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How your U.S. lawmakers voted 29.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Here’s how Washington state’s members of the U.S. House and Senate voted on major issues in the week ending May 27. Congress is now on Memorial Day recess until the week of June 6.
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Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Low-Octane Energy Policy 28.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Emily Schwartz Greco

Time was, picturing what Donald Trump’s presidential energy policies might look like required parsing his fact-defying tweets, forehead slap-worthy comments and threats to seize Middle Eastern oil by force.

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Trump's Energy Policy: Take America Back to 1940 28.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Yesterday afternoon I endured the live stream of Donald Trump's "energy policy" speech from the stage at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in North Dakota. Of course, Trump's speech was not a speech on comprehensive energy policy at all, but more of his now typical pandering to the audience in front of him by stringing together slogans lifted directly from conservative orthodoxy. Between his usual sophomoric insults and name calling, he set out a long list of executive actions he would supposedly take to implement his "policy". Unfortunately, his speech contained no substance, even while calling for an "America First" policy which called for our country to slip back into a dark past of polluted water, fouled air, and deadly work conditions. By Trumperizing the McCain/Palin campaign's "Drill, Baby, Drill" slogan from 2008, his ramblings were nothing more than a caricature of what has already been proven to be a short sighted and certainly unwise approach to energy policy. One need only recall ...
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The Menace of Arbitrary Power and the Duty of Judicial Engagement: A Further Reply to Greg Weiner 28.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There is no question of more pressing and fundamental importance to modern American constitutional law: Is it proper for judges to broadly and systematically defer to the mere will of government officials when those officials seek to deprive private citizens of what is rightfully theirs? Over the course of several exchanges , it has become apparent that Professor Greg Weiner and I answer that question very differently. Our differing answers are downstream from underlying disagreements about the Constitution's substantive mission and the role of the federal judiciary in furthering that mission. To summarize: Weiner believes that the Constitution is a majoritarian document--that, under the Constitution (to borrow Judge Robert Bork's language), "in wide areas of life majorities are entitled to rule, if they wish, simply because they are majorities." Thus, Weiner advocates judicial restraint--judicial deference to the will of legislative and executive branch officials when their actions are challenged in ...
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Putin blasts West on first 2016 trip to EU country 28.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Athens • On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly-expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country’s security. Putin arrived in Athens on a two-day visit and emerged from talks with the Greek government to lash the United States and NATO allies, also accusing them of stifling trade and energy cooperation with Russia. Earlier this month, the U.S. program wa...
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Pretty Much Everything Donald Trump Said About Energy and Climate was Wrong, Ignorant, or Gibberish* 28.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has largely been a policy-free, fact-free, detail-free event, based on emotion (especially fear), pandering to shallow slogans ("Make America Great"), and the aggressive personal and ad hominem abuse of his republican and democratic opponents. As a result, it is of special interest when Trump tries to address real issues and policies. This has happened only a few times, but it offers a glimpse into how woefully ignorant Trump is and how absolutely unprepared and unqualified he is to assume any kind of public office or hold any position of political power. We had such a glimpse this week, when Trump rolled out a first look at how he views energy and environmental issues. Giving a rare pre-written and telepromptered speech before a select crowd in North Dakota, Trump addressed environmental issues, the faltering coal industry, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, international energy markets and the oil trade, and government regulations. To say that real energy ...
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The Brazilian Coup and Washington’s “Rollback” in Latin America 27.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Mark Weisbrot

It is clear that the executive branch of the U.S. government favors the coup underway in Brazil, even though they have been careful to avoid any explicit endorsement of it. Exhibit A was the meeting between Tom Shannon, the 3rd ranking U.S. State Department official and the one who is almost certainly in charge of handling this situation, with Senator Aloysio Nunes, one of the leaders of the impeachment in the Brazilian Senate, on April 20.

