Monday, February 18, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 18, 2008

● How Far Are the Clintons Willing to Go? Election 2008: Hillary has shown she'll do whatever it takes to win, even if that means overriding the majority of voters and skirting campaign finance laws.

● Black voters are heavily represented in the 94th Election District in Harlem’s 70th Assembly District. Yet according to the unofficial results from the New York Democratic primary last week, not a single vote in the district was cast for Senator Barack Obama. That anomaly was not unique. In fact, a review by The New York Times of the unofficial results reported on primary night found about 80 election districts among the city’s 6,106 where Mr. Obama supposedly did not receive even one vote, including cases where he ran a respectable race in a nearby district.

● The Spies Who Love You !!!

● US Weapons Systems: Bush Policies Undermine Science, Group Says. Fed. officials fabricated scientific data, suppressed findings, pressured scientists to change reports. The Bush administration’s persistent interference in the work of federal scientists has cut experts out of top-level discussions of bioterrorism and served to punish researchers who questioned one White House nuclear weapon initiative, a science watchdog organization said yesterday

● Drug War Traps Increasing Numbers of Women. Reproductive Justice and Gender: The "war on drugs" has led to an explosion in the female incarceration rate.

● Bush Ignores the Law Against Using Evidence Obtained from Torture in Gitmo Trials. Rights and Liberties: The federal government is working overtime to try and clean up the legal mess made by the use of illegal interrogation methods.

● The Recession's Human and Environmental Impacts

● Behind Obama and Clinton: Who's whispering in their ears says a lot

● The Fall of the Dollar Empire

● Kristol: It’s ‘Unbelievable’ That Congress Won’t Give Bush ‘The Benefit Of The Doubt’ On Spying

● New McCain Rips Old McCain’s Argument That Bush Tax Cuts Benefit The ‘Wealthy’

● A new bill proposed at the legislature would allow for police to withhold misconduct reports from the public. Supporters of the bill believe that police misconduct should be kept secret from the public so to not discredit police testimony. Others say that a forthright police unit is essential to the community.

● According to the President and his followers, we will be -- as of the stroke of midnight tonight -- no longer safe, no longer protected, no longer snug and secure in the strong and loving arms of our Federal Government. That's because the Protect America Act -- a law which has only existed for six months yet is now indispensable to America's ability to survive and avoid being slaughtered by the Terrorists -- expires tonight.

● The heated rhetoric this week of trying to place blame for the expiration of the Protect American Act (PAA) obscures important civil liberties issues surrounding intelligence surveillance.

● McConnell: No telecom immunity = ever-growing terror danger

● Clinton, Obama: Try 9/11 suspects in US courts

● Wildfire victims: Where's FEMA? Promises for assistance, housing broken, say Californians.


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