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I was greeted by an email this morning that is copied below, exactly as it appeared in my inbox, including the blaring typography and the large chunk of white space towards the bottom, requiring that you scroll down to find the fine print.




When you click anywhere in the original email (not here -- I'm not going to do the DNC the favor of linking to their site), you arrive at the web page below the squiggly magic cash machine.

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Tomas Young, paralyzed by a bullet to the spine five days after being deployed to Iraq in 2004, passed away two days ago, on the eve of Veterans' Day, a few weeks shy of his 35th birthday. He was the author of the "Last Letter", an incredibly powerful, damning letter that he wrote to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on the 10th Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. If you missed that letter when it was published last March, you could pay no better respects than to read it now, in its entirety.

Here are two excerpts from his letter:

...I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

...My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

There is also an interview with Chris Hedges from last March.
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When you think really hard about SB1062, you get a pig chin. Don't get a pig chin:


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Live Q&A with Edward Snowden: Thursday 23rd January, 8pm GMT, 3pm EST. Additional information about Courage, the trust that is sponsoring this, is here.

He is answering questions submitted via Twitter, using hashtag #AskSnowden

I'll attempt to keep this updated. The questions and answers appear with the most recent first.

Comments: I think the answer to RagBagUSA is important, since I just finished hearing MSNBC's newest talking head disparage Snowden as being against all spying, and parroting the party line about how Snowden has done real harm to the U.S.

While perhaps not a lot new here, I think this is very important. He is addressing the timing and content of Obama's speech, answering some of the most repeated criticism about alleged damage he has done, and the need for better whistleblower protection. I think his answer to Jake Tapper is right on.

Perhaps most importantly, I think this session makes it very clear that Snowden is going to continue answering his critics calmly but directly, and will keep the incredibly important issue of NSA overreach squarely in the public eye -- despite Obama's apparent hope that his speech (of little substantive change) of last week would essentially take it off the front page.

16:50 EST: Snowden just ended the session. What's copied below is the complete transcript at http://www.freesnowden.is/.... I'll be happy to stick around here for a while for any additional discussion. Thanks for everyone's comments!

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Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM PST

It's an honor.

by flitedocnm

Jimmy Breslin wrote "It's An Honor" for the New York Herald Tribune in November, 1963. It remains one of the finest pieces of journalistic prose ever written.

It's most fitting to read it again today. It's presented in its entirely below.

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BREAKING.

Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled.

District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote Monday that the regulations violated the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients and would unreasonably restrict a woman's access to abortion clinics.

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NY Daily News, front page, October 1, 2013
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#kt2 -- Kossacks Tweet Too! Welcome to diary number 15 in our periodic series.

Our goal is to amplify Kossack voices by making it very easy to follow each other on Twitter, sharing and promoting the best of Daily Kos and news from everywhere with each other and, using hashtag cross pollination, with other parts of the progressive twitterverse. Just add #kt2 (and/or #dkos -- see below) to your tweets. Combine our hashtag with the tags for your favorite progressive groups, like #uniteblue, #p2 and #ConnectTheLeft. Then, easily find tweets by your fellow Kossacks on Twitter by searching for tweets with #kt2 or #dkos. Easy!

If you're not yet on Twitter and have no idea what it means to follow someone or be followed on Twitter, or what hashtags are, but would like to add a powerful and popular tool to your blogging experience, then simply go to twitter.com and sign up as a new user. You'll need to pick a Twitter name, which can be (but certainly does not have to be) the same as your DKos name. Twitter provides extensive tutorials and online help at the Twitter Help Center.

If you're not yet following everyone here, it's really easy to follow any of us on The List -- just click on the follow @... link of anyone you'd like to follow.

Or, if you have a fast internet connection, you may also click here for the permanent button list diary, where, if you're logged into your Twitter account using the same browser, you can immediately see who you are already following as their buttons will be grayed out, and you can go down the list and follow others right from the diary by clicking their buttons.

Not yet on The List below? Simply leave a comment IN THIS DIARY, with your Twitter name preceded by @ in the header, and you will be added to the top of the New Additions list in the diary, right below the orange croissant. That makes it easy for anyone to return to the diary and click on newly added people. You'll also be added to the cumulative alphabetical listings (front pagers are shown separately) that appear right below the New Additions, and you'll be added to the permanent button list diary, so you won't need to repost your Twitter handle in subsequent diaries.

We are continuing to add new people to this list even if they haven't found these diaries. If a Kossack has their Twitter handle listed in their DKos profile or in a diary or comments, we take that as meaning that they'd be happy to have their name on this list, and we've been adding them as we find them. This list continues to grow in between the periodic diaries. We are including all new people in the New Additions section at the top of the list, even if the person didn't leave a comment in the diary here and the addition was made later. You'll now find over 220 Twitter names below.

If you'd like to join our #kt2 group, or if you come across a Kossack with a Twitter name in their DKos profile or a Twitter button in their signature, who isn't on this list -- please drop us a message.

