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9/11 Commission Did Not Exonerate Saudis 26.4.2016 Politics on
Americans are not used to reading investigative pieces of journalism. We like to tweet and text in small bites. But here's the thing. Sometimes, the most important things can't be explained in 15 bites or less. Sometimes, it takes more space and time. And so I ask everyone who is reading this blog to please read it in its entirety -- especially the bold parts. And, if you care about our country, if you care about peace, and keeping American lives safe from terrorists, pay attention to what is being said here -- and never forget it. The time has come to clarify some inaccuracies and misleading statements being made in the media regarding the 28 pages , the 9/11 attacks, the investigation of the 9/11 attacks, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). In doing so, perhaps the American public will come to understand the importance of passing JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) and releasing the 28 pages in their entirety. The 9/11 Commission's mandate was to not replicate, but rather to expand ...
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Pages Said to Detail Saudi Arabia's Involvement in 9/11 to be Made Public 25.4.2016 Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Confidential and deeply controversial documents said to reveal the support network behind the 9/11 hijackers may soon be made public, according to the Obama administration's head of national intelligence.

James Clapper, who is charged with overseeing the declassification, reportedly said that it is a "realistic goal" that the 28-page section of the 9/11 Commission Report would be available as early as June.

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Clinton and Sanders Back Saudi-9/11 Bill, But Who Has Read 'Missing 28 Pages'? 19.4.2016 Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Ahead of the New York presidential primary, both Democratic candidates are breaking with the Obama administration to declare their support for a bill that would allow Americans to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for any role it may have played in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Whoever Manages NASA's Facebook Page Has Had It Up To Here With Climate Change Deniers 15.4.2016 Politics on
"We invite you to comment on our page, but we ask that you be courteous and cite credible sources when sharing information." That's the disclaimer posted atop NASA's Global Climate Change Facebook page. And judging from the normally staid government agency's response to a handful of climate change deniers who ran amok this week under a post by media personality Bill Nye, they mean it. Nye, known as "the Science Guy,"  shared a story on NASA's page Monday about a climate change denier who refused to accept $20,000 in bets that the planet will continue getting hotter. The post inspired readers to share a torrent of poorly substantiated -- yet fiercely defended -- theories in the comments section, ranging from outright climate change denial to vitriolic attacks on NASA itself.  After a couple days of the lunacy (as of Thursday evening, the comments section was still growing), whoever manages NASA's climate change Facebook page finally had enough and decided to set the record straight. One reader, who ...
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The Dangerous Smugness of That Boston Globe “President Trump” Spoof 14.4.2016 Views
Christian Christensen

A national embarrassment skewered. Journalistic honor restored. Reveling in know-nothingness and jingoism taking a back seat to an ironic, raised eyebrow. That front page made us feel good about ourselves. We are not a nation of idiots. We are more than that.


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As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigned for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Opposed 12.4.2016
"I worry sometimes that, when people say 'impose a no-fly zone,' there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It's extraordinarily difficult. Having overseen imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a force that is vastly inferior in air forces and air defenses to that which exists in Syria, it's a pretty high-risk operation…It first entails -- we should make no bones about it. It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems. And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that results in lots of casualties and increased risk to our own personnel." -- Now-retired four-star General Carter Ham, former commander, U.S. Africa Command, who oversaw U.S. military enforcement of the Libyan no-fly zone in 2011 [ CBS News ] "It is quite frankly an act of war and it is not a trivial matter…I know it sounds stark, but ...
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As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigns for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Oppose 11.4.2016 Views
John Hanrahan
  • “I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. Having overseen imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a force that is vastly inferior in air forces and air defenses to that which exists in Syria, it’s a pretty high-risk operation…It first entails — we should make no bones about it. It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems.
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Boston Globe Hammers Trump With Fake Front Page 10.4.2016 Politics on
With a satirical front page for their Sunday edition , the Boston Globe is giving readers a look at what they believe America would be like with Trump as president. As the fake headlines make clear, the Globe’s editors are not optimistic. "DEPORTATIONS TO BEGIN; President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue" "Markets sink as trade war looms" "New libel law targets ‘absolute scum’ in press" "Bank glitch halts border wall work" "Trump on Nobel prize short list" The page, dated April 9, 2017, will run at the front of the paper’s “Ideas” section. An editor’s note at the bottom of the page reads: "This is Donald Trump’s America. What you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP front­runner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action. Many Americans might find this vision appealing,but the Globe’s editorial board finds it deeply troubling." — Kathleen Kingsbury (@katiekings) April 9, 2016  The paper released the fake page along with a scathing editorial from the Globe’s ...
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Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates 9.4.2016 Politics on
There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race. So while we'll take care of the news (good and bad) in the awards section, we're going to also devote the talking points section to a list of questions we would love to hear answered by all the candidates. Obviously, the answers from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are the most important, since they'd be the only ones who might actually try to improve the current situation, but it really shouldn't excuse the Republicans from having to answer them as well. Rather than just a quick "Do you support medical marijuana?" question, we really think the issue needs to be addressed in a little more depth. In non-marijuana news, the presidential campaign just keeps chugging along. This week was a good one for the underdogs, as both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz won big in the Wisconsin primaries. Of course, this sent all the ...
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Real Estate Agent and Trump Supporter Fired for Racist Instagram Remarks 8.4.2016 Politics on
There was an incident in the real estate community recently that both angered and fascinated me. A prominent Caucasian female agent posted hateful and racially charged comments to photos on an Instagram account dedicated to black and brown unity. These comments included "Well they are dirty Mexicans," "We need a wall are you kidding!!! Go Trump!" and "Get these thugs out of our country". As a follower of the page, I witnessed as the following unfolded in real time: As soon as the racially charged comments were made, angered followers of the page immediately began responding. Her comments were deleted, but not before the page itself screenshot the remarks and subsequently posted them, including her user name. Page followers were up in arms, tagging the woman in their comments as they angrily responded to her remarks. A few page followers posted links to her employee profile, and another follower posted her public information, which as a real estate agent, was readily available to the public. This included ...
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Take a page from the mountain goats 4.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A parent contemplates risk assessment with kids in the mountains.
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Obama of Arabia 28.3.2016 Politics on
Why does President Obama think it's okay for 15 Arabs (and four of their friends) to come into our country, hijack our planes, crash them into our buildings, and brutally kill 3,000 innocent people? Because those 15 Arabs were Saudis, that's why. And, Saudis are special. Saudis are apparently allowed to get away with murder -- or at least the financing of it. I am a 9/11 widow. My husband Ron was killed while he was working at his desk for Fiduciary Trust Company on the 94th floor of Tower 2. Ron was 39 years old, I was 30, and our daughter was two. I watched the horror unfold on live worldwide television as I stood in my kitchen speaking to Ron. Moments later, I watched Flight 175 slice into his building, exactly where he stood on the other end of the line talking to me. Since 9/11, my life has been spent fighting for truth, accountability, and lessons to be learned so that no other family would ever have to suffer such searing pain and tragic loss. Shamefully, my government has fought me tooth and nail ...
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An Open Letter to Dolores Huerta 25.3.2016 Views
Rosario Dawson

