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A federal judge has ruled that Virginia violated the voting rights of military service members and other Americans overseas when officials failed to mail more than 2,100 absentee ballots in time for last year's presidential election.A federal judge has ruled that Virginia violated the voting rights of military service... more
Everyone can do something to support the measure, even if it is just spreading the word. But 56% is more than 44% so its very possible that this will pass. Do your part people!!Everyone can do something to support the measure, even if it is just spreading the... more
Be a film critic, have fun and promote driving efficiency!
The Alliance to Save Energy's Drive $marter Challenge campaign launched a video contest in mid-August that produced so many good videos that the judges had problems narrowing it down to just the top 10 finalists.
Now, they’re inviting people to play "film critic," have fun, and determine who wins the $5000 grand prize and three other exciting prizes.
Public voting on 10 short videos aimed at helping to drive smarter, reduce their gas consumption and drive fewer miles begins today (October 5) and runs through Monday, October 19, 11:59 PM (EDT).
To rate the videos (from 1-5 stars), just go to the Drive Smarter Challenge video contest website: http://drivesmarterchallenge.org/contest
Videos are just two minutes or shorter, and you can return to the site if you don't finish rating all 10 in one sitting.Be a film critic, have fun and promote driving efficiency! The Alliance to Save... more
Put in your two cents! Register to vote by October 5.
see the above link for more information on how to become a new user. a democracy, a govenrment for the people by the people of the people, is not a democracy if the public does not participate in it in anything else aside from the national elections. you can't just vote and expect change you have to get up and stand up for yourself and others voice to be heard. here is one way to do it. productive members of society mobilize!see the above link for more information on how to become a new user. a democracy, a... more
On Tuesday, the United Nations-backed commission that is the ultimate arbiter of the vote said it found “clear and convincing evidence of fraud” at several polling stations and ordered a partial recount.
Election officials said Mr. Karzai won 54.1 percent of the vote, a percentage that, if certified, would spare him a runoff against his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who received 28.3 percent.
But in recent days, the Obama administration has grown increasingly alarmed by the raft of allegations that ballot-stuffing and phantom polling stations generated lopsided margins in favor of Mr. Karzai.
For the United States, the problem is twofold: the fraud complaints against Mr. Karzai are almost certain to undercut his legitimacy if he is sworn in for another term as president, and American officials want whoever is president to have credibility with the Afghan people and with the international community.
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But it also reflects a recognition that the administration will have to keep dealing with Mr. Karzai, especially as it enters a treacherous phase in its engagement in Afghanistan. Raising too many doubts about Mr. Karzai’s legitimacy could make it impossible to work with him later.
“Even if we get a second round of voting, the odds are still high that Karzai will win,” said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who advised the administration on its Afghan policy. “We have a fundamental interest in building up the legitimacy of the Karzai government.”On Tuesday, the United Nations-backed commission that is the ultimate arbiter of the... more
In part two of our series entitled, "Why did you build that feature?" I'm tackling our URL shortener and the Current Bar. We posted a quick run-through for these features last week, but considering the questions surrounding them it felt right to take a closer look.
"Why make a shortener that is 26 characters when others are much shorter?"
Great question. Our URL shortener is truly designed with one intent in mind: providing a better experience when viewing and sharing Current.com content. While it's not the shortest shortener around, at 26 characters this is a massive improvement -- shaving off 11 characters from the shortest Current.com URL previously available. But shortening is really just half of the feature here. Our shortened URLs combine with our new Current Bar to make browsing, sharing, and discussing content on Current much more enjoyable.
To get the full scoop, head over to the blog and read the entire post!
http://current.com/1746m4cIn part two of our series entitled, "Why did you build that feature?"... more
Presidential voting in southern Afghanistan was subject to little attention from international observers because of attacks by Taliban guerrillas, raising the possibility of fraud there, independent monitoring groups said.
