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Fact Check: Trump's Speech On The Economy Annotated 29.6.2016 NPR News
NPR's politics team has annotated Donald Trump's Tuesday speech on the economy.
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Jacob Levy's libertarian critique of Brexit 29.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Jacob Levy's libertarian critique of Brexit
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Supreme Court leans left in term unsettled by Scalia's death 29.6.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death transformed the Supreme Court's term, shifted power to its liberal wing and started a transition that will be greatly affected by who wins the presidency....
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FACT CHECK: Clinton's Speech On The Economy, Annotated 29.6.2016 NPR News
NPR's politics team has annotated Hillary Clinton's Monday speech on the economy.
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Household fuels exceed power plants and cars as source of smog in Beijing 28.6.2016 Environmental News Network
Beijing and surrounding areas of China often suffer from choking smog. The Chinese government has made commitments to improving air quality and has achieved notable results in reducing emissions from the power and transportation sectors. However, new research indicates that the government could achieve dramatic air quality improvements with more attention on an overlooked source of outdoor pollution -- residential cooking and heating."Coal and other dirty solid fuels are frequently used in homes for cooking and heating," said Denise Mauzerall, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public and international affairs at Princeton University. "Because these emissions are essentially uncontrolled they emit a disproportionately large amount of air pollutants which contribute substantially to smog in Beijing and surrounding regions."
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Trading Places: Neocons and Cockroaches 28.6.2016 Views
Robert Parry

If the human species extinguishes itself in a flash of thermonuclear craziness and the surviving cockroaches later develop the intellect to assess why humans committed this mass suicide, the cockroach historians may conclude that it was our failure to hold the neoconservatives accountable in the first two decades of the Twenty-first Century that led to our demise.

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As the UK Exits, the Need for a Strong Climate Movement Remains 28.6.2016
Britain's vote last week to leave the European Union will be a disaster for the climate -- both physical and political -- on both sides of the Atlantic. Most obvious are all of the direct impacts Britain's departure from the European Union will have on environmental policies outright. "Leave" zealots don't care much for the caps on carbon and free markets that Cameron's Tories have also shunned, and UKIP party head Nigel Farage is eager to cut through the E.U. " red tape " of environmental regulations. Worse, many Brexiteers also happen to deny temperatures are rising at all, setting them apart even from Cameron and his Tory comrades. One  recent study  found that Brexit voters are nearly twice as likely as their "Remain" counterparts to deny the existence of man-made climate change -- with two out of three thinking the media are guilty of exaggerating scientific consensus on the matter. Farage even  called  wind energy "the biggest collective economic insanity I've seen in my entire life." Fresh off the ...
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Why the Sanders "Revolution" Must Take on the Permanent War State 28.6.2016
Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator, speaks to the crowd at The People's Summit at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 18, 2016. (Photo: Kelly Wenzel / The New York Times) The People's Summit that emerged out of Bernie Sanders supporters' grassroots energy has failed to deal seriously with the problem of the "permanent war state" -- the central power bloc in the United States government that looms menacingly over everything the movement hopes to accomplish. Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator, speaks to the crowd at The People's Summit at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 18, 2016. (Photo: Kelly Wenzel / The New York Times) The People's Summit in Chicago June 17-19 dramatically displayed both the strengths and the vulnerabilities of what has emerged in 2016 as one of the most potentially powerful movements for fundamental change in the United States in many decades. The event, which brought together 3,000 committed movement activists to rally in support of the "political revolution" given impetus ...
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Gun-control group intends to pressure vulnerable Republican senators 28.6.2016 Washington Post
Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio and Heidi Heitkamp are just some of the senators Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety organization will focus on.
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On Demand, and Demanding Their Rights 28.6.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in our Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  Travis Kalanick, Uber’s founder, recently recalled that when he first started the company seven years ago, “it was easy to communicate with the handful of drivers using the app.” Uber’s marketing manager called each of the drivers regularly, Kalanick said, “to get their feedback and make sure things were working well.” Nowadays, Uber has far more than a handful of drivers—it has more than 400,000 in the United States alone, and many drivers complain that Uber’s managers no longer listen to them to make sure things are working well. “They do whatever they want,” said Bigu Haider, an Uber driver in New York who is furious at Uber over fare cuts and other moves that have reduced his income. “I don’t see any voice for the drivers.” Such heartfelt complaints are heard across much of the digital on-demand economy, whether at Mechanical Turk, TaskRabbit, Lyft, or Instacart. The internet is crackling with gig workers’ complaints about sub-minimum ...
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Texas V United States 28.6.2016 Politics on
I am speaking with Harry DeMell, an Immigration Lawyer from New York City. Schupak: So. The Supreme Court has ruled on the immigration case of Texas v U.S. It was a split decision, four to four decision. What do you make out of this? DeMell: I think that this was the best of all possible decisions. It means that the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stands. Had Justice Scalia lived the law would have been struck down. Had it gone the other way it would have supported a significant extension of the president's power. Schupak: Remind me again what this case was about. DeMell: Several years ago President Obama issued an executive order allowing certain children who came to this country without permanent residence, to stay here, work, go to school, and travel. Then two years ago he issued an order allowing their parents to stay the same way. That second order was challenged and was invalidated by the appeals court. Schupak: What's wrong with that order? It allows parents to stay with their ...
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Phasing Out Coal: The Philippines At A Crossroad 28.6.2016 Politics on
THE TIDE IS RISING: 20,000 Filipinos gathered for the largest march for climate justice in the country's history before the December 2016 Paris Talks. (c) "Crash in Ph Mining stocks this morning. There go the coal plants too. Can't look." These were the words tweeted by Manny Pangilinan, the CEO of the Philippines' biggest utility Meralco, which heavily invests in coal plants. Mr. Pangilinan is one of the top business tycoons in the country and his tweet was in reaction to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that environmentalist Gina Lopez had been offered the position of Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). His Tweet is just a glimpse of the degree of reaction from the mining and coal industry to this development and the possibilities that are likely to unfold. Ms. Gina Lopez is a well-known environmentalist and vocal anti-mining advocate. In recent times she has lent her voice and support to affected communities and the broad movement in ...
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Obama To Set New Clean Energy Goal: 50 Percent Carbon-Free Power By 2025 28.6.2016 NPR News
Aides acknowledge that's it's a "stretch goal" for North America, requiring commitments over and above what the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to as part of the Paris climate agreement.
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Justice Kennedy’s surpisingly open mind 28.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The justice broke with his conservative colleagues and his own previously held opinions in two key Supreme Court rulings.
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3 Insider Clues that Demand Response is the Key to a Clean Energy Future in California and beyond 27.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jamie Fine California is at the forefront of the clean energy revolution. Innovative policies have helped make the state number one in solar installations and clean tech , and meet the 33 percent renewable energy goal early. This has provided the courage to set a course for half of the Golden state’s electricity to be renewably-sourced by 2030. Three new clues indicate that demand response (DR) will be the key that unlocks our clean energy future. Traditional demand response signals customers to voluntarily and temporarily reduce their energy use at times when the electric grid is stressed. But there are also other types of demand response that signal customers, their appliances, and their electric vehicles to increase their energy use when electricity is clean, abundant, and cheap. I refer to it as “ secret agent DR ” because of its stealth quality. Its automated nature allows customers to benefit from demand response without having to think about it on a daily basis. Instead third party companies ...
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Obama Pushed to Pardon Snowden Before Leaving Office 27.6.2016 Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Edward Snowden's lawyer is renewing a push for clemency for the famous NSA whistleblower from the White House before President Barack Obama leaves office in January.

