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Whistleblowers Petition

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We don’t claim any expertise in national security matters, nor even detailed knowledge regarding the Kirakou and Drake whistleblower cases to which this plea for funding is addressed. We decided to associate ourselves with their cause because we view the corrupting power of concentrated wealth, the problem we call Big Money, as only one of the two existential threats our country faces; the other is Big Government. That’s not Big Government as Republican politicians frame the problem — “entitlements” “regulations” “taxes” — but civil liberties and civil rights violations on a massive scale. For Black Lives Matter, it’s government in the form of homicidal local police and the racism that fuels their rage and undergirds much of the political support that Republican politicians exploit. For the whistleblowers, it’s the national security state, a central aspect of which is a system of illegal surveillance and First Amendment abuses that transcend race.

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Permanent Security State

A new book, Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency, by Charlie Savage, New York Times Washington Correspondent, documents the existence and workings of America’s new permanent security state. It’s a chilling account of how our country has moved far beyond the Imperial Presidency.

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Pfizer, Still Focusing on the Needs of Patients After All These Years

After our Pfizer story was published, Pfizer agreed to pay $784 million to settle the Department of Justice lawsuit against it for ripping off Medicaid in connection with overcharging for Protonix.

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‘Letter From a Birmingham Jail’

Martin Luther King on the Need to Fight Against Injustice

On April 12, 1963, Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy were arrested for violating Alabama’s law against mass public demonstrations.

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Gas Storage Protesters Cite California Leaks

Cite M.L. King on ‘Urgency of Now,’ Accept Arrest

The ongoing civil disobedience campaign against underground gas storage at Seneca Lake continued in early 2016 with a series of human blockades at Crestwood Midstream’s facility near Watkins Glen.

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GOP Still Appealing to Racism, Nativism

What Reagan Meant by ‘States’ Rights’ in Mississippi

The truth of Gore Vidal’s description of America as the “United States of Amnesia” was evident at the second Republican primary debate of 2015, moderated by political analyst Dana Bash and CNN’s Jake Tapper and Hugh Hewitt.   

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How Policy Networks Drive State’s Government

All About ‘Three Men in a Room’? It’s Not That Simple

The adjective “dysfunctional” is permanently affixed to the New York State Legislature. Accounts of three men in a room — the governor, speaker, and majority leader — deciding absolutely everything  is an exaggeration and an  oversimplification, but it embodies more than a germ of truth and is thus a very informative caricature. What follows is our view of New York’s political landscape.

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Drug Company’s History of Misdeeds Dates to 1950s

After the Second World War, Pfizer circumvented the traditional drug distribution networks and began marketing its products directly to hospitals and physicians.  Pfizer became the leading advertiser in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It ran ads for antibiotics that displayed the names of doctors who endorsed its products — the doctors were fictitious. Its aggressive sales tactics through various promotions and teams of detail men came to be known as the “Pfizer Blitz.”

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Current Economic Situation and Outlook from Janet Yellin

This is Janet Yellin’s prepared testimony excerpted directly from the official Federal Reserve Board website. Nobody has better data. They thoroughly discredit the Republican Big Lie. But reality is so yesterday when you’re trying for the Republican nomination. Note: The section that follows immediately after this excerpt relates to monetary policy directly. Readers can view the entire prepared statement here.

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WE REPORT, YOU DECIDE

C-SPAN is a national treasure. We all owe Brian Lamb, its creator, a great debt of gratitude. Though I wonder about the conservative bias and the influence of one of its more prominent figures, Peter Slen, the executive producer of Book TV, C-SPAN Videos, and Washington Journal, this is a view from the bleachers.

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