Tag: Politics

Making Sense of the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico is broke and in debt to the tune of $73 billion. It needs to be able to declare bankruptcy which can’t do unless the US Congress lets them. There is a bill (pdf) in the works that will do that and provide financial assistance but there are a group of people who don’t …

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2016 Primaries: New York Has Its Day

The polls opened in most of southeastern New York at 6 AM and at Noon in the rest of the state due to some antiquated law that no one can rationally explain. NY is a closed primary, so you must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote. New voters had until March 25 …

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The Global War On Terror Hoax

It has long been suspected that the Saudi Arabian government was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States and that are supporting Sunni terrorism throughout the Middle East. Yet, the US government has continued to support them with billions of dollars in military aid. Now, on the heels of President Barack Obama’s …

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Take the F Train

New York City’s tabloid papers are known for their eye popping front pagees, but headlines from the New York Daily News attacking the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination deserves a special Pulitzer Prize for their scathing honesty, if no not for their dead on New York City bluntness. Thanks to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for …

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Spoiled Cherries Atop an Arsenic Sundae

From Uncle Charlie. Need I say more.   This Lawsuit Against Rick Snyder Over the Flint Water Crisis Is Brilliant Let us return this week to the great state of Michigan, where people are still wondering why their tap water looks like a Vulcan’s blood and what Rick Snyder, their narcoleptic governor, is doing about …

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Senator Doctor Warren Schools A GOP Witness

At the Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday, titled “Assessing the Effects of Consumer Finance Regulations,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a former Federal Reserve deputy director to the woodshed on his role in the run-up to the 2008 fiscal crisis. The Republicans’ lead witness Leonard Chanin, former Deputy Director of the Division of Consumer …

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2016 Primaries: Wisconsin’s Turn

The polls in Wisconsin primary opened at 7 AM CT. The primary is also a general election for state and local judicial candidates. Wisconsin voters are very highly engaged and the turn out, even for local elections tends to be higher than other states. That may change. This is the first election since the new …

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SCOTUS: One Person, One Vote Upheld

The US Supreme Court handed a conservative challenge to one person, one vote principle a unanimous defeat. In Evenwel v Abbott the court ruled (pdf) that states could count the total population, not just eligible voters, in drawing legislative districts. The plaintiffs claimed that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens …

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About Privacy and Security

A Conversation on Privacy With Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, and Glenn Greenwald Alex Emmons, The Intercept NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined MIT professor Noam Chomsky and The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald on Friday for a discussion on privacy rights hosted by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The panel was moderated by …

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Long Lines for Voters in AZ: Blame SCOTUS

The voters in Arizona’s heaviest populated district, and largest Latino population, Maricopa County faced waits as long as five hours. Why? Because of a lack of polling places. Why did they lack polling places? The Robert’s Supreme Court, when the conservative majority gutted by declaring the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5 unconstitutional. The Arizona Republic …

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It’s Not Achievable

What Atrios said   I get trying to stop people from blowing up planes, but you can’t realistically stop them from blowing up the parking lot. But despite a series of episodes in recent years that have targeted transportation hubs worldwide, security experts predict that the latest attacks will revive — but not resolve — …

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Obama’s Bad SCOTUS Choice

President Barack Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme court is not the nominee the left was dreaming about last month. Any justice who has won the praise of neocon Senator Orin Hatch and Fox …

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