08 3 / 2014

An explanation on what is happening with Russia and Ukraine Unrest in 2014

Found this great explanation on Reddit, hope that it will help you understand. Link to comment on Reddit…

An explanation on what is happening with Russia and Ukraine Unrest in 2014

Found this great explanation on Reddit, hope that it will help you understand. Link to comment on Reddit…

29 10 / 2013

"The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has summoned the US ambassador to explain the latest revelations to emerge from the files leaked by Edward Snowden, which suggest the National Security Agency tracked more than 60m phone calls in Spain in the space of a month.

Spain’s European secretary of state, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, is meeting James Costos as the White House struggles to contain a growing diplomatic crisis following accusations that the NSA monitored the phones of scores of allies, including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

El Mundo newspaper reported on Monday that it had seen an NSA document that showed the US spy agency had intercepted 60.5m phone calls in Spain between 10 December 2012 and 8 January this year.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Paul Hamilos / The Guardian


29 10 / 2013

European leaders are demanding an explanation after new reports regarding NSA spying on U.S. allies.


29 10 / 2013

The United States has acknowledged that it needs to make changes to its intelligence gathering procedures.

The pressure is on the US to regain the trust of its European allies, amid a growing number of allegations that it has been spying on EU leaders and citizens.

The White House said that President Barack Obama had ordered a review of US surveillance practices.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters: “We recognise that there need to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence.”

A group of European Members of Parliament (MEPs) have been holding talks with members of Congress in Washington on the issue.

British Labour Party MEP Claude Moraes said he and his fellow delegates were not getting all the answers they needed:

"Trust has to be rebuilt. We need to figure out why this kind of mass surveillance activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt," Moraes said.

The spying allegations, which have been fuelled by leaks to the press from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, have soured US-EU relations.

Read more here.


27 10 / 2013

In just 75 seconds, Mika Brzezinski, live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, was able to dispel conservative anti-Obamacare lies and connect with an Obamacare agent — live on national television.

Although website glitches have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s online exchanges, President Obama is encouraging Americans to call the hotline to sign-up, but some critics say that isn’t working either.

"By the way, we called the hotline on Monday and the automated menu redirected us to Healthcare.gov, which in turn told us to get in touch with someone at the call center," the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page wrote on Tuesday. "In an era where Google is making self-driving cars and Amazon offers next-day delivery for just about anything, the White House plunged ahead with a system it knew to be defective and is relying on the technology of the 19th century as the fall-back."

"I got an agent! Hi there," Brzezinski exclaimed.

"Did they refer you to healthcare.gov?" MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow asked.

"No, I got a live agent," she said. "Alright, so by the way, unlike the Wall Street Journal, if you want to get through call 1-800-318-2596."

Of course, Joe Scarborough, always toeing the Republican Party line, nervously scratched his neck and tried to change the subject with a joke about Chris Christie, which fell incredible flat given Mika’s quick and easy success in getting an Obamacare representative on the line.

1-800-318-2596

TTY: 1-855-889-4325

https://www.healthcare.gov/contact-us/

26 10 / 2013

September 25, 2013- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky) held a press conference to introduce their bipartisan, comprehensive surveillance reform bill- The Intelligence Oversight and Surveillance Reform Act.

The bill will preserve constitutional liberties while maintaining the government’s ability to protect national security. It will amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to end dragnet domestic surveillance and other unjustified intrusions on Americans’ constitutional rights, make improvements to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and provide for greater transparency from government entities and the private sector.

24 7 / 2013

NSA whistleblower Snowden to stay in Moscow airport, after initial reports he might leave soon[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYW8MDrL4vU&w=560&h=315]
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NSA whistleblower Snowden to stay in Moscow airport, after initial reports he might leave soon

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16 7 / 2013

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“In just three years, Americans have dramatically shifted their views on how they feel about the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent another terrorist attack, and now almost half say…

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03 4 / 2013


N. Korea is upping it’s rhetoric against the U.S. over sanctions imposed on it by the UN. The Whitehouse, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel are taking the nuclear threat seriously, and are moving missile defense system to Guam. N. Korea claims that war could be only a few days away.

