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Elaine Chao Keeps Mum 13.1.2017 American Prospect
Patsy Lynch/MediaPunch/IPX Elaine Chao testifies on Capitol Hill at her confirmation hearing to become the secretary of transportation.  Members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee asked some very good questions about the Donald Trump administration’s future transportation policy Wednesday. They wanted to know the administration’s positions on privatizing and modernizing the air traffic control system. They had questions about tunnel, highway, and commuter rail projects around the country. They asked about rural infrastructure, federal permitting, and transportation grants and loans. But mostly, the senators wanted to hear about the Trump administration’s highly anticipated national infrastructure investment plan, one of the president-elect’s most eagerly anticipated initiatives. But transportation secretary nominee Elaine Chao wasn’t giving up anything, maintaining instead the incoming administration’s disturbing penchant for keeping secrets about their policy plans. Exactly ...
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The Fight Over Seismic Testing for Atlantic Oil and Gas Will Continue Under Trump 11.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Last week the Obama administration  announced  that it denied all six pending permits to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean, handing environmental advocates a long-sought victory in the effort to protect the area from hazards related to offshore energy exploration. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper cited the potential risk to marine life from seismic testing,  which involves  constantly firing blasts of compressed air into the ocean for weeks and even months on end. The noise from the blasts is so loud that it can be heard up to 2,500 miles away. The US government's own estimates found that seismic testing in the Atlantic could  injure as many as 138,000 marine mammals  like dolphins and whales while disturbing the activities of many other species. In 2015, 75 leading marine scientists  sent a letter  to President Obama warning that "the magnitude of the proposed seismic activity is likely to have significant, long-lasting, and widespread ...
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North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Has Cost the State More Than $560 Million So Far 9.1.2017 Truthout.com
Opponents of a North Carolina bill that limited transgender students' bathroom access protest in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 11, 2016. The economic losses caused by the bill is estimated to be more than a half a billion dollars. (Photo: Ray Whitehouse / The New York Times) At a Jan. 4 economic forum sponsored by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, newly elected Gov. Roy Cooper (D) asked businesses for help repealing the state's widely criticized House Bill 2, which, among other things, prevents transgender people from using the restroom that matches their gender identity and bars local governments from passing nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community. Cooper said he thinks a clean repeal of HB2 would pass the Republican-dominated General Assembly, and he called on business leaders to pressure legislative leaders to put it to a vote.  Last month state lawmakers held a special session to repeal the law after Cooper, who had not yet been sworn in, brokered a deal with Republican ...
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How Savior Mentality Stands in the Way of Solidarity Organizing: An Interview With Jordan Flaherty 8.1.2017 Truthout.com
History teaches us a lot about the "great men" who changed things and not enough about the collective struggles that forced that change, says Jordan Flaherty in this Truthout interview. Once we understand how real revolutionary change has always come about, we will stop being fooled by would-be heroes and saviors. History teaches us a lot about the "great men" who changed things and not enough about the collective struggles that forced that change, says Jordan Flaherty. (Photo: AK Press) In the real world, people don't need heroes or rescue: They need systemic solutions to racism, patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism. But the seductive myth of the savior complex all too often leads us astray, as Jordan Flaherty shows in No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality. Robin D.G. Kelley calls this book "A perfect gift for the age of Trump." Get your copy by making a tax-deductible donation to Truthout today! "Social movements have an unfortunate history of following the leadership of ...
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Virginia Congressman Behind Ethics Rollback Attempt Accused of Conflict of Interest Over Pipeline 6.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, during a hearing of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on February 5, 2013. (Photo: Christopher Gregory / The New York Times) US Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who heads the House Judiciary Committee, led a surprise effort this week to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), giving no advance notice about the proposed changes and allowing no debate on his measure before putting it up for a secret-ballot vote. The OCE was created in 2008 following corruption scandals resulting in prison sentences for three congressmen. But a day after his measure's initial passage, Goodlatte withdrew the rule changes amid public outcry, with lawmakers  reporting  their offices were swamped with calls from constituents opposed to the move. Even President-elect Donald Trump  weighed in on Twitter  by questioning congressional priorities, though he also called the OCE "unfair." While the OCE does not issue sanctions, it does  produce ...
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Obama's Permanent Atlantic Drilling Ban Excludes Most of the Southeast Coast 22.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
This week President Obama made a long-anticipated announcement that he was imposing a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in parts of the Arctic and the Atlantic -- but the protected area in the Atlantic excludes much of the Southeast coast. On Tuesday, Obama announced he was withdrawing 5,990 square miles in the north and mid-Atlantic from future drilling, protecting 31 ecologically sensitive undersea canyons that extend from the Heezen Canyon off the New England coast to the Norfolk Canyon about 70 miles off the coast of Virginia near the Maryland border. The move builds on Obama's creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument protecting over 4,900 square miles of marine ecosystems southeast of Cape Cod. "The President's bold action recognizes the vulnerable marine environments in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, their critical and irreplaceable ecological value, as well as the unique role that commercial fishing and subsistence use plays in the regions' economies ...
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Lobbyist named head of Miss America Foundation board 21.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Washington lobbyist and former aide to the first President George Bush has been named chairman of the board of the Miss America Foundation. Lanny Griffith is the CEO of the BGR Group, and a former Miss America judge. Griffith was a special assistant to Bush, serving as liaison to […]
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Lobbyist named head of Miss America Foundation board 21.12.2016 AP National
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A Washington lobbyist and former aide to the first President George Bush has been named chairman of the board of the Miss America Foundation....
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New Orleans mayor apologizes for police killings after Katrina as he announces settlements with victims’ families 20.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans mayor apologizes for police killings after Katrina as he announces settlements with victims’ families.
New Orleans mayor says settlements over deadly police shootings after Katrina amount to $13.3 million with 17 plaintiffs 20.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans mayor says settlements over deadly police shootings after Katrina amount to $13.3 million with 17 plaintiffs.
Mayor: Settlements in lawsuits over Katrina police shootings 20.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city of New Orleans will announce details of settlements resolving civil rights lawsuits over deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina, the mayor’s office announced Monday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is scheduled to discuss the settlements at a news conference Monday afternoon. A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said the settlements resolve […]
New Orleans mayor to announce settlements in cases over killings by police around Hurricane Katrina 20.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

