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The news media, cable companies, and the NSA

Many news companies are also cable providers. The Washington Post, Cox Newspapers, TimeWarner, and other news corporations also own cable systems. It is very likely that they are providing, or more properly selling their customers' information to the NSA. Comcast is part owner of NBC, which explains why NBC is not covering this aggressively.

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Chuck Schumer (D-Prison Industry)

SEN. SCHUMER: GIVE BACK THE MONEY

Chuck Schumer is the lead Senate Democrat working on immigration reform--he gets to decide whether millions of undocumented immigrants will be imprisoned or legalized. Yet he’s also taken over $100,000 in campaign contributions from the private prison industry. Is it any surprise he’s pushing for billions more dollars spent on increased enforcement and detention of immigrants?

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Obama to headline April DCCC fundraiser in Calif.

President Obama will headline his first Democratic fundraiser of the 2014 election cycle at an event next month in San Francisco with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).

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HSBC

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Summit of Crony Journalism

Journalists in the service of Pete Peterson

January 16, 2013 — Each spring since 2010, some of Washington’s A-list politicians assemble in the capital to submit to questions from some of the media’s A-list journalists on the future of the federal fiscal policy.

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Repeal Budget Control Act of 2011

https://twitter.com/deficitowl/status/273499626064183297 Read below the fold...

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Looks like NBC/CNBC/MSNBC will be giving Elisse Walter great press

Thread: 

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Another reason emergent party candidates will not be invited to the debates

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Commission on Presidential Debates

National Debate Sponsors
Anheuser-Busch Companies
BBH New York
The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
Crowell & Moring LLP
International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)
The Kovler Fund
Philips Electronics North America
Southwest Airlines
YWCA USA

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Senator Tim Johnson sells us out

U.S. Banks Ignored in Congressional Libor-Rigging Probe

None of the three U.S. banks—Bank of America, Citigroup, or JPMorgan Chase—involved in establishing the London interbank offered rate, which remains under investigation for alleged rigging, have been asked by Congress to answer questions about what they knew about manipulation in the market or if they were involved, National Journal has learned.

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Obama proposes to raid pension funds to bail out banks

Talks set out terms of US mortgage deal

The banks would receive less credit if they reduce balances for loans packaged in bonds or by reducing monthly payments through cuts in borrowers’ interest rates. In one scenario, the banks would get about 50 cents of credit for every $1 of reduced mortgage principal in home loans used to back bonds. In another scenario, balances on loans held on the banks’ books that are cut in the first year of the deal would receive $1.25 credit. This means, under certain circumstances, the aid to homeowners would be less than the aggregate size of the settlement, people familiar with the matter said.

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Tweet of the day

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Teacher thown out of education summit

Retired D.C. teacher says he was thrown out of ed data summit

Guy Brandenburg, who writes the GFBrandenburg’s Blog (which is subtitled “Just a blog by a guy who’s a retired math teacher”) describes in a post how he attended the National Data Summit in Washington D.C. — for which he had signed up to attend — and started handing out a pamphlet he wrote criticizing data-driven school reform.

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NewsHour's anti-Iran edit

FAIR

As if tensions between the United States and Iran weren't high enough, here's PBS NewsHour anchor Margaret Warner (1/9/12):

The Iranian government insists that its nuclear activities are for peaceful energy purposes only, an assertion disputed by the U.S. and its allies. On CBS yesterday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta repeated international demands that Iran stop enriching uranium.

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