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Getting what’s been stolen by raising employer FICA tax : Time to Recover Productivity Gains Our Bosses Have Expropriating

By Dave Lindorff

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy, trying to change the subject from his own shabby performance as governor, has called for $ billion in cuts to Social Security and Medicare, claiming it’s time for a “grownup discussion” of the alleged funding crisis facing both critically important programs. 

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Apr 16, 2015

Hillary racks up endorsements for her campaign, 65 House lawmakers and 28 senators - TheHill

NY State Senate Democrats Poised to Ride Hillary Clinton Wave -

Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Hillary Clinton Announcement of Candidacy for President in 2016 - Black News

Divided no longer, Hollywood poised to put big money behind Hillary Clinton - LA Times

POLL: Hillary Clinton Trailing Republicans in Battleground States - Washington Free Beacon

POLL: Hillary Clinton’s Image and Standing in Battleground States -

POLL: Half of North Carolina voters say they'll vote against Clinton - Charlotte Sun Times

POLL: In NH Clinton has one of her weaker performances getting 45% to 23% for Elizabeth Warren, 12% for Bernie Sanders - Public Policy Polling

POLL: Clinton vs. Cruz, Clinton vs. Paul - Rasmussen Reports

POLL: Left-leaning MSNBC conducts simple Hillary Clinton poll, The results shows shows an overwhelming 86 percent say they don’t plan on voting for the Democrat in 2016 -

POLL: Foreign Policy Not Economy, Voters’ Top Concern: A Survey Conducted By GOP Firm -

More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet, and she's already under fire for 'buying' fake Facebook fans - Daily Mail Online

Can Hillary Clinton win over men? It's clear that she will make women and being a woman central to her outreach -

Opinion: Obama coalition isn't guaranteed for Hillary - Sun Sentinel

Opinion: Clinton represents everything Democrats say they oppose -

Will Clinton Win Back Wall Street for Democrats? - OpenSecrets Blog

Hillary Clinton's Wall Street dilemma -

Why Hillary Clinton Can't Win the Fundraising Expectations Game - Bloomberg Politics

Hillary Clinton Is Still Too Cautious on Campaign Finance Reform - The Nation

Hillary Clinton names top 3 wonks for campaign - POLITICO

Chipotle manager says Hillary didn't tip - TheHill

Hillary Clinton's father's tombstone toppled - CBS News

Hillary Clinton Changes Stance on Same-Sex Marriage - CNN

Meet The Lesbian Couple Featured In Hillary Clinton's Campaign Video -

Hillary Clinton Lesbian Lovers Secret Emails Named - The National Enquirer

Hillary Clinton 2016: Book detailing White House drama tops NYT best-seller list - POLITICO


Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Private Email Account 2 Years Ago, But She Did Not Reply To The Letter -

Text of the letter from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to Hillary Clinton about the private email account -

Documents Undermine NY Times Report On Clinton Emails - Media Matters for America

New Clinton email revelation spurs renewed call from Benghazi committee - McClatchy DC

Hillary Clinton 2016: Trey Gowdy says Benghazi committee can't subpoena email server - POLITICO

Hillary candidacy prods Clinton foundation board to consider limits - WTOP

The Clinton Foundation will limit donations from foreign governments to six countries - POLITICO

Foreign grants doubled at Boston unit of Clinton Foundation While Hillary Was At State Department - The Boston Globe

Ex-British diplomat accuses Hillary Clinton of role in meltdown of Iraq - Telegraph

Hillary Clinton as U.S. President 'Wouldn't Fix' Russia-U.S. Relationship, she once compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler - The Moscow Times

What president Hillary Clinton could mean for China - Quartz

The Chinese Internet Hates Hillary Clinton Even More than Republicans Do - Foreign Policy

Opinion: Hillary Clinton will pull the Democrats — and the country — in a hawkish direction - Vox

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Focus: Hillary Clinton - Apr 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Bid -

Hillary Clinton Officially Begins Her $2.5 Billion Presidential Campaign - Gothamist

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton's Presidential Announcement: Getting Started - YouTube

Clinton campaign sends memo to supporters ahead of 2016 announcement - Fox News

Full text of the Clinton campaign memo 'Hillary for America' (at the bottom of the page) -

Here’s a look at the key players in Hillary Clinton campaign -

How Twitter reacted to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign logo - NY Daily News

