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Congress Seeks to Slash Food Aid for Poor
By : LIBBY QUAID - Saturday October 8, 2005
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By LIBBY QUAID Under orders to whittle agriculture spending by $3 billion, Republicans in Congress propose to slash food programs for the poor by $574 million and subsidies and conservation programs by $1 billion each, The Associated Press has learned. The plan by Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., would reduce farmers’ payments by 2.5 percent across the board, slashing spending by $1.145 billion over five years. That’s half the 5 percent the Bush (...)
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Is the Dollar Still Falling?
By : Robert Pollin - Friday October 7, 2005
October 6, 2005 The Latest Twists in Global Neoliberalism Is the Dollar Still Falling? By ROBERT POLLIN In his classic work, The General Theory, published in the depths of the 1930s Depression, John Maynard Keynes famously observed that "Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation. When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a (...)
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Republicans G.A.S. Act Exploits Katrina For Gas & Oil Industry
By : LightUpTheDarkness.org - Friday October 7, 2005
Numerous environmental and public service groups have issued warnings on the upcoming G.A.S. Act, HR 3893, scheduled for a vote in the House on Friday. Donald J. Borut, executive director of the National League of Cities has bluntly said that "the goal of this draft legislation seems to be to pass every provision that didn’t make it into the recently-enacted energy bill." The National Environmental Trust has said that the bill “channels taxpayer dollars to oil companies, (...)
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GTech Lottery Influence Taints Miers Nomination
By : LightUpTheDarkness.org - Tuesday October 4, 2005
I’m not saying Harriet Miers has taken a penny from GTECH, Guy Snowden or anybody else. Let me make that clear. But she, and the whole cabal from Texas, absolutely reek of Ms. Miers’ time on the Texas Lottery Commission has been well reported, usually with Ms. Miers as the driving force who rooted out corruption and helped the Texas Lottery turn over a new leaf. “In other circles, the Texas Lottery Commission is known as the incident that permanently sealed (...)
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FEMA, Capitalism, and Karl Marx’s Crystal Ball
By : Mike Whitney - Tuesday October 4, 2005
by Mike Whitney October 3, 2005 The Bush administration began the dismantling FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) as one of the first orders of business when they reorganized the government under the Homeland Security Bill. What masquerades now as FEMA is a public relations smokescreen which disguises the fact that the government will no longer assist in major natural catastrophes. The "free market" approach to disaster requires that FEMA chieftains use their power and influence to (...)
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Spineless, Tired and Uninspired. What Opposition Party?
By : Dave Lindorff - Sunday October 2, 2005
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by Dave Lindorff Iraq War going to hell, with U.S casualties approaching 2000 dead and 25,000 wounded, at a cost of $200 billion and rising. Poverty in America on the rise in a period of supposed economic growth. Republican Party a cesspool of corruption. White House being investigated for outing undercover CIA agent. Abortion rights under serious threat, with the Supreme Court being packed with right-wing judges. New Orleans, just drying out from disastrous flood, being raped by (...)
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Pat Robertson gets $11 million of prime American Bacon you bought
By : Glory road - Sunday October 2, 2005
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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe snuck $10.8 million into the funding for a highway interchange sought by evangelist Pat Robertson near his Virginia headquarters. "I love" Pat Robertson, Chris Casteel of the Daily Oklahoman quoted Inhofe. But, the Oklahoma senator says, he earmarked the money for fellow Republican Senator John Warner whose office said they had requested only $5.8 million. Inhofe admits he tossed in the extra $5 million of pork into the new federal highway bill written in his (...)
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Republicans Lie and Lie - ’06 budget
By : thehawkeye.com - Sunday October 2, 2005
’06 budget remains a scandalous lie Alan Guebert Since early spring, Republican aggies in both the House and the Senate have warned their farm and ranch constituents that farm program spending will be cut $3 billion over five years beginning with the 2006 federal budget. How did they arrive at that amount and timetable? Simple. They pulled both figures out of thin air early in the 2006 budget process when party bosses designed, then pushed, a budget "reconciliation" bill through (...)
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Fixing roofs on Gulf Coast proves costly for taxpayers
By : NEW ORLEANS - Saturday October 1, 2005
By Aaron C. Davis, Jay Root and Seth Borenstein NEW ORLEANS - Across the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, thousands upon thousands of blue tarps are being nailed to wind-damaged roofs, a visible sign of government assistance. The blue sheeting - a godsend to residents whose homes are threatened by rain - is rapidly becoming the largest roofing project in the nation’s history. It isn’t coming cheap. Knight Ridder has found that a lack of oversight, generous contracting deals and (...)
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Rumsfeld Refuses To Pay Back Military Families For Lifesaving Body Armor
By : GI SPECIAL 3C68 - Saturday October 1, 2005
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The Traitor Defies Congress: "How Many Of Those Killed Could Have Been Saved With The Proper Equipment?" Families Still Forced To Buy Their Own Protection "The administration is either showing complete incompetence or utter indifference," "Rumsfeld is violating the law," he said. September 29, 2005 By Rick Maze, Army Times staff writer & The Associated Press. Soldiers and their parents are still spending hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for armor they say the military (...)
