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August 12th, 2010

Elizabeth Warren’s Meeting at the White House

Elizabeth Warren this afternoon met at the White House with David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, where the possibility of her heading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was discussed, but not decided on, a White House official confirms. President Obama did not meet with Warren today. “The President believes that Elizabeth ... continue reading

August 12th, 2010

Elizabeth Warren, likely to head new consumer agency, provokes strong feelings

Somewhere along the line, Elizabeth Warren became a symbol. She's either the plain-spoken, supremely smart crusader for middle-class families that her supporters adore, or she's the power-hungry headline seeker her critics loathe, a fiery zealot disguised in professorial glasses and pastel cardigans. But no one disputes that she's the most ... continue reading

August 11th, 2010

Cantwell, Murray back Elizabeth Warren for consumer agency

Saying its director should be "independent" and an "outsider," Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., are backing Harvard Law bankruptcy expert Elizabeth Warren to head the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. The consumer bureau is a key component of Wall Street reform legislation recently passed by Congress and ... continue reading

August 11th, 2010

Gibbs returns to press podium after battle with 'professional left'

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, under fire from liberals, made it clear Wednesday he has no plans to resign.Gibbs returned to the daily White House briefing on Wednesday a day after his criticism of the “professional left” created a political firestorm.In an interview with The Hill, Gibbs said some ... continue reading

August 10th, 2010

Spokesman: Gibbs 'answered honestly' when speaking of frustations with the left

An Obama spokesman said the frustrations are real but "minimal" and there's no danger of Gibbs's resigning.White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said Robert Gibbs "answered honestly" when he told The Hill about frustrations the administration has with "the professional left."Burton, who was filling in at Tuesday’s press briefing ... continue reading

August 10th, 2010

Burton to Step in For Gibbs Today

The White House announced that Deputy Press Sec. Bill Burton will brief the White House Press Corps today instead of Press Sec. Robert Gibbs. The switch comes on the heels of Gibbs trashing what he believes are liberal naysayers who don't support President Obama. In a story this morning from ... continue reading

August 10th, 2010

Rep. Ellison: 'Gibbs Crossed The Line'

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) called on Robert Gibbs to step down on Wednesday, following the White House press secretary's sharp critique of what he called a "professional left" that is perpetually unsatisfied by President Obama. "I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug ... continue reading

August 10th, 2010

White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left’

The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

August 7th, 2010

Fort Hood Soldiers Protest Repeated Deployments

While President Obama is touting the Iraq war as all but over, thousands of soldiers continue to be sent to patrol Iraq’s streets, where violence is climbing to its highest level in two years.  Among those thousands of GIs are a very large number who have previously been deployed, and ... continue reading

August 5th, 2010

Al Franken Leads Campaign to Whip Support for Elizabeth Warren

Thirteen senators have signed on to support the nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the government's new Consumer Financial Protection bureau, says a progressive grassroots organization. Now, with the support of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the group is starting a campaign to get more senators to make the same pledge. ... continue reading

August 2nd, 2010

Sanders promises to seek health care waiver from Obama for Vermont

BELLOWS FALLS, VT — U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., pledged to personally take Vermont’s case for a statewide single-payer health care system to President Obama if the Legislature authorizes it next year.Sanders, speaking at a health care rally at the Hetty Green Park in downtown Bellows Falls on Saturday afternoon, ... continue reading

July 29th, 2010

Arizona immigration law boycotted by bands is blocked

A judge has blocked parts of a controversial immigration law that was about to take effect in the US state of Arizona. Police were to be given the right to check the immigration status of anyone they suspected of breaking the law. But a federal judge intervened, saying America was ... continue reading

July 28th, 2010

Antiwar Left Grows in Congress With Latest War-Funding Vote

This has been a tough week for the Defense Department. WikiLeaks released thousands of government documents on the Afghanistan war, and an even bigger treasure trove on Iraq may be next, while a government audit just reported that the Pentagon cannot account for more than 95 percent of $9.1 billion ... continue reading

July 28th, 2010

Bullet Trains: Obama Spends Billions on High-Speed Rail

I rode a train from Miami to Orlando — and I liked it. I relaxed in a comfortable seat with Shaq-worthy legroom. I avoided the hassle of the airport and the maniacs on the highways. I did some phone interviews, read a book about the Compromise of 1850 and watched ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

Afghanistan war logs: Wikileaks founder rebuts White House criticism

The founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks today defended his decision to publish thousands of secret US military files about the war in Afghanistan, faced with criticism from the White House for placing troops in danger.Julian Assange said his organisation was currently working through a backlog of further secret material ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

LONDON – The release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised Monday, adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the online whistle-blowing group's release ... continue reading

July 24th, 2010

'Don't ask' critic Dan Choi honorably discharged

One of the most vocal critics of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy has been honorably discharged for being in violation of the policy.Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and first lieutenant with the Army National Guard, said he learned of the decision on Thursday. “It's painful mostly, not ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

If Democrats come, so will war protesters

The same antiwar organizers who mustered the protest crowds that descended on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 2008 are vowing to march again if the Democrats choose Minneapolis for their 2012 convention.As before, that would present challenges for law enforcement, but some observers predict there would be ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

Wisconsin groups want funding for Afghanistan war halted

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin peace groups are making another pitch to curtail funding for the war in Afghanistan.  Peace Action Wisconsin and other groups made the rounds of Democratic Congressional offices in Milwaukee. They asked that lawmakers vote against a supplemental appropriations bill that would add billions of dollars for U.S. ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

House-Senate dispute threatens war funding

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats are at odds over how to approve additional funding for U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and will not be able resolve wide differences at least until next week.Last month, House Democratic leaders won approval for an unpopular $58.8 billion war funding by allowing ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2010

Geithner: Warren 'Would Be A Very Strong Leader' Of Consumer Bureau

Amid reports that he's actively sought to block progressive darling Elizabeth Warren from being appointed to head a soon-to-be-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sung her praises to reporters today. But when pressed, he stopped short of endorsing her or saying that her nomination would please him."It's ... continue reading

July 21st, 2010

Congressional support grows for Warren to head consumer protection bureau

Members of Congress are now lining up to enter the battle over who President Obama should choose to head the newly-created Bureau of Consumer Protection.Two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, are spearheading efforts in their respective chambers get Harvard Law's Elizabeth ... continue reading

July 20th, 2010

Labor Pushes Warren to Head Consumer Agency

Organized labor has jumped into the fight over who should head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that’s part of the financial overhaul. It’s calling on President Barack Obama to pick Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the SEIU both had nice things to say about Warren, ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

July 20th, 2010

Join the FAT (Fast Against Torture) on August 1, 2010

Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally, unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney administration. Sunday August 1, 2010 is the eight-year anniversary of the writing of the "torture memos" by Office of ... continue reading

July 19th, 2010

Barefoot Marine veteran’s long trek draws attention to stress syndrome

SHANKSVILLE — Ron Zaleski was a combat-trained Marine, ready to fight when he and five others in his outfit received orders to Vietnam in 1972. But the Long Island native’s orders were changed, so the five others went without him. “All five were shot. Two were killed,” Zaleski said Sunday ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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