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Missouri KKK Threatens 'Lethal Force' Against Ferguson Protestors

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Elizabeth Warren to oppose (Obama Pick) Antonio Weiss as Treasury undersecretary

Source: Politico

Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of Antonio Weiss, a Wall Street investment banker, to be Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance, another sharp-elbowed move by the progressive movement’s most prominent leader.

Weiss, head of global investment banking at Lazard, is widely respected on Wall Street. But he advised on Burger King’s acquisition of Canadian doughnut chain Tim Horton’s, a so-called “tax inversion deal.” Defenders say the deals are commonplace across Wall Street and Weiss did not advise on the tax portion. Such arguments have not swayed the Massachusetts Democratic senator, a persistent Wall Street critic who appears headed to a leadership role in the next Congress.
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A Warren adviser told POLITICO: “She is a no on Antonio Weiss. She was a Treasury official herself, she cares a lot about who is in the domestic finance role. It oversees Dodd-Frank implementation and other core economic policy-making.”
(Also on POLITICO: Big donors urge Warren to run)

The adviser added that Warren “agrees with Senator Grassley that his past work with corporate inversions is a major issue, and she’s had growing concerns with the Administration being loaded with so many appointees from Wall Street rather than more people who would bring different perspectives.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/elizabeth-warren-antonio-weiss-treasury-undersecretary-112889.html

Elizabeth Warren-new leadership role won't stop her from speaking out: "Nobody's clipping my wings"

Warren said that she and Reid began discussing the position in the last week or so, and that she wanted the position so that she could be in the weekly leadership meetings where decisions on the agenda are made. "This is a seat at the table. ... I plan to use it to make sure that people around this country have a real hearing," she said. "I want a chance to be at the table when the Democratic leadership is making decisions. It gives me a better chance to fight for what I believe in."

Backers of Warren said they worried her ascendance to leadership may diminish her ability to be a strong outside voice.

The Senate has a long history of individual senators amassing power outside of the leadership structure. But the Senate over the last several years has become a much more leadership-driven institution. Much of the power individual senators wielded in the past had to do with their ability to create bipartisan coalitions, often within committees. But real bipartisan coalitions are vanishingly rare and committees have become less powerful compared with the leader. That doesn't leave Warren with the lone wolf path that may have existed 20 years ago.

Either way, said Warren, her new leadership role won't stop her from speaking out. "Nobody's clipping my wings," she said.


"Crews for 450 ICBMs had only 1 wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.They FedExed it among

Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will have to spend billions of dollars over the next five years to make emergency fixes to its nuclear weapons infrastructure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce on Friday, after two separate Pentagon studies concluded that there are “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” according to senior defense officials.

The reports are a searing indictment of how the Air Force’s and Navy’s aging nuclear weapons facilities, silos and submarine fleet have been allowed to decay since the end of the Cold War. A broad review was begun after academic cheating scandals and the dismissal of top officers for misbehavior, but it uncovered far more serious problems.

For example, while inspectors obsessed over whether every checklist and review of individual medical records was completed, they ignored huge problems, including aging blast doors over 60-year-old silos that would not seal shut and, in one case, the discovery that the crews that maintain the nation’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles had only a single wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.

“They started FedExing the one tool” to three bases spread across the country,
one official familiar with the contents of the reports said Thursday. No one had checked in years “to see if new tools were being made,” the official said. This was one of many maintenance problems that had “been around so long that no one reported them anymore.”


Veterans Troll Sarah Palin at Veteran's Day Event

If Such A Thing Happened In ANY Other Country, Would We Still Call It A Democratic Republic?


Ted Cruz saves America

But isn't he Canadian?

Last year, the St. Louis-based publisher Really Big Coloring Books released a Ted Cruz coloring book. In it, the firebrand Republican senator from Texas is depicted as a kid-friendly “passionate fighter for limited government.”

This week, the publisher released a new eight-page supplement to the original children’s book. It’s titled “Ted Saves America” and includes images of the tea-party darling flying like Superman and riding an eagle.


Cruz’s office did not respond to a request for comment regarding the image of the senator brandishing a rifle while riding a gigantic bald eagle.


Really Big Coloring Books has also published titles such as Superheroes of the Bible and Fairies & Princesses. But it gets way more attention for its political coloring materials for small children. For instance, their September 11th coloring book “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” published in 2011, was slammed as anti-Muslim “disaster porn”. Back in August, the company reissued two terrorism coloring books with supplemental pages depicting the horrors of ISIS and other Islamist killers:


Get Over it - The People* Have Spoken.


The Free Market just vetoed Keystone XL---Economics no longer make Keystone pipeline viable

Economics no longer make Keystone pipeline viable

What if they voted for a pipeline but nobody came? As Congress rushes to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, it is questionable whether or not the project will make as much of a difference as proponents expect. Since June, crude oil has declined by 28 percent, pushing the price that oil from new wells in Canada may command below what the expected cost will be to produce it. The so-called "heavy oil" extracted from sand in Alberta, which the proposed pipeline would carry to Nebraska, en route to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will cost between $85 and $110 to produce, depending on which drilling technology is used, according to a report in July by the Canadian Energy Research Institute, a nonprofit whose work is often cited by Keystone proponents. West Texas Intermediate crude oil traded today at $76.67. "Anything not under construction is at risk of being delayed or canceled altogether," said Dinara Millington, vice president for research at Calgary-based CERI. Her cost estimates include the price of drilling new wells, meaning that existing wells that have already been paid for can continue to pump oil profitably, she said. CERI' s analysis squares with the views of other experts, who have pointed to low prices as a sign that economic facts, at least for now, don't match political rhetoric coming from Washington, where Keystone has been a goal for both Republicans and for Senate Democrats from oil-producing states.


Molly Ivins: Sharpen wits and man the battle stations. No time to waste feeling sorry for ourselves.


One reaction to electoral disaster should be avoided at all costs: it's that annoying radical mantra, "Things have to get worse before they can get better." The only possible response to that bit of specious thinking is, "Not with my child's life." It is indubitably true things are about to get worse---Paul Krugman quotes a junior official at the Heritage Foundation on the mood of business lobbyists: "optimism bordering on giddiness." They all have their wish lists ready, and it's Christmastime for the special interests. The only recourse is to fight them smart and hard. Giving them enough rope to hang themselves with just means we all hang along with them. Sharpen wits and man the battle stations. No time to waste feeling sorry for ourselves.

via: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/13/1344348/-Cheers-and-Jeers-Thursday
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