Saturday, March 23, 2019

New Filing in Voter Rights Lawsuit Exposes Serious Flaws at DMV Providing Voters With...

Erroneous Denials and Bureaucratic Bumbling Taking the Franchise Away From Legal Voters. MADISON, Wis. — A new filing in a lawsuit brought by One Wisconsin Institute and other voter rights advocates exposes serious flaws at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the process for providing Wisconsinites with the ID...

Top House Lawmaker Accuses Pentagon of Obstructing Intel Probe

A powerful lawmaker is accusing U.S. Central Command and the Defense Department of “slow-rolling” his attempts to investigate the alleged manipulation of intelligence by command officials, who stand accused of tweaking analyst reports to put a positive spin on Washington’s wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. The head of the...
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The Kochs & the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires’ Father Built Key Oil Refinery for...

In her new book, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer explores how the Koch brothers and fellow right-wing billionaires have funded a political machine aimed at shaping elections and public policy. The book contains a...

Ultra-Rich Philanthrocapitalist Class Undermining Global Democracy: Report

As foundations and wealthy individuals funnel money into global development, what "solutions" are they pursuing? From Warren Buffett to Bill Gates, it is no secret that the ultra-rich philanthropist class has an over-sized influence in shaping global politics and policies. And a study (pdf) just out from the Global Policy Forum,...

Error 451 is the new HTTP code for online censorship

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body responsible for overseeing the internet's technical standards, has approved HTTP 451, "an HTTP Status Code to Report Legal Obstacles". The new status code will show viewers when a web page is being blocked for legal reasons. Although the IETF's steering group initially...

Meet The Mega-Donors Funding Donald Trump’s Islamophobic Allies

WASHINGTON — When billionaire eccentric and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States of America, he used what appeared to be data backing up the fears his policy was designed to alleviate. In his announcement, Trump pointed to a Center for Security...

Congress Moves Again to Block Investigation of Congressional Insider Trading

Lawyers for the House of Representatives have escalated their legal fight to block the first-ever congressional insider trading investigation. The case revolves around allegations that Brian Sutter, a former senior staff member of the Ways and Means Committee, passed along nonpublic information concerning a Medicare reimbursement rate change to a lobbyist...

The End of Pax Americana

Why Washington’s Middle East Pullback Makes Sense. The Obama administration has clearly pulled back from the United States’ recent interventionism in the Middle East, notwithstanding the rise of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the U.S.-led air war against it. Critics pin the change on the administration’s aversion...
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John McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels to Shoot Down Russian Planes

Senator John McCain also admits that the US is arming, supporting, equipping and training al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda in Syria! McCain reacted to Russia’s announcement that it had begun launching air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Syria by calling on the White House to arm Syrian rebels with weapons to shoot down Russian...

Japan’s cabinet approves bills to loosen post-war military restrictions

TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister declared Thursday that his country would “never become entangled in a war being fought by the United States” as his cabinet approved legislation to loosen restrictions on Japan’s ­self-defense forces. Even as he vowed that the changes would make technically pacifist Japan more peaceful, Prime...

Senate Democrats gang up to delay fast-track trade bill TPP

U.S. Senate Democrats delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Tuesday, blocking debate on a bill that would have smoothed the path for a Pacific trade pact. The stunning outcome cast doubt on legislation key to the Obama administration's ability to complete the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership,...
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Jeb Bush Admits He Would Have Invaded Iraq Based On Lies Just Like His...

In this clip from the Kelly File, Jeb Bush declares that he still would have invaded Iraq based on the “faulty intelligence” that was available at the time, and that he would still have done it knowing what we know now. It’s a shocking admission that seriously puts his foreign policy...

GCC seeks formal US security pact

NEW YORK // The UAE is hoping that talks between US president Barack Obama and GCC leaders next week will lead to a formal security arrangement between the traditional allies, the country’s ambassador to Washington said. “We are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behaviour of Iran...

Eric Holder Exits Without Bringing Libor or Foreign Exchange Charges Against Citigroup or JPMorgan

Americans have been reading about Citigroup’s and JPMorgan’s roles in rigging the Libor interest rate benchmark for so many years that it’s a sure bet most folks think the U.S. Department of Justice has already fined and settled charges against these two banks. The truth of the matter is...

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had...

The New World Disorder

Three decades ago, with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the South American dictatorships, many hoped that the much talked about ‘peace dividend’ promised by Bush senior and Thatcher would actually materialise. No such luck. Instead, we have experienced continuous wars, upheavals, intolerance and fundamentalisms...
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Obama Compares Iran Deal To A House Under Contract, Awaiting Appraisal

Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview On Iran Nuclear Deal NPR's interview with President Obama focuses on the pact the U.S. and allied nations recently negotiated with Iran. The framework requires the nation to reduce its nuclear capacity in exchange for the lifting of some international sanctions. STEVE INSKEEP: So many of...

Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public

A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama...

Cyber chief: Efforts to deter attacks against the U.S. are not working

The government’s efforts to deter computer attacks against the United States are not working and it is time to consider boosting the military’s cyber-offensive capability, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday. “We’re at a tipping point,” said Adm. Michael S. Rogers, who also directs the National...

US and EU politicians use Charlie Hebdo attack to call for more Internet surveillance

Millions worldwide have expressed their support for victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack by Islamic extremists, which left 12 dead. The tragic shooting has since become a referendum on people’s inalienable right to freely express themselves, a sentiment epitomized by the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (“I am Charlie”). But while world leaders...

Biden Calls On Nations To Focus On Energy Security

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has said Europe should continue to diversify its energy supplies to reduce dependence on Russia. Speaking at the Atlantic Council's energy security summit in Istanbul on November 22, Biden said Russia should not be allowed to use its gas and oil as a geopolitical tool. "Now,...

US Never Intended to Defeat ISIS

A torrent of "foiled" terror plots have recently inundated headlines across the Western World. In Rochester New York, the FBI netted a man they claimed was plotting a shooting spree targeting US service members. In Australia, over 800 security agents swooped in on 15 ISIS suspects whom the Australian government claimed were...

Google Is Not What It Seems

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt shares a joke with Hillary Clinton during a special "fireside chat" with Google staff. The talk was held on 21 Jul 2014 at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. In this extract from his new book When Google Met Wikileaks, WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange describes the...

A conservative judge’s devastating take on why voter ID laws are evil

In a rational world, the debate over voter ID laws would be ended by the eloquent, incisive and angry opinion issued late last week by U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner of Chicago in a case concerning Wisconsin. But this isn't a rational world. So not only will the debate...

Hillary Clinton: Failure to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine. She says this about President Obama's: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil...

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

In March I received a call from the White House counsel’s office regarding a speech I had prepared for my boss at the State Department. The speech was about the impact that the disclosure of National Security Agency surveillance practices would have on U.S. Internet freedom policies. The draft...

State Senate Passes Bill Limiting Early Voting

The state Senate passed the measure on Wednesday morning, 17-16, on a largely party line vote. Retiring state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, joined every Senate Democrat in voting against it. Republican state senators are poised to pass a bill Wednesday morning that would restrict early voting in Wisconsin. The...

Energy and American Power

Energy is a profoundly important aspect of U.S. national security and foreign policy: the availability of reliable, affordable energy is essential to economic strength at home, which is the foundation of U.S. leadership in the world. Scarce resources have driven both commerce and conflict since time immemorial -- and...

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to 'advance US objectives around the world'. Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals. The 18-page Presidential Policy...

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