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March 10, 2006
A new social networking community is spreading through college campuses across the nation. Like Facebook, Friendster and MySpace, this community allows students to send private messages, create profiles and add buddies. But unlike those other sites, this meeting space has a greater purpose... taking our country back. DFA-Link is this new, hot gathering spot for young activists on campus:Tyler [Jaeckel] could be a freshman girl gushing over her first pair of Uggs:
"It's, like, going to change the way I do everything," he says.
But he's not talking about $150 boots. Instead, Tyler is speaking to a crowd of 50 Northwestern students about DFA-Link, a new online organizing tool for progressive groups. Even more charming is the way that the crowd in University Hall hangs on his every word. It's 10 a.m. on a Saturday, folks.
To unite his 21st century approach with 21st century technology, he is taking advantage of a new online community, Democracy For America (www.dfalink.com). On the NU page, Jaeckel easily updates the site with information on events, links to blogs, and issues of relevance.
"It's like Facebook for political organizers," Jaeckel said.
Source: Democracy for America
Interior Secretary to resign
Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced today that she will resign at the end of the month, citing that she wants to return home with her husband as her reason for leaving. Norton is a former Colorado attorney general and guided the Bush administration's initiative to open Western government lands for oil and gas drilling. One of four of Bush's original cabinet members, she was a controversial cabinet nominee due to a background of working for logging and mining interests.
Bush renews Patriot Act
After battling with Congress, Bush signed a renewal of the Patriot Act yesterday, one day before 16 major provisions of the law were to expire. Bush claimed that the Patriot Act is vital to win the war on terror and recalled the horrors of 9/11. Debate ensued in the House for several months over how to balance Americans' right to privacy with the need to prevent potential terrorist attacks, and Bush's signature came less than 48 hours after the House had passed the final legislation.
US faces 'no greater challenge' than Iran, Rice says
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice told Senators yesterday that the US faces "no greater challenge from a single country" than it does from Iran. She told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the Iranian government seems "determined... to develop a nuclear weapon in defiance" of the international community, and called the regime a "central banker" of terror. Rice's appearance was in support of an emergency spending bill seeking $68 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and includes $75 million to promote democracy in Iran.
Source: Democracy for America
Articles Of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, President Of The United States,
By Charles R. Babcock, Washington Post
Custer Battles is told it should pay more than $10 million in damages.
Two Army veterans and their company cheated the US government on a contract to furnish Iraq with a new currency in 2003 and should pay more than $10 million in assorted damages, a federal jury in Alexandria ruled yesterday.
In the first civil fraud verdict arising from the war effort, the eight-member panel decided, after two days of deliberation, in favor of two former workers who claimed in a lawsuit that Custer Battles LLC created phony Cayman Island companies to overcharge the Coalition Provisional Authority that ran Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003.
On Monday, March 6th, Cindy Sheehan and three others were arrested while attempting to deliver a petition to the US Mission at the UN. t r u t h o u t's Rebecca MacNeice was on the ground and filmed the arrests.
Whoever wrote that headline should get fired. No Democrat is being indicted. Republicans have a current monopoly in that department.
And will CNN give Dean that much play when he gives a speech about real indictments?
As for the substance of Mehlman's charges, okay, fine. Dems can't "find a slogan" (this is news?). But Republicans can't govern.
After some carefull weighing, I think I like our side's problems better.
Source: Daily Kos Blog
By Mike Hersh
I spoke with Cindy Sheehan just before she had to leave for medical
The violence against Cindy and others keeps escalating in parallel with
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