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Martin Sheen to Host and Narrate Siegelman Film

We are happy to announce that Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The West Wing) is now attached to the Killing Atticus Finch project as narrator and host.

“We are honored to have such a venerated actor and activist as a key part of both our fundraising efforts and film production. Mr. Sheen has one of the most recognizable voices in the world, and will add a powerful ring of truth to the travesty of justice involved in Gov. Siegelman’s case,” said Steve Wimberly, the film’s director.

With Mr. Sheen’s involvement, the film project,Killing Atticus Finch, is building momentum. The film's producers, Academy Award winner, Maria Forio, and accomplished actor and activist, Mimi Kennedy, hope to raise enough money in the coming weeks to go directly into production.

To see our updated trailer with Martin Sheen go to Killing Atticus Finch - WATCH THE TRAILER.


WEEKLY ADDRESS: The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

Source: White House

In this week's address, the President called the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans across the country, whose lives are more secure because of this law. The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is here to stay. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records. With this case behind us, the President reaffirmed his commitment to getting more people covered and making health care in America even better and more affordable.

Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/27/weekly-address-affordable-care-act-here-stay

Five years ago, we finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for all. And this week, after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law; after a Presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law; after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, we can now say this for certain: the Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.

On Thursday, when the Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, it was a victory for hardworking Americans all across this country whose lives are more secure because of this law. This law means that if you’re a parent, you can keep your kids on your plan until they turn 26. If you’re a senior, or an American with a disability, this law gives you discounts on your prescriptions. You can’t be charged more just because you’re a woman. And you can’t be discriminated against just for having a pre-existing condition.

This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to – and in some ways, better than we expected it to. So far more than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage. Nearly one in three Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep such records.

The law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years. If your family gets insurance through the workplace, not through the Affordable Care Act, you’re paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if trends before this law had continued – which is good for workers and it's good for the economy.

The point is, this is not some abstract political debate. For all the misinformation campaigns, and doomsday predictions; for all the talk of death panels and job destruction; for all the repeal attempts – this law is helping tens of millions of Americans. This isn’t just about Obamacare. This is health care in America.

With this case behind us, we’re going to keep working to make health care in America even better and more affordable, and to get more people covered. But it is time to stop refighting battles that have been settled again and again. It’s time to move on.

Because as Americans, we don’t go backwards, we move forwards. We take care of each other. We root for one another’s success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation coming behind us. With this behind us, let’s come together and keep building something better right now.

This couple waited to get married over 50 years and today they can make their love official.


Adorable couple together for 55 years marry as Texas AG blasts Supreme Court ruling


WaPo: Bernie Sanders packs thousands into a Denver gymnasium

Bernie Sanders, who’s emerged as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, drew an estimated 4,500 people to the University of Denver on Saturday night for what appeared to be one of the largest political rallies of the 2016 cycle.

Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist senator from Vermont, delivered a fiery speech in a packed university gymnasium, where he decried the greed of the billionaire class, saying it is “destroying this nation.” Besides the more than 3,000 people in the gym, others listened in an adjacent atrium, where speakers were set up, and on a nearby lacrosse field, where the speech was streamed on the scoreboard, according to those on the scene.

The extraordinary turnout was the latest evidence that Sanders, 73, has tapped into the economic anxiety of the Democratic electorate. In recent weeks, his crowds have swelled, and his poll numbers have been on the rise, particularly in New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state.

Sanders touched on familiar themes during his speech, which was streamed live on social media sites Saturday night. He called the nation’s current minimum wage of $7.25 “a starvation wage.” He lamented that the United States does not guarantee medical leave and vacation time. He derided a trade deal being pushed by President Obama, and he urged that more be done to combat climate change.


Overflow crowd--biggest for any candidate yet this year--greets @BernieSanders in Denver. Remind me why he can't win?

Some pics from Denver: John Frank, The official crowd est. for Sanders event: 4,800 to 5,000

Thanks to the more than 5,500 Coloradans who came out to our Denver town hall last night. http://bernie.to/denver-turnout


massive, overflow crowds to support Bernie Sanders #2016 at town hall in denver, co tonight.

overflow crowd outside!!!

