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Veto the air traffic controller sequester exemption. http://wh.gov/tExq / Sign and RT
The "Monsanto Protection Act" is the name opponents of the Farmer Assurance Provision have given to this terrifying piece of policy, and it's a fitting moniker given its shocking content.
President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law on Tuesday that includes language that has food and consumer advocates and organic farmers up in arms over their contention that the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" is a giveaway to corporations that was passed under the cover of darkness.
There's a lot being said about it, but here are five terrifying facts about the Farmer Assurance Provision -- Section 735 of the spending bill -- to get you acquainted with the reasons behind the ongoing uproar:
Full Story: http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-5-terrifying-things-know-about-hr-933-provision-1156079#The "Monsanto Protection Act" is the name opponents of the Farmer Assurance... more
NDAA Signed Into Law By Obama Despite Guantanamo Veto Threat, Indefinite Detention Provisions "VIDEO"By Matt Sledge and Ryan J. Reilly
President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 on Wednesday, despite his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Civil liberties advocates had roundly criticized the bill over Guantanamo and a separate section that could allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens on suspicions of supporting terrorism. Just as he did with last year’s version of the bill, however, Obama decided that the need to pass the NDAA, which also sets the armed forces’ $633 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year, was simply “too great to ignore,” according to a presidential signing statement released in the early morning hours Thursday.
Members of the human rights coalition that had urged Obama to follow through on his veto threat blasted his decision as a cave to congressional Republicans.
“President Obama has utterly failed the first test of his second term, even before inauguration day,” American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement. “His signature means indefinite detention without charge or trial, as well as the illegal military commissions, will be extended.”
“It’s the second time that the president has promised to veto a piece of a very controversial national security legislation only to sign it,” said Shahid Buttar …
http://libertycrier.com/government/ndaa-signed-into-law-by-obama-despite-guantanamo-veto-threat-indefinite-detention-provisions/?utm_source=The+Liberty+Crier&utm_campaign=c18f5417b0-The_Liberty_Crier_Daily_News_1_4_2013&utm_medium=emailBy Matt Sledge and Ryan J. Reilly President Barack Obama signed the National... more
The Stew Breaks Down CISPA --
It allows for collusion between corporate entities and the government through the trading of private information, and that information does not have to be redacted and no court order or warrant is required. Moreover, should that information be misused or compromised, the person whose information was compromised has absolutely no recourse whatsoever to hold anyone accountable. In addition, the law basically wipes all other privacy laws off the map with its Federal Preemption clause...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=34519The Stew Breaks Down CISPA -- It allows for collusion between corporate entities... more
If you’re not familiar with ALEC, they are super-secret council, funded by several of America’s corporate overlords, namely the Koch brothers, as well as companies in the food, tobacco, insurance, health care, and energy sectors. Their method of operation is to write what’s called “model legislation” behind closed doors, and then filter that legislation out to the state level, where an ALEC-backed politician can claim “authorship” of the bill and introduce it to the legislature for voting.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=30822If you’re not familiar with ALEC, they are super-secret council, funded by... more
Despite the Arab League observers’ report verifying the threat that the Free Syrian Army (or the “Free Army” (FA) as critics prefer to call it in reference to the fact that many of the organisation’s members are of non-Syrian origin) the European Union responded to the clearly defensive military operation by threatening further sanctions against the Syrian people. Predictably, the NATO and GCC media, in perfect unison with the warmongering stance of their states, published unsubstantiated claims from unverifiable sources that the Syrian government was committing a massacre against Homs’ civilian population. Arab League observers in Syria Ahmed Manaï in Tunisian publication Nawaat where he stressed that the same media who accused the government of a massacre of 200 in Homs on February 4th (the day of the vote on the United Nations Security Council Resolution that if passed would have paved the way for military intervention in Syria) “were making fun of our intelligence”. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43059-how-russias-support-for-syria-is-qdefending-the-whole-world-from-fascismq-
video ----- Now we will see a service in which NATO propaganda (Al Jazeera) accuses the Syrian Army, of killing the Syrian child Sari Saoud. In the service, Al Jazeera shows the mother crying, while she embraces her child. Then you'll see the interview released by the very same woman, who reveals that the baby was not killed by the Army, but by the very same entities that the Army is fighting.Despite the Arab League observers’ report verifying the threat that the Free... more
Chris Christie: Blacks' Voting Rights Should Have Been Decided by Southern Voters; Also Vows to Veto Gay Marriage BillChristie has vowed to veto any gay marriage bill that passes this week--causing him headaches since it looks like he may have to put that vow to the test. Also giving the roly-poly Gov. of New Jersey some headaches? A comment he made earlier this week suggesting white Southerners should have been allowed to vote on cilil right's gains for blacks in the 1960's. Let's just say some people respectfully disagree with the presumed 2016 presidential candidate.
