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Just received this great email from Ohio's Rep. Tim Ryan, who represents the hard hit areas around Youngstown and Warren.  Ohio's 13th District, long a Dem stronghold, has seen the loss of thousands of well paying jobs following previous US "trade" agreements.

He's calling on the WH and Congress to end Fast Track approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership and other "free" trade agreements that have decimated the US economy.

Projections told us that NAFTA would create 170,000 new jobs in the United States. In reality one million jobs were lost because of it.  We were promised 70,000 new jobs and an increase in U.S. goods exports when KORUS(US-Korea Free Trade Agreement) took effect.  Since KORUS was implemented, we have increased our trade deficit with Korea by 60% and lost 60,000 jobs; most of which were in manufacturing. America depends on working families and a strong a middle-class. We must fight for a level playing field for our workers and businesses to compete with companies overseas. We must protect middle class workers and jobs here in America.
As Rep. Ryan points out, NAFTA and KORUS have devastated the middle class in the US, costing Americans millions of jobs.  It's time to stop unfair, unnecessary and dangerous trade agreements.

Please sign his petition and/or call your MOC and the WH to send them the message to protect US jobs.

Link to Rep. Tim Ryan's Petition


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After spending much of his 2014 re-election campaign running tv ads showing his support of breast cancer screening for uninsured women, Gov. John Kasich has completely eliminated Ohio's Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCP Medicaid) from his FY 2016-2017 budget.  The program provides emergency, temporary Medicaid coverage to uninsured women earning up to 200% of FPL who were diagnosed through the state's free screening program. His proposal doesn't just leave it out of the budget, it eliminates the program completely. Forever.

It seems that, while Kasich plans to fund free mammograms and pap tests for uninsured women up to 200% FPL, if they're diagnosed and not eligible for the Medicaid Expansion (which only covers those earning up to 139% FPL) they'll have to buy private health insurance.  In short, he only cares if you get diagnosed, he doesn't care if you need treatment. And if you're lucky enough to earn so little to qualify for the Medicaid Expansion, he's going to charge you a monthly premium to get it.

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The House of Representatives will likely vote today on the $1.1 Trillion Cromnibus Bill (continuing resolution omnibus bill) for funding most of the government through September 2015.   During this "Lame Duck" session, legislators seek to add provisions to the Omnibus Bill, usually controversial, that wouldn't pass on their own.  The Republicans have vowed if the bill isn't passed, they will shut down the government.

A Lame Duck session Cromnibus Bill is the perfect opportunity to force legislators to vote on controversial, destructive legislation. Much of it will be added "under the radar" and any member who votes against it will be accused of shutting down the government and keeping your granny from getting her Social Security check. Lobbyists are working overtime, herding reluctant Democrats into supporting Cromnibus additions that will, among other things, repeal provisions in the Dodd-Frank fin reg act that will once again allow risky gambling on Wall Street.

Here are 5 riders currently in the Cromnibus Bill that could prevent passage:

1  Repeal of Dodd Frank regulations on risky trading of derivatives

2  Increasing Campaign Donation Limits - among other things, it raises the ceiling so that, in a 2 year election cycle, individuals can give up to $648,000 to a national party and $453,600 to any party's House and Senate Committees.  That's a total of over $1.55 million that any individual can contribute to a political party during a 2 yr election cycle, ten times higher than the current ceiling.

3  Relaxed school nutrition guidelines

4  Gutting Cost Cutting Provisions in Obamacare

5 Changes to pension law that allow multi-employer pension funds to cut benefits to retirees

Please add other toxic riders below in the comments section.  

The House needs Democratic votes to pass the Cromnibus bill in the House, so the pressure is on to make them remove these destructive riders. They're expected to vote later today, so let's call them now!

Find your representative's contact info here:

Senate Contact Info

House Contact Info

Feel free to update us on your progress and otherwise use this diary as a LiveBlog to call out and discuss other Lame Duck Session atrocities.

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As I'm sure most of you have read, the House is voting on a $1.1 trillion cromnibus bill (continuing resolution omnibus) intended to keep most parts of the federal government funded through Sept. 2015.

