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U.S. Senators, Animal Group Fight To Stop Roundup Of Wild Horses In Arizona 19.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Reuters) - An animal rights group has filed a legal challenge to a planned roundup of wild horses in Arizona, arguing the government has failed to determine whether these horses actually need to be removed. Friends of the Animals sued the U.S. Forest Service on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona after the government issued a notice at the end of July authorizing the impoundment of horses in Tonto National Forest for up to a year. Classified by the Service as "unauthorized livestock," these wild horses could be offered for sale and may end up slaughtered for meat, Friends of Animals said in their complaint. "Actions to remove wild horses from the Tonto National Forest could have a significant effect on the surrounding environment and on the many people that study, view and document the herd," the group said in its complaint, noting that wild horses have roamed the area since at least 1890. Government roundups of wild horses often spur intense opposition from animal advocates ...
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McCain's Sellout 14.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It was sad to see Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. in a recent floor speech publically shed the last vestiges of his pro-environmental maverick identity. It was an identity that reached its apex two decades ago, when he was frequently bucking his conservative-minded party and urging it to follow him into green pastures. Holding sway in the Senate chamber in late July, McCain totally capitulated to polluters as he railed against every major environmental initiative of President Obama's. The senator pledged to do everything in his power to block pending environmental rules and repeal those already in place, a far cry from his earlier stance. On McCain's hit list were administration rules: to protect 60 percent of the nation's streams that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans; reduce global warming-related greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants; and tighten restrictions on health-threatening, ozone-forming pollutants discharged from industrial releases and vehicle tailpipe ...
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McCain's Sellout 14.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It was sad to see Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. in a recent floor speech publically shed the last vestiges of his pro-environmental maverick identity. It was an identity that reached its apex two decades ago, when he was frequently bucking his conservative-minded party and urging it to follow him into green pastures. Holding sway in the Senate chamber in late July, McCain totally capitulated to polluters as he railed against every major environmental initiative of President Obama's. The senator pledged to do everything in his power to block pending environmental rules and repeal those already in place, a far cry from his earlier stance. On McCain's hit list were administration rules: to protect 60 percent of the nation's streams that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans; reduce global warming-related greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants; and tighten restrictions on health-threatening, ozone-forming pollutants discharged from industrial releases and vehicle tailpipe ...
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Here Are The Wobbly Democrats Who Could Make Or Break The Iran Deal 13.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
  WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama needs 34 senators or 144 House members to stick with him in support of the nuclear deal recently negotiated with Iran. Obama has vowed to veto a congressional resolution of disapproval, which lawmakers are scheduled to vote on in September, and one-third of either chamber will be required to prevent the veto from being overturned. The House is considered an easier playing field for Obama, since Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a strong backer of the deal and has proven adept at holding together her caucus. But much of the speculation has focused on the Senate, where a close look at the landscape suggests that the White House may be able to get to 34. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) even  suggested  this week that the chamber may not have the votes to pass the resolution of disapproval in the first place, meaning Obama might not have to use his veto power. With the possible exception of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Republicans are expected to vote as a party ...
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Don't Like The New Climate Rules? Thank Congress. 5.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Critics of the Obama administration's new rules for power plant emissions have been quick to describe them as "government overreach" and " flagrantly unlawful ." What they don't say is that congressional inaction and a mandate from the Supreme Court drove the regulatory process to this point. The new rules limiting the emission of planet-warming greenhouse gases from power plants, which the Environmental Protection Agency finalized on Monday , were written under the Clean Air Act, a law originally adopted in 1970 to regulate sources of air pollution. From Obama's first days in office, his administration stressed that it did not want to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, describing it as a non-ideal way to address this type of pollution. But legal mechanisms were already in the works to force the Obama administration to do exactly that if Congress declined to issue new, greenhouse-gas-specific rules. Some historical context is helpful for understanding why and exactly how the ...
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Where Do We Go From Here? 3.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It is time that we reflect as a nation and as individuals on this extraordinary time in our history and search for a direction to a better future for our country. The choice is clear, and it is ours. We cannot continue down this dead end road to economic ruin that is bringing pain and suffering to millions of hard-working Americans, while providing little to no hope of a better future for our children and their children. We now understand fully -- thanks in part to the tireless work of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- that the game is rigged and our government and public servants have been bought off by just a few hundred greedy, craven, self-serving millionaires and billionaires. Legislation that favors only them is pushed daily by their army of lobbyists, who write bills that their lackeys in the GOP-controlled Congress pass, often with the help of tepid, complicit "Democrats." Our democracy is teetering on the verge of collapse, and we are quickly becoming the oligarchy Bernie Sanders continues ...
