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The Magazine - The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama March/ April 2012The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama He’s gotten more done in three years than any president in decades. Too bad the American public still thinks he hasn’t accomplished anything. By Paul Glastris The Magazine - The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama
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New NDAA's Loopholes Make Its Military Detention Provisions Almost Pointless New NDAA's Loopholes Make Its Military Detention Provisions Almost Pointless The version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that emerged from a House-Senate conference meeting Tuesday morning contains many of the same provisions that administration officials and national security experts have warned would harm national security. But while earlier incarnations of the detention provisions were confusing and harmful, now they're confusing and largely symbolic. "Those who were big supporters of this provision, well, this doesn't accomplish what they wanted. Their enthusiasm is misplaced," said Robert Chesney, a national security law expert who teaches at the University of Texas School of Law. "Those who are decrying this as the militarization of domestic law enforcement, it doesn't have to be that either." The new bill still mandates military detention without trial for any non-citizen terrorism suspect apprehended in the US who is determined to be a member of al Qaeda or an "affiliated group."
The volume of sheer, unadulterated nonsense zipping around the internet about the NDAA boggles the mind. There was a time–only a few months ago–when the NDAA detention provisions were the obscure province of a small group of national security law nerds. Now, however, this bill has rocketed to international notoriety. The added attention to it is a good thing. NDAA FAQ: A Guide for the Perplexed NDAA FAQ: A Guide for the Perplexed
Taking the Initiative in a Struggle Against Excessive Rate Increases The biggest applause line Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) got at a gathering of Democratic Party activists last week came when she endorsed a ballot initiative to give the California Insurance Commissioner power to reject excessive health insurance rate increases. Consumer advocates there decided to go the ballot initiative route after the insurance industry’s friends in the legislature blocked a bill last year that would do the same thing. Feinstein became the first Californian to sign a petition. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones became the second. To get the measure before voters in November, the advocates, led by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, must collect half a million more signatures. Taking the Initiative in a Struggle Against Excessive Rate Increases
The Definition of Insanity: Deregulating Over and Over and Expecting Different Results A cynic might argue that business leaders and their friends in Congress weren't expecting different results. In either case, we've become a bipolar nation, 1% manic and 99% depressive. Our affliction is caused by a 30-year experiment in the dismal economics of delusion. Deregulation for corporations and tax cuts for the wealthy have defined conservative policy since the 1970s, when University of Chicago economist Arthur Laffer convinced Dick Cheney and other Republican officials that lowering taxes on the rich would generate more revenue. Ronald Reagan complied in the 1980s by dramatically reducing the top marginal tax rate. The Definition of Insanity: Deregulating Over and Over and Expecting Different Results
How to Put People Back in Charge Most Americans know we’ve got problems with corporate power. Eighty-six percent say Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence in Washington, D.C., and 80 percent oppose Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to corporate campaign contributions. But how do we change that when corporations have so much wealth with which to protect their privileges? The YES! editorial team set out to answer that question by searching out the best strategies for rebuilding our tattered democracy and putting We the People in charge. How to Put People Back in Charge
Petition to Break up Bank of America Pushes Forward
David Koch Admits Big Spending to Help Scott Walker Bust ‘Union Power’ Billionaire campaign donor David Koch, heir to a fortune and a political legacy created by one of the driving forces behind the John Birch Society, makes no secret of his enthusiasm for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. “What Scott Walker is doing with the public unions in Wisconsin is critically important. He’s an impressive guy and he’s very courageous,” Koch explained in a recent conversation reported by the Palm Beach Post. David Koch Admits Big Spending to Help Scott Walker Bust ‘Union Power’
Andrew Sullivan: How Obama's Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics
ReFund California Coalition
New Study Reveals That Stupidity Can Make You Conservative And Racist New Study Reveals That Stupidity Can Make You Conservative And Racist Science has already established that people with right leaning political ideology are more apt to be prejudiced and that people with low education tend to be prejudiced, but now they’ve also shown that low IQs and conservative beliefs are linked to prejudice. Cue the screaming poutrage of the Right. Stephanie Pappas reported for Yahoo: