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Is ‘Lone Wolf Terrorism’ Just Crime?

Recently two separate acts by lone attackers on government workers have been classified as "lone wolf terrorism" by law enforcement and elected officials. First was the shooting in Canada of a soldier by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who also entered the Canadian Parliament before being shot and killed. Show More Summary

A Prediction About Election Predictions

A week out from the election I have a prediction about the professional election predictors. They are going to be very accurate because our federal elections have become extremely predictable. If you know absolutely nothing about the Senate races except for the result of the 2012 Presidential election, you could end up predicting between 80-97 [...]

IRS Seizing Funds Without Even Bringing Charges

Yet more unintended consequences from the so-called War on Drugs. According to The New York Times, the IRS has been seizing funds from small businesses and individuals without even presenting a criminal complaint using a draconian law passed to prevent drug money laundering. Under the law the IRS can seize funds that appear to be [...]

What Price Do You Want Legal Marijuana to Sell for?

Mark Kleiman's reserved endorsement of Oregon's marijuana legalization initiative, Measure 91, has crystallized in my mind a question that I would like to see other policy experts, political leaders, and regular people answer. What specific price would you ideally want legal marijuana sold for?

Movie Review: CitizenFour, Snowden for Lovers and Haters

Two kinds of people are interested in Laura Pointras' new documentary, CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden's early contacts with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and herself. Let's have a review of the film for each group, the Haters and Everyone Else.

Firedoglake Needs Your Help for the Future

I am thankful for Firedoglake for giving me the opportunity to see what goes on within a movement after covering the People's Climate March last month. As I walked along Central Park, I wondered where the environmental movement would go from here. Show More Summary

Edward Snowden Says Occupy Wall Street Was ‘Last Time Civil Disobedience Brought About Change’

The Nation Magazine published an interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and one of the parts that is most remarkable is his commentary on civil disobedience and the movement that was ignited in 2011 by Occupy Wall Street. First off, there have been numerous interviews published with Snowden at this point. He appeared [...]

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Ask Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

A group of Nobel Peace Prize winners have asked their fellow winner President Barack Obama to finally release the report on the CIA’s torture program. Despite efforts by the CIA to sabotage the report by spying on members of Congress and deleting information from their computers, a report has been completed. Now the White House [...]

The Roundup

- In Brazil, Dilma Rousseff was re-elected with nearly 52 percent of the vote and promised to be better in her next term as president; An extremely close race. - With Brazil and Uruguay pivoting toward the left, the left is able to dominate...Show More Summary

“Hey, this amount of hypocrisy is OUR job now!”

Sure, in the 19th and 20th Centuries when the British were not just exporting teen moppets but offending whole nations via petty ignorance you’d expect this sort of thing. But the 21st Century has placed such profitable immoral simplicities on the Americans…

Late, Late Night FDL: I Ain’t Got No Home

The Band & Bob Dylan - I Ain't Got No Home Great news for Dylan fans, NPR is offering a first listen of Bob Dylan, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11' Please support Firedoglake. Can you spare a five or a ten…? Any little bit is greatly appreciated…!

Late Night: Sugar Shack

Every party has to have a pooper and that's why we invited John Oliver. Send us your sugar ;)

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez is a film about the 14th Amendment, exploring the history of how citizenship came to be granted to all children born on U. S. soil, and the attacks that are currently being waged against that right.

A Year in Grading Obamacare on a Curve

Judging Obamacare by the promise made by Obama, the grade it deserves after a year is "not exactly." There was a lot of over-promising and under-delivering. I think this is how many people are grading the law, which is probably part of the reason that after a year the law is still unpopular.

Fundraisers are the Time You Let us Know How You Think About What We Do

I strive to bring an unapologetic perspective to the latest brazen acts of government injustice and impunity, whether they involve refusing to hold torturers or lying officials accountable or invoking secrecy to conceal crimes or misconduct. If you appreciate this kind of work, will you donate $10 to keep it going?

AIPAC And Congressional Hawks Trying To Kill Iran Deal

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and hawks in Congress are reportedly lobbying hard to blow up a deal between the US and Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program. Partnering with hawks in Congress, AIPAC is urging lawmakers to kill the deal and start a new round of sanctions in light of not getting the bombing campaign many had wanted.

Nationalization of Politics Continues: South Dakota Senate Looking Safe for the GOP

It looks like the people of South Dakota realized they primarily prefer the Republican party and the best indicator of how a member will vote in Congress is their partisan alignment. The big theme of this election is the nationalization of our politics. The Senate races seem to be breaking almost perfectly based on partisan preference in each state.

Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Florida this week instituted mandatory confinement for certain people exposed to ebola. Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Show More Summary

Ukraine Elections Setup Showdown Between West And Russia

Sunday saw parliamentary elections swing to the pro-West faction of Ukraine politics with results that will likely keep Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister of Ukraine. Yatsenyuk's party, People’s Front, gained 21.6% of the vote with the bloc supporting President Petro Poroshenko getting 21.5% of the vote. Show More Summary

The Health Care Industry is Always Innovating New Ways to Steal Your Money

As soon as one specific problem is banned the industry quickly moves to find a slightly different new loophole to exploit. What is really needed is a broad solution, not a series of popular mallet whacks. There is no way our political system is set up to whack these problems as quickly as they are created.

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