Michael Whitney

About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.
About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.

As Karl Rove Targets Waivers, We Need to Protect Vermont’s Path to Single-Payer

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 9:47 am

Single-payer health care was pushed out of the health care debate long before Congress voted in 2010. We’re determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again…but Karl Rove is already on the move. We must set the terms of the debate now, before Rove unleashes his inevitable attacks on Vermont. In order to build up our campaign for Vermont’s waivers early, we need to raise $15,000 before Rove turns his sights on Vermont.

Alan Simpson Doesn’t Like “the Catfood Commission People”

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 7:16 am

Alan Simpson doesn’t like “the Catfood Commission people.” In a testy interview with Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim, the chair of Obama’s deficit commission questioned Grim’s stated facts about Social Security, speculating that Grim’s information came from “the Catfood Commission people.”

Free Trade Flip Flop: Trade Package Goes From “Huge Mistake” to “Grand Bargain”?

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 6:56 am

The Obama Administration intends to meet Congressional demands to move all three pending NAFTA-style “free trade” agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama by an arbitrary deadline of July 1

Bradley Manning to be Removed from Solitary Confinement Tomorrow

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 3:43 pm

Accused Wikileaks whistleblower PFC. Bradley Manning will be removed from solitary confinement and placed in medium security at Fort Leavenworth prison, according to reports from journalists who took a tour of the Kansas facility today.

The first report of Manning’s move came from National Catholic Review reporter Joshua J. McElwee, who said that after the tour of the Leavenworth facility, military officials announced that Manning would be moved to medium security tomorrow morning.

Obama on Manning: “He Broke the Law.” So Much for that Trial?

By: Friday April 22, 2011 8:17 am

President Barack Obama made stunning accusations about accused Wikileaks whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning, directly asserting that Manning “broke the law.” Apparently the President of the United States of America and a self-described Constitutional scholar does not care that Manning has yet to be tried or convicted for any crime.

Jane Hamsher on MSNBC: Obama Needs to Explain Misinformation about Manning Treatment

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 1:05 pm

Jane Hamsher was on MSNBC this afternoon to speak about PFC. Bradley Manning’s surprise transfer from Quantico to Fort Leavenworth, away from his attorney, his friends, and his family. Jane called on Obama to explain why he said Manning’s treatment met basic standards, when the Pentagon admitted yesterday Manning’s treatment was “rare, if not unprecedented.”

Kucinich on DoD: “I Don’t Believe Anything They Say When it Comes to Bradley Manning” (Video)

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 11:09 am

Dennis Kucinich spoke on MSNBC today about the Pentagon’s surprise move of Manning from Quantico to Ft. Leavenworth. Kucinich said he’s been “absolutely stonewalled by the Department of Defense.” He continued: “frankly, I don’t believe anything they say when it comes to Bradley Manning.”

Pentagon Plans Indefinite Detention of Bradley Manning (Video & Transcript)

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 7:35 am

Yesterday the Pentagon surprised everybody – including Bradley Manning’s lawyer – with news that the accused Wikileaks whistleblower will be moved from the Quantico brig in Virginia to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Pentagon’s lawyer, Jeh Johnson, announced Manning’s transfer in a snap press conference (video embedded) that revealed the government’s strategy: take Manning to a place “not in the Washington[, DC] area” where he will “likely be in pre-trial confinement for a while.”

Bradley Manning to be Moved to Fort Leavenworth

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 2:00 pm

Bradley Manning is set to be moved to the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the only maximum security prison for members of the military, and the home to the military’s Death Row. The Pentagon is expected to announce the move tomorrow.

Panama Trade Deal Given Go-Ahead by White House

By: Monday April 18, 2011 1:58 pm

The White House has given the go-ahead to a third trade agreement since December, this one with Panama. House Republicans are continuing to push an arbitrary deadline of July 1, 2011 for passage of all three outstanding trade deals, including Colombia and Korea.