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SEC Official Supports Libya’s Claim Against Goldman Sachs

Though Goldman Sachs has already admitted in court documents that it bribed officials working for Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, the claim brought by Libya concerning fraud remains contested. Libya’s sovereign wealth fund known as the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has accused Goldman Sachs of putting the fund in over $1 billion worth of high risk [...]

Judge Blocks ’5 Second Rule’ as Unconstitutional But Embraces Police Claims About ‘Violent’ Ferguson Protesters

A United States district court judge issued an order preventing police from continuing to enforce a rule they created and imposed against protesters in Ferguson, which required them to keep moving or face arrest. The judge found that the rule was unconstitutional and acknowledged that commanding officers were well aware that it was “unlawful” to [...]

We Should Create Two New Partisan Budget Offices

A new concern among some Liberal commentators is that if Republicans win control of the Senate they will change how the Congressional Budget Office works to make its results more pro-Republicans. Mainly it is fear they will have it adopt a form of “dynamic scoring” which assumes tax cuts almost always spurs growth. This has [...]

Kurds Riot In Turkey As ISIS Prepares To Take Kobani

Ataturk up in flames in the Kurdish city of Van. A reaction to Turkey's alliance with ISIS & indifference over Kobane — Azad Kurdistan (@mrgoldfink) October 7, 2014 Vice President Biden’s apologies notwithstanding, the Turkish government is facing civil unrest from its Kurdish population for its perceived alliance with ISIS as the militant group [...]

Polling Shows Why Senate Will Become Even More Gridlocked

What is remarkable about the latest New York Times/CBS News/YouGov poll of every single Senate race is how predictable the results would be even to someone who paid no attention to the 2014 election and knew only the most basic information about American politics. At the moment the results almost perfectly align with the 2008 [...]

The Roundup

- The U.S. government is still unsure about providing support for rebels in Syria against the Islamic State - Part one and two with journalist Eva Bartlett on living in Gaza as an independent journalist and what she primarily saw through her experiences - Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg feels the latest war against ISIL is like Vietnam

Late, Late Night FDL: I Want to Know What Love Is

Ryan Adams - I Want To Know What Love Is (Live on World Cafe) Mick Jones happened to hear Ryan's cover on NPR's World Cafe...

FDL Movie Night: AYA: Awakenings

Ultimately Awakenings is less an analytical documentary and more of a personal interior travelogue, and a celebration of this neo shamanistic movement. "You might think that ayahuasca is a niche subject," he says, "but it is rapidly becoming a mainstream one that is peaking in global media. Ayahuasca could be the new global sacrament."

Government: “Protesting Mob” Intends to Tamper with Jury in Case Against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh

The United States government in the case of Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh has requested that a court "empanel an anonymous jury" and order the US Marshal Service to partially sequester jurors during her trial. The government contends...Show More Summary

Seven Things to Watch in Iraq

As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on.

Because Our Plan for “Success” in Syria Worked So Well in Libya

The fact is that we have a really poor track record when it comes to bombing countries into stable democracies. That doesn’t seem to get enough attention.Syria, Washington Post, Libya, Tripoli

Vice President Biden Apologizes For Saying True Things About Who Funds Terrorism

As hard as it is to believe, the politics of the war in Syria has gotten even more dysfunctional. Vice President Joe Biden has now apologized both to the leader of Turkey and United Arab Emirates after correctly stating – publicly – that the two nations bare considerable responsibility for the jihadists operating in Syria. [...]

Majority in UK Back Marijuana Legalization as US Loses Ability to Push Other Countries Around

The United States has long been holding back international marijuana reform efforts but since voters in Colorado and Washington rejected the war on marijuana the federal government has significantly lost their ability to push other countries around on the issue.

When the Government’s Secrecy Arguments Are Not Blindly Accepted by Judges

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been force-fed and subjected to rough cell extractions prior to such feeding, is finally getting the opportunity to have his case challenging his treatment heard in court today. Remarkably,...Show More Summary

Cuomo Administration Undermined Fracking Study

Now it has been revealed by Capital New York that the Cuomo Administration delayed and edited an important fracking study when it appeared that the initial results would be politically problematic.

New York Times Endorses All Three Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

We will have to see if the New York Time has much impact on the West Coast but as a D.C. resident it is a refreshing counterpoint to the Washington Post's error-filled and logically inconsistent editorial against the D.C. initiative...

Kurds In Syria Say US Airstrikes Not Working As ISIS Advances

Two weeks after the US expanded its military campaign from Iraq into Syria the city of Kobani is set to fall to ISIS fighters. The Syrian Kurds fighting to stop ISIS' advance have claimed that US airstrikes are not effective as ISIS simply changed tactics without missing a beat.

The Roundup

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called American criticism of new settlements in Israel "anti-American"; Wait, what? - On June 1, 2015, a vital part of the PATRIOT Act used for mass surveillance will expire. All eyes are on Congress - Trevor Timm: "NSA defenders think they can make surveillance reform vanish. This is how wrong they are"

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