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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, 2000-2008" (Columbus, Free Press) and a member of the Election Integrity movement since 2001. Her original website, WordsUnLtd.com, first entered the blogosphere in 2003. She recently became a senior editor for Opednews.com. She has in the past taught college and worked as a full-time as well as freelance reporter. She has been a peace and election integrity activist since 1999. Her undergraduate and graduate educational background are in Spanish, classical philology, and historical and comparative linguistics. Her biography was listed in "Who's Who in the East" in 2000.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Friday, May 6, 2016 (18 comments)     

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Heads Up! Bernie to Be Interviewed on MSNBC 9 pm Tonight with "Exciting" News Bernie Sanders will be interviewed this evening (May 6) on MSNBC at 9 pm in Burlington, VT, his home town. Rachel Maddow, who will interview him, said she was "excited" by what he will tell her. Is that to raise ratings for cable news or hope for us?

Sunday, November 10, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Review: Andrew Kreig, "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney, and Their Masters" Review of Andrew Kreig's blockbuster "Presidential Puppetry"--point of pride that he is a frequent and welcome contributor to OEN
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Friday, October 28, 2011 (8 comments)     

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Ohio Heroes On Path To Deposing Rove Latest developments in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell lawsuit initiated in 2004 in Columbus, Ohio, by attorneys Bob Fitrakis, Cliff Arnebeck, and others.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Sunday, November 13, 2011     

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Smart Security or Dumb Dollar$? High points of "Smart Security: Reducing Military Spending to Fund Urgent Needs at Home," 32nd annual conference of the Coalition of Peace Action, Princeton, New Jersey.

//www.flickr.com/photos/12403504@N02/12459243304/: Atlas Coelestis - caption: 'The Universe' Sunday, February 16, 2014 (7 comments)     

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There Is Life on Mars, Not Just Water Ruminations on scientific reality by a humanities person.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 (6 comments)     

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Shall the Truth Set Us Free? (with a surprise afterword by Greg Palast) On the ultimate array of positive outcomes WikiLeaks may contribute to our hopelessly corrupt and corrupting "civilized" society.
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views)

Saturday, October 30, 2010 (5 comments)     

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Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: Colbert, Stewart,, and Audience Sober Up A commentary more than report on today's Sanity/Fear rally at the mall in Washington, DC, starring Stephen Colbert and John Stewart, especially Stewart.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Saturday, January 26, 2013 (13 comments)     

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March on Washington for Gun Control, 26 January 2013 A march to and rally at the Washington Monument today, protesting against the NRA's permissive, indifferent advocacy of nearly indiscriminate ownership of assault weaponry, and related issues.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Marta's "Illustrator" flag Sunday, May 10, 2015     

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How? Last night's (May 9) PDA leadership conference and the light shed on the future of the Election Integrity movement and hence our democracy, and an invitation to its sequel, a panel discussion to spread our ideas farther, at UDC Law School May 20, 6:30 pm.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Monday, October 24, 2011 (3 comments)     

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10,000 Black Men Named George And The March For Jobs And Freedom Review of a fictionalized film documenting the birth of the National Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Sunday, July 4, 2010 (6 comments)     

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What Did "Independence" Mean on July 4, 1776? A semantic analysis proving that we should rename Independence Day.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Danny and I at a rally in DC Sunday, March 22, 2015     

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Danny Schechter (1942-2015): A Eulogistic Dissection My take on the magnificent Danny Schechter as his friend and activist colleague for bordering on 15 years
Series: Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views)

Sunday, November 6, 2011     

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Palast The Truth Sleuth: Vultures' Picnic Review of Greg Palast's newest book, "Vultures' Picnic"
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Sunday, February 20, 2011 (1 comments)     

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President's Day or Presidents' Day? The United States as an entity becomes introspective: a very serious spoof.

Friday, September 2, 2011     

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The Importance of Objectivity in Journalism An ethical review of an Independent's take on election integrity.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 (4 comments)     

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"In$ide Job" Inside Out An attempt at reiterating the salient points in Charles Ferguson's new documentary "Inside Out," which I re-spell with an internal dollar sign, in an attempt at wit and humor in an extremely tragic context.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, September 18, 2014     

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"Pay 2 Play": A New Documentary by John Wellington Ennis on U.S. Society of, by, and for the One Percent A review of John Wellington Ennis's latest blockbuster documentary "Pay 2 Play."
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Friday, August 10, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Palasthenics: Greg Palast's Billionaires and Ballot Busters: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps A review of Greg Palast's forthcoming investigation of what to expect from Election 2012 and why.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010     

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Both Sides Now: "Reunion" with Judy Collins A few weeks ago, at Princeton's McCarter Theater, where I had first heard Joan Baez and sensed the changing world she was heralding, I encountered the flip side of the coin, the twenty-first century's response, today's Judy Collins.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, December 15, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Palast Back in DC to Sign Vultures' Picnic Greg Palast returns to DC to a warm welcome from colleagues at the National Press Club--dinner and a discussion followed by book signing of his latest blockbuster "Vultures' Picnic."
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

If it's on the Internet, it isn't private. Sunday, February 22, 2015     

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The 21st Century: What's in Store for Maryland Voters and the U.S., IV? Will Voters' Privacy and Security Become History Sliding and Slithering Down the IV Slippery Slope. Back, Beast!
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Replace Insecure https://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/simon--code-red-jpg_8481_20150221-394.jpg Saturday, February 21, 2015     

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Jonathan Simon, "Code Red: Computerized Election Theft . . ." A review of Jonathan Simon's magisterial "Code Red" Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century," post-E2014 edition."
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Saturday, August 16, 2008     

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Free for All, a feature documentary by John Wellington Ennis A review of Free for All, a feature documentary by John Wellington Ennis, focusing on Ohio 2004 and 2006--what we can learn from it and what we can do about it: outstanding production, outstanding cameos
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 (1 comments)     

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"Plunder: The Crime of Our Time," a New Film by Danny Schechter Review of Danny Schechter's new documentary "Plunder: The Crime of Our Time," a dissection of the financial meltdown predicted by his previous film "In Debt We Trust," which he released in 2006.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views)