Voter turnout was “particularly low in the south,” the European Union’s election monitoring mission said in a statement today, and election observers said it may have been as little as 10 percent in Kandahar province. A free vote in the south “was not the case,” said the mission’s chief, Philiipe Morillon, at a press conference in Kabul.
Low turnout in the south may have shifted the vote’s result against President Hamid Karzai, whose main support base is there, and undermined the credibility of the election, said Marvin Weinbaum, an election observer with Democracy International, Inc. The Obama administration and its allies are seeking a credible election result that would politically boost the next Afghan administration as it fights the Taliban.
The national election commission says it has a preliminary count of ballots made in polling places and will begin announcing the results on Aug. 25 as ballot boxes are received and checked in regional counting centers. Yesterday, commission director Daoud Ali Najafi called on Karzai and his main challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, to stop making claims that they are leading in the count and to await the official results.Presidential voting in southern Afghanistan was subject to little attention from... more
Afghanistan's upcoming presidential election has been looking increasingly American — with posters, rallies, Web sites and music.
The country's biggest musical star is performing a series of concerts aimed at "rocking the vote."
A concert Tuesday night in Kabul drew about 30,000 excited fans. They were divided, Afghan-style, between men and women.
Most of the young men pumping their fists in the air on the soccer field were in Western dress, — but some are more traditional. Owl Meer, who was wearing a starched, foot-high turban, brought with him a dozen of his young friends who are from a border province in the east where the Taliban is strong. But none of them were thinking about that last night.
They were there for the message and the music.
"The population of Afghanistan is 68 percent young generation," he says. "Why we should be afraid of insecurity and war? Why shouldn't we get together? We should all work for stability and peace in Afghanistan. That's why we are here."
There were plenty of women and girls in attendance and ready to swoon at the sight of Farhad Darya.
The name "Farhad" has a great romantic connotation: Farhad is the "Romeo" in Afghanistan's version of Romeo and Juliet.
But the concert had a serious side, too: He is hoping to convince Afghans to get out and vote.
Darya himself fled the bloody civil war that destroyed Kabul in the early 1990s, when warlords fought over who would rule the country. He didn't come back from his home in the United States until after the Taliban were driven out. As a result, he has as many sad memories as anyone in the audience.
He is acutely aware, for instance, that Kabul Stadium, the site of his concert, became infamous as the place where the Taliban conducted public executions and dismemberments — and particularly of women.
"I had my first concert here after 2001, here in this same stadium. People saw me singing about love and new life and giving them hope. People were crying. I'm trying to heal the painful past here," he saysAfghanistan's upcoming presidential election has been looking increasingly... more
Numbers speak louder than words. From 2003 through the end of 2008, Senator Baucus received nearly $2 million in contributions from the health care and insurance industries. Only presidential candidates John McCain (R-AZ: $7,690,168), John Kerry (D-MA: 7,453,749), and party-switching Arlen Spector (D-PA: $2,214,653) have received more.Numbers speak louder than words. From 2003 through the end of 2008, Senator Baucus... more
Filmaka is entering the final stretch of its world-wide Feature Film Competition. Undiscovered filmmakers compete each month by uploading a 3-minute short to their website - at the end of a year, one is chosen to have his or her feature film produced by Filmaka founder Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham, Buena Vista Social Club). With offices on three continents, the Los Angeles-, London-, and Amritsar-based company has selected finalists already from the Netherlands, Argentina, South Africa, Sweden, Mexico, the UK, and the US. All finalists are judged by an international jury of veteran filmmakers including Paul Schrader, Werner Herzog, and John Madden. Nine more slots remain to be filled. The current competition theme for entry submission is THE OTHER SIDE. Submissions do not have to be in English, but English subtitles are recommended for non-English films. For more information on rules and other prizes, go to filmaka.com/theotherside. Submissions for this round are due AUGUST 2, 2009. The year-long Feature Film Competition will close in approximately three months.Filmaka is entering the final stretch of its world-wide Feature Film Competition.... more
Submitted for your approval, meet Marco Rubio - Republican and former member of the Florida state legislature. Mr. Rubio believes he has the solution to what's happening in Iran - more guns. Find his exact quote from his tweet below. One is so rarely graced with the presence of a complete lack of intellect.
