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Impeaching a President and Impeachment and Corruption (tags)

Resisting "corruption" has occupied the American republic since its origin-along with the search for "virtuous leaders." The impeachment process was understood as a remedy for corruption. The violation of the people's trust is the reason for removal from office.

Houses Passes Disaster Aid Package for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories (tags)

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed disaster relief legislation to benefit US States, Territories and municipalities recovering from wildfires, floods and hurricanes.

Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate (tags)

On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.

Senate Votes on Puerto Rico Disaster Aid and Emergency Food Assistance (tags)

The Senate agreed to vote next week on disaster relief legislation that includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico. In recent days, a turbulent exchange between President Trump and Congressional leadership exploded over whether or not Puerto Rico disaster aid monies should be included in Senate legislation.

Voiceless Animals: 2018 Candidates They Oppose (tags)

The animal abusing Repubican senators up for reelection are listed. This year's house races are easy to determine. 220 of the 235 Republicans in the House voted to bring aerial hunting and bear cub murder to our national park in Alaska. 220 Republicans voted to allow the murder of nearly 1000 sea lions because they eat salmon that fishermen want.

Please Vote Against These Animal Abusers In Nov Or Early Voting (tags)

Please vote out the 52 Republican senators who have a terrible record of votes for animal abuse and slaughter. Please vote out the 220 Republican House members who voted for aerial hunting in our national park. Please vote out all who vote for Donald Trump's agenda.

Senate Bill offers Debt Relief for Puerto Rico (tags)

New Senate legislation offers additional options for Puerto Rico to cut its debt. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the US Territorial Relief Act. If Congress passes the act, US Territories that experience natural disasters could qualify for debt relief.

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police (tags)

Coroners should be independent of police

New US Bills Introduced to Tackle Global Tax Avoidance and Corruption (tags)

This week a series of legislation was introduced in the House and Senate that takes aim at corporate tax avoidance and foreign corruption.

Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Disaster Relief Hangs on Senate ‎Negotiations (tags)

Senate leaders say they are close to a budget deal to avert a government shutdown.

America Reacts to a Low-Point (tags)

With Doug Jones' victory in the Alabama senate race, the end of the Trump era moves a little closer. The left and moderates can only win together. In the GOP tax heist, the rich and the richest will be given permanent Christmas presents.The social contract means compromise

Archbishop and Evangelical Leader Tell Congress to Protect Puerto Rico in Tax Plans (tags)

As the Senate and House tax plans head to conference committee to reconcile tax plan differences, major religious leaders from Puerto Rico are asking Congress to protect the island from new proposed ‎taxes.

Congress Tax Reform Package Could Harm Poor, Warns Religious Development Group (tags)

As the Senate pushes tax reform, the head of a religious development group expressed concern over parts of the House and Senate proposals that could harm low income people in the United States and people in the developing world.

The Madness of Caligula (tags)

According to the German editor, Heribert Prantl, Caligula showed his madness by appointing a goat to the Roman Senate. His successor burnt all his decrees and order.

Jeff Sessions: Racist, Cruel, Pro Execution, Pro War, Pro Torture (tags)

Please call Senate at 202 224 3121 to ask for a no vote on Jeff Sessions who is racist, pro-war, pro-torture,

Why Senate Should Vote Down Jeff Sessions (tags)

NPR Boston did an excellent radio show on the history of Jeff Sessions' racism. The audio link is below.

Clinton beginning informal talks with congressional Republicans (tags)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has begun back-channel discussions with congressional Republican leaders over the shape of a Clinton administration, according to several media reports Monday

Koch Brothers Have Poured Tens Of Millions Into Ohio Senate Race (tags)

Changes in the Ohio Senate race since the Trump tapes

Vote Out NC Sen. Richard Burr Who Tried To Derail Critics Of CIA Torture (tags)

As head of the Senate intelligence committee, Burr has tried to hide the great amounts of evidence about CIA torture. He has tried to derail critics.

Ohio Voters Subjected To Hundreds of Millions in Koch brothers ads (tags)

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent by the Koch Brothers in Ohio trying to buy a senate seat for Rob Portman, former Bush operative,warmonger, called one of the 5 worst senators by the Sierra Club, NRDC, EDF, League of Conservation Voters etc, debate coach for Mitt Romney, who outsourced countless jobs to China, who tried to bring hunting to national parks which would have endangered children, international and domestic tourists as well as animals.

Senate Faces Puerto Rico Vote Before July 1 Deadline (tags)

The United States Senate faces a likely vote on Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation this week. Puerto Rico's Governor, Alejandro García Padilla, called on the Senate to pass the bill by July 1, when the US territory owes a nearly $2 billion debt payment. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act passed the House on June 9.

Religious Leaders ‎Ask Senators to Pass Puerto Rico Debt Legislation (tags)

Religious leaders from Puerto Rico and the US mainland meet with Senators to urge them to support legislation to restructure the island's debt.

HOW LOU CORREA HAS EXPLOITED AND BETRAYED HIS COMMUNITY FOR POLITICAL AMBITION (tags)

Chuck Grassley And Steve King: Iowa Animal Abusers (tags)

Chuck Grassley has harmed billions of animals. It's time to remove him from the Senate

Republicans Again Fail to Block Iran Nuclear Deal (tags)

Iran

Senate Fails to Block Iran Nuclear Deal (tags)

Iran

Veto-Proof Senate Margin Achieved for Iran Nuclear Deal (tags)

Iran

Unconstitutional Senate Intelligence Authorization Act (tags)

police state

Anti-Iranian Nuclear Deal Blitzkrieg in Full Swing (tags)

Iran

Senate Caves on Fast Track (tags)

trade

Dirty Fast Track Politics (tags)

trade

"Fast Track" Hurdles and Development Concerns Remain‎ After House Trade Votes (tags)

Senate Advances Anti-Consumer Trade Bill Fast Track Authority: Debate Shifts to House (tags)

trade

Senate Defeats Anti-Consumer Trade Bill Fast Track Authority (tags)

trade

California Community Colleges Reject BDS (tags)

Divestment from Israel is roundly defeated by the California Community College General Assembly

Cal-Davis student court strikes down anti-Israel Divestment resolution (tags)

UC Davis Aggie High Court reject BDS resolution

Lawless US Sanctions on Venezuela (tags)

Congress

Republicans win 52% majority. (tags)

Republicans will need help from some Democrats to reach a 2/3 vote.

Election Fraud Litan (tags)

There are hundreds if not thousands of varieties of election fraud with tens of millions of individual incidents.

Iowa Libertarian Candidate D Butzier Died In A Mysterious Plane Crash... To Whose Benefit? (tags)

Mel Carnahan, Missouri governor, Paul Wellstone, Minnesota senator, Jerry Litton, Missouri Senate candidate, Edward Kennedy... some of the Democrats who had mysterious plane crashes.

Vote!!!! (tags)

It is important to carefully VOTE in Tue. Nov 4 election.

Animals Flunk These Candidates (tags)

From John Cornyn of Texas who murdered pheasants released from nets directly in front of him, through Inhofe of Oklahoma who introduced AETA, to Bob Beauprez of Colorado whose living comes from killing buffalo.

Philippine Anti-Corruption Court called on to be decisive versus 3 Senators (tags)

Akbayan Partylist today called on the Sandiganbayan to “respond decisively” to the plunder charges formally filed against Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., by the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the P 10 billion PDAF scam.

56 Senators Try to Force Keystone XL Pipeline Past President Obama and the Public (tags)

A group of U.S. senators says it has enough votes to not only approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but push it past President Barack Obama. The group consists of all 45 Republican senators and 11 Democrats. They introduced legislation for the pipeline on Thursday.

Iranophobia (tags)

Iran

US Trade Representative Dodges Senate Fast Track Hearing (tags)

The US Trade Representative (USTR) declined an invitation to testify at the Senate Finance Committee opening hearing on the controversial “Fast Track” legislation – leaving an Ohio Republican, Sen. Rob Portman, in the position of representing the White House...

Anti-Iranian Sentiment Persists (tags)

Iran

New Iran Sanctions Bill (tags)

Iran

Proposed Senate Bill Risks Undermining Geneva (tags)

Iran

No Breakthrough in Geneva (tags)

Iran

Senate Legislation Legitimizes Lawless Surveillance (tags)

police state

Washington Brinksmanship Resolution (tags)

class war

Debt Ceiling Hype (tags)

class war

Whistleblower Russell Tice Tells More (tags)

police state

Senate Passes Racist Immigration Bill (tags)

exploitation

VIDEO: Offshore Profit Sharing (tags)

Apple shifted 64% of profits ($78 billion over four years) to entities (AOI and AOS) in Ireland with no employees and no activities. Corporations avoiding paying taxes is a destructive business model. Should we close unjustified loopholes?

UC Berkeley Divestment fails despite last grasp effort to save it (tags)

Judicial Council rules divestment bill violated ASUC bylaws Council: investment decisions must be made by ASUC Investment Committee

UC Berkeley Divestment Fails: NOT ASUC jurisdiction (tags)

Judicial Council rules divestment bill violated ASUC bylaws Council: investment decisions must be made by ASUC Investment Committee

Colombia Takes Another Step Towards Circus Animal Ban (tags)

May 14, 2013, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – TODAY, the Senate Commission V of Colombia amended and approved the draft law (Law 244/12) banning the use of animals in circuses, allowing Plenary to pass this initiative. The committee vote was seven in favor and none against.

Divestment Fails at UC Santa barbara (tags)

The anti-Israel Lobby pushes BDS at the University of California

Sequester Chicken (tags)

Brennan

Philippine Congressman Walden Bello visits Filipino communities in US cities (tags)

IN several forums this month, Congressman Walden Bello is visiting Filipino-American communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland to talk about the upcoming May 13 mid-term congressional elections in the Philippines, and the role his political party, Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party, has played in the passing of progressive legislation during the just-concluded 15th Congress. Akbayan’s Risa Hontiveros is running for a Senate seat in May, and is in the circle of candidates deemed to have a chance of winning a seat – a first in the Senate for Akbayan. Akbayan is also running as a party-list organization to again have their House seats.

Whitewashing Extrajudicial Killing (tags)

tyranny

On the misuse of the Philippine Senate MOOE fund (tags)

The Party of the Laboring Masses (Partido Lakas ng Masa - PLM) is spearheading a campaign to eradicate corruption, patronage politics and shamelessness among government officials. The picket today at the Senate is only the first of the PLM campaign to pursue transparency in government.

Obama Picks Jack Lew for Treasury (tags)

class war

Hagel and Brennan Nominations (tags)

anti-war

Flim Flam Fiscal Cliff Legislation (tags)

class war

Cliff Notes (tags)

class war

Israel's Man at State (tags)

anti-war

Philippines - Makabayan adopts 5 senatorial bets from 2 major slates (tags)

Political alliances for next year’s elections just got stranger after Senate candidates of the two major coalitions received the endorsement of a 3.8-million-strong left-leaning umbrella group that is fielding its own senatorial candidate as well.

If you don't like Dianne Feinstein, "write-in" Marsha Feinland here: www.CaVoterChoice.org (tags)

You may have noticed that there wasn't an "official" write-in space on your ballot for U.S. Senate, so that you could vote for someone else besides Dianne Feinstein or the Republican candidate.

Philippine Left fielding Casiño in Senate race (tags)

MANILA, Philippines—Activists are again embarking on an uphill battle to break into the elite group that makes up the Senate, with or without a formal alliance with the well-entrenched, resource-rich parties that dominate the political landscape.

Waging War on Leaks (tags)

police state

The Disclose Act vote today: Legislation to prevent anonymous campaign donations (tags)

The Senate has failed to advance legislation that would require independent groups to disclose the names of contributors who give more than $10,000 for use in political campaigns.

Cold War Politics Redux (tags)

anti-war

Battleground Chicago (tags)

anti-war

SB 1220, the poverty pimp's affordable housing sham (tags)

Poor people and the public at large are being urged to immediately contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to tell the Senators that they should not pass "SB 1220 the HOMeS Act," unless nonprofit housing organizations and nonprofit housing developers in California are banned from imposing minimum income requirements against the poor!

Draconian Cybersecurity Bills (tags)

police state

Bob Brown on Global Democracy and World Parliament (tags)

Bob Brown delivers the 3rd annual Green Oration

JFAV NATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION, January 18-20, 2012 (tags)

Los Angeles --More than 100 combined vets, widows, and advocates trooped to Senator Dianne Feinstein local offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco last January 18, 2012 to air public demand for equity that was denied for the last 65 years. This is a part of the three day national day of actions from January 18-20, 2012 in form of legislative visits, emails, fax and letter writing campaign to legislators to gather support for HR 210 in the US Congress. In Los Angeles, a delegation led by JFAV veteran leader John Aspiras and national Coordinator Arturo Garcia delivered more than 300 signed petitions and letters to Feinstein office in Santa Monica, west side Los Angeles. Feinstein is expected to introduce a companion bill in the US Senate for HR 210.

Money Power Runs America (tags)

class war

Obama Approves Draconian Police State Law (tags)

police state

On the 70th Year of Pearl Harbor Day, Filipino Veterans Reclaim Their Dignity As American (tags)

Remember Pearl Harbor! On December 8th, Filipino WW II veterans and widows marched to the offices of Senators Boxer in San Diego and Los Angeles, and Feinstein in San Francisco in support of simultaneous talks in their DC offices. Lobbyists will ask both Senators to co-introduce a companion bill to HR 210 “The Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2011.” In Los Angeles, six delegates from JFAV led by its National Coordinator Arturo Garcia and S4PACE Vice presiden Jovy Alejandrino met with Rafi Nazarians, District head of Senator Boxer's office at 312 Spring St.Los Angeles, CA 90012 at around 9AM. In Washington DC, Atty. Arnedo Valera met with Ryan O'Reilly, military Legislative fellow of Senator Boxer at Hart Senate building while JFAV San Francisco leaders Ago Pedalizo and Violy Reyes,met with Senator Feinstein staff in her San Francisco office.

America Lurches Toward Full-Blown Tryanny (tags)

tyranny

BTL:"Gang of Six" Senate Debt Ceiling Deal Would Make Deep Cuts to Social Security Benefit (tags)

Interview with Eric Kingson, co-director of the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, conducted by Scott Harris

Sen. Bernie Sanders Reads the Riot Act (tags)

Bernie Sanders Reads the Riot Act, Senate Transcript: The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, and the Middle Class Disappears

McCain/Kerry Support Imperial War on Libya (tags)

anti-war

Internet Censorship Bill Introduced (tags)

censorship

BTL:U.S. Senate Defeats Plan to Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Big Oil Tax Subsidies (tags)

Interview with Ben Schreiber, climate and energy tax analyst with Friends of the Earth, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Video: Senate Stops Medicare Disaster (tags)

In a floor speech shortly before Wednesday's Senate vote, Sen. Bernie Sanders focused on the impact on Medicare. "It would end Medicare as we know it by giving senior citizens inadequate vouchers..."

