28 classified pages of the 9.11 Commission report have been in the news lately, as convicted terror-plotter Zacarias Moussaoui has lately said that he met with highly-placed Saudi Arabian government officials in the run-up to 9.11, but given that Mr. Moussaoui's jury didn't give him the death penalty because they didn't think he was that deeply-involved in 9.11, you'd be right to take his claims with a grain of salt. Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), who chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee during those early years, might be a better source; he says the 28 classified pages show considerable Saudi involvement in funding the 9.11 terrorists. Besides, even the Saudi government wants the pages released, claiming it will exonerate them. I expect they're right, though I also expect it won't exonerate numerous Saudi bajillionaires, which is probably why Mr. Bush classified the documents in the first place. Roots Action helps you tell our government to declassify the 28 pages relating to 9.11 terrorist funding.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk, "no college bailouts!" What does that mean? Congressional Republicans plan to roll back the meager efforts President Obama and Congressional Democrats have made to ensure that for-profit colleges don't get federal money if they don't really help their students get jobs. These colleges can cost quadruple what community colleges cost, and its graduates tend to leave for-profit schools with, on average, $13,000 more in debt than other college graduates. And, well, that's if they even graduate; most of them don't, but still have huge student loans to pay. It gets worse: because up is down and down is up in our economy anymore, these colleges have become tremendously profitable for their executives and their investors, even though they plainly don't work -- and (I told you it gets worse) some 90% of their revenues come from federal student loan programs. And that's why CREDO calls the Republican plan a "bailout" -- because it is one, and as civilized people we should not tolerate it.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to reject "free" trade deals like the TPP, and also to reject "fast-tracking" of said "free" trade deals, then Public Citizen still helps you do that. President Obama has begun to address the concerns of "free" trade opponents -- in this interview with Vox, he says "we can't rely on the old trading regime" that has cost us so many jobs, so we need to create a "new" regime that improves labor and environmental standards across the globe. While that's an improvement on what nominally liberal politicians used to say -- that people should be happy with the cheap toys and clothes they're getting -- it still doesn't explain why negotiations need to be secret or why the TPP requires a fast voting process with little debate and no amendments. And from what we do know about the TPP from leaks, "higher labor or environmental standards" in Vietnam will be able to be nullified the moment the investor-state tribunals get a complaint from a corporation feeling "deprived" at having to pay people more or make them work somewhere other than a deathtrap.