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Change in Filibuster Rules May Spur Partisan Battle in Congress

Benjamin Franklin’s concern about the function of the Senate, it’s accountability, and the nature of its influence is more important today than when he raised the issue during the Constitutional Convention. More than one-half the nation’s population lives in just ten states, but they have only one-fifth of the votes in the Senate. This means that 12 percent of the U.S. population controls forty-one votes and can immobilize that chamber.

Given the transient character of the population and the changing nature of individual states, it is hard to justify this imbalance. Rules of the Senate, such as the filibuster must be reformed to encourage open debate and actual votes on the nation’s business.

From Politico

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ICYMI: PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton

When you take anti-choice policies such as Ohio’s heartbeat legislation to their logical extremes, the rhetoric goes way beyond pro-choice or pro-life positions—it endangers the health and welfare of women. We’re not talking about saying “stupid things” (as Bobby Jindal so aptly phrased it), we’re talking about doctors literally allowing women to bleed to death due to fear of prosecution.

On Monday night’s PoliticsNation, I joined Reverend Al Sharpton and Irin Carmon of Salon.com to discuss this and other issues. What are your thoughts on anti-abortion legislation currently being discussed in numerous state legislatures? Watch the following clip from last night and share your thoughts.

Republicans in Ohio are reviving a heartbeat bill that would ban all abortions after 6 weeks. It would be the most restrictive ban on abortion in the US. Journalist Catherine Crier and Irin Carmon of Salon.com talk with Rev. Al Sharpton about why the GOP is pushing abortion bills despite voters' rejection of their platform.

From PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton

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Tune In: The Brenner Brief w/ Sara Brenner

I’ll join Sara Brenner at 9:50pET on The Brenner Brief to discuss Patriot Acts and the latest in current events. Be sure to tune in tonight on Blog Talk Radio or check back later for recorded audio!

From The Brenner Brief

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A Perfect Storm of Fear and Unrest in Gaza is Being Live-tweeted

Israel and Hamas are not just fighting a war with rockets and bombs anymore. On Wednesday, both the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas military, Al Qassam Brigades, began live-tweeting their military tactics in an attempt to rally support and communicate with the broader international community.

Is this an isolated example of propaganda in the digital age, or will live-tweeting warfare become the new norm? Read the following article on the Gaza conflict from NBC News and share your thoughts below.

As Israeli and Palestinian forces clash in Gaza this week, those same armies are engaging in a real-time battle of hashtags and twitpics, trying to win the hearts and minds of watchers around the globe.

From NBC News’ Technology Blog

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BP Pleads Guilty to Criminal Misconduct, Negligence in Gulf Oil Spill

More than two years after the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 workers and released 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has plead guilty and settled all claims with the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for $4.5 billion, which amounts to the largest criminal fine in U.S. history. The settlement will take the existing charge against earnings up $3.9 billion to nearly $42 billion.

Corporations must pay the real costs of their operations—what they use and abuse on the taxpayer’s dime. Supporting free enterprise is more than loosening the reins; it includes tightening them when private power acts in ways that are harmful to the nation. What do you think about this afternoon’s BP oil spill settlement?

Two men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster have been charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal investigators, according to indictments made public Thursday, hours after BP announced it was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the disaster.

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Exchanging Our Mammoth Defense Industry for a Smaller, Cheaper, Stronger Military

Throughout President Obama’s first term, he kept Bush’s military leaders in charge of our defense and instituted a surge in Afghanistan. He also took out more terrorists in his first year than Bush did in his entire second term and is progressing on reducing nuclear weapons—one of Reagan’s most fervent wishes, and yet, daily he is proclaimed a socialist or worse.

Our global military presences requires both a powerful federal government and a mammoth defense industry. When big defense companies become indispensable, we should not be surprised at their political clout. What do you think of President Obama’s plan to reduce our huge industrial and military machinery of defense in exchange for a smaller, cheaper, stronger military?

For the Army, the Obama plan would reduce active-duty troops from 562,000 to 490,000. Photo illustration by 731: Photographs by Shaigan/AFP/Getty Images (missiles); Vahid Reza Alaei/AP Photo (smoke); Ron Sachs/Getty Images (Obama)

From Bloomberg Businessweek

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I bid thee a solemn, yet joyous Veterans Day.

They fought fearlessly for our national pride. They served till the last breath. We salute and respect the spirit that binds our nation together.

In honor of those who have and are serving in our armed forces, thank you for protecting our people and country, and a Happy Veterans Day to all those who have cared, not for themselves, but for the nation.

Celebrated on November 11 every year, Veterans Day honors men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The date marks the anniversary of the end of World War I -- which ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.

From The Huffington Post

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Presidential Election 2012: Protecting Our Long-Term National Interests

In 2008, Republicans suffered a major political defeat while Democrats crowed and claimed a mandate from the voters. Two years later, the parties traded places again. The GOP declared that liberalism has been rejected and promised a conservative agenda that would put the nation back on track. Unfortunately, the political narrative this election cycle has been one in which both parties have been guilty of misreading the general-election voters.

In establishing our Constitutional Republic, the Framers realized that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts, and their crowning achievement was to make a vigorous democratic process, not partisan ideology, our constitutional mandate. As you go to the polls today, remember to take a step back and vote for who you think will best protect our long-term national interests: the Constitution and our democratic principles. Read the following article on the most influential factors going into Election Day, share your thoughts, and—most importantly—VOTE!

When the race is done, the balloons have wilted, and the confetti has been swept up, Campaign 2012 may be marked more by its failures than its triumphs. | Tom Foreman, CNN

From CNN Politics

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Our Multinational Fast Food Corporations are Dodging Billions in Taxes

Not only is the overconsumption of fatty, salty, and sugar-laden foods literally killing us, our multinational fast food corporations are dodging billions in taxes; earning enormous profits through franchising fees, then diverting the profits to overseas operations where they can’t be taxed by the U.S.

Consumerism is the mantra; insidious marketing is everywhere. Fast food chains providing cheap food stuffs to Americans who can afford little more ignore both the physical welfare of our citizens and the fiscal health of our country. Read the following articles and share your thoughts.

Fast food companies are dodging billions of dollars in taxes by registering their products as "intellectual property" and by diverting profits offshore. So the next time you're biting into a Big Whopper, know that you're making their headquarters in Switzerland very happy! | Susie Madrak, Crooks and Liars

From Crooks and Liars

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GOP Voter Fraud Accusations, or “The Wolf Who Cried Wolf.”

Over the past few months, Republican Party members have been tied to numerous reports alleging voter registration misconduct. Despite GOP claims that voter fraud is a widespread issue, the case for its effect on the 2012 election may have slowly become a story of “The Wolf Who Cried Wolf.”

The expansion of voting rights is essential to our democratic electoral process. Republican attempts to impose limitations on the franchise of Americans citizens have been repeatedly shot down by courts, so shady, even illegal suppression tactics are growing.

Republican officials, who have used hysteria about alleged voter fraud as an excuse to support measures that disproportionately block Democratic voters, are furiously trying to distance themselves from a growing number of GOP voter registration drives that either submitted false applications or threw away authentic ones. Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

From The Huffington Post

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