Interactive graphic: Hillary Clinton's insider network -

POLL: Democrats want primary challenge to Hillary Clinton - POLITICO

POLL: Results of the Bloomberg Politics Poll on Clinton - Bloomberg

POLL: Rand Paul best bet in 3 swing states as Hillary Clinton slips -

Obama Says Hillary Clinton Would Be an 'Excellent President' - NBC

VIDEO: Obama Says Hillary Clinton Would Be an 'Excellent President' -

Jim Webb critiques Clinton-era foreign policy, singling out the U.S.-led intervention in Libya in particular - POLITICO


Rand Paul launches first attack ad against Hillary Clinton -

VIDEO: Rand Paul Releases Anti-Clinton TV: Defeat The Washington Machine - YouTube

VIDEO: Interview with Rand Paul on Hillary Clinton - CNN

Paul attacks Clinton's on Benghazi, says 'dozens and dozens of requests for more security all completely ignored' for nine months - PolitiFact

Paul: Hillary Clinton is a big believer in giving arms to Syrian rebels. that made the Islamic State stronger - Washington Times

Rand Paul slams Clinton's ‘grand hypocrisy', accepting donations from countries like Saudi Arabia with poor records on women's rights - NBC

VIDEO: Rand Paul criticizes Clinton on Saudi Arabia and women's rights -

Rand Paul website hawks anti-Hillary gear -

For Republicans, ‘Stop Hillary’ campaign begins in earnest - The Washington Post

VIDEO: GOP releases 'Stop Hillary' video - Best of Cain

VIDEO: Jeb Bush Releases 'Prebuttal' Video to Hillary's Announcement: Better - YouTube

VIDEO: GOP chief Reince Priebus: Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy - CBS

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Priebus: Clinton should disclose foundation money - POLITICO

Arab nations’ donations to Clinton Foundation: Curing world’s ills or currying favor? In contrast, six global charities collected no money from those Middle Eastern countries - McClatchy DC

As Colombian Oil Money Flowed To Clintons, State Department Took No Action To Prevent Labor Violations -

Freedom Watch attorney: Long arm of the law closing in on Hillary! -

Freedom Watch attorney to NSA and CIA: Turn over Hillary Clinton documents now -

Republican Benghazi Probe Hangs Over Clinton’s Presidential Bid - Bloomberg

State Department watchdog to investigate Clinton aide's special job status -


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Credit where credit's due...but only where it's due: How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

By Dave Lindorff

A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Mar 30, 2015


RNC on Clinton: 'Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes' - TheHill

RNC Statement On Hillary Clinton Erasing All Emails From Her Secret Server - GOP

Statement by Chairman Gowdy: Congress will need to speak with Clinton about her decision to delete emails - Select Committee on Benghazi

Letter by Clinton's Counsel David Kendall stating that Clinton wiped server clean, deleted all emails - Select Committee on Benghazi

Statement by Cummings on letter from Clinton’s counsel: it is time for Republicans to stop a 'political charade' - Select Committee on Benghazi

New probe into Clinton's Muslim assistant Huma Abedin started by Senate -


Kerry orders State Department review of records retention amid Clinton email controversy - Fox News


Republican National Committee criticizes Clinton Foundation donors, some of whom also have links to Bush family - Sun Sentinel


RNC Statement On The Clinton Foundation’s Shady Foreign $$ - GOP


Senator’s questions over Clinton Foundation Nigerian donor spark GOP infighting - Fox News


Clinton family facing RICO racketeering case filed in federal court in Florida -


Fiorina Likely GOP Presidential Candidate, Attacks Clinton - ABC News


VIDEO: Chris Wallace Asks Carly Fiorina About Hillary Clinton & Running In 2016 - Fox News Sunday



POLL: Hillary Clinton favorability down 12 points since November 2013: poll - Washington Times

VIDEO: CBS Poll Shows Email Scandal Taking A Toll On Hillary Clinton - CBS

POLL: Who would Americans consider voting for in 2016? - CBS News

O'Malley: Democrats shouldn't coronate Hillary Clinton - Baltimore Sun


VIDEO: Former Gov. Martin O'Malley on ABC's This Week - YouTube


Clinton Hiring Raises Question About Future Openings -


Clinton Hiring Raises Question About Future Openings -


Musical about Bill, Hillary Clinton to make off-Broadway debut - CBS News



Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network - ProPublica

Hillary, Benghazi, and Those Troublesome E-mails - Breitbart

ARCHIVE: Benghazi attack was preventable: Senate panel - NY Daily News


ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton's State Department cut security in Libya before deadly terror attacks, Sen. Ron Johnson says - PolitiFact Wisconsin


