This Man Would Have Spent 3.5 Extra Years In Prison For A Typo, If Not For Obama’s Clemency

CREDIT: Shutterstock President Obama, who has exercised his presidential pardon power less frequently than any other modern president , showed a rare moment of criminal justice mercy Tuesday, cutting short the sentence of Ceasar Huerta Cantu for two drug trafficking offenses. There were no indications that the commutation was a sweeping policy statement on those facing draconian drug sentences: He issued the commutation to fix a particularly incendiary typo

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The Education of Paul Ryan

When Paul Ryan recently insinuated that the poor “in our inner cities,” are lazy, and revealed the source of his code for criticizing a “culture” of “men not working,” by citing Charles Murray’s infamous Bell Curve , where Murray argued that blacks are genetically inferior to whites, many were quick to point out Ryan’s gross and offensive inaccuracies. We could charitably add that Ryan is likely a victim of a deficient education, as the full story of how our nation’s capital came to be is rarely included in elementary or secondary U. S

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Going Postal: USPS Stocks Up On Guns and Ammo: “It Doesn’t Make a Whole Lot of Sense”

Going postal just took on a whole new meaning. Earlier this year  Kit Daniels reported  that the U.S. Postal Service is joining other alphabet federal agencies in stocking up on ammunition and firearms

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An Open Letter to Oath Keepers
An Open Letter to Oath Keepers An Open Letter to Oath Keepers

This post was  originally published at ChristopherCantwell.com . Let me see if I’ve got this right.

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Drill, Baby, Drill

That phrase was made famous by failed 2008 GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The idea was to revive a moribund US economy and end dependency on foreign oil by dramatically increasing domestic production of oil and natural gas. Calls for this have expanded in recent months to not only decrease US dependency on foreign oil, but to actually export oil and natural gas to decrease dependence on Russian fuels by its European neighbors.

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Never Again: Don Blankenship-Funded Video Absolves Don Blankenship in Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Deaths

Don Blankenship’s hubris is surpassed only by his greed. The “ Dark Lord of Coal Country , ”  as the former CEO of Massey Energy has been called, is using the fourth anniversary of the tragic Upper Big Branch Mine explosion not to honor the lives of the fallen mines, but to absolve himself of any responsibility for the 29 deaths, even having the nerve to point blame at the Mine Safety and Health Administration ( MSHA )

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Ohio Provides Newest Evidence Linking Fracking to Earthquakes

image source Kevin Samson Activist Post There has been an ongoing battle between researchers and the natural gas and oil industries over whether or not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is definitively leading to an increase in earthquake activity.

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King Coal Is Dying a Slow Death in America

The fossil fuel’s share of U.S. electricity production is dropping quickly, but it still might be decades before the industry closes up shop

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CIA and White House Under Pressure After Senate Torture Report Leaks

Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be ‘brutal’ and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible. A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions

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“We are the Giant” Shows Complexity of Resistance to Middle East Repression

Friday, April 11, 2014 – 5:49pm “We are the Giant” Shows Complexity of Resistance to Middle East Repression Bahrain Egypt Human Rights Defenders we-are-the-giant-one-sheet.jpg By Molly Hofsomer From the opening black screen cloaked in the cries of protest, “ We are the Giant ” humanizes the complex revolutions of the Arab uprisings by following the stories of a few committed activists in their struggle for change.  Director Greg Barker pulls from his experiences as a war correspondent incorporating footage from co-producer Razan Ghalayani to produce his third Sundance title, recently screened at an event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by Human Rights First and scheduled to be shown at the prominent HotDoc documentary film festival in Toronto running from April 24 through May 4. While the revolutions in Libya, Syria , and Bahrain differ greatly in their outcomes and methods of progress, Baker exposes the common motivations and challenges of the people behind the movements through his character-driven storytelling.  The film captures the struggle between remaining peaceful and the temptation to turn to violence, the personal sacrifices made by those most committed to change, and the common goals driving the movements.  Through interviews and first-hand video footage of the revolutions—much of which was captured via cell phone cameras and is at times graphic—the stories are shared in three narratives intercut with images from revolutions throughout history and peppered with related quotations from Stalin to Martin Luther King Jr.   Rather than providing a detailed description of the events and circumstances leading up to each of the featured revolutions, “We are the Giant” tells the stories through activists’ experiences

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