FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nell Bernstein, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 1:59 pm

Burning Down the House, is an urgent account of why we need to abolish juvenile prisons, not merely make them more humane. In the first half of the book she outlines the history behind the rise of the juvenile prisons and the many kinds of violence kids face on the inside, from physical and sexual abuse to solitary confinement. Nell Bernstein explains how the idea of the violent, “morally impoverished” youth super-predator is still with us today; for example, in provisions across all fifty states to try children who commit particular offenses as adults.”


NSA Reform – Real or Imaginary?

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 4:25 pm

The ACLU noted in November that approximately 30 bills had been proposed in Congress to reform National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) processes that authorize such programs. Few provide for the complete restoration of freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. The amended Leahy/Sensenbrenner USA Freedom Act actually perpetuates the retroactive “legalization” of unconstitutional activities Congress has permitted since 2006. Speaker Boehner’s favored House Intelligence bill sponsored by Reps. Rogers and Ruppersburger and labeled the Stop Bulk Collection Act also perpetuates the nebulously low standard of “reasonable articulable suspicion” for analyzing metadata of private U.S. citizens.

Both bills were drafted by the Intelligence Committees charged with overseeing the operations of the NSA and upholding the U.S. Constitution.

Systemic Reform for the Complete Idiot

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 4:30 pm

The Supreme Court’s latest terrible decision in McCutcheon v. FEC took away the spending limits individuals can influence/bribe politicians with. We officially have a government of the crooks, by the crooks, for the highest bidders. Half of these crooks don’t want to see anyone cast another bothersome vote. You are serfs, that pray you don’t get thrown from the land call home after working for a pittance and degrading yourself in a food service economy. We are ruled by the nobility, warped by the clergy, and you are now in a class of idiots to be oppressed for profit.

Senator Wyden Warns Public Will Have to Beat ‘Business-as-Usual Brigade’ to Win Real Surveillance Reform

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 1:10 pm

Senator Ron Wyden, at a conference on National Security Agency surveillance sponsored by the CATO Institute, articulated many of the frustrations he had experienced in his patient effort to unveil to citizens the true scope of what the agency thought it had the authority to do. He also offered a preview of the upcoming battle in Congress to pass real comprehensive reform that is not only “skin deep.”

What the Tea Party Billionaires Are Really Afraid Of

By: Saturday December 8, 2012 6:00 pm

The great mystery of American politics, a mystery which no one in the world can fathom, not even most Americans, is why so much money, hot air and spittle is being spent on literally paralyzing the American political system and making it impossible, not just to negotiate solutions, but to even have an intelligent conversation about solving the problems facing everyone, everywhere today. For that is what the Tea Party is really about: making first thought, then negotiation, and finally action impossible.

What is all this sound and fury covering up?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Joseph Costello, Of, By, For: The New Politics of Money, Debt, and Democracy

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 1:59 pm

The system is designed to split us, and we are the ones who have to engage in education and conversation in order to come together to reform the political structure.

R.I. Gov Lincoln Chafee Signs Marijuana Decriminalization

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 11:48 am

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) signed SB 2253, which decriminalizes the the simple possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Last week the bill received its final vote in the state House of Representatives. This new law will make Rhode Island the 15th state to have decriminalized simple possession.

Rhode Island Poised to Become 15th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

By: Friday June 8, 2012 3:00 pm

The Rhode Island House and Senate voted overwhelmingly in support of two bills to decrease penalties for small marijuana possession in the state.

The bills (which passed 50 to 24 in the House and 28 to 6 in the Senate) now await a vote in their opposite chamber before heading to Gov. Chafee, who said he was ‘inclined’ to sign it.

Three Congressional Reforms for 2011

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 5:40 pm

Our country’s Congress–especially the Senate–is incredibly broken. The disproportionate power of the minority in the Senate, the amount of money it takes to run for office, the overwhelming power of lobbyists, and just good, old-fashioned corruption have been slowly ruining our country. Good policy reform in this country has been made impossible because of how terrible our political system has become. What this country needs is government reform before we can ever truly get good policy solutions to problems like health care, immigration, global warming, or financial regulation.

Howard Dean: “$1 Trillion Is NOT New Money”

By: Saturday July 18, 2009 6:00 pm

Threats to private healthcare insurers? Single payer leading to socialism? As the House and Senate move further in on their dissection of healthcare reform, we had our own house call from Dr. Howard Dean.

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