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Jane Hamsher

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Old Drug Warriors Mukasey and Bennet Urge Senate to Scrap Sentencing Reform

(108) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Former leaders within the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.

The signatories claim that "many of us once...

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What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

(11) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:42 PM

There aren't many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on. One of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has broad transpartisan both houses of Congress -- but is currently stuck there for no other...

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Sarah Palin's Political Career May Already Be Over, But If It's Not, It Should Be

(77) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 2:54 PM

I automatically recoil at the suggestion that people should be held responsible for the actions of others, especially when it comes down to the influence they supposedly have on those they've never met. It's the kind of Lieberman-esque thinking that brought us the culture wars, the scapegoating of video games...

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UAW Gets 800 Jobs for Endorsing Obama's NAFTA-Style Korea Trade Deal, Which Will Cost 159,000 US Jobs

(336) Comments | Posted December 4, 2010 | 12:25 PM

Last night the United Auto Worker's Union, which was bailed out by American taxpayers two short years ago, announced they were endorsing the Obama administration's NAFTA-style free trade agreement with South Korea and would act as liberal "postage stamp" for the deal.

UAW President Bob King decided to endorse...

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Investigate the TSA, Not Tyner

(174) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 3:15 PM

The TSA is opening an investigation targeting John Tyner, the man who earned himself an aggressive "pat down" at the airport when he refused to go through the TSA's new AIT "porno scanners."

But it's the TSA that should be investigated, not Tyner.

Tyner was now allowed board...

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Top 10 Surprise Election Night Losers (PHOTOS)

(598) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 1:47 PM

Democrats in Congress were prepared to absorb defeats last night. But there were some surprise losers who shared the honors with them:

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Soros, Lewis and Other Big Donors Abandon Democrats for Progressives and Weed

(660) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 1:46 PM

Privately, the closed wallets of Democratic billionaires like George Soros and Peter Lewis is all that the poobahs of the DC fundraising world have been talking about for weeks. But now it's hit the New York Times:

Many wealthy Democratic patrons, who in the past have played major...

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Obama vs. The Left: A Battle of Ideologies, Not Cults of Personalities

(968) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 12:50 PM

An article by Peter Daou entitled Liberal Bloggers are Bringing Down the Obama Presidency has provided lots of media fodder for the past few days. Daou provides a short list of people including Glenn Greenwald, John Aravosis, Marcy Wheeler and myself who he says...

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Obama's Blame Game: It's Not About Turning Out Voters, It's About Protecting Himself

(1925) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 2:15 PM

President Obama is at it again, this time scolding Democratic voters in the pages of Rolling Stone:

[I]f people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place...The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the...

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If Democrats Want to Inspire Voters, They Should Take Their Cues From Candidate Obama

(1064) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 2:09 PM

Jonathan Martin has a very interesting article in Politico this morning about Democrats who are freaked out about the liberal interest groups that aren't showing up for them:

Twice in the past week, House Democrats used closed-door meetings with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver an urgent message: They're...

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It's Time to Admit the War on Drugs Has Failed

(68) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 1:09 PM

Last week, Mexico's President Calderon called on President Obama to join the debate on legalizing marijuana. The US drug policy has lined the pockets of the drug cartels with billions of dollars, and they are threatening to destabilize not only Mexico but countries across Latin America.

In many regions,...

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Sierra Club Chooses Corporate Sponsorship Over Grassroots Activists

(12) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 2:14 PM

There is no shortage of worthy targets in the gulf cleanup effort that the Sierra Club could be aiming for right now: the Center for Biological Diversity exposed Ken Salazar for granting new drilling permits after he said there was a moratorium. Food & Water Watch filed suit...

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Why The Sierra Club No Longer Deserves Your Trust

(100) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 2:52 PM

There has been a massive silence on the part of the major environmental groups in the wake of the BP oil catastrophe, ever since the rig collapsed.

But it went into overdrive last week when many of those groups took out an ad in the Washington...

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Can the Internet Fix Politics?

(31) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 3:41 PM

Whether the internet can "fix" politics or not is a function of what exactly you think is wrong with politics. And as someone who has spent the past several years working in online activism, I would say that the problems in our political system are monumental and spin out from...

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Former Obama Advisors Call Out His Hedge Fund-Staffed Deficit Commission

(168) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 1:19 PM

"Has Obama Created a Social Security Death Panel?" reads the headline. But it's not in the National Enquirer -- it appears atop an article in the Nieman Watchdog, the Harvard's journalism review.

Rhetoric like that is usually the reserve of unruly hippie bloggers, so it's notable that the...

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How Blanche Lincoln Tempted Fate -- And Lost

(272) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 1:15 PM

Bill Halter outperformed the polls last night in the Arkansas Democratic primary for Blanche Lincoln's US Senate seat, chalking up 42.5% of the vote to Lincoln's 44.5% -- only 2% behind. D.C. Morrison pulled in 13%.

Only a week ago, the latest polling had Halter trailing...

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Obama: No "Appetite" for Immigration Reform Now

(129) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 12:55 PM

Speaking to reporter aboard Air Force One, President Obama said the White House will not bring up immigration reform until next year:

We've gone through a very tough year and I've been working Congress pretty hard. So I know, there may not be an appetite immediately...

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Wellpoint Lobbyists Axed Key Protections for Breast Cancer Patients From Health Care Bill

(343) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Federal investigators have told Reuters that WellPoint, the country's largest insurance company, is using an algorithm to identify women with breast cancer for the express purpose of dropping their coverage.

Murray Waas writes that WellPoint "specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with the intent to cancel...

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Why Is Richard Trumka Taking Money From College Students to Pay for Union Tax Fix?

(61) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 11:57 AM

Richard Trumka was all about the public option back in September, when he said in no uncertain terms that the AFL-CIO "won't support the bill if it doesn't have the public option in it." And to his credit, one of the only reasons it stayed in the debate as long...

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Will Mandate Ballot Initiatives Be the Gay Marriage of 2010?

(173) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 3:57 PM

On the House floor today, the Republicans focused on attacking the individual mandate. Just like they did yesterday in the amendments they offered to the Rules Committee. Just as John Boehner relentlessly did this week on Meet the Press.

Their rhetoric feeds into an extensive and well-funded network...

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