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Thursday, July 31, 2014

They Hatin’

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They Hatin’

Jul 30, 2014 | By CAP Action War Room

House GOP Focused On Suing President Obama Instead Of Solving Our Country’s Problems


With just two days left before Congress heads out for the month long August recess, House Republicans are busy. Not raising the minimum wage or ensuring equal pay for equal work; not investing in an infrastructure for the 21st century; not preventing corporations from moving their addresses overseas in order to dodge paying their fair share of taxes. Instead, they are focused on authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama.

Like the House GOP’s 50-plus votes to repeal or dismantle the Affordable Care Act, this lawsuit is a political stunt to appeal to the far right wing of their party. Like the millions of dollars they have spent investigating and re-investigating Benghazi, it is a waste of taxpayer money.

And you don’t need to take our word for it. The Editorial Board of USA Today concluded that “a fair-minded look at the suit’s merits suggests it’s really more of a political grudge match.” And Candice Miller (R-MI), the member of Congress overseeing the lawsuit, admitted that “we don’t know yet” how much the stunt will cost taxpayers.

Another House Republican, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), has come out against the lawsuit and in the process revealed what could be the second act of this sideshow: impeachment. Calling the lawsuit “theater,” Jones asked, “Why not impeach instead of wasting $1 million to $2 million of the taxpayers’ money? … If you’re serious about this, use what the founders of the Constitution gave us.”

It’s not as if there is nothing else going on for these House Republicans to focus on. Unless action is taken before August, there will be a construction shutdown as the Highway Trust Fund runs out of funding, putting thousands of construction projects up to 700,000 jobs at risk. The House and Senate have been ping-ponging different versions of a short-term fix back and forth because the House GOP refuses to develop a long-term solution that invests in our nation’s infrastructure and keeps America working.

And earlier today, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to close the “corporate desertion” tax loophole. The loophole allows corporations that earn most of their money in America to renounce their corporate citizenship by moving their address to a tax haven and avoid paying U.S. tax obligations.

In spite of these and many other issues that need to be addressed, the House GOP priority lies with suing the President. Meanwhile, President Obama doesn’t appear too threatened: “Stop being mad all the time,” he said of Republicans at an event today, chuckling. “Stop just hatin’ all the time. Let’s get some work done.”

BOTTOM LINE: Instead of doing their job to help millions of Americans, the House GOP is focused on another political stunt to sue President Obama that will likely cost millions in taxpayer dollars. At the same time, deadlines loom and if Congress doesn’t act it will deal the economy a self-inflected wound at just the wrong time.

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Major lawsuit filed vs. GM...Don't forget TOYOTA!

Let's not forget TOYOTA!

There is enough blame to be shared -- the Corporate Media Censorship, NHTSA's Failures and Corporate Cover Ups!

These defective vehicles are still on our roads!

Car Washes KNOW which vehicles are prone to ACCELERATION - YOU don't!

Bob Schrum, the owner of Flagstop Car Wash, said his employees are provided a list of cars, trucks and SUVs that have been proven prone to unintentional acceleration. In fact, he said the instances have been well documented by the National Car Wash Association.

Car Washes KNOW, but Consumers Don't?


RSN: ALEC Agenda in Dallas: Evisceration of Medicaid, School Privatization and Expansion of Gas Exports

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Steve Weissman | Ukraine: Flat Facts, Half-Truths, and Lame Excuses
Mikhail Gorbachev, George H. W. Bush and Helmut Kohl. (photo: PAP/EPA)
Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News
Weissman writes: "Paid spin doctors, propagandists, and psychological warriors in Moscow, Washington, and the capitals of Europe have fought to frame the conflict and lay the blame, and they have the support of their go-along media, whether state-owned like Voice of Russian and RT or in private hands like The New York Times. This is all to be expected - and fought against."

Why Did Bernie Sanders Get Gaza So Wrong?
James Marc Leas, CounterPunch
Leas writes: "All 100 Senators, including Vermont's Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, joined in passing a Senate resolution on July 17, 2014 supporting 'the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.'However, the facts differ."

ALEC Agenda in Dallas: Evisceration of Medicaid, School Privatization and Expansion of Gas Exports
Rebekah Wilce, The Progressive
Wilce writes: "ALEC holds its 41st annual meeting in Dallas, Texas starting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. At this largest of its three annual national conferences, state legislators from across the country will meet with corporate and special interest lobbyists behind closed doors to vote on 'model' legislation to change state laws."

Ruling Saves Mississippi's Last Remaining Abortion Clinic
Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams
Prupis writes: "Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic will stay open after a U.S. federal appeals court ruling on Tuesday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a law that required abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, which can be difficult to acquire as doctors' applications are often ignored or rejected, both from local and out-of-state physicians."

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia
Brent Staples, The New York Times
Staples writes: "The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930s and that was firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African-Americans, who were associated with marijuana use at the time."

