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The Turtle is angry

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell railed against Senate Democrats on Tuesday after they blocked movement on a "fast-track" trade bill.

The Kentucky Republican suggested Senate Democrats who voted "no" on the trade legislation "rail against the future."

"The rationale for voting ... a vote that would simply have allowed the Senate to debate the issue, was overwhelming," he said. "It was supported by the facts, and yet voices in the president's party who rail against the future won out today."


Remember, this is the man who pledged to make Obama a "one term president"

Another example of the Weasel that is Rand Paul

He came out this morning in opposition to Fast Tracking TPP


Then he voted yes to cloture this afternoon, on the side giving fast track authority to the President.

Fuck Rand Paul.

(apologies to all real weasels out there, fine and noble animals all)

TPP Trade Authority Battle Rd. 1: Warren/Democrats 1, Obama/Republicans 0

By Paul Kane May 12 at 3:10 PM
The liberal grass-roots movement gave birth to two huge stars over the last decade, one who rode a wave of anti-war support into the White House and the other who became the ideological standard-bearer in the fight against big banks and corporate greed.

Now, in a battle few saw coming three years ago, President Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are locked in an increasingly personal dispute over a mammoth global trade deal that the president is trying to finalize in his last years in the White House. The faceoff has become the defining battle in the Democratic Party, as Obama seeks “fast-track” trade authority from Congress, which would allow him a freer hand to cut trade deals.

The ultimate goal is approval of a deal with 12 Pacific-rim nations representing roughly 40 percent of the global economy.

Moreover, this dispute sets the stage for the campaign to succeed Obama in office, as the firebrand senator has opted not to run but instead is focusing her effort on moving the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton, farther to the left.

On two fronts Warren appears to have won initial battles. The Senate on Tuesday ran into a filibuster of the Trade Promotion Authority measure that would grant Obama fast-track powers to pass global deals, as the overwhelming majority of Democrats blocked consideration of the legislation.



Something strange going on with DU

When I have posted recently, the site 'hangs' and doesn't load the posted page. Then if I check the thread, say GD, I find that it is posted. However even if it gets 5 or more recs it doesn't show up on the 'greatest' page, and it hangs when I try to respond to the OP. I think I am seeing other posts like it. Something wrong in the inner workings of the site?

Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents

Paul Lewis in Washington and Adam Federman

The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.

Internal agency documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists, in violation of guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming unduly involved in sensitive political issues.

The hugely contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which is awaiting approval from the Obama administration, would transport tar sands oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf coast.

It has been strongly opposed for years by a coalition of environmental groups, including some involved in nonviolent civil disobedience who have been monitored by federal law enforcement agencies.

The documents reveal that one FBI investigation, run from its Houston field office, amounted to “substantial non-compliance” of Department of Justice rules that govern how the agency should handle sensitive matters.



US taxpayers subsidising world's biggest fossil fuel companies

The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given the threat of climate change.

A Guardian investigation of three specific projects, run by Shell, ExxonMobil and Marathon Petroleum, has revealed that the subsidises were all granted by politicians who received significant campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.

The Guardian has found that:

A proposed Shell petrochemical refinery in Pennsylvania is in line for $1.6bn (£1bn) in state subsidy, according to a deal struck in 2012 when the company made an annual profit of $26.8bn.

ExxonMobil’s upgrades to its Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana are benefitting from $119m of state subsidy, with the support starting in 2011, when the company made a $41bn profit.

A jobs subsidy scheme worth $78m to Marathon Petroleum in Ohio began in 2011, when the company made $2.4bn in profit.

“At a time when scientists tell us we need to reduce carbon pollution to prevent catastrophic climate change, it is absurd to provide massive taxpayer subsidies that pad fossil-fuel companies’ already enormous profits,” said senator Bernie Sanders, who announced on 30 April he is running for president.



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