19 8 / 2012

August 19, 2012

"In the wake of a judge’s decision not to block Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law, Mike Turzai, the Republican legislator who made headlines in June when he said the law would help Mitt Romney win the state in November, repeated the falsehood that the state has a history of election fraud…As they fought to defend the law in court, state officials conceded that no one had ever been prosecuted for in-person voter ID fraud and that there was no evidence that it had ever occurred in the state. In-person election fraud, which the state’s ID law is supposed to prevent, is extremely rare: a study of in-person voter fraud in presidential elections going back to 2000 found just 10 cases of voter fraud during a period when more than 600 million votes were cast…".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Gene Demby in The Huffington Post


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15 8 / 2012

August 15, 2012

Live video feed from the front of the Ecuadorian embassy, where Julian Assange is awaiting the ruling on if Ecuador will grant him asylum. The UK government has threatened to arrest Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy, which is seen as very disrespectful and would violate several treaties. Ecuador will announce their decision at 7am London time. 

Thanks to alburyj on Bambuser.com for the live feed.

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08 8 / 2012

August 08, 2012

US ranks #1 in top 5 of big miltary spenders in the world, surpassing China, and Russia by billions"In their current campaign against automatic military spending cuts, Republican Senators John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Kelly Ayotte (NH) claim the reductions will be "devastating" to the U.S. military. But when asked to provide specifics on that claim on CNN…McCain came up empty…".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Read more here from Ben Armbruster at ThinkProgress:

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08 8 / 2012

August 08, 2012

President Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney don’t appear interested in pursuing gun control in the wake of mass shootings in Arizona (Giffords), Colorado (Dark Knight Rises), and Wisconsin (Sikh temple). The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

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08 8 / 2012

Aug 7, 2012

 "…The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20 and another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5 are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three decades. Since 1982, there have been at least 58 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. We’ve mapped them below, including details on the shooters’ identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed.

Of the 134 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally. The arsenal included dozens of assault weapons and high-powered handguns…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down on The Young Turks.

Read more here from Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan in Mother Jones 

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24 7 / 2012

July 24, 2012

"White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One on Sunday that the Obama administration has no plans to push new gun control measures in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater Carney said that includes a reauthorization of the Clinton-era assault-weapon ban that lapsed during the George W. Bush administration…".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more from Donovan Slack at Politico: http://politi.co/LHrTI0

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10 7 / 2012

July 10, 2012

In a recent speech from the White House President Barack Obama came out and said “let’s end the tax cuts for the rich.” Cenk Uygur discusses the speech and this new progressive turn the Democrats have taken this election. If you agree that we should tax the rich tell us in the comment section below. The Young Turks Cenk Uygur disuss.

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09 7 / 2012

It is one of the largest ecological disasters in the world. As a bitter dispute over who is at fault rages, this report takes a powerful grassroots look at 50 years of devastation in the Niger Delta.

Aerial shots show vast black islands surrounded by shimmering slicks of oil. This is what much of the Niger Delta looks like after what environmentalists say is “the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez every year”. While it is revealed by secret correspondance released by Wikileaks that one minister can siphon off $20 million dollars in bribes from oil companies, local communities are reduced to eating fish meat that tastes of kerosene. This inequality has led to the rise in cases of sabotage of pipelines to get access to crude oil. It is this that the oil companies blame now for the level of pollution. But for ecologists there are no doubts that poor maintenance is far more to blame than the low level sabotage for the fact that the Delta has more than one leak every day. They say the companies consider it cheaper to lose the oil than maintain and protect the pipes. And as the world turns a blind eye, the desperation of the locals intensifies. “There’s a vast contrast between what we saw in America, when President Barack Obama was on the side of the people during the Gulf of Mexico spill, and here.”


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23 4 / 2012

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April 23, 2012

"Paul warned that CISPA “represents an alarming form of corporatism, as it further intertwines government with companies like Google and Facebook.”

“It permits them to hand over your private information to government officials without a warrant, circumventing well known federal laws like the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, ” he said. “It also grants a broad immunity from lawsuits for doing so, leaving you without recourse for invasion of privacy.”

“Simply put, CISPA encourages some of our most successful Internet companies to act as government spies, sewing distrust in social media and chilling communications in one segment of the world economy where Americans still lead,” Paul added. “…If you believe in privacy and free markets, you should be deeply concerned about the proposed marriage of government intelligence gathering with private, profit-seeking companies.”

 Read more here: Raw Story

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15 3 / 2012

Details of how the Police department handled the Trayvon Martin murder investigation have recently been released. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian go over these bombshell updates, including possible witness tampering.

March 15, 2012 

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15 3 / 2012

The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee has recently voted in favor of legislation that will make it legal for an employer to ask women what they need contraception for and fire the employee if they don’t agree with the answer. Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss this insane legislation and try to figure out why any woman would vote for a Republican. 

March 15, 2012

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14 3 / 2012

March 14, 2012

Via Bloomberg: “U.S. legislation that would roll back securities disclosure and governance rules in the name of job creation is being attacked by consumer advocates and former regulators as an evisceration of investor protections in place since the 1930s…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down the Republican plan the Democrats are going along with.

Read article here: Bloomberg

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14 3 / 2012

Mar 13, 2012

Via The Huffington Post: “Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot and killed in a gated community in Florida late last month by a white neighborhood watch captain, according to police. But the watch captain, George Zimmerman — a 28-year-old college student who has admitted to police that he shot the young man — still walks free. And Martin’s family is pleading for answers and demanding justice…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks. 

Read article here: HuffPo

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10 3 / 2012

The Republicans newly proposed jobs plan is based around tax breaks (including to hedge fund managers. More via Think Progress: “What’s really holding back small businesses is a lack of demand in the economy, and there’s no reason for businesses to hire, no matter how many tax breaks they receive, unless they have an expectation of more customers. As the chief economist for the conservative National Federation of Independent Business explained, “if you give a small business guy $20,000 he’ll say, ‘I could buy a new delivery truck but I have nobody to deliver to”…”.* Cenk Uygur and Michael Shure discuss on The Young Turks.

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10 3 / 2012

Mar 9, 2012

 Republicans in Kansas want what would in effect be a sales tax on women seeking abortion. According to the Huffington Post “under the proposal, women who end up receiving abortions would not be able to deduct the cost of the abortion as a health care expense if they had not purchased special abortion insurance…”.* Ana Kasparian and former prosecutor Steve Oh discuss on The Young Turks.

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