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We are now entering the final stretch of the election and things continue to look bad for the Democratic Party. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is just about all bad news for the Democrats. The big number is the generic ballot. Among likely voters, 50 percent prefer the Republican party while only 44 percent prefer the Democratic party.
Under Florida law, any amendment placed on the ballot needs to get 60 percent of the vote to be adopted. Even if all the undecided voters in this poll vote Yes, the measure would still be just short. While a significant majority of voters is likely to cast a ballot in favor of medical marijuana, it looks like it won't hit the legal threshold.
Attorneys for a Guantanamo Bay prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has pursued a lawsuit against the United States government’s forced-feeding of prisoners, have asserted a federal court has all the authority it needs to release videos of Dhiab being force-fed and forcibly removed from his cell. Show More Summary
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
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.
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
- 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
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…
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…!
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.