature documentary -- modern democracy's equivalent of wild animals signaling they're receptive by lifting their behinds.

And now comes the JPMorgan trading loss -- exactly the kind of thing the Volcker Rule is supposed to prevent. "JPMorgan Chase has a big hedge fund inside a commercial bank," said Boston University economics professor Mark Williams. "They should be taking in deposits and making loans, not taking large speculative bets." Or, as Felix Salmon put it, the bank was "using its Chief Investment Office to gamble with taxpayer-backstopped funds." Once again, the taxpayer is the ATM at the Wall Street casino -- exactly what all the politicians, responding to our outrage in 2008 and 2009, were never going to let happen again. [MORE]


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GOP showing small shifts on taxes

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An increasing number of Republicans running for Congress are declining to sign Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

 

by Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post

 

In GOP activist circles it is known simply as the pledge, and over the past 25 years it has become the essential conservative credential for a whole generation of Republicans seeking elective office in a party defined by its implacable opposition to raising taxes.

 

Of the 242 Republicans serving in the House of Representatives, all but six have signed the the anti-tax pledge that has emerged as a key enforcement mechanism of the Republican orthodoxy on taxes.

 

But now, an increasing number of Republicans running for Congress are declining to sign the pledge. It is a small sign that could signal a big shift in the GOP’s politics on taxes amid spiraling national deficits.

 

Of the 25 candidates this year promoted by the National Republican Congressional Committee as “Young Guns” and “Contenders” — the top rungs of a program highlighting promising candidates challenging Democrats or running in open seats — at least a third have indicated they do not plan to sign the Norquist pledge.

 

Two of the seven candidates promoted by the NRCC as the “Young Gun Vanguard” — candidates competing in open seats that are considered Republican-leaning — have also declined to sign.  [MORE]

 


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NRDC: Press Release - U.S. Gas Prices Will Increase if Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline is Built, Study Finds

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NRDC: “Real Solutions are Cutting Oil Use and Increasing Fuel Efficiency”

 

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2012) — American drivers will face higher gasoline prices if the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico were built, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

 

That finding adds to the long list of reasons why the proposed pipeline should not be built, said the study, released today. [MORE]

 


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My break with the extreme right

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By Michael Fumento, Salon.com

 

I was always way ahead of the curve. And my exposés primarily appeared in right-wing publications. Back when they were interested in serious research. I also founded a conservative college newspaper, held positions in the Reagan administration and at several conservative think tanks, and published five books that conservatives applauded. I’ve written for umpteen major conservative publications – National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, among them.

 

But no longer. That was the old right. The last thing hysteria promoters want is calm, reasoned argument backed by facts. And I’m horrified that these people have co-opted the name “conservative” to scream their messages of hate and anger.

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The right didn’t create this reservoir of fear, anger and hate. But it has both tapped into it and roiled it. Indeed, the right-wing mass hysteria is what sociologists call a “moral panic.” It occurs when a society is undergoing a wrenching transformation. Somebody then comes along and creates a “folk devil” both to provide an explanation for bad conditions, real or imagined, and a target. Kill the devil; eliminate the bad conditions. But the right has no serious incentive to help solve or ameliorate these problems. Indeed, as with the reelection of Obama, it will benefit from their continuation or worsening. [MORE]

 

Michael Fumento is an attorney, author, journalist and former paratrooper who has written for National Review, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, The American Spectator, Human Events, Forbes, Forbes.com, Reason, Policy Review, The Spectator (London), The Sunday Times of London, The Wall Street Journal op-ed page and many other publications.


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Amazon.com Becomes The Eighteenth Group To Drop ALEC

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By Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

 

According to an email ThinkProgress received from the Center for Media and Democracy, one of the leaders of a progressive campaign to push corporations and other funders to break with the American Legislative Exchange Council, online retail giant Amazon.com just announced that it will part ways with ALEC. In the wake of this campaign, ALEC eliminated a task force that pushed voter suppression laws and the so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws that played a significant role in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting, but the conservative group remains committed to other priorities such as repealing minimum wage laws, eliminating capital gains and estate taxes, and blocking safeguards that protect children from eating rat poison.

 

Other groups that have dropped ALEC include: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft, Wendy’s, Mars, Inc., Arizona Public Service, the National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsScantron, The National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Kaplan, Procter & Gamble, Yum! Brands, five Pennsylvania legislators, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Reed Elsevier, American Traffic Solutions, Intuit, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Most Americans think campaign money aids rich

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By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters

 

Most Americans, no matter what their political party, believe there is too much money in politics and reject the idea that people should be allowed to spend what they want, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

 

Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics, and only 25 percent feel there is an intrinsic right to unfettered election spending, an argument commonly used by opponents of controls on campaign finance.

 

Almost the same proportion - 76 percent - feel that the amount of money in elections has given rich people more influence than other Americans, the online survey found.

"What we're essentially seeing is Americans are fed up with the system and they think all the money in the system is not fair and they don't like it," said Chris Jackson, research director at Ipsos public affairs.

 

The poll was taken on May 22-24, with campaigning for the November 6 general election contest between President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney well under way.  [MORE]


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