Day 156: .Civic duty. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (27 comments)     

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Congressional Briefing Panel: Paper ballots crucial to the future of election integrity A distinguished panel of cybersecurity and election experts convened yesterday at a congressional briefing to discuss crucial issues, including cybersecurity against outside invasions and corruption and the dire need for the entire country to not only vote on paper ballots but use them for vitally important post-election risk-limiting audits.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Fair Game (the movie): The Truth Saves a Marriage and Slaps a Tyrant's Hand Review of "Fair Game"--how Plame outsmarted the blame game (my second film this weekend--all flicked out).
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Stripes and Stars Upside-Down Friday, April 22, 2016 (15 comments)     

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How Voter Suppression Efforts Are Threatening Our Democracy A report on the historic congressional briefing held yesterday, April 21, 2016, this historic congressional briefing, "How Voter Suppression Efforts Are Threatening Our Democracy." "This is democracy time!" but "We must close everything down until the issue is solved!"
Series: politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

DVD jacket cover Saturday, January 11, 2014     

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Palast Investigates II: Vultures and Vote Rustlers Review of Greg Palast's newest DVD "Vultures and Vote Rustlers," ("Palast Investigates" II)
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Friday, January 6, 2012     

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"Occupy: Dissecting Wall Street," A New Dissection by Danny Schechter A new and timely dissection by the News Dissector.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views)

Monday, September 19, 2011 (20 comments)     

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The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11: What Does It Mean to Persons of Faith? An interfaith group came together at Howard University Divinity School to commemorate 9/11 and to discuss what can be done about Islamophobia.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Sunday, February 6, 2011     

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Howard Zinn's "Ballade for Americans" Impressions of a masterful volume, Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Sunday, November 8, 2009 (31 comments)     

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We're Not There Yet, But Health-Care Legislation Takes Giant Step Forward Some highlights of the newly passed HR 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

"Fraud Alert" Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (56 comments)     

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Experts Urge Hillary to Challenge Election Results in Crucial Swing States; Obama Counsels No Experts and activists are urging HRC and her colleagues to challenge the reported vote total that is propelling Trump toward the presidency and to demand an audit.

//www.flickr.com/photos/54450095@N05/8560586008/: Virginia Ballot on Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Tuesday, April 22, 2014     

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'What Is in a Name?' Question Marks Orbit Those Seeking Voting News On a new open-source election system being offered by the start-up Open Source Election Technology Foundation (OSET).
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 (2 comments)     

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From Dearborn to DC: "All-American Muslim" Cast Members' Forum Four members of the cast of "All-American Muslim," a controversial 8-part reality TV show, came to DC this evening to discuss their experiences and feelings.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, July 11, 2010 (2 comments)     

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Dr. Akbar Ahmed's Journey into America Review of an amazing presentation by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, called "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. The event was a signing of his latest book, "Journey into America," a tour de force, "the first of its kind . . . rich in ethnography and international relations." The issue is relations between Muslims and us xenophobic "others."
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, October 2, 2010 (4 comments)     

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We Have a Dream--"One Nation Working Together" An emotional, highly illustrated take on today's rally at Lincoln Memorial, "One Nation Working Together."

Sunday, April 24, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Against Islamophobia: The One-Man Jihad About a man in a dark suit who vigils weekends in front of the White House in his effort to combat Islamophobia.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Owner: arboresce at flickr.com/people/39995951@N00/
 License: Creative Saturday, February 21, 2015     

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Danny Schechter, "When South Africa Called, We Answered" (Ruminations from Heartfelt and Increasingly Expert Involvement Review of Danny Schechter's powerful and empowering South Africa story, including himself, Mandela, and a cast of billions . . . the world
Series: Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, June 23, 2011 (9 comments)     

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Truth Must Abscond with Power: More on Gore's "Climate of Denial" Having completed my reading of Al Gore's essay "Climate of Denial," I offer a brief summary of the rest.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 (4 comments)     

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To Be a Muslim in America: "On a Wing and a Prayer" Review of a film and panel discussion held yesterday in Washington, DC, to commemorate 9/11.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Monday, July 18, 2011 (1 comments)     

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The Arab Spring--Where to Now? Ask Robin Wright Report on a most enlightening presentation by foreign policy analyst Robin Wright on the future of the Arab Spring now that its beginnings are rocking the establishment, one part of it 6,000 years old.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views), Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Thursday, June 21, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Taking Back Fair Elections in the United States: Countering the Assault on Voter Rights A strategy session focused on the escalation of election corruption in the preceding eighteen months.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Monday, May 27, 2013 (4 comments)     

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???What Shall We do for Memorial Day??? Thoughts on Memorial Day that end with an answer, not a question, for a change.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Fitrakis-Wasserman Announce Filing of Restraining Order at D.C. Press Conference A press conference yesterday centered around Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman's attempt to remove potentially viral software from Ohio's ES&S election systems.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Dr. Joseph Kiniry Thursday, September 10, 2015 (18 comments)     

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Dr. Joseph Kiniry: "THERE IS NO NEED FOR INTERNET VOTING" Dr. Joseph Kiniry of Galois, Inc.: "THERE IS NO NEED FOR INTERNET VOTING"

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 (2 comments)     

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"Listen to the Wind": Greg Mortenson Visits DC with a "Great Conversation" Review of a visit to DC by educational proselyte Greg Mortenson, whose "Great Conversation," an hour-and-a-half-long discussion and film, thrilled a packed house that lined up around the block to have his new book signed, "Stones into Schools."
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Sunday, March 20, 2011     

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TEN YEARS LATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST--THE BOMB PLAYS ON When will we ever learn? Still in Iraq wanting to stay, still in Afghnistan, more furtively in Pakistan, our bomb plays on. Has the strikeback shifted to peaceful time bombs in Japan?
Series: International (5 Articles, 5022 views), Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

The stripes and stars Sunday, August 9, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Going Greene or, the God-Sent Donald Trump When unlikely misfits prevail, what's in it for even the right wing? Ultimately we all lose. The system rots.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Image created from image crediting Sunday, April 2, 2017 (16 comments)     

