Dienstag, 15. Juli 2008

Impeachment Resolution Introduced In House With Reading by Clerk Today

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Hearings A 'Modest Gesture' Towards Bush Impeachment


A win is a win

Common Dreams
by Dave Lindorff


There are two ways to view the news that the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on impeachable crimes by President George W. Bush. One view would be that this is all a charade and that after all, it will not be a real impeachment hearing, but rather, simply a hearing into the impeachable crimes of the Bush administration. As committee Chair Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) put it, ‘We’re not doing impeachment, but he [Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who introduced 36 articles of impeachment] can talk about it.’ Viewed that way, this is not such a big deal. Rep. Kucinich gets to make his case that the president is committing high crimes and misdemeanors and abuses of power and war crimes, but then Congressional Democrats will continue to ignore all the crimes as it has done since taking control of Congress in November 2006. But a second way to view this is as a significant victory over the quisling Congressional leadership, which has been ducking its responsibility to defend the Constitution and to stand up for the rule of law not just since November 2006, but since the inception of the Bush/Cheney presidency...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Interview With Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Immediately before Congressman Dennis Kucinich brought a new impeachment resolution against President Bush to the floor last Thursday, Truthout's Maya Schenwar sat down with him to discuss the implications of impeachment - as well as his vision for a route to lasting peace and unity.



The High Cost of Bush's Iraq Gambit



Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan


Obama Moves Right? Pundits Cheer


The Motivation for Blocking Investigations Into Bush Lawbreaking



McCain: ‘I Know How to Win Wars’



Dismay over mast call rejection

DISAPPOINTMENT has been expressed by a Horsham district councillor over Parliament's rejection of a call for greater controls on mobile phone masts.

A change in the law to put more planning restrictions on companies building mobile phone masts was proposed by Liberal Democrat MP Andrew Stunell who moved an amendment to the Planning Bill on June 25.


How the public health and safety were routinely subordinated to corporate interests

EPA on Trial

In These Times's Joel Bleifuss writes: "Former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman interrupted investigations into her agency's endorsement of sewage sludge as fertilizer, according to the former chief investigator of the EPA's National Ombudsman Office. As the chief investigator for the EPA's National Ombudsman Office, Kaufman had a bird's eye view of how the public health and safety were routinely subordinated to corporate interests. For more than six years, Hugh Kaufman has been battling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his employer for 37 years, with a whistleblower lawsuit."



Judge Allows Testimony by Guantanamo Detainees

Josh Meyer, of The Los Angeles Times, reports: "Osama bin Laden's former driver can use testimony by alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and some other detained Al Qaeda operatives in his upcoming military trial at Guantanamo Bay because it might help exonerate him, a military judge said Monday. Defense lawyers said at a hearing that they wanted to call Mohammed and seven other prospective witnesses in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the first detainee at the U.S. naval base in Cuba to be scheduled for trial. If the proceedings begin next week as planned, it will mark the first time the United States has held a military tribunal since World War II."


Guantanamo Interrogation Video Released for First Time

Colin Freeze and Omar El Akkad, of The Globe and Mail: "Before the rage, the resignation and the tears, came the trust. Teenaged prisoner Omar Khadr seemed sure that his countrymen from Canada had come to Cuba to help him and spoke freely when they asked questions. The teenager realized the obvious. The Canadian agents weren't there to help. They were there to mine him for information. So he wept."



Help Me - Help Me - Help Me

Another proud moment in US history

Omar Kahdr's Interrogation Video From Guantanamo.

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Lawyers release Guantanamo video

The footage from February, 2003 covers seven and a half hours of questioning over three days of Khadr, who was just 15 years old when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2002.


From Information Clearing House


Is Iran a "threat to peace and security"?

Sahimi: No evidence that Iran's nuclear program poses a threat.

Iran and the US: Beyond the war of rhetoric

Prof. Sahimi: Both sides are playing to their domestic audience.


