Lilly Ledbetter on the GOP War on Women: “Romney should understand this…is about families and economic security”

A veteran in the War on Women sets Mitt Romney straight

I was on a conference call today with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the now-famous Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The two women were speaking to reporters about the War on Women as Mitt Romney tours Pennsylvania and Virginia in this first week of the general election. Ms. Ledbetter, a woman who has been through some of the major battles in the War on Women, has a few things she'd like to say to Mitt Romney.
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UPDATED: President Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, live speech tonight at 7:30 Eastern

While we're on the subject of foreign policy...

President Obama left Andrews Air Force base just after midnight last night and arrived at the Bagram airbase just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan at 10:20 p.m. local time in a surprise visit to the war-torn country. During his visit, he is expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement shortly with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He will make a live televised speech to the American people tonight just after 7:30 p.m. Eastern from Bagram airbase. Presidents Obama and Karzai will reportedly sign...
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Stephen King to rich people: We want “you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America WITHOUT America”

Okay, this is BRILLIANT!

Stephen King, rich guy, has a little something to say to the other rich folks out there. You must read this. Here are a few tasty tidbits...
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Some in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula calling for secession from state due to government overreach

That's it. We've had it. So long.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a magnificent place and really is a world all to its own. Touching three of the Great Lakes, its climate, geography and culture is completely separate in many ways from the rest of the state. Over the years, there have been at least four different attempts to secede from the state to form the state of "Superior" or "Ontonagon". With the massive overreach of the current government of Michigan, some in the Upper Peninsula are renewing the call for secession...
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How the Death of Osama bin Laden Sent the GOP Chasing Its Tail

Politicizing 9/11 is terrible. But using it as a premise to invade the wrong country is cool.

Hi. I’m one of those death penalty hating, rule-of-law loving American progressives who cheered the death of Osama bin Laden a year ago today. Without a trial, the personification of Al Qaeda was summarily killed and dumped into the Indian Ocean. And I, like most Americans, was pleased.

As time went on, I reconsidered the mission in the context of what I thought were my values. I wasn’t—I think—glad that a man was dead or that justice was handed out summarily. I was cheered because suddenly we could move forward.…

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New vote on Michigan cyberschools TODAY – CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

You don't always get a second chance like this

Last month, in a post titled "Cyber schools: A for-profit model designed to destroy our public school system & benefit corporations", I wrote about the effort by Michigan Republicans to dramatically expand cyber schools in our state, an effort that is yet another step in destroying our public school system. This is from the fine folks at We Are the People Michigan...
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Michigan Democratic caucuses — THIS SATURDAY, May 5th, 9 a.m. – noon

Are you ready for some caucus? Then get your caucus on!

This Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, Michigan Democrats will hold caucuses around the state to choose Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president in 2012. While this may seem like a formality, there’s a bit more to it than that so you should plan to attend the caucus in your area on Saturday morning.

The caucuses give Democrats a chance to meet, discuss the election ahead, meet local candidates in an easy, conversational setting and to learn about the various ballot measures for petitions are currently being circulated.…

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Fighting on: A stunning response to the lie that stole the voice of a quarter million Michigan citizens

Speaking truth

My good friend Brit Satchwell, educator and president of the Ann Arbor Education Association, is always on the forefront of fighting for workers and for those in Michigan who are most acutely impacted by the Republicans that currently have control of our state government. Whether it's circulating petitions for the repeal of Public Act 4 -- Michigan's vile Emergency Manager law -- or to recall Governor Rick Snyder or to enshrine collective bargaining rights in our state constitution, Brit is there, defending our democracy. When the Board of State Canvassers met last week and two Republican men betrayed and silenced the voice of nearly a quarter million Michigan citizens with a vote based on a concocted lie, Brit was there and on his feet shouting "Traitor!" at those men. Detroit News photographer captured the moment exquisitely (you can see it HERE.) Brit took pen to paper recently and composed a heartfelt and perfectly-worded response to this egregious act which he then sent to the Board. I am reprinting here from the blog of Michigan Forward with permission...
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