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The Truth, at Last! The TRUTH, at last, with a bit of editing . . . I found this wonderful image at the back of the NYTimes Magazine today.

heart Sunday, February 14, 2016     

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St. Valentine's Day 2016 St. Valentine's Day is the most important day of the year.

cover image for "The Strip and Flip Selection of 2016 Sunday, May 15, 2016     

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Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft The well-known and hugely respected election integrity and environmental activists Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman provide us with crucially timely, highly legible preparation for Election 2016, in terms of what we need to do in the short and long terms and why: the background and history are compelling Red Bulls that will spur us toward more knowledge as well as action.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

Friday, September 12, 2008 (2 comments)     

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"Uncounted" Counts 400 Viewers at Silver Spring Theatre A showing i Silver Spring, Maryland, of "Uncounted," produced by David Earnhardt who, along with four other well-known and expert panelists, discussed among themselves and with the audience the film's implications after the screening.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Teaser Greg Palast's feature documentary exposing Saturday, September 24, 2016     

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Movie Review: Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Our Truth Sleuth weaves together into a seamless labyrinth his two major concerns that have absorbed his renowned and versatile genius since the turn of the century: voting and its raptors vulture capitalists; read: culture swilling down nature and nature in turn sealing us away from the beloved rising ocean toward the inland, where her violence is taking other forms.

Russian Flag Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Today's U.S.A. and Russia: Is Cold War II Ahead? An informal hearing led by Chairman John Conyers on Capitol Hill on the crisis in Us-Russia Relations.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Meteorology, Ecology, and the Future of Our World Did global warming cause the epidemic of die-outs among birds and fish as much as it is blamed for the natural disasters that killed so many people and destroyed so many municipalities last year (and continuing into this year)?
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), International (5 Articles, 5022 views)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Occupy Rallies and Mayday March Peaceful in DC: A Journalist's Journal May 1 is International Workers' Rights Day in most countries of the world, though not here. Barack Obama chose to celebrate it in Afghanistan. Here follows an account of an anarchist/labor rally and march today in Washington, DC.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Image created from image crediting Thursday, April 13, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Justice Rising (vol. 6, no. 4): "The People's Vote Must Count" A review of the latest issue of "Justice Rising," a magisterial, 23-page journal of brief articles on harrowing symptoms and wide-ranging cures for that disease known as election corruption. Each one of us can contribute toward these cures. No more Trumps!
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

//www.flickr.com/photos/60141638@N06/8686278492/: Dollar Crisis Saturday, September 28, 2013 (6 comments)     

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"Inequality for All," a Review Review of Kornbluth and Reich's new documentary "Inequality for All."
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Image created from image crediting Saturday, April 15, 2017 (4 comments)     

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"Show Your Taxes, Trump!" Tax March, Washington, DC Today's Tax March in Washington, DC, was a fitting protest against a little man hiding huge finances from We the People. Some great words were spoken and great signs displayed as we marched 2-3 miles from the Capitol lawn to the Lincoln Memorial.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

"Fatally Flawed": DVD artwork Saturday, October 25, 2014     

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Fatally Flawed: "When big money is involved, do our votes really count?" review of J. T. Waldron's "Fatally Flawed," the start of an ongoing saga about blatant election corruption co-exisiting outrageously with the voting public in Pima County, Arizona, and how activists are fighting against it.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, October 6, 2016 (11 comments)     

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Brainstorm: Isn't It Time We Designed an Election for the 21st Century? An enlightened, nonpartisan panel discussion at the DC think tank New World about the hopes and fears associated with voting this year and in the near future. There is one positive scenario revealed and other situations in need of change. "It's nice to talk aspirationally instead of in despair," said Dahlia Lithwick, one of the panelists.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 (6 comments)     

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What Sharia Is and Isn't--Panel at Center for American Progress The Center for American Progress sponsored a panel discussion on "What Sharia Is and Isn't," 26 July 2011, in Washington, DC.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

U.S. flag, stylized Sunday, June 7, 2015     

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Congressman John Lewis Signs His New Book "March," vol. 2, at Politics and Prose June 7, 2015 Congressman John Lewis's book signing of "March," volume 2, today at the the DC independent bookstore Politics and Prose.

two signs at day 2 of Democracy Spring Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Democracy Spring: Rally behind Police Lines in front of Capitol: Day 2 Day 2 of the Democracy Spring presence in front of the capitol building in Washington, DC. On day 1, 400 were removed from the front steps and imprisoned. On day 2, they were positioned behind police lines. A fascinating and diverse group of people with a common wish to remove money from politics, in agreement with a huge percentage of the American people.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Saturday, July 28, 2012 (1 comments)     

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The Olympics: London When Penn State Went Straight Ruminations on the collision between the horrendous tragedy at Penn State and the Fourth Summer Olympiad.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015     

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Before America Can Survive, "Europe" Must Die Thoughts on the future of our "civilization" and how it may finally call itself civilized.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 (14 comments)     

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Bang Bang, You're Dead! Some thoughts, some old, some borrowed, all blue, hardly new, on the subject of gun violence in the US of A.

book cover Wednesday, November 27, 2013     

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REVIEW: Danny Schechter, "Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela" REVIEW: Danny Schechter, "Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela," published simultaneously with the film "The Long Walk to Freedom"
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views)

Stylized American  Flag Saturday, July 4, 2015     

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Will America Die Before It Becomes Itself? July 4 thoughts--when will July 4, 1776 really happen as it should have? A tribute to a brilliant past, Danny Schechter's, and a future promised to us by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Series: Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012     

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O's SOTU, ANNOTATED: BIDEN AND A SLICE OF FACE Annotated paraphrase of this year's SOTU--the faint-hearted shouldn't read the most irreverent notes.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Monday, October 3, 2011     

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Take Back the American Dream, Washington, DC Description of some of the events of the first day of the Washington, DC, conference "Take Back the American Dream."
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Friday, October 21, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Confronting Discimination In The Post-9/11 Era: Challenges And Opportunities Ten Years Later Report on panel discussions held by officers of the U.S. Department of Justice at the George Washington University Law School on October 19, 2011, on 'Confronting Discrimination in the Post-9/11 Era."
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Saturday, October 17, 2009 (3 comments)     

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The U.S. Democratic Process As It Relates to the Imminent Future of Life on Earth U.S. prospective health care legislation in the context of the near future and reality as we know it. Dwarfed but Gigantic.

