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The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking.

 

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

 

 

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Chase%20whistle-blower%20Alayne%20Fleischmann.jpgChase whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann risked it all. Photo: Andrew Querne

November 6, 2014 | She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. 

"It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'" 

Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times. She's had to struggle to find work despite some striking skills and qualifications, a common symptom of a not-so-common condition called being a whistle-blower

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

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For the American people, the moral of this story couldn't be clearer: If we don't get money out of politics, we'll lose our democracy altogether.

Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post

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10/30/2014 | As Election Day approaches, two reports show us exactly how corrupted our political system has become. Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress.

The Wall Street Journal analyzed filings from the Federal Election Commission and concluded that

In a significant shift, business groups gave more money to Republican candidates than to Democrats in seven of the most competitive Senate races in recent months, in some cases taking the unusual step of betting against sitting senators.

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Senior Fellow, Campaign for America's Future; Host/Managing Editor, The Zero Hour

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We have been stupefied: How Republicans subvert democracy, and the Democrats’ sorry dereliction

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  • Nothing less than a transformation of American citizenship worthy of Nathan Hale, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. (who learned a lot from Gandhi), Vaclav Havel and, yes, Edward Snowden can free us from yet another spectacle of politicians who look like pinheads dancing on pins’ heads.
  • As the Republicans take the Senate, these four reasons explain why the republic is in serious, serious trouble.
  • The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

Jim Sleeper, Salon

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Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 | The American republic didn’t end this week because conservative Republicans captured the Senate. Conservative Republicans captured the Senate because the republic has been ending, as liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans surf four predatory new asymmetries in our national life  – in security, in speech, in investment and in consumer marketing. These immense imbalances of power are submerging the elections, delegitimizing the liberal capitalist republic that promised to give security, speech, investment and marketing deeply different meanings and consequences than the ones they’ve acquired.

Nothing less than a transformation of American citizenship worthy of Nathan Hale, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. (who learned a lot from Gandhi), Vaclav Havel and, yes, Edward Snowden can free us from yet another spectacle of politicians who look like pinheads dancing on pins’ heads.

Jim Sleeper is the author of Liberal Racism (1997) and The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York (1990)

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The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It, Jeff Schweitzer, Huffington Post

  • Democrats have ceded the territory of reality to Republican fantasy. 
  • George Monbiot | Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election

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This is the democracy the Roberts Court has brought us -- one in which politicians feel free to deprive targeted constituencies of the vote and special interests feel free to buy up elections.

Wendy Weiser and Lawrence Norden, Huffington Post

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11/03/2014 | There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But regardless of who wins, we already know the 2014 election belongs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is the first election where the country will experience the full impact of the Court's recent decisions rewriting the ground rules of our democracy.

When the Court dismantled our laws regulating money in politics and gutted core voting rights protections, we knew those decisions would have consequences. But only now are we seeing the full scope of their impact: a return to pre-Watergate, pre-Civil Rights era practices. Cash from unknown sources is flooding the most important races, while state politicians have instituted new barriers to the ballot box for millions of Americans. Regardless of who wins, the integrity of our elections has been undermined.

Wendy Weiser:  Democracy Program Director, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Lawrence Norden: Deputy Director, Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program

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GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing, Brad Friedman, Salon

  • Conservative icon/federal judge changes mind on photo ID laws, issues blistering dissent against them. Read it here.
  • There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting … and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.

 

 

 

 

Twelve Ways Jim Crow is Winning in 2014

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  • With the winding down of marijuana prohibition, widespread gay rights victories and more, Republicans - and their kindred spirits among the Democrats - now need the outright destruction of democracy itself to win an election.
  • America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal 

Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis, Common Dreams

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voter_rights_fighters.jpg?itok=YPGo3wnlSocial justice activists mobilized by the Moral Monday Movement rallied in downtown Raleigh earlier this year as they championed the importance of voting rights. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Jim Crow is already the big winner in this year’s election.

The corporate elite needs him to gouge the planet, wage perpetual imperial war and rule the rest of us.

So the voting rights of millions of student, elderly, black, Hispanic and other citizens are being lynched.

 

Harvey Wasserman's Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show is at www.progressiveradionetwork.com, and he edits www.nukefree.org. He and Bob Fitrakis have co-authored four books on election protection, including How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election, at www.freepress.org.

Bob Fitrakis is a Political Science Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department at Columbus State Community College. He and Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection, including Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election?, As Goes Ohio: Election Theft Since 2004 , How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election & Is Rigging 2008, and What Happened in Ohio.

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America’s modern political nightmare: Two electorates, separate and unequal, Joan Walsh, Salon

The glee with which the GOP relies on Obama-hate to turn out its base shows the disturbing racial reality of 2014.

 

Be a Passionate Voter for Justice

  • We can change the direction of this country, and it's easier than you think, especially with emerging left-right alliances. It begins with keeping an open mind, knowing where you stand, and asking tough questions of those who want your votes.
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 12: Another Voting Guide

Ralph Nader, Huffington Post

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Stop%20the%20Machine.jpg10/31/2014 | Millions of Americans displayed passion and fevered interest in the recent exciting World Series championship. Now it's time to move on to a serious matter of national importance that often suffers from a lack of public enthusiasm. Millions of Americans, many of whom are avid sports fans, are suffering due to low wages, income inequality, and a gridlocked Congress that is obsessed with campaign fundraising and incapable of addressing many of country's most pressing needs, from public investments to fair play for working families.

With Election Day just days away, now is the perfect time to transfer some of that passion and energy for sports into the political realm. After all, there is far more on the line than just a championship and bragging rights. And elections are not a spectator sport -- you need to be on the field yourself!

Ralph Nader, Consumer advocate, lawyer and author

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 12: Another Voting Guide, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • If you LOVE the status quo, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you LOVE having the lesser of two evils in office, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more war, vote democrat or republican
  • If you love the military/industrial(/congressional) complex, vote democrat or republican.
  • If you want more crony capitalism, vote democrat or republican 
  • If you support the NSA spying on US citizens, vote democrat or republican
  • If you support the war on drugs, vote democrat or republican.

 

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