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There’s no intention on behalf of the Republicans in the House of Representatives to try to help the president move this country forward. I quote Jesse Jackson, who I thought said it best, there are a lot people in Washington who want to drown the captain and are prepared to sink the ship in order to do so.
U.S. House of Representatives Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), saying what anyone with eyes, ears and half a brain already knows. (via kathiek)

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private-revolution:

bacteriologists:

Priorities…

And we’re still cutting from Education -_-“

private-revolution:

bacteriologists:

Priorities…

And we’re still cutting from Education -_-“

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thedailywhat:

CISPA Update of the Day: CISPA, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act that passed the House in April, likely is headed for a Senate vote in early June.
To drum up opposition to the legislation, which would create “a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws,” Fight for the Future, Democrats.com, The Liberty Coalition, and the Entertainment Consumers Association have created a new website called Privacy Is Awesome. The site outlines the top five ways to help defeat CISPA:
Call your senators and tell them to oppose the Lieberman-Collins bill (CISPA), and ask for a constituent meeting during the Memorial Day recess to help change their mind.
Email senators offices about CISPA, expressing your opposition.
Keep calling senators until they plan a constituent meeting.
Donate to anti-CISPA organizers — the same teams that helped defeat SOPA/PIPA.
Share your opposition online — Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is spearheading opposition to the legislation, concluding a recent Senate floor speech with:

I believe these bills will encourage the development of a cyber security industry that profits from fear and whose currency is Americans private data. These bills create a Cyber Industrial Complex that has an interest in preserving the problem to which it is the solution.

Watch the full video here. It’s terrific.
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thedailywhat:

CISPA Update of the Day: CISPA, the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act that passed the House in April, likely is headed for a Senate vote in early June.

To drum up opposition to the legislation, which would create “a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws,” Fight for the Future, Democrats.com, The Liberty Coalition, and the Entertainment Consumers Association have created a new website called Privacy Is Awesome. The site outlines the top five ways to help defeat CISPA:

  • Call your senators and tell them to oppose the Lieberman-Collins bill (CISPA), and ask for a constituent meeting during the Memorial Day recess to help change their mind.
  • Email senators offices about CISPA, expressing your opposition.
  • Keep calling senators until they plan a constituent meeting.
  • Donate to anti-CISPA organizers — the same teams that helped defeat SOPA/PIPA.
  • Share your opposition online — Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is spearheading opposition to the legislation, concluding a recent Senate floor speech with:

I believe these bills will encourage the development of a cyber security industry that profits from fear and whose currency is Americans private data. These bills create a Cyber Industrial Complex that has an interest in preserving the problem to which it is the solution.

Watch the full video here. It’s terrific.

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In an all-too-rare show of bipartisanship, 15 Senate Republicans joined with the Democratic majority last month to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark 1994 law that is key to efforts against domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Unfortunately, the lopsided 68-to-31 Senate vote halted G.O.P. opponents only temporarily. The House Judiciary Committee last week approved its version of the reauthorization bill, which not only omits improvements the Senate bill made to the law but also removes existing protections for immigrant women, putting them at greater risk of domestic and sexual abuse.

The Senate’s measure ensures that victims are not denied services because they are gay or transgender. It also strives to ensure that domestic violence crimes committed by non-Indian men in tribal communities are prosecuted. The Senate bill also would modestly expand the availability of special U-visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence. That move was supported by law enforcement to encourage victims to come forward and testify against their abusers.

The regressive House alternative removes these and other improvements, including new protections for students on college campuses. The House measure would eliminate a confidentiality requirement in current law that protects the identity of immigrant women who file domestic violence complaints against a spouse who is a citizen or legal resident and allows the women to apply for legal status on their own.

House Republicans claim there is a big fraud problem in this area, but there is no hard evidence of that. And their plan to end the centralized handling of these issues by a Vermont-based office would undermine the government’s ability to detect untruthful stories.

House members on both sides of the aisle who are serious about combating domestic violence must work to defeat this atrocious bill. If that fails, the Senate will need to insist on fixing it during the reconciliation process.

The New York Times editorial, “Backward On Domestic Violence.”

Would love to hear my Republican / conservative followers defend their party on this, please.

(via inothernews)

thedailywhat:

CISPA Vote of the Day: CISPA — the most unpopular bill on the Internet, no matter what Facebook says — passed late Thursday with a 248-168 vote in the GOP-controlled House.
What you might have missed, helpfully pointed out by Forbes‘ Andy Greenberg:

Even before it passed, the House voted to amend the bill to actually allow even more types of private sector information to be shared with government agencies, not merely in matters of cybersecurity or national security, but in the investigation of vaguely defined cybersecurity “crimes,” “protection of individuals the danger of death or serious bodily harm,” and cases where that involve the protection of minors from exploitation.

The CISPA fight now heads to the Democrat-controlled Senate. If the bill manages to reach his desk, President Obama has threatened a veto.
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thedailywhat:

CISPA Vote of the Day: CISPA — the most unpopular bill on the Internet, no matter what Facebook says — passed late Thursday with a 248-168 vote in the GOP-controlled House.

What you might have missed, helpfully pointed out by Forbes‘ Andy Greenberg:

Even before it passed, the House voted to amend the bill to actually allow even more types of private sector information to be shared with government agencies, not merely in matters of cybersecurity or national security, but in the investigation of vaguely defined cybersecurity “crimes,” “protection of individuals the danger of death or serious bodily harm,” and cases where that involve the protection of minors from exploitation.

The CISPA fight now heads to the Democrat-controlled Senate. If the bill manages to reach his desk, President Obama has threatened a veto.

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Basically, the parameters for debate in the United States about Israel range all the way from ‘I unequivocally support them and might bomb Iran’ to ‘I unequivocally support them and will definitely bomb Iran!’

Although, to be fair, there are some prominent politicians willing to criticize the Israeli government, even willing to say stuff like ‘Israel is not about to be destroyed… With his crazy analogies, the Prime Minister is diverting attention from Iran to his fearmongering’; or ‘Netanyahu’s words on Iran sound like a calculated preparation for a reckless adventure’; or ‘Israel is making a mistake in its unwillingness to recognize a Palestinian state.’

Oh man, I’d love to play soundbites of those quotes for you… but they’re in Hebrew. ‘Cause they were said by members of the Israeli Knesset. Because apparently, in Israel, you are allowed to criticize Israel — and still hold public office.

JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)
They don’t believe in a government role except when it comes to women exercising her conscience on an issue like that. People who choose to marry and find comfort with each other — they decide that government should step in there. But clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public education, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security — they want to end the government role.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Congressional Republicans’ agenda to impose government intrusion on individual liberty when it comes to matters of sex.

And here’s Nancy on the roaring silence from Congressional Republicans, who cower in fear of GOP Boss Limbaugh, on his heinous, misogynistic public attacks on an innocent young woman:

“They won’t disassociate themselves from it. They’re tattooed with it.”

You go, girl!

Nancy SMASH!

(via destroythegop)

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thedailywhat:

Fun Fact of the Day: And by “fun” I mean STOP SOPA.
[@skulled / pleatedjeans.]

thedailywhat:

Fun Fact of the Day: And by “fun” I mean STOP SOPA.

[@skulledpleatedjeans.]

(via thedailywhat)