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Richard (RJ) Eskow: The Ides of November

We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation in November, and we expected it to come under the banner of “deficit reduction.” That was always the plan: Wait until after the election, when a lame-duck Congress could pass the preferred plan with the least political blowback. Then release a flurry of like-minded proposals and supportive editorials to create the illusion of consensus, capped by a coordinated media blitz to pressure the President and Congress into accepting them. But even we, battle-hardened as we like to think we are, didn’t expect the assault to be so
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Derrick Crowe: Tell Congress to Hold Blackwater/Xe Accountable

Last week, Brave New Foundation’s Robert Greenwald wrote about the damage done to U.S. interests around the world by for-profit security contractors like Blackwater / Xe: “Drunken shootouts and debauchery, meaningless death and mayhem…Thanks in part to the rapacious greed injected into war-fighting by the liberal use of for-profit armed “security” companies, a brutal, unaccountable and unreliable swagger is increasingly the face of the U.S. in conflict zones around the world.  …The use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan makes a few people very, very rich, but it’s making the rest of us — Americans and local civilians alike
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VA-2012 Primary: 21% Huckabee, 20% Gingrich, 17% Palin, 15% Romney (PPP 11/10-13)

Public Policy Polling (D) 11/10-13/10; 400 “usual” Republican primary voters, 4.9% margin of error Mode: Automated phone PPP release Virginia 2012 President: Republican Primary 21% Huckabee 20% Gingrich 17% Palin 15% Romney 7% Paul 5% Pawlenty 3% Daniels 2% Thune 2012 Senate: Republican Primary 46% Allen 18% Cantor 16% Cuccinelli 4% Bolling 4% Davis 2% Marshall From The Huffington Post
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Marc R. Stanley: NJDC to American Jewish Community: If You Care About Iran, Help Pass START Now

So many in the American Jewish community – reflecting Israel’s leaders – are rightly gravely concerned about the dangers posed by Iran. Indeed Iran has become the foremost issue on the pro-Israel agenda. What if there was a measure with bipartisan support facing the United States Senate that could help contain Iran – and only days left to pass it? What if a handful of members were working to stymie progress on this measure? In reality, there is precious little time to pass the START treaty in the waning days of the 111th Congress. Despite the leadership of President Barack
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WATCH: Fox News Reporters Caught Mocking Palin’s Show

WASHINGTON — The Fox News channel has been something of a safe haven for Sarah Palin, the type of outlet that provided the former Alaska Governor not only with a friendly audience but similarly kind questions. So it was more than a bit surprising when off-air video leaked on Thursday of a Fox panel mocking Palin’s new reality television show. The two reporters who are caught on camera — Judith Miller and Liz Trotta — didn’t do much more than giggle in agreement with the New York Times and Washington Post television critics, both of whom slammed “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”
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Todd A. Solomon: Results of HRC’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index Show Employers’ Strong Commitment to Workplace Equality for LGBT Employees

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (“HRC”) recently released the results of its 2011 Corporate Equality Index. The Index is the HRC’s nationally-recognized ranking of large employers throughout the United States on workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) individuals. Employers listed in Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly-traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms, and Forbes magazine’s 200 largest private businesses are invited to participate in the annual survey. In addition, any private sector, for-profit employer with 500 or more full time employees in the United States can request to participate. Employers are surveyed for the
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Alan Grayson: Five Things The Rich Can Do With Their Tax Cuts (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON — Alan Grayson (D-Florida) wants everyone to know that he is not in favor of extending the Bush cuts for the wealthy, which would average out to about $83,347 a year for each person in the top 1 percent of the U.S. income bracket. To drive his point home, he made a list for lawmakers on the House floor Wednesday night of the many ways those “high and mighty” individuals making an average of $1.4 million a year will be able to use that extra cash. “Here’s one possibility: they can buy an $83,000 Mercedes Benz E-Class car, not
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Jeffrey Winters: Obama the President Defeats Obama the Movement

The deal-cutting approach to politics says that you do the smartest assessment you can of the political realities out there, and then adjust your agenda, tactics, and expectations to get the best outcome. The movement approach to politics says you make changing those political realities a core part of your agenda, tactics, and expectations. It is not that the deal-cutting approach is more pragmatic. It is just easier and less imaginative. The problem with Obama is not that he has been a bad deal-cutter. If anything, his administration has been remarkably good at it despite hardened Republican resistance. But Obama
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Jeffrey A. Miron: Anti-Libertarian Presidents

Deciding which politician to support has long been frustrating for libertarians. Both the liberal and conservative perspectives conflict with cherished libertarian views, so few Democrats or Republicans present a package that libertarians can embrace with enthusiasm. Libertarians do find common ground with conservatives on some issues, and with liberals on others. Roughly, libertarians are economic conservatives and foreign and social policy liberals. So, depending on the pressing issue of the day, libertarians can sometimes identify one candidate or another as “the lesser of the evils.” Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, however, have presented libertarians with a more fundamental
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Rick Horowitz: Dialogue? More Like Denialogue!

“The people want us to work together.” “You bet.” “And get things done.” “You bet.” “That’s why I invited you to dinner at the White House this week.” “We can’t make it this week.” “I thought you said you could.” “We can’t. How about after Thanksgiving?” “After Thanksgiving is fine. There’ll still be plenty to talk about.” “For instance?” “Well, for one thing — “ “We’re against it.” “How can you be against it?” “We’re totally against it.” “But you haven’t heard what it is yet.” “What is it?” “It’s — “ “We’re against it.” “Even though you were for
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