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New From Trump University: Election Rigging 101 19.1.2017 Truthout.com
Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. The manipulations took three monumental forms: Russian cyber-sabotage; FBI meddling; and systematic Republican efforts, especially in swing states, to prevent minority citizens from casting votes. The cumulative effect was more than sufficient to shift the outcome in Trump's favor and put the least qualified major-party candidate in the history of the republic into the White House. Trumpist internet trolls and Trump himself dismiss such concerns as sour grapes, but for anyone who takes seriously the importance of operating a democracy these assaults on the nation's core political process constitute threats to the country's very being. Let's look at each of these areas of electoral interference in detail. Gone Phishing: The Drone of Info Warfare Suppose one morning you receive an email from your Internet service provider telling you a security breach has put ...
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Climate Denier Scott Pruitt Faces Protests at Senate Hearing as 2016 Is Declared Hottest Year Ever 19.1.2017 Truthout.com
On Wednesday, scientists with both NASA and NOAA -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- confirmed 2016 was the hottest year on record, topping the previous record set in 2015, which topped the previous record only one year earlier. The unprecedented warming of the planet due to human-caused climate change comes as Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testified in front of the Senate Wednesday during his confirmation hearing to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has long denied the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. Dozens of people protested outside his hearing. At least three people were arrested. We hear Sen. Bernie Sanders questioning Pruitt, and speak to Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. Please check back later for full ...
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Rep. Justin Amash the latest Republican to feel constituents' ire over Obamacare repeal 19.1.2017 Daily Kos
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash  got an earful from his constituents in a town meeting Tuesday, a standing-room-only affair in which dozens were turned away when the room reached capacity. What drew such large numbers to a routine town hall meeting? Judging by the about 250 packing the auditorium, it was to aggressively question the Michigan Republican about his stance on issues ranging from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to climate change to immigration. […] "Do you or do you not support the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act with or without a replacement?" one attendee asked. When Amash answered, saying he expects the burden of replacing the federal law upon repeal to fall to individual state governments, the crowd erupted with dissent. The congressman calmed the crowd, saying his support for federal repeal would be contingent on states first providing plans for replacement. "You can have a repeal that is triggered by state replacement," he said. "In other words, you pass legislation to ...
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Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey makes a strong case against three key Trump nominees 19.1.2017 Daily Kos
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey is not exactly at the outer left edge of the Democratic Party. Where he holds strong or unusual opinions, he’s not a firebrand. And he represents a state the Donald Trump won. So his announcement that he’ll be opposing Betsy DeVos as education secretary, Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is significant and encouraging. Casey issued strong and specific statements (which you can read in full below) explaining each of his three decisions and delving into multiple problems with each of the nominees. He cited not just Betsy DeVos’ “efforts to undermine and privatize public schools,” but her support for “radical” anti-LGBT organizations and the fact that: I fought hard to pass into law the Campus SaVE Act, which put in place uniform reporting standards for sexual assaults on college campuses. I am offended that President-elect Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Education has supported efforts to make it harder for ...
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Indie Focus Sundance Special Edition: Park City Takeover! 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to a special Sundance getting-started edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies.

As our intrepid Sundance Film Festival reporting team makes its way to Park City, Utah, for the annual event, we are frankly so excited about everything that...

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Trump team prepares dramatic cuts 19.1.2017 The Hill
Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.
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Rick Perry will tell Senate panel why he should lead the Energy Department, which he once wanted to eliminate 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, will face questions from a Senate committee Thursday over his plans for a department that controls the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and regulates oil and gas drilling.

Perry, who served more than 14 years as governor...

