The CIA celebrated the new season of Showtime's "Homeland" on September 9 at its Langley headquarters. It was a "frank and free exchange about the entertainment business and the intelligence business that revealed a lot of parallels," commented Alex Gansa, co-creator of the show.
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The logic of voter turnout data all but guarantees right-wing Republican congressional victories in 2014 and a sealing of the divide of America into two countries for the foreseeable future. White House operatives privately acknowledge that GOP gerrymandering plus low turnout make 2014 a war to keep the Senate Democratic and show gains while losing the House. There are eight battleground Senate seats where Mitt Romney won the popular vote in 2012 and incumbent Democrats are either retiring or vulnerable to defeat.
A full-page of revelations in the New York Times that Bill De Blasio was an active organizer in the Central American solidarity movement and before that, an outspoken opponent of nuclear power in high school, should hugely excite the progressive base in New York politics after a long period of Republican rule. De Blasio didn't leave his radical youth behind either; in the present day, he is a leading critic of stop-and-frisk and the massive economic inequalities dramatized by Occupy Wall Street.
The Obama administration is treating funds earmarked for the Egyptian military "as if the coup prohibition applies" but without saying so publicly, according to Washington insiders. But they will be forced to make a decision soon about whether to disburse the funds, about $1.5 billion, or close down the US military aid program in response to the coup and new dictatorship.
I enjoyed your NPR interview, today.
Last Wednesday and Thursday I made a sign and stood on Pioneer Square in Portland. As you said, this and millions of other Americans writing to Congress and talking to pollsters moved things in a way they have not moved before. Our President of change and his sidekick may yet regain my respect.
I had a Marine Nephew,Corporal Travis Bradach-Nall, killed by a U.S. Cluster Bomb in Karbala Iraq on the day Bush said, "Bring em on!" His Mom, my sister Lynn Bradach has spent the last decade working to have the U.S. sign on to the International Convention to Ban Cluster Munitions. http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/news/?id=4242
I had hoped we might get her in talk to President Obama and Secretaries Kerry and Hagel when this serious Syria business erupted."
I visited Saul in his Alameda home a couple of days ago. As you know, he is dying - rapidly. His eyes, his brain, his spirit all are there, but the body is breaking down and giving way to the inevitable. He is surrounded by family who read books to him make sure that final thoughts are expressed. He's heard that the Cubans have given him an award. He keeps spinning out wild proposals, the latest being that Cuba should offer to take in the Guantanamo detainees in exchange for the US closing the prison and withdrawing from the island. The Cuban ambassador was respectful enough to call Saul and explain that Cuba would not be doing that.
Peter Beinart's essay, "The Rise of the New New Left" will be extremely influential as political people contemplate the 2016 post-Obama electoral universe. The article is a long must-read, but in summary, Beinart argues that the new political generation, which came of age amidst Wall Street's Great Recession, is going to support populist government remedies to the economic crisis that is leaving them behind. Their preferred presidential candidate is going to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren, if she runs, not Hillary Clinton, unless she turns left.
There has been relatively little alarm in official circles about the approaching 9/11 calendar date. We are no closer to formally ending the wide-open Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of that fateful time, and closer than ever to another war authorization in Syria. The official Long War doctrine authorizes the permanent spread of counter-terrorism operations, including drone wars and CIA paramilitary units, in multiple regions of the world.
Despite an impressive mass movement for immigration reform in the dead of summer, a top administration official wondered aloud to the Bulletin this week whether the Republican Party is able or willing to deliver on the issue.