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Special Project | I'm Not Ready for Any Candidate: Week Ending May 9, 2015

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  • “When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the US. government is virtually up for sale.” --John W. Gardner
  • 9 New items including:
    • I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015
    • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren
    • Rand Paul And The Nasty Campaign To Turn Pro-Choice Women Into Monsters
    • The Crazy World of Tom Cotton
    • The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren
    • I'm Not Ready for Ted Cruz, March 25, 2015
    • I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015
    • Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis
    • Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Randall Enos

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I'm not Ready for Bernie Sanders, May 6, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • I'd rather have him running than not. But … 
  • Part 1: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders
  • Part 2: The Problem with Bernie Sanders
  • From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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From the Archives | Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Scott Tucker, Popular Resistance

  • Let’s not be fooled by “progressives” who can’t find their spines when the colonial regime in Israel bombs the crowded ghetto of Gaza.
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics, Week Ending August 17, 2014

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Rand Paul And The Nasty Campaign To Turn Pro-Choice Women Into Monsters, Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

  • Here in the United States, hundreds of existing policies create barriers to abortion services at every turn. It’s no easy feat to end a pregnancy in many parts of the country.
  • Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel

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The Crazy World of Tom Cotton, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Wherein the bobble-throated slapdick junior senator from Arkansas is making the rounds of the echo chamber again, where he is allowed to say almost anything without any pushback whatsoever.
  • Part 1: Tom Cotton Says Discrimination Is All Relative As Long As Hanging Is Not Involved
  • Part 2: Tom Cotton Says Something Dumb 
  • The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

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The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren, China Okasi, TruthDig

  • The ideal leadership starts with us. No matter whether we choose Clinton, Warren or even Fiorina, we are in charge of the social culture that brews underneath our idealistic selections for president.
  • Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren

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I'm Not Ready for Ted Cruz, March 25, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • If Cruz is different … it's because of how boldly he claims things that aren't even remotely true. His vacations from reality take on a gleeful exuberance, like a college freshman on his first trip to Daytona.
  • Part 1: How Ted Cruz Won His Senate Seat With Just 632,000 Votes in a State of 27 Million
  • Part 2: Ted Cruz's Biggest Liability Is Probably His Constant Lying

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I'm Not Ready for Hillary, March 24, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton
  • Part 2: Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis

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Ukraine oligarch ‘top cash contributor’ to Clinton Foundation prior to Kiev crisis, RT

  • Between 2009 and 2013, the very period when Hillary Clinton was serving as US secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation appears to have received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
  • That places Ukraine as the leading contributor among foreign donators to the Clinton Foundation.

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Forget Hillary’s Emails, Here’s Her Real Scandal That Nobody is Talking About, Nick Bernabe, Anti-Media

  • Maybe you don’t know the story, so I will quickly try to paint a picture of Libya for you.
  • How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

A Pacifist Protest Against the Peaceful Drone

Our only peace, finally our only safety, is in the trying and dangerous countercraft, the neighborly love that endureth all things. Can we, can I, imagine it in this age of metals loosely flying? 

Wendell Berry, the Progressive

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Drone.jpg?itok=ARooFKKhApril 24, 2015 | For some years, I thought I was, or hoped I was, a Christian pacifist, for I wished to honor Christ’s peace-enabling instruction to love our enemies, returning good for evil, and His unquestioning generosity to the poor. But finally, in a fit of realism, I was compelled to recognize how deeply in disfavor among Christians were the actual teachings of the Gospels as well as the undiscriminating social behavior of Jesus of Nazareth, who dealt out his kindnesses to God knows whom.

I was having enough trouble at the time with sheep-killing dogs, without inviting the animosity of fiscally costive and violent Christians. I therefore became merely a moral pacifist, for even the immoral normally are not offended by morals. I declared myself opposed, not to killing per se, but to mass killing, killing in cold blood, and killing for profit—in short, to industrial warfare. 

Wendell Berry is a poet, novelist, essayist, environmental activist, and farmer.

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The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America

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  • The American writer, Issac Asimov, once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” Unfortunately, this thread has continued to this day, and individuals like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are here to remind us that ignorance can be quite competitive with knowledge, as long as there’s money behind it.
  • Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us

Conor Lynch, Salon

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Monday, Apr 27, 2015 | Though presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was apparently a top student at Harvard Law, he has always been quick to distance himself from the organization, especially since the despised Barack Obama went to the same school less then a decade earlier. Back in 2013, at a conference sponsored by the Koch brothers, he said that “[Obama] would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School.”

His reasoning:

“There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.”

Conor Lynch: Freelance writer. I have written for Salon, The Hill, openDemocracy, The Richard Dawkins Foundation, and I regularly blog on Daily Kos about economics, politics, and science issues.

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Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us, Kevin M. Kruse, Salon

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  • The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers
  • Excerpted from "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America."
  • Big Bible vs. Big Business

Special Project | Sign the Petition: Week Ending May 3, 2015

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  • “A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” --Mark Twain
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP
    • Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet
    • Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access
    • Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel
    • Student Loan Debt Totals $1.3 Trillion
    • Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition!
    • EPA just paved the way for rejection of Keystone XLPipeline
    • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!
    • Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Adam Zyglis

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Petition: Mr. President: Stop Lying To Us About Fast Track And The TPP, The Pen 

  • Mr. President, the more you try to defend the indefensible TPP the bigger your lies seem to get, and just this last Friday you told some serious whoppers.
  • TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

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Stop the Congressional Assault on the Internet, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Congress is trying to destroy the Internet. Again!
  • Part 1: Congress Is still Trying to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Part 2: Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access

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Stop cable companies from blocking fast and affordable Internet access, CREDO Action

Sign the petition to Congress: “19 states have laws blocking towns and cities from providing fast, publicly owned Internet access. Support the Municipal Broadband Act, which would preserve the right of cities and municipalities to build their own broadband networks.”