"North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorized plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States.
"The moment of explosion is approaching fast," the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out "today or tomorrow".
Pyongyang’s latest pronouncement came as Washington scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defenses, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam and dispatching two Aegis class destroyers to the region.
Tension was also high on the North’s heavily fortified border with South Korea, after Kim Jong-Un’s isolated regime barred South Koreans from entering a Seoul-funded joint industrial park on its side of the frontier.” - AFP


About video: In the latest sign of escalating tensions with North Korea, the Pentagon said it will send an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Pyongyang a real and clear threat.

22 3 / 2013

Does the Government Really ‘Support the Troops?’

"They are a new generation of activists that are traveling from Main Street USA to the hallowed halls of Congress to make their voices heard. And this time, they’ve got the Internet, over 200,000 IAVA members, and every American they’ve touched behind them. They landed in Washington with their passion and their love for country on their sleeves. CPT Melinda Russell even brought her service dog, Willow. Specialist Ann Weeby brought her 6-week-old son. Corporal Aaron Mankin brought a body covered with burns. And they all brought tremendous heart.

They are America’s combat veterans. And they believe, as George Washington once said, “When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.”*

Politicians and conservatives are quick to say, “Support the troops!” But where is the action? Our veterans are suffering with massive health problems and PTSD, waiting and waiting for benefit checks. Is it any wonder the veteran suicide rate is so high? Ana Kasparian, Steve Oh (COO of The Young Turks), and Desi Doyen (Green News Report) discuss. 

Read more from MSNBC #EndTheVABacklog

22 3 / 2013

Children Horribly Deformed by US Chemical Weapons in Iraq

"In 2012, European researchers visited a scrap metal site in Al Zubayr, an area near Basrah in southern Iraq. A local police officer told them that the site had at one time held military scrap metal from the bloody battles waged during the American invasion. A local guard told the researchers that children had been seen playing on the scrap during that time, and both adults and children had worked disassembling the military leftovers. At one point, the guard said, members of an international organization with equipment and white suits showed up, told guards that the site was very dangerous and "quickly ran off."*

The depleted uranium usage in Iraq left lasting effects, on our own troops and in babies born with horrifying deformities in Fallujah and Basra. Is this the legacy of the war, and should people be paying more attention to these awful consequences? Ana Kasparian, Steve Oh (COO of The Young Turks), and Desi Doyen (Green News Report) discuss. 

Read more from Truth-Out.

18 3 / 2013

Progressives Challenging Obama’s Drone Strike Legality

"Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is leading a small group of House Democrats in calling on President Barack Obama to release information regarding the Administration’s use of drone strikes.

In a letter sent Monday, Lee said a leaked Department of Justice memo showed an “increasing devolution of accountability, transparency, and Constitutional protections in U.S. counterterrorism operations.” The 16-page memo provided an outline of the Obama’s administration legal justification of targeted drone strikes against U.S. citizens.”

It takes a lot to challenge a president of your own party, but a group of progressive representatives are calling Obama out, demanding legal justification for deadly drone strikes. Cenk Uygur explains who the constitutional heroes are, and what they’re doing for transparency.” 

Read more from Raw Story: House Democrats Demand Obama Release ‘full legal basis’ for Drone Strikes

23 1 / 2013

Hillary Clinton Erupts At Ron Johnson Over #Benghazi Attack

skip to: 2:12 to see
Hillary Clinton responds to Ron Johnson at Benghazi hearing and says, “What difference at this point does it make, it is our job to figure out what happened, and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again” 

05 10 / 2012

<3 USA  #flag #us #love (Taken with Instagram)

<3 USA #flag #us #love (Taken with Instagram)

01 9 / 2012

September 01, 2012

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Below is a list of things that President Barack Obama has done while in office as President of the United States

