Petition update – Wells Fargo: Stop the foreclosur​e on a stage 4 cancer victim’s home


Correction from Cindi’s husband

Kate Livingston just posted an update on the petition you signed, Wells Fargo: Stop the foreclosure on a stage 4 cancer victim’s home.

Oct 13, 2014 — Today God accepted a very special angel into the heavens. Cindi was taken approximately 1634 hours this afternoon. Her battle with HER2 Positive Breast Cancer was in check. It was… Read more

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The GOP Enters Self-Destr​uct Mode


campaignForAmericaLgoHow do right-wing Republican governors explain their failed promise to deliver jobs?

Do they blame the weather? Do they take responsibility for lousy policy like cutting taxes on the wealthy, slashing spending and laying off teachers? Do they blame Obama for forcing them to refuse millions to expand Medicaid?

No, they blame their failure on a conspiracy. You heard that right.  

Nathan Deal, governor of Georgia says there must be a conspiracy to fix the numbers.

“In a year in which Republican governors are leading some of the states that are making the most progress, that they almost, without exception, are classified as having a bump in their unemployment rates. Maybe there is some influence here that we don’t know about.”

Magical thinking or just plain lying – maybe this works. Many voters don’t have time to sort through the bull.

One thing is clear: These right-wing zealots won’t change their policies, even when they fail. They will find something or someone to blame. Whatever happens in November, we’re going to have to fight ideologues determined to lay waste to everything from funding schools to food stamps to Social Security.

To do this, we need your help. A generous donor has offered to match any contribution you make over $15. This is an opportunity to make a big impact and support our mission to expose the lies and build an economy that work for all of us.

Your commitment, your energy and your faith make all the difference.

Thank you,

Robert Borosage

FDR had something to say about voting


Franklin D. Roosevelt once said

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

 

 

Stopping Ebola Misinformation In Its Tracks


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Here’s Some Common Sense In The Face Of Conservative Fearmongering

It has been 21 days since the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the United States. While the best way to combat the virus is to know the facts, some elected leaders have made misinformed claims that seem more apt to incite panic and score points rather than a healthy dose of vigilance.

These false claims got a boost this weekend from conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will, who wrongly suggested that Ebola could be transmitted through the air. Here are just three of the most irresponsible things conservatives have said about Ebola:

It is airborne: On Fox News Sunday this weekend, conservative pundit George Will claimed that the disease is airborne and that “in a sneeze or cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious.” The independent fact checking organization Politifact analyzed this claim and rated it “False.”

It is more contagious than AIDS: Sen. Rand Paul has told Bloomberg News and CNN that the disease is more contagious than AIDS. In an interview with CNN he said, “[The Obama administration] has downplayed how transmissible it is. They say it’s the exchange of bodily of fluids. Which makes people think, ‘Oh, it’s like AIDS. It’s very difficult to catch. If someone has Ebola at a cocktail party they’re contagious and you can catch it from them. [The administration] should be honest about that.”

Terrorists will bring it across our border: New Hampshire Senate nominee Scott Brown told a local radio station, “We have a border that’s so porous that anyone can walk across it. I think it’s naive to think that people aren’t going to be walking through here who have those types of diseases and/or other types of intent, criminal or terrorist. And yet we do nothing to secure our border. It’s dangerous.”

BOTTOM LINE: In contrast to some conservative fearmongering, steps are being taken to fight Ebola, but more can be done. President Obama appointed Ron Klain to coordinate response among the various federal agencies. However, President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General has stalled in the Senate because the NRA blocked it from moving forward. Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told MSNBC “The surgeon general is America’s doctor, delivering information to the American people in a language they can understand.” The Ebola outbreak is an all hands on deck moment. It should be a time when we come together to solve a problem, not spread false information to incite panic for political gain.

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The Administra​tion’s Response to Ebola


Ebola continues to be a public health and national security priority, and President Obama is directing his Administration to take aggressive measures to respond.

In his latest weekly address, the President made it clear that, although Ebola is a serious disease, “we can’t give in to hysteria or fear — because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need. We have to be guided by the science. We have to remember the basic facts.”

Find out what the U.S. is doing to combat this epidemic — and share this with someone who needs to know the facts.

 

Find out more about Ebola here.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press after a meeting with Cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Oct. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

A Small Business Owner’s Perspective: “A High Road on the Minimum Wage”

Paul Saginaw, the co-founding partner in the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, explains why he’s a spokesman for a fair minimum wage.

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Weekly Address: What You Need to Know About Ebola

In this week’s address, the President discussed what the United States is doing to respond to Ebola, both here at home and abroad, and the key facts Americans need to know.

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Q&A on America’s Response to Ebola

Every American should know exactly what we’re doing right now to keep everyone safe. So here are a few answers to some questions that many may be asking when it comes to the U.S. response to Ebola.

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