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Republicans rake leader for stalling on US storm aid



Republicans rake leader for stalling on US storm aid (via AFP)

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to approve emergency relief for victims of superstorm Sandy, as Republicans savaged their House leader for playing politics with disaster aid. The Senate has already passed a $60.4 billion aid package put forward by the White House to help northeast…

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Middle Class? Here’s What’s Destroying Your Future



Middle Class? Here’s What’s Destroying Your Future (via Market Shadows)

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here. Submitted by Tyler Durden. Submitted by Peak Prosperity contributing editor Charles Hugh Smith Middle Class? Here's What's Destroying Your Future According to the conventional account, the Great American Middle Class has been eroded by rising energy costs…

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Senators hope to end Federal Reserve’s conflicts of interest



Senators hope to end Federal Reserve’s conflicts of interest (via Raw Story )

Three U.S. Senators proposed a bill on Tuesday that would prevent the nation’s most powerful banking executives from simultaneously running the very institutions intended to keep them playing by the rules, with one of the bill’s sponsors saying that JP Morgan’s recent billions in losses are indicative…

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Senator Schumer ‘very heartened’ by Boehner’s ‘fiscal cliff’ speech; let them become distincted



Senator Schumer 'very heartened' by Boehner's 'fiscal cliff' speech (via The Christian Science Monitor)

New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a key political strategist for his party, says he was “very heartened” by the tone of House Speaker John Boehner’s remarks Wednesday indicating he could accept a budget deal that included new federal revenue if it were linked to tax reform. “I was heartened, very…

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Inspite GOP Big Donors They Were Beat Down



Deluge of Republican money made little difference (via AFP)

Despite their funding deluge from wealthy donors, Republicans failed to overwhelm President Barack Obama and Democrats at the ballot box. So was throwing all that money at the 2012 election worth it? Obama was handily re-elected, Democrats added two more seats to their majority in the Senate, and they…

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Fighting Back Against Voter Disenfranchisement:1,000,000 New Voter IDs Or Bust! | Addicting Info


Fighting Back Against Voter Disenfranchisement:1,000,000 New Voter IDs Or Bust! | Addicting Info.

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Fighting Back Against Voter Disenfranchisement:1,000,000 New Voter IDs Or Bust!
September 17, 2012
By Deborah Montesano

Activists in Pennsylvania aren’t waiting for the state Supreme Court to issue a decision on the new voter ID law, which was recently upheld by a lower court. They’re rolling up their sleeves and getting to work to put 1,000,000 new state-issued ID’s into the hands of voters.

Although there has never been a prosecution for voter fraud in Pennsylvania, and though the state estimates that 758,000 people lack the required identification, a Commonwealth Court concluded that no one would be disenfranchised by the law. The requirements of the law are for citizens to produce a social security number, a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship, plus two items showing their name and current address. Those without the latter can bring someone to verify their residence.

The state projects that they will issue only a few thousand IDs before the election, but that doesn’t fit with the plans of the activists. While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments on the law on Thursday and could still overturn it, activists aren’t willing to waste time waiting for their decision. In Philadelphia alone, an estimated 200,000 citizens lack the necessary ID. An organization called The Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition is conducting a widespread information and transportation effort in Philadelphia and beyond to help people understand what they need and to get them to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to get the identification.

Other activists are self-appointed, out of concern for the integrity of the voting process. According to National Public Radio (NPR), one resident of a low-income senior housing complex has helped about 80 residents who no longer drive get their identification. Another woman, Audrey Traynham, provided information to a crowd outside of the DMV. She said, “I wasn’t recruited by anyone. I just feel like it’s my civic duty to make sure … everybody has their chance to vote.” What a pity when the courts don’t feel the same!

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Rights groups appeal Arizona immigration provision – Yahoo! News- The Law Is A Racist Law


Rights groups appeal Arizona immigration provision – Yahoo! News.

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PHOENIX (Reuters) – Civil and immigrant rights activists on Friday appealed a federal court decision allowing a controversial Arizona “show-your-papers” immigration provision upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court from taking effect.

The appeal, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, was filed eight days after U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton denied a request to block the “show-your-papers” provision of the Arizona law, known as S.B. 1070, from going into effect later this month.

The coalition, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal and Educational Defense Fund, also asked the appellate court to suspend the provision for the duration of its appeal.

The provision requires police to verify the citizenship or immigration status of people arrested, stopped or detained if there is a reasonable suspicion that they are in the country unlawfully.

In June, the Supreme Court confirmed that three other key provisions of S.B. 1070 were unconstitutional, but declined to block the “show me your papers” provision. Several other parts of SB 1070 are blocked by separate injunctions issued by the district court.

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer, a major White House foe in the battle over illegal immigration, signed the state crackdown on illegal immigrants into law in April 2010, complaining that the federal government had failed to secure the state’s border with Mexico.

The administration of President Barack Obama challenged Arizona’s tough immigration law in court two years ago, saying the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government sole authority over immigration policy.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Tom Brown and Eric Walsh)