Stripes and Stars Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (4 comments)     

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"America will be . . . ": What Have We Learned from E2016? The First Election Since VRA Was Gutted in 2013 An account of a panel discussion held on Capitol Hill on November 16 by the Voting Rights Caucus, the National Election Defense Coalition, and the Transformative Justice Coalition as a postmortem to E2016, the first presidential election held since the gutting of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011     

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Take Back the American Dream: Day 3 a description of the final day of the Take Back the American Dream conference, along with the rally.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Election Integrity Bumpersticker Thursday, October 9, 2014     

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New York Times and Voting/Elections: Why Is Some News Unfit to Print? AN inspired voyage back onto the Memory Lane of election corruption inspired by a Grey Lady op ed on "plagiarism."
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views)

Monday, August 8, 2011     

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The African American Vote in 2012 and Beyond A panel discussion August 8, 2011, on the Future of the African American Vote, in 2012 and Beyond. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) was the keynote speaker.

THE STRIPES AND STARS Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (2 comments)     

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REVIEW INTERSPERSED WITH INTERVIEW-- David Schultz, "Election Law and Democratic Theory" Review of a 2014 magisterial monograph on political theory and election law by an eminent authority, Professor David Schultz of Hamline University and the University of Minnesota.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

U.S. Flag Turned Upside Down Saturday, November 12, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Election 2016: "If This Be Treason . . . " Reactions to the outcome of Election 2016: treason &c.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 (7 comments)     

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"Is Texas Turning Blue?" Asks Center for American Progress, 3/13/13 Texas may be the largest state of the continental United States, but it has more to boast about: the huge challenges that come with its gain of four electoral votes.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists Summary of a presentation on various methods used to deradicalize Islamist extremists, held today at the Rumi Forum in Washington, DC.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Rep. Mark Veasey, convener of today's press conference Thursday, June 23, 2016 (8 comments)     

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DC Press Conference Demands Immediate Congressional Action on Voting Rights Legislation DC Press Conference Demands Immediate Congressional Action on Voting Rights Legislation: Along with Revs. Jesse Jackson and Lennox Yearwood, the newly formed Congressional Rights Caucus, and other icons, denial of the right to vote took on new significance in the shadow of the Democratic sit-in last night.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

3D Scales of Justice Friday, May 12, 2017 (1 comments)     

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An Umpteenth Executive Order: Trump's New Presidential Commission on Election Integrity My take on the president's executive order yesterday establishing a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, an "alt" project if there ever was one.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (6 comments)     

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News from Occupy DC: "We've Got a Broken System!" A visit to Occupy DC at Freedom Plaza this morning offered the following insights and news.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Sunday, November 4, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Wasserman and Fitrakis, "Will the GOP Steal America's 2012 Election?" Review of an excellent retrospective on electoral corruption in the United States throughout its history and most particularly on the years 2004-2012, and what the events portend for the future of our democratic government.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Thursday, February 7, 2008 (4 comments)     

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"Double Bubble Trouble" on Voice of the Voters Voice of the Voters devoted an hour of this week's "double header" to voting issues in Virginia. The second hour focused on Bucks County, PA, New York State, and California.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Replace Insecure http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8101/8542435931_ec796b91b4_n.jpg Saturday, March 9, 2013     

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Film Review--Werner Herzog's HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN TAIGA: Details of the Good Life in a Frozen Shangri La Review of the Herzog film "Happy People: A Year in Taiga," a scenic portrait of a miniature civilization structured around an interview of a Siberian (of Russian extraction and Russian-speaking) trapper.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, April 26, 2012 (4 comments)     

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Enlightened Backbone of Liberalism Amputated: How it Happened A conversation at DC's Center on American Progress (CAP) about the roots and recent history of liberalism, with reference to Eric Alterman's newly published book, "The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011     

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Thanks to Giving, Thanks for Giving . . . A list of thank-yous and a wishlist for changes as T-Day approaches and we wish that turkeys could fly free, if their habitats are still inhabitable.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/64239811@N03/8393762885/: Luxury Jewelry and Fashion Shopping at International Gem & J Sunday, May 26, 2013     

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"Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's"? "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's is far less creative and far more boring than even the tony emporium's worst clothing designer.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011     

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Take Back the American Dream, Day 2: "Something's Happening Here" Day 2 of "Take Back the American Dream."
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/95413346@N00/9549636925/: ruins of 9/11 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (12 comments)     

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"Attack on America" Reflections on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Thursday, December 20, 2007 (1 comments)     

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Will Ohio Be the Next Ohio in 2008? Voice of the Voters, 12/19, featuring Ohio SoS Jennifer Brunner and Dan Lopresti of Lehigh University; impetus is the relase of the "bombshell" report EVEREST
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Sunday, February 17, 2013 (3 comments)     

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"Forward on Climate" Rally and March, 17 January 2013 Today's Forward on Climate rally was the largest ever--the statement it delivered to the president, with more than one communal scream among the 35,000 participants, conveyed a clear, strong, and unmistakable message: Let we-the-people live!
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Friday, May 28, 2010 (12 comments)     

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Nakba, Shoah, and May 14-15 Review of a lecture given by a distinguished professor of history and middle Eastern Studies as well as an articulate and compelling activist, Dr. Mark Ellis.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Sunday, April 21, 2013 (3 comments)     

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My Mentor Died Last Month A tribute to the greatest man I ever knew.

Thursday, January 12, 2012     

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The Rise and Consequences of Inequality Alan Krueger, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, today addressed the Center for American Progress on the consequences of inequality for our society.

