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John McCain Offers Sassy Response When Asked If He'd Support Rex Tillerson 5.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Asked by reporters Wednesday if he would support Trump’s nomination of the oil tycoon, a  friend of Russia , McCain quipped: “ Sure ― there’s also a realistic scenario that pigs fly .” McCain stopped shy of promising to vote against Trump’s pick for America’s top diplomat. Hoping to alleviate concerns about his ties to Russia  in advance of an upcoming confirmation hearing, Tillerson met with lawmakers from both parties  on Wednesday. McCain and Tillerson had a meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. And if his previous comments are any indication, McCain needs some serious convincing. “I have concerns,” McCain told Reuters shortly after Trump announced Tillerson as his pick. “It’s very well known that [Tillerson] he has a very close relationship with (Russian President) Vladimir Putin.” McCain has also spoken out against reported Russian cyberattacks against the United States, describing them as “ an act of war ” and calling for a Senate committee to investigate the hacks . He has described Putin as ...
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Democrats Look At The 2018 Map And Get Ready To Fight For The Filibuster 5.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The outcome of the 2016 election shocked and worried Democrats across the country. Unfortunately for them, there may be worse to come in the 2018 midterm elections. In less than two years, 33 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Senate Democrats , armed with the filibuster, are the last line of defense against incoming President Donald Trump and the congressional Republican agenda. That means the electoral stakes are high in 2018, and Democrats must fight to keep up their numbers. The picture looks reasonably sunny for Republicans, who have only eight Senate seats on the ballot next year. Six of them (Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming) are likely safe for the GOP. Democrats, on the other hand, have 23 Senate seats to defend ― 25 if you count the independents who caucus with the Democrats. A dozen of those seats are likely safe in the Democrats’ camp. They’ll probably hold onto seven seats in the Northeast ― Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and ...
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Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson's Climate Con 19.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump's unorthodox selection of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state touched off a flurry of stories about how an engineer from humble beginnings rose through company ranks to become one of the world's most powerful corporate titans, negotiating with potentates and presidents in dozens of countries spanning the globe. Much of the coverage has focused on Tillerson's chummy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has raised eyebrows among Democrats and Republicans alike, including Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Marco Rubio. Tillerson's bromance with the Russian strongman, however, has largely overshadowed another major area of concern: ExxonMobil's leading role in promoting climate science denial and blocking government efforts to address global warming. Instead of exploring those issues, many news organizations have accepted at face value statements Tillerson and his lieutenants have made about company climate policy. A closer look, however, shows that while ...
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Nothing in the Constitution Stands in the Way of Dumping Trump in the Electoral College 15.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Electoral College was founded in part to defend the country against foreign influence on unscrupulous politicians, according to the Federalist Papers. With news that Russia actively aided in Trump's victory, people across the political spectrum are asking whether we're in the midst of such an emergency. Spectators view a projection of the Electoral College tallies, provided by Digital Obscura, on the Empire State Building in New York, on November 8, 2016. (Photo: Christopher Lee / The New York Times) Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today if you can. In the month since the election, Donald Trump has demonstrated loudly and clearly that he plans to rule based on blatant disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law. Pressure on the Electoral College could keep him out of the Oval Office. But the clock is ticking. We learned last week that Russia actively aided Trump in his run for the White House. ...
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Could Massive Russian Oil Deal With Exxon Explain Why Putin Appears to Have Meddled in US Election? 12.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
We continue our conversation about ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, whom Donald Trump is expected to nominate for secretary of state. Speaking on "Face the Nation" Sunday, Sen. John McCain said Tillerson should be given a fair hearing but reiterated his concerns about Tillerson's ties with Putin. One of the enormous deals that Vladimir Putin and Rex Tillerson worked on was a $500 billion oil exploration partnership between Exxon and the Russian government's oil company, Rosneft. The Obama administration blocked the deal when it imposed sanctions against Russia for its intervention in the Ukraine. In a recent column for ThinkProgress titled "Trump, Putin, and ExxonMobil team up to destroy the planet," Joe Romm, founding editor of Climate Progress, writes, "This deal could explain why Putin appears to have interfered in US elections in favor of a Trump victory." Romm goes on to say, "if the sanctions are lifted -- something a new Secretary of State could help make happen -- it would pay off big time for ...
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Election roundup: What happened in the West 14.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A rundown of the West’s political shifts and ballot measures.
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A roundup of the high-stakes climate races 8.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
For the climate-interested voter, these are the Western races to watch on Tuesday.
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Expanding the Debate: Ajamu Baraka Spars with Pence & Kaine in Democracy Now! Special - Part 2 5.10.2016 Democracy Now!
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, in the only vice-presidential debate, which was moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News. Third-party vice-presidential candidates were excluded from the debate. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. We continue to broadcast parts of this expanded debate here.
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How America Rising Ties the GOP to the Stalkers Harassing Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer 7.8.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Ben Jervey, DeSmogBlog

