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Long After Reaching Threshold, Unanswered Snowden Petition Still Adds 100s of Signatures a Day

217 days ago, the official petition to President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed 100,000 signatures. That number matters because President Obama and his White House staff promised explicitly that after petitions garner more than 100,000 signatures “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and [...]

Presidential Baby Names: Barack Missing, George Sinking

The Social Security Administration keeps track of the 1000 most popular boys’ and 1000 most popular girls’ baby names in the United States each year. For kicks this evening, I looked up the last name of each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus the big three of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I’ve collected data on [...]

Bernie Sanders For President in 2016

2014 could be the year that Bernie Sanders makes the commitment, one way or another, to run for President or to serve out another term in Congress. [...]

What’s the Problem with Unchecked Government Spying? Visit the FBI Vault and Find Out

Over the last month, it’s been revealed that the United States government has been sweeping up unlimited amounts of data on private internet use, e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, and even postal traffic, all without warrants. What’s wrong with that? The most direct, literal answer is that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment of [...]

Obama vs. Obama on the "Choice" Between Security and Freedom

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on December 15, 2005, proposing reforms to the Patriot Act:

“A few years before I even arrived in the Senate, I began hearing concerns from people of every background and political leaning that this law, the very purpose of which was to protect us, was also threatening to violate [...]

Martin O'Malley For President? What Do You Know About Him?

What else do you know about Martin O’Malley? What have you concluded about his worth as a potential candidate for President of the United States? Why do you think some Democrats are eager for O’Malley to run for President in 2016? [...]

Leaders of Corporate-Gifted Super PAC Americans Elect Attack (Yes) Corporate Gifts and Super PACs

The political corporation called Americans Elect has made the act of getting sillier, and sillier, and sillier look like an art form. The latest act of Americans Elect is gallery-worthy.

Last week, Americans Elect leaders Doug Bailey (Unity08 cofounder and Americans Elect candidate recruiter) and Les Francis (Americans Elect Board of Advisors) wrote an [...]

Americans Elect Responds to Delegate Revolt with Rules violation and a Lawsuit Threat

On May 17, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect announced that it would cancel its planned privatized presidential nomination. Why? Because too few registered voters showed an interest in participating in a system that gave ultimate candidate selection authority to a self-selected corporate board.

Two days later, on May 19, a grassroots-organized and inclusive new group [...]

Americans Elect Says it Has 400,000 Delegates. Fewer than 500 Delegates Tell AE to Continue.

The privatized presidential campaign corporation called Americans Elect has made repeated public claims that it has at least “400,000 delegates” (source | source | source). However, Americans Elect has refused to release a verifiable count of delegates, and there are good reasons to believe that its claim is not true (see here and here). It [...]

Flaming Out, Draft Walker Campaign tries to Jump on Slightly Less Flaming Buddy Roemer Campaign

Out of three originally scheduled ballots, there is only one ballot left in the Americans Elect presidential primary process, because no candidate to date has qualified. The privatize-social-security draft candidate David Walker is painfully far behind. In order to get on the Americans Elect ballot, the rules stipulate a candidate must obtain 1,000 votes of [...]

4 Days Left to Americans Elect 2nd Ballot Deadline, No Candidate halfway to Qualifying, and still getting Coverage

Americans Elect Rules 2.2.2 and 3.2.2 stipulate that any draft or declared presidential candidate wishing to qualify for any of its three rounds of presidential primary voting must obtain sufficient clicks of support on its website 7 days before a round of voting occurs. The sufficient amount varies according to who you are. If you’re [...]