“White House records show Douglas Shulman signed in for 11 visits, not 157, between 2009 and 2012.” Another Fox News lie exposed…
Obama urges public to use government mental-health programs
t is ironic that the modern-day argument for citizens to arm themselves against unwarranted government oppression — dominated, as it is, by angry white men — has its roots in the foundation of the 1960s Black Panther movement. Huey Newton and Bobby Seale became inspired by Malcolm X’s admonishment that because government was “either unable or unwilling to protect the lives and property” of African Americans, they ought to defend themselves “by any means necessary.
President Obama said he would try again to close the Guantánamo prison, a goal he all but abandoned in the face of opposition in Congress that is still up against steep challenges.
U.S. officials have acknowledged that human trafficking is a problem of “crisis proportions,” both outside and inside America’s borders. Yet despite professed intent to end this scourge, including with the help of a “zero-tolerance, one strike approach,” human trafficking remains a pervasive and ongoing problem in this nation. As part of ongoing efforts to combat the phenomenon, the ACLU and a coalition of anti-trafficking organizations submitted a written statement last week to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, urging the U.S. government to translate its words into actions.
The statement was submitted on the heels of a hearing entitled “Measures on Human Trafficking in the United States” before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In his testimony, the ACLU’s Steven Watt commended recent efforts by the U.S. government to close loopholes that enable human trafficking on federal government contracts, such as an executive order on human trafficking and a provision in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which codifies many of these essential protections. Still, Watt cautioned:
President Barack Obama pauses while he speaks to reporters after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts at the White House in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Assessing the economic and political damage from the tax and spending impasse: The price to be paid and who pays it.