OBAMA MUST FULFILL HIS PROMISE ON IMMIGRATION- EPCC (tags)

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday stood at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas again promised a ?comprehensive immigration reform? and a ?pathways to citizenship? to get Latino votes in the campaign for the coming 2011 elections. The EPCC stated that ? the EPCC is happy that the president and the Democratic Party is working to make their promise a reality. But he must do it now or before the election year, or else he will lose more popular votes?

ALLIANCE PHILIPPINES PROTESTS POSSIBLE US BASES RETURN TO SUBIC (tags)

The Alliance Philippines or the AJLPP strongly condemned the high-level visits here by American officials who have raised the prospect of a return of the United States’ military presence in this former naval base in Subic on the wake of disasters that hit Japan, which have delayed the planned US military build-up in Guam. Subic Naval Base was the deepest sea port of the US naval forces in the Philippines. The US naval base closed after the Philippine Senate terminated the US-RP Military Bases Pact in 1991. Only to be reversed later with the passage of the Visiting Forces Agreement during the tenure of Joseph Estrada in 1998.

Corporate Coup D'Etat in Wisconsin (tags)

worker struggles

Wisconsin State Senate voted Today to end End Collective Bargaining! (tags)

Late Wednesday, Wisconsin Republicans rammed a measure through the Senate stripping collective bargaining rights from most public workers in the state.... Republicans were able to push through the measure... by separating the collective bargaining provision from the other elements of Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill.".... Scott Walker spent three weeks claiming that collective bargaining was a fiscal issue, and then the legislature just passed the bill as “non-fiscal.”..... Within hours of the vote, the Capitol was flooded with thousands of furious protesters......

Reactionary Extremism in Wisconsin and Ohio (tags)

worker struggles

Election 2012: Stewart Alexander Backing Efforts Demanding Impeachment of Clarence Thomas (tags)

U.S. Socialist Stewart Alexander is calling on the U.S. Senate to begin impeachment hearing to determine the worthiness of Clarence Thomas to continue as a member of the high court. As a U.S. Presidential Candidate, Alexander says he remains an advocate of term limits for the U.S. Supreme Court (a one 12 year term).”

Start Treaty Hypocrisy (tags)

more hype than substance

DREAM Act Vote Will Not Be Forgotten (tags)

Senate fails to pass DREAM Act despite unprecedented mobilization and support by the general public

DREAMERS WILL NOT GIVE UP (tags)

Los Angeles, CA - This morning, US Senate voted on whether or not to debate the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, 60 votes were needed and the measure will not move forward this year.

STOP S. 510! Protect Independent Organic Farms! (tags)

If passed without amendments, S. 510, or the "Food Safety Modernization Act" would prevent independent organic farmers from growing and transporting their own food without being burdened by unreasonable regulations that do not apply to the larger corporate farms.

WEALTHY ELITE THAT CONTROL U.S. ELECTION$ HAVE MOVED U.S INTO SECRET 501C4 SLU$H FUNDING (tags)

STOLE 50 + BILLION $ in THE WALL STREET ~BANKERS ~AIG TARP BAILOUT & NOW SECRETLY FINANCED THEIR CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES OF CHOICE WITH TENS OF MILLION$ OF OUR U.S. TAXPAYERS MONIE$ !!!

Green U.S. Senate Candidate: End Overseas Wars to Pay for Tuition-Free Higher Education (tags)

"If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will introduce legislation to establish a nationwide program to fully guarantee that every high school graduate living within the United States--regardless of immigration status--is eligible to receive a tuition-free education at a public college, university, or technical trade school of their choosing. We can pay for this program by immediately withdrawing all U.S. troops, private mercenaries, and independent contractors from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan."

Arizona Republic endorses Libertarian Andrea Garcia over racist Russell Pearce (tags)

This must be a mistake!!! The Republic endorses Libertarian Andrea Garcia over racist, police state thug Russell Pearce in the Mesa Senate race!!!! You know Russell Pearce, he is the police state tyrant that created Arizona's racist SB 1070 law. Russell Pearce is also an ex-cop who thinks marijuana smokers should be executed, while Andrea wants to legalize drugs. Hey Andrea, have you been sneaking around doing something we don't know about???? On the other hand sometimes the Republic makes a mistake and actually gets it right.

Green U.S. Senate Candidate Backs "Immediate Amnesty" For Millions of Undocumented Workers (tags)

"As a longtime defender of immigrant rights, I strongly back the idea of granting immediate amnesty for the millions of undocumented workers currently living within the United States. An overwhelming majority of them work incredibly hard, are law abiding, and make invaluable contributions to the wealth of this country."

Green U.S. Senate Candidate Warns Immigrant Rights Supporters to 'Beware of the Democrats' (tags)

"Last year, President Obama appointed Janet Napolitano to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. When Napolitano was Democratic Governor of Arizona, she was a close ally of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and lobbied the Bush administration on his behalf to give his army of deputies the power to arrest undocumented workers under provisions of 287(g).

Green U.S. Senate Candidate Favors Repealing Federal Marijuana Laws (tags)

"As I officially kick off my campaign for the U.S. Senate today, one of the first declarations I make is to call for the repeal of all federal laws on the books which make it a criminal act for people to grow, sell, and use marijuana for medicinal, recreational, and industrial purposes."

Emergency Senate spending bill approved $600M for Border protection (tags)

The new legislation if approved by the House and Senate committee's will include $176 million for 1,000 new border patrol agents to form a new and bigger task strike force to be deployed at critical choke points of the Mexican Drug Cartels smuggling corridors along the border and inland, that are used to bring drugs, undocumented immigrants and possible terrorist into this country.

AFTER TAKING 750 BILLION $$ BAILOUT THEY NOW ARE ALSO DEMANDING 2 TRILLION $$ TAX CUTS ? (tags)

WOW ~ OUR AMERICAN WEALTHY ELITE REALLY MUST THINK OUR MIDDLE~CLASS AMERICANS CAN CONTINUE TO BE FOOLED AGAIN INTO BUYING INTO THEIR BILLIONAIRE MULTI~MILLIONAIRE ESTATE & PERSONAL TAX CUT WELFARE SCENE ??

WITH SMART & BRAVE U.S.SENATORS LIKE LINSEY GRAHAM OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AMERICA JUSTICE WINS (tags)

~ LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS QUITE TAKEN BY SOUTH CAROLINA U.S. SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM.WE ALSO HOPE OTHER AMERICANS WANTING HONEST GOVERNMENT TO RETURN TO OUR U.S.CONGRESS CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THOSE WHO VOTE THEIR MIND & HEART ~

Race for Phillippine Senate presidency goes Global: From Asia to America (tags)

The EPCC NEWS sources have confirmed that race for the Philippine Senate presidency has turned global. EPCC NEWS also confirmed it's three way fight between Pangilinan of LP, Villar of NP and Enrile of the PMP. Enrile allied itself with LP in attacking Villar of the NP during the last presidential elections. This will have an effect on the senate presidensial race on the Congress opening in July 26.

partisan backing for US escalation in Afghanistan (tags)

Are you still registered Democrat? 100% of the US Senate, Democrats and Republicans together, voted to approve the war criminal General Petreaus to make war to steal the oil and other minerals from the Caspian Sea and Afghanistan, and encircle Russia and China, the former being the biggest mineral prize of all, all at the behest of Democrat Pres Obama.

BTL:McChystal Firing Highlights Concerns Over Maintaining Civilian Control of the U.S. Mil (tags)

BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine

PRESIDENT OBAMA NEEDS ALL OUR PRAYERS WITH THIS CABAL OF SELFISH WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS ~ (tags)

TAX CUTS & TAX FREE SLUSH FUND FOUNDATIONS FOR OUR WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS AND LOSS OF HOMES,CARS, APARTMENTS etc...4 OUR MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS.....

U.S. SENATOR BLANCHE LINCOLN ONLY SHOPS TIFFANY'S !!! (tags)

~ WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS DO NOT SHOP AT WALMART,THEY SHOP AND BUY IN THE PEOPLES U.S. CONGRESS ~

Anti-Abortion & Anti-Gay Marriage Republican Cal Candidates; Feeble Democrats (tags)

In a very low voter turnout election, the June governor's primary, California Republicans voted for 2 businesswomen who are anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage, Meg Whitman for Governor and Carly Fiorina for US Senate. Meg Whitman's anti-immigrant ads would make Hitler proud. And we can be sure Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown, a lawyer, will not touch any of these issues as he is also reactionary, having promoted a military charter school while mayor of Oakland. Ms. Israel, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, will also be silent on these issues. This garbage is called the leadership of this backward country.

Take Action! Stop the Big Oil Bailout! (tags)

Sen. Murkowski and her allies want to give Big Oil a bailout. The U.S. Senate will vote on her resolution this Thursday. Tell your senators to vote NO, so we can have a cleaner, safer, healthier America! Thank you!

US SENATE REPLENISHES LUMP SUM FUNDS FOR FILVETS (tags)

The US Senate has voted to use part of the savings from federal construction projects to replenish the nearly-depleted Filipino Veterans Equity Fund. The Senate voted 60-35 to use $67 million out of an estimated $103 million in savings allocated to the Department of Veterans Affairs to help the aging Filipino veterans. President Obama signed last year a Congress bill that set aside $198 million from the economic stimulus fund for the Filipino veterans. That amount was computed on the assumption that only 18,000 Filipino World War II veterans were left in the US and the Philippines. The fund would pay $15,000 for Filipino veterans living in the US, and $9,000 for those living in the Philippines.

BTL:Senate Finance Reform Bill Falls Short of Addressing Concentration of Wealth and Power (tags)

BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine

Schumer: I’m on a Mission From God (to Be Israel’s Guardian in Senate) (tags)

Schumer: I’m on a Mission From God (to Be Israel’s Guardian in Senate)

immigration-law-reform (tags)

immigration-law-reform

University of Ottawa Activist Student Persecutions: The Case of Marc Kelly (tags)

accelerating fascism at University of Ottawa

SATANS & TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRYS AGENDA IS OBVIOUSLY NOT TO SAVE INNOCENT U.S. LIFE (tags)

WHILE SATAN & TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY WERE DENYING HANK SKINNER THE ABILITY TO HAVE HIS DNA TESTED TO PROVE HIS POSSIBLE INNOCENCE BEFORE HIS TEXAS EXECUTION, THE LORD WAS IN OHIO HELPING THESE STATESMEN CREATE THIS FUTURE LEGISLATION TO SAVE INNOCENT HUMAN LIFE !!!

WHILE SATAN WAS IN TEXAS WITH GOVERNOR RICK PERRY ~ GOD WAS SAVING LIVES IN OHIO ! (tags)

GOD HAS SPOKEN & THESE PRECIOUS STATESMEN FROM OHIO HAVE LISTENED UNLIKE GOVERNOR PERRY OF TEXAS ???

Bogus Washington-Proposed Financial Reform (tags)

banker, not people reform

The Death of Populism in America (tags)

Obama's destructive health care legislation

The Great Bi-Partisan Deception (tags)

Some cancer is too aggressive even for chemotherapy. The US political system is infected with such a disease; and we may be witnessing the first death spasms. In a country ravaged by war and economic crisis, with tens of millions of people suffering, politicians are capable of doing absolutely nothing to help ordinary people. The only two “achievements” of the Democrat’s super majority in the Senate — over the course of five months — were an ineffectual stimulus package and a “surge” of troops in Afghanistan.

Craig Becker Nomination Defeated As Cloture Vote Fails Thanks to Ben Nelson & B. Lincoln (tags)

Today I Have Lost My Faith in The Congress, Senate, Democrats & The Political System Thanks to Senators Ben Nelson & Blanche Lincoln Who Have Sold-Out The American Middle-Class Worker!

PHILIPPINES: Palace happy Villar is not hitting Arroyo (tags)

MANILA, Philippines—The rumored “hidden candidate” of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) got a boost Tuesday from Malacañang.

PHILIPPINES: Villar should face music, says worried Ocampo (tags)

MANILA, Philippines—Even his political ally agrees that Sen. Manuel Villar, a presidential candidate, should face the music and speak up in the Senate about the C-5 road project controversy.

Political Earthquake Rocks Massachusetts (tags)

Massachusetts voters send a message to Washington

Support the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (tags)

Support the Consumer Financial Protection Agency! Please sign these petitions ASAP and please share these links with people you think will be interested! Thank you!

BTL:Abortion Restrictions in Health Care Reform Bills Could Derail Passage (tags)

BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine

Obama Year One: Betrayal and Failure (Part II) (tags)

Worse than Bush

The Devastating Consequences of a Corporate Health Care Bill (tags)

Wading through the endless debate over health care has exhausted the patience of most Americans — the zigzags, obscure language, and long-winded discussion is inherently repulsive. But now the dust is starting to settle, and the Congressional vision for health care in the U.S. is emerging. Instead of being “progressive,” it will amount to a massive, corporate-inspired attack on American workers, the elderly, and the poor.

Health Bill Ignores Industrial Health Harms (tags)

Health care bill, now in hands of the Senate, ignores every industrial threat and harm to health. It finds that people's behavior is the biggest threat. Could this be because all Senators are economically-linked to health-harming industries, AND their insurers and investors? Sworn and public-paid Congress members wouldn't go AWOL on their solemn oaths and duties to the people, would they? If it were not for people, there would be no Health Crisis.

Obamacare Targets Entitlements (tags)

the plan is to make America Guatemala

Former Obama Adviser Attacks Him at Freedom Awards (tags)

Steve Hildebrand has been described as Barack Obama's closest Gay friend and the person he listens to on Gay issues, but at the August 22 Freedom Awards, the main fundraiser for the predominantly Queer San Diego Democratic Club, he bluntly said, “The problem is Obama isn’t listening enough.” At the event, Hildebrand delivered a slashing attack on Obama and the Democrats in Congress -- both the so-called “Blue Dogs” in the House and the “moderates” in the Senate, as well as leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who are letting them get away with hijacking Obama’s agenda and pushing him to the Right. Hildebrand predicted that the Democrats will lose their Congressional majority if they continue to tack Rightward and fail to do the things they were elected to do.

SENATOR PIMENTEL CALLS ON OFW’S TO VOTE ON 2010 ELECTIONS; ALLAYS FEARS OF CHACHA ON SONA (tags)

Senate Minority leader and oppositionSenator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. calls on all overseas Filipinos to vote on the May 2010 Presidential elections in the Philippines. Calling the OFW votes as “the decisive factor and the cleansing votes” he appealed to Filipino American voters in the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) Hall at the regular Media Breakfast Club of LA Wednesday meeting, yesterday, July 22. " There are around 14 million Filipinos abroad. If only 6 million of them votes. that can be decisive in any elections. In the United States there are around 2.9 million of you here. Your votes are not tainted, you cannot be bought. Therefore your vites are important." Pimentel told the crowd.

The AIPAC’s cell in the Senate -Christopher Dodd, Arlen Specter, Johnny Isakson and John T (tags)

They forced 72 Senators to sign a letter of support for Israel’s theft of the land and ethnic cleansing of The West Bank one day after Obama met with Israel Prime Thief, Netanyahu.