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Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel, UltraViolet

Tell the Indiana Court of Appeals: "Stop policing women's bodies. Overturn the conviction of Purvi Patel."



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Student Loan Debt Totals $1.3 Trillion, Sarah Arnold, the Nation

  • Today, students leave school burdened by an average of $25,000 in debt. Their debt then makes it difficult for them to make big purchases like cars or homes, dragging down the entire economy.
  • Salon Q&A: William Deresiewicz on millennials, the meritocracy, student loans and what's wrong with the Ivy League

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Time to Indict GOP for Treason & Sedition! Sue Cohen, MoveOn.org Petitions 

  • To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama.
  • Open Letter to the People and Leaders of Iran from the People of the United States

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EPA just paved the way for rejection of Keystone XLPipeline, Rhea Suh, NRDC Action

  • Big News: The EPA just released its assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, linking the embattled project to tar sands expansion and saying "the development of oil sands crude represents a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions." There's now more evidence than ever to support President Obama's promise to veto the KXL bill just passed by Congress. 
  • Please urge President Obama to veto the Keystone XL now.

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New Budget Chair to cut Social Security!, Michael Phelan, Social Security Works

Tell the new House Budget Chair Tom Price: Expand, Don't Cut, Social Security

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Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one! Social Security Works / Thom Hartmann

We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

President Obama, Change we can believe in? April 27, 2015

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"We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." --Barack Obama

Part 1: Obama’s ‘Openness’ and Deceit

Part 2: More Obama Administration Secrecy: Rep. Grayson Can’t Discuss Classified Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Obama’s ‘Openness’ and Deceit

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President Obama claims to value “openness” as a core principle of democracy, but the truth is that his administration has been among the most secretive and manipulative in modern times, tailoring what the public hears about foreign crises to what serves his agenda, writes Robert Parry.

Robert Parry, Consortium News

April 24, 2015 | In disclosing the deaths of two Western hostages in a U.S. drone strike on an Al-Qaeda compound, President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he had ordered the declassification of the secret operation because “the United States is a democracy committed to openness in good times and in bad.”

But the reality of the past six years has been that his administration has enforced wildly excessive secrecy, selectively declassified material to mislead the American people, and failed to correct erroneous information on sensitive international issues.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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Part 2: More Obama Administration Secrecy: Rep. Grayson Can’t Discuss Classified Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism 

obama.jpg?w=500&h=330June 19, 2013 | OK, you remaining Obama fans: tell me why we should trust the biggest baiter and switcher in the history of the Presidency, particularly when he insists on unprecedented levels of secrecy? Because he has nice teeth and cute kids?

We mention in another post tonight how the Administration is being remarkably tight-lipped about the progress-towards-completion of the health care exchanges that will be fully or jointly run by the Federal government (34 in total). But the mere failure to make normal disclosures pales next to the “all secrecy all the time” that appears to be the Administration’s default.

Yves Smith has written the popular and trenchant financial blog "Naked Capitalism" since 2006. Yves has written for publications in the United States and Australia, including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, the Conference Board Review, Institutional Investor, the Daily Deal and the Australian Financial Review.[Yves is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

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Will It Really Take a Man's Word for People to Believe Rape Victims?

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  • Jon Krakauer writes in his new book, Missoula, that rape ‘occurs with appalling frequency’. Yes, it does – and women have been saying that for years.
  • Republicans who limit what medical students can learn doom us to stupid doctors.

Jessica ValentiGuardian UK 

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27 April 15 | When it comes to rape, a woman’s word has never been enough. So it doesn’t surprise me that with all that’s been written on rape, it’s a book written by a man that’s captured the attention of the nation. But it does depress me.

My depression wasn’t assuaged when Jon Krakauer, the author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, told NPR recently that he “didn’t know much about” rape and that he “had never taken it seriously” before he wrote his book. He was embarrassed to admit as much, but said that, when a college girlfriend told him about being raped, “I thought, ‘What’s the big deal? Get over it.’”

Jessica Valenti is a daily columnist for the Guardian US. She is the author of four books on feminism, politics and culture, and founder of Feministing.com. A frequent speaker, Jessica currently serves on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. 

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Republicans who limit what medical students can learn doom us to stupid doctors, Jessica Valenti, Guardian

  • Some legislators want to keep women from having abortions by prohibiting anyone from teaching doctors how to perform one.
  • Overturn the conviction against Purvi Patel.

Is This Country Crazy? Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know.

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  • It’s past time to wake up, America, and look around.
  • Answering for America

Ann Jones, tomdispatch.com

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January 11, 2015 | Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly odd and troubling conduct of the United States.  Polite people, normally reluctant to risk offending a guest, complain that America’s trigger-happiness, cutthroat free-marketeering, and “exceptionality” have gone on for too long to be considered just an adolescent phase. Which means that we Americans abroad are regularly asked to account for the behavior of our rebranded “homeland,” now conspicuously in decline and increasingly out of step with the rest of the world.

In my long nomadic life, I’ve had the good fortune to live, work, or travel in all but a handful of countries on this planet.  I’ve been to both poles and a great many places in between, and nosy as I am, I’ve talked with people all along the way. I still remember a time when to be an American was to be envied. The country where I grew up after World War II seemed to be respected and admired around the world for way too many reasons to go into here.

Ann Jones, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, among other books, and most recently They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America’s Wars -- The Untold Story, a Dispatch Books project.

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