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The Art of the 'Real' Deal 25.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump likes "people that weren't captured." When I heard Trump's babbling ramble about Senator John McCain , my thoughts were not with the senator, whose story and character of service are legendary. My thoughts were of a part of France that is forever green -- "Marine green" -- and the families of three Marines; Colonel Peter Ortiz , Sergeant Major John Bodnar and Mr. (former Staff Sergeant) Jack Risler . The parts of France I refer to are the Alpine resort Col d'Saisies and the little town of Centron whose residents would be proud to tell Mr. Trump, or anyone, for that matter, they not only "like" some who were captured, but in fact love and revere three Marines who surrendered to the Germans in 1944! I know, because in 2004 more than 6000 of them showed up to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the unique US Marine-Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) UNION II mission to the French Resistance in Haute Savoie that Ortiz led and Bodnar and Risler were a part of. It was my privilege as a Marine ...
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Oak Flat: The Latest Land Grab From Native Americans 23.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A " sneak law " attachment to a "must-pass" bill gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. How did this happen? Do you remember that "Citibank budget," where a budget bill to avert an imminent government shutdown suddenly had in it a Citibank-written provision deregulating certain risky financial trades? If Congress voted against the budget, the government would shut down, so Citibank got its way? This is how " sneak laws " get through. Usually, We the People don't get a chance to learn about them in time to do something about it, and this was one example. Another example of this happened in last year's National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. On page 1,103 of the 1,648-page bill is a provision giving more than 2400 acres of land in Arizona's Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, which is part of London-based Rio Tinto and Melbourn-based BHP Billiton , giant mining companies. This was done by Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and Arizona ...
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American Backstab: Sarah Palin's Second Betrayal of John McCain 21.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Leave it to the quitter governor Sarah Palin -- she of the continued snake-oil peddling in American politics -- to pretend to come down in the middle of what is a very real and ugly schism in the Republican Party fueled by Donald Trump's shameful attack on former GOP presidential candidate John McCain. It's another Palin con job: She's nowhere in the middle of the road on this one; she's in a ditch somewhere to the right side of demagoguery -- clearly siding with Trump and chastising McCain for his criticisms of Trump and those who support his racist rhetoric. Trump's assault on McCain's military career over the weekend -- in which he derisively mocked McCain's five-and-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam ("I prefer people who aren't captured)" -- marked one of the lower blows in what is a decidedly low-blow political career. Trump has been eviscerated by those across the political spectrum who have rightfully noted that the horrific conditions endured by McCain -- and others who were forced into ...
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Apache Stronghold Caravan Calls to Protect Sacred Sites 20.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe are fighting to preserve sacred sites in Arizona after lawmakers slipped a clause into the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow copper mining in the area. The land in question includes parts of Tonto National Forest, including Oak Flat and Devil's Canyon, and could also impact nearby Apache Leap, an important historic site where a group of Apache who were being pursued by US cavalry plunged off a cliff to their deaths rather than be captured. Resolution Copper Mining, a subsidiary of British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, has long sought ownership of the land. But the battle is not over. Earlier this month, a group called the Apache Stronghold began a caravan from Tucson, Arizona, to Washington, DC, to call for this land to once again be protected. On their way, they stopped in New York today and joined us in our studio. We speak with Wendsler Nosie Sr., Peridot District Council member and former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. He's the ...
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The EPA Will Not Regulate Your Barbecue 10.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . A Republican congressman says the Environmental Protection Agency wants “to stop you and I from grilling,” and he has proposed legislation that would prohibit federal regulation of backyard barbecues. Rep. Richard Hudson cites an EPA “study,” but that is actually a student design project; the EPA says it has no plans to regulate barbecues. Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, joins a number of other politicians who have criticized a specific grant awarded by the EPA to a project aimed at reducing possible health effects related to residential grilling. For example, in May, Sen. John McCain included this particular grant as part of his “ America’s Most Wasted ” report, which highlighted what he considered examples of wasteful government spending. More recently, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio also featured the barbecue issue in his “Your Tax Dollars … Down the Drain” series. Hudson spoke on the House floor to add an amendment to the Department of the ...
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Democrats Pounce As Republicans Split Over Confederate Flag 10.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's day went from bad to worse Thursday as his efforts to quietly ease a fight over the Confederate flag blew up. Democrats seized the opportunity to denounce Republicans as defenders of a painful symbol of racism. Democrats have been fuming since Wednesday night, when Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) put forward a vaguely worded amendment to attach to an annual spending bill that would allow the Confederate flag to be displayed in national cemeteries. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) noticed the meaning of it. As Democratic furor grew, Boehner ultimately pulled the entire bill off the floor and temporarily from the House schedule on Thursday, saying he wanted both sides to talk it out and would bring it back up later. Boehner was hoping that would be the end of it, at least for now. The Ohio Republican certainly wanted to avoid drawing attention to members of his caucus who were defending the Confederate flag -- particularly on a day when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ...