Satanists Demand Religious Exemption From Abortion Restrictions, Cite Hobby Lobby Ruling
Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress
Culp-Ressler writes: "Members of the Temple of Satan are encouraging all women who share their belief in medical accuracy to seek their own exemption from these laws, even if they don't personally identify as Satanists."

More Proof That Climate Change Is Ruining Seafood for Everyone
Joanna Rothkopf, Salon
Rothkopf writes: "A new study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has bolstered convictions that many marine biologists and climate scientists have had for over a decade: Climate change is seriously threatening the world's shellfish supply."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This & that.....

While the forests burn...
The House is expected to vote on a bill that would waive at least 14...

Can you believe there are only 3,000 tigers left in the wild? This Tuesday is International Tiger Day – but LIKE and SHARE to show your love for the big cats every day.


Speaker Boehner’s ‪#‎GOPLawsuit‬ is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and time that would be better spent working across the aisle to jumpstart the economy and put the ‪#‎MiddleClassFirst‬. Click SHARE if you agree!

Outrageous! Click on their name to write on Walgreens' wall and let them know that you will be boycotting their stores until they reconsider their un-American plans to pretend to be a Swiss company to avoid paying US taxes. Then, please share this image to let your friends know about their unconscionable actions.
You can also call their corporate headquarters at 1-800-WALGREENS to alert them of your boycott.
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Image by Occupy Democrats.

Iowa: Can we stop sending STUPID PEOPLE to Washington?

The party of stupid!
She's endorsed by Sarah Palin, which is all you needed to know. FULL STORY:

We are competing for pieces of a shrinking pie, and unless we get big money out of politics, it's only going to get worse.

Our right-wing Supreme Court gets it all wrong, again. And it gets worse. Apparently, Hobby Lobby once offered the same contraceptive coverage that they now decry before they launched their purely political attack on the Affordable Care Act. The truth is that this has nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with chipping away at the landmark health reform law.
Image by Occupy Democrats. Thanks to Claire Conner, author of Wrapped in the Flag.

Today is the 49th anniversary of the Medicare program

Today is the 49th anniversary of the Medicare program. In this 2012 essay, Bill recalls his days with Lyndon Johnson as they prepared to sell Medicare to Congress. It's a good story about an important piece of history from behind the scenes. Watch now:
Today is the 49th anniversary of the Medicare program. Bill recalls his...

CLG: House Republicans Authorize Lawsuit Against Obama...INSANITY continues!

News Updates from CLG
30 July 2014

Previous edition: US says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calls breach 'a very serious matter', which Google relegated to the trash bin, of course. Google subscribers: Google Filter Instructions for CLG Newsletter.

House Republicans Authorize Lawsuit Against Obama 30 July 2014 House Republicans on Wednesday voted to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for his use of executive actions...In a strict party-line 225-201 vote, Republican approved the legislation that accuses the president of exceeding his Constitutional authority by changing how his signature health care legislation was implemented. The measure does not require Senate approval. No Democrats voted for the bill. [When unelected sociopaths George W. Bush /Dick Cheney had almost 3,000 people killed during their 9/11 false flag; had anthrax sent from Fort Detrick to Democrats to pressure them to vote for the PATRIOT Act; were responsible for the deaths of over one million Iraqi civilians to enrich Halliburton, Blackwater, BP, Monsanto, and other corpora-terrorists; stole two elections; and *waterboarded* people-- where was the *lawsuit???* --LRP]

WikiLeaks publishes 'unprecedented' secret Australian court suppression order --The suppression order is itself suppressed. 30 July 2014 WikiLeaks has struck again, releasing the text of a secret court order that cannot be published in Australia. The anti-secrecy group has this morning published a Victorian Supreme Court suppression order that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange describes as "unprecedented" in scope. The suppression order is itself suppressed. No Australian media organisation can legally publish the document or its contents. [Yeah, well, I don't live in Australia, so *here it is!*]

Ebola: Doctors told to prepare for global outbreak after victim was allowed on two planes 29 July 2014 Doctors fear Ebola victim Patrick Sawyer may have sparked a worldwide spread of the killer disease after being allowed on two flights while infected. And tonight a desperate race was on to find dozens of passengers who flew on the same jets as the 40-year-old American. British doctors and border officials have been warned to be on the lookout for people in the UK showing signs of the disease. Lancaster University virologist Derek ­Gatherer said passengers, crew and airport ground staff who came into contact with Mr Sawyer could be in "pretty serious danger".

Global authorities on alert over Ebola outbreak 30 July 2014 Health officials in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, fearing that the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa could go global, have tested at least two airline passengers who have shown symptoms of the disease. The outbreak -- the largest in history -- has spread...and killed at least 672 people, according to the World Health Organization. The disease has no vaccine and no specific treatment.

