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Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In Less Than 4 Minutes 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As American elections become even more outrageously expensive , the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financial play for influence in Washington. The think tank is asking President Obama to sign an executive order requiring all federal contractors to disclose their contributions to political candidates and campaigns. Such an order would mean more transparency about how much money politicians get from companies in competition for lucrative government contracts -- a competition that may be decided by the very politicians those companies donate to. But how did campaign finance law become so shady? And what led to elections becoming a billion-dollar industry? It all goes back to Buckley V. Valeo , "the most important case in campaign finance law" in our nation's history, according to Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. Watch the video above to see Levinson break down 30 hours' worth of her class to HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps in less than four ...
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70,000 March Today to Bardo Museum for Opening of World Social Forum 2015 24.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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This Major Newspaper Just Declared War on Fossil Fuels 20.3.2015 Mother Jones
After 20 years at the helm of one of the United Kingdom's most influential newspapers, Alan Rusbridger is about to step down as editor of the Guardian. He's not going quietly: In an op-ed a couple weeks ago, Rusbridger pledged to use his waning weeks to launch a full-out war on climate change: So, in the time left to me as editor, I thought I would try to harness the Guardian's best resources to describe what is happening…For the purposes of our coming coverage, we will assume that the scientific consensus about man-made climate change and its likely effects is overwhelming. We will leave the sceptics and deniers to waste their time challenging the science. The mainstream argument has moved on to the politics and economics… We will look at who is getting the subsidies and who is doing the lobbying. We will name the worst polluters and find out who still funds them. We will urge enlightened trusts, investment specialists, universities, pension funds and businesses to take their money away from the ...
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Maximum, Points To Evidence Of Long-Term Climate Change 19.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OSLO, March 19 (Reuters) - Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing to the smallest maximum extent in satellite records dating back to 1979 in new evidence of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached a maximum extent of 14.54 million square kms (5.61 million sq miles) on Feb. 25 - an area slightly bigger than Canada - and is now expected to shrink with the spring thaw. "This year's maximum ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record, with below-average ice conditions everywhere except in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait," the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said in a statement. It said that a late season surge in ice was still possible because of big natural variations. The previous lowest maximum was set in 2011. The ice usually reaches its annual maximum in March and, with the return of the sun to the Arctic after months of winter darkness, shrinks to its smallest in summertime ...
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A New World Needs a New Paradigm 18.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I'm tired of hearing activists say they aren't getting involved in the climate change movement because they're too busy with Black Lives Matter or immigration or reproductive justice, or whatever. And I'm tired of hearing climate change activists telling them that without air or water, nothing else matters, that this is the most important issue on the planet. Then there's the penis-measuring contest to decide which injustice is more important and we all go home annoyed. There's a key element in this conversation that's missing: These issues are all the same. There's one issue, or more specifically, one paradigm and that paradigm is killing us- humans and planet alike. We are suffering under a paradigm of hierarchy, a vision of the world that tells us that the dominant class is on top and everything else is in service to it. On top we'll find white, straight, wealthy, American men. Earth is on the bottom. Our planet is used for supply and sewage. We take what we want and dump our waste when we're done. ...
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Fact Checker: Kerry’s claim that he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change 18.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
“Climate change is an issue that is personal to me, and it has been since the 1980s, when we were organizing the very first climate hearings in the Senate…. Al Gore, Tim Wirth, and a group of us organized the first hearings in the Senate on this, 1988. We heard Jim Hansen sit in front of us and tell us it’s happening now, 1988.”Read full article ...
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As UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment, Bill McKibben on Vanuatu, Oxford Vote, California Water Crisis 17.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu is devastated by Cyclone Pam, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben links the storm to global warming and responds to the new decision by the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to back the fast-growing divestment campaign to persuade investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets. This comes as University of Oxford alumni, donors and students are watching a vote set for today on whether the school will divest its endowment from the top 200 companies involved in exploring or extracting fossil fuels. McKibben also discusses news from NASA that California's water supply could be exhausted by next year. Meanwhile, the environmentalist and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge while in office. Nasheed became famous in 2009 for holding a cabinet meeting underwater to show the threat of climate change to his island nation. McKibben is the author of ...
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Bill C-51 solidifies Harper's attitude towards activists 16.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, March 16, 2015 According to the Harper government and Bill C-51, advocating for clear air and water is a crime. Canada's Harper régime has invented the new crime of being a member of an "anti-Canadian petroleum movement," and equating such a stance with terrorism. Evidently believing it is in danger of losing the fight against pipeline projects intended to speed up Alberta tar sands production, its response is to place environmentalists under surveillance. A secret report prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police claims that public activism against the problems caused by oil and gas extraction is a growing and violent threat to Canada's national security. The report goes so far as to challenge the very idea that human activity is causing global warming or that global warming is even a ...
