Michael Kearns: Why US House of Representative Does Not Represent the US Public

Michael S. Kearns

Michael S. Kearns

Why the House of Representatives Doesn’t Represent the US Public

One of the really weird ironies of politics these days is the huge divergence between what the US people actually want and what the radical right-wingers in Washington actually do. You won’t hear this on “Fox So-Called News,” but right now the US people are as progressive as they ever have been. Read full article.

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Apr 1

Berto Jongman: Corruption of US Think Tanks

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Foreign Funding of Think Tanks Is Corrupting Our Democracy

The New York Times has published over the weekend [9 Sep 14] an excellent study of how foreign governments are buying influence at Washington’s think tanks. According to the story, foreign governments are not only getting prominent think tanks to embrace their views of what is in America’s interest, but to lobby for these views with politicians and high officials.

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Apr 1

Noah Feldman: The Unconstitutional Judiciary in the USA — Surrendering Judgment to the Executive AND Protecting a Private Cabal

Noah Feldman

Noah Feldman

A court case so secret, US Govt says it can’t go on

Phi Beta Iota: The story documents two subversions of the US Constitution. First, the judiciary is allowing Executive administrative claims to totally subject the rule of law — no facts, no judgment. Second, the government is further abusing its powers by using them to protect a private cabal from being held accountable for defamation. What would the authors of the US Constitution think? In a further irony, the author, a Harvard law professor, observes separately in his book The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State, that it is the executive imbalance of power –the neutering of the legislative and judicial branches — that produces dictatorships across the Muslim world.

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Mar 31

SchwartzReport: American War Machine — Cash Cow for the 1% Swath of Destruction for the 99%

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

You would think it would be obvious by now that the trillions of dollars we spend on the military industrial complex and its wars are not making us safer and that our geopolitical strategy is not producing the outcomes we seek.

How the American War Machine Is Sucking Up Vast Amounts of Cash to Screw Up the World

Who can even keep track of Pentagon operations and spending anymore?

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Mar 30