Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Torture, Impeachment, Prosecution, A Department Of Peace, Equal Pay For Equal Work Democrats Not Falling In Line, Confirmation Smearings…

Torture, Impeachment, Prosecution, A Department Of Peace, Equal Pay For Equal Work Democrats Not Falling In Line, Confirmation Smearings…The Table Is Full!



The New Conyers Report: What Does It Mean for the Impeachment Movement
House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers (D-MI) released a new report yesterday called Reining in the Imperial Presidency: Lessons and Recommendations Relating to the Presidency of George W.
Bush, detailing the many ways in which ...
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Dem. House Committee Assignments Are In
Washington Post - United States
House Speaker
 Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced the names of freshman members nominated by the House Democratic Steering Committee to the following ...
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Dear Jack,

Equal pay for equal work.

This principle should be a given in 21st century America.
But in reality, American women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. In the year 2009, that's downright shameful.

That's why I am joining several of my colleagues in the Senate to introduce the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009, to protect women from discrimination in the workplace.  But this common-sense legislation faces considerable opposition from some of my colleagues -- and a likely filibuster attempt -- so I urgently need your help to ensure it passes when it comes before the Senate tomorrow.

Stand up for the principle of "equal pay for equal work" by forwarding a message to your Senators, urging them to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

This legislation would not be necessary were it not for a regrettable 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 2007, which reversed a lower court's decision awarding back pay to Lilly Ledbetter, who earned 15 to 40 percent less than her male counterparts at Goodyear Tire. The Court ruled against Ms. Ledbetter because she did not discover her lower pay until she had been working at the company for several years.

The court's decision dealt a severe blow to the rights of working families across America -- one we can ill-afford during these difficult economic times -- by giving companies a green light to under-pay women, so long as they don't find out about it.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009 will overturn the Supreme Court's flawed decision, and restore the principle of equal pay for equal work, regardless of when an employee first discovers pay discrimination. But similar legislation narrowly failed in the Senate last year, and some Senators are threatening to block it once again when it comes to the floor tomorrow.

Stand up for the principle of "equal pay for equal work" by forwarding a message to your Senators, urging them to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

Pay discrimination hurts millions of American families -- not just women. This legislation is long overdue, and 
with your help I am hopeful that the new Congress will pass it into law.

Thank you for taking action.

Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

P.S. The Senate is set to vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act tomorrow, and I need your help 
right now to ensure it passes this time around -- even over a likely filibuster.Please forward a message to your Senators today.

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Arianna Huffington: Memo to Obama: Moving Forward Doesn't Mean You ...
Re: Cheney being "divorced from judgment, wisdom, and reality" - why not? There is a huge population in this country I would say the same thing about - that would be those who allowed Bush-Cheney to continue their rape & pillage ...
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Obama Faces Rebellion From Democrats on Stimulus, Nominations
Bloomberg - USA
Days later, House
 Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, took aim at reports that Obama is considering naming CNN reporter Sanjay ...
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On January 14 Bloomberg News published an article headlined "Obama Faces Rebellion From Democrats on Stimulus, Nominations." However, the only evidence of "rebellion from Democrats" on President-elect Barack Obama's "nominations" reporter Brian Faler cited in that article was that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) "said she hadn't been consulted on the pick" of Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta for Central Intelligence Agency director "and preferred a CIA director with more experience in intelligence," and that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) "took aim at reports that Obama is considering naming CNN reporter Sanjay Gupta as surgeon general." In fact, while Feinstein, in the wake of reports of Panetta's selection, did issue a statement on January 5, on January 7 -- two days before Obama officially announced Panetta's nomination – Feinstein reportedly stated that she was "going to vote for him," and said that "I believe all systems are go" with regard to his confirmation. Moreover, while Conyers did urge Obama not to nominate Gupta for the post, Faler did not note that as a member of the House of Representatives, and not the Senate, Conyers will not have a vote on the confirmation of the nominee for surgeon general.


Battle Brewing Over Holder's Clinton-Era Decisions
Their ranks include former
 Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who remains acommittee member; former Attorney General William Barr, ...See all stories on this topic


Sen. Inhofe: TARP Bailout Most 'Outrageous' Vote in History


How Bush Destroyed the Republican Party

A president driven by ideology. A Congress rife with corruption. A political party hellbent on a "permanent majority." A leading scholar examines the radicals who hijacked the GOP — and wrecked the longest conservative ascendancy in American history


Clinton Confirmation Hearings and Obama-Calderon Meeting Reveal Big Changes About to Come in US-Latin America Policy

An “Upgrade” of NAFTA, an “Update” of Plan Colombia, Labor Protections, Easing of Cuba Embargo and “direct diplomacy with Bolivia and Venezuela” Are on the Docket  | By Al Giordano | Special to The Narco News Bulletin


Bush/Cheney: 'Most Impeachable'
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers seeks deeper probes into abuses by "most impeachable" President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, Jason Leopold writes. January 14, 2009


Crisis Worsens for Civilians in Gaza
The conflict in Gaza is putting civilians in a tightening vise of fear and shortages, reports. January 14, 2009