'World stands disgraced': 20 killed in Israeli UN school shelling 30 July 2014 Twenty people have been killed after a shell hit the UNRWA girls' school in Jabalia refugee camp, emergency services say. The UN condemned Israeli actions in the strongest possible terms, calling them a serious violation of international law. A UN official confirmed the shelling, saying that the missile hit a bathroom and two classrooms in the school, AFP reported.

Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip 30 July 2014 Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting. Israel's security cabinet decided to continue its offensive in the enclave and there was no sign of a halt to a 23-day conflict in which 1,346 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died. On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

Gaza conflict: 'Israeli market strike kills 17' 30 July 2014 At least 17 people have been killed and 160 wounded in an Israeli strike that hit a fruit and vegetable market near Gaza City, Palestinian officials say. Hundreds of people were shopping in the market in Shejaiya, a spokesman for the Gaza health ministry said. The attack came during a four-hour truce called by the Israeli military.

3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped tunnel shaft in Gaza 30 July 2014 Three soldiers from the elite Maglan unit were killed in a booby-trapped tunnel shaft in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. The latest fatalities brought the military death toll to 56. An additional 27 soldiers were wounded Wednesday.

ABC 'News' Goes Inside Gaza With an Israeli Armored Unit 30 July 2014 "The Cruel Lady" rolled along. That's the nickname the Israeli soldiers use to describe their armored personnel carrier, or APC - it's basically an oven on wheels. ABC News [sic] traveled into Gaza on an APC with troops from the Israeli Defense Forces' 188 Armored Brigade today, witnessing a rarely-seen side of Israel's conflict with Hamas, now in its third week. The soldiers in "The Cruel Lady" were accompanied by two tanks, all under the command of Col. Tomer Ifrah.

'Situation atrocious': Russian Red Cross says E. Ukraine faces humanitarian catastrophe 30 July 2014 The Russian Red Cross is not alone in its efforts. Russian Human Rights Commissioner Ella Pamfilova has been trying to achieve the same goal. "We have made requests to the Ukrainian authorities, OSCE representatives who are present there, and to the Red Cross," Pamfilova told RT. "We ask all warring parties to grant us a humanitarian corridor to rescue children with severe illnesses. In order to leave the shelling zone, they need special transport and specialist medical help." Residential areas have come under fire in the east of Ukraine as Kiev's forces continue their military operation there.

EU adds 8 Russian individuals, 3 companies to sanctions list over Ukraine crisis 30 July 2014 In a new wave of restrictions targeting Russia, the EU has added eight top officials and businessmen, including a Kremlin administration official, and three major companies to its sanctions list. The restrictions came into effect immediately.

EU and US impose new round of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine 29 July 2014 Both the European Union and the United States announced a new round of sanctions against Moscow on Tuesday, accusing the Kremlin of supporting anti-Kiev militias in eastern Ukraine and threatening to cripple the Russian economy. Russia repeatedly denied accusations that it is relocating troops to the Ukrainian borders and supplying anti-Kiev militias with arms. International monitoring groups, invited by Moscow, also didn't find any evidence of violations from the Russian side.

Did US Fake Satellite Images to Show Russia Shelled Eastern Ukraine? 29 July 2014 Russia has said the United States has presented 'fake' satellite images that showed Eastern Ukraine being shelled with rockets from Russian territory, and that the false evidence was created by US counsellors "with close links to Ukraine's Security Council." Saying that the authenticity of the images was impossible to prove, Russia's Defense Ministry has insisted the images released by the US government were "fake."

Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued 30 July 2014 A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena. The 30-inch, 93-year-old pipe that broke under nearby Sunset Boulevard made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school's athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, as well as a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage. [If US taxpayers didn't have to pay for Israel's (and Kiev's) war crimes, there'd be funds available to fix 93-year-old pipes. --LRP]

Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill 29 July 2014 House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday approved a 17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. The vote by the 28-member conference committee sends the bill to the full House and Senate, where approval is expected later this week. The action comes as the Senate is set to vote Tuesday to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary, replacing Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson.

Obama planning to give 'millions of illegal immigrants work permits and save them from deportation' --Among the proposals: giving work permits to parents of children legally residing in the U.S. 29 July 2014 Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration...Advocates and lawmakers who were in separate meetings Friday said that administration officials are weighing a range of options including reforms to the deportation system and ways to grant relief from deportation to targeted populations in the country, likely by expanding Obama's two-year-old directive that granted work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as youths. That program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been extended to more than 500,000 immigrants so far...At the same time, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it is actively working to determine whether there are steps Obama could take by executive action that could help the business community.

Octopus mom's incredible record: 53 months with eggs in Monterey Bay --The deep-water octopus was a small one, with a mantle barely 8 inches from stem to stern. 30 July 2014 A steadfast little octopus living in the deep water of Monterey Bay has set an extraordinary record of animal motherhood, laying her clutch of eggs and brooding them nonstop for 53 straight months - apparently without pause for food or rest. No creature in the world, large or small, has ever approached such a feat, say biologists who watched over the octopus with cameras in an unmanned submarine from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.


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