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$2,480 for less than two hours of work to cover each damaged roof in New Orleans
By : Aaron C. Davis - Friday September 30, 2005
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NEW ORLEANS - Across the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, thousands upon thousands of blue tarps are being nailed to wind-damaged roofs, a visible sign of government assistance. Construction crews working with TJC Defense, out of Alabama, install a blue tarp on a home in Kenner, Louisiana. Ian McVea, Fort Worth Star-Telegram The blue sheeting - a godsend to residents whose homes are threatened by rain - is rapidly becoming the largest roofing project in the nation’s history. It (...)
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Israel Aid Escapes Cut in GOP Committee Proposal
By : jewishjournal.com - Friday September 30, 2005
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Israel Aid Escapes Cut in GOP Committee Proposal Post-Gaza aid not on agenda, but annual aid to Israel weathers storm Annual U.S. aid to Israel appears unlikely to fall despite the costs associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but an extra aid package to smooth Israel’s Gaza Strip withdrawal is off the table for now. Yossi Bachar, director general of Israel’s Finance Ministry said Israel pulled its additional request for as much as $2.2 billion in post-Gaza aid because it (...)
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Congress Gives the Bushies $50 Billion For War (without even being asked)
By : frogfeet - Friday September 30, 2005
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Senate measure would push Iraq, Afghanistan war costs to $400 billion By Liz Sidoti The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Senate would give President Bush $50 billion more for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a $440 billion defense-spending measure a panel approved yesterday. The House already has approved $45 billion more for the wars as part of its $409 billion version of the bill providing money for the Defense Department for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. Both the Senate (...)
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CREW REVEALS NEWEST MAJORITY LEADER - REP. BLUNT ONE OF THE MOST UNETHICAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
By : CREW - Thursday September 29, 2005
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Blunt Contributed $20,000 to DeLay’s Legal Defense Fund - Largest Individual Donation Washington, DC - With Rep. Tom DeLay’s indictment in Texas yesterday, Rep. Blunt has taken the reins as the new House Majority Leader. Despite Rep. DeLay’s innumerable ethics problems, the House leadership remains blind to the ethics issue, naming Rep. Blunt as Leader despite his trail of ethics violations. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) this week released a (...)
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America Needs a New Direction: Good jobs. Stronger Communities. A just economy
By : AFL-CIO - Thursday September 29, 2005
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AFL-CIO Executive Committee Statement The devastation caused by hurricane Katrina has led millions of Americans to open our hearts to the helpless victims of the Gulf Coast communities. Donations by the millions have poured in. Volunteers by the thousands have rushed to disaster sites to help with rescue work and reconstruction. And the unions and union members of our country have been among those who have given generously. AFL-CIO unions have already pledged more than $10 million (...)
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Bill Frist, The Former 2008 Presidential Candidate
By : Jason Leopold - Tuesday September 27, 2005
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By Jason Leopold It’s one thing to lie in politics. It’s another to be caught in a lie. Bill Frist has been caught in a lie. His political future is over. The immediate question is, can he survive as Majority Leader? The Tennessee Republican claims he wasn’t privy to any inside information leading up to the sale of his stock in Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the country’s largest for-profit hospital chain founded by Frist’s father, Thomas, and (...)
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In a Nutshell
By : Norla Antinoro - Monday September 26, 2005
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by Norla Antinoro It’s a gas shortage! Here we go again. I remember the last one and it was no fun. This one looks to be every bit as bogus and as bad for the ordinary citizens as the last one. The signs were there. Hurricane Katrina sent prices of fuel up. Then Hurricane Rita shut down all the refineries in the southern USA from North Carolina to Texas. There were rumblings that this would have repercussions. Gas prices were going to go up because the refineries had to shut down. (...)
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The GOP’s Fiscal Policies Turned a Natural Disaster into a Man-Made Catastrophe
By : Jason Leopold - Sunday September 25, 2005
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By Jason Leopold Republicans like to brag that, as a political party, they are more fiscally responsible than their Democratic counterparts. Well, thanks to President Bush’s four years in office that theory can now take up residence in the urban legend department. If anything, Bush’s tenure as president proves that the Republican tax cuts (which everyone knows truly benefits the wealthiest one percent), drastically slashing funds in the federal budget for much needed (...)
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Bush Clears Way For More Buggering By Saudis
By : Brian Richards - Sunday September 25, 2005
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Waives trafficking sanctions by Brian Richards WASHINGTON, D.C. — (OfficialWire) — 09/25/05 — George W. Bush and his religious Right administration decided Wednesday to waive all financial sanctions against Saudi Arabia-Washington’s closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism and a major owner of the United States-for failing to do enough to stop the slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers. Go figure. Last June, U.S. State Department (...)
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FEMA Chief Brown Paid Millions to Fla. Residents Unaffected by ‘04 Hurricane to Help Bush Win Majority of Votes There
By : Jason Leopold - Saturday September 24, 2005
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By Jason Leopold Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to a May 19 story in the Washington Post that quoted DHS sources. “Some Homeland Security sources said (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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