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Democrats celebrate hollow victories

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Ezra Klein, the bright, young, economic policy columnist for the Washington Post, believes that Obama came out ahead last year in the “administration’s bitter, high-stakes negotiations with the Republicans in Congress.”

Congressional tyranny and White House surrender

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Paraphrasing Shakespeare, something is rotten in the state of Capitol Hill. A majority of Congress was just about to put the finishing touches on an amendment to the military budget authorization legislation last week that would finish off some critical American rights under our Constitution.

Here is how two retired four-star marine generals, Charles C. Krulak and Joseph P. Hoar, described in the New York Times the stripmining of your freedom to resist tyranny in urging a veto by President Barack Obama:

Look what isn’t made in America

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“Here, look at this handsome L.L. Bean catalog and tell me what you want for Christmas,” said a relative over Thanksgiving weekend. I started leafing through the 88-page cornucopia with hundreds of clothing and household products, garnished by free gift cards and guaranteed free shipping. I wasn’t perusing it for any suggested gifts; instead, I was going through every offering to see whether they were made in the United States or in other countries.

There should be 21 debates in 2012

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What people would not want Presidential Debates in multiple cities all over America in September and October 2012? Why, the people at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). CPD is a private corporation created in 1987. It is controlled by the Republican and Democratic Parties and acts as the iron gatekeeper regarding the number of debates, who is chosen to ask the questions and who is excluded from most important forums for reaching millions of people interested in the presidential elections.

What will result from the Occupy Wall Street movement?

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The question confronting the Occupy Wall Street encampments and their offshoots in scores of cities and towns around the country is, Quo vadis? Or, in English, Where is it going?

This decentralized, leaderless civic initiative has attracted the persistent attention of the mass media in the past five weeks. Television cameras from all over the world are parked down at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, two blocks from Wall Street.

Let our farmers grow

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Congressman Ron Paul introduced HR1831, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011,” on May 11. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States.

Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA — a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow.

Something’s happening on Wall Street

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Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing,” as one prosecutor put it, with nary a visible stir from the masses, suddenly the barricades are beginning to quiver.

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Regulations: good for business

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Masters of the repeated lying sound bite, the craven congressional Republicans are feasting on the health and safety of the American people with gleeful greed while making the corporate and trade association media swoon. “Job-killing regulations” exudes daily from the mouths of Speaker John Boehner, his Wall Street-licking sidekick Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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As The Drone Flies...

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The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics that its use by the U.S. government around the world may invite a horrific blowback.

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Keystone XL pipeline is a bad idea

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It was the most extraordinary citizen organizing feat in recent White House history. More than 1,200 Americans from 50 states came to Washington and were arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their opposition to a forthcoming Obama approval of the Keystone XL dirty oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, down to the Gulf Coast.
Anyone who has tried to mobilize people in open non-violent civil disobedience knows how hard it is to have that many people pay their way to Washington to join a select group of civic champions.

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