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SoCal air quality regulators mulling hike in vehicle registration fees for smog reduction 22.9.2016 LA Times: Environment

Air quality regulators are considering seeking an increase in vehicle registration fees for millions of Southern California drivers to help pay for smog reduction programs.

The idea, though still in preliminary stages, would be one component of a funding proposal under development by the South...

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Compliance with Clean Power Plan is Within Reach — Even for States Opposing It 21.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Nicholas Bianco ( Tomás Carbonell , EDF Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney, and Diane Munns , EDF Senior Director of External Affairs, co-authored this post) In one week – on Tuesday, September 27th – the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in legal challenges brought by the coal industry and its allies against the Clean Power Plan . The Clean Power Plan establishes the nation’s first ever climate pollution standards for the power sector, which is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States, and one of the largest sources in the world. (According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , the next largest sector – light-duty vehicles, which includes passenger cars and most pickup trucks – accounted for roughly one-half the emissions of the power sector in 2014.)  As a result, the Clean Power Plan is one of the most important measures the United States has ever taken to combat the threat of climate change. The Clean Power Plan is ...
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Instead of ISIS, US-Led Bombing Kills Nearly 100 Syrian Soldiers Fighting Them 18.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Jon Queally, staff writer

An emergency U.N. Security Council meeting was called and an already tenuous cease-fire agreement is under further strain after U.S.-led coalition bombers on Saturday killed nearly one hundred Syrian army soldiers who were battling Islamic State (ISIS) fighters near the Deir al-Zor airport in eastern Syria.

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Power Plan Foes from Mars, Backers from Venus (Earth Actually) 18.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In less than two weeks, nine judges on the Court of Appeals in Washington will hear arguments over the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of this country’s action on climate change.  At stake are limits on the nation’s biggest single source of dangerous carbon pollution – some 1500 coal and gas fired power plants that together emit nearly two billion tons per year of carbon dioxide.  That’s more than a third of U.S. climate-changing pollution and almost three times the pollution from the next ten industrial source categories combined. The first thing that might strike a neutral observer when reading the briefs is that the two sides are coming from completely different planets.  They are presenting such starkly different factual pictures.  To be sure, the Clean Power Plan’s supporters feel the fierce urgency of acting on climate change.  The climate deniers and big polluters on the others side, not so much. But that is not the main difference I want to emphasize here.  At the heart of their case the Clean ...
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New Air Force Flag-Folding Rules Strangle Constitution; Enable Majority Faith Domination 16.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Air Force Flag Folding Ceremonies Morph into Religious Rituals A strange thing happened in 2004. In that year American flag-folding scripts, unofficially written on home computers to be used at Air Force retirement ceremonies, began to appear throughout the Air Force. The scripts emanated for the most part from the Colorado Springs area, the site of my alma mater (and the alma mater of my 2 sons, daughter-in law and son-in-law), the United States Air Force Academy. Bereft of historical reference or evidence, the scripts boldly proclaimed that particular, numbered folds in the flag-folding ceremony represented ONLY Judeo-Christian "values." For example, the most popular of these unauthorized scripts (said to have been written by a chaplain in the 1980s (and still readily available on the internet) without the slightest degree of historical support, stated, "The fourth fold of the flag represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well ...
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Chemicals In Drinking Water Prompt Inspections Of U.S. Military Bases 16.9.2016 NPR News
Synthetic chemicals have been found in Colorado water supplies. The Pentagon is examining hundreds of military sites for possible contamination by PFCs, which have been linked to health problems.
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Clean Power Plan: Opponents Have Already Conceded that EPA Has Authority to Regulate 14.9.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
(EDF Attorney Ben Levitan co-authored this post) Two weeks from today, on September 27th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument on the Clean Power Plan — our nation’s first-ever limits on dangerous, climate-destabilizing carbon pollution from power plants. Fossil fuel power plants are the country’s single largest source […]
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Al Qaeda’s Ties to US-Backed Syrian Rebels 14.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Gareth Porter

The new ceasefire agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which went into effect at noon Monday, has a new central compromise absent from the earlier ceasefire agreement that the same two men negotiated last February. But it isn’t clear that it will produce markedly different results.

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Bill Clinton’s terrorism strategy led to 9/11. Hillary Clinton’s is the exact same thing. 12.9.2016 Washington Post
Bill Clinton’s terrorism strategy led to 9/11. Hillary Clinton’s is the exact same thing.
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Donald Trump and his 'yuge' fans in Bel-Air 10.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Saturday, Sept. 10. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:

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Violent city: San Bernardino has seen a major surge in violence this year, with 150 shootings and 47 slayings. The city is on track to have more murders than any year since 1995. “Our city right...

VW Engineer Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Violate U.S. Clean Air Act 10.9.2016 NPR News
Longtime VW employee James Robert Liang worked for the carmaker in Germany and in the U.S., where he helped bring a troubled diesel engine to market.
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The Daily 202: Did Obama squander an opportunity by nominating Merrick Garland? 9.9.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Another nominee might have motivated Democrats more
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Retired Air Force General Gregory Touhill Named First Federal Cyber Security Chief 9.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday named a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general as the government’s first federal cyber security chief, a position announced eight months ago that is intended to improve defenses against hackers. Gregory Touhill’s job will be to protect government networks and critical infrastructure from cyber threats as federal chief information security officer, according to a statement. The administration of President Barack Obama has made bolstering federal cyber security a top priority in his last year in office. The issue has gained more attention because of high-profile breaches in recent years of government and private sector computers. U.S. intelligence officials suspect Russia was responsible for breaches of Democratic political organizations and state election systems to exert influence on the Nov. 8 presidential election. Russia has dismissed the allegations as absurd. Obama announced the new position in February alongside a budget proposal to Congress ...
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Veterans who worked in U.S. drone program support legal fight by Yemeni relative of drone victims 8.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike.

The former soldiers’ unusual decision to publicly endorse the lawsuit against President Obama...

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Military veterans offer support to legal fight by Yemeni relative of drone victims 8.9.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike.

The former soldiers’ unusual decision to publicly endorse the lawsuit against President Obama...

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How Much Do Drugs For Rare Diseases Add To Health Care Spending? 8.9.2016 NPR: Healthcare
Researchers analyzing recent drug spending in the U.S. say that high-priced drugs for rare diseases aren't having a widespread or significant effect on overall health care spending.
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Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain 7.9.2016 Environmental News Network
A team involving Oxford University scientists has, for the first time, discovered tiny magnetic particles from air pollution lodged in human brains – and researchers think they could be a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease.Researchers led by Lancaster University found abundant magnetite nanoparticles in the brain tissue of 37 individuals aged three to 92 who lived in Mexico City and Manchester. This strongly magnetic mineral is toxic and has been implicated in the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) in the human brain, which are associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease.The results have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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EPA Unveils Update to Life-Saving Cross-State Air Pollution Rule 7.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EPA Unveils Update to Life-Saving Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
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9/11 legacy: One endless war against many radical enemies 6.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The U.S. went to war after Sept. 11 and has now been fighting for 15 years, the longest unbroken period in its history. Despite disappointing results, there's broad consensus it should continue.
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Sept. 11 Legacy: One Endless War Against Many Radical Enemies 6.9.2016 NPR News
The U.S. went to war after Sept. 11 and has now been fighting for 15 years, the longest unbroken period in its history. Despite disappointing results, there's broad consensus it should continue.
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