New Orleans' mayor says he will announce the settlement of civil rights lawsuits over deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina. 

A news release Monday says Mayor Mitch Landrieu will make the announcement later in the day. A spokeswoman for the mayor's office says the settlements resolve...

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Manslaughter verdict caps trial of ex-NFL player’s killer 12.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter during a trial that made spectators of some of the city’s sports heroes. Cardell Hayes was convicted of manslaughter Sunday night, ending a […]
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against State Farm in Hurricane Katrina Case 7.12.2016 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously upheld a jury verdict that found State Farm General Insurance Co. Inc. defrauded a federal flood insurance program to avoid paying a homeowner claim stemming from Hurricane Katrina.
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Supreme Court Upholds Hurricane Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm 7.12.2016 NPR News
After the storm hit in 2005, the insurance company ordered claims adjusters to misclassify wind damage as flood damage to shift liability to the U.S. government and spare State Farm's coffers.
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Business Highlights 7.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

___ Trump interjects himself in Air Force One, business deals NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, a political newcomer who touts his corporate skills, turned businessman-in-chief Tuesday, first demanding the government cancel a multibillion-dollar order for new presidential planes and then hailing a Japanese company’s commitment to invest billions in the U.S. Six weeks […]
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Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm upheld 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by State Farm that the whistleblower case against the insurer should have been dismissed because its existence was leaked while it was supposed to be secret. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court in upholding an appellate ruling that there is no requirement in fede...
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Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by State Farm that the whistleblower case against the insurer should have been dismissed because its existence was leaked while […]
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Jury selection begins in high-profile Saints star’s death 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates. Ten or so gunshots later, one driver is dead and the other waits nervously to give his side of the story to police. Conflicts settled by gunfire are tragically common in New Orleans, but there was nothing routine about […]
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A look at key figures in the Will Smith case 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trial begins Monday for Cardell Hayes, 29, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the April shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. A look at some of the key figures in the case: — The dead man: Will Smith, 34. A native of Queens, New […]
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