Charting a New Course on Cuba

From the email today:

Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change America’s relationship with the people of Cuba.

We are recognizing the struggle and sacrifice of the Cuban people, both in the U.S. and in Cuba, and ending an outdated approach that has failed to advance U.S. interests for decades. In doing […]

VIDEO: Some of the awful, wasteful provisions of the CRomnibus bill

While there’s a lot to hate about the recently passed 1,606 page “CRomnibus” spending bill, here’s just a few of the key highlights.

U.S., Cuba relations to normalize thanks to President Obama

This is HUGE. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations – a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington – seconded by Cuban […]

Why did Sen. Tammy Baldwin vote for the awful CRomnibus bill?

On December 13, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted 56-40 to approve H.R. 83, the so-called “CRomnibus” bill, a $1.1 trillion, nine-month omnibus spending bill that will keep the federal government fully funded through September 2015.

Among the Democratic Senators who voted for the CRomnibus bill was progressive Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and as the […]

America & ISIL share a common bond: torture

I wonder if having torture in common with the terrorists of ISIL is an example of “American exceptionalism.”

Image © Jim Morin

Embedding Right To Work In The US Constitution!

This is the scariest article that I’ve read in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2014: Wisconsin lawmaker, right-to-work champion leads push on U.S. Constitution

State Representative Chris Kapenga (R – Delafield) was elected the co-president of the Assembly of State Legislatures. Rep. Kapenga helped found this organization in 2013 and they are working toward holding […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin to oppose Obama nomination of Wall Street insider to Treasury position

Good for Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined a small but growing list of Democrats who are opposing Pres. Obama’s nomination of Antonio Weiss for a high-ranking post in the Treasury Department.

Weiss has been nominated to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.

While the post is not a high […]

Some thoughts on the Senate torture report

Any true patriot should be ashamed of the torture used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) post-911. A glimpse of these techniques details how the CIA employed sleep deprivation to wear down victims: It “involved keeping detainees awake for up to 180 hours, usually standing or in stress positions, at times with their hands shackled […]

What The Heck Is This Doing In A Budget Bill?

From Bloomberg:

Congress is considering adding to a year-end budget deal a provision to roll back safety rules aimed at ensuring truck drivers get enough rest, a measure U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said should be rejected.

What the heck is this doing in a budget bill? I thought Congress wasn’t going to pull this […]

William Greider: How the Democratic Party Lost Its Soul

This is a must-readfrom William Greider of The Nation.

The blowout election of 2014 demonstrates that the Democratic Party is utterly out of touch with ordinary people and their adverse circumstances. Working people have known this for some time now, but this year, the president made the disconnection more obvious. Barack Obama kept telling folks […]

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