As expected, corporate and Wall Street lobbyists are working overtime in the halls of the Capitol and many toxic provisions are being put into the bill at the last moment. Anyone who has followed an omnibus spending bill through a lame duck session of Congress knows its watching legislative sausage-making at its worst.  These omnibus bills become like Christmas trees, with lobbyists and legislators hanging ornaments both good and bad while stuffing some of the  worst stuff in at the bottom.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking House Democrats to not vote for the Omnibus Bill because it contains GOP planted toxic provisions that repeal the Dodd-Franken financial reform law.

Granted, Dodd-Franken was a ghost of its former self by the time it was passed and put through the rule-making blender.  But it does have some provisions that prevent risky Wall Street gambling.  

Call your member of Congress and tell them to vote "no" unless the fin reg provisions are taken out.

Find your representative's contact info here

Feel free to update us on your progress and otherwise use this diary as a LiveBlog to call out and discuss other Lame Duck Session atrocities.

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Update:  Harry Reid has advised that the Senate will stay in session over the weekend to finish voting.

Reid: Weekend votes 'very likely'  By Ramsey Cox

Update 2: From The Hill:  Five Things That Could Sink the Spending Bill

Update 3:  They hear you!  Keep calling!

Left revolts over funding bill

Tell them "no" on gutting Dodd-Frank, no on raising campaign contribution limits and no on cutting private pensions.


No, this is not an Onion article.

It's the real thing.

From Komen for the Cure's web site:


Program / Partner Name: Baker Hughes Inc.
Program Active: October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015
Product: Pink drill bits
Benefit to Komen: $100,000  
Total Contributions to Date: $100,000
Partner Since: 2013

More Information:

Just when you thought Susan G Komen For the Cure couldn't go any lower, they have. They've teamed up with a fracking and drilling supply company to promote a pink drill bit to help end breast cancer.

I kid you not.

So a business that exposes workers, the environment and the general public to cancer causing chemicals wants to help "raise awareness" for breast cancer.

Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’


Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in America with more than 100,000 volunteers and partnerships in more than 50 countries, has teamed up with Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies with employees in more than 80 countries. Susan G. Komen hands out pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness, and Baker Hughes fracks. So, there you have it: a pink, fracking, drill head.

That’s Susan G. Komen pink, by the way. It’s special. Like John Deere green. And that signature color has been painted by hand on a thousand drill bits, which will soon be shipped by Baker Hughes to well pads all over the world, thus facilitating a thousand fossil fuel extraction projects just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Which is this month. (But please don’t confuse Baker Hughes pink drill bits with Chesapeake Energy’s “even-rigs-can-rally-for-a-cure” pink drill rigs. That was so 2012).

Is there still anyone out there who believes Komen isn't a corporate controlled multi-million dollar breast cancer group that:

does great harm to the general public

lobbies against health care reform and research into environmental factors and breast cancer,

blames patients for not "preventing" breast cancer

promotes false information about breast cancer

uses predatory practices and smear campaigns to run other cancer groups out of business?

All I can say is this:  

Make a donation today to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Then call your legislators and tell them to get busy and pass the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act

Tell President Obama to do all he can to help get it passed, too.

Update:  Per a commenter's request, following are links to evidence of carcinogens present in hydraulic fracking




Yes, benzene is a known carcinogen. From the American Cancer Society:



In the midst of the water pollution crisis in Toledo, during which 500,000 residents couldn't use their tap water for 2 days, Ohio Governor John Kasich decided to catch up on appointments to the Ohio Department of Health.

Some might say its a good thing, since the office of the Director of ODH had been vacant since last February, when Dr. Ted Wymyslo left.

Does anyone recall why Dr. Wymyslo left?  Well, it was at the urging of feminist groups who criticized his decision to order the closing of a Cinicinnati area abortion clinic.

Shortly after the resignation was announced, NARAL Pro-ChoiceOhio urged supporters in a tweet to “call Kasich NOW and tell him new dir must put health over politics.”
Typically, Kasich left the position unfilled until the Toledo water crisis unfolded.  Because everyone knows, government is bad...

