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UN Declaration of Human Rights

Firedoglake » New Polls Indicate Republicans Favor Torture, Gulags

22 Things Dick Cheney Can't Recall About the Plame Case | Mother Jones


The attorney general tries to sell us on New York terror trials. – By Dahlia Lithwick – Slate Magazine

The right's nonsensical arguments against trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York. – By Dahlia Lithwick – Slate Magazine

Bryant Welch: Fort Hood: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

Obama orders changes after anti-terror lapses – Airliner security-

Steve Benen: A Tale of Two Responses

Why the critics of the KSM trial are wrong. – By Dahlia Lithwick – Slate Magazine


The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Get… Fired

Editorial – The Case for More Stimulus –

The Bonddad Blog: The Jobs Report and The Argument for Recovery

Nelson On Board For Second Round Of Spending

U.S. Economy Gets Lift From Stimulus –

Fed Chairman Blames Banks For Continued High Unemployment

Alec MacGillis — Why aren't President Obama's job-creation efforts more direct? – / Comment / Opinion – Obama has lost his way on jobs

RGE – The Worst is yet to Come: Unemployed Americans Should Hunker Down for More Job Losses

White House, Business Leaders Split on How to Create Jobs –

Robert Kuttner: Recovery And Debt: Squaring The Circle

What to do about the rising U.S. hunger statistics. – By Sandy Stonesifer – Slate Magazine

Can a hiring tax credit create 15 million new jobs? — DailyFinance

Do Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Stimulate Employment? – New York Times


Fair Game – They Left Fannie Mae, but We Got the Legal Bills –

Matt Taibbi – Taibblog – Waking up to discover the mortgage market was a giant criminal enterprise – True/Slant

Federal Bankruptcy Filings Are Up By 34.5%

Mortgage Crisis Spreads Past Subprime Loans –

Obama Foreclosure Plan, Foreclosure Freeze and Mortgage Bankruptcy Reform |

Foreclosures hit record in third quarter 2009 – Oct. 15, 2009

Foreclosures Are More Profitable Than Loan Modifications, According To New Report

As Foreclosures Hit All-Time High, Wall Street on Pace to Hand Out Record $140B in Employee Bonuses

Foreclosures: 'Worst Three Months Of All Time'

Investigating the Mortgage Crisis

YouTube – Warren Discusses TARP Panel Report, Foreclosures: Video

Bloomberg Printer-Friendly Page

Fair Game – They Left Fannie Mae, but We Got the Legal Bills –

Professor advises underwater homeowners to walk away from mortgages —

UCC Financing Statement and The Redemption Service – Stop Forclosure

The Problems with Mortgage Modifications | RISMedia

Reforms (non- TARP, Wall St.)

Obama Administration Helps House Democrat Gut Post-Enron Reforms

Open Left:: From the I Shit You Not File: Business Aims to Relax Bans on Products Made with Child & Slave Labor

White House Aims to Cut Deficit With TARP Cash –

IMF Economic Forum: Financial system risks still high; Governments need to rethink how the financial sector intersects with the broader economy

Another House Democrat Backs Away From Loophole In Investor Protection Bill

House Democrats John Adler, Carolyn Maloney Move To Weaken Investor Protection Bill

Credit Scores: FICO Formulas Are Being Changed By Lenders

White House Quietly Working To Weaken Investor Protection

The Fed About Auditing the Fed

Geithner: Auditing the Fed is a “line that we don't want to cross” | The Corbett Report

S. 604: Federal Reserve Sunshine Act of 2009 (

Dodd's Banking Bill Takes The Fed Down A Notch Or Two: HELP US DIG THROUGH IT

The Money Matrix – Who Owns the FED (UPDATED PART 7/15) – Website of Political Research Associates

Robert L. Borosage: In The Fed We Trust? Will The Senate Reward The Architect Of The Wall Street Bailout?