ARCHIVE: Trail of Benghazi security lapses leads to State Department senior leadership, records show - Fox News


ARCHIVE: On Benghazi, Hillary Clinton and Four Dead Americans - Breitbart


ARCHIVE: Fallen SEAL's Father: Hillary Told Me 'We're Going Arrest ... The Man That Made The Video' - Breitbart


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Yemen News - Mar 27, 2015

Saudi Arabia threatens ground invasion of Yemen - Telegraph

Yemen conflict poised to escalate as Egypt prepares to send in troops - The Guardian

GCC statement: Gulf countries respond to Yemen developments - The National

VIDEO: Saudi Arabia-led coalition strikes at Houthi targets in Yemen - YouTube

Sudan confirms joining Saudi-led Yemen operation providing ground troops as well as warplanes - Yahoo News

Turkey's Erdogan Turkey expresses support for anti-Houthi operation in Yemen, says can't tolerate Iran bid to dominate Middle East - Daily Mail Online

Arab League pledges full support for Saudi-led campaign in Yemen - Yahoo News

Arab foreign ministers agree on joint military force: Arab League chief - Yahoo News

Saudi Ambassador: Iran Revolutionary Guard, Hezbollah Advising Yemen Rebels - ABC News


Yemen Rebels Protest Saudi-led Airstrikes - VOA

VIDEO: Houthi protesters denounce Saudi Arabia over airstrikes - YouTube

Houthi Official: Yemen Strikes By Saudi Arabia Will Set Off 'Wide War’ -

VIDEO (English): Houthi spokesman: `This aggression unlawful and unjustifiable` - YouTube

Thousands of Houthis Concentrated Along Yemen-Saudi Border - Sputnik International

Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh seen pulling strings as rebels advance - Yahoo News

Houthi Leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi: The Shiite Thorn on Yemen’s side -

Houthi Who?: The History of Houthi Alliances - Foreign Affairs

VIDEO (Documentary): The Rise of the Houthis -

ARCHIVE: The Huthi Ascent to Power - Middle East Institute


U.S. Backs Saudi-Led Yemeni Bombing With Logistics, Spying - Bloomberg Business

Officials: Saudi-led action in Yemen relied heavily on U.S. intelligence - The Washington Post

US weighs tanker and radar planes for Saudi Yemen op - Business Standard News

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Situation in Yemen - The White House

The United States favors a negotiated solution in Yemen but understands Saudi concerns that led to military action: State Dept -

How U.S. weapons will play a huge role in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen - The Washington Post

Two U.S. Warships Ready to Respond if Needed in Yemen -

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen - The Washington Post

Iran-backed rebels loot Yemen files about U.S. spy operations - LA Times

EU's Mogherini says military action not a solution in Yemen - Yahoo News

Statement of the EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the situation in Yemen - European Union

Russia's Putin to Iran: Immediate ceasefire needed in Yemen - Yahoo News

Comment by the Russia Foreign Ministry on the situation in Yemen - MFA of Russia

China urges all Yemeni parties involved to resolve the dispute through political dialogue - Yahoo News


Yemen war clouds raise dangers for top oil shipping route - Reuters

Why Bombing the 39th Biggest Oil Producer Is Roiling Markets - Washington Post

Oil leaps 5 percent, most in a month, on air strikes in Yemen - Reuters

US doesn’t want to see a threat to the Bab-el-Mandeb strait that could affect the security of the Suez Canal - The National

U.S. will work to ensure Bab-el-Mandeb strait remains open: U.S. general - Yahoo News


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Making enemies by droning on and on: It’s Guilt that has US Military and Embassy Staff Fleeing Yemen Like Scared Rats

By Dave Lindorff

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know all that much about Yemen, or about the Houthi rebels who have taken control of Sana’a, the ancient Arab country’s capital, leading to the hasty evacuation of all US military forces (some 250 Special Forces personnel and the staff of the US embassy) from that country located at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. 

