Incoming House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) plans to work less than any House in their first session than any in the past decade

‘Go Home’ – Incoming Leader of the 112th Congress Issues Odd Marching Order

Wall Street’s Pentagon Papers: Biggest Financial Scam In World History – $12.3 TRILLION in taxpayers’ money by David DeGraw

The Republican language police vote to ban the words “Wall Street” and “deregulation”

WikiRebels: The Wikileaks Documentary

For the Religious Right, “American Exceptionalism” is about the Religious Right itself: The influence of Christian conservatives remains substantial and that they are rallying around the idea of “American exceptionalism” to press their political agenda and have lots of Republican presidential hopefuls to choose from.

Wikileaks, Imperialism and the Western Media by Sean Fenley

Halliburton reportedly agrees to pay Nigeria $250 million to drop bribery charges against Cheney The massive industrial conglomerate Halliburton has reportedly offered to pay $250 million to settle charges against its former chief executive, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, in a multi-million dollar bribery case.

Cuccinelli’s Anti-Health Reform Argument Has A George Washington Problem Congress People reveal his utter ignorance of American legal history.

Three Gay Veterans File New DADT Lawsuit Three decorated military veterans discharged because they are gay filed suit Monday in San Francisco seeking reinstatement and another federal court judgment that the Pentagon’s ban on openly gay and lesbian personnel in the military is unconstitutional.

Stop The Anti-Gay Genocide In Uganda The American fundamentalist group, The Family, has to make an important strategic choice. It can have its influential National Prayer Breakfast each February in Washington, or it can have its Anti-Homosexuality Bill become law in Uganda. It likely cannot have both.

Christians  Seem To Think Everything is Anti-Christian: Gleason was asked whether he could be relied on to follow the law — I don’t even know what his answer was, but it’s a completely reasonable question. All he has to do is answer, “Yes, I know how to separate church and state,” and everyone’s happy. But that didn’t happen.

Wall Street’s Sneaky New Way to Make Bank from Struggling Homeowners: Major financial institutions have spotted a sneaky, fresh money-making opportunity: profiting from the debts of distressed homeowners.

Atheists Protest Hartford City Council Prayers: When atheists protested a city council meeting in Hawaii earlier in the year, they came out on top — they were found “not guilty” of disorderly conduct in court. Maybe that’s the inspiration for another city council protest that took place in Hartford, Connecticut last night.

Ten Thoughts About Julian Assange and WikiLeaks by Andy Worthington

Why Obama’s Tax Deal May Be an Even Bigger Disaster Than You Think: The package that has outraged many progressives is a Trojan Horse for the “entitlement” cutting crowd that could lead to disaster for working families over the long haul.

In Life Satisfaction, Social Connections Matter More Than Religion: According to a new study published in American Sociological Review (described at PsychCentral), the positive relationship between religion and life satisfaction centers on the social benefits conferred by religion and not the theological or spiritual components.

Idiot of the Week: Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE): Another Conservative Christian T-Bagger pretending to want to cut “waste” when they want “creationism” and the bible to be mandates scientific teaching in all schools.

The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention: Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime.  Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months — and for two months before that in a military jail in Kuwait — under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture.

Mike Pence: a Religious Right Favorite: With growing speculation over his presidential ambitions, Indiana Republican Mike Pence is taking the anti-Obama rhetoric into high-gear. Pence is the winner of the Family Research Council’s 2010 Values Voter Summit straw poll, and is seen as a favorite of the Religious Right.

Barton & Scalia To Teach Bachmann’s Inaugural Class On The Constitution: Last week [Right Wing Watch] noted that Rep. Michele Bachmann intends to have David Barton as one of the instructors for the weekly class on the Constitution that she is organizing for members of Congress.

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