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Sundance is a place to sell things, and fortunately that includes good films 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Sundance 2017 updates: The curtain rises on a diverse slate of films, returning talent and a political vibe Jan. 19, 2017, 4 a.m. The Sundance Film Festival is always exciting - ski slopes, film nerds and movie stars! This year the festival is being held during a Presidential inauguration, a women's...
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Trump has aimed his NAFTA criticism at Mexico. But Canada is now worried. 19.1.2017 Washington Post: World
Trudeau’s aides reached out to the Trump team as fears grew about protectionism.
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The Stacked Deck 19.1.2017 American Prospect
The Ohio legislature’s lame duck session that ended in the wee hours of December 9, 2016, while most of the Buckeye State slept, was a multi-front legislative attack on progressive interests: Two abortion bans, a “guns everywhere” bill, a prohibition on localities setting their own minimum wages, plus a freeze on renewable energy incentives. The bonanza of far-right bills demonstrated what “emboldened” Republican legislators will attempt with solid majorities in the state legislature, Republican John Kasich in the governor’s mansion, and members of the GOP in the offices of secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer. Welcome to the dawn of Republican government. The nation should pay close attention to Ohio. This Republican legislative slap-down wasn’t a sign that this prototypical swing state has swung right—even though many state lawmakers have. This extreme swing does not reflect the sentiments of a majority of residents. Ohio is not just “the Rust Belt” or an amalgam of ...
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Donald Trump and his team are dodging climate science 19.1.2017 Washington Post: World
But things are different at the local and state levels.
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Have climate policies helped San Joaquin Valley? New report says yes 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake Jan. 18, 2017, 10 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: A state Senate committee is...
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Steamboat briefs: Fire, wildlife, habitat talk to be held at library Thursday 19.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampatika and the Routt National Forest present “Fire, Wildlife & Habitat: An exploration of fire and its influence in the West,” an evening with U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Missy Dressen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Library Hall. During this free talk, Dressen will explore the history of fire in the U.S. and work through a timeline to how fire is managed. Historically, fire patterns were altered across the West with fire suppression, but today’s conditions have changed with a buildup of fuels, homes in the urban interface and climate change. With these changes, wildlife habitats are likely experiencing changes beyond their historical range of variability. In some areas, habitats have remained for decades in a late successional phase, which may alter the wildlife dynamics, distribution and species composition. In other places, wildfire is changing Western landscapes, and fire’s role can have positive and negative effects on wildlife. A local case study will explore ...
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Solving the climate crisis, one hospital at a time 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

With early optimism surrounding the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change now fading into anxiety over potential changes to U.S. environmental policy under a Trump administration, many are looking for new leaders in the fight against global warming. Hospitals should step into the breach. Doing...

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2016 is the new hottest year on record – how NASA takes the planet’s temperature 19.1.2017 techCrunch
 NASA announced on Wednesday that in 2016, Earth experienced the hottest surface temperatures in modern history. Separate, independent analysis at NOAA provided the same conclusion. This makes the third year in a row that Earth experienced record high temperatures. These record years are part of a concerning long-term trend of increasing global temperatures. In fact, 16 of the 17 warmest years… Read ...
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Unprecedented: 2016 is 3rd straight warmest year on record globally 19.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Recent global temperature spike on top of longer term warming trend shows earth's climate system is out of balance.
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Wildfires, sea level rise, coral bleaching: How rising temperatures are already affecting Earth 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

From extreme wildfires in the Western United States to melting ice sheets in Antarctica, the effects of rising temperatures on Earth have not gone unnoticed.

On Wednesday, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced 2016 was the hottest year on record. Before that, the...

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Scott Pruitt vs. Science 19.1.2017 Mother Jones
Outside Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the hall was packed with demonstrators. Some were Standing Rock activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Others were wearing face masks to make a point about Pruitt's polluter allies. Many environmentalists argue that Pruitt is simply too deep in the pocket of the oil and gas industry to make his EPA anything but a farce when it comes to science. Inside the hearing, Pruitt at times seemed to bolster that case. Throughout the morning, he hedged on the basic science on a range of issues under the EPA's purview, faltering even when it came to the most well-established impacts of pollution. On climate change, Pruitt claimed there's more scientific controversy than there really is. He acknowledged that global warming is not a "hoax" and that humans have at least some impact on the climate. But, he added, "the ability to measure and pursue the degree and the extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject ...
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Gov. Jerry Brown touts partnerships with China amid warnings about the future 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake Jan. 18, 2017, 2:45 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: A state Senate committee...
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Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016 19.1.2017 Outside the Beltway
The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.
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