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Sign the petition: Scott Brown is a lobbyist


I just signed a petition asking former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to debate Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig over whether or not Brown is a lobbyist.

As reported <a href=""/> Brown previously worked for a lobbying firm </a>, Nixon Peabody, where he sold his relationships to help Wall Street with their "business and governmental affairs".

Right now Brown is running for election against anti-corruption candidate Jim Rubens in NH. Brown's campaign called Lessig a liar for naming Brown the lobbyist that he is.

Will you sign this petition asking Brown to debate Lessig?


Fwd: Mayday...

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From: Lawrence Lessig <>
Date: Thu, May 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM
Subject: Mayday...



We all know this democracy is in distress. It's time to send an urgent signal that we can fix it.

Today we're launching a SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs. It's called the Citizens SuperPAC, and it's only going to succeed if you support it. The video below will explain the plan, and you can also head over to MayOne.US to learn more.

Lessig Calls a Mayday

We still have the power to fix our democracy. And we will, if you help.

Join the Citizens SuperPAC.

Then share this message on Twitter and Facebook.

Of all the crazy ideas we have right now, this might be the craziest — or not. You decide.

With hope,

Rootstrikers is a new generation of activists taking a stand against the corrupting influence of money in politics. We are a project of Demand Progress.


Sign this petition: No pay for Congress during the shutdown


I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate which says:

"I demand that members of Congress NOT get paid during a self-inflicted government shutdown. It is morally reprehensible that hardworking federal employees will stop receiving the paychecks they need to feed their families and pay their mortgages, while Congress still gets paid for refusing to do the job they were elected to do."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:



Fwd: Nickelodeon Wanted for Hawking Junk Food to Kids (trusted:

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Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Nickelodeon Wanted for Hawking Junk Food to Kids (trusted:

Center For Science in the Public Interest. Take Action


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Seventy percent of food ads on Nickelodeon are for unhealthy products.  But Ad Week told us our depiction of Dora the Explorer pushing junk food on kids was "too negative" to run.  Is it us being negative, or Nick?


Though we were able to find another publication that would run the ad, we need your support in getting the ad out far and wide to urge Nickelodeon to stop marketing junk food to kids.
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama called on the entertainment industry to do its part to address childhood obesity by limiting unhealthy food ads and the use of licensed characters, like Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer, to market unhealthy food to children.  The Walt Disney Company has said it will no longer accept advertisements for junk food on its child-directed television, radio, and online sites, but Nickelodeon continues to take junk food ads.  If Disney can stop advertising junk and still make a profit, Nick can too.

Please join this effort by using the ad to tweet @NickelodeonTV. A model tweet is below. If you're not on Twitter, you can send an email to Nick here. And please take a minute to share this with your friends and family.  Thank you in advance!

Model Tweet:  WANTED: @NickelodeonTV for hawking junk food & obesity to kids! Answer @FLOTUS's call to action & #dumpthejunk 


Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc.
Director, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest 

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Fwd: Premium subscribers only? C'mon!

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From: Robert Reich, Common Cause
Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Premium subscribers only? C'mon!


Verizon doesn't want you to hear about its legal assault on net neutrality -- vital FCC rules that require Internet providers to give consumers equal access to all websites.

But what they really don't want you to hear is what's at stake if they win.

Telecom giants would be free to censor, slow or block sites, controlling what we see and hear online. They could charge for Internet service like they do cable TV -- demanding exorbitant "premium" rates for access to popular sites and offering "basic" service with fewer sites to anyone who doesn't pay up.

We can't let Verizon take the Internet hostage. Help Common Cause mobilize support for protecting the open Internet -- whatever the courts decide.

The Internet is the 21st century's public square. And no corporation should get the power to censor or shut citizens out of it.

Remember, it's not just our Internet that's hanging in the balance -- it's our democracy.

Verizon is in court right now, fighting to end net neutrality for good. Help us fight back.

Thanks for all you do,

Robert Reich
Chair, Common Cause
and the rest of the team

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Fwd: Metro Transit Police report increase in electronic device thefts, urge public caution

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From: "Metro News" <>
Date: Aug 15, 2013 2:45 PM
Subject: Metro Transit Police report increase in electronic device thefts, urge public caution
To: "Metro News" <>

Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik today advised the public of a recent increase in snatch thefts of electronic devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Kindles and Android phones, and urged riders to be vigilant while on the transit system.

There were 40 snatches of electronic devices on the Metro system in the two-week period ending August 7, 2013 – an increase of 48 percent from the previous two week period.

"We are not waiting to see if this becomes a trend," said Chief Pavlik.  "We are taking immediate, proactive steps to protect the riding public, but we also need riders to do their part."

MTPD uses a crime trend analysis tool, called MetroStat, to analyze crime trends every 14 days and reallocate resources in response.

Metro is continuing to use "crime suppression" operations, where undercover officers place themselves in the path of crime using decoy devices.  When a criminal steals the device, other officers apprehend the suspect and make an immediate arrest.

While the police are taking steps in response to the recent increase, Chief Pavlik noted that Metro passengers have an important role to play.  "These are crimes of opportunity, and they are preventable," he said.  "The best advice is to keep your device out of sight, but if you do choose to use it, maintain constant awareness of what's happening around you."

At today's news conference, Pavlik advised customers to treat their phone as if it were cash. "You wouldn't go around flaunting this $300 in the open.  And yet, that's effectively what you're doing when you're not paying attention with your electronic device."

