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Thursday, June 30, 2016 General (Ret.) Wesley Clark's note

As an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who relies on the VA medical system for my primary health care, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to read the message General Clark sent earlier today.

These is so much at stake this election: keeping Trump out of the White House, electing Tammy Duckworth and other progressive veterans, stopping the Koch Brothers campaign to privatize the VA and more. So I want to echo General Clark's request and ask:

Please make a $3 contribution to VoteVets before tonight's midnight deadline. This is important.

This deadline isn't just about how much money we can raise, but how many people contribute to elevate the voices of veterans in these campaigns.

All my best,

Rick Hegdahl
Iraq War Veteran

From: General (Ret.) Wesley Clark 
Date: Thursday, June 30 2016 
Subject: A personal note 

Since I entered the service more than 50 years ago, it's hard for me to remember a more important election for veterans and military family members than the one ahead. 

People say that all the time, but the prospect of a President Donald Trump escalating our wars in the Middle East and privatizing care for veterans when they come home is just terrifying. 

The good news is, there is no progressive organization better suited to meet the challenges of the coming election cycle than VoteVets. But they face a critical fundraising deadline at midnight tonight. So I want to ask you directly: 

Can I count on you to join me in making a $3 contribution to VoteVets ahead of tonight's critical FEC fundraising deadline? It is so important.

I've been an advisor to VoteVets since their launch in 2006, and I can tell you that there isn't a more powerful political organization out there once they get involved in a race. Thank you for contributing to them before this critical fundraising deadline. I wouldn't ask if it didn't matter so much. 

Thank you, 

General (Ret.) Wesley Clark 



Trump was once so involved in trying to block an Indian casino that he secretly approved attack ads

Trump's attack ads have been written about's more: 

Los Angeles Times

Soon after an American Indian tribe announced plans to open a casino at a Catskills horse track, ads started appearing in local newspapers and on ...

Its campaign in 2000, supposedly supported by 12,000 "pro-family" donors, warned of the evils an Indian casino would bring: "increased crime, broken ...

Carr said, tapping his hand over his mouth in a mock tribal chant. ... Trump accused the Native-American-run casinos of being fronts for the mob to get ...

RSN: Thomas Frank | The Life of the Parties, the Influence of Influence in Washington

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Author Thomas Frank. (photo: PBS) 
Thomas Frank, TomDispatch 
Frank writes: "Although it's difficult to remember those days eight years ago when Democrats seemed to represent something idealistic and hopeful and brave, let's take a moment and try to recall the stand Barack Obama once took against lobbyists." 

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A Month of Remarkable Growth and Good Will
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The good will however was off the scale. The number of people who wrote in increasing their monthly donations was far in excess of anything we have ever seen. In addition our readership skyrocketed. More people visited Reader Supported News in June than any month in our history.
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FOCUS: Bernie Sanders | Democrats Need to Wake Up 
Senator Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally outside the New Hampshire State House on November 5, 2015. (photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters) 
Bernie Sanders, The New York Times 
Sanders writes: "During my campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, I've visited 46 states. What I saw and heard on too many occasions were painful realities that the political and media establishment fail even to recognize." 

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CounterCurrents: Energy And Justice, The climate Titanic And The Melting Icebergs, Oil, Interest Rates And Debt, Twenty Four Groups Write To The World Bank: No More Destructive Development!,

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In Right-Wing Putsch, UK Labour MPs Deliver Overwhelming Anti-Corbyn Vote
by Julie Hyland

Fully 81 percent of the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) supported Tuesday’s motion of no-confidence in leader Jeremy Corbyn. Just 40 Labour MPs voted against the motion, with 172 in favour. Thirteen did not vote at all and there were four spoilt ballots.

Mozambique: Looking For Food In All The Wrong Places
by Timothy A Wise

ProSAVANA remains the Mozambican government’s agricultural development strategy for the region. While farmers defend their hard-won land rights, it seems they will have to look elsewhere for agricultural development.

