All Further Articles for 2013-01-02

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Judge Says Under Law Executive Branch Can Commit Acts That Sure Do Seem Unconstitutional Without Having to Explain Why They Allegedly Aren't
Even as she turned down two requests to release information on U.S. targeted killings, a frustrated federal judge acknowledged such disclosure might help explain anti-terror practices she called an "ill-defined yet vast and seemingly ever-growing exercise in which we have been engaged...at great cost in lives, treasure, and (at least in the minds of some) personal liberty." Mother Jones ' Quote of the Day. "I can find no way around the thicket of laws (that) effectively allow the Executive Branch (to) proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret."
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How Many More? Enough.
As the children of Sandy Hook return to school this week in a nearby town, scores of actors contribute to a powerful video demanding a plan to end gun violence. Petition and much more from Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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Argh: House GOP Votes To Support the Sanctity of Wife-Beating and Other Traditional Values
Despite the fact that for 18 years Democrats and even Republicans have agreed it's a good thing to fund programs to combat domestic violence against women, the House has refused to renew a Violence Against Women Act that was expanded to include immigrant, LGBT and Native American victims. They refused because.... Actually, we don't know why. These people are contemptible.
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Who Gets the Money: Disney, NASCAR, Sachs
With fiscal cliff coverage focused on Democrats, Republicans and the rich, a key negotiating partner has been left out: corporations, and roughly $200 billion in corporate handouts, aka "tax extenders," at stake. Matt Stoller looks at eight under-reported subsidies dangled as carrots in the fight, including $9 billion for off-shore loopholes, $1.6 billion for Goldman Sach's fancy new headquarters, and safety incentives to persuade mining companies not to kill their workers.
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