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June 28, 2010 - by Moshe Bildner

  • Sen. Robert Byrd, 92, died today after having served the longest ever 51 years in the US Senate.  Byrd had become a liberal icon in latter years, famously leading opposition to the Iraq war in 2003.  (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Sen. Daniel Inouye [D, HI] has taken over Byrd’s role as president pro tempore of the Senate. The position, third in-line of succession to the Presidency, is generally held by the longest-servinig member of the majority party. (NYT Caucus Blog)
  • Congress’s failure to pass the unemployment extender bill (HR 4213) is forcing states to make drastic cuts to social services. State Medicaid funding will take an especially savage hit.  (CNN)
  • Congress began confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Republicans and Democrats took the opportunity to trade accusations of “judicial activism”, while Kagan pledged “deference” toward Congress if confirmed. Kagan was chosen by President Obama to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, and appears almost certain to be confirmed by the Senate. (LA Times)
  • The House passed the controversial DISCLOSE Act on Thursday. The bill would require corporations and non-profits who spend on political advertising to disclose their top five donors, and mandate that executives endorse ads the way candidates do. (Herald Democrat)
  • Senators Scott Brown [R-MA] and Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] introduce the Oil Spill Prevention and Mitigation Improvement Act of 2010, requiring oil companies to have an oil spill response plan approved by the Secretary of the Interior before drilling offshore. (San Diego News Room)
  • Congress dilutes Senate version of financial refrom bills which limits, not prohibits, the ability of federally insured banks to trade derivatives and invest in hedge funds or private equity funds. (DallasNews)
  • Climate change legislation may not take place until a “lame duck” session after the November election. (NYTimes)
  • Congress expected to vote to take away “swipe fees” which would help small businesses. (DenverDailyNews)
  • House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] says she is committed to a “significant drawdown” in U.S. troops in Afghanistan next July. (HuffPo)
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    chris88 06/28/2010 6:08pm

    they dont care. we need to show them what we feel and what should be down for the AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! write to your senators , newspapers , cnn , fox , msnbc and the president DONT GIVE UP!!! they think we are just gonna give up cause all we do is sit on our behind . well guess what the 291 i get a week pays for the roof over mine and my childrens head, the food they eat , the gas in the car to drive to school , the clothes , medical bill etc.

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    Cathy42 06/29/2010 6:58am

    I could not agree more. Have you heard about the protest? We, the unemployed and anyone who will join us, are not buying anything on June 30 (tomorrow). No groceries, meds, gasoline. NOTHING. Join in and show the senators what happens when 15 million people have no money to spend.

    There is now a stand-alone bill but we need to keep pushing our government until they actually pass the bill. Without it we and our economy are doomed to worse times.

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    Chris51 06/29/2010 10:58pm

    To the 1.2 million jobless americans I thought you would be glad to know that the Republicans let the Democrates get the Small Business Bill through.

    How many Small Business loans will be approved to the jobless workers who are looking at the option of doing a business start up? NONE
    -Poor credit and/or unemployed need not apply.

    Everyone knows that banks, retailers, small or big businesses have the legal right to not interview or hire applicants if they have had any negative information on their credit history report. So on top of everything else the unemployed are trying to keep up with they must be sure to keep a high credit score standing while they are unemployed, in order to have at least a chance to get interviewed after completing MOST companies on-line application and required background information checks.
    - It’s not always about experience, but about the criteria businesses/agencies use to screen applications for employment.
    GOP WILL ONLY BAILOUT WALL STREET

  • jgpt777 06/28/2010 5:25pm

    SOME-ONE DO SOMETHING TO PASS THE EXTENSION BILL, I DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT LADY IN THE BLUE JACKET, SHE LOOKS LIKE A FAT MAN IN DRAG….

    COME ON…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED ASSISTANCE NOW!!!!

  • indimom2010 06/28/2010 5:29pm

    So True…… we need the extension passes…..so many people are suffering….PLEASE PASS THE EXTENSION !!!!!

  • indimom2010 06/28/2010 5:34pm

    PLEASE PASS THE EXTENSION……. THIS IS SO URGENT…. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING.. IT HAS BEEN LONG ENOUGH!