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Mar 21, 2015

Trey Gowdy to Hillary Clinton lawyer: Turn over server to third party - POLITICO

Trey Gowdy Threatens Possible House Action if Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Hand Over Her Server -

Text of the letter Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Gowdy sent to Clinton’s attorney -

VIDEO: Chairman Of Benghazi Committee Ask Hillary Clinton To Release Servers Or Else - YouTube

State Department: No record of Clinton signing 'separation' form stating she turned over all official documents upon leaving office - Fox News

Emails sought of nearly a dozen U.S. State Department workers under Clinton - Reuters

U.S. State Dept. archives fewer emails than previously disclosed - Reuters

Hillary Clinton's State Department wanted to cut back on email saving duties - POLITICO

National Archives, union press State Department for answers over Clinton email - Fox News

It Could Take Up to 30 Years for Hillary Clinton’s Emails to Reach the National Archives -

Feds argue they had no duty under FOIA to search Hillary Clinton's emails - POLITICO

Was Hillary Clinton running her own rogue intel operation? - Washington Times

Clinton's Keystone XL emails sought, ties to TransCanada lobbyist hit -

Delay of Boko Haram Terrorist Designation Haunts Hillary Clinton, a Very Well-Heeled Donor May Have Influenced That Policy - PJ Tatler

Report: Hillary's Email Server Was in Danger of Being Hacked -

Expert: Clinton Emails Could Have Been Compromised By Third-Party Spam-Filtering Company - The Daily Caller

Exclusive: Jailed hacker Guccifer boasts, “I used to read [Clinton’s] memos… and then do the gardening” - PandoDaily

POLL: Hillary Clinton Support Down 15 Points Among Democratic Voters, Many Democrats Want Independent Email Probe - Reuters

POLL: 54% Think Democrats Should Run A Fresh Face in 2016 - Rasmussen Report

VIDEO: Strong Clinton Supporters Are Worried About The Email Scandal - YouTube

Pelosi: GOP Will Investigate Clinton ‘Whether It’s Her Emails Or Hair’ - CBS


Clinton Foundation donors while Hillary was Secretary of State had ties to foreign governments, report says - Fox News

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors - Reuters

Rand Paul: Foreign donations to Clinton Foundation ‘thinly veiled bribes’, Hillary should return money from 'abusers of women's rights' - POLITICO

VIDEO: Rand Paul Urges Clinton to Return Foreign Money - YouTube

We asked Clinton donors why they gave. Here's what they said -

How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed — and disappoint - The Washington Post

The Clinton Foundation and Haiti Contracts - WSJ

VIDEO: Haitians protest outside Clinton Foundation in New York over alleged loss of “billions of dollars” meant to help rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake - Washington Free Beacon

Role of Hillary Clinton’s brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton's Brother Defends Haiti Gold Mine Deal: 'I Raise Money for a Lot of People' - Breitbart

That time Bill and Hillary Clinton went to a voodoo ceremony in Haiti - The Washington Post


Politicians Could Use ‘Camp For Adults’ to Foster Bipartisanship, Hillary Clinton Says at the American Camp Association Conference  - CBS

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton: We Really Need Camps for Adults, There is 'Fun Deficit' in America - YouTube

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Full Keynote Speech to the American Camp Association Conference - YouTube

Hillary Clinton’s ‘fun deficit’ is a real problem for poor kids - The Washington Post

Hillary’s Speaking Fee Could Cost Non-Profit The Camp Association 10 Percent Of Its Budget -

Hillary Clinton's unanswered questions on marriage equality - MSNBC

Hillary Clinton and the case of Chen Guangcheng, the blind dissident says Clinton’s State Department pressured him to take a bad deal with the Chinese government - POLITICO

Hillary supporters launch ‘Bill for First Lady’ ad campaign (VIDEO) - New York Post

Welcome to the Clintons’ $11 Million Dollar Mansion in New York State - UFP NEWS

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Takin’ it to the streets (and voting booth)!: Time to Demand Medicare for All and Social Security Benefits We Can Live On!

By Dave Lindorff


With Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, the current president already on record as supported cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and all signs pointing to the likelihood that the 2016 election could bring us either a neo-liberal or a neo-conservative president, and an increasingly Republican-dominated Congress, it’s time for an aggressive mass movement built around defending and expanding both those critical public funding programs.

Half a century and nothing’s changed: US Refuses to Seriously Tackle Police Brutality and Racism

By Linn Washington, Jr.

The report released in early March by a panel President Obama appointed to examine serious shortcomings in police practices across America, including the shooting of unarmed people, mostly non-white, listed problems and proposed solutions that are hauntingly similar to those found in a report on police abuses released 47 years ago by another presidential panel.