http://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/2268988954Submitted for your approval, meet Marco Rubio - Republican and former member of the... more
Less than six months after the nations first non-white president took office the Supreme Court makes it just a little harder for a re-occurrence. By refusing to actually rule on a Texas county's challenge to the law concerning Justice Dept regulation the Supreme Court made it less difficult to employ questionable districting and voter registration tactics.Less than six months after the nations first non-white president took office the... more
Radio show host Thom Hartman on progressives and the Democratic Party.
Thom Hartmann is a host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show carried on the Air America radio network. Hartmann has won Project Censored Award and many of his 19 books have appeared on the New York Times Best-Sellers' list. His most recent book is Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It.
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http://current.com/items/90188241_thom-hartmann-on-obama-part-3.htmRadio show host Thom Hartman on progressives and the Democratic Party. Thom... more
The Religious Reich Strike Again!
You cast your ballot in November, but your job as a citizen isn't finished.
Now that 111th Congress is in session, it's the responsibility of every American to keep tabs on their elected officials - and since this is the 21st Century, why not use your smartphone to do it?
A brand new application - called Visible Vote, made for iPhone, Blackberry and Facebook - allows users to track their representatives' voting records, find out where they stand on the issues - and even send an e-mail to let them know exactly how they're doing.You cast your ballot in November, but your job as a citizen isn't finished.... more
One out of every four ballots requested by military personnel and expat Americans for the 2008 US election may have gone uncounted. Democracy at its best, no?
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee, working with the Congressional Research Service, surveyed election offices in seven states and found that of 441,000 absentee ballots requested by eligible voters living abroad more than 98,000 were "lost" ballots that were mailed out but never received by election officials. Taking into account 13,500 ballots that were rejected for such reasons as a missing signature or failure to notarise, one-quarter of those requesting a ballot were disenfranchised. The study found that an additional 11,000 ballots were returned as undeliverable.
Because a person living abroad must request the absentee ballot and show a clear intention to vote, voter negligence - surprise, surprise! - is not thought to be a major factor.
Instead, there is a chronic problem of voters being sent a ballot without sufficient time to complete it and send it back. It's estimated that a ballot can take up to 13 days to reach an overseas voter.
I'm an expat who voted by absentee ballot in 2008. The thought that my vote - and so many others - might not have been counted is incredibly disappointing. Had the election been a close call as it was with Bush and Gore in 2000, these 'lost' votes could have made all the difference!One out of every four ballots requested by military personnel and expat Americans for... more
I put this video together to highlight the comedic surge in the republican party. Here we take a look at Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush limbaugh.
Beck calls himself a libertarian but its obvious what team he plays for.I put this video together to highlight the comedic surge in the republican party.... more
PITTSBURGH - Seven Pittsburgh-area ACORN workers were charged with falsifying voter registration forms, with six accused of doing so to meet the group's alleged quota system before last year's general election.
District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said he's hoping the workers charged Thursday will help authorities determine whether Allegheny County ACORN officials will be charged with requiring the illegal quotas or otherwise directing that voter registrations be faked.
"You should consider the investigation as ongoing," Zappala said.
Six suspects forged a total of 51 cards, a felony that carries up to seven years in prison. The same six also were charged with illegally accepting payments to meet a quota of 20 registrations per day — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
The one defendant not charged with either of those crimes told police he filled out at least 100 voter registration cards in his own name, even though he was already registered and knew it was illegal. He's charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing and interfering with the elections process, as are several of the others.PITTSBURGH - Seven Pittsburgh-area ACORN workers were charged with falsifying voter... more