Tag Archives: Congress

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela, by Lee Camp

It’s truly mind-numbing to watch so-called “liberals” march in lockstep with the likes of John Bolton, Elliot Abrams, Donald Trump and every neocon not currently in a coma.

Chris Hedges: “The Rats Revolt” by Ralph Nader

It is only when the elites become afraid of us that there will be any hope of destroying corporate power. Politics, as Nader understands, is a game of fear.

Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots

An identification — whether accurate or not — could cost people their freedom or even their lives.

Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.

Paul Street | Beyond the Madness of King Donald

The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

Common Dreams | RESIST DAY #50: What You Can Do Today

Actions to take, phone calls to make, calendars, and more, made easy by Common Dreams.

Lawrence Wittner | Why Should Trump―or Anyone―Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?

Ultimately, then, the only long-term solution to the problem of national leaders launching a nuclear war is to get rid of the weapons.

Flowers and Zeese: US Democracy Crisis Creates Illegitimate Political System

Ninety percent! A near unanimous consensus about the lack of confidence in the US political system. The poll taken last month as the primary season comes to a close found …

Days Before Runaway Military Blimp, Another Blimp Accident in Kabul Killed Five

The runaway military surveillance blimp that came loose from an Army base in Maryland on Wednesday dragged its torn tether through power lines in two Pennsylvania counties before crashing into the woods. But at least no one died.

David Swanson: Pope Tells World’s Top Arms Dealers to End Arms Trade

Swanson: Perhaps they even heard the shout of honesty in the line: “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”

Ivan Eland, Consortium News: The War Responsibility of Congress

Congress was to be the dominant branch of government, and the Executive’s role merely was to narrowly execute and enforce laws passed by that body. Even the president’s commander-in-chief role, much abused by modern chief executives, was to be restricted narrowly to commanding the U.S. military in battle. By Ivan Eland  ConsortiumNews.com  October 14, 2014 […]

Evergreene Digest: Dennis Kucinich Blasts Congress For Lack Of War Vote

‘We Have A Constitutional Crisis’ American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood Who profits from our new war?  Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post President Barack Obama had little trouble convincing Congress — even Republicans who usually fight tooth and nail against his policies — to go along with his plan to […]

E. J. Dionne: The Vital Incoherent Center

 Every decade or so, the Pew Research Center sorts the American electorate into discrete groupings with interesting names.    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. truthdig.com  June 30, 2014 Dirk Loop (CC-BY) Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those […]

Dan Froomkin, The Intercept. The Inverse of Oversight: CIA Spies On Congress

“The consistent theme is that members of Congress are finding themselves at an ever-increasing disadvantage when it comes to even finding out what intelligence agencies are doing — not to mention reining them in.” By Dan Froomkin  The Intercept  5 Mar 2014 Top intelligence officials testifying before the Senate intelligence committee in Jan. 2014. (AP File […]

Will Shapira, Star Tribune: Letter of the Day (March 1): America’s leaders and war

They have their excuses, and they’re not afraid to use them. By Will Shapira StarTribune  Updated: February 28, 2014 – 5:48 PM Photo: Barrie Maguire • NewsArt The several wire stories in the Feb. 27 Star Tribune urging that the United States remain closely engaged in military affairs in Iraq and Afghanistan for one reason or […]

Evergreene Digest: How Washington plans to punish military veterans

Make no mistake, the Administration and Congress have big plans for military veterans and their retirement and none of them are good. Viewing Veterans’ Issues Through a More Accurate Lens brooklynbadboy, Daily Kos  Monday, December 16, 2013 | If you think the most recent “embrace the suck” passed in the House that screws military veterans‘ […]

Sonali Kolhatkar: The Cost of Courage — Malalai Joya’s Life-Risking Activism

“Joya had refused to remain silent in Parliament, and now, out of office, with her life more in danger than ever, she continues to speak for her people. In 2009, at the insistence of her supporters, she published her memoir, “A Woman Among Warlords,” where she laid out in clear terms her twofold struggle against […]

Chris Hedges> Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

 “Obama used [Martin Luther] King’s Bible during his inauguration, but under the National Defense Authorization Act King would be detained without due process. By Chris Hedges  Posted on Sep 9, 2013   truthdig.com There is an insidious and largely unseen effort by the White House to silence the handful of voices that remain true to the black prophetic tradition. This […]

Secret Intelligence Court a Precursor to Tyranny

The justification for this secret court—as is usual in the development of 20th century secret police states—is national security. By William Pfaff  Jul 10, 2013  truthdig.com The current of awkward revelations concerning the clandestine or publicly misrepresented practices of the present and recent American administrations goes on. A long exposition in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune […]

Glenn Greenwald> On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden

When does “providing for the common defence” not “promote the general welfare”?* A new NSA data centre sits beyond a residential area in Bluffdale, Utah. It will be the largest of several interconnected data centres spread throughout the US. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images The US government has charged Edward Snowden with three felonies, including two under the Espionage […]