Obamcare - A Health Care Rationing Scheme to Enrich Insurers, Drug Companies and Large Hos (tags)

Obamacare will make a bad health care system worse.

UCSB terminates case against Professor (tags)

After withholding recommendation of charges committee, UCSB drops case against Robinson

UCSB Academic Senate to investigate mishandling of Robinson case (tags)

Faculty Legislature votes to examine how charges against sociology professor were handled and recommend policy changes

U.S. Ruling Class to Voters: No Change in Terror Policy (tags)

Guantanamo Bay detention center remains open at the behest of the U.S. Senate despite public disapproval and the half-hearted support for closure by President Barack Obama. Lenin called parliament, in our case the House and Senate, a talking shop given to distract us from the real process of government that goes on behind closed doors. His timely words should be remembered now in the United States’ continual War on Terrorism. The Senate is like a shock absorber that effectively neutralizes any grievances from the broad mass of the people that happen to make it through absorber number one, the House of Representatives. Recently the Senate voted 90-6 in favor of denying President Barack Obama the funds need to close the odious Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

Faculty members protest investigation of sociology professor (tags)

UC-Santa Barbara professors circulate petition to halt proceedings against William I. Robinson and reject “outside pressures”.

Israel lobby descends on UC- Santa Barbara (tags)

Investigation of sociology professor is frontline in nationwide campaign to silence criticism against Israel on college campuses

Controversial Senate elections planned in Haiti (tags)

The apparent decision to green light the contentious ballot by Obama comes on the heels of a ruling by Haiti's Provisional Election Council or CEP to exclude the Fanmi Lavalas party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on procedural grounds.

The Fight Continues For The Employee Free Choice Act EFCA and The Truth! (tags)

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today repeated his intent on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to block a Senate vote on the Employee Free Choice Act, despite his past support of the bill. The bill hasn’t changed—so why has Specter flipped?

EFCA on the ropes (tags)

Adam Turl reports on the bosses' backlash against the Employee Free Choice Act--and analyzes the shortcomings of organized labor's strategy.

Employee Free Choice Act: (EFCA) Counting The Votes - Which Side Are YOU On Boys EFCA? (tags)

Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) The cloture vote (which requires 60 votes) and the vote on the final legislation (which requires 50 votes) are two completely separate things, and they should be treated separately

Call Sen. Feinstein to Demand Support of Employee Free Choice Act (tags)

Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein(Cal), Harry Reid (NV), Ben Nelson (NEB), Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln (both Arkansas), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) and Mark Udall (Colorado) are working hard to help the Republicans defeat the labor legislation, the Employee Free Choice Act. Call 1-866-207-2060 to be connected to your Senator free of charge to tell them that to oppose the EFCA as it is now is to be anti-labor, which means they are running for immediate retirement. California ZIP codes will be connected to Sen. Feinstein's office.

Obama can't appoint the best (tags)

If the AIPAC objects

U.S. Senate and House Introduce Employee Free Choice Act ( EFCA ). SPFPA at the Forefront (tags)

Today is one of those defining moments in history as we introduce legislation that puts power back into the hands of the people who are truly the backbone of this economy.

Senate voted 80-17 to confirm Hilda Solis as President Obama's Secretary of Labor (tags)

Hilda Solis Confirmed YES! The Department of Management Will Now Be Known as the Department of The Workers Rights!

Tomorrow the Senate takes its first vote to confirm Hilda Solis as our Secretary of Labor (tags)

Take Action Now! Contact Your Senators Tell Them to Confirm Solis as our next Secretary of Labor http://action.seiu.org/page/speakout/confirmhildasoli

BTL:Replace Wall Street's Phantom Wealth with Main Street's Real Wealth (tags)

BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine --Weekly Summary

NO TO LUMP SUM WITHOUT FULL RECOGNITION,JUSTICE AND EQUITY, NOW! (tags)

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) expresses grave concern on the fate of the Stimulus Bill on which the Filipino veterans benefits bill is now hangs by a thread. While the US Senate passed the Stimulus bill, it will still go on a bicameral conference to settle its differences and the veterans befits bill is in danger of being dropped again. Senator Inouye inserted the benefits bill and promised to resign as Senate Appropriations chair if the Filipino veterans bill does not pass. On February 18, 2009 is the 63rd anniversary of the Rescission Act that took away the rights of the Filipinos to get equal benefits. The Congress did this to the Filipinos out of around 60 nationalities who served the US Armed Forces.

Senate votes to give a tax break to new car buyers (tags)

Alternative economics emphasizes reducing working hours, investing in the infrastructure, expanding the public sector, reducing consumption, ending wars of choice and reconsidering the 700 military bases in 130 countries-all seemingly taboo.

The Long Night (tags)

a long night

Republican Senators Say They Will Hold Up Solis Nomination. (tags)

We say Solis For Labor Secretary Now!

Reid: Vote on Employee Free Choice Act card check bill, a labor priority, likely in summer (tags)

Washington — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate will likely turn its attention this summer to the Employee Free Choice Act — the union organizing bill being watched in Las Vegas and across the nation.

The Israeli lobby (tags)

Must be prosecuted for the Gaza genocide

From the Churches for Middle East Peace (tags)

A request from the churches for Peace in the Middle East

Senate boosts wilderness protection across US (tags)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. Majority Democrats assembled more than enough votes to overcome GOP stalling tactics in an early showdown for the new Congress.

99% of House joins 100% of Senate in Supporting Israel with HRes34 (tags)

On January 9, 2009, one day after the fascist US Senate voted 100% to support US/Israel terrorism in Gaza with Senate Resolution 10, the House of Representatives, with House Resolution 34, voted 99% to support the same genocide with only 5 No votes. Democrat Barbara Lee did NOT vote No; she played around in the “Present” pool, inexcusable in the face of genocide perpetrated with $15 million a day from the American taxpayers.

US Senate Supports Israel 100% on 1/8/09 (tags)

The entire US Senate confirmed that it is a gang of Nazis with its 100% support of the heinous war crimes of Israel, paid for with our tax dollars, $15 million a day-$6 billion a year, with its 100% support of SR10 in a voice vote on 1/8/09. The House of Reps is expected to vote the same on 1/9/09, proving, again, this is a Nazi government.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich sure sounds like an Ernie Hancock clone! (tags)

Ernest Hancock is a Libertarian clone of blow hards Kyrsten Sinema and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. All of them never shut up and want all the publicity they can get.

FIGHT THE SECOND JAPANESE INVASION OF THE PHILIPPINES (tags)

The Filipino Community and all concerned Filipino Americans in the United States vehemently condemn the Senate's railroading of the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) on Wednesday night. October 8th.. Pro-Japan collaborators also known as the modern MAKAPILIS, the sixteen senators led by JPEPA's sponsors Senators Miriam Santiago and Mar Roxas (whose grandfather was a Japanese and an American puppet) have compromised the country's national patrimony and sovereignty by approving a patently one-sided, anti-Filipino economic treaty.

OPPOSE JANP-RP TREATY (JPEPA), STRUGGLE AGAINST JAPANESE IMPERIALISM (tags)

The Filipino Community and all concerned Filipino Americans in the United States vehemently condemn the Senate's railroading of the ratification of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) on Wednesday night. October 8th.. Pro-Japan collaborators also known as the modern MAKAPILIS, the sixteen senators led by JPEPA's sponsors Senators Miriam Santiago and Mar Roxas (whose grandfather was a Japanese and an American puppet) have compromised the country's national patrimony and sovereignty by approving a patently one-sided, anti-Filipino economic treaty. This is a reminiscence of how the Philippine Senate in 1972 passed the RP-Japan Treaty of Amity that opened the Philippines to the exploitation and oppression of the Japanese Imperialists.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski: Dubya Made Her Do It! (tags)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), on Sept. 22, 2008, charged that the Bush-Cheney Gang, led by Dubya, unduly pressured her into voting for the USA Patriot Act and also creating the “dysfunctional” Homeland Security Department. She said they used “fear” and “bad ideas” and implied that they made her into a “rubber stamp!” Sen. Mikulski whined about the idea of a Wall St. bailout, too, but then she voted to give the parasites the $700 billion.

AJLPP Support JFAV Mass Actions for the Final Push for Filipino Veterans Rights- (tags)

he AJLPP stands for and supports the final offensive in the US Congress focused on the Senate to call a conference committee to pass the veterans bill, AJLPP West Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia said. The mass actions will be held from October 6 to 10, 2008 U.S wide.

AJLPP Support JFAV Mass Actions for the Final Push for Filipino Veterans Rights- (tags)

“ The demand of Filipino World War II veterans for their benefits and rights is just and reasonable cause and no amount of denial and delay from the US Congress can justify its callous and racist actions of stalling the benefits bill denied from them for 63 years.” The AJLPP stands for and supports the final offensive in the US Congress focused on the Senate to call a conference committee to pass the veterans bill, AJLPP West Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia said. The mass actions will be held from October 3 to 10, 2008 U.S wide.

Political Left Chattering Class Once Again Misses the Forest (tags)

It looks like the chattering class doesn't want to see the connection the Wall Street Bailout and the Stimulus Bill Filibustered by Republicans

It's make-or-break for Pinoy vets' bill (tags)

World War II veteran Guillermo Rumingan had a teleconference with other veterans and their supporters and plotted what could be the last chapter of a historic run to push the Filipino Veterans’ Equity Bill. From Hawaii to California to Washington State to Virginia, they weighed their options that seemed to thin with each passing hour. After a triumphant 96-1 Senate vote to pass S-1315, which contained provisions for Filipino veterans’ equity, the bill is now stalled in the House of Representatives. Although the 110th Congress is scheduled to hold sessions until the last week of September, veterans activists are looking at the week beginning August 4 as the last window to realize an over 60-year-old dream. If nothing happens by then, all the historic gains achieved this year will come to naught. They had an appointment with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week, but she was not available and only one of her staff members faced the veterans led by Eric Lachica, executive director of the Virginia-based American Coalition of Filipino Veterans. "She wanted 290 sure votes for S-1315," Rumingan told ABS-CBN’s Balitang America.

Today—U.S. Senate Votes Whether to Shoot Down 1st and 4th Amendments (tags)

If this Act is passed, it will be Free Speech in America if you—Dare!

The Odds of Change: A Statistical Look at Our Democrat’s Voting Records (tags)

We want change. Obama says he will deliver change, as did the Democrats in '06. Yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Even the statistics prove the Democrats have failed us.

U.S. Senate Spy Bill—Locked and Loaded to Shoot Down 1st and 4th Amendments (tags)

More frequently U.S. Senators can been seen on Television reading sections of HR 6304 which they claim will protect lawful persons in the U.S. from being targeted by government wiretaps. Not mentioned by the Senators, is that THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008 has a low level of “probable cause” that will permit Government to wiretap U.S. phone calls, faxes and emails.

HR 6304 Sets New Referendum; Fire all the Traitors! (tags)

Our representatives have turned on us. It is very clear, with the passage of HR6304 in the House of Representatives, that it will be up to us to make a difference in this country.

Senate Report Exposes Key Role of the Israel Lobby in Fomenting War with Iran (tags)

It's no secret, this time around, that it is Israel demanding the US fight another war for its ruling Extremists, the real threat to the world.

COLLAPSE OF USA (tags)

EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ASSISTS THE FBI/CIA IN THEIR GLOBAL KILLING AND TORTURE SPREE.

Lloyd Levine Takes Hypocrisy to New Highs in Latest Anti-Pavley Mailer entitled "Inte (tags)

Today's Mailer Gives California District 23 Voters Fed Up With Both State Senate Candidates More Reasons to be Fed Up

23rd Senate District Candidate Fran Pavley Sweeps Fire Fighter Endorsements (tags)

Firefighters support Fran Pavley over Lloyd Levine.

Aspartame Press Conference, Hawaii State Capital, May 1, 2008 (tags)

For all press and professionals in Honolulua, Bill Deagle, M.D. has come 6000 miles from Nova Scotia to discuss the aspartame issue at the Hawaii State Capital.

JUSTICE AND EQUITY NOW! (tags)

After 63 years, finally US Senate on April 24, 2008 passed the Veterans Expanded Benefits Bill with a vote of 96-1. This bill is generally an omnibus bill enhancing benefits to most US veterans. The provision of S.57 was partly incorporated in S. 1315 which will afford the Filipino veterans in the US to receive the same benefits as those of their US veteran counterpart. Those who are residing in the Philippines shall receive a monthly special pension of $300/month if the bill is finally signed into law. The Senate also voted 56-41 to defeat the effort of Sen. Richard Burr(R, NC) to redirect pension to wards U.S veterans. Almost all those who opposed the bill including Senator Burr and Craig voted for the bill. Democratic Senator Barack Obama who promised to vote for the bill and Republican candidate John McCain were not able to vote and were absent. Senator Hillary Clinton voted for the bill. Work Ahead “Our work has just begun our next target will be the House of Representatives to pass the bill and give justice, equity and correct the errors of racism for the Filipino World War II veterans” Arturo Garcia. JFAV and People’s CORE Coordinator said. For more than half a century, the Filipino World War II veterans have been seeking for just and equal recognition as US veterans. The house bill HR 760 should continue to gain support from legislators in the House with the passage of S. 1315 in Senate.

US Senate Passes Equity Bill, 96-1 (tags)

The US Senate began deliberation on S.1315 or the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill on April 22, 2008 and today, with a vote of 96-1, the bill was finally passed. This bill is generally an omnibus bill enhancing benefits to most US veterans. The provision of S.57 was partly incorporated in S. 1315 which will afford the Filipino veterans in the US to receive the same benefits as those of their US veteran counterpart. Those who are residing in the Philippines shall receive a monthly special pension of $300/month if the bill is finally signed into law. " We would like to thank the leadership of the Senators Inouye and Senator Akaka and all veterans advocates especially the youth for making it a possibility for this bill to pass. This is our long awaited desire to be recognized for all our sacrifices during World War II," said veteran leader Peping Baclig, National JFAV Coordinator..

PASS THE EQUITY BILL NOW! (tags)

Senator Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement on the United States Senate unanimous vote to proceed with a floor debate on S. 1315, the Veterans Benefits Enhancement Act. Among other actions the bill would restore U.S. Veterans status and eligibility for Veterans Affairs (VA) disability pension benefits to Filipino Veterans serving in WW II. A final vote is expected today:

PASS THE EQUITY BILL NOW! (tags)

The SB 1315 is being discussed in the Senate today. Good news- the senate has just voted in favor of moving forward to a floor debate on SB `1315 by a vote of 94-0 . But our work just begun. The senate will spend the next 30 hours to debate this bill.

Senate housing bill- more grief for homeowners (tags)

Socialists across the nation are rejecting a U.S. Senate housing bill that offers little help to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure, while providing tens of billions for banks, financial institutions and big corporations. The bill (Foreclosure Prevention Act) passed in the Senate this past week by a vote of 84-12 and has been sent to the House. The vote was clearly a major setback for millions of homeowners and a big win for banks and big businesses.