These diaries were formerly published weekly. But after an initially enthusiastic response, the comments seemed to dwindle a bit, so it seems more appropriate to now publish these monthly. It's more likely that there will a larger number of new tweeting Kossacks in a month.

Please also check out the other active Twitter group here: DKos TWEETers, run by Angie in WA State, which provides tons of useful info about using and getting the most out of Twitter, and the very latest hot, trending topics and other fun stuff.

We'd also recommend the extensive Fellow Kossacks Twitter List compiled by RLMiller. Please take advantage of that list, too.

In the last diary a month ago, there was some discussion in the diary and the comments, of the use of the hashtag #dkos versus #kt2. While a number of you seemed to prefer #dkos largely because it's a more easily recognized identifier, review of online tweets shows a somewhat larger number of people using #kt2. Rather than trying to change at this point, it seems most logical to suggest that people continue using whichever they prefer, or both (character limit permitting). Feel free to continue the discussion if you'd like.

So, don't forget to add #kt2 and/or #dkos to your tweets.

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#kt2 -- Kossacks Tweet Too! Welcome to diary number 14 in our weekly series.

The goal: amplify Kossack voices by making it very easy to follow each other on Twitter, sharing and promoting the best of DKos and news from everywhere with each other and, using hashtag cross pollination, with other parts of the progressive twitterverse. Just add #kt2 to your tweets. Combine our hashtag with the tags for other large progressive groups, like #uniteblue and #p2. Then, easily find tweets by your fellow Kossacks on Twitter by searching for tweets with #kt2. Easy!

If you're not yet on Twitter and have no idea what it means to follow someone or be followed on Twitter, or what hashtags are, but would like to add a powerful and popular tool to your blogging experience, then simply go to twitter.com and sign up as a new user. You'll need to pick a Twitter name, which can be (but certainly does not have to be) the same as your DKos name. Twitter provides extensive tutorials and online help at the Twitter Help Center.

If you're not yet following everyone here, it's really easy to follow any of us on The List -- just click on the follow @... link of anyone you'd like to follow.

Or, if you have a fast internet connection, you may also click here for the permanent button list diary, where, if you're logged into your Twitter account using the same browser, you can immediately see who you are already following as their buttons will be grated out, and you can go down the list and follow others right from the diary by clicking their buttons.

Not yet on The List below? Simply leave a comment IN THIS DIARY, with your Twitter name preceded by @ in the header, and you will be added to the top of the New Additions list in the diary, right below the orange croissant. That makes it easy for anyone to return to the diary and click on newly added people. You'll also be added to the cumulative alphabetical listings (front pagers are shown separately) that appear right below the New Additions, and you'll be added to the permanent button list diary, so you won't need to repost your Twitter handle in subsequent diaries.

We are continuing to add new people to this list even if they haven't found these diaries. If a Kossack has their Twitter handle listed in their DKos profile or in a diary or comments, we take that as meaning that they'd be happy to have their name on this list, and we've been adding them as we find them. This list continues to grow in between the weekly diaries. Starting with last week's diary, we've been including all new people in the New Additions section at the top of the list, even if the person didn't leave a comment in the diary here and the addition was made several days later. You'll now find over 210 Twitter names below.

If you'd like to join our #kt2 group, or if you come across a kossack with a Twitter name in their DKos profile or a Twitter button in their signature, who isn't on this list -- please drop us a message.

Please also check out the other active Twitter group here: DKos TWEETers, run by Angie in WA State, which provides tons of useful info about using and getting the most out of Twitter, and the very latest hot, trending topics and other fun stuff.

We'd also recommend the extensive Fellow Kossacks Twitter List compiled by RLMiller. Please take advantage of that list, too.

Don't forget to add #kt2 to your tweets. (In the comments below, let's see if anyone is interested in discussing the use of #kt2 versus #dkos, which some Kossacks are using as well, and whether we should consider dropping #kt2 in favor of #dkos.)

See you in twitterspace.

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#kt2 -- Kossacks Tweet Too! Welcome to diary number 13 in our weekly series.

Here's our goal: amplify Kossack voices by making it very easy to follow each other on twitter, sharing and promoting the best of DKos and news from everywhere with each other and, using hashtag cross pollination, with other parts of the progressive twitterverse. Just add #kt2 to your tweets. Combine our hashtag with the tags for other large progressive groups, like #uniteblue and #p2. Then, easily find tweets by your fellow Kossacks on twitter by searching for tweets with #kt2. Easy!

If you're not yet following everyone here, it's really easy to follow any of us on The List -- just click on the follow @... link of anyone you'd like to follow.

Or, if you have a fast internet connection, you may also click here for the permanent button list diary, where, if you're logged into your twitter account using the same browser, you can immediately see who you are already following as their buttons will be grated out, and you can go down the list and follow others right from the diary by clicking their buttons.

