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“Jim Foley’s Life Stands in Stark Contrast to His Killers”

“Jim Foley’s Life Stands in Stark Contrast to His Killers”

This afternoon, President Obama spoke about the killing of journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIL. “The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley,” he said. “Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.”

The President made clear that Foley’s life “stands in stark contrast to his killers” — and reiterated that the U.S. will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect the American people.

“We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” he said. “When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.”

Watch the President’s full statement here:

Watch the President's statement on James Foley.

The Attorney General’s Message to the People of Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is traveling to Ferguson, Missouri today to review the Department of Justice’s ongoing independent investigation into the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Attorney General Holder pledged to help find justice for a community that is rightfully hurting and looking for answers.


Day One: Mikey Dickerson, U.S. Digital Service Administrator

Ever wondered what a first day as a new employee at the White House looks like? What about a first day as the very first employee of a brand-new government service designed to remake the way people and businesses interact with their government online? Follow along as Mikey Dickerson, Administrator of the newly created U.S. Digital Service, makes his way through Day One.


President Obama Provides an Update on Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri

On Monday, President Obama delivered a statement on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Missouri — two issues he has been following closely each day.


Climate Change ~~~ the movement & struggle is real … join us


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Scientists are screaming from the rooftops that climate change isn’t just a bit of warming and some more storms. No exaggeration, our actual *survival* is at risk — this is a fight to save the world.

Our biosphere is in a fragile balance. Warm it a bit, and feedback loops start to kick in. Warming melts the arctic ice that reflects sunlight, which means more sunlight absorbed, which means more warming, which melts more ice etc. etc. These feedback loops have begun, and they’re approaching ‘tipping points’ where they spin out of our control, threatening everything we love.

The UN understands this, and they’ve called an emergency summit of world leaders in New York to discuss action, even inviting our movement into the meeting! The problem is, our heads of state are politicians, not scientists, and they respond to public pressure. They see the polls, but they ask, “where are the protests?” Sept. 21st is our answer.

With thousands of organisations from unions to faith groups, and hundreds of thousands of people already signed up, we’re about to launch the biggest climate change mobilisation in history, with marches from New York to Paris to Rio. On September 21st, we need to shake the world. To get there, we need to mobilise thousands of organisers, saturate subways and airwaves with ads, and mount an effective media operation.

If 50,000 of us contribute just a small amount in the next 5 days, we can make it happen. It’s time to save the world, let’s launch the movement that can do it.

Why does Mitch McConnell want to Shutdown the Government ?


Mitch McConnell Promises To Shut Down Government If GOP Takes Over Senate This November

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just laid out the GOP strategy if it takes over the Senate. In short: if you think conservative obstruction is grinding Congress to a halt right now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Politico’s Manu Raju reports on McConnell’s plans:

Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

In short, it’s a recipe for a confrontational end to the Obama presidency.

“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”

It appears McConnell, who proudly called himself the “guardian of gridlock,” would take things to a whole new level if he takes control of the Senate chamber: use the threat of a shutdown in a proactive effort to undo the progress that we have made when it comes to health care, the environment, and more. There is little else that could be as destructive. Remember what happened last year when conservative opposition led to the first government shutdown in almost 20 years? The results were not pretty:

The list goes on.

At the same time, a media narrative seems to be forming that during this primary season the GOP’s “establishment” candidates (with the exception of Eric Cantor) are fending off the Tea Party and winning their elections. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado. And last night, Attorney General Dan Sullivan of Alaska. The reality is that “establishment” candidates still push for radical, out-of-touch policies: supporting an amendment to ban abortion and even some common forms of contraception; refusing to acknowledge man-made climate change; opposing marriage equality. And Mitch McConnell’s plan to shut down the government again belongs at the top of the list.

BOTTOM LINE: Mitch McConnell has made the GOP plan if it takes over the Senate clear: force a government shutdown. The last shutdown caused major damage to our economy, but that doesn’t seem to bother McConnell and Republicans. McConnell isn’t in it to help Kentucky or the country; he wants only to block President Obama and progress wherever he can.

Ferguson, MO

Sign and send the petition to the Justice Department: Pursue an end to police violence nationwide

The events following the killing of Michael Brown have captivated us all.

Many have asked what they can do to make a difference. Over the next days and weeks, we will be calling on you to take collective action so that decision makers from Ferguson, MO to Washington, DC can hear our united voice.

The Department of Justice has unique capabilities and direct authority to investigate police departments and enforce fairness, adherence to constitutional values, and the rule of law.

Attorney General Holder has visited Ferguson. The visit and the attention it brings is welcome however, we want these steps to be followed by concrete action.

Sign and send the petition to the Justice Department, and call Eric Holder today. Tell him to pursue an end to police violence nationwide.

Please customize the message below, as personalized messages are more powerful. Once you hit the submit button, the text of the email will be sent directly to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The events following the killing of Michael Brown have rocked the nation, and people want to know how they can help. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has gone to Ferguson, MO—which gives us an opportunity to demand real change.

The Department of Justice has unique capabilities and direct authority to investigate police departments and enforce fairness, adherence to constitutional values, and the rule of law.

We need to make sure the tragedy inflicted upon Michael Brown and the community of Ferguson does not happen again.

Sign and send the petition to the Justice Department, and call Eric Holder today. Tell him to pursue an end to police violence nationwide.

Keep fighting,
Chris Bowers, Daily Kos