Republican ignorance of history grows more frightening every day.Christie has vowed to veto any gay marriage bill that passes this week--causing him... more
I happen to think that, as Progressives, we have a greater responsibility to question the President on his policies, because we’re the ones who put him into office, and if we refuse to be honest about our own guy, then all of those derisive spitballs lobbed at the other side are nothing more than a grand exercise in hypocrisy of the worst kind.
http://veracitystew.com/2011/12/16/betrayal-obama-to-sign-national-defense-authorization-video/I happen to think that, as Progressives, we have a greater responsibility to question... more
Washington (CNN) -- The White House lifted a veto threat against a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill on Wednesday after legislators made changes in language involving detainees.
In particular, the legislators added language to make clear that nothing in the bill requiring military custody of al Qaeda suspects would interfere with the ability of civilian law enforcement to carry out terrorism investigations and interrogations in the United States.
A statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the changes mean that President Obama's advisers will not recommend a veto. The measure is expected to come up for votes in the House and Senate this week.
Democrats to offer changes to payroll tax cut proposal
At issue was the president's authority in deciding whether people detained in terrorism investigations would be held in military or civilian custody.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the legislation includes a "national security waiver" that allows the president to transfer a suspect from military to civilian custody if he chooses.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/14/politics/congress-defense-bill/index.htmlWashington (CNN) -- The White House lifted a veto threat against a giant $662 billion... more
Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a permanent ban on the controversial gas drilling process known as fracking this afternoon, sending a counter-proposal of a one-year ban back to the state legislature.
Environmentalists — who were anticipating a five-year ban at the beginning of the day — were livid with the outcome. Some said the one-year ban was a “public relations stunt,” or even “pure politics,” that leaves New Jersey open to future water pollution.
“The fact of the matter is that the governor is opening the door for natural gas drilling in New Jersey,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper.
“It’s a joke,” said Jeff Tittel, the director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. “The governor’s taking the side of gas drillers over the people of New Jersey.”
Christie said in a statement that there’s an “incomplete public record” on the fallout from fracking, and that the state’s department of environmental protection would have to further study the topic.
"Aww Man, I was beginning to think he had come to see the light, Oh well!!!"Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a permanent ban on the controversial gas... more
It was not unexpected, but it could have been a surprise that would have in turn rekindled the comatose peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Today, the US used its veto power, once again, to block the passage of a UN Security Council resolution seeking to condemn Israel's settlements as "illegal" and claim that they "constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace."
The statements made by Ambassador Susan Rice are even more bewildering. Quote:
U.S. Ambassador Susan E. Rice said that the U.S. veto should not be seen as an endorsement of Israel's settlement policies, which the Obama administration has repeatedly denounced. But she said adoption of the resolution "risks" undermining U.S.-led efforts to pursue a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Continue reading on Examiner.com: How to kill the Middle East peace process with a veto - National Foreign Policy | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/foreign-policy-in-national/how-to-kill-the-middle-east-peace-process-with-a-veto#ixzz1EMIRHJQOIt was not unexpected, but it could have been a surprise that would have in turn... more
President Obama is vowing to veto any bill with earmarks in the State of the Union speech to be delivered at 9:00pm Tuesday, according to his prepared remarks.
