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TPP To Be Declassified "Four Years After Entry into Force"by Gaius PubliusWe've been writing lately about TPP and the new leaked chapter dealing with extra-judicial "trade courts." These would allow any corporation to sue any foreign government for lost...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Gaius Publius | Friday, March 27, 2015
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I know. It's a cheap joke. I just couldn't resist. He received an award from the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation:Every winter for the past several years, the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation has held a glittering dinner...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Evidently a lot of Indiana businesses are upset that the state government just legalized discrimination. It's bad for business:Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has made good on a threat tweeted Wednesday evening, warning that...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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They did manage to indict this police officer, so that's something. We'll have to see if a jury thinks he's guilty:A federal grand jury has indicted a former Independence police officer who used a stun gun...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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I'm pretty sure old Bill is yanking our chains. I'm also pretty sure that Rahm, whatever his true beliefs, doesn't appreciate it. After all, he's being challenged from his left. Those Republicans sure are scamps aren't...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Media Readies Softballs for Wannabe Presidentsby SpockoA reader recently wrote me about dreading the upcoming election season. As they used to say on The Wire, "I feel ya."Today I heard Shields and Yarnell Brooks on the News Hour talking about about...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Spocko | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Left, right agree on reducing prison populationby Tom Sullivan The Bipartisan Summit for Criminal Justice Reform in Washington, D.C. on Thursday brought together a strange-bedfellows coalition focused on reducing the country's swollen prison population:...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Undercover Blue | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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I'm going to guess they actually believe that makes sense. Time for an adult beverage, folks... h/t@billmon1....
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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This piece in Mother Jones about the GOP candidates making pilgrimages to the border reminded me of this picture of Rick Perry during last year's so-called border crisis:What is it with Republicans...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The Intercept has a post up about the "signs" a traveler might be a terrorist TSA agents are trained to look for:Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Just don't call this blackmail.That would be illegal:Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Good lord:The University of Oklahoma says it has determined that fraternity members learned a racist chant at a national event organized by Sigma Alpha Epsilon four years ago — and it wants to know what the leaders...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Just introduced an amendment with Senators Manchin, Murray, Brown & Schatz to strengthen & expand Social Security. pic.twitter.com/cwRUT6TjP6— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 27, 2015This got 42 votes in the Senate.It...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Never created a job?by Tom Sullivan Again this morning, Paul Krugman knocks down some of the right's cherished beliefs about its economic theories: At a deeper level, modern conservative ideology utterly depends on the proposition that conservatives,...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Undercover Blue | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The other day I wrote about the fact that Wall Streeters were lamenting that their bonuses only rose 2% this past year. Tough times.Mother Jones puts it into proper perspective:Yes, yes, I know that one Wall Street trader...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Ted Cruz's campaign logo looks so familiar. pic.twitter.com/XsWYau105R— clydetheslyde (@clydetheslyde) March 23, 2015This makes sense. As a Republican he's beholden to Big Energy and is likely to cause even bigger...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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This piece about how libertarianism's only true home being on the right came to mind this morning when I read this article by Paul Waldman about Rand Paul's rather convenient new position on military spending. In the original piece,...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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A foreign policy savant at least:Walker: I remember the movie in the 80s, Trading Places…Hewitt: Right.Walker: …you know, with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, it’s like Iran and Israel are trading places in the sequel....
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Here's some good news:Three major Shiite militia groups pulled out of the fight against the Islamic State in Tikrit on Thursday, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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I have written for years that the right wing was so terrified of Muslim terrorists that they had literally confused them with invading space aliens. But maybe they aren't the only ones. Emptywheel noted this strange passage in...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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New Leaked TPP Chapter; Worse Than the Last Leaked Versionby Gaius Publius There's a new leaked chapter from the TPP draft agreement, thanks to WikiLeaks, and it confirms our worst fears. From a press release by Lori Wallach at Public Citizen (my emphasis):TPP...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Gaius Publius | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Why aren't these con men in jail?By Tom Sullivan "The lack of prosecutions, quite frankly, does not indicate a lack of evidence," Richard Bowen told Bloomberg's "Market Makers" last week. The former Citigroup Chief Underwriter for Consumer Lending has...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Undercover Blue | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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This is pretty good:I'm not sure Boehner is really in the joke, but then that's what makes it funny ......
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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I wrote a piece for Salon today about Ted Cruz and country music:So Texas firebrand Ted Cruz explained that 9/11 changed him so much that he lost his former taste in music and found another He said:Music is interesting....
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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