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  • The CIA goes its own way, seemingly oblivious to what presidents or anybody else has to say, even if Obama is disingenuous in his public statements.
  • Lack of Intelligence
  • Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’ 

Melvin A. Goodman, Counterpunch

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10/goodman1.jpegJuly 16, 2014 | The political embarrassments for President Barack Obama from the intelligence community, particularly the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, continue to mount, but there is no sign whatsoever that the president is interested in reversing the pattern.  The German government’s unprecedented expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin because of the unnecessary recruitment of two German national security officials should have been the kind of shot across the bow that would lead to a response from the Obama administration.  The fact that the president had no early warning of these awkward recruitments from CIA director John Brennan and that Brennan’s initial forays with the Germans were so clumsy only added to the embarrassment.

Brennan never should have been appointed CIA director in the first place.  During his campaign for the presidency in 2007-2008, Obama spoke out against the militarization and politicization of the intelligence community, and promised more transparency in the community and an end to intelligence abuses.  Nevertheless, before his election, Obama appointed an intelligence advisory staff that was headed by former associates of George Tenet, whose failed stewardship of the CIA included the phony intelligence that was used to justify the use of force against Iraq.  Tenet’s deputy, John McLaughlin, who supported CIA programs of renditions and detentions and helped to draft the spurious speech of Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN in the run-up to the war, was part of the advisory group.  It was McLaughlin who delivered the infamous “slam dunk” briefing to President George H.W. Bush in January 2003.

Melvin A. Goodman (and Carolyn McGiffert Ekedahl) are the co-authors of “The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze” (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997).  Goodman is also the author of National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (City Lights Publishers, 2013).

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Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’, Noam Chomsky, Daily Caller

  • “It is of no slight import that the project is being executed in one of the freest countries in the world, and in radical violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which protects citizens from ‘unreasonable searches and seizures,’ and guarantees the privacy of their persons, houses, papers and effects,” Chomsky said.
  • NSA Spying

 

Austerity Is Poisoning The Economy, In 2 Charts

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  • "Congress has severely damaged the economy with deep spending cuts in a misguided attempt to solve a short-term debt crisis that simply does not exist," wrote Center for American Progress (CAP) economists Harry Stein and Adam Hersh.
  • How Austerity Wrecked the American Economy

Mark Gongloff, Huffington Post

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original.jpg 7/16/2014 | Austerity is like a bad tattoo: It's going to be with us, causing misery, for years to come.

The broad spending cuts that were the fruits of the Republican Congress' budget obsession of the past few years have already cost the U.S. economy $351 billion in lost economic activity, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress. This austerity will cost a total of $633 billion by the year 2020, according to the study. 

Mark Gongloff: Deputy Managing Editor, Business And Tech, at the Huffington Post

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How Austerity Wrecked the American Economy, Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

  • Republicans are fighting to cut spending, while America is trying to recover from the worst recession since WWII. Ted Cruz and the tea party are trying to shut down Washington and are instead losing sight of what‘s really wrong with the economy. And they are still working toward crippling the economy.
  • It's the Austerity, Stupid
  • Paul Krugman’s right: Austerity kills

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The Deteriorating Economic Outlook, Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Williams, Institute for Political Economy

  • The first quarter contraction, especially our corrected number, implies a second quarter negative real GDP. In other words, the years of Quantitative Easing (money printing) by the Federal Reserve has not resulted in economic recovery from the 2008 downturn and has not prevented further contraction.
  • The Crash of 2016 Gets Closer Every Day

 

VA Department Scandal: July 15, 2014

  • For Republicans, a veteran's service only counts if they don't need any help when they get home.
  • Part 1: Republicans don't want to solve the VA healthcare disaster
  • Part 2:The Mitch McConnell VA Scandal
  • A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Republicans don't want to solve the VA healthcare disaster

Of course they don't want to solve this problem. Beating up on President Obama is much more important to them than taking care of veterans.

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

RTR32RGO.jpg?1384193917 Monday, July 14, 2014 | While Republicans and their billionaire allies are very happy to politicize the crisis in the Veterans Administration medical system, they're not too anxious to do anything to fix it.

A House-Senate conference committee tasked with writing a compromise veterans’ health bill continues to struggle with a Congressional Budget Office cost estimate for what it will take to allow veterans to seek care from private health care providers and avoid notorious treatment delays at veterans’ medical centers.

Joan McCarter: A lifelong Blue girl in a Red state, I'm now Senior Political Writer for Daily Kos. On any given day, I'd rather be horseback, but there's more demand for political writers than cowgirls.

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Part 2:The Mitch McConnell VA Scandal

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  • A media circus that's more focused on creating tabloid personalities and scoring cheap political points than it is on telling the truth that Democrats have been really trying to help out veterans. 
  • And it never gets around to pointing out the reality that Republicans, for six years, have been relentlessly working to hurt veterans and then blame it on the Obama administration.
  • A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

Thom Hartmann

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May 2014 | The Republican Chaos Strategy is working like a charm, and now the GOP is trying to make everyone forget who the real villains are when it comes to denying benefits to our veterans. And the real villains, despite what you might hear over at Fox So-Called news, are all the Republican lawmakers who have repeatedly blocked bills that would have helped out American veterans and given more resources to the VA.

The reason I bring this up is that over the past few weeks, we’ve learned some disturbing things about the goings on at one Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. According to a number of reports, the hospital’s administrators covered up information about long wait times at the facility, wait times that spanned - and maybe even hastened - the deaths of 40 veterans.

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

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A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A., Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News

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  • Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top.
  • Veteran Affairs scandal in context

 

 

How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

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  • If President Obama now treats those desperate children as if they were not refugees, then he will be culminating what he has already done to them, not moving to reverse it, but instead to seal their dooms.
  • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

Eric Zuesse, OpEdNews

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Caged: Congress-man Henry Cuellar took these shocking images to highlight how overwhelmed the US authorities are with the recent tide of illegal immigrants

7/12/2014 | Frances Robles of The New York Times headlined on July 9th, 

 

"Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border" and reported:

 

More than half of the top 50 Central American cities from which children are leaving for the United States are in Honduras. Virtually none of the children have come from Nicaragua, a bordering country that has staggering poverty, but not a pervasive gang culture or a record-breaking murder rate. "Everyone has left," Alan Castellanos, 27, the uncle of Anthony and Kenneth, said in an interview in late May. "How is it that an entire country is being brought to its knees?"

The answer to that question is remarkably clear, and it started actually in 2009.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity.

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How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras, Lynn Holland,  Foreign Policy in Focus

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  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis

 

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