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Judge Slams Voter Suppression Law — ‘Why Does The State Of North Carolina Not Want People To Vote?’

(Think Progress) Judge Wynn, the only member of the panel who lives in North Carolina, appeared baffled by this provision. Explaining that he lives very close to a precinct that is not his assigned polling place, he asked the state to justify why his vote should be thrown out if he did not travel to a precinct that is further away from his home. At one point, his questions grew quite pointed — “Why does the state of North Carolina not want people to vote?” Wynn asked. At another point, he described a hypothetical grandmother who has always voted at the same place. Why not “let her just vote in that precinct?” he wondered?


Seditious Republicans Spend Paid Vacation Instigating Rebellion Among Military Generals

(Politicus USA) Tea Party Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado is spending his seven week paid vacation “behind the scenes” urging military generals to resign in protest of President Obama’s policies.

This is very different from Allan West’s attempt to instigate a military rebellion via Facebook, as reported by Justin Baragona on Friday. True, West and Lamborn rely on Tea Party mythology to rally dissent within the military. However, as a former one-term Congressman, West is reduced to making his case on Facebook. Lamborn is a sitting Congressman and a member of the House Armed Services Committee with all the power that comes with those positions. He is also trying to incite rebellion at the highest levels of the military.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Citizens United Was The Current Supreme Court's Worst Ruling

(HuffPo) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her extreme regret over several of the current Court's rulings in a wide-ranging interview published in The New Republic Sunday evening, including their rejecting the commerce clause of President Barack Obama's health care law, and issuing a huge blow to the Voting Rights Act in their Shelby County v. Holder decision.

But the first Supreme Court ruling Ginsburg would send to the guillotine would be the Court's decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, giving corporations and unions the green light to give and spend unlimited sums of money on independent political activity. "If there was one decision I would overrule," Ginsburg told The New Republic, it would be Citizens United.


NBC ‘relieved’ that ‘Meet the Press’ is off this week

(Page Six) NBC insiders are “relieved” to not have to suffer through another week of dull ratings for “Meet the Press” under new host Chuck Todd, sources sniped to Page Six.

In the wake of the program’s third-place finish in the ratings last week, this Sunday’s broadcast will be pre-empted for the Ryder Cup golf tournament.


Elizabeth Warren wants to probe if Fed is too close to big banks

(CNN) Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants Congress to look into allegations the New York Federal Reserve blocked one of its own from criticizing Goldman Sachs.

The allegations were made Friday and are based on what appear to be secretly-made recordings of meetings between a Fed investigator and her colleagues. The investigator, Carmen Segarra, was fired but in 2011 and 2012 was assigned to monitor Goldman. Two news outlets that received the tapes, This American Life and ProPublica, reported they showed Fed officials pushing back on her efforts.


Raising Most People’s Wages by Robert Reich

(RobertReich.org) I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped Seattle enact the first $15 per hour minimum wage in the country.

Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example.

Contrary to the dire predictions of opponents, the hike won’t cost Seattle jobs. In fact, it will put more money into the hands of low-wage workers who are likely to spend almost all of it in the vicinity. That will create jobs.


First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars

(Daily Beast) Together, the missiles and airstrikes cost at least $79 million to pull off, according to a Daily Beast tally.

That's more expensive than India's mission to Mars, which was successfully completed Wednesday at a cost of just $74 million.


Chuck Todd Is Doing Worse Than David Gregory As Meet The Press Continues To Nosedive

(Politicus USA) It may seem hard to believe but minus the first week where he had an interview with President Obama, Chuck Todd’s ratings on Meet The Press are worse than David Gregory’s.

The ratings for week three of the Chuck Todd Meet The Press experiment are in, and they are not good. For the entire television season Meet The Press averaged 2.72 million viewers, but Chuck Todd’s third week on saw 2.416 million viewers watch. On Todd’s second week, the show had 2.589 million viewers. Things are getting worse with each passing week for Meet The Press.


Obama Admin to pay Navajo Nation $554 million in largest settlement with single Indian tribe

(WaPo) In the largest settlement with a single American Indian tribe, the Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation $554 million to settle claims that the U.S. government has mismanaged funds and natural resources on the Navajo reservation for decades.

The settlement, to be signed in Window Rock, Ariz., on Friday, resolves a long-standing dispute between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. government, with some of the claims dating back more than 50 years.


Obama to create world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean

(WaPo) President Obama will use his legal authority Thursday to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.

By broadening the existing Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,00 square miles. Obama has now protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years; this action makes the area in question off-limits to commercial fishing.

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