For the past few months, when they dare venture out to the supermarket, to church, or to a climate rally, Bill McKibben, Tom Steyer, and other climate activists are being stalked by a team of GOP-trained camera operators.

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Understanding Trump 23.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
George Lakoff

There is a lot being written spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read my books, and Google Scholar reports that scholars writing in scholarly journals have cited my works well over 100,000 times.

 

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Endorsements, Leverage And Bernie Sanders 14.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Bernie Sanders recently endorsed Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in New Hampshire, telling supporters that he "intend[s] to do everything [he] can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States." The endorsement was expected and followed months of Democrats and journalists calling for him to drop out of the Democratic primary. Some of those Democrats, like Raul Grijalva and Jeff Merkeley , had been Sanders supporters. They argued that Sanders should exit the race because doing so would make "the process of unifying to defeat Trump and elect Hillary smoother," in the words of Grijalva. Whether or not you agree that party unity should be a primary goal, this argument at least made sense: it's hard to imagine that Sanders' seal of approval wouldn't be helpful in shoring up votes for Clinton in the fall. Democrats and journalists less sympathetic to Sanders, however, had been making a much less coherent argument: that Sanders was actually undermining his political power and the ...
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An American Coup 1.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It was not so much that he made America great again, but when Donald Trump was elected president on November 8, 2016 he transformed the United States in ways that few, including he, could have imagined. Right from the start establishment politicians and pundits just never understand Trump. He was consistently derided as having no chance. First it was that his repeated insults against John McCain, Megyn Kelly and women, immigrants, or Muslims that would doom him. But with each insult his fame only grew. Then it was the claim that he could not win in Iowa but he did. Or that his loss in Wisconsin would doom him. Or that his tirades against the media, his name calling of Hillary Clinton, or even selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate would surely kill his campaign. Back in June of 2016 as stories mounted about how little money he had raised, or that Clinton had double digit leads in some polls, he was still dismissed. Nat Silver, the whiz kids of political money ball, said that Trump had ...
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Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Dozens of high-profile former federal employees sign a letter urging Congress to address Sagebrush Insurgency threats.
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Diverse Coalition Calls for New Vision in Conservation, Launches Petition 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The future of more than 600 million acres of prime lands that belong to the collective American citizenry got much brighter today, with policy recommendations submitted to President Obama and members of Congress on Capitol Hill yesterday. A coalition of diverse leaders from conservation, civil rights, environmental justice and community organizations used the upcoming Centennial of the National Park Service (August 25) to ask President Obama for a Presidential Proclamation announcing a new, inclusive vision of conservation for the next 100 years. In tribute to the democratic values represented by our public lands, the group has launched a petition at Change.org that enables the public to contact President Obama en masse to show their support. A most beautiful sight - a park ranger leading a tour in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at sunset. Gatlinburg photo. Keenly aware of the responsibility to future generations laid out by the founders of the National Park Service to "preserve unimpaired the ...
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The Dithering Dozen: Twelve Prominent Climate Deniers 25.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Back in 2007, arguably the most leader-like thing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could have done was her executive order establishing a state "Climate Change Sub-Cabinet." Her order reads, "Climate change is not just an environmental issue It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans." She went there. But nowadays, with the knob on her cray-cray meter cranked up to eleven, she says  climate change is a hoax . This week, she metaphorically donned an Alaskan tinfoil toque to pitch Climate Hustle, a new climate denial documentary. "We're told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man's activities and this presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way," she said in an interview with the political journal Variety Daily. Then, as I stewed about how shedding one's rationality has become a cherished political talent in America, I ran down the list of politicians and media figures who, in playing to their conservative base, have abruptly decided that everything ...
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Bill Moyers: Campaign Finance Reform -- It's Not Just Liberals Anymore 21.4.2016 Truthout.com