• Economy grew 2.6% in the first quarter of 2012 http://www.reddit.com/tb/scx09

• Brought us out of recession worse than last 3 recessions combined

• Got more Taliban leaders in 30 days than Bush/Cheney did in 6 years

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/02/19/838604/-GOOD-NEWS-Obama-has-caught-more-Taliban-Leaders-in-1-month-than-Bush-Cheney-did-in-6-years

• Auto Industry saved

• Got North Korea to stop enriching uranium

• Iraq war ended

• Bin Laden dead

• Nuclear weapons reduced by 1/3 in US & Russia

• Stock market more than doubles

• Stock market closes higher than since 2007

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/dow-jones-industrial-average-4-year-high_n_1468746.html •Creamed Bush in turning around job lossSee GRAPH

• U.S Gross Domestic product went from steady decline to increasing every ¼ of the Obama Presidency See graph

• Ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

• Settled Libya problem in 60 days with no American casualties or ground troops

• Insurance companies must cover pre-existing conditions

• Kids stay on their parent’s insurance until 26 under certain conditions

• Requires health plans to disclose how much of premium goes to patient care

• Prevents children from being denied health insurance coverage

• Cut prescription drug cost for medi-care recipients by 50%

• Requires large employers to contribute to a national healthcare plan

• Spending growth under Obama lower than that of both Bushes, Nixon, Carter & Reagan

• Came out against SOPA

• Temporally suspended taxes on Unemployment benefits

• Nixes Keystone Pipeline

• Jail population decline for first time in decades

• Wind power growth up 39%

• Instituted the toughest Wall Street reform since Great Depression

• Passed health reform: Others tried & failed over the last 60 years

• Insurance companies can no longer drop you when you get sick

• Stimulus Plan which brought us out of the brink of financial collapse

• $100 billion to embarrassing, crumbling infrastructure: Most since Eisenhower

• $60 billion to create renewable and clean energy

• Credit Card reform stopping the most abusive credit card practices

• Huge investment into science & technology

• Quadrupled the number of openly gay judges on the federal bench

• Amped budgets at NASA & National Science Foundation

• Expanded state run health insurance to cover additional four million kids

• Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – Equal pay for equal work

• Global initiative keeping nuclear material out of hands of terrorists

• Hate crimes prevention act (Matthew Shepard Act)

• FDA for first time allowed to regulate tobacco

• Eliminated scandal plagued Mineral Management Services

• Overhauled the astonishing stupidity of the student loan system

• Cancelled bloated weapons program including useless F-22

• Stopped Russia supplying $1 billion of high-tech missiles to Iran promised by Bush

• Tax cuts for small businesses

• $14 billion in federally funded loans to stimulate job creation

• Cut taxes for 95% of working families

• Passed 16 different tax cuts for American small business owners

• Fought GOP for Health benefits for 9/11 responders - He didn’t forget.