“Both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it,” the speech says.President Obama is vowing to veto any bill with earmarks in the State of the Union... more
Last week, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, exercised his veto power on H.3790, a paydayloans bill that would have made the standard repayment period 120 days instead of the common 14 without increasing the total fees charged by lenders.Last week, Mark Sanford, the governor of South Carolina, exercised his veto power on... more
A long-awaited energy and climate bill to be made public on Wednesday would allow states directly affected by offshore drilling to veto drilling plans of nearby states if they can show significant negative impacts from an accident.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) also would allow coastal states to opt out of drilling being allowed up to 75 miles from their shores — a concession to lawmakers concerned about offshore drilling in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill.
Kerry and Lieberman have closely guarded the bill's details before Wednesday's announcement. The Associated Press obtained a copy of a summary being circulated Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
In a break from current policy, states that allow offshore drilling will receive a share of federal revenue, the summary shows. That provision is likely to spark debate from interior senators, mostly in the West, who object to revenue sharing for offshore drilling.
Kerry and Lieberman have said they will press ahead with the climate bill despite losing the support of their only Republican partner, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Graham, who had been negotiating with Kerry and Lieberman for months, said last week he believes it is impossible to pass the legislation now because of partisan disagreements over offshore drilling and whether to take up immigration reform.
Kerry disagreed, saying in a statement late Tuesday that the Gulf oil spill underscores how desperately the nation needs to break its dependence on fossil fuels.
"For climate, it's the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases are loaded if we can just push these runs across the plate," he said.
The bill, to be called the American Power Act, is a chance for Congress to show it can still address major issues, while also creating American jobs, strengthening national security and protecting the environment, Kerry said.
He cited an "unprecedented" coalition of bill supporters, ranging from environmentalists to business leaders and military officials.
Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, which represents U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, is expected to join Kerry and Lieberman for Wednesday's announcement, suggesting the industry group's support.
"People from across the ideological spectrum are standing by us, ready to line up in support of this plan. Any time you see me and T. Boone Pickens urging the Senate to pass something, you know it's a genuine effort to bridge the old divides," Kerry said.
Pickens, a well-known Texas oilman, paid millions in support of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that attacked Kerry's Vietnam War record in the 2004 presidential campaign. Pickens now supports huge increases in wind power and natural gas that would benefit from the climate bill.
The legislation aims to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and more than 80 percent by 2050.
For the first time, it would set a price on carbon emissions for large polluters such as coal-fired power plants. Rates initially would range from $12 per ton of carbon emissions to $25 per ton, depending on market prices. Restrictions would not take effect until 2013 for power plants and transportation fuels, and 2016 for manufacturers.
Allowances would be granted to local electricity companies, which would be required to use them to help rate payers. In addition, a separate consumer relief provision would provide rebates to eligible families.
Kerry and Lieberman said the bill would exempt farms and most small and medium-sized businesses, concentrating efforts on the largest polluters.
The bill would offer incentives of up to $2 billion per year for companies that develop so-called clean coal technologies, including methods to capture and store carbon emissions.
The legislation has several provisions aimed at boosting nuclear power. It increases funding for nuclear loan guarantees to $54 billion, the same amount President Obama has proposed, and calls on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to speed the licensing process for new plants.
The bill also would provide a 10 percent tax credit for certain nuclear power construction expenses, allow tax-exempt bonds for public-private partnerships for advanced nuclear power facilities, and provide grants in place of tax credits for some nuclear expenses.A long-awaited energy and climate bill to be made public on Wednesday would allow... more
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama vowed Friday to veto a financial overhaul bill that doesn't regulate the eclectic derivatives market, even as Senate Republicans lined up en masse against it.
Legislation pending in Congress would for the first time regulate derivatives, complex financial instruments like the mortgage-backed securities that contributed to a near economic meltdown in 2008 when their value plummeted during the housing crisis.
Obama said he wants derivatives to be strongly regulated, and he added that he's ready to veto any financial reform bill that comes to his desk without it.
But there's some dispute among Democrats about how far such regulation should go.
Further complicating matters Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell obtained signatures from 40 fellow GOP senators voicing opposition to the Senate bill and demanding further negotiations.
McConnell, R-Ky., won the support of one last holdout _Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — increasing his leverage as Democrats prepare to bring the legislation to the floor for debate.
The unified GOP stance came as a setback for majority Democrats who were hunting for individual Republicans to peel away from their party caucus to help the Democrats get the necessary 60 votes to overcome a likely procedural roadblock.
