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U.S. Politics Path Is Sought For States To Escape Debt Burdens Through Bankruptcy
Contributed by RickW on Wednesday, January 26 at 22:51 (2,287 reads)

Bankruptcy could permit a state to alter its contractual promises to retirees, which are often protected by state constitutions

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Contributed by Wayne Coady on Monday, November 01 at 23:17 (2,542 reads)

God knows there is a plethora of problems in Nova Scotia and Canada about which I should be commenting, and will, in time. But with all of my American friends and relatives about to send their politicos the message that they are PISSED OFF and ain’t gonna take it anymore, I felt compelled to at least acknowledge their struggle to regain control of their government(s) … which is long overdue, in both the U.S. and Canada

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The 300 citizen journalists who joined the  investigation of the bubble barons - elite billionaires like Stanley Druckenmiller  [heavily invested in the disastrous West Virginia coal mine recently in the news] who saw astronomic gains in wealth over the housing bubble years - made over 1,200 of these kinds of connections, linking the wealthy billionaires to politicians, foundations, families and businesses, and collectively mapping a network that controls hundreds of billions of dollars in capital. In doing so, they parted the corporate veils that distance the barons from the business activities that enrich them, discovered the odd philanthropic habits they share, and developed an illuminating picture of the strange world they inhabit.

What follows is a selection of findings that came out of these  efforts. In some sense, the project will not end as long as the bubble barons rule our economy; there will always be more to dig up, and they deserve sustained scrutiny. But we´re off to a good start.

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U.S. Politics Senate Votes To Extend USA Patriot Act For 1 Year
Contributed by Janet M Eaton on Friday, February 26 at 10:53 (2,928 reads)

The Senate voted Wednesday to extend for a year key provisions of the nation's counterterrorism surveillance law that are scheduled to expire at the end of the month. In agreeing to pass the bill, Senate Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections to the USA Patriot Act.

Three important sections of the Patriot Act are to expire at the end  of this month. One authorizes court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. A second allows court- approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations. A third permits surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen suspected of engaging in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.

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America’s criminal addiction to militarism is a global pestilence

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U.S. Politics Drug Makers Raise Prices In Face Of Health Care Reform
Contributed by RickW on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:49 (2,929 reads)

Even as drug makers promise to support Washington’s health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation’s drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years.

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U.S. Politics Political Paralysis American Style
Contributed by robertjb on Monday, October 19 at 15:19 (2,951 reads)

   Obama must be recast as the Hollywood hero

It is said the office of the President of the United States is the most powerful political office on earth. Not only do the American people look to him for leadership but so too do those of so many other countries. This is the era of globalization and American hegemony. All too often what Washington says goes.
The president of the United States is also commander-in-chief of the most massive military juggernaut the world has ever seen-and will ever see-as it is not sustainable and its days are numbered.

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U.S. Politics NAIS: Farmers And Ranchers Under Attack
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Friday, May 29 at 13:26 (2,209 reads)

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a federal program which enjoys the support of large corporate agribusiness farms.  It consists of premises registration, as well as animal identification and tracing.  It remains voluntary, but some states have taken measures to mandate certain elements of the program.  There has been strong opposition from small farmers and ranchers who view NAIS as a threat to privacy and property rights.  Full implementation would also be expensive and could put many out of business.  NAIS is unfair and by all accounts, would be ineffective.  It is yet another way to squeeze out small family farmers and further monopolize America's food production.

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U.S. Politics Wake Up And Smell The Aluminothermic Nanocomposite Explosives
Contributed by Milton on Saturday, April 11 at 15:58 (3,249 reads)

As Documentation of Thermitic Materials
in the WTC Twin Towers Grows,
Official Story Backers Ignore, Deny, Evade, and Dissemble

Jim Hoffman
Version 1.0, April 3, 2009


The obliteration of the Twin Towers was the centerpiece of the event that launched the 'War on Terror'. Shocking on multiple levels, the events were especially traumatic for Americans, being the first bombing on the US mainland in modern history that killed thousands of people -- civilians -- in one day. Given the collective psychological trauma of the attack, it is not surprising that public discourse would remain free of observations that the destruction of the Twin Towers bore obvious features of controlled demolitions. Early candid public remarks by reporters and demolition experts where quickly retracted or forgotten. Passage of the USA PATRIOT Act and the invasion of Afghanistan would proceed apace.

By 2003 the United States had occupations of two countries, and an international reputation as a rogue state all resting on a shaky-at-best collapse theory whose principal alternative hypothesis -- controlled demolition with pre-planted pyrotechnics -- had not even been tested by the straightforward forensic analysis of debris for residues of such materials.

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U.S. Politics America Needs The Canadian Cure
Contributed by robertjb on Sunday, March 29 at 14:15 (3,016 reads)

Obama must be as ruthless in establishing universal Medicare for Americans as his predecessor was in gutting the country’s constitution.

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U.S. Politics Dismantling The Corporate Welfare State
Contributed by robertjb on Tuesday, March 17 at 09:08 (3,174 reads)

The road back begins in Obama’s own back yard as the American homeland has been plundered by the self interest of corporations, especially those of the military industrial complex.



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U.S. Politics Obama - A Stimulus Plan With Dual Goals: Reform And Recovery
Contributed by RickW on Sunday, February 01 at 10:36 (3,533 reads)

Can the government fashion a fast and efficient economic stimulus while also seizing the moment to remake America?

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U.S. Politics America’S Military Junta
Contributed by robertjb on Saturday, January 24 at 11:20 (3,728 reads)

America is a country that must now be finely tuned to the echo chamber of its own history

As a new American president takes office there are global epidemics of anquish, speculation and raised expectations as to what direction this new president will take America. Will he succeed in achieving any real measure of reform-as indeed this is the most urgent task at hand- and take his place in the pantheon of great American presidents such as Lincoln and Roosevelt or will he be consumed by an intransigent status quo  so well entrenched and so invidious that it will ruthlessly thwart any real change?


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U.S. Politics Obama And NAFTA
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, January 13 at 09:52 (3,473 reads)

In the shadow of the economic crisis, a war of words rages over whether President-elect Barack Obama will hold to his campaign promise of opening up the North American Free Trade Agreement for renegotiation.

The debate isn’t likely to stay in the shadows for long. Campaign attacks on NAFTA and candidate promises to renegotiate proved that demands for revision of the free-trade model have reached critical mass in U.S. politics. A post-election report from Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch heralded a net gain of 28 fair-trade members in the House and seven senators. Most of these politicians, it notes, didn’t just happen to be critical of the free-trade model. They actively ran on a fair-trade platform and won partly on that stance.

The economic crisis only strengthens those demands. If international trade and investment policy is the pillar of the current economic model, its revision must be a foundation of global restructuring plans.

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U.S. Politics Bush Aids Detroit (Aka B.A.D.)
Contributed by RickW on Monday, December 22 at 09:23 (4,438 reads)

The emergency bailout of General Motors and Chrysler announced by President Bush on Friday gives the companies a few months to get their businesses in order

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