Trump Claims GOP Memo “Totally Vindicates” Him. Um … No, It Does Not

“Has anyone explained to him yet that this is pretty much the opposite of the truth?” by Jon Queally, staff writer at Common Dreams Appearing to exploit a highly controversial and misleading memo written by Congressional Republicans in the exact way many critics warned he might, President Donald Trump on Saturday morning claimed in a …

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The Dangerous Powers Obama Left in Trump’s Hands

— by Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump has expressed a near-autocratic view of executive authority, leading many to worry that he will play fast and loose with the laws that protect Americans’ freedoms. After 9/11, our nation had a taste of this approach, as President George W. Bush claimed he was not bound by …

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Redeeming Guantanamo: Two Scientists Propose New Mission For The Infamous Detention Center

—by Natasha Geiling Think Progress ince he was a presidential candidate, President Obama has called for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Now, two academics have a unique idea for what the land could be used for if the center were to close: a marine research facility and international peace park. In …

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A Tortured Twist on Ethics

Why isn’t the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison? — by Yosef Brody George Orwell wisely observed that our understanding of the past, and the meaning associated with it, directly influences the future. And as the unprecedented public feud between the …

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Pay Attention Folks — It Was the GOP that Demanded AP be Investigated!

— by Vickie Rock, NV Rural Democratic Caucus, 2013-05-14 Have you been paying attention?  The GOP doesn’t think so and they’re trying to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes with this “AP phone records” announcement, as though their fingerprints weren’t anywhere near this “fiasco.”  Let me refresh your memory by referring back to a few …

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Articles I’ve Been Reading: 2013-03-04

THE BOEHNER-QUESTER Sequester: The Finger on the TriggerRichard (RJ) Eskow, Op-Ed: Today is the day the package of budget cuts they call the “Sequester” takes effect. There will be endless postmortems and real-time analyses. But as its draconian effects, there’s one thing to remember above all: Congress did this. Let’s hold the guilty parties accountable, …

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JOBS? Yeah, Right!

House Speaker John Boehner has spent more than a month without doing any legislative work to create jobs.  Now, he’s telling middle class workers who might lose their job upon passage of the House Republican budget, “So be it!”  That GOP budget will take teachers out of the classroom, scientists out of the labs, and …

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Sneak Vote to Extend Patriot Act Tomorrow

Remember all the furor over the Patriot Act …  specifically, three sections of the Patriot Act — The “Library Provision” — that provision that allows some secret court to issue confiscation orders for anything and everything that might be deemed relevant to an investigation; The “Roving Wiretap Provision” — you know the provision that lets …

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