Did TARP Increase Lending? – Economix Blog –

Robert Reich's Blog: What Should Be Done With The Next $350 Billion of Taxpayer Bailout Money: Criteria for TARP II

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Payback for TARP bailout

Barney Frank: Let's spend TARP profits before taxpayers can get them | Washington Examiner

Banks TARP Bailout: Government Watchdog Reports Treasury and Federal Reserve Lied – ABC News

TARP funds are unlikely to be fully repaid, program's watchdog says —

Neil Barofsky: Bailout Helped But At A Great Cost

Rep: Finance Safeguards Just ‘TARP on Steroids’ « The Washington Independent

Elizabeth Warren: “Until We Have A Credible Liquidation Threat, We Don't Have Capitalism In America” (VIDEO)

Home Page how to screw banks

Cover Story: Government Handouts: Federal Bailout Money Comes With Strings

Powerful Banks and Government Handouts to the Rich: It's Time for Protest | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet


The GOP Has Become a Party of Nihilists – TIME

SPLC: Stand Strong Against Hate

AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Limbaugh tells NYT reporter to kill himself

The “Intolerance” Party? GOP Strategists Worry Ideologues Are Bad For The Party's Future

How Rahm Is Reviving the GOP – The Daily Beast

The GOP's Misplaced Rage – The Daily Beast

Politics and Technology: Make no mistake: GOP is paying trolls to “blog attack”

PERRspectives: From Republican Rhetoric to Right-Wing Terror

What Qualifies as Demagoguery?

Macmillan: Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies Michael Signer: Books

Mike Lux: Calhoun Conservatism Raises Its Ugly Head

Op-Ed Columnist – Boy, Oh, Boy –

Daily Kos: History for Kossacks: Demagogues

How the Right Manages to Convince People That Something That Is Clearly Good for Them — Like Health Care — Is Not | Politics | AlterNet

Op-Ed Columnist – The Guns of August –

Think Progress » Missouri lawmaker on child hunger: ‘Hunger can be a positive motivator.’

The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is Real

Blackwater: The Real “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”? – Political Research Associates – Right Web

Wiring the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy – The New York Times

How the Right Manages to Convince People That Something That Is Clearly Good for Them — Like Health Care — Is Not | Politics | AlterNet

The Indypendent » Conspiracy Nation: Right-wing demagogues reach out to a supposedly beleagured white middle class, telling them they are being squeezed by parasitic traitors from above and below.

A Blue View: An Interview With The Most Powerful Person In Washington: Olympia Snowe

Study of Bush's psyche touches a nerve | World news | The Guardian

Jane Smiley: HuffPost Book Review: Republican Gomorrah

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Shine, Perishing Republicans

Fox News Run by Scientologist Leader | Frog Style Biscuit

Chris Kelly: Five Questions for Meg Whitman

State of American Political Ideology, 2009: A National Study of Political Values and Beliefs

Amil Imani – Liberty vs. Demagogues

The Patriots

Think Progress » FACT CHECK: The Right-Wing Smear Campaign Against Kevin Jennings

Rachel Maddow:Rachel Maddow addresses White House fight with Fox News

Think Progress » Home Page

9/12 March 'Tea Party' Photo: False Image Spread By Anti-Reform Activists

Is The Tea Party Over? | Mother Jones

Max Blumenthal: Joe Scarborough, the “Real Conservative,” Has Been Blinded by the Right

GOP Base Driven By Bizarre Ideology, Not Racism, Report Finds

Why Fox News Is Un-American | Newsweek Newsweek Voices – Jacob Weisberg |

Conservatives roar; Republicans tremble – Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen –

Matt Osborne: Glenn Beck, Cult Leader

Scientists: Bush Distorts Science

Max Blumenthal: Witnessing Republican Disaster In Mississippi (And Beyond)

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Senate Bill Would Allow “Mentally Incapacitated” Vets to Buy Guns | Mother Jones

Daily Kos: Don't Get Palin's Appeal? Try a Little Harder

Daily Kos: Conservatism As A Mental Disorder – And A Threat

Conservatism a Sympton of Mental Illness – Associated Content –

Last Left Turn Before Hooterville: Bush is the Symptom – Conservatism is the Disease

Editorial – Dr. No and the Wounded Veterans –

Mitt Romney Quotes – Dumb Quotations from Romney

Today's GOP is both united and divided –

Do Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Stimulate Employment? – New York Times

A selective witchhunt | The Economist


Barack Obama faces 30 death threats a day, stretching US Secret Service – Telegraph


Dem Congressman's Office: His Life Has Been Threatened Over Health Care Bill | TPMDC

Anti-Health Care Reform Protester Encourages Physical Violence, Use Of Firearms | TPMDC

The Standard | Online Edition :: Palin blamed for Obama attacks

Sally Kohn: Race-Colored Glasses: Seeing What's There

Think Progress » Will the RNC apologize for racist Facebook photo?