Hartz-IV-Regelsatz aufgrund gestiegener Energiepreise außerplanmäßig erhöhen

15. Juli 2008

Beim Wort nehmen

Zur Forderung des CDA-Vize Weiß, den Hartz-IV-Regelsatz aufgrund gestiegener Energiepreise außerplanmäßigen zu erhöhen, erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Nach der Sommerpause wird im Bundestag ein Antrag der LINKEN zur Abstimmung stehen, der eine Erhöhung des Hartz-IV-Regelsatzes beinhaltet. DIE LINKE fordert seit langem eine Erhöhung auf mindestens 435 Euro. Der CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete hat dann die Chance, nachzuweisen, dass seine Forderung mehr als eine Sommerloch-Ente ist.



We Need the Full Truth Regarding Actions Sufficient to Avert Catastrophic Climate Change


Dear Al Gore, We Need the Full Truth Regarding Actions Sufficient to Avert Catastrophic Climate Change

By Climate Ark, //www.climateark.org and EcoEarth.Info, //www.ecoearth.info

July 14, 2008

Encourage Mr. Gore to tell the full truth regarding the magnitude of actions required for climate change solutions, including advocating for an end to coal and ancient forest logging, and personal sacrifice including reduced consumption


Al Gore is a global hero for the work he has done since leaving government to promote awareness regarding climate change. Yet I am sure he would agree that this and other long- standing awareness building efforts have failed woefully to turn such awareness into sufficient climate policy actions. Mr. Gore's efforts continue to do a disservice to prospects for achieving global ecological sustainability by downplaying the immense social and personal transformations necessary, including personal sacrifice, to build a low-carbon economic system that does not further undermine our shared biosphere. And frankly, it is sad to see someone of Mr. Gore's skills, resources and contacts not choose to lead by example and seek to dramatically reduce his own carbon emissions. Tell Mr. Gore if he really believes climate change is truly a global emergency threatening civilization, he should be leading by example and organizing mass protests in support of a rigorous and sufficient biocentric climate plan.



White House lobbyist offered access for cash

Fox News


A lobbyist with close ties to the White House reportedly was captured on undercover video offering access to key Bush administration figures — including Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice — in return for large donations to a library commemorating the Bush presidency. The Sunday Times of London reported that Stephen Payne, who claims to have raised more than $1 million for the Republican party in recent years, said he would arrange meetings with senior administration officials in return for a payment of ’several hundred thousand dollars’ toward the library in Texas. During an undercover investigation by the newspaper, Payne was asked to arrange meetings in Washington for an exiled former central Asian president...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Beverley residents' new phone mast fight

07:00 - 15-July-2008

A GROUP of Beverley residents are bracing themselves for battle once again after phone giant O2 put in an application to extend a mast in the town centre.

In 2003, the Beverley Mast Action Group was set up to fight plans for a larger replacement mast on the Beverley Town Cricket and Recreation Ground in Norwood Park.

Residents won the day after the application was refused and O2 decided not to appeal.

But now, five years on, O2 has put in another application to extend the current mast by five metres and add on extra telecommunications equipment.





Verstaatlichung maroder US-Banken beginnt

Mit Indymac ist der größte börsennotierte US-Baufinanzierer kollabiert und die beiden größten US-Hypothekenfinanzierer könnten folgen.


Voter Law in Florida Threatens to Cloud Elections

Deirdre Conner reports for The Times-Union, "Confusion over how citizens can register to vote is threatening to muddle upcoming elections in Florida. Voter registration drives statewide are under fire from a new state law that establishes stiff fees for groups that undertake them. The League of Women Voters is challenging that law."



US Stocks Fall as Credit Crisis Jitters Remain

Herbert Lash, for Reuters, reports, "Renewed fears about fallout from the credit crisis on Monday overshadowed initial enthusiasm over a rescue plan for the top two US mortgage finance companies, dragging down stocks as investors turned to the safety of government bonds and gold."