Friday, November 7, 2008 (4 comments)     

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The Augean Stables of America A rasher of advice for the President Elect from one who knows.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 (5 comments)     

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Democracy or Dumbocracy? Only the Vote Counters Know for Sure Random thoughts as election results trickle in and my spirits sink.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Review of Uncounted, a Film by David Earnhardt et al. Yet another review of the magisterial chronicle of the last eight years of corruption that has violated our voting rights to a critical point. Our democracy is in grave jeopardy and not only does Earnhardt urge us to action but proves why.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Monday, September 6, 2010 (3 comments)     

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A Tale of Two Books Two books I was reading simultaneously but didn't realize would reward such close comparison until I began to try it as an exercise.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

lever Thursday, May 17, 2012     

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I-Voting: A Breakthrough Is Needed A lively and provocative panel discussion on May 16 at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC on I-voting in the present and future (the preferred scenario).
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Thursday, March 1, 2012     

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Senate Resolution 380: Advise Your Senator Not to Consent An emergency plea from FCNL to oppose Senate Resolution 380, which recommends attacking Iran once it reaches "nuclear capability."
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Eric Holder Thursday, January 12, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Holder on Redistricting: Chair of the Newly Formed National Democratic Redistricting Committee Former Attorney General Eric Holder this morning announced the formation of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), to combat gerrymandering, euphemistically referred to as "redistricting." The event was held at the DC-based Center for American Progress.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009     

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The All-Time Greatest Moment in [Film] History A brief review of Palast's trio of short documentaries, Palast Investigates, in which the Truth Sleuth is at his best, turning over new rocks and shattering at least some of them.
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views)

Rabbi Michael Lerner leading 1700 people in a rousing chorus of  'Down by the Riverside' Monday, February 6, 2017     

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Sister Giant: Creating a Politics of Love (www.sistergiant.com) Day 2 of Sister Giant (www.sistergiant.com) continued with some YOOJ insights, ideas, AND solutions.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (4 comments)     

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VRA Section 4 Struck Down: What Happens Next? On the tragic decision by SCOTUS this morning to rescind Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Thursday, October 6, 2011 (2 comments)     

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The Rally: Taking Back the Dream: A Photographic Essay Pictures speak thousands of words, especially about the Capitol Hill rally yesterday: Take Back the American Dream!! You go, occupiers!
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Two Repining Justices but No Justice? But the People Spoke! reactions to admissions of erroneous decisions by two upper-level US justices this year: Sandra Day O'Connor and Richard A. Posner
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Thursday, April 19, 2012     

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The World You Destroy May Be Your Own, or That $18 Billion Is Still in Chevron's Pockets 2008 oil spill in Azerbaijan outed as victims in Peruvian Amazon awarded ( but haven't yet received) $18 bn "compensation."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 (2 comments)     

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The Disunited States: Was Abe Lincoln Wrong? A satyrical projection as to what is needed to fix our country at this "crux desperationis" of radical disunity.

Friday, December 23, 2011     

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Holiday Thoughts, 2011-2012 My annual holiday thoughts this year surround environmental decay--the yellow light is turning to red, green becoming a distant memory.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Friday, October 14, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Coffee, Tea, or Us: How Leaders and "Followers" Feel Some surprising and expectable stats on various aspects of the nearly month-long occupations, principally, or course, Occupy Wall Street.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012     

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10/22: Palast at DC's BB&P on $$$ vs. VOTES Greg Palast's lively discussion of his new bestseller "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits" at DC's popular progressive hangout Busboys and Poets yesterday (10/22).
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

Friday, May 20, 2011     

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Brzezinski and Woodward Speak at Inaugural Al Jazeera U.S. Forum The Inaugural Al Jazeera conference held at Washington, DC's Newseum on May 18, 2011, was a magnificent education from beginning to end. Here I offer summarized interviews of the two hottest celebrities, aware of my elitism, at the same time not having enough time to report more.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), International (5 Articles, 5022 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Sister Giant logo Sunday, February 5, 2017     

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More on the Sister Giant Conference, Day 2 Day 2 of the Sister Giant conference challenged and stimulated, synthesizing hope and despair into an indomitable spirit strong enough to push hard, persist, and envision victory.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007     

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Flash: NJ S. 507 Out of Committee 12/3/07!!! A review of last week's Voice of the Voters, decribing a new novel on voting integrity as well as the latest state legislation under consideration and its possible reverberations beyond.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Woody Allen and "Hair": More Strange Bedfellows? Another post on the benefits and education from comparing unlikely components. This hearkens back to my "Tale of Two Books" and forward to the November elections.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Saturday, January 15, 2011 (4 comments)     

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MLK's Birthday: Shot Full of Holes It's MLK's birthday, but what progress have we really made? Is it only tokenism writ large?
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Climbing Toward D (Democratic)-Day: One Phone Call at a Time A few hours in a phonebank generated a gaggle of thoughts and emotions.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Shaun Donovan Monday, September 22, 2014     

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OMB Director Donovan Discusses the Costs of Climate Inaction: Center for American Progress, 18 September 2014 Report on event "The Costs of Climate Inaction," hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, on September 18 and featuring the newly appointed OMB Director Shaun Donovan as keynote speaker.
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Greedocracy? A Love Story? Review of Michael Moore's newly released film Capitalism: A Love Story

Sunday, October 16, 2011 (2 comments)     

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"Beyond the Dream": MLK Memorial Dedication Proceedings of the dedication of the MLK Memorial on the Washington, DC, mall.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Monday, February 28, 2011     

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Building Bridges of Understanding: A Visit from Imam Feisal A visit from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to the Friends Meeting of Washington, DC, on Sunday, February 23, 2011
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Saturday, June 30, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Illegal Immigrant Voter Lists Threaten Franchise of Democratic Voters Overturning a DoJ lawsuit prohibiting tampering with names on registration lists within ninety days of an election, a federal judge ruled that Florida's state-level purging of so-called illegal immigrants from its lists can continue.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Bernie Sanders Sunday, May 1, 2016 (15 comments)     

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Bernie Sanders Gives Press Conference Honoring the First Anniversary of His Candidacy To celebrate the first anniversary of his entry into the contest for Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Bernie Sanders gave a press conference in Washington, DC, where he first announced his candidacy.