The Myth of Jewish Control of the Federal Reserve: Introduction SPLC's Mark Potok Interviewed on Militia Movement


War Room –

Working vs. Exploiting Class Socialism vs. Communism Open Left:: The Demoralized Democratic Base

ALL EYES ON OBAMA: The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society from

ACORN prober finds no illegal pattern on videos –

Public policy in the United States … – Google Books A primer on the word racism. – By Richard Thompson Ford – Slate Magazine

Capitol Briefing – Report: in Senate plan, insufficient funding for those with preexisting conditions

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Obama resurrects his favorite rhetorical device: rejecting false choices. – By Christopher Beam – Slate Magazine

With his Nobel speech, Obama shows an idealistic tough-mindedness. – By John Dickerson – Slate Magazine

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: How Bad Could Obama Screw Up and Still Beat Sarah Palin?

On Obama’s Sellout – Matt Taibbi – Taibblog – True/Slant Matthew Yglesias » A Nation of Haters

Portal:Front groups – SourceWatch

They Don't Make Populism in the U.S. Like They Used To –

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Joe Scarborough: The Decade Ahead: From Radicalism to Restraint

Can you tell me what N.Y. Times' Thomas Friedman stands for? Jon Friedman's Media Web – MarketWatch

David Sirota: The Demoralized Democratic Base

Naomi Klein


David Sirota: Taboo Alert: The Real — And Most Disturbing — News In the Olbermann-O'Reilly Feud ABC and the rise of Rush Limbaugh

How To Detect Bias In News Media

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Evidence of rightwing mass media bias abounds. Most in the corporate media support the current Bush Administration – as they supported his father's, Reagan's and Nixon's. The media almost universally endorsed Bush's rush to war, and every rush to war, by

Obama: Patriot Act Surveillance Law Should Stay The Obama-Fox press war can't hold a flame to the one FDR waged in the 1930s. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

Rachel Maddow, Boing Boing Editor On McCain And Net Neutrality (VIDEO) Obama's right. It's time to stop taking Fox's skewed news seriously. – By Jacob Weisberg – Slate Magazine

Obama's First Year Policies Need Time to Settle In – TIME

Fool Me Over and Over and Over Again



Mark Blumenthal: Can I Trust This Poll? » Obama Poll Watch

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Palin: All Tail, No Head

New Poll: 77 Percent Support “Choice” Of Public Option SurveyUSA News Poll #15699 Sixty-Five Views of HC Reform, One Big Trend NBC_WSJ_Poll_090922.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Mike Lux: The Public Option Fight Gets Engaged in Public for the First Time Next Week Gallup.Com – Daily News, Polls, Public Opinion on Government, Politics, Economics, Management

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Question Order May Bias Fox News Health Care Polling

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Public Support for the Public Option

Post Poll: Only 20% Identify As Republicans, Lowest In Poll's History

Pew Forum: The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate

War Room –

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right Chris Weigant: Obama Poll Watch — Scraping Fifty Percent

LOBBYISTS – Candidates ask lobbyists for fundraising help

Banking on Becoming President | OpenSecrets

Wonk Room » SCOTUS Poised To End Meaningful Campaign Finance Regulation American Civil Liberties Union : ACLU Statement on Campaign Finance Reform Obama Signs $680 Billion Military Bill, a Victory Over Lobbyists –

Media Matters Action Network

New Obama policy bars lobbyists from federal advisory panels –


Fareed Zakaria – Zakaria: Obama should weigh troop level carefully – Barack Obama –


Should any Iraq lessons be applied to Iran? – Glenn Greenwald –

Iran's secret weapon isn't bombs but oil – Telegraph

The still-missing central fact in the Iran drama – Glenn Greenwald –

The top ten things you didn't know about Iran | Salon

Fareed Zakaria on Iran's Nuclear Program | Newsweek International |

Russia's ties to Iran a roadblock to U.S. / Trade, geopolitical interests trump sanctions effort

2. Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran | Project Censored

The Oil Drum | The Iranian Oil Weapon

Eunomia » No Breakthrough Here


Pakistan's security is hanging in the balance | Salon

Howard Schweber: A Game-Changing Attack in Pakistan

Gunmen, bombs hit 5 sites in Pakistan, 39 die

The Secret US War in Pakistan

The Belmont Club: Does Pakistan Support the Taliban?

