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Madam Secretary: We Have Some Questions 27.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Liberals are confronted with a dilemma: They are deeply troubled by the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but she is the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Further, Clinton's comments in support of middle class America represent a decidedly populist tenor, and those noises she's making sound awfully good to battle-weary political junkies desperate to oppose the presidential spokesmen of the wealthy elites in the Republican Party. On the other hand, both Clintons appear to be captives of the same economic class Liberals seek to contain, and the sourcing of funds for the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State becomes more scandalous by the minute. In addition, Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq and is on record as being more "hawkish" in pursuing foreign policy than President Obama. She has favored the financial elites over common folk in previous incarnations; and, she is a latecomer in objecting to ...
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Our Power: Battling Austerity with a Bold Green Vision 26.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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How Net neutrality helped kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger 26.4.2015 Yahoo: Business

How Net neutrality helped kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable mergerComcast's $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable is officially dead, and the companies may have the fiery Net neutrality debate that raged this past year to blame.


Legislators reach out to 'rural Colorado' after landslide to the right 26.4.2015 Denver Post: Local
If Democrats don't mend fences out here amid the sprawling fields and crowded cattle barns of Colorado's Eastern Plains, their hopes for the 2016 presidential race and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet's re-election could be swept away in the withering high prairie ...
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First Utility tempts new energy customers with free smart thermostat 26.4.2015 Yahoo: Business
There's a thin line between a flourishing product category and an oversaturated one. The smart thermostat racket is fast approaching critical mass, and energy providers across the UK have begun offering ...
Obama, Corporate “Free Traitors” and You! 25.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Police arrest man after he admits landing drone with radioactive sand at Japan PM office 25.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Police arrest man over drone landing at Japan PM office 25.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister's office to protest the government's nuclear energy policy, officials said ...
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New Senate Bill Would Repeal Clean Water Act 25.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Imagine you're a United States Senator and you aren't much of a fan of the Clean Water Act, notwithstanding the fact that it has been a tremendously successful and wildly popular law for more than 40 years. If you wanted...
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China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 billion Every Year by 2020 25.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing: China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here) released...
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NRDC Tells Regulators and Lawmakers in Lansing that Clean Energy Helps the Poorest and Most Vulnerable 25.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago: The disproportionate impact energy has on the poorest and most vulnerable in Michigan is often overlooked. NRDC and the Michigan League of Public Policy sponsored an event in Lansing that highlighted this topic. Participants in the event included Paul Smith,...
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Private Prison Company Sued For Allegedly Putting Hunger-Striking Moms In Solitary Confinement 25.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three immigrant women who say they were punished for joining a hunger strike in a Texas family detention center on Thursday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and GEO Group, the company that operates the facility. The lawsuit, filed in federal court against ICE Director Sarah Saldaña and personnel at the Karnes County Residential Center, seeks to prohibit ICE and GEO from putting women and their children in isolation as punishment for protesting, and from threatening to separate mothers from their children. “All we’re asking is that under the First Amendment, for ICE officials and GEO officials to stop retaliating against the women and allow them to peacefully protest,” said Ranjana Natarajan, an attorney with the University of Texas Civil Rights Clinic, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women. The women were part of a wave of some 68,000 family units that crossed illegally into the United States last year and presented themselves to border authorities asking for asylum. A roughly equal ...
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Middle East Continues to Dominate U.S. Foreign Policy, but Our Strategy in Region Remains Largely Unclear 25.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Like every U.S. president of the last half-century, I find it nearly impossible to avoid focusing most of my foreign policy attention on the continuingly chaotic and confusing region of the world that is the Middle East. I have now spent five decades working on foreign policy in government, and I'm still struggling to make sense of the Middle East. It's an extremely turbulent area, where tensions flare up regularly. Its economic growth has been tepid at best, and its overall governance is feeble. The region is currently flooded with refugees. And city after city is fraught with danger, destruction and devastation. Today, it has become even more difficult to sort out the competing players, conflicting visions and challenges in the Middle East. And it's almost impossible for the world's leaders to agree on much of anything that might improve the region's current instability, the culmination of decades of terrible governance, economic stagnation and brutal dictatorial crackdowns on individual rights and ...
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Corporate 'Free Traitors' 25.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The pro-big business President Barack Obama and his corporate allies are starting their campaign to manipulate and pressure Congress to ram through the "pull-down-on-America" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and foreign investment treaty between 12 nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam). The first skirmish is a fast track bill to have Congress formally strip itself of its constitutional authority to regulate trade and surrender this historic responsibility to the White House and its corporate lobbies. Lest you think the TPP is too commercially complex to bother about, think again. This mega-treaty is the latest corporate coup-d'état that sacrifices the American consumer, labor and environmental standards -- inventively called "non-tariff trade barriers" -- and much U.S. sovereignty to the supremacy of corporate commercial trade. No single column can adequately describe this colossal betrayal -- camouflaged ...
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Desperate Fossil Fuel Interests Seek to Undermine Clean Energy Choices in Communities of Color 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Too often, African American voices are excluded from discussions about the critical issues facing our country. Energy is no exception. That is why I was pleased to recently attend a conference of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). While in attendance, however, I developed concerns that workshops did not address issues facing African American families that are directly attributable to our nation's reliance on fossil fuel energy sources. The NAACP developed a report that shows how fossil fuels play a significantly harmful role in the health of African Americans and other communities of color. Segregation and economic deprivation has forced generations of African American families to live in some of the least desirable areas. More than two-thirds of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal plant. This puts our community at a much greater risk for the health problems associated with exposure to the toxic chemicals these plants spew. African American children are three times as ...
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China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 billion Every Year by 2020 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study (Chinese version here ) released by the China Coal Cap Project , a joint initiative of academic, governmental and non-profit researchers, with the support of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The study examines the public health impacts of a national coal cap policy that caps coal consumption in 2020 at 4.1 billion tons of coal, compared to a business-as-usual scenario in which China's annual coal consumption continues to grow to 4.8 billion tons of coal in 2030. The report estimates that air pollution from coal use led to approximately 708,000 premature deaths in China in 2012 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ischemic heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. The air quality improvements from a national coal cap policy would ...
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic 24.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government." -- Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as "a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people . . . ." On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers. The secretive TPP is an agreement with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries that affects 40 percent of global markets. Fast-track authority could now go to the full Senate for a vote as early as next week. ...
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The coming problem of smartphones being smarter than us 24.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain. He also predicted that Moore's Law, which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles every ...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic 24.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Pushback expected on Pa. PUC's proposed new net-metering limits 24.4.2015 Philly.com News
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission moved forward Thursday to set controversial rules and limits for "net-metering" customers who generate their own power from sources such as solar cells.
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