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Socialism Is So Hot Right Now. Thank Bernie Sanders. 22.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Consider the Bernie Bro (Wellus actuallius), an aggressive subgenus of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters. In the year since Sanders lost the Democratic primary, members of this species have been pushed out of their native habitat and forced to migrate to new ecosystems. Some nested down in social media, encroaching on classmates’ Facebook posts and female journalists’ Twitter updates with condescending diatribes about Slavoj Žižek. Others made their way to the hostile environs of Donald Trump’s campaign, finding sustenance in the idea that there was no difference between the Republican and Democratic nominees for president. Still more found their way to your dinner table, nourishing themselves on ponderous expositions of neoliberalism, where and how they refill their beer growlers, and why Bernie would’ve won.   Herds of other Bernie Bros, however, have staked out a far more hospitable environment: the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA. For the uninitiated, DSA ― the inheritor of the ...
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A Fishing Hole Spat Could Give Democrats a Shot at a Montana House Seat 22.5.2017 Mother Jones
With Thursday's special election approaching, the race for Montana's vacant House seat has gone national. The president's son Donald Trump Jr. flew to the small town of Hamilton to raise money for Republican businessman Greg Gianforte; Bernie Sanders made a four-stop swing through the Big Sky to stump for Democrat Rob Quist. Both parties have tried to nationalize the race: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee injected $600,000 into the contest, and its Republican counterpart has already spent several times that. With the congressional midterms still 18 months away, Democrats have seized on House special elections as an early test of their political energy and an opportunity to steal a few seats. In a historically red Georgia district, Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised more than $10 million in his bid to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and is approaching 50 percent in the polls ahead of the June 20 runoff. Kansas Democrat James Thompson narrowly lost his bid to replace CIA ...
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Brand advocacy vs. activism: Swinging the pendulum on climate policy 22.5.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Even seemingly mundane environmental rules on the chopping block under the Trump administration require more businesses to speak out.
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A GOP congressman from Kentucky wonders: Is ‘this Trump thing’ sustainable? 21.5.2017 Washington Post
Rep. James Comer returned to his district for the first time in a month, worrying that, for Republicans, the “wheels were falling off.” Was Trump still popular here? Had he lost this part of Kentucky? As he braved town hall meetings during the congressional recess, he started to hear an answer.
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Resistance in the Age of Trumpism: An Interview With Gerald Epstein 20.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In addition to protesting and resisting, progressives must develop alternative policies and political strategies at the state and local levels to regain power, says political economist and Amherst professor Gerald Epstein. But first, we must stop analyzing Trump's policies on a case-by-case basis and start recognizing the larger context of Trumpism with its dangerous fascist currents. Progressives and radicals should protest, resist and out the destructive policies of the Trump regime. (Photo: Scott Billings / Flickr ) Where do you turn for credible, intelligent coverage of the issues that matter to you? If the answer is Truthout, support our work today with a tax-deductible donation! With Donald Trump in power, US society is likely to witness in the next four years a regression of social progress and environmental damage unlike anything the country has seen in the course of its modern history. In this context, progressives have their hands full and only massive resistance may halt the march to the ...
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Three lessons industry should learn from surprising methane loss 19.5.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Ben Ratner  This post originally appeared on Forbes .  Last week, the oil and gas lobby suffered a major and unexpected loss, when the Republican controlled Congress refused to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) natural gas waste rule. While API has since requested a two-year stay in compliance, they should instead pause, learn the lessons presented  by the CRA , and move forward according to the wishes of the American public. Here are three lessons industry should learn. 1. They misread the mood of the American public In the early days of the Trump Administration, its  anti-climate, anti-environment agenda  came into sharp focus. This looked like a golden opportunity to roll back environmental safeguards, including the BLM protections, which minimize the unnecessary flaring, venting, and leaking of natural gas on federal and tribal lands. With President Trump still in the early days of his victory, and single party control of both Houses of Congress, some saw a political opening, or even ...
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Trump Interior Dept. nominee tells Senate panel he can avoid potential conflicts of interest 19.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 position in the U.S. Department of the Interior found himself caught in a partisan, California-focused crossfire at his Senate confirmation committee hearing Thursday.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural...

