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Camden, NJ library rescued

Camden Mayor Dana Redd announced today (August 9) that city and county officials have agreed to let the troubled municipal library be taken over by the Camden County library system.

Joseph Picard, International Business Times

Six original copies of "Leaves of Grass," published in 1855, are displayed at the New York Public Library September 13, 2005. Whitman, often considered America's premier poet, passed his last years in Camden, NJ, which was almost forced to close its public library system until help materialized today (August 9). Chip East / Reuters

Although once the beloved residence of world-renowned American poet Walt Whitman, and the place of his gravesite, things have not of late been particularly inspiring in Camden, New Jersey.

In 2009, Camden had the highest crime rate in the nation. Over 35 percent of its 80,000 residents live below the poverty line. The school system and the police department, because of poor performance, have been taken over by the state. Unemployment is close to 20 percent, and housing advocates say that over one-third of the dwellings in the city are unoccupied.

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But one shame Camden will not, apparently, have to endure is the closing of its public library system.

Motivated by numerous press reports last Friday (August 6) that Camden was about to add to its negative fame by becoming the first municipality in the nation to close its entire public library system, county and local officials worked through the weekend to come up with a proposal aimed at rescuing the town's three library buildings, its 192,600 volumes and the other resources and services the library provides.

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Summary: Barack Obama, Change We Can Believe In: Week of August 8

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  • War leaks show Obama following Bush policies
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  • Change? Obama's "Crimmigration" Policies Mimic Bush's
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Michael Ramirez

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War leaks show Obama following Bush policies, Press TV
Everyone is asking me for one terrible event in one point in time--like a massacre of 500 people. But what's more important is the vast sweep of war crimes over the last six years."--Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: "Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government"

Change? Obama's "Crimmigration" Policies Mimic Bush's, Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact

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  • The Obama administration has chosen to follow its predecessor in pursuing the criminal prosecution of unauthorized immigrants for minor, nonviolent offenses.
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  • DHS under the Obama administration is needlessly clogging the federal courts with people who have not committed any serious crime.
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Jobless? Your leaders are at ease with that, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

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  • None of them want to fix it -- so high unemployment might become a habit.
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  • Punishing the Jobless
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A gathering storm for hope, John Dear SJ, National Catholic Reporter

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  • Bishop Zavala's presence felt like a breath of fresh air to those of us in New Mexico who've been speaking out for disarmament for years. Not every day does one hear a Catholic bishop speaking clearly and eloquently about this crucial matter -- especially here, where nuclear weapons were first built and a new generation of them is in the works, thanks to Obama. Bishop Zavala's presence heightened our hope.
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  • Living by the Sword, Dying by the Sword
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The Origins of the Enthusiasm Gap, Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

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  • The undeniable consequence has been to erode the capacity of the president and his party to accomplish much more from here on.
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  • The enthusiasm gap
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The Origins of the Enthusiasm Gap

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The undeniable consequence has been to erode the capacity of the president and his party to accomplish much more from here on.
The enthusiasm gap

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jenni Cherrier

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Whatever the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections, the activist phase of the Obama administration has likely come to a close. The President may have a fight on his hands even to hold on to what he’s already achieved because his legislative successes have been large enough to fuel strong opposition but not big enough to strengthen his support. The result could be disastrous for him and congressional Democrats.

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Consider the stimulus package. Although it’s difficult to separate the consequences of fiscal and monetary policy, most knowledgeable observers conclude that the stimulus has had a positive effect.

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Yet the official rate of unemployment remains above 9%, not including millions either too discouraged to look for work or working part-time when they’d rather have full-time jobs. Almost half of the jobless have been without work for more than six months, a level not seen since the Great Depression.

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The enthusiasm gap, Robert Reich, Salon.com

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  • The Democratic base is drained of all passion because congressional Democrats continue to compromise, water-down, weaken, soften, and create loopholes on everything the Dem base cares about.
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  • "Why should I care?" are words I hear over and over again from stalwart Democrats who worked their hearts out in the last election.
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  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction
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  • Why I Did Not Caucus with my party (DFL) on February 2
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Five myths about the Bush tax cuts

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  • A gloomy economic outlook...has given rise to a number of stubborn myths about what extending the Bush tax cuts would -- or wouldn't -- do.
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  • Tax the rich more. (They can take it.)
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  • Trickle Down Economics doesn't work
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  • Top 5 Social Security Myths
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William G. Gale, Star Tribune | MN

Tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, known as the Bush tax cuts, are set to expire Dec. 31, and the fight over what to do is heated.

The cuts lowered tax rates across the board on income, dividends and capital gains; eventually eliminated the estate tax; further lowered burdens on married couples, parents and the working poor, and increased tax credits for education and retirement savings. President Obama's proposal would extend most of these reductions, allowing only those for individuals making more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000 to expire.
Complicating the debate is a gloomy economic outlook, decidedly different from the rosy scenario that prevailed at the beginning of the last decade. That has given rise to a number of stubborn myths about what extending the Bush tax cuts would -- or wouldn't -- do.

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Tax the rich more. (They can take it.) Richard R. Miller, StarTribune | MN
Dayton's campaign cry is really quite reasonable when you look at how state taxes have changed over the years.

Trickle Down Economics doesn't work says Alan Blinder. Here’s what does, Posted by rmontero, AlterNet

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  • Redirecting money from the expiring Bush tax cuts to unemployment benefits would be a net job creator and give the economy a much-needed boost.
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  • Long-Term Economic Pain
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Top 5 Social Security Myths, Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action
We've put together a list of the top five myths about Social Security, along with the real story.

Mike Malloy - We Are A Nation Of Sheep Being Led By Wild Dogs

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And George Carlin's Final Words To The World

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hschulein, Democratic Underground

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarsaki

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Hi Democratic Underground. My name is Hernan and I´m the owner of The Mike Malloy Gallery at Youtube. On this video, Mike talks about american citizens inaction regarding the wars, the lies and the deception. If you like it and want to see more, please subscribe to the gallery at: www.youtube.com/hschulein or go to www.mikemalloy.com and scroll down the main webpage to see the gallery. Thanks.

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George Carlin's Final Words To The World, Jay Cole, YouTube

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Michael Sodos George Carlin on "The American Dream".

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The greatest 3 minutes of his career. The PTB are aggressively trying to keep this video off YouTube and Google, so I thought I'd upload it so it can't get deleted as easily. Everyone needs to watch this!

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