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    jgpt777 06/28/2010 6:40pm

    KELGAR POSTED:

    Its one thing to defy a policy but its another thing TO F&*% WITH PEOPLES LIVES AND HERE IS THE LIST OF THOSE
    NAYs —-41
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Bennett (R-UT)
    Bond (R-MO)
    Brown (R-MA)
    Brownback (R-KS)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Ensign (R-NV)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    LeMieux (R-FL)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Snowe (R-ME)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Voinovich (R-OH)
    Wicker (R-MS)

  • jgpt777 06/28/2010 6:36pm

    THESE SENATORS THAT KEEP VOTING AGAINST EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT, DON’T GIVE A DAM ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHO ARE WAITING FOR THE MUCH NEEDED ASSISTANCE, GOOD AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED HARD ALL THERE LIVES, IT IS NOT THERE FAULT THEY GOT LAID OFF, BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS SO BAD.
    THESE SENATORS GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT LAUGHING AND SAYING, F—K THOSE PEOPLE ON UNEMPLOYMENT, THEY SHOULD GET OFF THERE LAZY A— AND GO FIND A JOB.
    “THOSE SENATORS ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE”.
    AND THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM, FOR EVERY ONE JOB, THERE IS 7 APPLICANTS AND ALSO THERE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED.
    I KNOW YOU WORTHLESS SENATORS READ THESE COMMENTS, “WHY DON’T YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO RESPOND?” ESPECIALLY McCain FROM ARIZONA.(YOUR NOT FOR THE PEOPLE, LIKE YOU SAY)
    AND tom coburn FROM OKLAHOMA, GO HOME AND SCREW YOUR SELF, STOP YOUR DELAY TACTICS ON EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT.
    Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska..STOP SCREWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    WE MUST PROTEST

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 6:45am

    • It’s the Republican party who is busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations.
    Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for ALL its’ displaced hard working Americans.
    • 9.7% unemployed = 1.2 million Americans, and 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time. The BP Oil Corporation’s irresponsibleness is adding to lost jobs and lost lives.

    Yesterday, President Obama’s discussed what was happening with corporations, the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed. Watch his entire interview on CSPAN. He gets it.

    CNN and FOX only report on self-interested, with their main story and topics cycling 24 hours. Go to CSPAN
    CSPAN: http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/06/29/HP/A/34826/Pres+Obama+Remarks+on+the+Economy.aspx

    wwww.change.org

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    Chris51 06/30/2010 10:34pm

    The Senate needs to be held accountable for their incompetence and lack of integrity. Shame on them for not coming up with a 100% solution for all Americans who are forced to survive on their UI.

    President Obama can’t sign a bill, if Congress doesn’t get it to him. President Obama’s discussed the economy, and the need to help the displaced unemployed with UI Extentions on Monday and Tuesday. CSPAN.ORG

    As of today, we have 9.7% unemployed, 55% of the workforce have taken reduced work hours, pay-cuts, unpaid leave, forced to switch to part-time, and BP Oil Corporation’s IRRESPONSIBLENESS is adding to LOST JOBS and LOST LIVES.
    1.2 million who will lose their Unemployment Insurance if Republicans get their way.

    The GOP have no vested interest in hearing or helping jobless people. The only communication Republicans hear is $$$$$. That’s why they listen to and only support Oil Companies, Insurance Companies, Banks, Big Corporations, and Wall Street

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 10:19pm

    $700 BILLION bailed out politician’s banks/wall street, and billions to cover the Bush/Chaney oil war. Congress concerned now?!

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME to Republicans and those few Democrats who blocked several U.I. Ext. bills from passing they turned their backs on THE PEOPLE again.

    Most of these same House Representatives and Senators united to pass bills that gave their Wall Street/Banks SEVERAL billion $$$s in bailouts in 2008, starting with JP MORGAN CHASE, one of the many banks that took advantage of consumers.

    Then their oil companies made billions in profit during the summer of 2008, as they strategically increased gas prices by $1-$2 on Americans at the pump. Americans had to pay for gas to get to work. Soon American’s household budgets were out of balance, and started foreclosing on home loans.

    Your companies stayed fat$$ at the top by cutting jobs, while leaving The People jobless, without Unemployment Insurance, struggling and sadly disillusioned.
    www.change.org

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    Chris51 07/01/2010 8:54am

    Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.

