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do we need to overturn citizens united? or is there a more direct method to fix the issue?

A thought provoking article The Problem With Citizens United Is Not Corporate Personhood by Rob Hager and James Marc Leas of Truthout posits that Citizens United is not being correctly interpreted and that there is actually a much easier solution … Continue reading

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identity politics

There has been a lot going on with nymwars. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock :-), this controversy revolves around Google’s latest offered service, Google Plus. In a departure from most of its social services to date, Google … Continue reading

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yet another IOKIYAAR

Republican FEC Commissioners Stopped Probe Of Christine O’Donnell. I’m shocked. Shocked. First, let us cast ourselves as victims: Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told supporters in an email earlier this month that the Federal Election Commission “dismissed the … Continue reading

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and on that note, international human rights

As we in the U.S. celebrate the birth of our nation, it seems fitting to also review international human rights that we are all entitled to (though many countries, including our own, are in the breachj). [Audio: English/music, Captions: auto–okay, … Continue reading

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this n that on tee vee!

[Audio: English, Captions: auto–pretty good, Transcript: linked below] A pretty interesting news summary to go thru. Notes about who gets to decide what gets paid in the event of actual default (are you Republicans REALLY prepared to go that far … Continue reading

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Doing the right thing in New York! June 28,1969 — June 24, 2011.

Same sex marriage passed last night in NY. By legislation. With Republicans on board. With NYC Pride day this Sunday. Wow! Best quote during NY’s debate over legalizing marriage equality, from Republican State Sen. Roy McDonald: “Fuck it, I don’t … Continue reading

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Proposition 8: Courtroom Antics

This is why the haters over at the pro-Prop-8 crowd wanted to keep the court records sealed: Check out the transcripts at American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) for the Perry v Schwarzenegger trial that dealt with California’s Proposition 8. … Continue reading

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good; netflix, can you hear us now??

[Audio:?; Captions: English; Languages: ASL, English] Good overview & explanation of why the lawsuit is necessary, too. Tweet

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bike lanes

[Audio: English; Subtitles: English (partial)] Most of this is clear or is subtitled; there’s a thirty second bit in the middle 2:10-2:40 where it is showing a radio, presumably for whatever it’s broadcasting. The rest of it is perfectly clear … Continue reading

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this n that

This seems oddly politically tone-deaf — I’m astonished that the Republican House is refusing to pass such a thing (it passed unanimously in the Senate): No House resolution honoring military’s bin Laden mission. The house GOPers may have seen it … Continue reading

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a mess of taxes

Let’s take a quick look at the restrictions on nonprofits incorporated under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code: To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes … Continue reading

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if you don’t have freedom of information, it’s not a democracy

Extraordinarily interesting reading: Information Without Borders? The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), founded last year in tandem with a proposition to drastically overhaul the country’s freedom of information laws, is responding to the new info-climate by proposing a legislative framework … Continue reading

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pwnd by #anonymous — a conspiracy writ large

I was never a child of Watergate (I came of age during Reagan’s tenure), but my mother was and so I grew up listening to her hold forth on Nixon, Liddy, the CIA and many others. So to me, conspiracies … Continue reading

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Zach Wahls Speaks About Family

[Audio: English; Caption: auto-mediocre; Transcript: below] Wow! Only 19 years old?? Unfortunately, the proposed ban on gay marriage in Iowa passed the state House by a wide margin despite his eloquent testimony. I think he’s going places. Found this by … Continue reading

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on the (long) road toward equality

Several interesting — and important — things going on at a federal level. In this article, Court win for same-sex couples seeking benefits, we see the first stages of chipping away at DOMA. In a victory for gay rights advocates, … Continue reading

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