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Obama To Upgrade Malaysia On Human Rights Despite Mass Graves 9.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will remove Malaysia from its official list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, according to Reuters , a move human rights advocates fear will damage U.S. credibility. The maneuver would allow the administration to continue negotiating a controversial trade agreement with Malaysia and 10 other Pacific nations. Legislation authored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) effectively bars the U.S. from enacting trade deals with countries deemed "Tier 3" violators of human trafficking standards -- the worst of the worst in the State Department's formal reckoning of governments that facilitate modern-day slavery. Malaysia earned its spot on that list, alongside Iran and North Korea, from years of human trafficking, including rampant sex slavery and forced labor in the agriculture and the textile industries, according to 2014 State Department documents. Malaysia's electronics industry also is rife with forced labor . This year, mass graves for trafficking victims ...
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How Government, Business And Labor Can Better Protect Workers 6.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story was  published  by  The Center for Public Integrity , a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. The country’s safeguards against toxic workplace exposures are dangerously weak, but they don’t have to stay that way. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes years, sometimes decades , to develop rules for individual chemicals and other hazardous substances. That’s why most of the agency’s exposure limits haven’t been updated since 1971 , and why the vast majority of chemicals have no workplace limits at all . It’s part of the reason that an estimated 50,000 Americans die from job-related illnesses each year. Sweeping changes would require action from Congress, given how courts have interpreted what OSHA must do to set chemical limits. The agency could wait a long time for such assistance — Congress sometimes intervenes to make the process even harder. But OSHA, employers and worker advocates can make strides against workplace disease and death ...
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Russia vs China: The Conflict in Washington Over Who Should Lead America's Enemies List 30.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising strategies as they go, but rarely pursuing a consistent set of policies. Some blame this indecisiveness on a lack of resolve at the White House, but the real reason lies deeper. It lurks in a disagreement among foreign policy elites over whether Russia or China constitutes America’s principal great-power adversary. Knowing one’s enemy is usually considered the essence of strategic planning. During the Cold War, enemy number one was, of course, unquestioned: it was the Soviet Union, and everything Washington did was aimed at diminishing Moscow’s reach and power. When the USSR imploded and disappeared, all that was left to challenge U.S. dominance were a few “rogue states.” In the wake of 9/11, however, President Bush declared a “global war on terror,” envisioning a decades-long ...
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Russia vs. China: The Coming of Cold War 2.0 30.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Russia vs. China: The Conflict in Washington Over Who Should Lead the US Enemies List 30.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising strategies as they go, but rarely pursuing a consistent set of policies. Some blame this indecisiveness on a lack of resolve at the White House, but the real reason lies deeper. It lurks in a disagreement among foreign policy elites over whether Russia or China constitutes America’s principal great-power adversary. Knowing one’s enemy is usually considered the essence of strategic planning. During the Cold War, enemy number one was, of course, unquestioned: it was the Soviet Union, and everything Washington did was aimed at diminishing Moscow’s reach and power. When the USSR imploded and disappeared, all that was left to challenge U.S. dominance were a few “rogue states.” In the wake of 9/11, however, President Bush declared a “global war on terror,” envisioning a decades-long campaign against Islamic extremists ...
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The Hoax of Climate Denial: Why “Politically Motivated” Science Is Good Science 16.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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The Hoax of Climate Denial 16.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Recently, the Washington Post  reported  new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right. The authors of the study use Senator John McCain to illustrate the point. McCain's political odyssey is, in some dismaying sense, close to my own heart, since it highlights the Republican turn against science. As unlikely as it might seem today, in the first half of the twentieth century the Republicans were the party that most strongly supported scientific work, as they recognized the diverse ways in which it could undergird economic activity and national security. The Democrats were more dubious, tending to see science as elitist and worrying that new federal agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health would concentrate resources in elite East Coast universities. In recent decades, of course, the Republicans have lurched rightward ...
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The Hoax of Climate Denial: Why "Politically Motivated" Science Is Good Science 16.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Recently, the Washington Post  reported  new data showing something most of us already sense: that increased polarization on Capitol Hill is due to the way the Republican Party has lurched to the right. The authors of the study use Senator John McCain to illustrate the point. McCain's political odyssey is, in some dismaying sense, close to my own heart, since it highlights the Republican turn against science. As unlikely as it might seem today, in the first half of the twentieth century the Republicans were the party that most strongly supported scientific work, as they recognized the diverse ways in which it could undergird economic activity and national security. The Democrats were more dubious, tending to see science as elitist and worrying that new federal agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health would concentrate resources in elite East Coast universities. In recent decades, of course, the Republicans have lurched rightward on many topics and now regularly ...
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