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Last December, over 100,000 Americans signed a petition to the White House urging the President to support an end to warrantless email snooping. The 100,000 signatures are enough to require an official response, according to the rules of the White House petition site, but nearly four months have passed and the White House remains silent.The petition specifically called on the Administration to support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the woefully outdated law from 1986 that says the government can access emails and other documents stored in the cloud without a warrant. Updating ECPA to ensure that digital communications have the same Fourth Amendment protections as postal mail should be a no-brainer, especially during this time of heightened concern for digital privacy. The tech industry and groups from across the political spectrum support ECPA reform. A bill to update ECPA has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, and over 200 Members of the House have cosponsored legislation to require warrants for digital content.However, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies are pushing for an exception that would give them new powers to access Americans’ emails. And the White House remains on the fence, refusing to support clean ECPA reform, and even refusing to respond to the citizens’ petition on its own website.Instead of promoting a reform that is “shovel ready,” the White House has launched a lengthy review of the privacy implications of “big data.” CDT agrees that the combination of increasing data collection and more sophisticated analytic tools clearly poses challenges to privacy, but talking about big data is no replacement for protecting our data.For that reason, we are urging citizens to use the White House comments page on big data to remind the Administration that there is one privacy reform that needs no more study.  If you agree that the White House should support an end to warrantless email snooping, join us by telling President Obama the time for ECPA reform is now.

Last December, over 100,000 Americans signed a petition to the White House urging the President to support an end to warrantless email snooping. The 100,000 signatures are enough to require an official response, according to the rules of the White House petition site, but nearly four months have passed and the White House remains silent.

The petition specifically called on the Administration to support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the woefully outdated law from 1986 that says the government can access emails and other documents stored in the cloud without a warrant. Updating ECPA to ensure that digital communications have the same Fourth Amendment protections as postal mail should be a no-brainer, especially during this time of heightened concern for digital privacy. The tech industry and groups from across the political spectrum support ECPA reform. A bill to update ECPA has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, and over 200 Members of the House have cosponsored legislation to require warrants for digital content.

However, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies are pushing for an exception that would give them new powers to access Americans’ emails. And the White House remains on the fence, refusing to support clean ECPA reform, and even refusing to respond to the citizens’ petition on its own website.

Instead of promoting a reform that is “shovel ready,” the White House has launched a lengthy review of the privacy implications of “big data.” CDT agrees that the combination of increasing data collection and more sophisticated analytic tools clearly poses challenges to privacy, but talking about big data is no replacement for protecting our data.

For that reason, we are urging citizens to use the White House comments page on big data to remind the Administration that there is one privacy reform that needs no more study.  If you agree that the White House should support an end to warrantless email snooping, join us by telling President Obama the time for ECPA reform is now.

So what’s up with all this talk about President Obama stopping deportations? Isn’t it Congress that needs to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

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In the end, the only way to ensure that President Obama can pick someone who will carry on in Justice Ginsburg’s tradition is for the vacancy to occur this summer. Indeed, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who will turn 76 this summer, should also carefully consider the possibility of stepping down this year.

Some might question whether a justice should be so calculating in choosing when to retire. But not doing so ignores the reality that ideology matters enormously in Supreme Court decision-making. This is nothing new; ideology always has mattered, and which president fills vacancies on the court can have an impact for decades. If, for example, Al Gore or John Kerry rather than President George W. Bush had replaced William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor in 2005, a liberal majority would likely have endured on the court for the next few decades. Conversely, if John McCain had replaced David Souter and John Paul Stevens, there would be a solid conservative majority and Roe vs. Wade surely would have been overruled already.
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law; Much depends on Ginsburg - latimes.com

When there are only bad choices, I pick the least worst. A woman’s right to chose and Supreme Court appointments are why I vote for Democrats more than any other reasons.

On April 4, 2012 the FBI held a daylong “strategy meeting” with TransCanada Corporation, the company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request. The meeting, which took place in the agency’s Oklahoma City Field Office, came just three weeks after President Barack Obama visited the state vowing to cut through bureaucratic red tape and approve the southern portion of the pipeline. In a speech at a TransCanada pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma on March 22 Obama said: “Today, we’re making this new pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf a priority. So the southern leg of it we’re making a priority, and we’re going to go ahead and get that done.”

Right-Wing Media Indignant Over President Obama's Funny Or Die Interview

….so if these assholes ever say something mockingly about a political opponent, you object and they tell you that it’s a joke then ask rhetorically why you can’t you take a joke, point to this article then tell them to fuck off.

I did ask the president when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone pipeline,” said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, the association’s chairwoman. “Finally, he did come back and say that he anticipates an answer one way or the other in a couple of months.
Fox Noise delivers bad news to its viewers - the truth

Fox Noise delivers bad news to its viewers - the truth

All it would take is the stroke of a pen to end deportation, President Obama.

All it would take is the stroke of a pen to end deportation, President Obama.

First and foremost, we have shifted the income tax burden in this country down. And understand that the share of income that people in the middle class and the upper middle class are paying is higher now than it was in the early ’60s, while for people at the very top it’s much lower. That means people can’t save, they can’t invest.

Secondly, we have completely eviscerated unions. Only about 7 percent of private production workers are in unions now, compared to in the mid 30s 40 years ago when we were much healthier economically. (All of our competitors, our major economic competitors are highly unionized. In Germany, executives have unions.) And that’s allowed companies to push down wages.

And then deindustrialization, closing our factories and sending them to China, has cost us the equivalent of every job of every kind in greater metropolitan Philadelphia. Two-point-eight million jobs—that’s just the jobs we lost to China. Then there’s Mexico and Vietnam and a lot of other places.

So we’ve been pursuing policies that have made the global-level capitalists very wealthy, and we’ve been doing so by doing terrible damage to the rest of the country.

David Cay Johnston answering What federal policies are most responsible for the income and wealth gap, in your opinion? in Obama’s Address Fails to Look at Roots of Income Inequality