Saturday, November 19, 2011     

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Shar Leahey: The Same Old Songs? or Rumors of Peace? Folk singer, song writer, and poet Shar Leahey is back with her latest album, "Rumors of Peace," an inspiration for us all.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Supreme Court Rally to Protect Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Hundreds of demonstrators showed up early this morning in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building to participate in a rally protesting the likely Supreme Court decision to overturn Section 5 of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, December 9, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Tax Cut Extension Traded for Unemployment Pittance: Appeasement? X not equal to Y Yesterday a 5-minute U-Tube version of Obama's Tuesday speech was circulated throughout US cyberspace with a plea for reactions. Here's what I said, wearing a T-shirt from Inauguration Day depicted Obama and McCain in a boxing ring, Obama triumphant, McCain KO'ed.

Thursday, February 21, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Dry Ice and the DRE Dumpster An account of a rally held on Feb. 19 to demand paper ballot voting and discard the Danaher touchscreens, to improve accountability and set a precedent for the rest of PA, most of which still votes on touchscreens.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008     

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The Storm's Mixed Metaphors As the dreariness of winter sets in, the Mumbai crisis and its implications evoke the other crises afflicting humanity, and to too many metaphors.

//www.flickr.com/photos/13880897@N06/9435872891/: The real title of this sermon Sunday, August 4, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Sunday Sermon on Killing Religious Hypocrisy and Where to Go from There The ultimate killer is religious hypocrisy--what can we do about it? Convince the hypocrites that they're violating their own human rights as well as ours.

Another chant was "We won't go away!" Saturday, April 29, 2017     

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The People's Climate Change March in Our Nation's Capitol The People's Climate Change March brought out more than 100,000 protesters from all over the country to brave the blazing 90 degree heat. I have never seen DC's Metro so crowded in my life, not even during the Cherry Blossom Festival, which tanked in tune with the arrival of the new regime, I mean administration.

Monday, September 27, 2010     

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Who Really Rules the Roost? Opinion piece on an age-old rant and what we can do to aid and abet the solution (nothing; just hope for a best-case scenario--God).

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (16 comments)     

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Judge Sandra "Summons Up Remembrance of Things Past" A bitter addendum to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's candid admission that she goofed on 12/12/2000.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Monday, October 27, 2008     

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Canvassing by Phone and Other Hang-ups A commentary on how my campaigning experiences are influencing the outcome of the coming election.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Turkey Saturday, November 21, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Happy International Indigenous People's Day 2015 Some thoughts as the Fourth Thursday of November approaches, a day we call Thanksgiving and that I proposed we rename International Indigenous People's Day.
Series: International (5 Articles, 5022 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/78281896@N06/13338456745/: Land they may return to . . . Sunday, March 23, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Ground Operations: Battle Fields to Farm Fields: Happy Earth Day to Returning Vets A review of the award-winning documentary by Dulanie Ellis and Raymond Singer, "Ground Operations: Battle Fields to Farm Fields."
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, November 10, 2016     

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Information Received by the Election Protection Command Center, Washington, DC, on Election Day 2016 Notes on information received from diverse sources by the Washington, DC-based ELECTION PROTECTION COMMAND CENTER on November 8, 2016
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, October 17, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Will the Upcoming Election Keep This Country Up? My contribution to the wonderful and burgeoning phonebanks. My call to those at all undecided to give Obama more time to help them out.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Bernie Sanders Sunday, February 5, 2017     

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Sister Giant: YOOJLY Inspiring for Present and Future initial reactions to an exquisite 3-day conference Sister Giant: part 1 to attempt to describe the infinite number of events and insights derived.

Sunday, September 11, 2011     

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Seventh Annual Unity Walk, Washington, DC The Seventh Annual Unity Walk in Washington, DC.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Monday, October 13, 2008     

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The Most Endangered Species of Them All A hellfire and brimstone threat that if we don't do something quickly, Bomb Bomb and Bam-Bam will instead. And so the earth will become an empty planet, just like the rest of them, having tried to distinguish itself. We mavericks, we paved it with a parking lot of toxicities.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Monday, March 19, 2012     

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Waxman: Clean Energy Solution to Federal Deficit Congressman Henry Waxman and former Congressman Wayne Gilcrest were guests at a panel today at the Center for American Progress on legislation being written to reduce the deficit by requiring a set fee from industries that pollute the environment with hydrocarbons.
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Sunday, October 2, 2011     

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Westward Ho! For the Arab Spring A visceral reaction to the burgeoning revolution. Our own country has become a land promised to us by Obama. Let him assume a MLK mentality and lead us back here.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/25771400@N06/9325509175/: Helen Thomas Saturday, July 20, 2013     

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Dinner with Helen Thomas: A Reminiscence A brief reminiscence of a privileged two hours I spent dining with Helen Thomas and a friend, etched into my memory always.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, October 3, 2013 (6 comments)     

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Around Capitol Hill the day it was closed (10/1): photo essay Photo essay on Capitol Hill the day it was closed by TP.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Panelists Edgardo  Cortes (left) and Doug Lewis Saturday, September 19, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Brennan Center for Justice Panel, Press Club, 9/17: "America's Voting Technology Crisis" A stimulating and informative panel discussion about the newly released Brennan Center Report "America's Voting Technology Crisis," held at the Press Club in Washington, DC, on November 17.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Ballot box Sunday, January 10, 2016     

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REVIEW: Edward Foley, "Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States" REVIEW: Edward Foley, "Ballot Ballots: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States"
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views) (View All Series)

Friday, December 17, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Encore, WickedLeaks, and More! Thoughts on where WikiLeaks needs to go from here. Government opacity is a curse on freedom, but terrorism is a curse on life as we know it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011     

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Sharleen Leahey: Back to the Future? Having enjoyed a performance by Sharleen Leahy and spoken with her afterward, I decided to share this voyage back in time that highlights parallels with the past and provides directions toward a better future.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Monday, February 14, 2011     

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. . . on Valentine's Day (2011 and forever) Thoughts on the meaning of St. Valentine's Day and how distorted it is into materialistic hearts and flowers, not the type we really need, nor even the corny song, but let's ascend from there and see what happens.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011     

