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Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo 2.7.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Conflicting county and state proposals would provide various levels of protection.
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The last ski-bum house 2.7.2015 High Country News Most Recent
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Newly Released Emails Show Obama Aides Knew Of Hillary Clinton's Private Email As Early As 2009 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel requested Clinton's email address on Sept. 5, 2009, according to one of some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department on Tuesday evening. His request came three months after top Obama strategist David Axelrod corresponded with Clinton, now a Democratic presidential contender, at her private address. But it's unclear whether the officials realized Clinton was running her email from a server located in her Chappaqua, New York, home — a potential security risk and violation of administration policy. Clinton's emails have become a major issue in her early presidential campaign, as Republicans accuse her of using a private account rather than the standard government address to avoid public scrutiny of her correspondence. As the controversy has continued, Clinton has seen ...
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Conservatives Brand John Roberts A Traitor For Saving Obamacare 26.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Is John Roberts a regular Benedict Arnold? That's the feeling among some die-hard conservatives who are angry with the Supreme Court chief justice for joining liberal justices in a Thursday decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act in response to what was likely the last serious effort to cripple the law through the courts. Egged on by a blistering dissent from Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote that the law might as well be called "SCOTUScare" now, conservative commentators expressed their outrage with the chief justice for saving the Affordable Care Act a second time. "Roberts = Souter," tweeted Matt Mackowiak, a Republican operative from Texas. Justice David Souter was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush, but conservatives later soured on his appointment after he moved toward the middle and voted to reaffirm Roe v. Wade. Conservative pundit Ann Coulter echoed the sentiment and turned it into a critique of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is the third member of the Bush ...
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White Nationalist Group That Influenced Alleged Charleston Shooter Is Subsidized by Taxpayers 25.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with "pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders." The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers. The  Council of Conservative Citizens  Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a 501(c)(4). Such groups pay no federal taxes, a form of government subsidy. The council is now under fire for allegedly inspiring racial hatred in Roof, a 21-year-old high school dropout. He is charged with nine counts of murder. Tax-exempt social welfare groups are supposed to "primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole," according to IRS documents. The Council of Conservative Citizens explains on its website that its members believe "that the American people and government should remain European in their composition ...
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Durango bear attack, a driver swerves to avoid bees in Montana, Tucson wins worst streets award and more. 22.6.2015 Current Issue
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
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Our "Stealth Politics" of Inequality 21.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Average Americans today have essentially zilch influence on public policy. You don't need to trust your gut on that. Political scientist Benjamin Page has the data. What happens — to democracy — when income and wealth concentrate? A half-century ago, that question hardly seemed worth asking. In the decades right after World War II, Americans were living in a nation — and a world, for that matter — growing ever more equal. But that America no longer exists. Robber barons once again walk among us. Grand fortunes once again tower over America’s social landscape. Political scientists have noticed. They’ve begun generating a wealth of scholarship on wealth’s impact on our politics, and no researcher may be more central to that scholarship than Northwestern University’s Benjamin Page. Six years ago, Page and the University of Minnesota’s Lawrence Jacobs co-authored Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality , an in-depth look at 70 years of public opinion polling on wealth and opportunity ...
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On the Road to Red Rock 20.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On the road again! School was hardly out before the family and I had our camping gear packed into the rental minivan. Time for another western adventure to visit and learn about some of the public lands that the Sierra Club and others are working to protect. Where to this year? As a parent, I would never single out one child as my favorite. As executive director of the Sierra Club, I would never say that I love one part of Our Wild America more than the others, but...  we started this year's trip by heading back to the red rock lands of southern Utah that we visited two years ago. The dry canyons and mesas can seem forbidding, but their stark beauty is unassailable. Our first big stop was the Four Corners region of southeastern Utah, where we had the privilege of meeting with members of the local Navajo and Ute Mountain Ute tribal communities. Local tribes have deep ties to the lands here. They live, work and practice their traditions on this land. They and the other tribes of the Four Corners area are ...
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Harper government answers scorching report by crying 'terrorist' 18.6.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
On Tuesday, when Opposition members questioned the government about the findings of the massive Voices-Voix report, Dismantling Democracy, Public Security Minister Steven Blaney answered that the government would "take no lessons" from people who "support terrorist organizations." Blaney was referring to a one-paragraph reference, in the 62-page Voices-Voix report, to IRFAN Canada -- the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy -- which the government recently classified as a terrorist organization. You can find that brief reference on page 57, in the chapter entitled: "Silencing Voices Through Foreign Affairs and National Security." Here it ...