Looking for enemies: Venezuela, the Latest ‘National Security Threat’

By Dave Lindorff

Seriously? Venezuela is a “national security threat”?

That is what President Obama has reportedly declared today in a new executive order. 

And how exactly is poor Venezuela, a nation of 29 million, with a small military upon which it spends just 1% of GDP, one of the lowest rates in the world (the US spends 4.5% of GDP on its own bloated military), a threat to the US?  

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Mar 7, 2015

Clinton created multiple email addresses on private server, data show (VIDEO) - Fox News

VIDEO: Hacker exposes Hillary Clinton had multiple private emails - Fox News

Source: Top Aides Used Clinton Secret Email Accounts at State Dept. -

Hillary's State Department used personal email widely, cited nine times by its own inspector general for improperly use - The Daily Caller

Clinton Wants You to See Her E-Mails, Except the Ones She Didn't Hand Over - Bloomberg Business

A Hillary Clinton Email That the State Department Could Not Find - The Atlantic

Clinton e-mail review could find security issues - The Washington Post

Experts tell Gawker: Hillary’s shoddy private e-mail security is a potential national security disaster - Hot Air

Clinton Email Domain Hosted by a Company That Was Hacked in 2010 and Had Data Redirected to Ukraine,  IP Address Reveals Link to British Virgin Islands -

6 questions that still need answers in the Hillary email controversy - The Washington Post

Hacker "Guccifer" first discovered Clinton's backchannel path - The Smoking Gun


It could be very long time before Hillary Clinton’s State Department e-mails see the light of day - The Washington Post

Exclusive: Internal cable from Clinton State Department office barred use of personal email - Fox News

Hillary’s State Dept. Forced The Resignation Of An Ambassador For Using Private E-Mail - TheHill

VIDEO: State Department Briefing: Hillary Clinton Emails -

White House was not aware that personal account was Clinton sole method of email and that she wasn’t keeping a record of her emails at the State Department - AP

White House alerted to potential Clinton email problem in August - POLITICO

VIDEO: Press Secretary Josh Earnest Asked About Hillary Email Scandal -


Associated Press Threatens Legal Action Over Request for Hillary Clinton Information -

Benghazi investigation gets boost with Clinton email revelations - Bloomberg

Dems denounce subpoena for Hillary Clinton emails - POLITICO

Emails show Clinton aides running interference during Benghazi attack - Fox News

Dad of SEAL Killed in Benghazi Blasts Hillary Over Records Exposed By JW - Judicial Watch


POLL: Clinton loses ground against GOP in hypothetical 2016 matchups - McClatchy DC

Former HHS secretary Donna Shalala to run Clinton Foundation as Hillary prepares possible 2016 run - Fox News

Men Make Up Top 8 Most Highly Compensated Clinton Foundation Employees, Key women earned 63 cents for every dollar key men made - The Weekly Standard

Gold Mine: Hillary Clinton’s Brother Granted Super-Rare Mining Permit from Haiti After State Dept. Sent Country Billions - Breitbart

Clinton Can’t Shake Her Ties to Bob Menendez’s & His Pending Corruption Charges -

Clinton And Menendez’s Deep Ties - GOP


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Is it imminent? It’s everpresent: Venezuela’s Continuous Coup

By Alfredo Lopez


When Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma was arrested last week, charged with organizing and leading a coup, the U.S. State Department's spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: "The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false. The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means."

Focus: Hillary Clinton - Feb 27, 2015

Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept. - The Washington Post

Green groups divided on Hillary Clinton's oil interest ties - Reuters

Hillary Clinton Won’t Talk About Keystone. And Greens Are OK With That. -

Hillary Clinton’s Complex Corporate Ties - WSJ

Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank - The Guardian

Hillary Clinton paid $300,000 for her Silicon Valley speech to explain what ails the middle class (VIDEO) - Yahoo Finance

No Crudités, but Hillary Clinton Still Has a Long List of Demands for Speeches -

Hillary’s State Department OK’d Bill Clinton’s big-money speeches - POLITICO

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Psaki defends Clinton Foundation donation - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Psaki: Ethics Deal Broken By The Clinton Foundation? No problem - whitehousedossier

White House dodges questions on Clinton Foundation donations - Washington Times

VIDEO: White House spokesman dodges questions on Clinton Foundation donations - YouTube