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Occupy DC, Day 7: Dreary But Defiant Day 7 of Occupy DC, in the wake of six arrests and renewed incentive.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Cover image of "Presidential Swing States" Thursday, February 11, 2016     

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REVIEW: Stacey Hunter Hecht and David Schultz, "Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter" Review of an excellent edited volume focused on each of the ten swing states that have existed between 1988 and 2012
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009     

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Spirit of Mahatma Gandhi Comes to DC Memories of Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, recalled on the occasion of the Fifth Annual Unity Walk in honor of 9/11
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Thursday, July 4, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Independence (?) Day 2013: An Irreverent Redaction Today I celebrate the brilliance of our Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 (1 comments)     

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Dancing off the Streets: Jacques d'Amboise Review of a dance recital in Trenton, NJ, directed by former New York City Ballet star Jacques d'Ambroise, who tours the country with his people to include inner-city school students in an annual masterpiece that makes us all feel special in many different ways, from imbuing beautiful, sometimes once-in-a-lifetime experiences to remnding the bourgeoisie how much their participation can truly let America be America.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Saturday, August 6, 2011     

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A Survivor of the Hiroshima Bombing An encounter with a survivor of the Hiroshima attack and with others at a most moving memorial to the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings.
Series: International (5 Articles, 5022 views), Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Peace in the Holy Land: Hailstones of Fire and Water? A panel session of distinguished religious leaders of Israel/Palestine/Jordan, where the key to finding peace is located in an educational project led by the one secular participant.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Scales of Justice (crossed out manually by Marta Steele) Wednesday, February 15, 2017     

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Disingenuousness from an Ambiguous Publication in a Liberal University Town An alternate fact published by Austin, Texas's leading newspaper, of ambiguous partisan affiliation in the state's largest, most liberal city. Other MSM vehicles in this country have become more honest. Why should we dispute figures affirmed by the Texas office of the secretary of state? Read this and weep.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Take Back the American Dream II: Congress Comes to Take Back Progressives More about the first day of the Take Back the American Dream conference. Has Congress joined us too late?
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011     

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Four Attended Funeral of Lifelong Humanitarian A young student of linguistics grows up to use the knowledge to coin a word used and printed every day throughout the world.

Thursday, June 23, 2011 (1 comments)     

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The Gore Score Before even reading Gore's entire blockbuster just published online in "Rolling Stone," the wheels turned so quickly I had to put it aside, but just to write this.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (1 comments)     

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The Biggest Red Herring Yet Raving rant against an America they won't let be America, pushing for neofeudalism. What of the tired and poor?

the Scales of Justice Thursday, February 25, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Is Campaign Lying Now Legal In Ohio? Is It Illegal Anywhere? Is it legal to lie during political campaigns? A 2016 Ohio federal court decision allows it as "free speech," a First Amendment right.

Thursday, June 7, 2012     

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Dissecting the News Dissector: "Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector " Dissecting the News Dissector: Review of Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector by Danny Schechter
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), Danny Schechter News Dissector (7 Articles, 9374 views)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 (3 comments)     

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SCOTUS Is Not Us: The DC Debut of "Unequal Justice" review of screening of and panel discussion about the film "Unequal Justice" at SEIU headquarters in Washington, DC November 27, 2012.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/13839087@N00/8527576344/: Old Glory Monday, April 1, 2013     

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Democratic Doomsday? The Slippery Slope of GOP Election Deceit The nationally known expert on election integrity, Bob Fitrakis, was the featured guest of his equally known and authoritative co-author, Harvey Wasserman, on Wasserman's weekly radio program, "Solartopia."
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011     

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Take Back the American Dream: Yesterday's (10/4) Press Conference One event from yesterday that I did not cover last night, due to fatigue. Much more to follow today.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Image created from image crediting Sunday, February 26, 2017     

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Philadelphia Conference on Voting Justice and Democratizing Elections, Feb. 24-26, Friends Meeting House An account of three workshops I attended at the Philadelphia Conference on Voting Justice and Democratizing Elections, Feb. 24-26, at the Friends Meeting House. The fierce thunderstorm-cum-tornado raging outside was an appropriate venue for our anger.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Sunday, April 11, 2010 (5 comments)     

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Mac to the Future? Speculations upon the implications for the future of an inevitable epidemic of iPhones/Andreoids.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017     

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In Memoriam: The Election Assistance Commission (with a P.S.) The Election Assistance Commission, established by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to help the people vote, has been effectively abolished by a House committee dominated by the GOP. Does it have to do with Trump's ambition to find myriad examples of voter fraud, perhaps ultimately to prove that no one at all voted Democratic?

Thursday, August 16, 2012     

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Reading Time: The New New Deal A book signing and discussion of "The New New Deal" by Michael Grunwald, Time magazine's Senior National Correspondent.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Sunday, April 1, 2012     

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The U.S. Electoral System and the American Dream: April Fool! Who are the real April fools? Pigs or the people who roast them?
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Thursday, January 24, 2008     

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History Made on a.m. 1360: Jennifer Brunner The January 23, 2008 edition of Voice of the Voters featured Ohio's SoS Jennifer Brunner for the second time in three weeks, answering questions from citizens nationwide; opednews.com was also quoted as carrying important news about South Carolina's constitution: it forbids secret voting and the state votes on DREs!
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Friday, November 21, 2008     

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A Chat with Destiny Meandering around what may be the most crucial issue of the twenty-first century and proceeding to ideas and the ideal.

The scales of injustice Thursday, December 3, 2015     

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Evenwel v Abbott: SCOTUS's Most Momentous Decision-in-Progress (2015-16) On SCOTUS's Most Momentous Decision-to-Be among this year's scheduled cases, Evenwel v Abbott, the latest domino in a line planned to result in an exchange of democracy for "democracy."
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views)

Monday, July 4, 2011 (1 comments)     

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AMEND the Declaration of Indepence to honor Independence Day? Some thoughts in honor of Independence Day 2011 from someone sick of fireworks but not the occasion celebrated with their color and light.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

Sunday, June 20, 2010     

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Green or Greed: What's Next for This Poor Old World? Some research, some stats, some projections, and lots of worry about this poor old, oil-saturated world, starving while the feast is gushing out of the ocean depths.

