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New Republic: On Our Cover: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero

"Anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided," Justice Ginsburg said.

In our latest cover story, Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic legal affairs editor and president of the National Constitution Center, sits down with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to discuss her storied career, her workout regime, and her operatic friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia. She also holds forth on the misjudgments of her conservative colleagues, the myopia of young feminists, and why she’s not stepping down from the Supreme Court anytime soon.


When has any of the networks aired a US Congressman talking to a Bush cabinet member this way?

‘You killed a million people in Iraq’ George Galloway tells Blair Cabinet Member

(sorry about the ad)


“George Galloway told a former member of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s cabinets she killed one million people in Iraq. The former Labour MP, now a Respect MP, turned on Jacqui Smith as they looked ahead to Friday’s vote in Parliament on possible UK military action in the Middle East.”

Ed. note: It isn’t so much that one necessarily agrees with Galloway’s alternative in every detail so much as that it is refreshing to see politicians speaking frankly and having such sentiments appear on national television. When has any of the networks aired a US Congressman talking to a Bush cabinet member this way? -JRC


Contempt of Congress...

i love the kid with the green goo on his head....

peace, kp

Warren Responds To "This American Life" - Calls for Hearings on New York Fed Allegations

Warren Calls for Hearings on New York Fed Allegations
By Matthew Boesler and Kathleen Hunter Sep 26, 2014 9:00 PM PT 368 Comments Email Print

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren called for congressional hearings into allegations that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been too deferential to the firms it regulates.

A radio program about the regional Fed bank raised “disturbing issues” and “it’s our job to make sure our financial regulators are doing their jobs,” Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat and member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a statement yesterday.

The program “This American Life” released the transcript of a broadcast http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/536/the-secret-recordings-of-carmen-segarra that includes excerpts of conversations it said were secretly recorded by Carmen Segarra, a former New York Fed bank examiner who was fired in 2012, with some of her colleagues and her supervisor.

In the transcript, Segarra described how she felt that her Fed colleagues were afraid of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and handled it with kid gloves.


Had McCain Been Elected In 2008 - Sarah Palin Might Never Have Been Able To Find Him

You Can See Russia From 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue: My Disorienting Day With Sarah Palin
The 2008 vice-presidential candidate and half-term governor mixes up directions and fires up her grizzlies at the Values Voter Summit.

Had John McCain been elected president in 2008, Sarah Palin still may not have ever set foot in the White House…because she wouldn’t have been able to find it.

On Friday afternoon, the failed reality-television star and one-time VP nominee materialized in Washington, clad in a leather blazer, to deliver a speech to the crowd at the Values Voter Summit—an annual social-conservative confab held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a sprawling, gilded maze of a place that is rumored to be haunted by a dead maid.

Maybe she was the one screwing with Palin’s notes, because about halfway through her remarks, Palin said this: “Don’t retreat: You reload with truth, which I know is an endangered species at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue. Anyway, truth.”

1400 Pennsylvania Avenue.


Justice Department to ban profiling by federal law enforcement

Source: LA Times

The Justice Department is expected to issue a broad new policy in the coming two to three weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers, department sources said Friday.

The long-awaited policy will not include an exemption for national security investigations, sources said. National security officials and others in the administration concerned about terrorism lobbied hard for such an exemption, according to congressional sources.

The president will make the case that the work of the attorney general is so important that the United States Senate should act promptly ... to confirm his nominee.
- Josh Earnest, White House spokesman

The new policy will cover ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as religion. Advocates of the new policy said they were surprised because the debate over the national security exemption had blocked movement for months.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-0927-holder-profiling-20140927-story.html



“Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb, along with singers/songwriters Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper are joining forces as part of the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” outreach campaign.

With the song “Truly Brave,” a mashup of Bareilles’ “Brave” and Lauper’s “True Colors,” the trio hopes to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The “Truly Brave” video features young cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We’re told several crew members and staffers were moved to tears in the studio and control room when the video debuted on the show Thursday.

me too.......

"America’s summer of white supremacy: A postmortem "

One hundred fifty-seven years after Dred Scott lost his case, and 156 years after his death, the bruising effects of the country’s racist history are evident throughout the structures of American society. That history has shaped institutions that deprive black Americans of the political power to shape their future, or the resources they need to do so.

Ferguson and Detroit are both places where a largely black community is run by a white power structure. In Detroit, Republican Governor Rick Snyder appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to replace elected officials; a new white mayor, Mike Duggan, now runs the city with an emphasis on what sociologist Thomas Sugrue calls “trickle-down urbanism,” a focus on selective gentrification that excludes jobs for working-class residents.

In Ferguson, the police chief is white, the mayor is white, and five of the six city council members are white. Moreover, the district where Michael Brown attended high school, in which almost all students are black, is controlled by a white, out-of-state Republican.

Unequal political power perpetuates unequal access to resources. The largely poor and black residents of Ferguson and Detroit both contend with shrinking city services that impede daily life, abysmal job prospects, punitive social-welfare policies, and underfunded school systems. An acute example of this phenomenon is seen in the high school from which Michael Brown graduated, which had only two cap-and-gown sets for its graduates, who had to take turns wearing them to pose for graduation pictures.


the rest:

Justice Department to Soon Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Marriage Equality

Up until now, the Supreme Court has not recognized a nationwide right of gay couples to marry.

The court reached two important decisions last year on gay marriage. The first refused to consider an appeal of a lower court decision striking down Prop 8 in California. By doing this, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in California.

Eric HolderThe second decision, US v Windsor, did not recognize gay marriage nationwide, but with its incredibly broad language, in essence made it nearly impossible for any lower court to rule otherwise. I believe the court did this intentionally, to ensure that gay marriage arrives slowly, on cat feet, court by court, state by state, in order to make it feel common, unthreatening, and inevitable.

But now, the Obama administration is willing, apparently, to go the next step and push the Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage nationwide. Though we find out the news via a press release from the Human Rights Campaign that isn’t terribly clear. The release is below, and here’s the salient line:

“This evening, reporting by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams revealed that the Justice Department will soon ask the Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality, indicating that Holder believes the country is ready for it.”

Much more here:

You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused.

An Open Letter To Fox News About 'Boobs On The Ground'

.....the skill of women as fighter pilots is well established. And before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

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