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Jon Tester Would Vote Against Larry Summers For Fed Chair

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) will vote against Larry Summers if President Barack Obama nominates his former economic adviser to head the Federal Reserve, Reuters reported Friday, citing Tester spokeswoman Andrea Helling.

Three progressive, bank-reform oriented senators are already expected to oppose Summers if he is nominated: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). All three serve on the Senate Banking Committee, which would have to approve any nominee for Federal Reserve chair before sending the vote to the Senate floor, as does Tester. Since Democrats only have a two-vote majority in the committee, Summers would need to pick up Republican support in the committee in order for his nomination to advance.

Tester has close ties to the bank lobby and is generally viewed as a moderate Democrat. His opposition suggests division within the banking community over a Summers pick, a scenario that would hamper Obama's ability to win over reluctant lawmakers.

Democratic leadership in the Senate have warned Obama that a Summers nomination will result in a "very tough" confirmation fight, according to a Senate Democratic aide familiar with the effort.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/jon-tester-larry-summers-fed-chair_n_3922833.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

(more at link)

Snyder to face questions under oath about Detroit bankruptcy filing

Source: Detroit News

Detroit — Gov. Rick Snyder agreed Tuesday to face questions under oath about why he authorized a Detroit bankruptcy under terms of a deal that slows the pace of the biggest Chapter 9 filing in U.S. history.

The deal was hatched on the sidelines of a bankruptcy hearing Tuesday after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes grilled a state lawyer about a last-ditch attempt to shield Snyder and members of the administration from being deposed in the case.

The forthcoming depositions mark a victory for city unions that are trying to prove the city negotiated in bad faith before filing bankruptcy July 18. Snyder must sit for a three-hour deposition on an as yet unscheduled date, under terms brokered Tuesday.

“This was a very important day for us to get access to the governor,” said attorney Sharon Levine of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25, the city’s largest union. “It is important to understand the motives behind the filing. Transparency is critical here.”

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130910/METRO01/309100093#ixzz2eWkNG2xn

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130910/METRO01/309100093#ixzz2eVte3jIV

much more at link. Mods I searched, didn't see this posted.

Lake Co. judge rules state’s right to work law unconstitutional

Source: Fox 59

LAKE COUNTY – A Lake County judge ruled Indiana’s right to work law unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. The union claimed the law violated Article 1, Section 21 of the state’s Constitution, which says “no person’s particular services shall be demanded without just compensation.”

Local 150 argued the right to work law is unconstitutional because it makes it illegal for unions to collect fees for services they are federal required to provide.

In the decision. Judge John M. Sedia of Lake Superior Court said the law makes it “a criminal offense for a union to receive just compensation for particular services federal law demands it provide to employees.” Sedia concluded that, “the Court therefore has no choice but to find that violate Article 1, Section 21 of the Indiana Constitution.”

Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/09/09/lake-co-judge-rules-states-right-to-work-law-unconstitutional/#ixzz2eRAn04QM

Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/09/09/lake-co-judge-rules-states-right-to-work-law-unconstitutional/#axzz2eQBT08gi

Listening to the news media this morning. Turns out, we aren't really totally opposed to war with

Syria after all. We are just "skeptical". We are anxiously waiting on Dear Leader to inform us more. We aren't overwhelmingly opposed, we are just skeptical.

Is there anyone here from DFA (past or present) who would be willing to engage me in

conversation? I would actually probably take it offline somehow, either through email or chat or something. I am very interested in finding out a few things...If you're out there, contact me! And thank you!

U.N. Chemical Weapons Inspectors Leave Damascus, Syria

Source: Huffington Post/Reuters

By Steve Holland and Catherine Bremer

WASHINGTON/PARIS, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The United States made clear on Friday that it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week.

"We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House.

He said the United States was still in the planning process for a "limited, narrow" military response that would not involve "boots on the ground" or be open-ended. He set no timetable for action.

In a sign the United States may be preparing to act, a senior State Department official said Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on Friday to the foreign ministers of Britain, Egypt, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as to the secretary general of the Arab League.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/31/un-inspectors-damascus-syria_n_3846837.html

long article, much more at link.

Report: Heritage Foundation Barred From GOP House Group’s Meetings

Members of the one of the leading conservative think tanks have reportedly been barred from attending a Republican House group's weekly meetings after the Farm Bill went down in flames earlier this summer.

According to a report Wednesday in National Journal, the Republican Study Committee is no longer allowing employees for the Heritage Foundation to attend the meetings. Heritage, currently led by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), had been a fixture at the meetings until last month when the RSC, comprised of 172 conservative GOP House members, made the change.

The move came after the House voted in June to reject a Farm Bill that would have slashed $2 billion annually from food stamps. The think tank's lobbying arm, Heritage Action, called for the bill to be split into two parts: one to cover agricultural policy and another that dealt with SNAP, the food stamp program. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), a member of the RSC, proposed an amendment that would have accomplished just that but it failed.

Heritage Action then warned members against voting for the bill, ultimately leading to 62 Republicans joining Democrats to defeat the legislation despite majority GOP support. Conservative groups such as Heritage and Club For Growth celebrated the demise of the Farm Bill, a major blow to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who supported the legislation.

just one more small paragraph more at the link: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/report-heritage-foundation-barred-from-gop-caucus-meetings?ref=fpb

ABC News opened the 4 am hour with the official "Crisis in Syria" banner...

not a media pro, so I don't know what else to call it. The march ahead continues apace...

Hey since we're spying on everyone, can we go ahead and get to the part where we spy on a

bunch of people (I use that term loosely) in Texas, for example? Or Wyoming? or other places where known cabals hostile to the US government reside? At least we'd be focused on real threats to US democratic state....

I have seen it quoted over and over again, here and elsewhere, that there are 1 million spies with

top secret clearance. Not sure the source of this, or if it's true. But assuming it is accurate, by my calculations my county alone would have 437 spies (presuming they were distributed evenly by population, which also probably is not how it is done, but for the sake of argument, lets pretend that's how it's done for a minute). 437. Now, I'm not sure what to think about this information, but I do know this...That's a LOT of spies. nt
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