• Extended unemployment benefits

• Consumer spending increase

• Orders for durable goods increase

• Appointed first Latina to Supreme Court

• Ryan White AIDS Treatment Act

• Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president

• Expanded loan program for small businesses

• Increased funding for National Parks and Forests

• Led effort to phase out whaling

• Funding for high speed broadband internet access to students K-12

• $26 billion to states saving 160,000 teacher jobs among other things

• Helped rebuild schools in New Orleans

• Doubled research funds for cleaner fuel

• $2 billion to solar power

• Raised fuel economy standards

• Cash for clunkers

• Limited mercury emissions

• Eliminated oil company liability caps for oil spills

• Ordered BP to provide $20 billion liability fund for damages from spill

• Mandated new safety rules for offshore drilling

• World opinion of US improves significantly since Obama takes office

• Visited more countries in first year than any other president

• Return rights of Americans to visit and assist their families in Cuba

• Renewed loan guarantees to Israel

• Pledged $400 million in aid to Gaza civilians

• Pressured Israel to end Gaza blockade

• Authorized Clinton’s mission getting 2 prisoners released from Korea

• Nuclear arms agreement with India

• Agreement with Switzerland to bolster tax information exchange

• Cut salaries of senior White House officials

• Prevented congress from receiving cost of living pay raise

• Cancelled contracts for 28 White House helicopters saving $11.2 billion

• Return tax payer money for White House refurbishing

• Established a Patient’s Bill of Rights

• Expanded vaccinations program

• New homes sales see biggest jump in 47 years

• Extended benefit for same-sex partners of federal employees

• Same-sex partners assured visitation & healthcare decision rights

• $8 billion to establish smart power grid

• $13 billion for high-speed rail in 13 major US corridors

• Major expansion of AmeriCorps

• Committed US to almost 5 million charging station by 2015

• Expanding broadband internet

• Improved benefits for veterans

• New and improved hiring policy for veterans

• Donated Peace Prize award money

• Ended media blackout on war casualties

• Increased access to PTSD treatment for soldiers and veterans

• Reconstruction of military to reflect modern-day threats & technology

• Ended torture

• Recommitted the U.S. to full compliance to the Geneva Conventions

• Cut missile defense system by $1.4 billion

• Increased pay benefits to military personnel

• Began draw-down of war in Afghanistan

• Ordered Seal operation to free of US captain held by pirates

• Negotiated nuclear arms agreement with Australia, India, & Russia

• Increased Navy patrol of Somali coast

• Provided $210 Million for building and upgrading fire stations

• Emergency Aid to American Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake Act

• Ordered extensive review of hurricane & natural disaster preparedness

• Edward Kennedy Serve America Act: Expands national volunteer program

• Removed restrictions and provided support of embryonic stem cell research

• Manned missions to Mars & asteroids rather than just returning to moon

• Worked with international allies on International Space Station

• Used private sector to improve space flight

• Used Space Station for fundamental biological and physical research

• Established consumer tax credit for plug-in hybrid cars

• $60 billion in spending & tax incentives for renewable & clean energy

• For first time in 13 years America’s dependence on foreign oil below 50%

• Tax breaks to promote public transit

• Extended and indexed the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch

• Income floor for medical expense deductions for individuals 65 & older

• Health insurance tax credits & subsidies for incomes to 4x poverty level

• Accelerated tax benefits for donations to Haiti earthquake relief

• Income tax rates for highest earners will change from 35% to 39.6%

• Capital gains tax for highest earners will change from 15% to 20%

• Tax increase for corporations with assets of at least $1 billion

• Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes

• Tax bills hit lowest level since 1950

• Tax refunds up 10 percent due to stimulus

• Imposed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House

• Limits White House aides working for lobbyists after tenure in office

• Independent watchdogs call Obama’s record on ethic Unprecedented

• Closed lobbyist loopholes with respect to the Recovery Act

• Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees

• DOD will film all interrogations

• White House voluntary disclosure policy

• $5,000 tax credit for every new worker hired

• Jobs for Main Street Act

• Under Obama American clean energy industry creates 2.7 million jobs & expanding rapidly

• Created more jobs in 2009 than Bush in his entire presidency

• CBO found 3.7 Million jobs created by stimulus (May 2010)

• 682,370 jobs created under Recovery Act Between Jan. & March, 2010

• National Export Initiative – designed to double US exports

• Federal deficit shrank 8% year-on-year

• Wall St reform designed to end taxpayer bailouts

• Gets 47 nations to agree to 4 years non-proliferation efforts

• Forced airlines to disclose prices upfront

• 25 Billion settlement against banking industry

• Opposes NC Gay Marriage Amendment

• Helped clean out weapons-usable uranium from 6 countries:

Mexico, Chile, Romania, Serbia, Libya, and Turkey

• Number of oil rigs in US oil fields has quadrupled in past three years

• US now has more rigs at work than the rest of the world put together

• First time since 1949 we now export more gas than we import


See about 600 more here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/whatobamahasdone

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/z6pw3/what_has_obama_done_here_are_200_accomplishments/
List via Reddit commenter: backpackwayne

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