Carly Fiorina criticizes Clinton over foundation money - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Carly Fiorina Ramps Up Hillary Clinton Attacks - YouTube

Clinton Foundation: 2010 donation broke Obama administration agreement -


POLL: Clinton leads big in Iowa, new poll finds - Bradenton Herald

POLL: Hillary Clinton leading all of her potential Republican candidates - Public Policy Polling

Hillary Clinton Will Run 'As a Female Candidate' in 2016 -

The maps that show why Hillary Clinton is likely to continue talking about gender - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton calls Silicon Valley out for gender inequality, says women still can’t seem to access equal pay as men - The Michigan Chronicle

As senator, Clinton paid women 72 cents for each dollar paid to men - Washington Free Beacon

VIDEO: Fox News Covers Free Beacon Report on Hillary's Equal Pay Hypocrisy - YouTube

Hillary Clinton dinged for 'All Madam President's Men,' her near all-male staff - Washington Times


Officials: Hillary Clinton's war on Libya damaged U.S. intelligence, Gadhafi helped U.S. target Qaeda figures and thwart attacks - Washington Times

Hillary Clinton takes fire from Democrats as Libya chaos creates terrorist safe haven - Washington Times

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: Libya a 'magnet' for terrorism - Washington Times

Libya: Hold Policymakers Accountable For Another Washington War Gone Bad -

State Dept Documents Reveal Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately That Assault on Benghazi Was Armed Attack - Judicial Watch

Full Text of the State Department Benghazi Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch - Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch Forces Obama Administration to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents - Judicial Watch

Full Text of the Pentagon Benghazi Attack Docs - Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch: Pentagon knew truth on Benghazi at start and tied attack to Qaeda affiliate, Clinton did not take any steps to coordinate with the military and protect the killed Americans (VIDEO) - newsmax

VIDEO: Judicial Watch president talks ‘smoking gun’ emails on Benghazi -

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Won't Be 'Considered For The Higher Office' Because Of Benghazi (VIDEO) - Huffington Post

London mayor: Hillary Clinton thinks Europe is being ‘wimpy’ against Putin - The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton: Can 'never condone' what Edward Snowden did - Washington Times

Dissident lawyer flatly contradicts Hillary Clinton’s account of rescuing him from house arrest in China - National Post


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Republicans and Many Democrats are on the attack: If We’re Going to Defend Social Security We Need to Understand It

By Dave Lindorff

The Republican-dominated Congress, with the help of a cadre of sell-out conservative Democrats in both chambers, are gearing up to attack Social Security again, under the guise of “saving” the program.

Civilization and barbarism: It Takes a Life Cult to Beat a Death Cult

By John Grant

We have to address the political grievances terrorists exploit.
                                                                          -- Barack Obama

No more AUMFs! No more ‘unitary executives’!: We’re Already Losing Our Democracy and All Our Freedoms to the 2001 AUMF

By Dave Lindorff


            Critics of President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force AUMF) against ISIS have been focused upon its deliberately obfuscatory and ambiguous language, which they rightly note would make it essentially a carte blanche from Congress allowing the president to go to war almost anywhere some would-be terrorist or terrorist copycat could be found who claims affinity with ISIS.

This is what corporatocracy looks like!: Trading US Democracy for Corporate Profits with TPP

By Dave Lindorff


            If you want to get a good understanding of how thoroughly corrupted and sold-out our government in Washington is, you need only look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the latest in a series of trade “deals” that is heading towards passage right now, and that, like its predecessors, NAFTA and CAFTA, as well as the World Trade Organization, will be sucking jobs out of the US for years.

Obama the war president -- War: Where 69¢ of Each Tax Dollar Goes

By Dave Lindorff


         The Nobel Peace Laureate President Barack Obama, the guy who once campaigned claiming one US war -- the one against Iraq -- was a “bad” one, and the other -- against Afghanistan -- was a “good” one, turns out to be a man who, once anointed commander-in-chief, can’t seem to find a war he doesn’t consider to be a “good” idea.

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Where’s the US ‘Syriza’ party?: Greek Voters Have Tossed a Grenade into the Banker/Bureaucrat-Controlled European Establishment

By Dave Lindorff 

There is certainly exciting news from Greece today, with confirmation that the leftist coalition party Syriza has won a decisive victory, and, with the help of just one small party, the Greek Independence Party, is assured of a parliamentary majority. That means Syriza’s dynamic marxist leader, the 40-year-old former student radical
Alexis Tsipras, will shortly become Greece’s prime minister, pledged to undo years of crippling austerity and to turn Greece back into a real democracy, instead of a scene of corporate pillage.

