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Student Debtors gather at an "unhappy hour" and hold Twitter town hall today on national day of action.


We've obtained a trove of thousands of previously secret emails from a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who pleaded guilty to a felony and is a target of a secret investigation. Our live updates will appear below as we dig through the documents.

The Progressive, one of the nation's oldest political magazines, is pleased to announce that former Raw Story investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna has joined our ranks, emerging from four years of retirement to blog exclusively for our website.

A South Carolina boy, 12, was arrested Sunday morning after his mother called police to report that he had unwrapped a Christmas present without her permission. According to a Rock Hill Police Department report (a copy of which you'll find below), the child opened a Nintendo Game Boy, though he had been directed not to by family members.

Roberto Vasquez of Albuquerque says he has recieved threats for his holiday decorations:

Giving your car keys to a friend when you are too drunk to drive is smart... unless your friend is legally blind.

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December 6, 2006

Dustin Hoffman:

I think that the administration manipulated the grief of 9/11. They did it then and they do it now. Everybody knows why they wanted to go into Iraq and it had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction. I'm an American and it's not a good feeling. When Americans say, 'I don't know why they hate us so much,' that's an uneducated response. There are lots of reasons why we're hated.

Stephen Hawking has a big, big picture answer to overpopulation and global warming:

The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as it is confined to a single planet.

Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) has his own health care plan:

Stop complaining about health care. There is no solution.

One last 2006 midterm post-mortem from Howard Dean:

If George Bush made any single huge mistake, it’s that he thought he could be president by being president for half of America and by treating the rest of us with contempt.

Newt Gingrich clarifies his stance on free speech. He's still against it... and all the nondiscrimination stuff too:

We need an expeditious review of current domestic law to see what changes can be made within the protections of the 1st Amendment to ensure that free speech protection claims are not used to protect the advocacy of terrorism, violent conduct or the killing of innocents... And just as free speech protections shouldn't be allowed to shield activities that threaten Americans, so too should we not allow our great national belief in nondiscrimination and equality before the law to be used against us.

Larry King admits he has never tried the internet:

I’ve never done it, never gone searching... I wouldn’t love it. What do you punch little buttons and things?

Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank on Rumsfeld's memo:

This is a classic. This is headed for the hall of fame of cover-your-ass memo writing in Washington, when we’ve already had a lot of those... He’s listed every conceivable option so that he can now, and for future historians, say whatever the outcome in iraq, ‘Well I recommended we go in that direction.’ Because he has recommended increasing troops, decreasing troops, staying the same, adding trainers, just about every possible permutation.


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The new head of the Environmental Protection has a history of suing the agency for trying to do its job.

The reach of this story extends from the lowliest working stiff to the highest court in the land.

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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