He is unlikely to receive a more receptive hearing from Hillary Clinton, who has said he shouldn't be allowed to return without "facing the music."
New York Magazine

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New York’s Standby Tariff: Standing in the Way of Distributed Energy? 27.6.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Marc Rauch Late last month, New York took a major step toward rethinking utility economics when it issued the “Order Adopting a Ratemaking and Utility Revenue Model Policy Framework” (also known as Track 2 Order). This action aims to better align New York’s electricity system with  Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) , the state’s initiative to transform the electric grid into a cleaner, more efficient, and affordable system. But buried in this 180-plus page document is another important development for New York’s clean energy future: Nearly 10 pages are dedicated to re-examining the state’s controversial standby tariff. Frequently cited as a major obstacle to distributed power generation (e.g. combined heat and power (CHP) systems, rooftop solar panels, energy efficiency, and storage), the standby tariff is a special electricity rate charged to large commercial and industrial customers who produce some of their own electricity but remain connected to the grid. While utilities say they need standby ...
The Provenance Of Brexit, And Other Populist Uprisings 27.6.2016 Politics on
Whenever political power is exercised in a way that results in sustained, widespread economic suffering for large numbers of people, demagogues will arise, like flies around turd, to exploit that suffering, in order to gain political power, often outsized political power, for themselves. Moreover, such demagogues rarely offer, or even have the competence or understanding to offer, political remedies to the economic malaise that is fueling their rise, nor are they much interested in such remedies: what interests them is their own, often megalomaniacal ambition. What they offer, therefore, is never remedies, but rather scapegoats. And this offering finds ready soil among the economically damaged, as their legitimate injuries are converted to illegitimate blood lust aimed at the targeted scapegoats. Hitler had the Jews, and Trump has his Muslims, his Mexicans, his immigrants, whatever. And so did the leaders of the Brexit campaign, who fed the fears of hordes of immigrants and asylum-seekers flooding ...
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Conviction of ex-Va. governor vacated 27.6.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously threw out the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions 27.6.2016 LA Times: Nation

The Supreme Court, in a victory for abortion-rights advocates, has limited the power of Texas and other states to restrict or effectively shut down clinics that offer the procedure.

The justices, by a 5-3 vote, said Monday that Texas lawmakers went too far by imposing unnecessary regulations that...

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