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Trump's Climate Change Denial Is Already Complicating the Paris Climate Deal 27.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If Donald Trump wins and pulls the U.S. out of its climate change commitments, some countries wonder, why should they keep their own? Donald Trump first shared his analysis of the climate crisis in a now infamous 2012 tweet-rant : "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," he claimed. The Republican presidential hopeful has since dialed back the rhetoric, calling that earlier claim a joke . But -- as in other areas of critical domestic and international concern -- he's fallen short when pressed for specifics on what a Trump presidency would mean for energy and the climate. It seemed his oft-repeated phrase "trust me, I'll get the best people " was as close as the American public was going to get to details. Until now. The best Trump could find turns out to be climate denier and staunch fossil fuel backer Kevin Cramer , a two-term Republican congressman from oil- and coal-rich North Dakota. As a newly tapped energy adviser, ...
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Yanis Varoufakis on Privatization, Human Rights and Capitalism 27.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In this interview with the former finance minister of Greece and founder of DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), Yanis Varoufakis, a host of issues are discussed, including privatization, human rights, media, his experience with the EU and capitalism's ability to reform. TRANSCRIPT: Zain Raza: I want to talk about privatization. In December of 2015, a German airport operator called FRAPORT won the bid to operate and maintain 14 regional airports in Greece. According to their website, Lufthansa owns around 8.45 percent shares in FRAPORT. Specifically about privatization, have the Greek people benefited from it? Yanis Varoufakis: I keep an open mind on privatization. When people ask me, "Are you in favor or against it?" My answer is: it depends -- which privatization and under what conditions and circumstances. So when it came to the privatization of, let's say, a telecom company, the Greek telecom company, I don't think that was a bad idea. But if you ask me about the privatization of the ...
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Donald Trump just made an extremely important promise. It's one of his worst yet. 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Donald Trump just made an extremely important promise. It's one of his worst yet.
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Krauthammer: There's no idealism in containment 27.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON • How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation — or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order? For realists, generally conservative, history is an endless cycle of clashing power politics. The same ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar 27.5.2016 Washington Post
Some states may be making a big mistake about rooftop solar
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There's A Solution To People Abusing Their Wealth: Super-High Taxes 27.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Peter Thiel offers a case study in the way America's top tax rate is much, much too low. This week, we learned that Thiel -- a Silicon Valley techno-libertarian billionaire who co-founded PayPal, sits on the board of Facebook and is estimated to be worth $2.7 billion -- is trying to sue Gawker Media out of existence by financially backing plaintiffs who want to bring lawsuits against the company.  What does it mean that Thiel has amassed enough wealth -- and thus enough power -- to make a credible attempt to cripple a major media company by throwing money at the legal system? It doesn't necessarily tell us that individuals shouldn't be able to fund litigation. It tells us that some people in this country have too much money. Thiel funding a lawsuit he wasn't involved in, a practice known as champerty , was once illegal in the U.S. But as  Eugene Kontorovich , a professor at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, points out in The Washington Post this week, anti-champerty laws eventually ...
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The arrow of history 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
President Obama leaves a dual legacy on foreign policy, one of idealism tempered by realpolitik.
California regulators approve battery storage to help avoid summer blackouts 27.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

State regulators have approved the purchase of battery storage for electricity to support Southern California's energy supply, which faces potential shortages because of the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.

The California Public Utilities Commission wants Southern California...

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New Economy, New Media -- Same Old Power Relations 27.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On the business pages in recent weeks we've learned about Amazon's "union avoidance techniques" that violate the spirit of the nation's labor laws (if not the letter); Valeant pharmaceutical corporation buying up the patents on two widely-used heart medicines only to jack up the price 720 percent; and Volkswagen and other automakers violating emissions standards to sell millions of cars that pumped more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the law allowed. These examples of moral decrepitude coming from some of the most hyped and admired corporations don't even include the depredations of Wall Street banks , or the practices of for-profit "universities" like Corinthian that ripped-off veterans. ExxonMobil spent millions of dollars promoting propaganda that knowingly lied about the effects of climate change. The Wall Street banks pay out large fines but never admit criminal wrongdoing while using fraud as a business model . Pharmaceutical giants spend more on marketing than they do on research and ...
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Donald Trump Said Some Things About Energy 27.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump likes energy. All the energy. And he will make it great again. "I am into all types of energy," he said in a press conference in North Dakota Thursday, ahead of an address on energy to an oil and gas industry conference. Except solar is "very expensive" and wind is "killing all the eagles" and needs "massive subsidies," according to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. (Fact check: The price of both solar and wind has been declining rapidly. And while wind turbines have killed birds, so do buildings , cats and power lines .) But anyway, Donald Trump says his energy policy would include approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but ensuring the American people get "a piece of the profits." He did not elaborate on how he would do that. "We will make so much money from energy," he said. "We will make so much money we will start to pay down our $19 trillion in debt." Trump also said he would undo the "tremendous number of rules, regulations … probably 75 percent of which are absolutely ...
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There's a lot to unpack in just one of Donald Trump's answers about energy policy 27.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Let's provide some context.
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Trump uses energy speech to outline general election pitch 27.5.2016 AP Politics
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an &quot;America first&quot; energy plan he said would unleash unfettered production of oil, coal, natural gas and other energy sources to push the United States toward energy independence....
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Gas leak in downtown Seattle comes day after lights go out 27.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Utility workers have capped a gas leak that forced the closure of a portion of Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle
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