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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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Iraq: Clash of Coalitions or a Shared Endgame? 7.12.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
EU Source: Iraq & Syria conflict situation map on 27 November 2015 After the disaster of last year's terrorist onslaught, Iraq is now landing heavy blows against the so called Islamic State. But it needs its allies to stop bickering to truly defeat Daesh. In my recent meeting with Prime Minister Haider al Abadi in Baghdad, the premier clearly expressed his frustration with the division among forces arrayed against ISIS (hereafter Daesh) which is delaying the common goal of defeating the terrorists. This division relates not to the United States and Iranian competition, but to two opposing international coalitions that are not coordinating with each other, giving the terrorists vital breathing space. These Coalitions should be like two parts of a vice crushing Daesh, but it is not happening. Abadi's disappointment is not surprising. In the past month, Russia and Turkey have been on the brink of war , both accusing each other of backing the terrorists. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called ...
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House Dems Say BP Shouldn’t Get Tax Write-Off From Oil Spill Settlement 19.11.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to eliminate any chance of oil giant British Petroleum claiming a portion of a $20.8 billion settlement it has agreed to pay as a "business expense" on tax returns. BP agreed to the settlement after it was found "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill. "The 'gross negligence' that led to perhaps the worst environmental disaster in US history should not be an opportunity to game the tax code," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 53 other House members wrote Wednesday in a letter to the Department of Justice. The settlement aims to address violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act, as well as resolve claims for economic damages from affected Gulf states.  Details of the settlement have been open for public comment since it was proposed in early October. Lawmakers argue that BP could claim as much as $15.3 billion as a business expense, and reap $5.3 billion in tax relief, unless the ...
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House Dems Say BP Shouldn’t Get A Tax Write-Off On Oil Spill Settlement 19.11.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to eliminate any chance of oil giant British Petroleum claiming a portion of a $20.8 billion settlement it has agreed to pay as a "business expense" on tax returns. BP agreed to the settlement after it was found "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill. "The 'gross negligence' that led to perhaps the worst environmental disaster in US history should not be an opportunity to game the tax code," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 53 other House members wrote Wednesday in a letter to the Department of Justice. The settlement aims to address violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act, as well as resolve claims for economic damages from affected Gulf states.  Details of the settlement have been open for public comment since it was proposed in early October. Lawmakers argue that BP could claim as much as $15.3 billion as a business expense, and reap $5.3 billion in tax relief, unless the ...
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Headlines for November 5, 2015 5.11.2015 Democracy Now!
MSF Report on U.S. Bombing of Hospital: "Attack Was Conducted with Purpose to Kill", Mexico Supreme Court Opens Door to Marijuana Legalization, Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Ban Drilling on Public Land, Romania: Prime Minister Ousted Amid Growing Protests, Britain Unveils Plan for Sweeping New Surveillance Powers, PM David Cameron Says Explosive Device May Have Downed Russian Plane, Turkey: Magazine Editors Arrested over Election Cover, Egyptian Court Postpones Mubarak Trial over 2011 Killing of Protesters, Illinois: Police Officer Orchestrated "Carefully Staged Suicide", AL Court Declares 2nd Mistrial in Case of Cop who Beat Indian Man, Louisiana: 6-Year-Old Boy Dies After Officer Opens Fire on Car, Quentin Tarantino Defends His Criticism of Police Brutality, George H.W. Bush Criticizes Cheney and Rumsfeld over Response to 9/11, Report: U.S. Military Spends Millions on "Paid-For Patriotism", Protesters Call on NBC to "Dump Trump" from Saturday Night Live Spot, NYPD Arrests 50 at Rally for CUNY ...
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John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then Sold Sacred Oak Flat 28.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in orchestrating the sale of Oak Flat, an Apache holy site located in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, to foreign mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. In December 2014 , McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) added a rider onto the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the Oak Flat deal to slide through. Members of the San Carlos Apache Nation know Oak Flat as Chich’il Biłdagoteel, a site where they gather food and medicinal plants and host dances and healing ceremonies. The area was once part of the old San Carlos reservation and functioned as a prisoner-of-war camp for the Apache during their decades-long struggle against the United States and Mexico. Not far from Oak Flat is a place called " Apache Leap " where, in 1870, Apache warriors plunged over a cliff to their deaths rather than surrender to the United States cavalry. Today the ...
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A Bold New Agenda Bubbling Up from the Grassroots 28.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The media remains obsessed with Donald Trump and whom he will insult next, about Hillary Clinton's e-mails (why does the media get consumed with such excruciatingly boring and trivial stuff?), about the ups and downs of a presidential campaign more akin to a circus freak show, and now (speaking of circuses) what will happen next in the House Republican caucus. But right under the surface, there is something exciting going on, a political and policy movement bubbling up that historians may well someday look back on and call the most important development of 2015. A revitalized progressive movement is forging a new economic agenda that is energizing and mobilizing activists all over the country. Today, American Family Voices, an organization whose board I chair, is releasing a video telling the story of this agenda and the growing movement around it. Featuring Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Raul Grijalva, progressive movement leaders, and business people, ...
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Grandmaster of the Great Game 15.9.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In ways that have eluded Washington pundits and policymakers, President Barack Obama is deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the twenty-first century. After six years of silent, sometimes secret preparations, the Obama White House has recently unveiled some bold diplomatic initiatives whose sum is nothing less than a tri-continental strategy to check Beijing’s rise. As these moves unfold, Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters who appear every generation or two with an ability to go beyond mere foreign policy and play that ruthless global game called geopolitics. Since he took office in 2009, Obama has faced an unremitting chorus of criticism, left and right, domestic and foreign, dismissing him as hapless, even hopeless. “He's a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality," said Venezuela’s leftist president Hugo ...
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Climate Coalition Calls on President Obama to Halt Fossil Fuel Leasing on Public Lands, Oceans 15.9.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire

A coalition of more than 400 organizations and leaders will deliver a historic letter to the White House on Tuesday calling on President Obama to stop new federal fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans in the United States.

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