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Live-streaming apps dominate buzz at South by Southwest 15.3.2015 Entertainment
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a "Game of Thrones" Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend, as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin, ...
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The "Flood Wall Street 10" Fought the Law and Won 12.3.2015 Truthout.com
Last Thursday, a data entry specialist, high-end eyeglass saleswoman, disabled U.S. Army veteran and seven other defendants walked into a New York City courtroom. Hours later, they walked out not guilty. The reason why, however, is more surprising than you might thing. As The Indypendent co-founder and executive editor turned-defendant John Tarleton told Waging Nonviolence, "We fought the law and we won." The "Flood Wall Street 10," as they're known, were arrested at the tail end of a momentous (three-day) weekend for the climate movement. The day before, on September 21, an estimated 410,000 people had gathered on the edge of Central Park for the People's Climate March. Separated out into massive blocs , marchers represented the various constituencies affected by the climate crisis — namely, everyone: students, labor, faith groups, scientists and more. Leading the march off was a massive contingent entitled "Frontlines of Crisis, Forefront of Change," communities and organizations dealing with and ...
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Enough With the Stories About Climate Deniers! 12.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Since I've "come out" as a person alarmed about climate change, my affirming friends have been posting global warming news stories on my Facebook wall. Not surprisingly many of these stories focus on climate deniers. The one making the rounds this week is about how officials in a Southern U.S. state -- one projected to face extreme sea level rise -- had taken the extraordinary measure to ban state employees from using the words "Climate Change", "Global Warming" and "Sustainability". While grateful that they support my climate activist lifestyle, I confess I feel annoyed when friends post climate denier stories. I find I have an uncommon reaction to media and social media treatment of climate deniers/skeptics. As fellow progressives rail against the latest outrageous behavior of a climate denying lawmaker or business leader, I recoil. This week a friend and fellow LGBTQ activist posted on my wall the story of that Southern state which forbids its workers from mentioning climate change. I decided I had ...
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Looking for Leaders on Climate? Follow the Women Farmers 8.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Thousands March with Urgent Message in London: 'Time To Act on Climate!' 8.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Climate change protest outside British parliament 8.3.2015 World

Demonstrators display placards and banners as they walk past the Houses of Parliament during the People's Climate March in London on March 7, 2015London (AFP) - Around 5,000 protesters marched on the British parliament Saturday demanding greater action on climate change, exactly two months ahead of the general election.


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Not Guilty: Flood Wall Street Protesters Vindicated By Manhattan Court 7.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Fossil Fuel Divestment: Reasons for Disruptive Forms of Protest Against the Harvard Corporation 7.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo: Harvard students for fossil fuel divestment carry out a sit-in at the office of President Drew Faust in February, 2015. Last month at Harvard, students performed their first sit-in of the offices of Harvard's president, Drew Faust, to increase the pressure for institutional divestment from fossil fuels. The Harvard administration denounced the protest, saying it was "disappointed" that students would employ disruptive tactics and that such protests "cross the line from persuasion to disrespectful coercive interference with the activities of others." Despite the Harvard administration's objections, more protests, including a week of civil disobedience, are already being planned for April by a group of prominent alumni including Bill McKibben, Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky, and former US Senator Tim Wirth. What has led to this escalation? There are at least three major factors leading to the escalating protests, two of which are under the control of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard's ...
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Ten Found Not Guilty for 'Flood Wall Street' Civil Disobedience, NYPD Violated First Amendment; Judge Takes Judicial Notice of Climate Change 7.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Headlines for March 6, 2015 6.3.2015 Democracy Now!
Iraq: ISIS Militants Bulldoze Ancient City of Nimrud, U.N.: Nearly Half a Million Displaced in Darfur in 2014, Liberia Releases Last Ebola Patient from Treatment, Michael Brown Family to Sue Ferguson, Darren Wilson, Texas: Muslim Immigrant Shot Dead in Possible Hate Crime, FBI Informant: I Was Encouraged to Have Sex with Muslim Women, In Historic Move, NYC Schools to Recognize Muslim Holidays, Argentina: Ex-Wife of Late Prosecutor Says He Was Murdered, Peru: Indigenous Groups Announce Deal with Occidental Petroleum, RNC Seeks Probe of Hillary Clinton's Private Email Use, Snowden Docs Show New Zealand Spying on Pacific Nations for NSA, Flood Wall Street Defendants Acquitted, Kentucky: Snow Strands Motorists on Highway for 20 Hours, Illinois: Firefighters Forced to Retreat After Oil Train Derails, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to End Use of Elephants, Court Orders Military to Stop Calling Chelsea Manning "He", Wellesley College to Admit Transgender Women, "Harvest of Empire" & "Dirty Wars" Among Films ...
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Let's not sacrifice freedom out of fear 4.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear 4.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force , obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre of threats posed by people who rightly call for sanity in dealing with problems caused by burning fossil ...
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