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As a prognosticator, John Boehner sucks donkey snot 27.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Remember this from back in December, when certain elements in the Republican Party were suggesting that they shouldn't invite President Obama to deliver a State of the Union address? Asked if he planned to extend an invitation to Obama, Boehner replied, “Listen, the more the president talks about his ideas, the more unpopular he becomes. Why would I want to deprive him of that opportunity?” You need new talking points , Johnny: Well, looking at Gallup tracking data, on the day of the State of the Union address, Obama’s approval rating was just a little underwater – 46% approval, 49% disapproval. As of today, those numbers are largely reversed – 50% approval, 45% disapproval. As a matter of fact, most Americans liked the ideas the president outlined in that speech. Wrong again, Mr. Speaker ...
2014: hottest year on record 27.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Don't be fooled by a winter blizzard this week! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rated 2014 as the hottest year in the global temperature record and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) promptly chimed in with the same finding. But there's wiggle room for the dedicated energy shill to wiggle around in, because both organizations also give an error margin when they rate a year. Chris Mooney walks us through it : The figure comes from slide 5 of the PowerPoint presentation mentioned above, where NASA scientists noted that there was a 38 percent chance that 2014 was the hottest year, but only a 23 percent chance that the honor goes to the next contender, 2010, and a 17 percent chance that it goes to 2005. The same slide shows that NOAA’s scientists were even more confident in the 2014 record, ranking it as having a 48 percent probability, compared with only an 18 percent chance for 2010 and a 13 percent chance for 2005. A figure of 38 percent may sound modest, as if ...
Bay Area finally ready to tackle income inequality 27.1.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Even in the prosperous Bay Area, “there’s this sense that there are missed opportunities by not having a larger cross-section of the community engaged in and benefiting from the economy, And there’s a sense that the prosperity we’re experiencing is not sustainable if we stay on the same trajectory.” The Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Standard & Poor’s and a growing number of economists — authorities the private sector pays attention to — agree. [...] they say, income inequality is a major obstacle to economic growth. Though we’re yet to seeing any net decrease in say, corporate compensation, “there’s a lot more discussion and reflection about it in their ranks, and that’s usually a precursor to some sort of action,” said Blackwell, who has participated in some of those discussions. Last week, AT&T announced a grant program for nonprofit and for-profit ed-tech ventures focused on sharpening students’ employable tech skills. ...
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Only 12 of the 64 Democrats who voted for the Stupak Amendment are still in the House 27.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Ex-Rep. Bart Stupak (D), the leader of a bygone anti-choice rebellion in 2009 A lot has changed in the five-plus years since then-Rep. Bart Stupak forced a vote on an anti-choice amendment that nearly derailed the passage of the Affordable Care Act. If you weren't following the ins-and-outs of the health care reform debate back in 2009, Stupak, a Democrat, wanted language added to the ACA that would prohibit the use of federal funds from paying for abortions—even though the notorious Hyde Amendment had already done so for decades. Democrats held a wide majority in Congress at the time, but Stupak's retrograde amendment passed the House because 64 Democrats joined with all 176 Republicans to vote in favor of it . However, the amendment ultimately did not become law because there was insufficient support for it in the Senate—though President Obama did sign an executive order that purported to restrict abortion funding in order to placate Stupak's junta. The amendment also didn't save many Democratic hides ...
Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the US-Mexico Border 27.1.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country's border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. "We have learned lots from Gaza," he told the audience. "It's a great laboratory." Elkabetz was speaking at a border technology conference and fair surrounded by a dazzling display of technology—the components of his boundary-building lab. There were surveillance balloons with high-powered cameras floating over a desert-camouflaged armored vehicle made by Lockheed Martin. There were seismic sensor systems used to detect the movement of people and other wonders of the modern border-policing world. Around Elkabetz, you could see vivid examples of where the future of such policing was heading, as imagined not by a dystopian science fiction writer but by some of the top corporate ...
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Protests As Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Resume In New York Today 27.1.2015 Crooks Liars
Negotiators working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) convened today in New York City. Even the location was kept secret until the last possible minute, but hundreds of trade, labor, environmental, health, communities of color , anti-GMO and food justice , anti-fracking , animal and other activists still showed up in the big blizzard to protest the secret trade agreement and "fast track" trade promotion authority (TPA). TPP is a huge "trade" agreement, which will set the rules for 40 percent of the world's economy. It is being negotiated in secret. Corporate representatives are part of the process, stakeholders like environmental, consumer, labor, democracy, health and other groups are excluded from the negotiations. Needless to say the agreement (some of it has leaked) reflects corporate interests at the expense of the rest of us and our governments. Meanwhile President Obama is asking Congress to pass fast-track TPA, which rigs the rules so that Congress essentially pre-approves TPP before ...
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Surprise! Republicans can't even agree on border security 27.1.2015 Daily Kos
Once again, House Republicans pulled a bill that they couldn't agree on—this time on border security, reports Jamie Dupree . With looming questions about internal support for a limited border security bill amongst House Republicans, GOP leaders bumped the measure from this week’s legislative schedule in the U.S. House, and did not immediately give lawmakers an idea as to when it might be revived. Thank goodness for Mother Nature and the giant storm she's whipped up for the East Coast so the GOP leadership could save a shred of dignity. Prior to Monday's news, Homeland Security Chair, Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, had been touting it as the "toughest border security bill ever" and the "gateway" to their long talk/slow walk on passing piecemeal legislation that addresses immigration. Here's the problem, Democrats won't vote for it because Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson has labeled it "extreme to the point of being unworkable." Naturally, conservative Republicans won't vote for it because it's not extreme ...
McConnell's big 'open amendment' ruse 27.1.2015 Daily Kos
Laura Clawson wrote earlier about the farce that is new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "open amendment" process for the Keystone XL bill. She included a snippet of video from the floor "debate" in which Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) repeatedly tried to ask for one minute to explain his proposed amendment before the Republican majority voted to table it. He was essentially ignored by McConnell. But there's a longer clip of how the Democratic amendments were handled by McConnell, and it's worth watching to see Markey as well as his colleagues Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed (D-RI) get shut down. Just for fun watch the woman in yellow, McConnell's floor aide, as she prompts Republicans too lazy to pay attention as to when to raise their hands, and how another whispers instructions on how to dispense with Democratic objections to the presiding officer, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). So now I guess we know how McConnell is going to handle his promise to give Democrats votes on their amendments—as soon as ...
Whoops! Republicans wreck their own argument that big snowstorms mean global warming can't be real 27.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Massachusetts State Police have a sense of humor. Expert predictions of the Nor'easter storm call it "historic" and "life-threatening." Meteorologists are saying the Northeast, including Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and New York City will get two, perhaps three, feet of snow from the storm. Officials are telling people to go home. Or, if they already are, to stay there. Quite sad for Republicans. Up until last week, large numbers of them were still denying that climate change was happening. And then, in a bit of tricksy voting on an amendment to the bill that would fast track the Keystone XL pipeline, all but one Senate Republican said they accept that climate change is actually occurring. The majority weren't willing to accept that humans are the cause of this change, but they moved off their longtime claims that no change is taking place. Okay, they say, it's happening, but it's not our fault. Because, you know, only God can change the climate. Or so says the chief denier, Republican Sen. Jim ...
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Likely GOP Candidates Say They Are Worried About Income Inequality, Push Policies That Worsen It 27.1.2015 Think Progres