(not sure if this is Denver too)

8,000 RSVP’d online to see @BernieSanders in Denver. Look at this pic from @People4Bernie - and an overflow crowd

This is the view from @BernieSanders' #Denver stage. LOOK AT THAT CROWD!! No joke. There are THOUSANDS. #FeeltheBern


BernieSanders event over 5000 in packed house in Denver listening to Neil Young's Old Man Take A Look At My Soul!!!


The official crowd est. for Sanders event: 4,800 to 5,000 -- the largest since his May campaign kickoff.
John Frank
Denverpost political reporter and craft beer writer.

Sen. Bernie Sanders At Drake

The Occupied Tent - Captured Live on Ustream

Big crowd for our town hall meeting this evening in Des Moines, Iowa.(pics)great tweet from

Bill McKibben's twitter
Since Bernie Sanders can't possibly ever in any way win, it's odd so many people turned out to see him tonite in IA



in Des Moines- Healthcare is a right of all people and we have to go forward with a Medicare for all single payer program."

Republicans cut pell grants by $90 million, then they provided huge tax breaks to the top.

Iowans still filing in to see @BernieSanders speak here in Des Moines! It's a full house!

One of many standing O's for Bernie tonight! He covered a LOT of important issues very thoughtfully.



Sen. Sanders heard from a marine Friday night in Des Moines
-Former US marine & veteran of Iraq drove 6 hours to hear Bernie in Des Moines today!

To have an idea of what tonight's crowd for @BernieSanders has been like

Sen.Sanders: Family Values Agenda

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) details his family values agenda.

21st Century Dems:The votes are in


The votes are in – and it’s a big win for Bernie Sanders.

Last week, we asked supporters who they would vote for if the presidential election were held today. And 62 percent of you voted for Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders' progressive voice is being heard. From income inequality to climate change, people are listening.

So thanks for taking the time to vote – we wanted to let you know where our supporters stand.

Jennifer Petty

The media’s sickening Sanders double standard: How the socialist brings out their true colors

Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign reveals how skewed our attitudes toward wealth and taxation have become

Bernie Sanders held his first major presidential campaign event in Vermont yesterday afternoon after kicking off his 2016 bid with a delightfully offbeat Capitol Hill press conference. The tone of the coverage surrounding Sanders’ campaign doesn’t necessarily reflect it, but Vermont’s independent senator is actually pulling in a decent share of the Democratic vote. As of this writing, his support in national polling has climbed up into double digits, and the last few polls out of Iowa and New Hampshire put him at around 14 or 15 percent in those states. Of course, those numbers have to be measured against those of his chief rival, Hillary Clinton, who dominates both nationally and in the early states with more than 50 percent.

So Sanders is a long shot, but he’s not without a sizable bloc of support. In fact, when you crunch the numbers, Sanders is outperforming the combined support of several GOP presidential wannabes. The Bernie 2016 boomlet is clearly a bit puzzling to reporters, who don’t seem to know what to do with Sanders beyond treating him as a foil to Hillary, and so they default to doing nothing, even as every utterance of GOP candidates who are polling below 2 percent merits its own headline. There are clear double standards at play, and one of them pertains to how reporters cover a candidate who is unreservedly liberal versus how they cover “proudly conservative” Republicans. This dynamic is sometimes subtle, and it emerged during an interview Sanders gave with CNBC’s John Harwood.

This is what happens after more than three decades of economic policymaking that has enshrined tax cuts as the greatest good one can strive for. For Republicans, the policy is tax cuts everywhere and always and most especially for the rich. For Democrats, it’s tax cuts for the middle class while the wealthy, who benefit disproportionately from a tax structure that is “barely progressive,” are asked only to “pay a little more.” We’ve become so accustomed to historically low rates of taxation for the wealthy that when someone like Sanders comes along and says the rich can and should pay a far higher rate, people assume he’s out to lunch.

But is a 90 percent top rate “obviously too high”? Is it something one should instinctively “flinch” at? Not really, says Bryce Covert:
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