Big business hits Philippine SC ruling (tags)

The influential Makati Business Club (MBC) on Thursday said the Supreme Court decision on executive privilege did not conform to the “progressive standards of transparency” and restricted the ability of the legislature to check presidential abuse. In a statement, the MBC said it was “very concerned” about the tribunal’s ruling on the petition of then Director General Romulo Neri of the National Economic and Development Authority to stop the Senate from questioning him further on the $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp. “Their decision gives greater value to executive privilege than to the public’s right to know, which is not in keeping with progressive standards of transparency. It also has the effect of restricting the ability of the legislature to act as a countervailing force against executive abuse,” the MBC said.

Senate Advances Bill to Cut Iraq Funding (tags)

The measure by Democratic Sens. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada would cut off money for combat after 120 days.

House Leaves Surveillance Law to Expire (tags)

The refusal of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, to schedule a vote on a surveillance measure approved Tuesday by the Senate touched off an intense partisan conflict over the national security questions that have colored federal elections since 2002 and are likely to play a significant role again in November.

bush admits, "we torture" --democrats stay silent (tags)

The White House publicly acknowledged on Wednesday that President Bush has authorized the use of waterboarding, and that he may do so again in the future. The statements amount to an open admission of criminal activity on the part of the US government. The acknowledgement from White House deputy spokesman Tony Fratto came a day after testimony from CIA Director Michael Hayden before the Senate Intelligence Committee. For the first time, Hayden officially stated that the Bush administration had used waterboarding on three prisoners in 2002 and 2003. Waterboarding is a form of torture used since the Spanish Inquisition. It involves pouring water over a prisoner’s head to cause drowning, and has been prosecuted as torture by the United States government in the past. While the Bush administration is now stretching language and credulity to claim that it should not be categorized as torture, the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, acknowledged on Wednesday that “taken to its extreme, [the consequences of waterboarding] could be death; you could drown someone.”

The Filipino Veterans Equity Act (tags)

The Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2007 has gone through its shares of ups and downs this year. If passed, an estimated 7,000 Filipino American veterans living in the US and 12,000 Filipino veterans in the Philippines, who both fought during WWII, would restore US Veterans status and be eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) disability pension benefits.

No Fil-Vets Equity for 2007 (tags)

On the other hand, Al Garcia of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans in L.A. said that the non-passage of the equity bills was because of the solid opposition of the Republican party.The equity bill was vehemently opposed by Republican Senator Larry Craig. “If some people in the Republican party will vote with the Democrats, maybe there’s a chance that it will pass the floor. But they were solid (against it). We are planning to do more dramatic mass actions next year. Senator Daniel Akaka is promising that perhaps, at the 62nd anniversary of the equity bill in February, they will try to pass it,” Garcia added.

Heath Insurance Bill Puts Poor at Risk (tags)

I got this in my email. The latest health care law is likely to pass, because progressive health care supporters are split on the issue. Unions are split on it. Political energy for real universal health care is being lost. This bill is similar to the one offered by the governor, but because it's sponsored by Speaker Nunez, the dealmakers have managed to get more liberal support for it. Working class and poor people need to organize to demand protections from the gaps in this bill.

No Fil-Vets Equity for 2007 (tags)

The two Filipino World War II Veterans equity bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, H.R. 760 and S. 1315, no longer have the possibly of being passed in 2007. But S. 671, the family reunification bill that has about 20,000 immediate priority visas at stake for the sons, daughters and grandchildren of these veterans still has a shot of being approved this year. On the other hand, Al Garcia of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans in L.A. said that the non-passage of the equity bills was because of the solid opposition of the Republican party.The equity bill was vehemently opposed by Republican Senator Larry Craig. “If some people in the Republican party will vote with the Democrats, maybe there’s a chance that it will pass the floor. But they were solid (against it). We are planning to do more dramatic mass actions next year. Senator Daniel Akaka is promising that perhaps, at the 62nd anniversary of the equity bill in February, they will try to pass it,” Garcia added

No Fil-Vets Equity for 2007 (tags)

The two Filipino World War II Veterans equity bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, H.R. 760 and S. 1315, no longer have the possibly of being passed in 2007. But S. 671, the family reunification bill that has about 20,000 immediate priority visas at stake for the sons, daughters and grandchildren of these veterans still has a shot of being approved this year. On the other hand, Al Garcia of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans in L.A. said that the non-passage of the equity bills was because of the solid opposition of the Republican party.The equity bill was vehemently opposed by Republican Senator Larry Craig. “If some people in the Republican party will vote with the Democrats, maybe there’s a chance that it will pass the floor. But they were solid (against it). We are planning to do more dramatic mass actions next year. Senator Daniel Akaka is promising that perhaps, at the 62nd anniversary of the equity bill in February, they will try to pass it,” Garcia added

Bush's Technique: Do Illegalities First,The Pardon or Give Immunity! (tags)

The US Congress and Senate has gone along with and approved of this Presidential "Immunity" every step of the way!

Petition Opposing H.R. 1955/S. 1959 (tags)

Petition asking the U.S. Senate to refuse H.R. 1955/S. 1959

Historic Debate on Filvets Bill Up Before Full Senate (tags)

When US Senate session resumes after Dec. 3, it will deliberate for the first time, the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill sponsored by Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (Dem.). He is Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee. Originally Senate Bill 57, the “Veterans Benefits Enhancement Act of 2007” will provide for the first time starting May 1, 2008 a flat rate of $3,600 annually disability pension for single Filipino veterans living in the Philippines; $4,500 annually for married veterans; and $2,400 annually for surviving spouses.To be eligible, a veteran “must have income below a certain threshold, have served during a period of war, and have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability.”

Hillary Clinton’s LYING she needs 60 votes to Leave Iraq (tags)

Hillary Clinton is passing the buck with an outright lie.

Bush orders troops to die without rest (tags)

Like he did in Vietnam

Philippine Protest Marks The First Senate Hearing On The JPEPA (tags)

14 September 2007, Manila, Philippines. – A crowd of more than 300 workers, farmers, fishers, and environmentalists from the Magkaisa Junk JPEPA Coalition (MJJC) today called on the Senators of the 14th Congress to look beyond the rosy projections and government hype surrounding the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), and to carefully assess its short-term and long-term implications. The group’s call came on the day of the first scheduled Senate hearing for this historic, precedent-setting treaty.

Toxic Treaty Favors Japan, Not the Philippines (tags)

August 14, 2007. Manila, Philippines. Senate Forum Bares Legal Traps and Empty Promises of the JPEPA

New “Surge” For Immigrant Rights in the Senate in the Offing? (tags)

The Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC) and the Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) warmly welcomes the statement of Senator Alan Specter, ranking Republican supporter of immigration reform that he and six other lawmakers are ready to reopen and start the debate on immigration reform when the Senate opens September. In an interview with CNN today, August 7 at 2:00AM with anti-immigrant anchor Lou Dobbs, Specter laments that the comprehensive immigration reform act was not passed in the Senate this year. He said he was hopeful that the debates will rekindle the interest and will make the lawmakers informed about the need to pass this law.

Progressive FIlipinos Welcomes US Senate Spending Bill (tags)

Progressive Filipino groups from whose ranks most of the victims of extrajudicial killings have come welcomed the action of the United States Senate appropriations committee prohibiting the use of US military aid against Filipino civilians. The U.S Senate in its version of the Foreign Operations Spending Bill it approved last week, the committee instructed the US Secretary of State to monitor US military assistance to the Philippines so that they won’t be “misused by units of the security forces…against civilians, including civilians who are members of political opposition parties and human rights groups.”

Pinoy war vets win pension battle in US Senate (tags)

The US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs voted on Wednesday to give monthly pensions of up to $375 for Filipino World War II veterans and their widows for their service to Uncle Sam more than 60 years ago. “Today marks a special and historic occasion in our long-standing quest for justice and equity for our brave and courageous veterans,” said Philippine Ambassador to Washington Willy Gaa after the committee, at a mark-up hearing, approved an omnibus benefits bill providing for a special set of benefits for men and women who have fought under the US flag. The measure provides a monthly pension of $300 for Filipino veterans who are single, $375 for married veterans and $200 for widows.

Green Candidate Brezenoff Criticizes New Energy Bill (tags)

"The energy bill now before the Senate, far from being any kind of solution to our economic and environmental crises, represents exactly the kind of thinking and legislating that has brought us to the point of crisis in the first place," says Brezenoff.

Ermita raises possibility of political pardon to Honasan, Trillanes (tags)

Malacañang yesterday floated the possibility of Presi-dent Arroyo granting senators-elect Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV political amnesty in the spirit of reconciliation, good governance and national progress, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) quoted Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita as saying yesterday. In his regular media briefing this afternoon in Malacañang, Ermita was said to have cited the President’s policy of extending her hand of reconciliation to detractors of her administration, including armed rebels and political leaders.

Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC) Mobilizes for June 24 Full Rights for All Immigrants (tags)

The AJLPP and the Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC) Council will mobilize upcoming June 24 Immigrant Rights March-Rally in Hollywood and Vine, Los Angeles. The June 24th Hollywood march-rally will also demand a stop to the increase on exorbitant fees on citizenship and other documents for immigrants to be implemented by the DHS this July 30, 2007. The proposed compromise bill on “Border Protection and Immigration Bill” also known as the “grand bargain” supported by the White House fell flat last week and was rejected by the conservatives in the Senate. The debate on the bill was not stopped by a narrow margin during the senate voting.

Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC) Mobilizes for June 24 Full Rights for All Immigrants (tags)

he Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC) Council will mobilize upcoming June 24 Immigrant Rights March-Rally in Hollywood and Vine, Los Angeles. The June 24th Hollywood march-rally will also demand a stop to the increase on exorbitant fees on citizenship and other documents for immigrants to be implemented by the DHS this July 30, 2007. The proposed compromise bill on “Border Protection and Immigration Bill” also known as the “grand bargain” supported by the White House fell flat last week and was rejected by the conservatives in the Senate. The debate on the bill was not stopped by a narrow margin during the senate voting.

On the Defeat of SB 1348 in the U.S. Senate Vote (tags)

“The Immigrant Rights Bill SB 1348 is Dead! Long Live the New Immigrant Rights Bill!” The Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) and the Echo Park Community Coalition(EPCC) believed that the defeat of the current immigration reform bill in the Senate is just temporary. For all immigrants, the failure to pass the bill is just tactical.

Federalize gang crimes, L.A. mayor urges (tags)

whateva happened 2 da war on poverty? now dey got a war on drugz so da police can botha me. tupac amaru shakur

Senator Joker Arroyo hits NSC over HR bill (tags)

Re-electionist Sen. Joker Arroyo has slammed the National Security Council and the military for their last-minute attempt to block the human rights compensation bill just as it was about to be ratified by the House of Representatives. In a privilege speech Monday, Arroyo said the situation “demeans and mocks the legislative process” because it shows that the “military can throw a monkey wrench even at the tail-end of congressional work.”

Democrats Retreat before Bush (tags)

America and the troops were hoping that Democrats would fulfill the commitment they made to voters in 2006 to end the Iraq War; however on Thursday the Democrats in Congress help the Bush Administration get a blank check to pursue this criminal war. Senate and Congressional Democratic leaders helped facilitate a continued bloodbath in Iraq making this a bi-partisan imperial war.

Fil-Am Vets Ask VA Sec Nicholson to Resign: Group rallies in front of VA Clinic in LA (tags)

About 20 Filipino World War II veterans and their supporters rallied in front of the Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic in Los Angeles on May 8 to ask for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson. The protest occurred after last week’s Associated Press report that said Nicholson paid bonuses of up to $33,000 to senior federal workers amidst a $1 billion shortfall in the VA budget.

Immigrant Workers Union statement against new immigration proposal (tags)

Immigrant Workers Union denounces the new senate immigration bill for militarizing borders, breaking up families, and criminalizing workers.

AJLPP / CDIR Rejects New Immigration Proposals as Anti-Immigrant, Anti- Family Reunificat (tags)

The Alliance Philippines (AJLPP) and the Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) vehemently oppose the US Senate proposals that will turn 12 million immigrants into “guest workers” and scrap the family reunification laws that should unite and not separate families. The new US senate taunted proposals that constitutes a far-reaching change in the immigration system that would admit future arrivals seeking to put down roots in the U.S. based on their skills, education levels and job experience, limiting the importance of family ties.

IMMIGRATION DEBATES UP IN THE US SENATE, NEW SANCTUARY MOVEMENT LAUNCHED IN THE U.S. (tags)

The US Senate, after a long delay will finally begin debates this coming Wednesday, May 16, on the much-awaited comprehensive immigration reform bill that will decide the fate of more than 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The issue: Amnesty or a guest worker program? Senator Arlan Specter wanted the Senate Bill 2611 to be revived while the White House proposes a very expensive “ temporary guest worker program” The democratic party promised a comprehensive immigration reform that will be favorable to the large immigrant community where it derived its support during the last elections. On the other hand, the traditionally anti-immigrant republican party is trying to win over the conservative sector of the immigrant population by giving a limited reform. President Bush, whose wife is a Mexican, promised an immigration reform bill by the end of this year. Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain are also bent to revive their own immigration bill that died last year during the Senate debates that gave way to SB 2611 that the Republican controlled lower house killed in 2006. The senate killed the oppressive HR 4437 but gave way to some of its anti-immigrant features in the SB 2611 that did not pass the republican controlled lower house. CDIR Immigrant Rights Update

Silence the Democrats (tags)

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Bush, Democrats meet on war funding as violence soars in Iraq (tags)

US President George W. Bush and Democratic congressional leaders staged a meeting in the White House Wednesday to discuss pending legislation that would provide more than $100 billion to continue and escalate the four-year-old US war and occupation in Iraq. The gathering took place against the backdrop of a bloody eruption of violence in Iraq. A series of mass killings in and around Baghdad made a mockery of Washington’s claims that the “surge” of additional US troops into the Iraqi capital that began nine weeks ago is creating greater peace and security.

JFAV Bataan Day Commemoration, April 9, 2007 in Los Angeles (tags)

Remember Bataan!” This was the battle cry of American soldiers during the Second World War. The battle cry was a call to avenge the American defeat and the Death March that the Japanese Imperial Army perpetrated against American and Filipino Forces that surrendered in Bataan on April 9, 1942. Today, after 65 years, the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), the regional alliance in the West Coast of Filipino veterans, student, youth and community advocates announced that they will commemorate the 65th Bataan Day on April 9, 2007 at 9:00 A.M with simple commemorative rites that will highlighted by the blessing of the memorial monument and wreath laying at the Lake Street Park Memorial Monument at 227 Park View St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Democracy broken into to (tags)

and corrupted

ASK CONGRESS TO FUND NEW INITIATIVES IN THE FARM BILL! (tags)

Take action and send a message to your representative to urge support of new Farm Bill provisions for conservation, rural development, research, organics, beginning farmers, and community food security.