“When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved so that they can dialogue.” ~ Dolores Huerta

Dear Dolores,

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An Open Letter to Dolores Huerta 24.3.2016 Politics on
"When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it's an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved so that they can dialogue." -- Dolores Huerta Dear Dolores, Before responding to your article on Bernie Sanders on Medium , I want to take a moment to acknowledge you and the work you have done for Latina/os, workers' rights, unions, the feminist and LGBTQ movements, as well as against police brutality and pesticides. You stood up and gave a voice to the less fortunate and unrepresented parts of our communities, no matter what obstacles or challenges were thrown in your way. This is exactly why your article on Bernie Sanders came as such a surprise to me -- that the same woman who has made it her life's mission to speak the truth and shed light on corruption, lies, and false narratives created by the corporate elite ...
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Who is the Best Democrat to Beat Trump? Dolores Huerta Debates Ex-Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson 23.3.2016 Democracy Now!
On Tuesday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic caucuses in Utah and Idaho by a wide margin with about 80 percent support in each state. But Hillary Clinton expanded her delegate lead with a victory in the Arizona primary. Meanwhile, in the Republican race, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the Utah Republican caucus, while front-runner Donald Trump took Arizona. We host a debate on the two Democratic candidates with Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Rocky Anderson, former Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
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Huddled Masses at the Rio Del Norte (View From Colossos) 21.3.2016 Politics on
"Keep, forlorn lands, your foul bands!" cries he With pouted lips. "Give me not your truants, your poor. Your hooligan masses yearning to rampage free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore Deal with these; the hopeless, temper-torn, I will not see, I lift my rampart to hide the Golden Door!" ~ Donald Trump Americans have gotten themselves worked into a lather about immigration. Cynical politicians have stirred emotions with telling effect. Perspective and proportion are the casualties. Let's face the uncomfortable truth: immigration is a problem(s) for which there is really no satisfactory solution. That is not a recommendation or excuse for inaction. But simply to underscore the inescapable fact that whatever combination of policies we come up with will leave most Americans discontented on some reasonable grounds or other. This is what happens when you leave pathological situations to fester for decades -- doing things on a disjointed basis (not very competently). Some of those things actually ...
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In First, Majority of Americans Now Oppose Nuclear Energy 19.3.2016 Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A majority of Americans—54 percent—oppose nuclear energy, a Gallup poll released Friday found.

It marks the first time a majority in the country has felt this way about nuclear energy providing electricity since Gallup began asking the question in 1994.

Forty-four percent said they are in support it.

The new results show a major shift from responses last year, when just 43 percent expressed opposition to nuclear energy and support stood at 51 percent.

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How progressives are taking a page from ALEC’s playbook 12.3.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Conservatives push agendas through a centralized state network; progressives are building one of their own.
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Obama's Job Approval Rating Hits 50 Percent In Gallup Poll 11.3.2016 Politics on
President Barack Obama is enjoying some of the highest ratings of his second term in office. A new Gallup poll out on Thursday shows that 50 percent of Americans surveyed approve of the job he's doing in office -- his highest rating in that poll since early 2013.  The higher Gallup ratings are reflected in HuffPost Pollster 's average of Obama's job approval ratings. The Pollster average shows that 48.4 percent of Americans approve of the job he’s doing in office, while 48.2 percent give him negative ratings. The margin is narrow -- that’s only 0.2 percent net positive -- but it’s the first time Obama’s job approval ratings have reached positive territory in the HuffPost Pollster average since his re-election honeymoon period ended in the spring of 2013. The HuffPost Pollster chart average is configured to not give any one poll much weight, meaning that the average changes slowly.  The increased positive ratings in the Gallup poll are due to a higher proportion of Democrats and independents saying they ...
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Bernie, Hillary or Revolution in the Streets? Cornel West, Dolores Huerta and Black Lives Matter Debate 9.3.2016

Also see: Bernie or Hillary? Cornel West and Dolores Huerta Debate After Sanders' Upset Win in Michigan

We continue our conversation on the 2016 race with a discussion between Dolores Huerta (a backer of Hillary Clinton), Cornel West (a backer of Bernie Sanders) and Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter. We talk about the candidates' stances on Israel, campaign finance, "superpredators," trade policy and more.

Please check back later for full transcript.

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