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Obama: Attorney General Holder to go to Ferguson Wednesday President Obama said Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, to meet with federal officials investigating the death of an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer Aug. 9. Holder will meet with members of the Department of Justice and FBI who are conducting a federal investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Read the Full Story
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NY Police Approve Route for Historic Climate March NEW YORK -- Organizers of the People’s Climate March announced this afternoon that the New York City Police Department has approved a route for the march on September 21 through the center of Manhattan. The march will begin at Columbus Circle, proceed over on 59th Street to 6th Avenue, down 6th Avenue to 42nd Street, then right on 42nd Street to 11th Avenue. The route passes by some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, from Rockefeller Center to Times Square. Read the Full Story
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Talks Police Brutality with Bill Fletcher, Jr. BILL FLETCHER, HOST, THE GLOBAL AFRICAN: Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner--the list of African-American lives senselessly taken because of excessive policing is seemingly long and endless, underscoring the increasingly contentious relationship that exists between the black community and law enforcement. The tension between the African-American community and the police has reached a fever pitch this week. Read the Full Story
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McGovern Demands Full Debate and Vote on Iraq When Congress returns from recess on September 8, will they authorize the New Iraq War? That's the question some anti-war groups are asking their representatives now home in their districts. Rep. Jim McGovern is demanding "a full debate and a vote whether to authorize the war," which has been escalating during the Congressional absence. Read the Full Story
Congress Needs to Assert Checks and Balances on Any New Iraq Mission It is not a lack of sympathy with the historic and current circumstance of Iraq’s religious minorities—or of other persecuted peoples in that traumatized country—that leads some of the most humane and responsible members of Congress to say that President Obama must seek approval from the House and Senate before committing the United States military to a new Iraq mission. Read the Full Story
North Carolina Becomes the Latest Casualty of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision On Wednesday, August 6, the country celebrated the forty-ninth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the most impactful civil rights law ever passed by Congress. Two days later, a federal judge in North Carolina denied a preliminary injunction to block key provisions of the state’s new voting law, widely described as the most onerous in the country. North Carolina’s new voting restrictions will now be in effect for the 2014 midterms and beyond, pending a full trial in July 2015, a month before the fiftieth anniversary of the VRA. Read the Full Story
What Happens in Geneva… Most progressives are, by now, familiar with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proposed trade deal that would link the United States with Pacific Rim powerhouses like Australia and Japan. Wonkier corners of the left are equally conversant in the intrigue of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a pact that would couple the United States and the European Union. Read the Full Story
Bernie Sanders Says We’re in an Oligarchy, Hints at Presidential Run On Monday, the Senate's only self-described socialist, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, hinted again that he might run for president in 2016. In an interview when Jeff Zeleny of Yahoo! News, Sanders said the US was now in an oligarchy, and that if the public understood how the social welfare state worked in countries like Denmark and Sweden, they'd strongly support it. Asked if he was offering a possible platform for a presidential run, Sanders said, "I think it's a damn good platform." Read the Full Story
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image The Need for Jobs and Economic Equality
image NY Police Approve Route for Historic Climate March
image Rev. Lennox Yearwood Talks Police Brutality with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
image House Democrat Readies Bill To Demilitarize Local Police
image McGovern Demands Full Debate and Vote on Iraq
image Congress Needs to Assert Checks and Balances on Any New Iraq Mission
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image Bernie Sanders Says We’re in an Oligarchy, Hints at Presidential Run

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The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

The President Has No Mandate to Bomb Iraq or Syria

At this writing, President Obama has neither the legal nor the political mandate to conduct airstrikes in Iraq or Syria. On Thursday night, 182 Members of the House voted yes on...

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WikiLeaks Reveals Global Trade Deal Kept More Secret Than th…

WikiLeaks Reveals Global Trade Deal Kept More Secret Than the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Embattled WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange announced Wednesday from London the publication of a secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), a controversial global trade agreement said to make...

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BREAKING: House To Push Back Against Military Action in Iraq

BREAKING: House To Push Back Against Military Action in Iraq

Members of Congress want to send a clear message to Obama: They won’t stand for another war. After a recent string of insurgent attacks from the Islamic State in Iraq and...

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Voices from Iraq: 'We have lived enough years of revenge and…

Voices from Iraq: 'We have lived enough years of revenge and tyranny'

Residents of Mosul and Samarra, and a spokesman for a militant group, speak about their experience of the latest conflict

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Marissa Alexander trial date postponed to Dec. 1

Marissa Alexander trial date postponed to Dec. 1

Citing uncertainty over whether Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is about to change, the judge in Marissa Alexander’s criminal case has delayed her trial until Dec. 1. Alexander, 33, is...

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Repackaging Mass Incarceration

Repackaging Mass Incarceration

Since my CounterPunch article last November which  assessed the state of the movement against mass incarceration, the rumblings of change in the criminal justice have steadily grown louder. Attorney General...

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