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She began fighting climate change as a child. Now she sits on the DWP's board 21.10.2017 LA Times: Business
From the love for community instilled in her native Colombia, Aura Vasquez grew her passion into the focus of her life's work as an entrepreneur and DWP commissioner.
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St. John Could Get Electricity Turned Back On, 6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma 21.10.2017 NPR News
"Portions of St. John are scheduled to be restored by the middle of next week," the power utility says. The U.S. Virgin Islands — home to more than 100,000 Americans — remains under boil-water orders.
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Why better energy data equals better lives – now more than ever 20.10.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Andy Bilich Better Data, Better Lives. That was the theme of the second World Statistics Day celebrated two years ago on October 20th, 2015. The holiday was designed for celebration every five years, but in light of recent attacks on climate science, it is critical to showcase the value of clean energy data now, more than ever. So, why is clean energy data important? Why do we need it? As a data analyst, I expect to answer or debate questions about the significance, trends, and use of data. But I don’t usually expect questioning why data should exist in the first place. Upon reflection, however, I’d say the simplest response is this: We need clean energy data to progress economically, socially, and technologically. From a family trying to save money on their electricity bill to the global community collaborating on a cleaner, more renewable future, energy data can unlock an unending list of benefits by facilitating the design of effective policies, empowering people and businesses with information, ...
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Why It's So Hard To Turn The Lights Back On In Puerto Rico 20.10.2017 NPR News
Almost a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall, most of the island is still without electricity. Officials have estimated it could be months before power is restored.
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Listen live: Young, pregnant migrant's case tests Trump's policies on abortion and immigration 20.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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The Daily 202: Obama and Bush deliver calls to action against Trumpism 20.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The former presidents emphasize shared values in complementary speeches that remind the country there is another path.
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Young, pregnant migrant's case becomes a test of Trump policies on abortion and immigration 20.10.2017 LA Times: Nation

When the Trump administration chose E. Scott Lloyd, a prominent antiabortion activist and attorney, to head the federal agency that oversees refugee affairs, he quickly set about enforcing strict policies.

For months, even as he personally intervened in cases and tried to talk young women out of...

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Gerrymandering and the 2018 elections: Advocates ask Pa. Supreme Court to use rare power 20.10.2017 News
A judge has ordered a stay in the case until the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gill v. Whitford. With 2018 elections around the corner, the League of Women Voters is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to step in.
Yes, Administrator Pruitt, EPA Does Have the Obligation to Protect America from Climate Pollution 19.10.2017 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(This post was co-authored by EDF’s Ben Levitan) The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is once again misleading the American people in an effort to avoid doing his job. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was interviewed on Fox News this week, and questioned his legal authority and responsibility to protect the public from the […]
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Weakening Medicaid From Within 19.10.2017 American Prospect
AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, has encouraged states to seek waivers that would undermine Medicaid's role as a safety net.  This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  From its modest beginning in 1965, when it was passed as a little-noticed companion to Medicare, Medicaid has evolved into an indispensable public health program with broad bipartisan support. Today, as the centerpiece of the health-care safety net, the program serves nearly 75 million people, all either poor or medically impoverished. Medicaid pays for half of all births, enrolls 40 percent of all U.S. children, covers two-thirds of all nursing home residents, and insures one in three Americans with disabilities. This year’s Republican bills to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act sought to impose severe long-term cuts in federal Medicaid funding; those threats to Medicaid are not over yet. ...
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First Nations-led renewable energy generation in B.C. offers promising path forward 18.10.2017 - News for the rest of us
Eryn Fitzgerald Judith (Kekinusuqs) Sayers These are exciting times in British Columbia for those interested in building sustainable, just and climate-friendly energy systems. The recent change in government could mean a shift away from a corporate agenda driven by the needs of a massively energy-intensive fracking and LNG industry towards one that prioritizes action on climate change, First Nations' self-determination and community-scale economic development. Indeed, First Nations-led renewable energy generation offers a promising path forward for each of these. The momentum that First Nations have already built in this area, combined with developments in renewable energy technology, means they are well-positioned to be leaders in B.C.'s transition to a sustainable energy system. We recently completed a province-wide  survey  of First Nations' involvement in the renewable energy sector, which turned up some provocative results. The survey was sent to all 203 First Nations in the province, and received a ...
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Twitter's efforts to crack down on abusive speech are bound to backfire 18.10.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Twitter's efforts to crack down on abusive speech are bound to backfire
5 Years Ago, China's Xi Jinping Was Largely Unknown. Now He's Poised To Reshape China 18.10.2017 NPR News
China's president has embraced a strongman style of personal rule. The 19th Communist Party Congress, now underway in Beijing, is expected to strengthen his ability to bend the system to his will.
How the Nazis Used Jim Crow Laws as the Model for Their Race Laws 18.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Scholars and historians have argued for years about whether the US's own regime of racial oppression in any way inspired the Nazis. In this interview, author James Whitman discusses the meticulous record of a meeting of top lawyers in Nazi Germany, which revealed a deep interest in American race policies. Pledge your support for ethical, insightful independent media: Make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and choose the "monthly" option at checkout. To get to the core of race in America today, read this  new book  by James Whitman. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. Prepare to be as startled as this respected legal scholar was when he came upon a meticulous record of a meeting of top lawyers in Nazi Germany after Hitler's rise to power. Not only did those lawyers reveal a deep interest in American race policies, the most radical of them were eager advocates of using American law as a model. Scholars and historians have argued for years about ...
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UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan 18.10.2017 AP Top News
YEI, South Sudan (AP) -- Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help....
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Utility scrutinized as California wildfire victims sue 18.10.2017 AP National
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region's deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause....
Opioid law draws scrutiny after Trump's pick for drug czar steps aside 18.10.2017 LA Times: Nation

President Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in pushing legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's power to investigate bulk shipments of prescription opiods.

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Justice Dept. to review opioid laws after Trump's pick for drug czar steps aside amid controversy 17.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Blueprint for a Progressive US: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin 17.10.2017
(Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) Expanding educational opportunities and building a green economy -- while shrinking both the military and the fossil fuel industry -- are the best routes to full employment, say world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. Also, greater financial regulation and more public development banks that prioritize social welfare over massive profits are crucial for a progressive agenda. (Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm) You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. This is the first part of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. The next installment will appear on October 24. Not long after taking office, it became evident that Donald Trump had engaged in fraudulent populism during his campaign. His promise to "Make America Great Again" has been exposed as a lie, as the Trump administration has been busy extending US military power, ...
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New biomass plant to cut Simon Fraser University's greenhouse gases by two-thirds 17.10.2017 Environmental News Network
A new project at Simon Fraser University (SFU) will soon divert wood waste from the landfill and help reduce greenhouse gasses at the University.SFU and SFU Community Trust are collaborating with Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc., on a $33-million community-based biomass project called the Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility (BMDEU).
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