No, domestic spying does not go on. Why worry? The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal. Internal agency documents show for… More Spy and punishment
The struggle over giving ‘fast track’ legislation to the Trans Pacific Partnership has another dimension. Central to Elizabeth Warren and other’s problems with TPP is a piece called Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS. This is “neutral international arbitration mechanism that creates a stable legal environment, facilitating investments in countries where investors might fear unfair legal… More Elizabeth Warren: ‘possible to punch holes in Dodd Frank without directly repealing it’
Katrina vanden Heuvel is not my favorite representative from the left, but this column nails it: It has come to this. To sell his trade treaty — specifically the fast-track trade authority that would grease the skids for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), President Obama is mobilizing a coalition anchored by corporate lobbies,… More Democrats ‘stunned’ by intensity of lobbying mounted by White House
That I’m aware of only MSNBC has produced any coverage on the mysterious Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global trade deal that would make NAFTA look like National Post Office Day. Not even FOX News has touched it. Reading the story in the NYT during a semi-comatose plane ride yesterday morning, I had to read the following… More You down with TPP? You know me!
How long will this woman , Cynthia Louis, wait in line to vote for Rick Scott’s Republican successor in 2018? Louis, 57, has been unemployed since fall of 2013. Before then, the mother of three worked for Burger King for nearly 25 years, preparing and serving breakfast and lunch to Miami customers. “Work is fun… More Which would you choose — a hard or soft option?
Fine: “It’s not as if active citizens are always right — they’re not,” he continued. “Sometimes people start yelling at me or arguing at me, and, I think, you don’t know what you’re talking about. But sometimes they do. And the question is not whether they’re always right; the question is, do you have a… More The politics of language
Ari Rabin-Havt has a blunt warning for Democrats who align with the Republicans voting for Senator Bob Corker’s bill giving Congress the right to approve the Security Council’s negotiation with Iran: Senators with a D after their names should take heed of the warning progressive groups sent and look to history, aware that this vote,… More Warning to Dems: scuttle the Iran deal and we’ll cut you
A lot of chatter today about compulsory voting based on comments the president purportedly said and have as usual caused the rogues gallery to go to DEFCON 2. To “have a conversation” about compulsory voting is moot. If every man and woman who qualified (including felons in Florida), state and federal elections would shift leftward… More On compulsory voting
Charles Pierce: This is the party that modern conservatism has built, brick by brick, one indulged lunatic at a time, over the past 60 years. I leave the details to Rick Perlstein, but there is no question that this was a conscious choice made over time by one of the only two political parties that… More The modern GOP
Well: The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that… More Obama and the press
Good on the NYT editorial board for decrying the double standard whereby respected establishment member David Petraeus gets a slap on the wrist and an earnest finger wag for the leaking of classified information to his favorite reporters while Abbe Lowell serves thirteen months in prison and John Kiriakou two: Federal prosecutors have charged more… More ‘He’s lost his job. How much does the government want?’
When Barack Obama assumes his I’m Angry Now tone, affected when he realizes he is speaking as the Chief Executive, he’s too self-conscious to give a convincing performance. His past as an ironist and more typical than most adolescence and college years stiffen his body language and sentences. That’s the impression I got watching his… More Obama on pot legalization