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Fart-in, Smoke-in and Actual Crowds Come to Philly After Boring RNC Protests

After surprisingly few people took to the streets of Cleveland last week to protest Donald Trump’s nomination at the Republican National Convention, this week’s Democratic convention will prove activism isn’t dead, with odd demonstrations and large turnout expected despite forecasted heat in the 90s. Hinting at how the week is likely to unfold, the number…

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As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue

This sub plot seems to be gaining traction. Is Donald Trump managed by Vladimir Putin? This story from the New York Times is gaining speed.   WASHINGTON — An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential…

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Call your senator to vote against TPA-Trade Promotion Authority and TPP

The TPP is not really about trade at all, but an effort to give corporations immunity from all labor and environmental laws.   It allows corporations to sue for damages against any such law, not only for existing costs but for the loss of profits they expect to get in the future!  They can in effect…

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US HOUSE TO VOTE ON TPP “FAST-TRACK” TODAY!

Velvet Revolution Call To Action: Call Your US House Representative and Say “No TPP!” June 11, 2015 – The US House is poised today to vote on the “fast-track” measure of the TPP trade deal that was created by and will favor large corporations, and harm unions and workers. Velvet Revolution urges our supporters to contact…

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Voting machine password hacks as easy as ‘abcde’, details Virginia state report

Touchscreen voting machines used in numerous elections between 2002 and 2014 used “abcde” and “admin” as passwords and could easily have been hacked from the parking lot outside the polling place, according to a state report. The AVS WinVote machines, used in three presidential elections in Virginia, “would get an F-minus” in security, according to…

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The 5 Most Damning Revelations From The CIA’s Report On Bush-Era Torture

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of a 6,000 page report investigating the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Though former Bush administration officials — who officially approved the methods in August of 2002 — have argued that the revelations could endanger American security…

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Victory For POE, VR: Electronic Voting Machines Shutting Down Nationwide

After years of controversy and concerns for election integrity,  electronic voting machines may finally be relegated to the ranks of a costly and failed experiment. States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, and most voters — in fact, nearly 70% —  will be casting their ballots by hand this election day. Although once viewed…

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Karl Rove May Yet Face The Music Over Crossroads GPS Campaign Activities

Public Citizen and Protect Our Elections are taking aim at the FEC for dropping the ball on Rove’s failure to disclose donors. Earlier this year, FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel was so frustrated by the partisanship within the panel that she took to the op-ed pages of the New York Times to shake her fist at the way her Republican…

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US Attorney files Amicus Brief in ACLU Voting Rights Case

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Department of Justice today intervened in the ACLU of Wisconsin voting rights case, filing an amicus brief in opposition to the voter ID law.  The case is currently at the 7thCircuit Court of Appeals. The 37-page brief said, in part: Regarding the “constitutional claim, the district court credited plaintiffs’ evidence demonstrating that, under…

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