Republicans are crafting their messaging for the 2016 election and are including concerns about the working class.

The post Likely GOP Candidates Say They Are Worried About Income Inequality, Push Policies That Worsen It appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Greek people have chosen hope 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Get used to Obama's swagger 27.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Here's some practical advice to those who didn't like President Barack Obama's swagger during his recent State of the Union address: Get used to ...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Sink the Middle Class 27.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Labor organizations rallied in opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade deal in Washington, DC, May 7, 2014. (Photo: AFGE ) Truthout needs your help to publish grassroots investigative journalism and to share visions for a brighter future. Contribute now by clicking here! Six years into his presidency, President Obama is now taking heat from a surprising place: congressional Democrats, who are lining up against his plan to force the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress without any debate whatsoever. If approved, the TPP, or as I like to call it, the Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Agreement - SHAFTA - would create a whole new set of rules regulating the economies of 12 countries on four different continents bordering the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, because the TPP is being negotiated almost entirely in secret, we don't know a lot about it. What we do know about it, though, comes almost entirely from leaks, and those leaks paint a pretty scary picture. Thanks to groups like ...
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America doesn't just have one deficit, and Bernie Sanders wants to address seven of them 26.1.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to talk about the deficits. Yes, plural. The ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee says the next budget should address a series of deficits in investment in the American economy. Income inequality, lack of jobs and especially good jobs, poor infrastructure, bad trade deals, retirement insecurity, and a failure to invest in education—these are deficits that affect the entire American economy, dragging it down and slowing growth. That's what Sanders wants to address : At a time when this country has an obscene level of income and wealth inequality, we need a budget that ends the outrageous loopholes that exist and asks the wealthiest people and largest corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes. At a time when real unemployment remains much too high, we need a budget that creates millions of decent paying jobs. At a time when our infrastructure is collapsing, we need a budget that rebuilds our crumbling roads, bridges, dams, levees, ...
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Ohio Gov. Kasich Pushes For Dangerous Balanced Budget Amendment 26.1.2015 Crooks Liars
Surprise, surprise. Ohio Gov. John Kasich ( R-Revolving Door Wall Street ) made an appearance on this weekend's Fox News Sunday, sounding the alarms that we had better pass a balanced budget amendment to the constitution or we're all gonna' die! And he really doesn't want the capital gains tax raised. That might harm those "job creators." Host Chris Wallace even asked Kasich about some of the warnings we've heard about the proposal , and Kasich just blew them off and claimed the Congress could make exceptions for unusual ...
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Transmission Line That Could Bring Wind And Solar Power To Millions In West Gets Go-Ahead 26.1.2015 Think Progres

The new transmission lines would span across New Mexico and Arizona, and add up to 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid.

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Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1st quarter 26.1.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows.And many businesses expect the steep drop in oil prices in recent...
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As Fed meets this week, low inflation will likely keep it 'patient' about a rate increase 26.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Why Rand Paul Is Wrong About Social Security Disability 26.1.2015
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Contrary to analysis, Paul has insisted that half the people getting Social Security disability are only suffering from back aches and occasional anxieties faced by all workers. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! The Republican Congress decided to make overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business. On the first day of the new session it put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address the shortfall the program is projected to face some time next year. Republican leaders like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul justified this change by insisting that half the people getting disability had the sort of back aches and occasional anxieties that we all face. The difference is that they get checks from the government rather than working. For this reason, ...
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Minnesota economy beats Wisconsin: 7 charts, 1 table 26.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota's economy outperforms Wisconsin's economy. It's been that way for years. Those trends have accelerated since the end of the Great Recession.
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