Fake Congressional Opposition to War (tags)

Congress again betrays the electorate

THE SELLOUT (tags)

Democrats scale back plans to challenge Bush's Iraq 'surge'

Savings Accounts for Newborns in CA is a Bad Idea (tags)

The CA Senate Proposal to give $500.00 to all babies born in CA staring Jan.1, 2008 is a bad idea.

FROM VICENZA TO PRODI'S FALLING DOWN (tags)

It's some days that I don't write and many things happened. 200,000 thousand people demonstrated in Vicenza against the military base that US wants at Dal Molin airport. Not only anti war movements and groups against environmental degradation, but also deputies and senators in the parliament. Few days before, the government said "the decision is taken, US will build the base"

PEACE PLANE FLIES OVER OSCARS & OSCAR FOR PEACE EVENT!! (tags)

Peace Plane to Fly Over Oscar Ceremony! Join "Oscar for Peace" anti-war vigil and awards ceremony at noon, at the corner of Hollywood and Vine! 2.25.07

Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks (tags)

Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

The Peace Plane flies to the Oscars (tags)

Democracy for America Miami (DFAM) and Miami Veterans for Peace have come up with a novel approach to broadcasting a message to end the occupation of Iraq: an aerial banner that reads. “Bring Our Troops Home Now”. These two groups decided to first try their idea at this year’s Super Bowl in Miami and again at the Grammy Music Awards, but inclement weather forced the event to be postponed. Now the organizers have turned their attention to this Sunday’s Oscars in Hollywood, California.

AJLPP-USA Condemns Philippine Government’s Anti-Terrorist Bill. (tags)

The Alliance for A just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (AJLPP) –USA and its allied organizations in the United States vehemently condemn in the strongest term the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB) in the Philippine Senate yesterday. AJLPP National Coordinator Mario Santos said: The Senate and Arroyo’s action proved that the Philippine government’s brazen puppetry ( kakapalan ng mukha)and lackyism (pagpapakatuta) knows no bounds. It does not only order the killing of Filipinos but also allows the legalization of fascist laws and violation of its constitution.

Send a Message to Congress Today: STOP THE FCC! (tags)

Send a Message to Congress Today: STOP THE FCC!

No more pork for crooked politicians? Well not really! (tags)

By a 431-0 vote, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has approved a measure that would strip lawmakers of their congressional pensions for criminal convictions such as bribery, lying under oath and fraud. That may sound tough and impressive, but it's more show than substance, as usual.

AJLPP Support The Petition to the Supreme Court To Declare VFA unconstitutiona (tags)

The Alliance for A Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines (AJLPP) –USA militantly support the call of nationalist Filipinos led by Former Senate president Jovito Salonga, former Senator Wigberto Tañada, retired Court of Appeals associate justice Jose de la Rama; and lawyers Emilio Capulong, Harry Roque, and Florin Hilbay to declare as unconstitutional the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for allegedly creating a "privileged class among criminals." The AJLPP –USA express elation that the Former Senate president Jovito Salonga led complainants in filing the 43-page petition before the high tribunal Friday. They said that the VFA had given the US soldiers "a class above all others" when it allowed the US to have custody of its erring

The government pays these criminals rather well (tags)

At least 20 former lawmakers convicted of crimes are eligible for taxpayer-funded pensions, some as high as $125,000 a year

The enemy within (tags)

scould be exposed

December 17 Mass Rally in Manila:Unresolved issues justify protest, say bishops (tags)

AJLPP -USA and Philippine news sources reported today that the December 17 prayer rally in Manila will push through. AN “escalation of crises” that the leaders of the country’s Roman Catholic Church can no longer take sitting down prompted the Church to spearhead tomorrow’s planned huge prayer rally at Manila’s Rizal Park. News reports also confirmed that top officials of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines yesterday rebuffed calls from administration stalwarts for them to abandon the rally at the Quirino Grandstand in the wake of the decision by Ms Arroyo’s allies to scrap plans to convene a constituent assembly. The CBCP secretary general, Msgr. Juanito Figura, said the CBCP could no longer ignore the escalating problems facing the country, including the questions surrounding President Macapagal-Arroyo’s disputed victory in the 2004 elections. Figura specifically cited the “Garci” tapes, which set off the election controversy, the P728-million fertilizer fund scam and the so-called Mayuga report on the alleged involvement of military officials in election fraud as among the issues unresolved to this day. “The Church cannot play blind, deaf and mute to the sufferings that these issues have brought,” Figura said in a press conference.

Revolutionary Forces in the Philippine Condemns Arroyo-De Venecia blackmail (tags)

The revolutionary forces in the Philippines today condemned Gloria Arroyo and her cohorts in the House of Representatives for what the revolutionaries calls "an obvious blackmail to desperately push by any means a self-serving Arroyo constitution."

US-Arroyo Regime Beat a Retreat : Stop Con-ass now (tags)

President Macapagal-Arroyo, sensing grave political fall-out from her manuverings, had instructed her political affairs adviser Gabriel Claudio on Friday to “order” the lawmakers allied with her to drop the constituent assembly (Con-ass) as a means of changing the Constitution, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said yesterday.

HOUSE BACKS DOWN ON CON-ASS (tags)

---Faced with threats of massive protests against the planned constituent assembly (Con-Ass), President Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives said on Saturday that they would settle for a constitutional convention (Con-con).

Audit says FEMA squandering STILL Katrina aid (tags)

One year after Katrina, the government is still squandering tens of millions of dollars in wasted disaster aid, including $17 million in bogus rental payments to people who had already received free trailers and apartments

Emanuel is pro-Israeli (tags)

It would be strange if he were not.

The Anti-War Movement Sourced the Democrats’ Victory! (tags)

The Democratic Party, read “The War Lite” Party, is basking in the glow of victory today. It has regained control of the House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate for the first time in 12-years. The two issues that it won on-The Iraqi War and the whacky persona of President George W. Bush-had little or nothing to do with the Democratic Party. Those two matters were actually sourced by activists in the Anti-Iraqi War Movement!

PHILIPPINES: Junk the Toxic Deal with Japan! Junk JPEPA! (tags)

With the battle shifting to the Upper House, AKBAYAN Partylist today trooped to the Senate to call for the junking of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). “Japan may have done it once, but we will not allow the dumping of toxic wastes in the country again”, the group said referring to the 1999 incident, when 122 containers declared as “recyclable paper” (which turned out to be clinical wastes) arrived at the Port of Manila.

US vote may alter stance on Mideast (tags)

Waxman: Only solid supporters of Israel will chair critical committees

Lieberman’s Electoral Fate Tests Power of Wirepullers (tags)

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the ultra Iraqi War Hawk, is up for reelection in Connecticut on Nov. 7th. He lost the Democratic primary, but has re-created himself as an Independent. Ned Lamont is his opponent. If Lieberman can be defeated, it will be a blow to the Wirepullers and also an opportunity for antiwar forces to reshape the new Congress, which may lead to impeachment proceedings, in 2007, against both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Virginia Sen. Allen didn't disclose stock options as rules required (tags)

Do your really think Congress can police its self and stop corruption. No way! Congress by the defination of government is corrupt

Kevin Zeese Blasts "Special Interests" at Senate Debate (tags)

In an historic first, a three-way debate was held between the candidates running for the office of U.S. Senate in Maryland. Kevin Zeese, the “Unity Candidate,” blasted the Democrats and Republicans in the Congress for selling the country out “to the special interests.” Unlike his opponents, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and Rep. Ben Cardin, Zeese offered specific proposals to solve the many problems facing the people of the state of Maryland.

Today something historic happened in the Hart Senate Office Building, By Medea Benjamin, (tags)

CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin shares her experience of peaceful non-violent action at its finest at the Hart Senate Office.

US Senate votes 100-0 for $70 billion more in war spending (tags)

The unanimous vote by the US Senate on Friday to approve the Bush administration’s request for an additional $70 billion to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrates a basic truth of American politics: the Democratic Party, no less than the Republicans, is a party of imperialist militarism and war.

CDIR-USA PROTEST US CONGRESS VOTE TO BUILD BORDER FENCE WITH MEXICO (tags)

The Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) strongly protest and condemn the US Congress that approved a bill last Friday, September 29 that calls for building a fence along the US-Mexican border to stem the flow of illegal immigrants

Ryan White Care Act Stumbles Again (tags)

Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator asserts that Congressional inaction on the Ryan White Care Act could leave thousands of those living with HIV/AIDS short millions of dollars in care and treatment.

Homeland Security bill delays rule for passports at borders (tags)

The full blown police state will be delayed by 17 months. Until you can visit Mexico and Canada with out a passport. Heil Hitler! Sorry I mean Heil Bush!

Biotech lobby funds SB1056, revokes local regulation (tags)

California is home to many local ordinances against growing genetically modified organisms within county, town or regional districts. Recent Senate Bill 1056 is attempting to revoke local rights of food sovereignty in favor of state control.

Pro-War Diane Feinstein, What Are The Alternatives? (tags)

Feinstein herself has directly profiteered from the U.S. imposed misery she voted for in Iraq. Her husband, Richard Blum, is a billionaire investor that together with CEO Ronald Tutor own investment companies that hold 75% of the voting stock in a company called Perini. On March 12, 2004 Perini was awarded a $500,000,000 contract for rebuilding the electrical infrastructure of southern Iraq. So Feinstein is profiting from the U.S. bombing of the Iraqi infrastructure as well as its inefficient rebuilding by private U.S. contractors.

Pro-War Diane Feinstein, What Are The Alternatives? (tags)

Feinstein herself has directly profiteered from the U.S. imposed misery she voted for in Iraq. Her husband, Richard Blum, is a billionaire investor that together with CEO Ronald Tutor own investment companies that hold 75% of the voting stock in a company called Perini. On March 12, 2004 Perini was awarded a $500,000,000 contract for rebuilding the electrical infrastructure of southern Iraq. So Feinstein is profiting from the U.S. bombing of the Iraqi infrastructure as well as its inefficient rebuilding by private U.S. contractors.

California Legislature passes involuntary outpatient commitment bill (tags)

With bipartisan super-majority votes that stunned and dismayed mental health clients and advocates, the California Senate and Assembly passed involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC) bill AB 2357, sending the bill to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign or veto. The bill would extend Laura's Law, California's existing outpatient commitment law, by five years.

Final vote on involuntary outpatient commitment bill AB 2357 held over until August 14 (tags)

Mental health clients mobilize last-minute letter-writing campaign to stop bill in Senate

Kevin Zeese Challenges Rep. Cardin on Israel (tags)

Kevin Zeese, an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland, is shaking up the Establishment. Despite the “unmatched power” the Israel Lobby exerts over our foreign policy, Zeese is challenging Rep. Ben Cardin to speak out about Israel’s “terror military policy” in Occupied Gaza and Lebanon. Cardin, who is also running for the U.S. Senate in MD, submitted a two sentence reply to Zeese. The people of Maryland deserve better!

Todd Chretien Senatorial Campaign Moves to November (tags)

Interview with the Green Party Candidate for US Senate

Another lame ass federal government program to steal from us??? (tags)

Bolante wants US to give him asylum (tags)

Former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante has sought political asylum in the US, where he has been detained after US immigration canceled his visa last week. A source in the Department of Foreign Affairs said Bolante asked for asylum about 1 a.m. on Thursday, Manila time. The information jibes with the report of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) that Bolante’s lawyer in Los Angeles confirmed he had requested asylum.

Stem CellDebate In Senate This Week (tags)

the gop abortion industry....

Kyl dismisses fuss over 'Congressional Record' (tags)

Kyl's right. The 'Congressional Record' is just a bunch of fairy tale propaganda that the house and senate members use to make themselfs looks good. A normal person should view it with a grain of salt.

Senatore John Kyl - Everybody in the Senate lies so its OK for me to lie!!!! (tags)

“Every senator has [put fabricated information into the Congressional Record]. It is no big deal to submit material for the record. It is done every day,” he told the Tribune on Thursday.

Media Non-event of 6/26/2006 (tags)

An important story was buried by the mainstream media last week: the 6/26 Senate Democrats hearing on Pre-Iraq War Intelligence. I offer this analysis of the media non-coverage of that damning (ergo, ignored) event. I hope you find it both enjoyable and informative -- and lament that no one else has done this bit of writing yet! Your servant, CPTMAY

Legislative recess stalls final vote on outpatient commitment bill AB 2357 until August (tags)

The California Senate adjourned Friday without having voted on involuntary outpatient commitment extension bill AB 2357, affording the bill's opponents an additional month to defeat the legislation.

Senators' votes on earlier forced treatment bills spell trouble for AB 2357 opponents (tags)

As the final vote nears for involuntary outpatient commitment bill AB 2357 on the floor of the California Senate, state senators' votes on earlier forced treatment bills spell trouble for AB 2357 opponents. But some advocates remain hopeful that senators will be persuaded to vote "no" at the last minute, others will continue to vote "no", and the bill's course will be reversed.

Final vote expected today on involuntary outpatient commitment bill AB 2357 (tags)

Invoking an obscure senate rule Monday, California Senate Appropriations Chair Kevin Murray bumped involuntary psychiatric treatment bill AB 2357 to the Senate Floor, scuttling public input and fast-tracking the bill to its final vote today. Ardently opposed by a coalition of consumers, survivors, ex-patients and allies, the bill seeks to extend "Laura's Law", the state's soon-to-sunset outpatient commitment law.

Flag-protection amendment fails by 1 vote (tags)

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow Congress to prohibit desecration of the flag fell a single vote short of approval by the Senate on Tuesday

Congress is Derelict. Replace It With People Who Take Their Oaths Seriously (tags)

The president has made a joke out of congress by his unbridled use of “signing statements” to invalidate laws. If Congress won’t stand up to this usurpation, it is signing its own, and the Constitution’s, death warrant.

Outpatient commitment extension bill AB 2357 to be heard in Senate Appropriations June 26 (tags)

Join the CNMHC and other advocates at the State Capitol on June 26th, as we speak out in opposition to involuntary outpatient commitment extension bill AB 2357.

Senate Health Committee narrowly passes forced treatment extension bill AB 2357 (tags)

In a contentious hearing Wednesday, a bill that would extend the sunset date of involuntary psychiatric outpatient commitment law AB 1421 ("Laura's Law"), was passed by the State Senate Health Committee with a vote of 5-3. Strongly opposed by mental health clients, survivors and allies, the bill, AB 2357, will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

2500 Wasted Lives or "Just a Number"? (tags)

The Democratic voters of Connecticut have the right idea: If Democrats won’t oppose the war or won’t stand on principle, throw the bastards out.

Ralph Nader: “Americans Need Moral Courage!” (tags)

Ralph Nader spoke at a campaign rally, in Baltimore, MD, on behalf of Kevin Zeese, who’s running as an Independent for a U.S. Senate seat. Nader called his former press secretary, “a great candidate.” An activist’s activist, Nader said a vast majority of Americans need a dose of “moral courage.” They have allowed “a few,” to rule over the many. “Democracy,” Nader said, “isn’t a slogan. People need to get motivated, show up and get organized.”