Not yet on The List below? Simply leave a comment IN THIS DIARY, with your twitter name preceded by @ in the header, and you will be added to the top of the New Additions list in the diary, right below the orange croissant. That makes it easy for anyone to return to the diary and click on newly added people. You'll also be added to the cumulative alphabetical listings (front pagers are shown separately) that appear right below the New Additions, and you'll be added to the permanent button list diary, so you won't need to repost your twitter handle in subsequent diaries.

We are continuing to add new people to this list even if they haven't found these diaries. If a Kossack has their twitter handle listed in their DKos profile or in a diary or comments, we take that as meaning that they'd be happy to have their name on this list, and we've been adding them as we find them. This list continues to grow in between the weekly diaries. You'll now find over 200 twitter names below.

If you'd like to join our #kt2 group, or if you come across a kossack with a twitter name in their DKos profile or a twitter button in their signature, who isn't on this list -- please drop us a message.

Please also check out the other active twitter group here: DKos TWEETers, run by Angie in WA State, which provides tons of useful info about using and getting the most out of twitter, and the very latest hot, trending topics and other fun stuff.

We'd also recommend the extensive Fellow Kossacks twitter List compiled by RLMiller. Please take advantage of that list, too.

Don't forget to add #kt2 to your tweets, and #kt2 sauce to your burgers. Happy Independence Day!

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#kt2 -- Yes Virginia, Kossacks Tweet Too! Welcome to diary number 12 in our weekly series.

With the monumental events of the past week, Twitter truly has gone wild, and Kossacks are increasingly in the thick of it. In fact, if you search on our hashtag #kt2 on Twitter right now, you'll find over 60 tweets by over a dozen different Kossacks posted just in the past 24 hours, pointing to great diaries, celebrating victory in Texas (#StandWithWendy) and #DOMA and #Prop8, not to mention #Snowden and #NSA, and #ClimateChange and on an on, sharing the best of DKos and news from everywhere with each other and, with the wonder of hashtag cross pollination, with other progressives who may not yet be here.

That's our goal: to amplify Kossack voices by making it very easy to follow each other on twitter, and to find and respond to each other's tweets using the hashtag #kt2. Add #kt2 to your tweets. Combine our hashtag with the tags for other large progressive groups, like #uniteblue and #p2, to greatly expand our outreach to other areas of the progressive twitterverse. Promote Daily Kos by sharing links to the excellent diaries and stories posted here.

If you're not yet following everyone here, it's really easy to follow any of us on The List -- just click on the follow @... link of anyone you'd like to follow.

Or, if you have a fast internet connection, you may also click here for the permanent button list diary, where, if you're logged into your twitter account using the same browser, you can immediately see who you are already following as their buttons will be grated out, and you can go down the list and follow others right from the diary by clicking their buttons.

Not yet on The List below? Simply leave a comment IN THIS DIARY, with your twitter name preceded by @ in the header, and you will be added to the top of the New Additions list in the diary, right below the orange croissant. That makes it easy for anyone to return to the diary and click on newly added people. You'll also be added to the cumulative alphabetical listings (front pagers are shown separately) that appear right below the New Additions, and you'll be added to the permanent button list diary, so you won't need to repost your twitter handle in subsequent diaries.

We are continuing to add new people to this list even if they haven't found these diaries. If a Kossack has their twitter handle listed in their DKos profile or in a diary or comments, we take that as meaning that they'd be happy to have their name on this list, and we've been adding them as we find them. This list continues to grow in between the weekly diaries. The List should surpass 200 today.

One quick note: I discovered over the weekend that Bill Moyers' twitter account that's listed in his DKos profile is for an old and no longer used account. I can't fix the DKos profile, but I did update The List here as soon as I discovered the profile error, so what appears below -- @BillMoyersHQ -- is now correct. (There is a separate account for his show Moyers & Company, @MoyersStaff, that is not listed here.) So, if you happened to click on the Bill Moyers link that appeared before a few days ago (@BillMoyers), you should unfollow that and follow @BillMoyersHQ as listed below.

If you'd like to join our #kt2 group, or if you come across a kossack with a twitter name in their DKos profile or a twitter button in their signature, who isn't on this list -- please drop us a message.

We'd also highly recommend the extensive Fellow Kossacks twitter List compiled by RLMiller, with over 200 names. We are going through that list and adding the names here if the person has included their twitter handle in their DKos profile. Please take advantage of that list, too.

Please also check out the other active twitter group here: DKos TWEETers, run by Angie in WA State, which provides tons of useful info about using and getting the most out of twitter, and the very latest hot, trending topics and other fun stuff.

Don't forget to add #kt2 to your tweets -- see you there!

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This just out a few minutes ago, as reported by the South China Morning Post:

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, credible sources have confirmed to the South China Morning Post.

More to follow...

Nothing else yet. Interesting twist, to say the least. If confirmed, it would appear to dramatically alter the political calculus about extradition. It's not difficult to foresee that this will be used as an excuse to further vilify Snowden, and more importantly, to deflect serious and needed discussion of the surveillance state.
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