Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Accord

Congressional leaders agreed on legislation to give President Obama authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords, starting a battle that aligns the president with Republicans.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Headlines can be so misleading. Come in off the ledge.

There’s no "deal reached." The only "deal" is Wyden’s sellout in the Senate Finance Committee, along with the invitation to let Ayn Ryan sit in.

 

There’s a long way to go yet on Fast Track. It should make for good political theater, and it’s bound to only get better as soon as conservatives and armchair Republicans start paying attention. just wait until they figure out the the GOP in the House and Senate are jumping into bed with the president. It would really frost their asses if they actually paid attention to what is already known about the TPP.

 

At any rate, according to GovTrack, S.995 has only a 35% chance of even getting past committee. 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s995#

 

 

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Real Time with Bill Maher: Explaining Jokes to Idiots – #RespectForZayn Edition (HBO) – YouTube

Subscribe to the Real Time YouTube: http://itsh.bo/10r5A1B Bill Maher addresses the controversy over his Zayn Malik/Dzhokhar Tsarnaev New Rule in a segment c…

Source: www.youtube.com

Hey. Upset liberals. That "outrage" you think you’re feeling about Maher and the trumped up charges of Islamaphobia are getting tedious and tiresome. How about you give it and him a rest and concentrate your energy where it belongs; on conservatives, libertarians, and the Big Money puppet masters on Wall Street, at the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute, and in the GOP? Thanks.

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Coming to Terms With the American Empire

Although the United States became an empire unintentionally, it must learn to act like one.

Source: www.stratfor.com

"It is true that the United States did not genuinely intend to be an empire. It is also true that its intentions do not matter one way or another. Circumstance, history and geopolitics have created an entity that, if it isn’t an empire, certainly looks like one. Empires can be far from oppressive. The Persians were quite liberal in their outlook. The American ideology and the American reality are not inherently incompatible. But two things must be faced: First, the United States cannot give away the power it has. There is no practical way to do that. Second, given the vastness of that power, it will be involved in conflicts whether it wants to or not. Empires are frequently feared, sometimes respected, but never loved by the rest of the world. And pretending that you aren’t an empire does not fool anyone."

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Join the Internet Vote

Source: www.battleforthenet.com

Congress is about to introduce a bill to fast track a secret deal that could lead to global censorship. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We think Internet users everywhere should have a say in decisions that affect the Internet — but if “Fast Track” legislation passes, there is no chance that the public will see the text before the deal is approved. Join the Internet Vote on April 23rd and let’s make it clear to DC how we’re voting: against Fast Track and against Internet censorship.

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Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech – The Intercept

Nixon officials smeared Ellsberg as a Russian agent, while The New York Times attacked King for “slandering” the U.S. and “whitewashing” Hanoi’s crimes. All of that should sound familiar.

Source: firstlook.org

"I defy anyone to listen to any Democratic apparatchik insinuate that Snowden is a Russian agent and identify any differences with how Nixon apparatchiks smeared Ellsberg (or, for that matter, how today’s warnings from Obama officials about the grave harm coming from leaks differ from the warnings issued by Bush and Nixon officials). The script for smearing never changes — it stays constant over five decades and through the establishments of both parties — and it’s one of the reasons Ellsberg so closely identifies with Snowden and has become one of his most vocal defenders."

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