Remarks on Pakistan Are Tailing Huckabee – New York Times

Asia Times Online :: Asian news hub providing the latest news and analysis from Asia


Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – ScotusWiki

Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission | SCOTUSblog

Piercing the Corporate Veil

The Corporation

citizens_united_background.pdf (application/pdf Object) Corporate Personhood-Demeaning Our Bill of Rights – Reclaim Op-Ed Contributor – The Trial of John Roberts –

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – Jeffrey Toobin | 9/15/2009 |

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission An Issues Backgrounder From Justice at Stake | Justice at Stake Campaign Interim Website Watching the Supreme Court make its campaign finance jurisprudence disappear. – By Dahlia Lithwick – Slate Magazine

E.J. Dionne Jr. – Campaign Finance Case Tests Value of Precedent –



Health Care

Democrats Ponder One-Bill Reconciliation Strategy For Health Care

Reference – Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader

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Often a conservative will remind us that more people in the United States are willing to call themselves “conservative” than “liberal.”

But when asked, a majority of Americans agree with various liberal ideas. This article, entitled “Dispelling the Myth of Conservative America,” shows why this is NOT a “center-right country,” despite what people may say.

I looked over the topics on this Troll Busters page, and didn’t see anything quite like this, so I thought it should be added.


More links on Immigration:

End of the Melting Pot?
Harvard Magazine

RE: Remittances:

The Pew Hispanic Center
Mexican Immigrants: How Many Come? How Many Leave?

Center for Immigration Studies

Court of Appeals Finds USCIS Acted Outside the Law

Big Think articles re: Immigration

Health Reform and Illegal Immigration: The Truth

Democracy Arsenal
Some Specifics (Imagine!) on Immigration

The White House

Why Immigration Boosts Wages


On last Friday’s Vox Populi, the question came up about illegal immigrants, and whether or not legalizing them would help the Federal budget. Here are a couple of links addressing that:

Center for Immigration Studies
The High Cost of Cheap Labor: Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget


TPMUckracker gets it– so far they are the ONLY one that does:

Offshoring Up Support: Obama Looks For Help From Democrats On Climate-Energy Legislation



Beginning of the end of mountaintop removal?

Appalachians hail EPA

KQµårk 死神

Cheer’s I came across this story the other day. I should have posted it here.


KQ– in addition to TB, Nellie and I are (independently) working on using the power of truly good news to energize (vs demoralize) voters. Thanks for the cheers!


Universal Health Care


For the Firebaggers, from the Firebaggers


Getting a Public Option:

Momentum had been building to reintroduce the government-run plan. Over 40 senators have endorsed a letter sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) that called for senators to pass the public option using the budget reconciliation process.

But the number of senators who backed the plan falls short of the 50 needed to pass the package, assuming Vice President Joe Biden votes to break a tie.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a public option supporter, said last week that he will push for a public option in a separate bill should it not be included in the current legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) removed the public option from the Senate’s bill in December because he could not attract enough centrist [MY EDIT: CONSERVADEM]support for the overhaul with it included.

Pelosi gave solace to supporters of the public option, saying that its intent will largely be fulfilled with other provisions in the bill.

“While it may not have a public option, we have a purpose of the public option served by the exchanges” and other reforms, she said.


The five most promising cost controls in the health-care bill



Until Medical Bills Do Us Part

Health care reform does not increase premiums and boot people out of their coverage

Perino claims the public “rejected” the public option; polling shows otherwise


Re: Filibuster, Nuclear Option

Smith ignores Fox’s role in perpetuating “nuclear option” falsehood

How did media cover GOP’s 2003 use of reconciliation? They didn’t


Re: Stimulus

Quick Fact: Beck advances myth that stimulus bill is not working

Hypocrisy Alert: 91 House Republicans Take Credit for the Economic Bills They Opposed

They voted against the Recovery Act, attacked it… then took credit for projects in their districts. They’re Highway Hypocrites.


Full Clip: Bullet Points For Stimulus & Health Care Water Cooler Wars



[from David Plouffe] We’ve put together a simple summary of the President’s proposal, a fact sheet to show friends and co-workers how the plan will specifically help them, posters to display, Facebook notes to post, and much more. Please download the fliers and posters below, and make sure everyone in your community sees the facts about reform.


Thanks, Cher. Got it.



Overview of the President’s Proposal

Obama Plan and Differences Between House And Senate Legislation

Highlights of Obama’s health care proposal