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The Crisis That Could Bring Down Obama 16.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Ruth Conniff

Goldman Sachs reports better-than-expected profits this quarter. Wells Fargo cleared record profits last week. The President, understandably, points to signs of hope and encourages Americans to be optimistic about the economy. But when do we move from healthy confidence to a confidence game? The banks are reporting profits thanks to massive infusions of taxpayer bailout funds.

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Drew Westen: Why the Democrats Are Losing Ground As Obama Is Gaining It 13.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
While the president is off being the leader of the free world, someone needs to manage the blind trust of the Democratic Party before its assets dwindle like shares of Citigroup.
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Senate Budget Revives 'Nuclear Pork' 9.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Edward Felker

Nuclear energy advocates quietly slipped an extra $50 billion for an Energy Department program into the Senate's budget blueprint last week, giving new life to a provision that had been rejected as "nuclear pork" in February's economic stimulus bill.

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A ghost of the 1970s 9.4.2009 High Country News Most Recent
Bipartisan politics briefly returned to Washington, D.C., with the passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. Also: A map highlights some of the newly protected lands in the West.
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Energy politics shouldn’t depend on whether you’re Republican or Democrat, says Chu 8.4.2009 Grist Topics | Results for Muckraker
“We have a problem and we’ve got to get it solved. The politics of energy are such that it actually shouldn’t be a political question. Let’s get to a different point in the discussion about what American needs, and what this country really needs is something where it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat. ... California went through that transition in the 1970s. That’s why their per capita energy use has remained flat over the years, because both parties became convinced that this was something that was very important. I think a similar feeling has to emerge in the general population of the United States, that this is a problem. Our national security, our economic prosperity, our ...
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Teryn Norris: How Democrats Can Win the Climate Debate 7.4.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Teryn Norris & Jesse Jenkins If Democrats want to win on climate policy, they must think fast and move quickly to regain control of...
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Forty-four House Democrats Call on Obama Administration to Repeal Harmful Bush Endangered Species Regulations 6.4.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

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April 6, 2009

Center for Biological Diversity

Forty-four members of the House of Representatives, including seven committee chairman and several other high-ranking leaders, sent a letter Friday calling upon Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to rescind rules passed in the final days of the Bush administration that weaken the Endangered Species Act by exempting thousands of federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species.

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Montana wrestles nation's boldest gun-rights bill 5.4.2009 From the Blogs
And a few Republicans provide the only successful opposition to it.
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Regressive Hypocrisy (Yawn…) Again 4.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by David Michael Green

Hey, what time is it? Does anybody know? Is it one o'clock? Two? Six? Ten?

It doesn't matter. Whatever time of day it is, there is always one thing you can be assured of. You'll never have a shortage of regressive hypocrisy on your hands. You'll never have to deal with painful withdrawal symptoms.

Nobody does hypocrisy like the right in America. Nobody does it more shamelessly, more wantonly, or more promiscuously.

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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [72] -- The Unfairness Doctrine 4.4.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the world of framing issues (or "political spin," if you prefer), there are a few cardinal rules. One of them is when you are...
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Guide to the Democrats' Energy and Climate Bill: the Greenest in US History? 2.4.2009 TreeHugger
Photo via the What could be the greenest, most important climate and energy bill ever to hit Congress (sorry ) was unveiled yesterday—it's the . The ambitious bill seeks to shape a new energy policy for the US, and it proposes a number of revolutionary green advances: a surprisingly aggressive plan to reduce national carbon emissions and a ...
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US Carbon Emissions Trading Core of Clean Energy Bill 2.4.2009 Truthout.com
Washington DC - Congressional Democrats today released clean energy legislation that establishes a market-based cap-and-trade program for reducing global warming pollution from electric utilities, oil companies, and factories that together are responsible for 85 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Henry Waxman of California, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Edward Markey who chairs the Energy and Environment Subcommittee introduced a discussion draft of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, or ACES, which they say charts a new course toward a clean energy economy. "This legislation will create millions of clean energy jobs, put America on the path to energy independence, and cut global warming ...
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Obama’s Ersatz Capitalism 1.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Obama administration's $500 billion or more proposal to deal with America's ailing banks has been described by some in the financial markets as a win-win-win proposal. Actually, it is a win-win-lose proposal: the banks win, investors win - and taxpayers lose.

Treasury hopes to get us out of the mess by replicating the flawed system that the private sector used to bring the world crashing down, with a proposal marked by overleveraging in the public sector, excessive complexity, poor incentives and a lack of transparency.

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Climate Change Bill Could Side-Swipe Oilsands 1.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Sheldon Alberts WASHINGTON - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled draft climate change legislation to slash America's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, setting the stage for a protracted and intense political debate in Washington that has potentially major consequences for Canada's energy industry. The 648-page draft bill would establish a carbon cap-and-trade system to help industry achieve the greenhouse gas reductions, but sidesteps the politically explosive issue of how new emissions credits would be distributed to U.S. companies. ...
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Key Democrats deal opening hand in climate debate 1.4.2009 Grist Magazine

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders released the much-anticipated draft of their climate and energy legislation on Tuesday, a proposal that includes emissions goals more ambitious than those proposed by the Obama White House but also leaves open many of the most contentious questions on climate policy.



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U.S. Carbon Emissions Trading Core of Clean Energy Bill 1.4.2009 ENS
U.S. Carbon Emissions Trading Core of Clean Energy Bill
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Democrats Introduce Huge Cap and Trade, Renewable Energy Bill to House 31.3.2009 TreeHugger
Photo via During a conference call earlier today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed a timeline for the just introduced to the House of Representatives. The 600 page bill is getting introduced as a discussion draft, and it marks a massive step forward in US energy policy—it includes an ...
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Waxman And Markey To Unveil Climate Change Legislation 31.3.2009 Huffpolitics on The Huffington Post
Waxman And Markey To Unveil Climate Change Legislation
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The Republican Alternative Stimulus Plan 28.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by David Michael Green

I'm kinda pissed off at the lousy treatment America is giving to Republicans these days.

First of all, in a general sense, it just seems ungrateful and ungracious. I mean, Republicans worked hard this last decade to make America what it is today. We wouldn't have the foreign relations we do, or the war situations, or the environmental condition, or the fiscal situation or any of that stuff if the GOP hadn't been on the job all these years.

And we wouldn't have this economy, either. Can't Americans show a little respect and gratitude where it is due?

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Western Repubs remain split as Omni wilderness deals pass 26.3.2009 From the Blogs
And even as the Big Greens cheer, a few Greens criticize it.
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