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BREAKING: U.S. appeals court tosses injunction limiting indefinite detention

BREAKING: U.S. appeals court tosses injunction limiting indefinite detention | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

(Reuters)

 

The provision in question is part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which the U.S. Congress passes annually to authorize programs of the Defense Department.

 

It lets the government indefinitely detain people it deems to have "substantially supported" al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces."

 

Journalists and activists whose work relates to overseas conflicts, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges and an Icelandic spokeswoman for Wikileaks, complained that the law could subject them to being locked up for exercising constitutionally-protected rights.

 

In September 2012, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest issued a permanent injunction preventing the United States from invoking the part of the law authorizing indefinite detentions, after granting a temporary injunction in May.

 

Forrest, whom Obama appointed to the federal bench in 2011, had found the provision violated the Constitution in part because its language is too vague.


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Georgia GOP leaders suggest Obama is using mind-control technique

Georgia GOP leaders suggest Obama is using mind-control technique | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
The debate is firing up over a controversial seminar held at the state capitol.
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Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's

Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

Alternet isn't the most unbiased source. But what I like about this article is its specificity. It specifically quotes Ryan's speech (which I had heard about but not heard specific quotes) and the specific Ayn Rand source material that Ryan referenced in that speech. Paul Ryan's recording reveals his radical hostility toward the nation's most popular social programs and those who are not financially successful.

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Political Independents: The Future of Politics?

Political Independents: The Future of Politics? | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
They've been both relentlessly courted and politically sidelines for years. But two new books show how voters who reject both Democrats and Republicans can become a force.
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Rebuttal to McConnell’s War of Misinformation on DISCLOSE Act

Rebuttal to McConnell’s War of Misinformation on DISCLOSE Act | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
A war is being waged against the DISCLOSE Act. Its Commander in Chief is Senator Mitch McConnell, his secret weapon is misinformation and his goal is to protect unlimited dark money contributions to the political process.
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The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney | Politics News | Rolling Stone

The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

Government documents prove the candidate's mythology is just that. Why would Romney turn down a government bailout? That would require some integrity...

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Prominent climate change denier now admits he was wrong (+video)

Prominent climate change denier now admits he was wrong (+video) | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
Richard Muller, who directed a Koch-funded climate change project, has undergone a 'total turnaround' on his stance on global warming, which he now admits is caused by human activity.
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We're No. 1! We're No. 1! We're ... uh ... not? - CNN.com

We're No. 1! We're No. 1! We're ... uh ... not? - CNN.com | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
In the opening scene of the new Aaron Sorkin show, "The Newsroom," a news anchor goes on a tirade when asked why "America is the greatest country in the world."...
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Good article on why closing tax loopholes alone won't solve fiscal cliff.

Good article on why closing tax loopholes alone won't solve fiscal cliff. | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
Raise revenues and reform the Tax Code? Easy — just eliminate all the tax loopholes, right? Good luck with that. “Eliminating loopholes” sounds a lot better than “raising rates”: The tax rate is what I pay, and a loophole is what the other guy gets.
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Tax hike for wealthy Americans won't kill growth: CBO

Tax hike for wealthy Americans won't kill growth: CBO | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans, and maintaining rates for the less affluent, would not hurt U.S.
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There Is Absolutely NO VALUE To High Frequency Trading

There Is Absolutely NO VALUE To High Frequency Trading | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

Billionaire Mark Cuban says that Wall Street traders are not helping companies create value. And, unless we reign in high frequency trading, prepare for continuing flash crashes in the stock market.

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Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States

Conservative Groups Focus on Registration in Swing States | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

by STEPHANIE SAUL, New York Times


It might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists.

 

The bus has been repeatedly cited by True the Vote, a national group focused on voter fraud. Catherine Engelbrecht, the group’s leader, told a gathering in July about buses carrying dozens of voters showing up at polling places during the recent Wisconsin recall election.

 

“Magically, all of them needed to register and vote at the same time,” Ms. Engelbrecht said. “Do you think maybe they registered falsely under false pretenses? Probably so.”

 

Weeks later, another True the Vote representative told a meeting of conservative women about a bus seen at a San Diego polling place in 2010 offloading people “who did not appear to be from this country.”

 

Officials in both San Diego and Wisconsin said they had no evidence that the buses were real. “It’s so stealthy that no one is ever able to get a picture and no one is able to get a license plate,” said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Wisconsin agency that oversees elections. In some versions the bus is from an Indian reservation; in others it is full of voters from Chicago or Detroit. “Pick your minority group,” he said.

 

The buses are part of the election fraud gospel according to True the Vote, which is mobilizing a small army of volunteers to combat what it sees as a force out to subvert elections. Ms. Engelbrecht’s July speech in Montana was titled “Voter Fraud: The Plot to Undermine American Democracy.”

 

True the Vote’s plan is to scrutinize the validity of voter registration rolls and voters who appear at the polls. Among those in their cross hairs: noncitizens who are registered to vote, those without proper identification, others who may be registered twice, and dead people. In Ohio and Indiana, True the Vote recently filed lawsuits to force officials to clean up voter rolls.

 

Efforts to tighten voter requirements have become a major issue in the presidential election. Over the last few years, many states have passed voter identification laws, and many of those are being challenged in court.

 

Now, a network of conservative groups is waging an aggressive campaign on the ground. In a report this month, the liberal-leaning organizations Common Cause and Demos cited True the Vote as the central player in this effort, which it called a threat to the fundamental right to vote.

 

“It is not about party or politics; it is about principle,” Ms. Engelbrecht said.

 

While she portrays True the Vote as nonpartisan, it grew out of a Tea Party group, King Street Patriots, that she founded in Texas. An examination shows that it has worked closely with a variety of well-financed organizations, many unabashed in their desire to defeat President Obama.

 

A polished and provocative video, circulating among Tea Party activists, seeks to raise a “cavalry” to march on swing states and identifies True the Vote as a participant in the effort, called Code Red USA.

 

In the past year, Americans for Prosperity, an organization founded by the billionaire Koch brothers, and other Republican-leaning independent groups have sponsored meetings featuring Ms. Engelbrecht and other True the Vote speakers. A spokesman for Americans for Prosperity said that the group had hosted events including True the Vote speakers but that election integrity was not a focus of his group. [MORE]


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Former Chairman of Republican Party of Florida Admits Voter Suppression Is Primary Driver of New Voting Laws

Former Chairman of Republican Party of Florida Admits Voter Suppression Is Primary Driver of New Voting Laws | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

Not a big fan of Al Sharpton or MSNBC (other than Morning Joe), but this video gets very interesting after the first minute.

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Bain Capital started with help of offshore investors

Bain Capital started with help of offshore investors | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - When Mitt Romney launched Bain Capital in 1984, he struggled at first to raise enough money for the untested venture. Money from central American families with ties to right wing death squads in El Salvador helped fill in the gap...

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The Top 0.1% Of The Nation Earn Half Of All Capital Gains - Forbes

The Top 0.1% Of The Nation Earn Half Of All Capital Gains - Forbes | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it

Income and wealth disparities become even more apparent if we look at the top 0.1% of the nation's earners-- rather than the more common 1%. The top 0.1%– about 315,000 individuals out of 315 million– are making about half of all capital gains on the sale of shares or property after 1 year; and these capital gains make up 60% of the income made by the Forbes 400.

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U.S. faces rating cut if 2013 budget talks fail: Moody's

U.S. faces rating cut if 2013 budget talks fail: Moody's | Spit in the Mask, Not in the Eyes | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States may lose its top credit rating if next year's budget talks do not produce policies that gradually decrease the country's debt, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday.The...
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