Confidence in U.S. banking sector weakens


Informant: bdpoe


Analysts Say More US Banks Will Fail

Louise Story reports for the International Herald Tribune: "As home prices continue to decline and loan defaults mount, U.S. regulators are bracing for dozens of American banks to fail over the next year. But after a large mortgage lender in California collapsed late Friday, Wall Street analysts began posing two crucial questions: Just how many banks might falter? And, more urgently, which one could be next?"



The Truth is rising seven years after the attacks of September the Eleventh



Montana Greens to Loggers: Come Back!



Speculation Frenzy: Is it Simple Ignorance or Something Else?



The Dark Heart of US Foreign Policy


"We should have nothing to do with conquest"


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are known as "Government sponsored enterprises" or GSEs


Terminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Notes on the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Bailout

Fannie, Freddie, and a Primer in Finance

Fannie, Freddie, and Foreboding


Fannie-Freddie bailout may fundamentally alter structure of world economy

[One of the possible consequences of the U.S. government's bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ( //www.ufppc.org/content/view/7721/ ) is that "the entire foundation of the American -- and dare we say global -- economy could soon be managed out of a single post office box" -- the Federal Reserve, the private intelligence firm Stratfor ( //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratfor ) argued in an analysis of the current financial crisis.[1] -- Thanks to Aaron Dennis for sending this piece. --Mark]

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Fannie and Freddie symptoms of larger problem

AFL-CIO economist says this system amounts to "Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor".



Fannie and Freddie: Let the patient pass away


Fannie, Freddie Spent $200 Million Lobbying

dyn.politico.com — Over the past decade, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have spent nearly $200 million on lobbying and campaign contributions. The two government-chartered companies run a highly sophisticated lobbying operation, with deep-pocketed lobbyists in Washington and scores of local Fannie- and Freddie-sponsored homeowner groups ready to pressure lawmakers back home. Fannie and Freddie's aggressive political maneuvering has helped stave off increased regulation and preserve special benefits such as exemption from state and local income taxes and the ability to borrow at low rates. When their stock prices took a dive last week, their government allies extended another helping hand with a plan for the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and, possibly, Congress to shore up the companies.



Freddie and Fannie Hit Snooze on American Dream


Eulogy For The "Ownership Society"

By Mike Whitney

The fact remains that the two biggest mortgage-lenders in the world are busted and last week's stock sell-off was tantamount to a run on the country's largest bank. Paulson's statement was really nothing more than a eulogy for the mortgage industry; a few heartfelt words over the rigid corpse of a close friend.



Fannie’s lesson: The real scandals are legal

Huffington Post
by Dick Meyer


I know the prospect of reading a column about Fannie Mae, the mortgage crisis and government bailouts is as appealing as a bowl of cough syrup. So let’s consider the latest news about the giant company something young parents today call a ‘teaching moment.’ The lesson is about this old and ignored government truism: The worst scandals are the ones that are perfectly legal...


Bailout bingo

Hawaii Reporter
by Taxpayers for Common Sense


As the economy continues to sour and the housing market sputters, lawmakers stand ready to unleash their response: a financial bailout. After losing more than 50% of their stock value in a week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the latest suitors and Congress has promised to get this package done in time for August. But considering this deal could put taxpayers on the hook for tens of billions of dollars in losses, if not more, it is critical to attach some strong strings to this hastily arranged bailout...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Fannie and Freddie

Le Devoir's Serge Truffaut denounces the shenanigans that led to the Fannie and Freddie bailouts - and the regulatory regime that makes them possible.


Cost of Loan Bailout, if Needed, Could Be $25 Billion

David M. Herszenhorn, reporting for The New York Times, writes: "The proposed government rescue of the nation's two mortgage finance giants will appear on the federal budget as a $25 billion cost to taxpayers, the independent Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday even though officials conceded that there was no way of really knowing what, if anything, a bailout would cost."



Proof that the REPUBLICAN National Committee and DEMOCRATIC National Committee are collaborating together


Why are you a Democrat in 2008?


Why are you a Republican in 2008?



FDIC Says At Least 90 US Banking institutions In Trouble

The FDIC is monitoring 90 institutions with assets of $26 billion that it has identified as troubled.


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