An Empire That America Can't Afford
Though the unipolar moment has passed for the American Empire, Barack Obama is having trouble coming to grips with this new reality, Ivan Eland observes in this guest essay. January 13, 2009


Obama Waffles on Torture Prosecution
Barack Obama indicates he will repudiate many of George W. Bush's "war on terror" policies but probably will not pursue prosecutions for torture and other crimes, Jason Leopold writes. January 12, 2009


Gaza and the End of Days
The political calculations around Gaza obscure the horrible human tragedy, as Morgan Strong observes in this guest essay. January 12, 2009


WPost Again Flacks for Bush's Crimes
In a remarkably one-sided "news" article, the Washington Post warns Barack Obama to tread softly in seeking any accountability for the Bush administration's torture policies, Robert Parry writes. January 10, 2009


How the CIA Handles the WPost
CIA insiders have demonstrated again how they can manipulate the Washington Post to push an agenda, like opposing Leon Panetta to run the spy agency, Melvin A. Goodman writes. January 9, 2009


WPost Finds Second Side to Gaza War
The Washington Post's neocon editorial section -- after 12 days of Israel-is-always-right opinion columns -- has finally published an op-ed that lays blame on both sides, observes Robert Parry. January 8, 2009


Exit Strategy Unclear on Gaza War
Despite a brief cease-fire, the Gaza War threatens to drag on, according to in this video report. January 8, 2008


Conyers Seeks Probe of Bush Crimes
House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers has opened the new Congress with a proposal for a blue-ribbon panel to investigate the Bush administration's abuses, writes Jason Leopold. January 7, 2009


The Gaza War and International Law
Israel's attacks on the Hamas infrastructure in Gaza raises concerns about international law, according to this video report. January 7, 2008


WPost Columnist Excuses Torture
Washington Post editorialist Ruth Marcus has tested out some excuses for holding no one from the Bush administration accountable for torture, as David Swanson observes in this guest essay. January 4, 2009


of Top 10 "Ideas for Change"


The Department of Peace and Non-Violence is currently in 9th place in a national online poll to determine the Top 10 "Ideas for Change in America" on


Congressman Kucinich introduced The Department of Peace and Non-Violence Act (H.R. 808) to Congress to "establish a cabinet-level department in the executive branch of the Federal Government dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace."


The voting is in the finalist stage, ending this Thursday, January 15 at 5:00 pm.
With your help, the Department of Peace and Non-Violence could win this poll!
Would you please take just a minute to vote for the Department of Peace and Non-Violence?




(When you go to the website and vote, make sure their BLUE VOTE BUTTON next to the title has turned to a BROWN 'VOTED' BUTTON in order for your vote to be counted.)


Please also forward this message to your friends.


The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama administration and a formal nonprofit sponsor will be selected for each idea to help create a nationwide movement to lobby the administration and Congress to turn the idea into policy. In addition, a press event announcing the winners will be held at the National Press Club and the winning ideas will be promoted by MySpace and dozens of other partner organizations, reaching millions of Americans.


This poll has already been reported on by CNN, and the winning ideas will certainly receive a huge momentum boost.


You can learn more about the Department of Peace and Non-Violence by visiting:


Thank you!
The Re-Elect Congressman Kucinich Committee




Once Upon a Time...: Those Who Enable the Triumph of Evil, and the ...
By Arthur Silber 
While prosecution of
 Bush and Cheney would be hard-pressed to fail, and politicians who supported it would be hard-pressed not to rise in popularity, Cheney has given us a preview of his legal defense: "We were never impeached." ...
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Bush History-Protecting Corrupt GOPers... | Gather
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Democrats seek criminal probe of Bush 'abuses'
The Associated Press
However, in an interview this month with The Associated Press, Vice President Dick
 Cheney said, "I can't speak for everybody in the administration, ...See all stories on this topic


Bob Herbert: Afghanistan, Barack? Really? « Dandelion Salad
Citizens for a Legitimate Government · Bush, Obama teams hold disaster drill · Cheney hints at pardon for President Bush · Obama unlikely to probe Bush 'torture' acts · Obama Reluctant to Look Into BushPrograms ...
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Why Bush Should Not Pardon Himself |
Ten Reasons to 
Impeach Bush & Cheney. 64.2%. Ten Reasons to Impeach George Bush and DickCheney. Goal: 250000. Now: 160500. Sign Here. No Pardons for Bush-Cheney. 49.4%. Impeach Bush To Stop Pardons. Goal: 100000. Now: 49374 ... - The Aggressive... -


TPMMuckraker | Talking Points Memo | Conyers Wants Criminal Probe ...
While admirable, this only puts the problem off to the next POTUS who, like 
Cheney / Bush, don't take so kindly to the rule of law. Congress, however, has that same hat it's always had and which it has allowed to grow moldy in the ...
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Detainee Tortured, Says U.S. Official - Democratic Underground
Bush/Cheney/Rumsfield/the commander at Gitmo/Ashcroft all need to be tried for this crime - anyone that authorized should face charges and should be in a place that they have to demand their constitutional rights, their human rights ...
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