Phony baloney: Picking Apart Obama's "Progressive" State of the Union Speech

By Dave Lindorff

There were two times Republicans broke into fervent applause during this lame duck president's seventh State of the Union speech: the first was when he called for passage of "fast track" authority to negotiate and send to the Senate a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact -- basically a NAAFTA for the Pacific region; the second was when he noted that he "won't be running for president again."

Heather Zichal, Former Top Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

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A cultural essay: Dirty Harry Goes To Iraq

By John Grant

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
                                    -George Orwell

Back in 1979, reviewers liked to point out that Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was so plagued with difficulty and confusion (the star suffered a heart attack during shooting and a devastating typhoon destroyed all the sets) that the making of the film paralleled the reality of the Vietnam War itself.

Beyond Vietghanistan

By Martin Luther Obama Jr., as dictated to David Swanson

Text of "Beyond Vietghanistan: A Time To Break Treaties"
By Rev. Martin Luther Obama Jr. - January 19, 2015
Speech delivered at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because the Republican Congress leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in partial yet profound agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietghanistan. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart, if not my brain, and I found myself in sympathy with your desires when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has not come for us in relation to Vietghanistan. The solemn duty of our brave troops in that troubled nation is to carry out the orders sent by their commanders, and the solemn duty of those in Washington making critical decisions is silence.

Let me be clear, the beauty of the words I've quoted is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is an impossibly difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men and women do not have the right to assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor should the human spirit move without great difficulty, if at all, against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding Democratic Party. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must cherish that uncertainty, wallow in it, treasure it, shed tears over it, and then do what the military and its profiteers want done.

Some, like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, and dozens more have already begun to break the silence of the night. They have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must intensify their suffering as a lesson to others. We must crush them with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must crush them. And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation's history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of peace and justice to the high ground of humanitarian war and liberal imperialism with a permanent footing unlimited in time or space. Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around during the never-to-be-looked-back-upon era of those great Americans, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.

Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the last promises of my campaigns and the last pretenses of legislative or legal checks on warmaking, as I have called for routine normalization and renaming of the destruction of Vietghanistan, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: Why are you speaking for more war, Dr. Obama? Why are you joining the voices of those who have never been given a Nobel Peace Prize? War and civil rights don't mix, they say. Aren't you hurting the cause of your people, they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live, a world in which evil foreigners must be confronted by the most profitable racket ever devised, or we must abandon all future elections to the domination of the Republican Party which will do exactly these same things without my eloquence.

In the light of such tragic misunderstandings, I deem it of signal importance to try to state clearly, and I trust concisely, why I believe that the path from Chicago, Illinois, -- the place where I began my political career -- leads clearly to this sanctuary tonight.

I come to this platform tonight to make a passionate plea to my beloved nation. This speech is not addressed to Kabul or to the Taliban. It is not addressed to Syria or to Russia.

Nor is it an attempt to overlook the ambiguity of the total situation and the need for a collective solution to the tragedy of Vietghanistan. Neither is it an attempt to make the new government of Vietghanistan a paragon of virtue, nor to overlook the role it can play in a successful resolution of the problem. While the Vietghanistanese may have justifiable reason to be suspicious of the good faith of the United States, life and history give eloquent testimony to the fact that conflicts are never resolved without massive and relentless force beyond anyone's estimation of the limits of sanity.

Tonight, however, I wish not to speak with Kabul, but rather to my fellow Americans, who, with me, bear the greatest responsibility in extending a conflict that has exacted a heavy price on both continents, especially our own. Let me tell you how we have suffered from these wars of President Bush's and how we must continue to suffer for decades to come.

For in the words of that old agency spiritual, this war will last, this war will last, thank god almighty, this war will last.

Congressional Democrats have an ‘inaction plan’: Taking a Meaningless Progressive Stand in Congress

By Dave Lindorff

The Democrats are showing their true colors now that they have lost control of both houses of Congress.

Suddenly, with the assurance that they don’t have to worry about being taken seriously, the “party of the people” has come forward with a proposal to levy  a 0.1% tax on short-term stock trades, particularly on high speed trading. 

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