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Senate passes Iron Dome funding

 

  • “This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
  • It's amazing how they can set aside their 'differences' and pull together to support the extermination of Palestinians. 
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

Ramsey Cox, The Hill 

 

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August 01, 2014 | Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously to give Israel an additional $225 million in emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.  

 

“This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
 

Ramsey Cox: Reporter for The Hill's Floor Action Blog, covering the Senate. Washington, DC.

 

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Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

 

Special Project | President Obama, Change we can believe in? Week Ending August 3, 2014

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  • "We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." --Barack Obama
  • 9 New Items including:
    • ‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’
    • Obama and the CIA
    • A Strange, Soulless Man And His Utterly Failed Presidency
    • Obama’s True Foreign-Policy ‘Weakness
    • Don’t Give Us This Balderdash, Mr. Obama
    • Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’
    • Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons
    • Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear
    • Obama Worse Than Reagan On Nukes

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Logo%20%7C%20Change%20You%20Can%20Believe%20In%3F%20%28Redacted%29.jpg‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’ Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

  • Obama’s pulled off his greatest betrayals of the public without the help of Republicans. “It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners,” Curry writes. “It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.”
  • Why I Have Left the DFL Party

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Obama and the CIA, Melvin A. Goodman, Counterpunch

  • 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’ 

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A Strange, Soulless Man And His Utterly Failed Presidency, John Chuckman, Countercurrents.org

  • We perhaps can never know what has motivated Obama’s behavior as President.  Is he, as some in his own party have suggested, simply not up to the job? (Or) is he merely responding to the fact of the awesome power of America’s unelected government? 
  • The Leader Obama Wanted to Become and What Became of Him

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Obama’s True Foreign-Policy ‘Weakness’ Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com

President Obama has shied away from confronting Washington’s neocons who continue to exercise undue influence at think tanks, on op-ed pages and even inside Obama’s administration. With the new Iraq crisis, Obama’s timidity is coming back to haunt him.

 

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Don’t Give Us This Balderdash, Mr. Obama, Taj Hashmi, Countercurrents.org

  • In view of Obama's volte-face it seems America's Military Industrial Complex (which virtually runs the country) is still calling the shots; another Cold War is in the offing; and in the coming years, the world is going to be a more dangerous place than today; and durable and just peace will remain as elusive as ever.
  • Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending June 15, 2014

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Rick McKee

 

 

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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
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Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

  • Remember the almost-war in Syria last year? An amazing new report -- which our media won't touch -- is a must read.
  • Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect

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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear, Adi Robertson, The Verge <>

  • "President Obama likes to parade around as some sort of King Solomon figure in between the excesses of the NSA and those who are raising concerns about it," he says. "The reality is that he presided over this out of control system for five years … I think he is one of the obstacles to reform, not a vehicle for it."
  • "I don't feel confident I can protect source material in the United States."
  • The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?

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Obama Worse Than Reagan On Nukes, Steve Breyman, truthout / Popular Resistance

  • Winding down nuclear weapons spending, and eventually abolishing the things (for which no negotiations are underway), has been the right thing to do since the first bomb exploded in the New Mexico desert in 1945. State Department support for the coup in Ukraine and the resultant saber rattling (echoes of August 1914?) make it as urgent as ever. 
  • Obama Surpasses the Historic Peak on Nuclear Weapons Spending
  • Obama Heads To The Hague For Nuclear Summit

 

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Murder incorporated for the 21st century. And to think, Obama has won the Noble peace prize.....

 

‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

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  • Obama’s pulled off his greatest betrayals of the public without the help of Republicans. “It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners,” Curry writes. “It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.”
  • Why I Have Left the DFL Party

Alexander Reed Kelly, Truthdig

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Jul 28, 2014 | In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Curry endorses Nader’s view that the present is ripe for a populist revival. Looking back to the Gilded Age, when “[p]owerful trusts were turning farmers into wage slaves and the world’s greatest democracy into just another corrupt oligarchy,” he notes that agrarian populists “busted price fixing railroads and granaries, fought for rural free deliver and established cooperative banks that still provide a third of all credit to rural America.” Coming to the present, he writes:

Alexander Reed Kelly, Associate Editor, Truthdig, is responsible for bringing work by Greg Palast, Henry Giroux, Ellen Brown, Tom Engelhardt, and economists Michael Hudson and Andrew Kliman to the site. His work has been published at Truthdig, Counterpunch and elsewhere.

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Why I Have Left the DFL Party, David Culver, Telling It Like It Is

  • The next years are going to be about mediocrity, broken promises, and striving for second best. That's not the MN I grew up in. And it's not what I voted for, or was promised.
  • Do we continue as part of a political institution that we feel in large part is not serving us or the common good, or do we strike out towards something that we can participate in with integrity?
  • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party

 

Why I Have Left the DFL Party

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  • The next years are going to be about mediocrity, broken promises, and striving for second best. That's not the MN I grew up in. And it's not what I voted for, or was promised.
  • Do we continue as part of a political institution that we feel in large part is not serving us or the common good, or do we strike out towards something that we can participate in with integrity?
  • At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party

David Culver, Telling It Like It Is!

July 27, 2014 | For as l-o-o-o-o-n-n-n-n-n-g as I can remember, certainly ever since the obligations of getting an education, serving in the military, getting established in a career, and starting to raise a family were completed, I have attended my party’s (DFL) precinct caucuses. It’s a habit, born of a middle school teacher’s planting the seeds of activism deep in my heart, becoming radicalized in college at the feet of the good Jesuit fathers at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and my church’s (St. Joan of Arc) nurturing of that commitment to activism in pursuit of peace and justice. From those many precinct caucuses, I’ve often gone on to serve as a delegate to county and district conventions and as associate precinct chair. The first Tuesday of February in even-numbered years comes and, like a Dalmatian at a fire, as soon as the bell rings, I’m there.

But this year it is different. I’m angry; I feel betrayed; I feel that my continued association with the DFL is coming at the cost of losing more and more of my political integrity; I feel I’m being taken advantage of, valued only for my time (to volunteer in fundraising) and treasure (to donate), never for my political position. I see my relationship with my party as an abusive one, and I’ve grown to the point where abusive relationships just aren’t that much fun anymore!  

David Culver is the Editor of Evergreene Digest. He blogs at Telling It Like It Is!

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At Some Point, Progressives Need to Break Up With the Democratic Party, Ted Rall, AlterNet

  • If you're a leftie, the Democratic establishment doesn't care about your opinion. They certainly don't want your input. What they want is your vote -- in exchange for exactly nothing in return. They're political parasites, draining the enthusiasm and idealism of progressives, simultaneously neutering and exploiting mainline libs.
  • The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and Direction

 

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