Upside-down Stripes and Stars Monday, January 30, 2017 (2 comments)     

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WHAT IS AMERICA? WE ARE THE WORLD (prose-poem) Thoughts and a few ideas on what's going on and what we can do about it.
Series: politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011     

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A Republican Surprise! There really are some good Republicans, even aside from Abe Lincoln, a member of the GOP back in the days when Republicans were far different from those we know so well these days.

Monday, March 1, 2010 (2 comments)     

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Whose Fault? OUR Fault!! I looked into the mirror the other day, this feather-preening ex-Flower Child (virtually drug-free), and realized that it was when we stopped, when they killed off so many of our leaders, the Repugs kicked in and it's been downhill since then, but let's remember not to let them make us give up again. How?

//www.flickr.com/photos/64441474@N06/13206083313/: Wind-Torn American Flag Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (2 comments)     

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"Verified Voting" Ambiguated by" Verify the Vote" On purposeful ambiguity confusing the general public courtesy of True the Vote and its cohorts.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 (11 comments)     

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Taxation with Representation Finally? If Not Now, When? HR 157, which would open the door to congressional representation for the District of Columbia, officially a federal territory, is being discussed in the House Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Series: The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008     

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Brennan Experts in DC for State of Election Science Update An account of a press event today in DC held by representatives of the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School. We were brought up to date on the most glaring issues confronting voters as we approach Election Day, were provided with some optimistic aspects of what promises to be a tidal wave of disaster and corruption and advised of ways to combat it.
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Monday, November 8, 2010 (1 comments)     

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On Wars of All Time: Peterson and O'Hare's "An Iliad" Review of the final performance of the hit production "An Iliad," by Lisa Peterson and Richard O'Hare, at Princeton's McCarter Theatre yesterday, November 7.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views)

Thursday, December 13, 2007     

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Silent Media, Silent Scream A summary of the 12/12 edition of Mary Ann Gould's Voice of the Voters. This evenings guests wereBob Koehler, David Earnhardt, and John Gideon.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012     

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July 4, 2012: What to Celebrate and Other Days to Remember Ruminations on July 4 and what other days might become holidays, most of which reside in the category of trivia.
Series: Holidays (20 Articles, 15568 views)

//www.flickr.com/photos/25652598@N06/5137331473/: the people waiting for a cure to everything Sunday, March 16, 2014     

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New York Times (3/15/14) Blind to Ohio's Electoral Tribulations Reactions further to my diary on a New York Times editorial yesterday, on the Grey Lady's seeming unawareness of corruption in Ohio politics, particularly in the venue of presidential elections.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Coalition in DC Fracks Fracking Today Environmentalists today marched in Washington, DC, to the Department of the Interior to Protest against Fracking
Series: Greg Palast and environmentalism (14 Articles, 18535 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012     

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on His "Paying a Fair Share" Act Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined experts today at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, to discuss his "Buffett Rule" tax bill.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Monday, May 2, 2011     

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Ding Dong, the Warlock Is Dead . . . Some thoughts in the wake of the object of the Afghanistan invasion from which Bush & co. quickly distracted us.

Stripes and Stars Look toward a Battle of Blood and/or Mind Sunday, November 15, 2015 (10 comments)     

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Attack on Paris: More Tragedy, More Tears, More Reminders One author's reaction to the Attack on Paris--raw emotion grasping for answers to a question whose answer eludes Western culture.

the Truth Thursday, January 21, 2016     

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Myth Busting: Voter IDs Have Been Part of the U.S. Landscape since 1970! This article, a brief draft from my forthcoming book Ballots or Bill$: The Future of Democracy? Or, Why Does Evil Genius Always Win? is for those (I don't know how many . . . maybe I'm assuming too much) who believe that the photo ID requirement was born in Indiana and Georgia in 2008. But that is when STRICT photo ID entered the picture: the requirement of not only any form of ID, but state- or federally issued photo ID ...
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views), politics in general (16 Articles, 15451 views), Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views) (View All Series)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012     

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"The Middle Class Is Also Too Big to Fail" Senator Tom Harkin this morning addressed an audience at the Center for American Progress on how he plans to confront and eradicate the dire condition of the middle class and restore its former security and well being.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (1 comments)     

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Rep. Keith Ellison Awarded for Visionary Leadership Speech given by Rep. Keith Ellison, first annual recipient of NSP's Visionary Leadership award.
Series: Islam and Interfaith Issues Including Islamophobia (21 Articles, 20924 views)

Thursday, April 3, 2008 (3 comments)     

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Helpless, Helpless, Helpless An edition of Voice of the Voters that includes news of the opposite fates in committee of two relevant House bills. There is also an interview of Clint Curtis, once a computer programmer, since then a whistleblower, and now a candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida, for the second time. Against whom is he running? The infamous Tom Feeney. Read on for more.

Monday, March 19, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Questioning the Vote Questioning the value of the vote within an extremely flawed democratic society (plutocratic?).
Series: Election Integrity (65 Articles, 65723 views)

Monday, March 28, 2011     

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The Odd Couple: Torture and the Truth On the paradoxical symbiosis between torture and the truth at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Thursday, June 28, 2012     

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"Welcome to Cuba," Says the Disgruntled Right: Roberts Saves the Day(s) for Obamacare The scene in front of the SCOTUS building today was lively and tense, awaiting the pivotal decision on Obamacare. A surprise (?) decision was better than medicine for Democrats.
Series: Reviews (86 Articles, 87224 views), The Capitol Beat (71 Articles, 68536 views)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012     

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"Reset" or "Strategic Pause": Pakistan's New Ambassador's First Remarks to U.S. Public Pakistan's new ambassador to the U.S. speaks for the first time to its public.
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//www.flickr.com/photos/49774228@N00/9013782436/: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Saturday, August 24, 2013     

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State of the Dream Ten Years Ago: The Fortieth Anniversary Commemoration of MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech (Unable to attend the huge Fiftieth Anniversary commemoration rally and march today, I offer instead a report on the fortieth anniversary counterpart, a much smaller event that nonetheless packed a wallop.)
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