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Impeachment chatter ratchets up in halls of the Capitol 18.5.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The ‘I-word’ was being used before lawmakers found out that a special counsel had been appointed.
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Senate GOP Bill Would Give Industry 'Veto Power' Over New Rules, Critics Warn 18.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Senate Republicans advanced a bill on Wednesday that environmentalists say would thwart rules to protect public health and wildlife by making it easier for companies to tie up regulations in expensive lawsuits. Shrouded by the political chaos surrounding the White House, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Regulatory Accountability Act  that would impose dozens of new requirements on the government rule-making process. That will make it easier for businesses to trip up regulators with unnecessary steps, environmentalists say. “This bill is for polluters and others who want to escape accountability ― not for the American people,” Scott Slesinger, legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “It would make it virtually impossible to safeguard the public from dirty air, unsafe food, contaminated drinking water and other threats.” The act proposes adding 53 requirements to the regulatory process, including a mandate that all ...
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Umami says its new veggie burger tastes like meat — and bleeds like meat 17.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Umami Burger edged its way into Southern California’s hyper-competitive burger market with an ultra-savory take on the American classic inspired by Japanese flavors such as seaweed and shiitake mushrooms.

Starting Thursday, it will undertake an even bolder move: serving fake meat so realistic it...

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Umami says its new veggie burger tastes like meat — and bleeds like meat 17.5.2017 LA Times: Business

Umami Burger edged its way into Southern California’s hyper-competitive burger market with an ultra-savory take on the American classic inspired by Japanese flavors such as seaweed and shiitake mushrooms.

Starting Thursday, it will undertake an even bolder move: serving fake meat so realistic it...

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Democrats’ debate for Virginia governor a study in nuance 17.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed Tuesday over proposed gas pipelines and each other’s past positions on gun rights at their penultimate debate in Norfolk on Tuesday evening. But the forum was mostly a study in policy nuances within the Democratic playbook. Both Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman […]
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Donald Trump Is Scrapping Power Plant Rules, So Virginia Is Proposing Its Own 16.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Virginia became the first state since President Donald Trump abandoned rules to reduce power plant emissions to begin drafting rules to replace the federal mandate. At a press conference on Tuesday morning, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) ordered state air regulators to propose rules by the end of the year to scale back carbon dioxide emissions from the utility sector and increase renewable energy investments throughout the state. “This should be done on the federal level,” McAuliffe told HuffPost by phone ahead of the announcement. “But obviously with the pronouncements now coming out of the Trump administration, we cannot rely on them to do it, so we will be taking it into our own hands on the state level.” The executive directive announced Tuesday comes 11 months after the governor signed an executive order instructing the state Department of Environmental Quality to assemble policies to reduce carbon pollution, which traps heat in the atmosphere and inflames respiratory illnesses such as asthma. After ...
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Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Front Groups of Discredited PR Spin Doctor Richard Berman 15.5.2017 Truthout.com
Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy pull back the curtain on the highly politicized funding of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and its relationship with Richard Berman, the public relations spin doctor dubbed a "hired gun" for corporate America. Richard Berman, in the Washington offices of Berman and Company, May 6, 2010. (Photo: Luke Sharrett / The New York Times) Also see: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation's Efforts to Build Right-Wing "Infrastructure" Nationwide Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) pull back the curtain on the highly politicized funding of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and its relationship with Richard Berman, the public relations spin doctor dubbed a " hired gun " for corporate America by 60 Minutes. Bradley is bankrolling multiple Berman front groups along with groups across the nation that are working to "defund Big Labor" and to destroy unions, the most significant advocate for higher wages and better working ...
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A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation 15.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Trump administration’s relentless march to repeal federal regulations is not limited to environmental rules, but the environment is a real target. The shame of these attacks is that rather than seeking to improve and refine our approach to environmental protection, we see a destructive effort at dismantling the structure of environmental law. The attack thus far has focused on Obama-era executive orders, since those are easier to change than rules issued by EPA, sometimes under court order, to implement specific statutory requirements. Writing in the New York Times last week, environmental journalist Coral Davenport reported that: …the Senate voted on Wednesday to uphold an Obama-era climate change regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land. Senators voted 51 to 49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey ...
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GOP flips Obama-era regulations, claim a boon to economy 15.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes […]
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The Methane Rule Canary 15.5.2017 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A Senate defeat shows the cost of eroding Trump approval.
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GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment 14.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes that will have far-reaching implications for the coal industry, broadband customers, hunters and women seeking health care at Planned Pare...
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GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment 14.5.2017 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama's last-minute regulations, one....
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GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment 14.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes […]
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