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Congress Poised To Eliminate Key Tax Breaks For Middle Class, Provide Permanent Tax Breaks For Corporations

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A White House spokesperson has issued a statement saying that the president would veto this deal. Negotiations between the two parties are still ongoing.

 

Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

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November 25, 2014 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families, individuals with knowledge of the deal tell ThinkProgress.

Under the terms of the $444 billion agreement, lawmakers would phase out all tax breaks for clean energy and wind energy but would maintain fossil fuel subsidies. Expanded eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit would also end in 2017, even though the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that allowing the provisions to expire would push “16 million people in low-income working families, including 8 million children into — or deeper into — poverty.” The proposal would help students pay for college by making permanent the American Permanent Opportunity Tax Credit, a Democratic priority.

Igor Volsky is the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, and CNBC television, and has been a guest on many radio shows.

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UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials

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(US officials)  faced a barrage of questions from the 10-member UN Committee on Torture on how the (US) was dealing with rectifying and providing redress for acknowledged abuses during the "war on terror."

John Heilprin, Newsmax

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18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpgWednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | The United States said Wednesday it did not condone torture under any circumstances, but acknowledged to a UN anti-torture watchdog panel it had "crossed the line" following the September 11 attacks.

"The U.S. is proud of its record as a leader in respecting, promoting and defending human rights and the rule of law, both at home and around the world," acting U.S. Legal Advisor Mary McLeod told the 10-member UN Committee on Torture.

"But in the wake of 9/11 attacks, we regrettably did not always live up to our own values," she said.

John Heilprin is chief correspondent for The Associated Press in Switzerland and has reported from 15 nations in Europe, Asia and Africa, including five trips with the U.N. Secretary-General and the U.N. Security Council. 

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Civil Rights Pioneer: America's Discriminatory Election Landscape Worst in 50 Years

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  • The targets are Americans who have struggled the most for the right to vote.
  • The Latest Affirmative Action Decision Isn't Just About Race

Wade Henderson, AlterNet

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(AlterNet Editor's note: The following remarks were made at a Washington, D.C. press conference on Tuesday by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which runs a national election protection hotline and legal aid service.)

November 4, 2014  | Today, and for the past several weeks during early voting, we have been witnessing the most unfair, confusing and discriminatory election landscape in almost 50 years. And it’s a disgrace to our citizens, to our nation, and to our standing in the world as a beacon of democracy. Moreover, it comes as no surprise—no surprise whatsoever.

This is the predictable outcome in the first major election since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder last year, when a bare majority chose to gut critical pieces of the Voting Rights Act. This rendered inoperable the pre-clearance system [of the Justice Department approving or blocking changes in state laws] that had worked for half a century to protect voters from discrimination before it could take effect.

Wade Henderson is president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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The Latest Affirmative Action Decision Isn't Just About Race, Patricia J. Williams, The Nation

The Supreme Court's decision sweeps away decades of equal protection precedent.

City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage

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While it’s good to defend against shoddy journalism, the overall result of the “Pointergate” uproar will simply be to help keep north Minneapolis in the distressed condition that it’s in. This outcome is a product of our political system and ideologies, and it paralyzes urban areas everywhere.

Brandon Ferdig, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

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November 17, 2014 | While it’s good to defend against shoddy journalism, the overall result of the “Pointergate” uproar will simply be to help keep north Minneapolis in the distressed condition that it’s in. This outcome is a product of our political system and ideologies, and it paralyzes urban areas everywhere.

No politician or public policy has the power to transform all economic and social ills. But to the degree that policy and political leadership could bring positive change, the Minneapolis DFL has achieved practically nothing in its decadeslong political reign to improve the situation of north Minneapolis.

Brandon Ferdig is a Minneapolis-based writer.

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Even KSTP's Response To Its Racist 'Gang Signs' Story Is Racist, Jason Linkins & Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

  • The story here is that KSTP blew this story badly, and needs to admit it and take its lumps. Then the people at KSTP need to ask themselves how they'd like to live in the kind of world they have constructed for Gordon.
  • We called KSTP for comment and here's what its recorded answering service advised us: "If you have a tip and suspect welfare fraud, press 4."

 

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