"We are united in our opposition to the partisan legislation reported by the Senate Banking Committee," the Republicans said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama vowed Friday to veto a financial overhaul... more
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an unprecedented veto to restrict or prohibit mining at a major proposed US mountaintop removal coal mining site.
If the veto is finalized, it would invalidate a permit first issued in 2007 for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Spruce No. 1 surface mine in southern West Virginia.
In explaining its decision, the EPA said Friday the Arch Coal Inc. mine would pollute surrounding water, fill over seven miles (11 kilometers) of stream, would cause "unacceptable" harm to wildlife and "directly impact" some 2,278 acres (922 hectares) of forest.
A rare step in three decades of mountaintop mining in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, the decision was the first time the EPA has proposed to veto a mine that already had received a permit.
It was the 12th time the agency has used its veto power for any project since the 1972 Clean Water Act became law.
"Landscape and site-specific assessments reveal that past and current mountaintop mining has caused substantial, irreplaceable loss of resources and an irreversible effect on these resources within the Coal River basin," the EPA said in a statement.
In its summary of its proposal on the Spruce No. 1 mine, the agency said that "applying the lessons of the past, we now know that failure to control mining practices has resulted in persistent environmental degradation in the form of acid mine drainage and other impacts that cost billions to remedy."
Environmentalists say mountaintop mining, which consists in removing entire coal seams are removed from the tops of mountains, pollutes streams and valleys, dumps toxic mining byproducts and disfigures the landscape.
Arch Coal condemned the EPA's action and vowed to "vigorously defend the Spruce permit by all legal means."
Its stock prices closed 20 cents lower at 22.69 dollars on Friday.
Environmental groups, meanwhile, hailed the EPA's move.
"The best available science tells us that proposed mines like the massive Spruce Mine would pollute waterways, destroy mountains and devastate communities," the Sierra Club's director of environmental quality Ed Hopkins said in a statement.
According to Business Week, mountaintop mining accounts for six percent of US coal production. Coal supplies about 50 percent of US electricity needs.The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an unprecedented veto to restrict or... more
In October 2009, Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed two bills that would have ensured Transgender/GLBTQ safety in the state prison system. Thankfully, the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act was reintroduced last January, and here, the author provides the reader with the information to ensure that the incompetent Governor passes it this time!
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-38184-Sacramento-Transgender-Issues-Examiner~y2010m3d11-Transgender-people-Arnold-Schwarzenegger-and-the-prison-systemIn October 2009, Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed two bills that would have ensured... more
Like a find-the-word puzzle, a second message is visible if one strings together the first letter of each line down the left-hand margin of the letter. If read in that way, a common four-letter vulgarity followed by the letters “y-o-u” is visibleLike a find-the-word puzzle, a second message is visible if one strings together the... more
President Obama vowed yesterday to veto a pending $680 billion military spending bill for next year if lawmakers set aside funding for more F-22 warplanes than the Defense Department says it needs.
Obama's intervention in the long-simmering debate over the wisdom of ending the F-22 program increased pressure on Senate lawmakers to respect his military priorities. It also sharpened his grievance with House and Senate Democrats who have defied the White House and supported keeping the F-22 production line open. Many such lawmakers, including Massachusetts Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, have F-22 contractors in their home states.
"We do not need these planes," Obama said in letters to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), and the committee's senior Republican, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), both of whom oppose the additional F-22s and spoke against them on the Senate floor yesterday. "I will veto any bill that supports acquisition of F-22s beyond the 187 already funded by Congress."
Obama noted in his letters that, under his proposal, production of F-22s would be terminated at roughly the same level proposed by the Defense Department during the Bush administration in 2004. To override the proposal would "waste valuable resources that should be more usefully employed to provide our troops with the weapons that they actually do need," he said.
The president's veto threat reflects his desire to win congressional backing for virtually all of the large revisions in Pentagon spending put forward by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in April, including terminating a half-dozen Cold War-era weapons programs to help pay for arms and equipment that military commanders say they need in Iraq and Afghanistan and for future counterinsurgency efforts.
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Source: The Washington Post OnlinePresident Obama vowed yesterday to veto a pending $680 billion military spending bill... more