McKibben, Hedges, Klein, Sawant and Sanders Speak on Next Steps for Climate Change

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 2:51 pm

On the night before the People’s Climate March, activists, scholars and civilians gathered at All Souls Unitarian Church in the Upper East Side in New York City to hear leading figures speaking about the environmental movement today and what strategies may work in the future.

The event was hosted by Brian Lehrer of WNYC radio with guests author and journalist Naomi Klein, journalist Chris Hedges, environmentalist Bill McKibben, and Seattle councilmember Kshama Sawant.

 

What That Letter Should Have Said

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 3:55 pm

On Valentine’s Day, Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the President, authored by himself and signed by 15 other Senators, all Democrats. The letter was a response to the rumors that the President intends to include his Chained CPI proposal to cut Social Security benefits in the budget he will soon send to Congress.

Senators Write Letter to Harry Reid Opposing Fast Track Authority for TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 10:50 am

According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Two trade bills that shred national sovereignty as well as labor, environmental, and financial regulations passed in democratic governments.

NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Database to See if It Spied on Congress

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 10:14 am

There has been a lot of unintentionally hilarious things said during the NSA spying scandal unleashed by leaks from Edward Snowden, but the latest statement from the NSA surely is the most hilarious. After Senator Sanders raised the question of whether or not the NSA was spying on members of Congress to gain political leverage the agency has been increasingly evasive.

Senator Sanders Wants to Know if NSA Spies on Congress

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 6:45 am

Senator Bernie Sanders is starting to ask questions many in the media and public have wanted to know for some time – is the NSA spying on other government officials? And if so, is the agency using that information as leverage to further its own power?

Senator to NSA: Are You Spying on Congress?

By: Friday January 3, 2014 2:54 pm

After stating he thinks what the NSA is doing to be “clearly unconstitutional”, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asks the head of the NSA directly if they are spying on members of Congress or other American elected officials.

Come Saturday Morning: Sanders, Reid, DeFazio Introduce Pro-Social Security Bill; Media Yawns

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 6:45 am

Chances are that if you heard about this story, it was because (like me) you read Fatster’s Roundup here at FDL every day.

Jack Lew Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

By: Thursday February 28, 2013 6:35 am

Despite a slew of damaging revelations Jack Lew has been confirmed by the Senate. With a 71-26 vote Lew received more Republican support than Chuck Hagel. On some level Lew’s easy confirmation is a testament to how much influence Wall Street has in Washington but it still is interesting to compare the two nominations and their confirmation fights when you look at the actual evidence.

Lew Nomination Finds Opponents On Left And Right

By: Friday January 11, 2013 6:36 am

When President Obama announced Jack Lew’s nomination for Treasury Secretary he promised Lew would help bring people together, I doubt this is what he meant.

The Fiscal “Cliff” and the Real Problem

By: Friday November 16, 2012 4:31 pm

Like many others, I’m not worried about the so-called fiscal “cliff,” and the ravages to the economy that are likely to occur if Congress doesn’t do something about it before the end of the year. That’s because a lot of the impact can be cushioned in the short run by Executive Branch manipulations while negotiations continue to go on. But if measures aren’t taken to reverse the contractionary effect of the sequestration-induced changes, we’re looking at deficit cuts of $487 Billion over 9 months of the fiscal year.

By comparison, the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) of 2009 produced only $350 B in stimulus during its first year. And, if the full sequestration were allowed to proceed unmodified, then it would result in a “claw-back” of about 60% of the total ARRA stimulus.

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