Kevin Zeese: “Both Parties Selling Country to Highest Bidder!” (tags)

Kevin Zeese, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, accused both parties, Democrats and Republicans, of “selling the country to the highest bidder.” He spoke at a Forum, in Baltimore, MD, on June 4, 2006. Zeese emphasized the importance of breaking the straightjacket the two parties have on the voters in order to give them a real choice. Zeese also underscored that our fragile environment is headed for a global disaster, unless serious policy changes are made within the next five to ten years.

Do Democrats Have a Death Wish? (tags)

With the people clamoring for impeachment, what kind of leaders would tell them no? Who are these people anyhow: Karl Rove plants?

Senate Passes The Temporary Guest Workers Program (tags)

The Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) learned today, May 27 through news sources that the US Senate finally passed by a vote of 62-36 votes, the temporary guest workers program or the Immigration Reform Overhaul Bill after more than a week of debate

Democrats ensure confirmation of NSA spy chief to head CIA (tags)

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday gave its support to General Michael Hayden, the principle architect of recently exposed domestic spying programs, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Leading Democrats joined Republicans in approving Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the current principal deputy director of national intelligence. Hayden is expected to easily win confirmation by the full Senate before the end of the week.

Gen. Hayden: A Yes-Man for All Seasons (tags)

The general, like all officers in the military, took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, not to mindlessly follow the orders of the president. He should be getting court-martialed, not appointed CIA director.

Burning the American Flag because of What it Represents (tags)

The Senate will soon debate an amendment to ban flag-burning. As long as the U.S. flag represents a nation bent on dominating the world regardless of the human and economic costs, people both here and abroad will continue to burn it. Where there is oppressions there is always resistance.

JFAV Greets Senate Vote Giving Veterans Special Immigrant Status as a Tactical Victory, (tags)

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) greet the news that the US Senate unanimously approved by a voice vote on Thursday (Friday in Manila) an amendment in the proposed immigration reform bill that would allow Philippine-based single or married children of Filipino World War II veterans to join them in the United States, as a tactical victory in its 60 years of struggle for recognition, justice and equity.

US Senate declares English the “national language”: a boost to chauvinism and racism (tags)

The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the vote by the Senate on Thursday to make English the “national language” of the United States. The measure, added to the Senate immigration “reform” bill, is the but latest in a series of reactionary, ignorant and short-sighted moves aimed at shoring up the right-wing base of the Bush administration and the Republican Party, with the most far-reaching and anti-democratic implications. The proposal is a sop to right-wing and fascistic elements who are working to whip up intolerance and hatred against immigrants in general, and Hispanic Americans in particular. It underscores the deeply undemocratic and unconstitutional essence of all of the measures being enacted in the name of “securing the border.”

Senate hearing on CIA nominee: Democrats rubberstamp Bush police-state spying (tags)

The Senate hearing Thursday on the nomination of General Michael Hayden to head the Central Intelligence Agency demonstrates the bipartisan congressional support for the Bush administration’s assault on the democratic rights of the American people. While there were scattered criticisms of the methods of the Bush administration, particularly its failure to consult with Congress, every senator on the Intelligence Committee accepted the premise that the United States is engaged in a “war on terror” and that the Bush administration’s escalation of domestic surveillance and wiretapping is a product of that war.

State Senate Endorses the Great American Boycott 2006 (tags)

California's State Senate recognize May 1, 2006, as "The Great American Boycott 2006," to educate people in California and the United States about the contributions of immigrants in California.

Racist extremists advocate "killing" Mexicans (tags)

Neo-Nazis and anti-immigration extremists responded to a highly publicized wave of immigration reform demonstrations in major U.S. cities with open calls for terrorist violence, including truck bombs, machine gun attacks, and assassinations of U.S. senators and members of Congress.

Mexican Concentration Camps (tags)

How will the American government deport 4 million illegal immigrants?

Bush to speak in O.C. on Monday (tags)

The Orange County Register

U.S. SENATORS REACH A COMPROMIZE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM LEGISLATION (tags)

On March 27, 2006, after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved its version of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation it was delivered to the full U.S.

Minutemen Coming to L.A. (tags)

The minuteklan will be in town tomorrow April 13th, 2006

It's Time To Stop the War--on Immigrants! (tags)

The Senate is torn between welcoming undocumented families and turning them into criminals. Immigrant and immigrant-descent communities, the now-awakened giant, forced the Senate to blink. Actions over the next two weeks will determine what the Senate finally does. And in the interim, the progressive Left needs to stand up in massive numbers.

The Senate's Priorities: No Mexicans (tags)

The U.S. Senate today exposed its real immigration agenda, and it has little to do with securing borders, drug runners, or terrorists.

Call Rep. Gary Miller to oppose HR4437 (tags)

Please forward to as many as possible

Republican Hatchet Man Defends Presidential Crimes (tags)

The Founders of the nation must be rolling in their graves over Sen. Hatch’s claim that the president’s powers should be beyong criticism during the “war” on terror.

3/30: Actions Need For Senate Immigration Bill, Call Your Senator! (tags)

1. Why the Senate's Proposed Immigrant Bill is Bad for the Immigrants. 2. Take Actions! Call Your Senator to Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

Omigod! Senate Dems May Have to Take a Stand! (tags)

Sen. Feingold, with the help of Sen. Arlen Specter, is about to put the Democrats in the House in an uncomfortable spot. Enjoy the show.

Pesante-USA and CDIR Welcomes New Developments in US Senate Debates on Immigrant Issues (tags)

The Philippine Peasant Support Network and the Coalition to Defend Immigrant Rights (CDIR) heard that the call of President Bush for sobriety and civility regarding the immigration issue came in reaction to the rush of millions coming out in the streets to demand full rights for immigrants.

Pitzer College Student Senate Boycotts Wal-Mart Stores (tags)

Student Senate of Pitzer College has passed a resolution denying any students from be refunded by Senate for expenditures at Wal-Mart. Students have also passed a resolution through Pitzer's College Council encouraging students, staff, faculty and alumni to personally engage in the boycott and avoid all Wal-Mart Stores.

Jim Gilchrist speaks on LA march (tags)

Words from Jim Gilchrist on the march in L.A.

March 25-28 Nationwide Weekend of Actions to Support Immigrant Solidarity! (tags)

March 25-28 Nationwide Weekend of Actions to Support Immigrant Solidarity!

A Message from the Chairman (tags)

Maybe not Howard himself, but fearful Democratic Party leaders are putting the screws to those in Congress who want to call Bush a criminal or to call for impeachment.

It's Spring and Talk of Impeachment is in the Air (tags)

Extra! Extra! Senator files censure motion against President Bush and the media actually report it the next day!

Diebold Approved for Cali, Protest (tags)

Diebold has been chosen as the voting machine for california. See blackboxvoting.org.

URGENT- ACT NOW 4 BIG MOUNTAIN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES (tags)

Stop S. 1003, "The Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act Amendments of 2005"

Democrats, Like Cheney, Are Shooting Their Own (tags)

Cheney can’t tell a quail from a Republican, which may be understandable from an intellectual point of view, but the Democratic Party’s killing off of progressive Congressional candidates is something more treacherous: suicide.

Nations Largest Lender Stands Up To Developers (tags)

BB&T refuses to back private developers' who seek to use "eminent domain" to take people's homes & turn them into strip-malls.

February 2006 U.S. Immigrant News Alert! (tags)

No Immigrant Bashing! Support Immigrant Rights!

DEAR CINDY: PLEASE READ THIS AND THINK AGAIN (tags)

Your decision to run for Senate is a case of "right church, wrong pew" in that you will make an excellent spokeperson for peace as a Senate candidate, but wouldbe most effective challenging cheif hawk Hillary Clinton.

Protect Your Rights - Stop Alito's Confirmation (tags)

Take action now to protect your constitutional rights by helping stop Alito's confirmation.

Alito's open-minded platitudes (tags)

Judge Alito is really slick, like a bar of soap on a bathroom floor. He'd be a great defense lawyer; and if I were in Jack Abramoff's shoes, Alito would be my first choice. As it is, it looks like Alito will be confirmed for the Supreme Court. No question about his qualifications, Alito will be a justice who can work the U.S. Constitution and fit it to Bush's fancy.

California Left Candidates for 2006 Elections (tags)

The State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party has endorsed a full slate of 2006 candidates for statewide offices.

New Jersey Senate Passes Death Penalty Moratorium (tags)

New Jersey would become the first state in the 'modern era' to enact a moratorium law. (Two other states – Illinois and Maryland – enacted moratoriums as a result of executive orders).

Two Days to Stop the Patriot Act (tags)

This version of the Patriot Act will give the Government a free hand to further invade your privacy and other rights. Take action now! http://political.moveon.org/patriotact/

TELL CONGRESS TO STOP SUPPORTING APARTHEID! (tags)

Right now the House is about to approve HR 438, that basically tells the UN to stop passing resolutions against Israeli apartheid terrorism no matter what it does in violation of human rights.

BTL:Challenges to U.S. Cuba Travel Ban Derailed in Senate (tags)

Interview with Mavis Anderson, Latin America Working Group, conducted by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari

PROFESSIONALS TO BE UNEMPLOYED (tags)

US Senate Slits American Workers' Throats

News Junkie Scott's Blog (11/16/05) (tags)

Senate approves $500 billion war budget.

News Junkie Scott's Blog (11/11/05) (tags)

Haaretz.com offering two versions of same Jordan bombs story.

BTL:Some Congressional Democrats Now Push for White House Accountability on... (tags)

...False Pre-Iraq War Claims ~ Interview with U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y. conducted by Between the Lines' Richard Hill

ACT NOW - US/UK Extradition Treaty Goes to Hearings TUES. NOV. 15th (tags)

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has announced hearings for the proposed US/UK Extradition Treaty. The hearings are to take place TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15th 2005. PLEASE ACT NOW.

Populist #15 (tags)

Deficiencies of Our Current Federal System, continued

News Junkie Scott's Blog (11/3/05) (tags)

Secret CIA jails for Al-Qaeda.

The Federal Reserve is Privately owned (tags)

The secret to enslaving a nation.

Populist #14 (tags)

Deficiencies of Our Current Federal System, continued

Special Call-In Day - Urgent Budget Cuts Updfate (tags)

Call 1-800-828-0498 and urge your senators to reject any budget reconciliation that includes cuts to Medicaid.

BTL:Evasive Responses in Senate Hearing Alarm Opponents of... (tags)

...Supreme Court Chief Justice Nominee John Roberts ~ Interview with Elliot Minceberg, vice president and legal director of People for the American Way, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris

The Senate and the real John Roberts: Workers World editorial (tags)

With such a horrendous record, the hearings in the Senate should be quite simple. If this were not a club of millionaires, the exposures and questions would be straight forward. Roberts would be charged as anti-woman, racist, anti-labor, anti-environment and a tool of big business.

PRESIDENT INDICTED (tags)

FEDERAL GRAND JURY DIGGING DEEP INTO BUSH CRIMES

Dog Bites Man! Roberts Vows "Open Mind"! (tags)

The media have treated Judge Roberts’ Senate hearing platitudes about restraint and having an open mind as if they were divine wisdom—as if, indeed, they meant something.

George Galloway/Christopher Hitchens Debate Streaming Live on Wed. (tags)

Two years after the invasion of Iraq, British MP George Galloway and journalist Christopher Hitchens will debate the causes and consequences of the Iraq war at Baruch College in New York City. Moderated by Amy Goodman.

Objection!!!: Supreme Court nominee seen as threat to women, labor, racial equality (tags)

WASHINGTON — Hours after President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court, fighters for human rights bombarded the Senate with demands that they reject him on grounds he is an enemy of women’s equality, labor rights and voting rights. Roberts’ nomination threatens to push the nation’s highest court further to the right for years to come, they said.

Onward, Christian theocrats: the Yankee Taliban on the attack (tags)

“Our goal is a Christian nation,” says Terry Randal. “We are called by God to conquer this country.”

Fascists admit decruitment efforts successful (tags)

The fascist regime admits that progressive anti-war activists -- real American patriots -- are responsible for keeping children from signing up for the fascist regime's war crime atrocities in Iraq. With recruitment numbers across all military venues down by at least one third, the fascist regime will have to either stop slaughtering innocent people with brown skin in innocent countries, else the fascists will have to instigate a draft. The revolution will then be the next day. George W. Bush and the other Republinazi fascists are the _only_ enemies America is laboring under.

Five US Marines Killed In Suicide Car Bombing In Fallujah (tags)

A short article about recent car bombings in Iraq.

Here we go again. (tags)

With Biden announced, Clinton a near certainty, and maybe even Kerry wanting a second try at the White House, the 2007-8 Democratic primary season looks to be grim stuff, and the likelihood of continued Republican dominance good. The one possible wrench in Democratic party hacks’ suicide plans: Russ Feingold. ------------------

100,000 Dead for a Heap of Lies (tags)

100,000 Iraqis paid for that with their lives; 1600 American soldiers were sent to their deaths for a heap of lies.

Filibuster Wars (tags)

Filibuster Wars Power Grab at the Height of the Empire http://rwor.org/a/004/filibuster-wars.htm The Senate was heading for a major showdown, as the Republican majority and Vice President Cheney conspired to strip the Democrat minority of their ability to even filibuster the most extreme judicial nominees. Then, after playing chicken for two weeks, a "Gang of 14" Senators suddenly announced they had reached a "historic compromise based on mutual trust" -- and they announced that they had saved the Senate from destruction. And the media oohed-and-aaaahed over the last minute development. But it quickly became pretty obvious, that nothing here was an obstacle to the most dangerous plans for remaking the courts. And did the compromise "safe the filibuster" as the media said? In fact, the compromise said "If you don't take the filibuster, we promise not to use it." Which, if you think about it, gives the top reactionaries what they want. Part of this "compromise" is that the Democrats immediately stopped their opposition to Precilla Owen and several other of Bush's judicial nominees -- these are people who are literally monsters of an extreme kind, who had been stalled in the Senate (in some cases for years.) So this "compromise" meant that these vultures are headed for powerful courts. And, it is also clear that huge new showdowns lie just ahead -- as the White House and Senate brace for a struggle over putting extreme rightwing judges on the supreme court. The following article (written just before the "compromise" was announced) lays bare the stakes and dynamics of this whole crisis.

The Vile and Self-Defeating Betrayal That is Bipartisanship (tags)

The Democrats finally had a plan to put a wrench in the Republican juggernaut—a shutdown of the Senate. And what did they do? Let a bunch of sell-out DLC-types blow it with a bi-partisan compromise that will just put more right-wing judges on the appellate bench. ----------------

Sen. Feingold, Lone Opponent of Original PATRIOT Act, Blasts Secret Plot to Make it Wors (tags)

Sen. Feingold, alone in opposing the PATRIOT Act in '01, blasts the White House attempt to use the Senate Intelligence Committee to produce an even worse bill in secret, behind the back of the Judiciary Committee.