Beyond Development: The Commons As A New/Old Paradigm Of Human Flourishing

I’m not prepared to make grand predictions that the commons can usher in a political revolution at the global scale, as Dardot and Laval argue in their book Commun.  I wouldn’t rule that out, but for now I prefer to think more modestly of the commons as an indispensable complement to market and state with enormous potential for catalyzing transformations at both macro- and micro-scale levels.  This will require that we imagine and invent new sorts of governance institutions that go beyond the nation-state and international treaty organizations:  a rather ambitious vision indeed.

Oil, Interest Rates And Debt
by Rune Likvern

The recent lower oil price predictably stimulates more consumption, but as more consumers will continue to struggle with their balance sheets, they are now more sensitive to considerable increases in the oil price. This creates for an interesting situation; the price a growing number of consumers find affordable may be lower than what the oil companies need to go after the costlier oil and retire their debts in an orderly way.

Energy And Justice
by Richard Heinberg

The equity and justice questions won’t go away. From the perspective of global elites, something must be done to level the playing field and take everyone’s interests into account (whether through an overarching global framework or through piecemeal national and regional efforts), or those who feel excluded will disrupt efforts toward an orderly energy transition. From the perspective of those with far lower levels of power and wealth, there is no reason to support efforts to reduce fossil fuel consumption if those efforts only preserve or exacerbate economic inequality. 

The climate Titanic And The Melting Icebergs
by Andrew Glikson

The manifest paralysis of the global political system in the face of the climate impasse, evidenced by the failure of a succession of UN Framework Conventions on Climate Change to undertake meaningful steps to reduce CO2 emissions, requires a search for alternative avenues to limit the deleterious consequences of continuing carbon emissions as reported by the IPCC Working Group II, and pending the report by Working Group III.

Searching For A ‘Responsible Adult’: ‘Is Brexit Good For Israel?’
by Dr Ramzy Baroud

Indeed, Britain has played that dreadful role for decades, muting any serious discussion on Israel and Palestine, and ensuring    more courageous voices like that of Sweden, for example, are offset with the ardently and unconditionally pro-Israel sentiment constantly radiating from Westminster. Who can forget Cameron’s impassionate defense of Israel’s last war on Gaza on 2014, which killed over 2,200 mostly Palestinian civilians?

Reflections On The Orlando Massacre

This horrific tragedy is doubly tragic for Muslims in America because the perpetrator of this crime happened to have a Muslim name. No sane and true Muslim or a follower of any faith would do what he did. His action is doubly abhorrent because, firstly, it happened during the month of Ramadan that is holy for Muslims and devoted to spiritualism, kindness, and piety. And, secondly, he targeted the community that has always stood by Muslims against Islamophobia in this country.

Twenty Four Groups Write To The World Bank: No More Destructive Development!

Twenty four groups working on environmental, labor and human rights wrote to the Executive Directors of World Bank not to dilute the environmental and social safeguards as the President of the World Bank visits India to explore new financing opportunities. India has been the largest recipient of World Bank loans in the history of World Bank. 

Triple Talaq: Touchstone Method Of Constitution Is Supreme
by Dr Vivek Kumar Srivastava

Supreme Court of India has stated that triple talaq will be tested on the touchstone of the constitution. The message is clear that constitution is supreme law of the land and anything whatsoever be its nature or form will have to follow the provisions of the constitution.

RSN: The Choice of Patriotism, Bernie Sanders Attempts to Block GMO Bill in Senate, North American Leaders Pledge to Get Half Their Electricity From Clean Power by 2025,