So who has Kasich chosen to replace Dr. Wymyslo?   Richard Hodges, a politician, former GOP member of the Ohio House of Representatives and current head of the Ohio Turnpike Commission, of course.  

What does a conservative GOP pol know about public health?  Well not much, really, but he is good at revising his resume to make it seem as if he does. See, Ohio requires that Directors of Public Health be medical doctors or have significant experience in public health.

According to Plunderbund, Hodges resume, on LinkedIn and elsewhere, doesn't show any experience in a medical or public health profession.  

Until yesterday afternoon, anyway, according to Plunderbund.

Then, suddenly, out of the blue, Third Base Politics “obtained” a copy of Hodges resume this afternoon that happened to contain a new position not listed on any of his other resumes:   “Director of Planning and Marketing” for the Fulton County Health Center, a small hospital in Wauseon, Ohio.  His time at this newly added job overlaps with his time as a state representative and his time serving as Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Assoc.  It’s unclear where this resume came from, who provided it, or when it was created.
Hodges' career at the Ohio Turnpike Commission wasn't without note, however, as Plunderbund reported on a nepotism investigation a year ago. Seems he appointed some of Kasich's campaign staffers to high paying jobs at the Turnpike Commission, long known for GOP nepotism and corrupt leaders.

To cover his bases, Kasich also appointed Dr. Mary Applegate as "interim medical director".  Applegate currently serves as director of Ohio Medicaid.  She will assist Dr., I mean, Mr. Hodges in selecting a team of clinicians to help him at ODH, most likely the kind who meet the approval of Ohio's anti-abortion community.

Because we all know that preventing family planning is more important than fresh water for millions of Ohioans living along Lake Erie.


The FBI has issued a nationwide alert for a man named Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II.  After a search of his San Francisco apartment on Russian Hill yesterday turned up explosives, among other hazardous materials.

Chamberlain is 42 years old, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and believed to be driving a white 2008 Nissan Altima with either California or Texas license plates 7FQY085 and BX9M042, respectively.

There's a photo of him here.

More on his background...

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Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:04 AM PDT

Glenn Greenwald on Today Show

by Betty Pinson

Great interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show.

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist talked about Edward Snowden, his new book and more shocking information to be revealed about the NSA.

He also compared accusations that Snowden sold info to Russia with claims that Saddam Hussein had WMD.  IOW, overpaid people in government and media who make sh*t up for a living.

Greenwald's interview was very good.  Low IQ neolibs are sure to hate it, but then, that's why they have low IQ's.

Update:  Link to video

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News reports are out that Obama has decided to drop the Chained CPI for Social Security from his 2015 budget, but it still sounds like Social Security cuts are on the table.

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The Senate Finance Committe, chaired by Sen. Max Baucus, begins hearings today on the proposal to fast track approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement.

As you know, Baucus doesn't have to run for re-election next year, he's been appointed by the Obama WH as US Ambassador to China.

You can watch the hearings live at this link.  You may want to watch on your own, as its unlikely this important legislation will get much coverage in the news media.

More information below the orange thingy.


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NBC Reporter and political celebrity Maria Shriver, in collaboration with the Center For American Progress (CAP) recently released a comprehensive report on women's economic issues in the US.

CAP conducted its usual execellent analysis of statistics and demographics showing problems today's working women face.  Their analysis showed, among other things, that there are 42 million women, and 28 million dependent children, who face financial hardship, either living below the poverty line or very close to it. Forty percent of US households with children under the age of 18 are headed by single women, they say, and women still earn 77 percent of what men earn.

It's a grim picture of life for US women, but it doesn't tell the full story.  Follow me below the jump to learn more.

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Not everyone in Washington DC wants to cut Social Security.  Fortunately, many members of Congress realize that Social Security is a vital economic safety net for most retired Americans and oppose allowing it to fall victim to the austerity follies now playing out on the national stage.

Today, the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will pause at 10:00 am ET to form a human chain symbolize their opposition to Social Security cuts.  Find out more below the orange curlicue.

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