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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History June 12

  

 

 

   

President Ronald Reagan demands the tearing down of
the Berlin Wall; Civil rights activist Medgar Evers killed; O.J.
Simpson's ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman murdered; Baseball Hall of
Fame opens.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Vic Damone - 21 - Begin The Beguine

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

Medgar Evers

 


Breakfast News

 

Could Anti-Climate Amendment Torpedo Fast Track?

Last-minute anti-climate effort led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) slammed by green groups and some lawmakers

Environmental groups have long warned of the dangers Fast Track poses to the environment. Now they have solid proof.

With the controversial House Fast Track vote expected to take
place Friday, an 11th-hour GOP effort to forbid U.S. trade officials
from taking action on climate change has raised the fury of
environmental groups and lawmakers, as well as hopes that the unpopular
legislation could be torpedoed altogether.

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chair of the Ways and Means
Committee, an amendment was inserted late Tuesday into a customs and
trade bill currently being weighed alongside Fast Track legislation,
known as Trade Promotion Authority.

The language is designed "to ensure that trade agreements do not
require changes to U.S. law or obligate the United  States with respect
to global warming or climate change."

IMF walks out of Greece bailout talks

The International Monetary Fund dramatically
pulled out of talks with debt-stricken Greece on Thursday after it
accused Athens of failing to compromise over labour market and pension
reforms.

The Washington-based lender of last resort said its team of
negotiators had quit talks in Brussels after reaching a stalemate and
would be returning to Washington.

The move left the Greek negotiating team with no option but to
say it would also be leaving the talks and heading home to Athens.

"The ball is very much in Greece's court," IMF spokesman Gerry
Rice said. "There are major differences between us in most key areas.
There has been no progress in narrowing these differences recently."

The IMF's decision followed increasingly sharp criticism from EU
officials frustrated at the Greek government's continued refusal to bow
to creditors' demands.

'Infrastructure? Who Cares,' Says GOP-Led House as it Slashes Amtrak Budget

The GOP-led U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday voted to slash $242 million from the Amtrak budget.

"Amtrak currently receives $1.3 billion from the government, most of
which goes toward capital improvements and debt service," AP reports.
"The GOP-drafted measure cuts $242 million from capital accounts but
fully funds the $289 million request for operating losses."

The vote was part of a GOP effort to weaken U.S. President Barack
Obama's proposed infrastructure spending proposal, put forth under a
joint transportation and housing budget.

Big Pharma's Hidden Hand In Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

From the World Health Organization to the
National Academy of Sciences, scientists are warning that rising
antibiotic resistance poses a public health threat across the world.
Now, a new report from consumer advocacy group Sum Of Us examines an
often-overlooked factor behind this crisis: the complicity of
pharmaceutical giants in the dangerous dumping of drug waste throughout
the supply chain.

Irresponsible use of antibiotics-in human medicine and factory
farming-has reportedly led to the rise of antimicrobial-resistant
superbugs that threaten our ability to treat common infection.

Tamir Rice: judge finds cause for murder charge over police killing of 12-year-old

A judge in Ohio said on Thursday he had found
probable cause to charge a police officer with murder for the fatal
shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year.

Judge Ronald Adrine of the Cleveland municipal court said there were
grounds to prosecute officer Timothy Loehmann with murder, manslaughter,
reckless homicide and negligent homicide.

Adrine also found there was probable cause for a charge of
negligent homicide against officer Frank Garmback, Loehmann's partner,
who was present when Tamir was shot at a park on 22 November while
holding a pellet gun.

Despite Gains, LGBTQ Community Faces 'National Crisis of Deadly Violence'

Even in a year where the LGBTQ and HIV-affected
communities witnessed greater awareness around and organizing against
discrimination, the "national crisis of deadly violence against
transgender and gender non-conforming people of color continued in
2014," according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
(NCAVP), which released its annual report this week.

The coalition, which works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms
of violence against and within LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, notes
that 2014-which saw Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine, same-sex
marriage wins across the country, and a central role for LGBTQ
communities in the national struggle against police violence-was a
"tumultuous year."

Sen. Graham's Abortion Bill: Threat to Women's Lives, Assault on Their Dignity

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday led a
group of anti-choice lawmakers in introducing a bill to the U.S. Senate
that would ban nearly all abortions in the country after 20 weeks,
seeking to bring to the Senate the same legislation that passed the
House of Representatives last month.

The legislation, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,
would only give narrow exceptions for those with life-threatening
conditions, rape survivors who have received medical care or counseling
at least 48 hours prior to receiving an abortion, and minors who have
reported rape or incest to law enforcement or child protective services.

As many critics of the bill have pointed out, it is based on the
false premise that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks-a political
argument that has been debunked by science and medical experts.

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Must Read Blog Posts

 

Former Guantanamo Prisoner, Who Speaks Out Against Radicalization of Youth, Told He's on US No Fly List Kevin Gosztola, FDL

Whistleblowers Testify on High Risk of Retaliation They Face for Going to Congress Kevin Gosztola, FDL

True Tales of the Hard-Boiled: Chris Cillizza Is Not Fooled Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

Fast -Track: It Looks Like It's In Pelosi's Lap or Maybe Not! letsgetitdone (aka Joe Firestone), Corrente

TPP: The giant puking sound in your house Spocko, Hullabaloo

Russian Oligarch Wanted to Turn My Joke Into Reality Jon Schwartz, The Intercept

College textbooks are absurdly expensive for no good reason Max Mills, AMERICAblog

It's time to kill the death penalty Jason Anson, AMERICAblog

Senate Quickly Says 'No Way' To Mitch McConnell's Cynical Ploy To Add Bogus Cybersecurity Bill To NDAA Mike Masnick, Techdirt

House Votes To Block Backdoor Searches And To Block Backdooring Encryption Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Appeals Court Rejects ISP Stay Of Neutrality Rules, Which Officially Go Live Tomorrow Karl Bode, Techdirt

Every Kill A 'Good' Kill: How Police And The Media Cooperate To Disparage The Dead Tim Cushing, Techdirt

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