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Robert Reich | The Choice of Patriotism 
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Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog 
Reich writes: We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we're hearing about two very different types of patriotism. One is an inclusive patriotism that binds us together. The other is an exclusive patriotism that keeps others out." 
Bernie Sanders Attempts to Block GMO Bill in Senate 
Seung Min Kim, Politico 
Kim writes: "Bernie Sanders took his crusade against a new food labeling bill to new heights late Wednesday night, when he triggered brief parliamentary chaos on the Senate floor in an attempt to block the GMO measure." 
Things Are Even Worse for the GOP Than You Think 
Jesse Berney, Rolling Stone 
Berney writes: "It's a political cliché that the Republican Party comprises three pillars: religious, defense and economic. In just two days, all three have been turned upside down." 
Who Is Getting Rich off the $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Crisis? 
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales, Democracy Now! 
Excerpt: "We continue our conversation looking at student debt. A stunning 42 million people now owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. A new investigative report published by Center for Investigative Reporting peels back the layers on this trillion-dollar industry." 
Cleveland Relaxes Rules on Protests Near GOP Convention Site 
Rebecca Savransky, The Hill 
Savransky writes: "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is hailing eased restrictions on protesters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as a 'victory for free speech.'" 
After Brexit Vote, UK Sees a Wave of Hate Crimes and Racist Abuse 
Peter Kenyon, NPR 
Kenyon writes: "Dog excrement thrown at a German woman's door. 'Go back to Africa' screamed at a military veteran. A Polish cultural center vandalized. Born-and-bred Britons told to 'go home.' Why? Because 'we voted you out.'" 
North American Leaders Pledge to Get Half Their Electricity From Clean Power by 2025 
Climate Nexus 
Excerpt: "President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Nieto are expected to announce a joint plan to generate half the three nations' electricity from clean power by 2025 at tomorrow's North American Leaders Summit. The plan encompasses not only renewables, but also nuclear power and carbon capture and storage operations." 

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RSN: Trump's Bid to Become Born-Again Fails as Jesus Turns Down Friend Request, Honduran Democracy Still in Crisis 7 Years After Coup, Ted Cruz Brings Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist to Testify at Senate Hearing

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Andy Borowitz | Trump's Bid to Become Born-Again Fails as Jesus Turns Down Friend Request
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Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker 
Borowitz writes: "The billionaire Donald J. Trump's bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged." 
Trump Responds to Istanbul Suicide Bombings With New Calls for Torture 
Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo 
Kirkland writes: "Donald Trump responded to the deadly bombings that ripped through Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Tuesday with renewed calls for torture." 
Ted Cruz Brings Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist to Testify at Senate Hearing 
Alex Emmons and Zaid Jilani, The Intercept 
Excerpt: "Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz elevated fringe anti-Muslim conspiracy theories to the level of a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday, inviting a panelist who said that leading Muslim American civil rights organizations are infiltrated by terrorists and that the Obama administration is covering it up." 
Social Profiling: US Border Agents Want to Know What You're Saying on Facebook and Twitter 
Excerpt: "US Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, believes having a new 'social media identifier' could help it find 'possible nefarious activity and connections.'" 
When the Homeless Turn to Tents, and Find Themselves on the Wrong Side of the Law 
Carimah Townes, ThinkProgress 
Townes writes: "Across the country, people are struggling to find homes and scrape together enough change to pay for temporary shelter - all while police breathe down their backs." 
Honduran Democracy Still in Crisis 7 Years After Coup 
Excerpt: "Seven years after the U.S.-backed coup in Honduras, the Central American country's democracy is still in crisis." 
Glyphosate Given Last-Minute Approval Despite Failure to Secure Majority Support 
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch 
Chow writes: "As expected, the European Commission has extended the license for glyphosate for 18 months. Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the last-minute re-licensing on June 28 despite failing three times in a row to secure a majority decision from the European Union's member states." 

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RSN: Clinton and Warren: It Might Be Exactly the Right Ticket at the Right Time

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Heather Digby Parton, Salon 
Parton writes: "Many thought that having two women running together would be too much for the U.S. but it's exactly what we need." 

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MASSterList: Target: Walsh | The duct-tape budget | The Deer Hunters

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    Target: Walsh | The duct-tape budget | The Deer Hunters

    Happening Today

    Budget vote
    The House and Senate are expected to move today to enact a new $39.1 billion budget that was quickly pieced together to close an anticipated shortfall in state revenues next fiscal year.
    Anti-opioid commissions
    Gov. Charlie Baker joins Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to swear in members appointed to two special commissions created under opioid legislation signed into law earlier this year, Room 360, 10:30 a.m.
    Senate debates energy bill
    The Senate plans to debate its energy legislation that would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for offshore wind and clean energy generation from other sources, including hydropower and onshore wind, Senate Chamber, 11 a.m.
    Rally for gun safety reforms
    U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Joseph Kennedy, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg and others attend a rally to push for "gun violence reforms,” State House steps, 12 p.m.