When I first met Richard Painter some months ago, I thought he must be the loneliest man in the Republican Party. He's a conservative, and, of course, I'm not. But he believes, as I do, that there's too much money in politics. Political insiders know Richard Painter well as President George W. Bush's White House counselor and chief ethical advisor. He's now teaching law at the University of Minnesota, and he's causing heads to turn with a book advocating that we reduce the power of big money in politics. Its title is  Taxation Only With Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform . There's a lot to learn from it, and I urge you to read it, because it is rare today to find a conservative who will admit, as Mr. Painter does, that money corrupts politics, and then makes his case with so much passion and logic. To see more stories like this, visit Moyers & Company at Truthout. His book is also timely because the issue has reached a boiling point this year. Thousands of people ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Marco Can Save Us, GOP Intones, Rocking Back And Forth In A Ball 23.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An invigorated Marco Rubio triumphantly campaigned in Nevada, fresh off his commanding South Carolina delegate tie with Jim Gilmore. John Kasich bragged that women "left their kitchens" to vote for him, a gaffe that could really hurt if he had any support left. And a bunch of drunk oil dudes named Bobby, Haley and Bobby convened in Houston to strategize how best to squander hundreds of millions of dollars on George P. Bush's career. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, February 22nd, 2016: GOP ESTABLISHMENT CONFIDENTLY ENDORSING RUBIO NOW THAT HE'S ONLY 25 POINTS BEHIND TRUMP - Feel the Marcomentum! Daniel White: "The most notable endorsement came from former Republican presidential candidate and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who previously backed Bush and has made clear that he does not want to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz win the nomination...Other endorsements Monday for Rubio included U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Jeff Flake, former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. ...
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Aron Cramer: Climate Change Denial Isn't Politically Sustainable For The GOP 23.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"It's the environment, stupid." That might be how  Aron Cramer , the president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, would sum up the problems facing future Republicans.  In an interview with The Huffington Post at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, Cramer predicted Republican candidates will soon have a difficult time campaigning on a platform that denies climate change. "Over the long run, and soon in the short run, it’s not going to be viable politically to be seen as anti-science," he explained. "All the polling shows that rising generations in particular reject that kind of thinking ... it's seen as anti-modern." I don’t think you can win politically by clinging to these ideas that simply don’t add up Cramer noted establishment Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Newt Gingrich used to acknowledge the importance of addressing climate change. Though they have quieted down lately, he envisions a GOP turnaround. "I think the Republican party will re-join the global ...
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Sarah Palin Tries (And Fails) To Mock Tina Fey In '30 Rock' Spoof 22.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin has every right to poke fun at Tina Fey after years of watching the "Saturday Night Live" star  impersonate her.  But the least she could do was make it funny.  In a spoof of Fey's long-running comedy "30 Rock" named "31 Rock," Palin plays Lynn Melon, a conservative Liz Lemon knockoff who struggles to manage her television writers' room.  Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who apparently owed Palin huge favors, as well as original "30 Rock" cast member Kevin Brown (why Dot Com why?!) all make cameos in the 60-second spoof, produced by the conservative news website Independent Journal Review .  If this is some indication that Palin is trying her hand at acting, lord help us all. Watch the trailer above.    Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Wolves Safe for Now, Climate and Congress Not So Much 21.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite several threatening bills and riders from the likes of U.S. Rep, Cynthia Lummis, (R-Wyo.) and other anti-wildlife members of Congress, I'm elated that gray wolves in Wyoming, the Great Lakes region and across the lower 48 States have retained much needed protection under the Endangered Species Act. This is in no small part thanks to the hundreds of thousands of members of the public who called their congressional representatives and the White House to let them know they wanted wolf protections to stay in place and thus a victory for both wolves and democracy. It is also due to wolf champions in Congress like Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D-Ariz.), Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Mikulski, (D-MD) and Rep. Nita Lowey, (D-N.Y.). Too often, year-end political games in Congress routinely transform our federal budgeting process into a corporate wish-list where everything from endangered species to perks for the oil and gas industry are traded like so many plastic poker chips. The most egregious ...
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