Intelligence Committee in Maneuver to Pass Even Worse PATRIOT Act (tags)

With no announcement, the Senate Intelligence Committee has scheduled a closed door session to approve a version of the Patriot Act that would be even worse than the present act being considered by the Judiciary Committee. The hand of the White House seems to be behind the sneaky maneuver.

Senate Supports War and Attacks on Immigrants 100-0 (tags)

The Democrats and Republicans are the same.

Republican bullies should give up on proposed `nuclear' option to end filibusters (tags)

Bullies would rather thrown over the board, scatter pieces everywhere, than play a game they cannot win.

Fri. 4/29: CodePink-LA Mourns Loss of Friend Marla Ruzicka (tags)

CodePink LA is honoring 28-year-old Marla Ruzicka and her Iraqi colleague Faiz Ali Salim with a vigil and memorial commemorating their lives and work on behalf of civilian casualties of war the war in Iraq and Afghanistan on Friday, April 29.

Shadowy Lobbyists (tags)

by Admin. (No verified email address) 24 Apr 2005 Here's a decent article I came across in the Reader.

14 House, Senate Races Won by Computer Fraud in 2002 (tags)

[This is not] about getting rid of Bush. It is about defending against an all-out assault on our right as a people to chart our own destiny and our ability to oust those leaders who fail us.

The Sinner who Refuses to Repent: John Bolton (tags)

On Tuesday, Bolton's conduct toward colleagues in the State Department was probed. Witnesses reported that the Under-secretary attempted to fire experts who doubted his assertions about Cuban bio-weapons. This is the last hour to email committee members.

Revolutionary Communists Take on Christian Fascists Over Schiavo (tags)

"One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo to elevate the visibility of what's going on in America."

Tom DeLay, Congressman from Texas, House Republican Majority Leader,
speaking to his co-thinkers of "Family Research Council"

Tom DeLay is a powerful right-winger who wraps his ambitions in a frenzied god-speak. He is the cynical manipulator, who redistricted Texas to disenfranchise political opponents, and is now rewriting congressional ethics procedures to rescue himself from his own colossal corruption. He is an aggressive liar, who recently dared describe Terri Schiavo as "lucid."

But, for a half second there among allies, he let out something true.

This huge national power struggle over Terri Schiavo's fate has, in fact, elevated the visibility of what's going on in America.

Congress on Steroids! Watch No-Nonsence Representatives Get Tough on Witnesses! (tags)

In the baseball steroid hearings, we saw aggressive questioning by representatives, but when it involves anything important, like war funding or CIA torture, members of this Congress are nothing but yes-men and neutered pussycats.

Don't Certify the Votes: Go on record with your Senator (tags)

Don't Certify the Votes: Go on record with your Senator This list of 10 Senators are those which I hope to focus lobbying efforts to try and find at least one to protest the certification of the final vote tally in congress. I've set-up the thread with a topic for each Senator, so we can keep track of any feedback from the Senators. I've started a Thread at the forum on DU Here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=201&topic_id=6829#6839

2+2=5 (tags)

There will never be another free and fair election in America ever again if George Bush is inaugurated as the President of the United States on January 20th. 2005 or at least until there is a civil war restablishing an open democracy.

2 + 2 = Five (tags)

There will never be another free and fair election in America ever again if George Bush is inaugurated as the President of the United States on January 20th. 2005 or at least until there is a civil war establishing an open democracy.

Bush Lies About FORMALDEGATE (tags)

George Bush has committed perjury and contempt of court. In his Harken Energy scandal he got a whitewash from his personal attorney James Doty.

Bush Regime Maintains Power Through Electoral Fraud (tags)

Whither Democracy In The United States?

The battle for Congress heats up (tags)

“I have never considered myself a partisan person, but the Republican Party left me behind, so I had no choice but to leave the Republican Party behind,” Steven Brozak told delegates to the Democratic Convention this summer.

Is Despair Spreading in the Bush Camp? (tags)

"The situation for Bush is really precarious if one considers the increasing signals that the economic system is much weaker than assumed.. Ultra-conservatives are worried about the great global instability.."

BTL:Activist Granny D, 94, Launches Campaign for Senate Seat in New Hampshire (tags)

Speech by Doris "Granny D" Haddock, 94-year-old U.S. Senate candidate and activist, produced by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

Kerry, "Yes", I committed the same kinds of atrocities ! (tags)

Kerry Committed War Crimes, 'Burned Villages' in Viet Nam

Protest Cheney in Riverside J27 (tags)

Protest Cheney in Riverside CA July 27th 5pm at the Mission Inn

BTL:Senate Committee Slams CIA on Pre-Iraq War Intelligence (tags)

~Report on White House role in manipulating intelligence delayed until after election~Interview with author and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris

Protest Cheney in Riverside J27 (tags)

Protest Cheney in Riverside CA July 27th 5pm at the Mission Inn

Our $8 Trillion Headache (tags)

Since taking office, George W. Bush taking has taken the national debt (in decline thanks to four years of surpluses) on an upwards trajectory -- and now he needs a $690 billion. Grand total? $8 TRILLION!

GOP blocks war-profiteering amendment (tags)

The Leahy/Daschle amendment would have created new penalties -- including up to 20 years in jail -- for government contractors convicted of inflating the cost of goods or services.

The Document Sean Hannity Doesn't Want You To Read (tags)

Fox News' Sean Hannity challenged American Progress CEO John Podesta to "defend and explain one example where I -- where I said something that was so false." -- here are fifteen examples:

Ex-Mideast Envoy Zinni Charges Neocons Pushed Iraq War For Israel (tags)

"pushing the war for Israel's benefit was 'the worst-kept secret in Washington' "

Kerry and McCain Win BIG ! in Elections ‘04 (tags)

At least it’s not Bush, Chaney, Ashcroft and the Neo Convicts.

Please lobby NOW on AB 2949 (Loni Hancock Public Campaign $)!!! (tags)

We need to lobby our state legislators immediately to get the public campaign financing bill amended so it doesn't discriminate against third parties!

Experts see no law barring Rice testimony (tags)

There are several instances in which sitting national security advisers or White House aides testified before legislative bodies. Among them: Zbigniew Brzezinski and Sandy Berger

Senate candidate believes children should have sex with adults (tags)

The Libertarian candidate responded to an ad in Swingers Digest magazine, telling an undercover San Jose policewoman that he wanted her to teach one of his young family members about sex while he had sex with another.

US/UK Extradition Treaty – NEW APPEAL (tags)

Please urge Sen. Feinstein to support Nepal garment bill (tags)

Dear California residents, please take ten minutes to write to Senator Feinstein asking her to support a bill which would help the people of Nepal, who are in dire need due to civil war and poverty.

Bush and Senate Republicans Obstruct Unemployment Extensions (tags)

A short article about unemployment extensions.

Shame on You, Ann Coulter (tags)

Coulter rewrites history in a shameful attack on a real American hero.

John Kerry Video (tags)

John Kerry Video proves reason for concern over a John Kerry vs George Bush presidential race.

Kerry & His Anti ACLU/Freedom voting record... (tags)

What Skull & Bones Kerry Don't Want You to Know about his Anti ACLU/Freedom voting record...

Happy Martin Luther King Day (tags)

Another End-Run by the President

Pill woes land Limbaugh in Capitol debate (tags)

Jim McDonough, The director of Govnernor Jeb Bush's Office of Drug Control Policy, claimed that "the pharmacist in that (Limbaugh) case is a pharmacist who is no longer licensed" and that he sold Limbaugh and others thousands of pills "essentially out of the trunk of his car"

Hey, They're Taking Slash-and-Burn to Extremes! (tags)

Republican leaders are deploying scorched-earth tactics, as if they ruled the nation 80-20, not 51-49, because cooperating with Democrats would cost even more votes from the conservatives.

Byrd's Fable Fits Perfectly (tags)

"Those who have dared to expose the nakedness of the administration's policies in Iraq have been subjected to scorn. Those who have noticed the elephant in the room - that is, the fact that this war was based on falsehoods - have had our patriotism questioned. Those who have spoken aloud the thought shared by hundreds of thousands of military families across this country, that our troops should return quickly and safely from the dangers half a world away, have been accused of cowardice. We have then seen the untruths, the dissembling, the fabrication, the misleading inferences surrounding this rush to war in Iraq wrapped quickly in the flag."

Lawmakers block labeling food with Country of Origin (tags)

(In a massive sell-0ut) "Bargainers tying down the last details of a mammoth $390 billion spending bill agreed to block labels identifying which country food products come from for the next two years, lawmakers and aides said Saturday. "

CRITICS RAIL AGAINST SENATE PROMOTION OF GEN. CLARK (tags)

On Tues., Nov. 18, the senate confirmed a promotion of Major General Robert T. Clark to the rank of Lieutenant General, the Army's second highest rank. The senate confirmation drew rancor from the nation’s major Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Organizations, including the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC).

Dump Daschle - a view of the corporate welfare energy bill (tags)

No, the energy legislation in the U.S. Senate is corporate welfare, plain and simple, and the man who should be leading the fight to change it has once again demonstrated his inability to do the right thing.

Congressmen of 'Integrity' refuse to penalize Mutual Fund abusers (tags)

Only 2 members of the House of Representative rejected legislation that would impose penalties against fund trading abuses. Who were these industry insiders? Reps. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), key members of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

BTL:Environmentalists Charge Legislation to Prevent Forest Fires is... (tags)

...a Gift to the Logging Industry. Interview with Sean Cosgrove, of the Sierra Club, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus

Republicans Strip 'No War Profiteering' Section (tags)

The White House and the House Republicans took out a section of a bill that would have imposed stiff penalties for war profiteering. With one-party rule in Washington, there will be no oversight (and no penalties) if anyone steals any (or all) of the $87 billion dollars President George Bush wants to spend on the US - Iraq War

Final Battle Over Controversial General's Promotion, NTAC Urges Action (tags)

After a delay of more than a year, the Senate Armed Services Committee has forwarded the nomination of Major General Robert T. Clark to the full Senate for confirmation. The decision drew disbelief and a call for action from the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC).

White House Accused of Stalling 9-11 Probe (tags)

Members of both parties are beginning to notice that the White House has a strange reluctance to let information be known.

Unbelievable Racial Slur/Treatment From Texas Senator (tags)

Arrogant bigotry from Texas GOP Senators during Congressional redistricting in Texas. Republicans are proud of their power, Rep. Tom DeLay is there to help them get their quotas of Republicans in Congress, and racial comments are now Politically Correct in the Aryan GOP.

Reasons for war--NOVEMBER 11--2002 (tags)

HOW QUICKLY WE ALL FORGET WHY WE ARE IN IRAQ. HEY RIGHT WINGERS READ THIS ARTICLE AND RE THINK YOUR POSITIONS....

Kleptocratic States of America (tags)

"Cronyism is an important factor in the Iraqi debacle. It's not just that reconstruction is much more expensive than it should be. The really important thing is that cronyism is warping policy: By treating contracts as prizes to be handed to their friends, administration officials are delaying Iraq's recovery, with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Bush's Short Trip into Purgatory (tags)

"The government did miserable work in planning for the time after Saddam Hussein. The government treated Congress like a nuisance, Senator Chuck Hagel from arch-conservative Nebraska declared.. The $166 billion for the anti-terror crusade is a record."

Yikes! Pikes! Trying to Put an Extremist in the US Institute of Peace.. (tags)

A sly and sneaky attempt to put a friend with a reputation as an anti-Muslim and an Extremist into US Institute of Peace- a federally funded think tank that doesn't need to feature right wing extremism in order to follow its mission.

Texas GOP says Democrats will Pay -- $1000s a day! (tags)

A visibly angry Bill Ratliff, a Republican State Senator (Mount Pleasant) had said before hand he stood by the notion that the Democrats have a constitutional right to break quorum.

Thom Hartmann: 'Want to win an election? Just control the voting machines' (tags)

You'd think in an open democracy that the government - answerable to all its citizens rather than a handful of corporate officers and stockholders - would program, repair, and control the voting machines. You'd think the computers that handle our cherished ballots would be open and their software and programming available for public scrutiny. You'd think there would be a paper trail of the vote, which could be followed and audited if a there was evidence of voting fraud or if exit polls disagreed with computerized vote counts. You'd be wrong.

Surprising Backlash to FCC's Libertarian Ruling (tags)

Activist groups and lawmakers say the libertarian instincts of the FCC's Michael Powell are out of step -- many fear that large corporations will absorb local news outlets.

GOP's Double Standard On Presidential Lies (tags)

As the dying goes on, Bush has yet to prove the existence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. He now admits to using bad intelligence in his State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein was trying to purchase uranium in Africa for nuclear weapons.

Diogenes: Forget Athens, head to Arizona! (tags)

Stephen Moore, Club for Growth president & Cato Institute Senior Fellow, raised $10 million for Republicans in 2003 (much more than the largest corporate PACs) But Moore's attempt to challenge Senator McCain (despided by Conservative Republicans) failed.

Voting Machine Magic (tags)

It is it absolutely amazing. Thousands of People changed their voting intentions overnight. Amazing. Just as Amazing 5 Republicans Won by identical Vote Counts of 18,181. Amazing, simply amazing. Will wonders never cease.

White House lied to sell Iraq war (tags)

The White House finally admitted this week that it played fast and loose with the truth in President Bush’s State of the Union address.

Diebold - The face of modern ballot tampering (tags)

“Critics warn local election officials could be trading one set of problems for another potentially as bad, or worse, than last year's election debacle. They vigorously argue that fully electronic systems pose data-security problems and lack a paper trail. "There's no way to independently verify that the voter's ballot as cast was actually the ballot being recorded by the machine,'' said Rebecca Mercuri, a computer scientist and visiting lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.”

3 Minutes To Stop Media Monopoly (tags)

We actually have a very good chance of overturning decades of corrupt media policy making in this country

Weep the demise of a Leader of Men (tags)

Mourn the passing of a brilliant leader of men. Strom Thurmond is gone. It's a sad day. We will hang our flags at half-mast.

Senate committee vote to reverse FCC decision (tags)

Legislation to reverse FCC decision of June 2. This decision allows media corporations to own broadcast outlets and newspapers in the same town.

Where are all those Iraqi weapons? (tags)

“Where are the weapons of mass destruction?” That is the first of many awkward questions George W. Bush faces as the vaunted victory in Iraq unravels in chaos. Another question is: “How long will the occupation last and how much will it cost?”

Flag Waivers Continu to Gut the Bill of Rights (tags)

Constitutional amendment on flag desecration is back again Supporters say bill stands better chance after war with Iraq

Bush guts Health Care for Veterans; Michael Moore's Popularity Surges (tags)

Green news and opion updated daily

Republicans Plan to make PATRIOT Act Permanent (tags)

If this goes through, it will effectively end 227 years of constitutional rule in America. WHERE ARE OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES? Where is the freedom that had made America great?