Metro Transit Police have long urged riders to not use electronic devices near train doors, where most snatches occur.  Many thieves time the snatch as the doors are closing, running through the closing doors onto the platform and leaving the victim aboard the train.   More recently MTPD has cautioned against using electronic devices on escalators in response to several incidents where criminals have run up the escalator and snatched devices as they pass their victims.

In addition, riders are encouraged to set up tracking software for their device, such as Find My iPhone on Apple products, so that the device can be wiped, locked, and potentially found if it is stolen.  MTPD officers have successfully tracked down several thieves this year using Find My iPhone tracking.

Chief Pavlik also put would-be criminals on notice that Metro's recent investment in high-definition cameras is making it easier to identify and prosecute suspects.  "Criminals should know that if you're on Metro, chances are we've got you on camera."

For additional details and video, please see the news release:



Fwd: Will the Sequester Cause the End Times?

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Date: Aug 14, 2013 4:24 PM
Subject: Will the Sequester Cause the End Times?

Maybe not, but those cuts still hurt.

When Congress heads out on summer vacation and the typically-frenetic news cycle is barely chugging along, it's hard to keep tabs on some of the biggest political issues, like immigration, health care, and the environment. With so few new developments, can you blame us? It's especially difficult with the sequester, which was flying under the radar even before our representatives went on break. The $1 trillion automatic spending cuts, which began on March 1, have slowly chipped away at government programs in ways that may seem invisible to many people. But peel back the conventional wisdom curtain shrouding the Beltway, and the sequester doesn't quite deserve the "Mission Accomplished" banner The Wall Street Journal gave it yesterday. Sure, many governmental agencies have been able to reduce the number of furlough days for their employees, but local news outlets continue to carry distressing stories about the costs of slashed budgets on a weekly basis. Fifty-six children are being transitioned out of Head Start programs in Lincoln, Nebraska. Gulf states are losing over $30 million worth of coastal restoration and economic funding to help the region wounded by the BP oil spill. The National Science Foundation will give out about 1,000 fewer research grants, and is suspending some new initiatives. In this year alone, the National Institute of Health needs to cut $1.7 billion from its budget. As one researcher who fears his money will run out soon put it, "We are in deep shit."
The latest program to face the sequester hatchet? The Air Force's Space Surveillance System; the next best thing America has besides Will Smith and Bill Pullman when it comes to staving off alien invasion. Maybe when Congress returns to D.C., refreshed from weeks of town hall meetings with constituents, it'll be ready to stop the sequester in the name of saving planet Earth, since saving the country's poorest residents, or future scientific innovations haven't been causes quite noble enough. 

"This is a definite break from what I would consider normal behavior for North Carolina. The whole political system nowadays is becoming more extreme."

David French, a 27-year-old North Carolina resident

  • Hillary Clinton is the royal baby of politics right now. Everywhere you turn, there's a gif, a slideshow, analysis, a tweet, a chart, a poll, a something, about the presumed 2016 candidate. 
  • Why? "She's everywhere these days because: (a) It's August; (b) reporters are bored with President Obama; (c) reporters are bored with Joe Biden; (d) Clintons are never boring."
  • So ... I guess we're sorry for joining the Clintoning throngs, but it's August, ya know, and The New York Times (which had a great story on the Clinton Initiative today) is down.
  • And, as Alex Pareene noted in April, there are "a series of clich├ęd caveats you have to get through when you write about this stuff: 2016 is a long ways away. Making predictions is an invitation to mockery in a few years' time. At this point in 2006, the 2008 election was supposedly going to pit Mark Warner against George Allen."
  • Reporters hungry to find a frame for the New York City mayoral race outside of Manhattan have been eager to make the Hillary connection. 
  • Repeatedly
  • The Virginia gubernatorial race is also only three degrees from the former secretary of state.
  • But we must not simply connect the dots from current campaigns to campaigns yet to come. We must comment on those who quibble over these yet-nonexistent campaigns by saying that the nonexistent campaigns have no message. 
  • And then you have to write about the people who hated Clinton in 2008, but think she's just the greatest now (it's amazing the magic a Tumblr can conjure).
  • And then you have to write the stories about all the people who aren't Hillary Clinton and are interested in running, for some reason.
  • Why do we do this to ourselves? Well, as one insider put it, "Brilliant people get away with a lot in Clinton world." And apparently we all live there now. 


  • Activists launched a campaign against Teach for America in July, but James Cersonsky writes that the organization isn't about to back down.
  • Israel has bolstered its building efforts in the West Bank just in time for Israel-Palestine peace talks. Matt Duss notes that this could cast a dark cloud over the negotiations.

  • A concealed-carry law is causing trouble in Mississippi. 
  • Molly Ball recounts the changing relationship between religion and America's gay community.
  • John Lewis remembers the March on Washington with Stephen Colbert.
  • Pennsylvania residents are petitioning the EPA to investigate fracking's effects on water in the state.
  • The New York Times takes a deep dive into the inner workings of the Clinton Initiative.
  • Glenn Beck is raging against a poem recited by North Carolina students praising Common Core. 
  • Egyptian Security forces stormed Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations, killing at least 13 people.With President Obama set to make a decision regarding the Keystone Pipeline, both supporters and detractors are beginning a vigorous campaign.
  • Israel and Palestine are set to resume peace talks today.
  • Could't get enough of Trump the last go around? Not to worry. He's back.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer continues to dominate the race for New York City Comptroller, according to new poll results released by Quinnipiac University. The favorite is ahead of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer by 19 points, and has a double-digit lead among men, women, white, and black voters. Black voters have come out especially in favor of Spitzer, and are polling at 68-21 percent in his favor.