    Today's News
    The duct-tape budget
    Lawmakers have slapped together a new $39.1 billion state budget that appears to be held together with a little help from duct-tape, clothes hangers, string and Band-Aids. The Globe’s Joshua Miller reports that the Senate and House are expected to enact the budget as soon as today, after legislative negotiators yesterday unveiled a new budget plan designed to plug huge gaps in expected state revenues for the new fiscal year that starts tomorrow.
    Some of the “financial maneuvers” used by lawmakers to balance the budget include, according to Miller, projecting that $200 million in tax revenue, meant for the state’s rainy day fund, won’t show up and thus won’t be counted as spending; changing fiscal assumptions about fees and Medicaid usage; paying some Medicaid bills later; assuming the state’s automatic income tax rollback doesn’t take place next year; and the list goes on.
    By passing the budget today, lawmakers would give Gov. Charlie Baker little time over the next week or so to decide whether to sign the bill or veto certain parts of it. It's not going to be a very pleasant and relaxing Fourth of July weekend for the administration’s number crunchers, that's for sure.
    Boston Globe
    Target: Marty Walsh
    With yesterday’s indictment of a second high-ranking member of the Walsh administration in the ongoing fed probe of union strong-arm tactics at City Hall, can there be any doubt at this point that Mayor Marty Walsh is now in the crosshairs of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz – or at the very least that Walsh is pinging loud and clear on Ortiz’s radar screen? Many now speculate that next on Ortiz’s hit list is Joyce Linehan, a key confidante of Walsh, and maybe a few others.
    But as the Herald’s Bob McGovern notes, it’s now clear that Ortiz is “rung by rung” moving up the City Hall ladder. “This is in the playbook. Start in the lower echelon of the administration and try to get them to turn,” says civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate, as quoted by McGovern. “It seems like they’re trying to get someone to testify that Walsh was involved in what the government has characterized as extortion.”
    We’re still skeptical about the validity of the charges being brought by Ortiz in this case, especially after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on extortion charges that were filed under the federal Hobbs Act. But what we think or believe means absolutely nothing. It all comes down to what Ortiz thinks and believes, as the Globe's Joan Vennochi points out. And Ortiz, as Joan notes, has shown over the years that she doesn’t back down from fights and has a track record of getting convictions in political corruption cases.
    Howie Carr shifts into open campaign mode for Trump
    Radio host and Herald columnist Howie Carr didn’t overshadow Donald Trump when the GOP presidential candidate swung through Boston and other parts of New England yesterday. But Howie was nevertheless making headlines, or at least one cyber headline, for mocking U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's past claims of Indian-American heritage and bellowing out a few war woops, as reported by Politico’s Nick Gass.
    In today’s Herald, Howie says he has no regrets about whipping up the crowd at a Bangor, Maine rally before Trump was scheduled to speak. Howie also seemed mighty impressed with Trump’s Boeing 747 campaign jet and his time spent yesterday with Donald. Bottom line: Howie is now all in for Trump, well beyond radio and print cheerleading for the candidate.
    As for Trump’s Boston fundraiser yesterday, the anti-Trump protest outside was smaller than anticipated, though U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano did make a cameo appearance, reports Shira Schoenberg at MassLive. Inside the Langham Hotel, MassLive’s Gintautas Dumcius reports that Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, was among the small crowd attending the pricey fundraiser. Also attending were: Former Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts GOP chair Kirsten Hughes, state Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville, car magnate Ernie Boch Jr., and, of course, Howie, among others, Dumcius reports.
    House passes restrictions on proliferating non-compete agreements
    A House bill that slaps new restrictions on employee non-compete contracts doesn’t go as far as many had hoped. But the legislation, meant to rein in the increasing use of non-competes designed to make it harder for employees to leave companies for rival firms, is at least a first step in tackling the issue. Under the House bill passed yesterday, non-compete agreements would be "no broader than necessary" to protect trade secrets and confidential business information and must be "reasonable in geographic scope,” reports State House News Service’s Colin Young. A "garden leave clause" also would guarantee that workers leaving a job be paid half of their salary for the duration of their restricted period – and a last-minute amendment to the bill would allow workers and employers to come up with a mutually agreed upon alternative to the half-salary clause.
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    Senate approves the Uber bill
    After five hours of debate, the Massachusetts Senate passed its version of a ride-hailing regulation bill that includes several safety provisions, including state-run background checks, but it stops short of requiring fingerprinting of drivers, Jordan Graham of the Herald reports. The legislation, passed by a vote of 34-2 and now headed toward a conference committee, is seen largely as a win for Uber and Lyft and a major loss for the taxi industry, which wanted stricter rules.
    Boston Herald
    Officials eye expanded Blue Hills deer hunt
    State officials say they plan to allow another round of hunting to address the overpopulation of deer at the Blue Hills Reservation, expanding the length and area of the hunt and allowing both bows and arrows and shotguns to be used, Jessica Trufant of the Patriot Ledger reports. Hearings will be held in July on the proposed six-day hunt. Last year’s hunt, the first in the reservation in some time, sparked protests.
    Patriot Ledger
    Judge: Ex-State Trooper must register as sex offender
    A former State Trooper convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he met online must register as a sex offender, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ford has ruled, denying a motion from Christopher J. Kennedy’s attorney requesting that Kennedy be exempt from being labeled a sex offender, reports Rebecca Everett at MassLive. The judge noted the "brazenness" of Kennedy's crime for denying the motion. Kennedy, 33, who has been fired by State Police, was convicted last month of assault and battery, indecent assault and battery, and indecent exposure after he entered the woman's home with her on their first date, exposed himself and forced himself on her, Everett reports. Kennedy has been sentenced to six months in prison starting in August.
    Back to the future: Boston home prices hitting pre-recession highs
    Question: If there was a housing bubble before the recession and if prices are now back to pre-recessions highs, are we in a housing bubble again? Granted, there’s inflation. But ... Well, anyway, Greater Boston is among seven metropolitan areas in the U.S. with home prices approaching the bubble-era prices of last decade, the Boston Business Journal’s Catherine Carlock reports.

