Michael Whitney

About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.
About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.

As Karl Rove Targets Waivers, We Need to Protect Vermont’s Path to Single-Payer

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 10:00 am

At the end of May, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill that can put Vermont on the path to single-payer health care. As it stands, Vermont’s plan is to cover every resident of the state for actual health care they can use. But the Green Mountain State’s ambitious plan can only succeed if the Federal Government grants several critical waivers of existing health care laws.

2012 Election Planning: FDL Member Webinar Recap and Next Steps

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 11:28 am

More than 60 members of Firedoglake met for a webinar on May 11, 2011 to discuss what FDL should do for the 2011 election. The lively event showed the true depth of both the views of FDL’s members, as well as the great ideas for how we should proceed from both an organizing and journalism perspective for the election.

You can watch a replay of the member presentation in the above video. We want to show what it means to be an FDL Member, and invite you to join as a member to participate in our coming discussions. (Future recordings of webinars will be available to members only.)

Alan Simpson Doesn’t Like “The Catfood Commission People”

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 7:53 am

Alan Simpson doesn’t like “the Catfood Commission people.” In a testy interview with Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim, the chair of Obama’s deficit commission questioned Grim’s stated facts about Social Security, speculating that Grim’s information came from “the Catfood Commission people.”

Free Trade Flip Flop: Trade Package Goes from “Huge Mistake” to “Grand Bargain”

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 7:05 am

The Obama Administration intends to meet Congressional demands to move all three pending NAFTA-style “free trade” agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama by an arbitrary deadline of July 1

Bradley Manning to be Removed from Solitary Confinement Tomorrow

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 4:02 pm

The ease with which the Army decided to put Manning in medium security, and out of almost a year of solitary confinement, makes the unending excuses out of the Pentagon pathetic.

First FDL Members Event TONIGHT: Bradley Manning Discussion feat. David House, Ret. Col. Ann Wright, and Marcy Wheeler

By: Monday April 25, 2011 11:45 am

We’re excited to announce the first virtual conference for the FDL Membership Program: on Monday night at 8pm EDT, we’ll have a discussion about Bradley Manning’s conditions and the latest news surrounding his detention with special guests David House, Ret. Col. Ann Wright, and Marcy Wheeler.

Obama on Manning: “He Broke the Law” – So Much for That Trial?

By: Friday April 22, 2011 8:35 am

President Barack Obama made stunning accusations about accused Wikileaks whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning, directly asserting that Manning “broke the law.” Apparently the President of the United States of America and a self-described Constitutional scholar does not care that Manning has yet to be tried or convicted for any crime.

Jane Hamsher on MSNBC: Obama Must Explain Statements on Manning Treatment

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 3:21 pm

Jane Hamsher was on MSNBC this afternoon to speak about PFC. Bradley Manning’s surprise transfer from Quantico to Fort Leavenworth, away from his attorney, his friends, and his family. Jane called on Obama to explain why he said Manning’s treatment met basic standards, when the Pentagon admitted yesterday Manning’s treatment was “rare, if not unprecedented.”

Kucinich on DoD: “I Don’t Believe Anything They Say When it Comes to Bradley Manning” (Video)

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 12:25 pm

Dennis Kucinich spoke on MSNBC today about the Pentagon’s surprise move of Manning from Quantico to Ft. Leavenworth. Kucinich said he’s been “absolutely stonewalled by the Department of Defense.” He continued: “frankly, I don’t believe anything they say when it comes to Bradley Manning.”

Pentagon Plans Indefinite Detention of Bradley Manning (Video & Transcript)

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 8:15 am

Yesterday the Pentagon surprised everybody – including Bradley Manning’s lawyer – with news that the accused Wikileaks whistleblower will be moved from the Quantico brig in Virginia to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Pentagon’s lawyer, Jeh Johnson, announced Manning’s transfer in a snap press conference (video embedded) that revealed the government’s strategy: take Manning to a place “not in the Washington[, DC] area” where he will “likely be in pre-trial confinement for a while.”

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