Brennan Testimony Contradicts Zero Dark Thirty On Torture

By: Monday February 11, 2013 7:05 am

During his confirmation hearing CIA Director nominee John Brennan was asked what role the Enhanced Interrogation/Torture Program had in finding the location of Osama Bin Laden. The question was raised due to numerous Bush Administration officials publicly claiming that torture yielded the information that was vital in planning the Osama Bin Laden raid. That view [...]

Republicans Take Down Anti-Corporate Copyright Law Paper Within 24 Hours of Publication

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 6:00 am

One post-election question up for debate is where the Republican Party would go to try and capture the areas of the electorate they cannot penetrate – particularly minorities and the youth vote. The watered-down version of the DREAM Act suggested a policy path for reaching some segments of the minority electorate. And for about 24 [...]

Bank Accountability Activists to Protest Outside Obama/Clooney Fundraiser Tonight

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 9:09 am

A day after announcing himself evolved on marriage equality, President Obama heads to Hollywood for a fundraising dinner at George Clooney’s house that promises to raise a whopping $15 million. The campaign turned the event into a raffle, where a small donor could win “dinner with Barack and George,” and that raffle took in $9 [...]

SOPA Markup Officially Cancelled, No Bill in 2011

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 2:15 pm

Tomorrow’s previously scheduled markup for the Stop Online Piracy Act, which critics claim would institute Internet censorship in the name of policing copyrights and could have a deleterious effect on the Internet’s architecture, has been cancelled. The announcement was first leaked by Rep. Darrell Issa, an opponent of SOPA, on his Twitter feed. A note [...]

SOPA Markup Re-Scheduled for Wednesday

By: Monday December 19, 2011 6:57 am

When the House Judiciary Committee adjourned without a final vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act, the expectation was that they wouldn’t take up the matter again until next year. After all, HJC Chairman Lamar Smith appeared to agree to allow technical experts give testimony on the implications of the bill to the Internet’s architecture, [...]

House Judiciary Adjourns Without Final Vote on SOPA

By: Friday December 16, 2011 2:15 pm

The House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned today without completing work on the Stop Online Piracy Act, an unexpected twist in the high stakes battle between Hollywood content providers and leading Internet companies. The committee’s chairman and chief sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), agreed to further explore a controversial provision that lets the [...]

SOPA Getting a Markup in House Judiciary Committee

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 1:37 pm

The markup in the House Judiciary Committee of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has begun. Observers expect at least two days of markups, and the bill wouldn’t see the House floor until sometime thereafter, probably next year. There are over 60 amendments on the bill, and opponents on the committee are dragging out [...]

West Memphis Three Could Be Freed Today UPDATE: WM3 Released From Prison

By: Friday August 19, 2011 9:30 am

I was talking about the movie Paradise Lost just last night, actually. It’s about the West Memphis Three, a trio of juveniles convicted in the allegedly “Satanic” human sacrifice of three young Cub Scouts in Arkansas. There was precious little evidence for this conviction outside of a coerced confession and cultural biases. The West Memphis [...]

Politics at the Oscars: Support for Unions, Prosecutions for Financial Fraud

By: Monday February 28, 2011 7:25 am

Yesterday I profiled a few of the actors who made it out to Wisconsin in solidarity with union workers whose rights were threatened. I had a sense that spirit would find its way into the Oscars last night, and it did. Hollywood isn’t actually a super-liberal town, but it’s a big union town. On any [...]

Union Actors Come Out in Solidarity With Public Employees in Wisconsin

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 6:56 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – As you may know by now, as many as 100,000 people gathered in Capitol Square in Madison yesterday for a rally for workers’ rights (the media really doesn’t want to give those 6-figure numbers, so more commonly we’ve seen 70,000, but I heard the Madison Police spokesman utter 100,000 personally). I [...]

Blanche Lincoln Doesn’t Answer To Her Party, Only Hollywood

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 12:55 pm

The final line of Blanche Lincoln’s first TV ad of her primary campaign goes like this: “Some in my party didn’t like it (her voting against the Democratic agenda) very much. But I approve this message because I don’t answer to my party. I answer to Arkansas.” This is a common tactic for politicians in [...]

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