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A uranium mine is anything but a good neighbor 17.6.2015 High Country News Most Recent
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Inside the Power Plant Fueling the US Drought 17.6.2015 Truthout.com
(Photo: Michael Friberg / ProPublica) A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. Football-field-length conveyors constantly feed it piles of coal, hauled 78 miles by train from where huge shovels and mining equipment scraped it out of the ground shortly before. Then, like a medieval mortar and pestle machine, wheels crush the stone against a large bowl into a smooth powder that is sprayed into tremendous furnaces — some of the largest ever built. Those furnaces are stoked to 2,000 degrees, heating tubes of steam to produce enough pressure to drive an 80-ton rod of steel to spin faster than the speed of sound, converting the heat of the fires into electricity. The power generated enables a modern wonder. It drives a set of pumps 325 ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Opinions On Trade Don't Divide Along The Usual Party Lines 12.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans' sometimes conflicting views on foreign trade show remarkably little partisan polarization. Millennials say they have it hard but are optimistic for the future. And we remember legendary California pollster Mervin Field. This is HuffPollster for Friday, June 12, 2015. VIEWS ON TRADE CONFLICT, LACK PARTISAN DIVIDE - With Congress poised to vote on whether to grant the Obama administration "fast track" authority to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord, Americans remain conflicted about the costs and benefits of foreign trade and trade deals. On the one hand, Americans have warmed up to the notion of "foreign trade" as the economy has rebounded from recession. These positive assessments are now roughly comparable to where they stood in the 1990s: A Gallup poll in February found 58 percent of American who said they view foreign trade as "more of an opportunity for economic growth" through exports, while 33 percent considered it more of a "threat to the economy." Positive views of trade on ...
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Surprise: Russell Page Garden at the Frick is saved 8.6.2015 TreeHugger
People who care about heritage landscapes don't chalk up many victories. Here's a big one.
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Congress May Finally Kill Obamacare's Medical Device Tax 3.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A bill repealing the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax advanced from the House Ways and Means Committee to the House floor on Tuesday. Bills repealing the tax on medical devices, which include everything from artificial hips to heart pacemakers, have passed the House three times in the past without becoming law. But this time, the House bill , sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), has a companion bill in the Senate. And the Senate version, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) , who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, has bipartisan support. In 2013, the Senate, then under Democratic control, passed a non-binding repeal of the tax, but didn't vote on actual repeal. Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that repealing the 2.3-percent tax, which took effect in 2013, would cost $26 billion over a decade. Paulsen’s bill doesn't include a way to replace that lost revenue. Paulsen told MarketWatch he's optimistic about the bill’s chances, because “there’s new Senate leadership that is ...
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Adam Smith vs. Ayn Rand 30.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy 30.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters? It's a loaded question only because of a rampant double standard currently being applied by pretty much the entire media. The context of the answer matters, and it matters a whole lot. Republican Jeb Bush is currently at an average of 14.8 in the polls, and he has gotten quite a lot of press in the past month (to say the least). Bernie Sanders, however, is not getting nearly as much coverage, despite the fact that in two recent polls he was at 13 and 15 percent, respectively. As I said, context is key. Jeb Bush is actually leading the Republican field with his 15 percent rating, although that's not all that impressive when you take a look at the rest of the field's numbers. Second place in the polling is Scott Walker, at 13.0 percent, and third is Marco ...
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Percentage Of Pro-Choice Americans Is Highest Since 2008 30.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as "pro-choice" is the highest it's been in seven years. According to a Gallup poll published Friday, 50 percent of Americans now identify as pro-choice, while 44 percent identify as pro-life. Gallup used the specific terms "pro-choice" and "pro-life" in its questions. When Gallup began asking the question in 1995, a majority of Americans considered themselves pro-choice, while only 30 percent of adults identified as pro-life. Later, beginning in 2009, a modest shift was observed, indicating a greater share of people who were pro-life. The shift was primarily a result of a 10-point rise in pro-life Republicans. In a 2009 post, Gallup suggested that the election of a pro-choice president for the first time in eight years had resulted in greater polarization on the issue. Since 2009, the gap between pro-choice and pro-life beliefs has remained relatively narrow, ranging from a 9-point difference to no gap at all. Over the last six years, the number of ...
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The Scandal That Ended Dennis Hastert's Control Of The House 29.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A federal grand jury in Chicago on Thursday indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) on charges of bank fraud and lying to the FBI. He also was accused of paying an unknown person $3.5 million in hush money to keep “prior misconduct” a secret. After leaving the House, Hastert joined the Washington lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro as a senior adviser. The firm confirmed late Thursday , after removing Hastert's biography from its website, that he had resigned. Hastert was the longest-serving House speaker in history when he retired after the 2006 elections. That year, he and other Republicans were embroiled in a major congressional scandal. Then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned in September 2006 after it was revealed he sent sexually explicit instant messages and emails to male congressional pages. The Republican leadership’s handling of the scandal, with Hastert at the helm, played a key role in that year’s midterm elections, when the GOP sustained a major shellacking and was forced to hand ...
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Letting corporations sue governments protecting the environment is no way to solve the water crisis 29.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
As the world looks for innovative solutions to solve the rapidly worsening water crisis, two Salvadoran experts toured Canada this month to promote a simple strategy that could save the public billions of ...
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Rick Santorum Uses His 404 Page To Skewer Hillary Clinton 28.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you venture onto GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's website and click on a broken link, you'll find a page that reads: “We’re sorry, but we couldn’t find that page. But we do have this search box, you know, ‘for convenience.’” That's a dig at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's response when it was revealed that she used a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state. Clinton tried to shrug off the subsequent criticism, telling reporters that she used her private email because she thought it was more convenient. Like many of his fellow Republicans, Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, has seized on Clinton's email issue to attack her. Last month, Santorum's super PAC, Patriot Voices, released an ad in which the narrator says Clinton "placed America in even greater peril in an already-dangerous world." The ad goes on to question Clinton's leadership ability. "If Hillary Clinton has created this type of disaster as our ...
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