    UMass buys more Lowell buildings
    The University of Massachusetts continues to expand its footprint in Lowell, buying up two more private properties and taking about $22,000 off the city’s tax rolls in the process, Christopher Scott of the Lowell Sun reports. The university said it plans to invest $500,000 to improve the two industrial buildings located near its South campus.
    Lowell Sun
    Worcester mayor's move to extend contract draws fire
    At least one member of the Worcester City Council accused Mayor Joseph Petty of playing politics by seeking to extend the contract of City Manager Edward Augustus beyond the 2017 city election, Nick Kotsopoulos of the Telegram reports. Petty floated the extension after the council gave Augustus a mostly positive job review. But Councilor Michael Gaffney—whose evaluation was more critical—said the move may be designed to prevent the manager’s job performance from becoming an issue in next year’s mayor’s race.
    The Telegram
    Focus narrowed in Taunton casino suit
    As both sides prepare for a hearing next month in the federal lawsuit seeking to stop the First Light casino from being built, the judge has narrowed the focus of the case to the single issue of whether the Department of the Interior erred when it allowed the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to take the land into trust, George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times reports.
    Cape Cod Times
    A man walking home with Thai food on a Sunday realizes two days later he was shot
    This is a strange one: Worcester police say a man who heard a “pop” when walking home only realized two days later that he had been shot, reports Elaine Thompson at the Telegram: “The 46-year-old man, whom police did not identify, told police that he was walking home from a Thai restaurant at 545 Southwest Cutoff Sunday night when he heard a pop sound and felt a pain in his back. The man continued walking home, ate the food and went to sleep. Monday morning when he woke up, he was in pain and found it difficult to move. He slept most of Monday and woke up Tuesday morning still in pain with a lot of blood on his clothing and his bed. That’s when the man drove himself to a hospital.”
    There’s more: “Physicians told police that the man sustained a ‘through and through’ gunshot wound to the left chest area. He was in serious, but stable condition.” Shot in the chest area and he didn’t notice? 
    The story is so implausible it’s believable.
    The Telegram

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