    REPUBLICANS bloc, the SENATE vote and defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.
    WWW.CHANGE.ORG

  • jgpt777 06/29/2010 7:11am

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED ASISTANCE NOW!!! THERE ARE 1.2-MILLION PEOPLE, WHO HAVE BEEN CUT-OFF FROM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, BECAUSE THE SENATORS WANT TO PLAY POLITICAL GAMES WITH ARE LIVES.

    OBAMA!!! WE NEED YOU TO TALK ON THE BE-HALF OF THE 1.2-MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, GOOD AMERICANS WHO WERE LAYED OFF, BECAUSE OF THE BAD ECONMY.

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  • jgpt777 06/29/2010 8:07am

    REP. SANDER LEVIN OF MICHIGAN:

    THANK YOU, FOR SPEAKING UP FOR THE UNEMPLOYED, GOD BLESS YOU SIR……………

  • Chris51 06/29/2010 11:22am

    President Obama gets it. God bless him.
    It is the GOP who are busy watching out for Wall Street/Corporations. Shame on Congress for not coming up with a solution for all its unemployed americans.

    Watch President Obama discussion on this earlier today, go to CSPAN.
    http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/06/29/HP/A/34826/Pres+Obama+Remarks+on+the+Economy.aspx

    Then go to wwww.change.org
    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/we_demand_an_immediate_passage_of_bill_hr_4213_extension_of_unemployment_benefits

  • Chris51 06/29/2010 3:23pm

    Once again, Republican defeat a proposed extension of unemployment benefits for workers who have been jobless…

    Yet Congress was able to rushed through SEVERAL billion $$$ bailoutS of Wall Street in 2007-2008. Starting with JPMORGAN CHASE.
    The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks ago that American corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, the highest figure in history. In other words, big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds that could put millions back to work. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate..

    Get in touch with what really is happening by going to CSPAN.org and www.CHANGE.org

  • Chris51 07/03/2010 9:59pm

    REPUBLICAN FILIBUSTER ON UI EXT BILLS!
    Why don’t our Senators get that there is a great need?

    The job market is broken.
    The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

    Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

    Job recovery hits a wall
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm

    Job gloom at all time high
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/03/news/economy/discouraged_workers/index.htm

    7.9 million jobs lost- many forever
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_gone_forever/index.htm

    Jobless claims spike
    http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/economy/jobless_claims/index.htm

    Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits
    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/money/job_news/unemployment-benefits-jeopardy-6-28-2010

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:01pm

    Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
    Read all about it:
    The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
    Full Story:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

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    Chris51 07/08/2010 7:01pm

    GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
    We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
    How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

    President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
    If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

    http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/08/HP/A/35248/Pres+Obama+Remarks+at+Fundraiser+for+Missouri+Senate+Candidate+Robin

  • Chris51 07/10/2010 6:47am

    Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
    Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:51pm

    Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
    Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story: http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E0

    Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:52pm

    Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
    1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
    2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
    3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
    4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
    5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

    Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_movement_funding

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:52pm

    Letter was written to Senators:
    On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to carefully consider all aspects of H.R. 4213…

    If the bill comes to a vote as currently formulated, we encourage you to vote NO, and will track the vote on our Economic Scorecard….

    Signed FreedomWorks President and CEO
    (FreedomWorks funds Tea Party ;)

    http://www.freedomworks.org/publications/freedomworks-to-senate-remove-job-killing-taxes-fr

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:53pm

    Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle:
    If you’ve been following the ongoing Senate campaign of Nevada hopeful Sharron Angle, you know that she’s sick and tired of the long-term unemployed taking home all of those cushy unemployment benefits. Angle’s angle is that these millions of Americans are just living large on the dole and need to have their unemployment benefits terminated so that they will be motivated to go out and get a job — one of the millions of magical jobs that exist in Sharron Angle’s mind!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/30/sharron-angles-unemployme_n_631350.html

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    Chris51 07/10/2010 9:53pm

    Republicans only care about one thing, their own job preservation. Reps are working hard to win November’s election with the help of Tea Party Movement (FreedomWorks) and their BIG CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SPECIAL INTEREST.

    Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
    Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

    Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Senators to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

    Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

    They created the business mantra of “DO MORE, WITH LESS”, causing today’s workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

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