Urgent: Survey for Senator Kerry (tags)

Vote Today

DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN DIED TODAY (tags)

Former Sen. Patrick Moynihan Dies at 76

BTL:Senate Passage of "Partial Birth Abortion" Ban is Important Gain in... (tags)

...Anti-Choice Campaign. Interview with Karyn Strickler, executive director of Fifty Plus One, conducted by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari

bin Laden tape: Bush league caught in another web of lies (tags)

No wonder they're so cautious about compromising intelligence sources - they've invented time travel!

Australian Senate Votes No Confidence Motion Of Prime Minister Re: Iraq War (tags)

This Is the first vote of no confidence in a government or leader in Australia's 102- year history. Recent opinion polls show an overwhelming majority of Australians -- 76 percent --oppose Australian participation in a U.S.-led war on Iraq .

BBC: US Senators Question Iraq Evidence (tags)

"However, the surprising mood of scepticism evident in the committee room was an indication that President Bush and Mr Powell still have work to do if they are to gain bipartisan support for their Iraq policy."

From 2002 to 2003: The struggle continues (tags)

Editorial commentary George W. Bush must have expected clear sailing for his right-wing agenda of war abroad and giveaways to the rich when the Republicans regained majority control of the U.S. Senate and added to their majority in the House in the Nov. 5 elections.

Green Resolution Concerning Trent Lott (tags)

Resolution of the Green Party County Council for Riverside County, California Concerning the recent comments of Trent Lott 12/21/02

GPRC WebMaster (tags)

Resolution of the Green Party County Council for Riverside County, California Concerning the recent comments of Trent Lott 12/21/02

BTL:Trent Lott's Future As Senate Majority Leader in Doubt, But... (tags)

...Undercurrent of Racism Persists in GOP. Interview with Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author and commentator, conducted by Between the Lines'Scott Harris

Racism puts Bush, GOP on defensive (tags)

For Mississippians stung by the whip of racism, the firestorm engulfing Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is long overdue. Charles Tisdale, publisher of The Jackson Advocate, an African-American newspaper, told the World, "With a record as bad as Lott’s, I can’t see why people are surprised. I’ve known Lott for 35 years. He’s always been a racist."

BTL:A Woman's Right to Choose Under Severe Attack as... (tags)

...GOP Consolidates Control of U.S. Government. Interview with Terry O'Neill, a membership vice president of NOW conducted by Between The Lines' Denise Manzari.

URGENT UPDATE - CONTACT YOUR SENATOR ABOUT THE HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY BILL (tags)

The Senate is poised to vote on the creation of the Homeland Security Agency. Language recently added to a House version of the bill - HR 5710 - contains grave threats to civil liberties in this country. It is important to contact your Senator this week to urge them to prevent the inclusion of the these dangerous provisions in the Senate version of the bill, or to vote against it entirely if the language is not amended.

Protest Dachle (tags)

We need a Senate Dem. Leader that will stand up, rather than rollover. Dashcle is letting Bush and co. get away with murder by continuing his lack of leadership against the new right policies. I urge all to call write their senators and ask that they vote dashcle out as min. leader. Look at this latest legislation that dashcle thinks will pass- (that's your opposition- i think it will pass)... Maybe Boxer has a spine.

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR ABOUT THE HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY BILL (tags)

The Senate is poised to vote on the establishment of the Homeland Security Agency. Many versions of the bill have circulated through congress, all containing different provisions. Because of the rapidly approaching Senate vote, it is important to contact your Senator this week, and urge them to vote for specific provisions of a House version of the bill - HR 5005.EH - that include crucial civil liberties protections. Also, urge them to vote against any provision that would authorize the creation of the “Total Information Awareness System” now funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.

WHO'S A JEW IN CONGRESS (tags)

I'd think publishing a list like this would be anti-Semitic. Evidently, it's not! Everything, including the title: "Who's A Jew In Congress" is from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Do other religions keep & publish similiar lists? Who's a Baptist... a Catholic in congress?

Working families say: We’ll fight Bush agenda (tags)

WASHINGTON – Despite setbacks in the Nov. 5 elections, the AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women and other grassroots organizations vowed a determined fight to block the Bush administration from railroading its ultra-right agenda through Congress.

The long dark night is over... (tags)

Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota will not appoint a Democrat to replace Sen. Wellstone.

Win the elections for Wellstone! (tags)

MINNEAPOLIS – “Stand up, keep fighting,” the refrain from a Wellstone campaign song, rocked Williams Arena here Oct. 29 as more than 20,000 people packed a memorial service for Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, daughter Marcia and three campaign staff members and crew who died in a plane crash Oct. 25.

Turnout key in dead-heat elections (tags)

We are “One Vote Away” from right-wing control of all three branches of the federal government warns People For the American Way (PFAW) in a television ad being aired in states where Senate races are too close to call.

November 5 battle cry: Defeat the right wing (tags)

People's Weekly World Newspaper, Oct 19, 2002   Interviews with labor, civil rights, women’s and peace organizations reveal a concerted nationwide campaign to maximize voter turnout in the Nov. 5 elections in an effort to wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republican right wing and increase the one-vote Democratic margin in the Senate. A net gain of seven seats will give the Democrats control of the House.

At long last, victory for the farmworkers! (tags)

It took a public appeal to the conscience to get the governor to drop his checkbook!

Calls jam Capitol phones: Give peace a chance (tags)

Lawmakers are reporting their phones ringing off the hooks with calls overwhelmingly against George W. Bush’s plans for a war on Iraq. Bush’s war resolution, sent to Capitol Hill last week, is a sweeping measure that would permit him to “use all means he determines to be appropriate, including force” against Iraq.

Sen. Byrd warns of another Gulf of Tonkin (tags)

see. LBJ tapes re: Gulf of Tonkin

How did Iraq get its weapons? We sold them (tags)

THE US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological wea pons of mass destruction.

Sexist Senator calls Woman Judge 'Unqualified'! (tags)

Priscilla Owen Nomination is rejected by Senate Judiciary Committee. She is denied a full Senate vote as well.

Nader Backs Wellstone, Greens Miffed (tags)

Nader does the right thing...at last!

Ish Flory, A lifetime champion of equality (tags)

In Chicago the month of August is a special time for the residents of the South Side. Every year on the second Saturday of that month the community celebrates its past, its present and its future with a huge outdoor party kicked off by the Bud Billiken parade.

GREEN PARTY CALLS SENATE HEARINGS ON IRAQ A (tags)

Greens demand that critics of Bush's intended invasion be included in hearings, especially UN weapons inspectors

BUSH GETS IT WRONG ON SENATE WELFARE BILL (tags)

CALIFORNIA WELFARE RECIPIENTS AND WELFARE RIGHTS ADVOCATES AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT ON BUSH SPEECH In a speech earlier today in Charleston, South Carolina, President Bush commented on the welfare reauthorization bill currently before the Senate. Shane Murphy Goldsmith, Organizer, National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support California Campaign, reacted to the President’s remarks:

House Amendment Passes Calling for Independent Commission on 9-11 (tags)

Independent Commission on 9-11 Amendments Introduced by Tim Roemer (D), and Christopher Smith (R) Now Call for Inclusion of Victim Families Senate Action Pending – The Two Ends Don’t Meet

RAVE bill scary! kill! kill! (tags)

More YOU Can Do to Stop the RAVE Bill: Call Senators Boxer + Feinstein and ask them to put a HOLD on the bills and to vote against any "unanimous consent request." even if you've called/written already! more below:

Press Briefing on Welfare Reform (tags)

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 9:30 AM, BREAKFAST BRIEFING ON WELFARE REFORM WITH WELFARE RECIPIENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN As the national economy weakens and unemployment rises, the U.S. Senate takes up welfare reform at the end of July; Los Angeles County welfare recipients will speak about the proposed legislation and their experiences with the welfare system. OUTCOME OF THIS MONTH'S SENATE DEBATE WILL DEEPLY IMPACT LA COUNTY

Rally at U.S. Capitol to Stop Yucca Mountain (tags)

Environmental Activists Rally at the U.S. Senate to Protest the Shipping of Nuclear Waste to Yucca Mountain Nevada.

SIERRA CLUB SUPPORTS JUDI BARI vs. FBI LAWSUIT ON EVE OF TRIAL (tags)

OAKLAND, CA - The long-awaited trial for the lawsuit by Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney against the FBI and the Oakland Police Department begins today with jury selection.

Colombia Voters Reject U.S. War (tags)

When Colombian voters went to the polls yesterday to elect a new Congress, they massively rejected the candidates of the traditional ruling two-party system of the Conservative and Liberal parties.

Corporados Attempt Massive Privatization of U.S. Water Supply (tags)

The water infrastructure bill introduced in the Senate in February 2002 makes federal assistance for water systems conditional on the recipient's consideration of privatization. This language jeopardizes public access to safe and affordable drinking water

Tell Washington YOUR OPINION of the "War on Terror" (tags)

An alert from Vote.com recently raised the question of whether Senator Daschle was right to criticize Bush's promises to expand the "War on Terrorism." Currently the vote is 88% in favor of the so-called "War on Terror" and only 12% opposing Bush's reckless sabre-rattling. Let's see if we can turn that around!

Petition the senate to investigate 911 (tags)

There needs to be an investigation not just us government version of what really happened

California lawmakers: Arrest Enron execs (tags)

Houston workers demand justice WASHINGTON – A committee of the California State Senate has demanded that Kenneth Lay and other Enron officials be brought to California to stand trial for contempt for refusing to testify before a California Senate Committee investigating “manipulation of the energy market.”

Bush urges Senate to BACK OFF 9-11 probes. DEMAND a FULL Inquiry. Activist Kit (tags)

Bush urges Senate to BACK OFF 9-11 probes. DEMAND a FULL Inquiry. Activist Kit !! Was 9-11 the US Reichstag created to legitimize MASS WAR?? ACT NOW!!

So-Called "American Servicemembers' Protection Act" Receives Senate Approval (tags)

Support for Anti-ICC Legislation Flies in Face of International Cooperation Against Terrorism. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly supported Senator Jesse Helms' proposed American Servicemembers' Protection Act (ASPA) as an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act, providing the legal framework for U.S. opposition to the future International Criminal Court (ICC).

Bush Energy Bill Up for Vote on Monday - BP, Exxon, Phillips Licking Their Lips (tags)

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) attached the Bush/House Energy Bill to a Railroad Bill today, in another attempt to back-door the country into an unsustainable and destructive energy policy designed to line the pockets of their energy industry buddies. The vote on this amendment will take place Monday, December 3rd, at 5pm Eastern. Some groups will be holding press events at BP offices throughout the country including LA, Sacramento, DC, NYC, and Denver to speak out against the bill and in favor of protecting the Arctic Refuge and more renewable energy.

White House Silent on Airline Bill (tags)

After a bipartisan Senate passed an airline security bill 100-0 that would federalize 28,000 airport security workers, House Republicans decided that "Big Government" was a bigger threat than another terrorist attack. On Saturday, Bush praised the Republican plan in his weekly radio address, but the next day his chief of staff, Andrew Card, went on NBC's "Meet the Press" to say that Bush wouldn't veto the Senate plan. [This is leadership?]

Sen. Russ Feingold: Why I Opposed the Anti-Terrorism Bill (Counterpunch) (tags)

This is the text of remarks delivered on the senate floor by Senator Feingold during the October 25, 2001 debate on the final passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Feingold was the lone vote against the bill in the senate.

Protest DEA Bust of Cannabis Resource Center (tags)

The DEA raided the Cannabis Resource Center, SoCal's best source of medical marijuana. Protest Friday 2PM at West Hollywood City Hall.

WP: Senate GOP Ends Filibuster Over Judicial Nominations (tags)

After 2 weeks of partisan obstructionism, Senate Republicans abruptly gave up and "decided that the responsible thing for us to do at this time is to focus on those issues that need to be addressed as a result of the events of Sept. 11," according to Minority Leader Trent Lott. [Fortunately for him, the corporate media has totally ignored this prolonged attack on bipartisanship, which delayed the Foreign Aid Bill for 2 weeks.]

People For The American Way On Rightwing Court Packing, Past Rejection Rates (tags)

During the years 1995-2000, when Republicans controlled the Senate, 45.3% of President Clinton's nominations to the courts of appeals were rejected, a rate 72% higher than the 26.3% rejection rate for Presidents Reagan and Bush when Democrats controlled the Senate, 1987-1992. Now hard-right Republicans are pressing for Bush to appoint only far-right ideologues to those positions, packing the courts with an extremist minority view.

Senate Likely to OK Alaska Refuge Drilling - Official (tags)

Despite wrangling by the Leaders of the Senate Democrats to stall a vote on this subject, the Republicans say that they will be able to push it allong soon enough.

*URGENT* Senate to Vote on Drilling In ANWR!! (tags)

The White House's Attack on America continues pressuring the Senate to vote on ANWR drilling during an exceptionally vulnerable time for the United States.

Senator Blocks Attempt to Pass Bill (tags)

Call congressional reps and senators now! Call Feingold and urge him not to give in! Read below, and compare Feingold's relatively minor objections and then compare those to the other totalitarian police powers described in www.aclu.org that he is NOT objecting to! The capitol switchboard number is 202.224.3121

Teamsters Dump Turtles to Pass Bush Energy Plan (tags)

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jason Mark, clean vehicles program director with the Union of Concerned Scientists, discusses the environmental consequences of the Bush energy policy and the labor/industry coalition that lobbied to pass the president's bill(A RealAudio Version of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).

Domestic Partner's Rights Bill Domestic Partners' Rights Bill in State Senate (tags)

The California Senate is considering a bill that would recognize sex marraiges and allow for some but not all equal rights as granted to straight couples.

Asa Hutchinson, Bush's choice to head DEA, has ties to drug smugglers (tags)

From investigative reporter Daniel Hopsicker. Part one of his reporting on Asa Hutchinson ties to drug smugglers can be found at http://www.madcowprod.com

BILLIONAIIRES APPLAUD BUY-PARTISAN TAX BREAK FOR THE RICH (tags)

As the Senate debates the $1.35 trillion tax cut package, Billionaires for Unlimited Inheritance, a coalition of the mega-rich, are urging the Senate to pass the measure without delay. They are particularly pleased that the legislation on the floor will abolish the estate tax, thus helping them to keep vast wealth accumulating within their families for generations.

COUPWATCH: The Senate Is Racist And It Must Die! (tags)

It's not really news that the US Senate is a racist institution. It has not one black member in it, and has had only two black members in all of living memory. That alone is enough to tell you that it's a racist institution, but it only begins to scratch the surface. More to the point, the Senate has not one seat that represents a majority-black constituency. The failure to support the Congressional Black Congress protest of the Florida election said it all. The failure to defeat Ashcroft only added the exclamation mark. The Senate is racist and it must die!

Demonstration in Sacramento Calls for Overhaul of U.S. Electoral System (tags)

Over 200 protestors gathered in California's Capitol today to demonstrate against the casting of electoral votes by the state's electors. Charging that the system has become utterly corrupt, demonstrators raised issues from abolishing the Electoral College to racist election policies. Police remained peaceful, and there were no arrests.

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