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Heavily Democratic D.C. braces for a GOP president who vowed to ‘drain the swamp’ 14.1.2017 Washington Post
More than 90 percent of the city’s electorate voted for Hillary Clinton in November, but Donald Trump still has his supporters in the capital.
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Nation's Capital Preps For Both Presidential Supporters And Protesters 14.1.2017 NPR News
Washington is bracing for the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected for Donald Trump's inauguration. But unlike previous inaugurations, tens of thousands of those are likely to be protesters.
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World's largest tropical peatland discovered in Congo swamps 12.1.2017 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Avast peatland in the Congo Basin has been mapped for the first time, revealing it to be the largest in the tropics.The new study found that the Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo Basin, which were unknown to exist five years ago, cover 145,500 square kilometres – an area larger than England. They lock in 30 billion tonnes of carbon making the region one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth. 
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New feds could be fired for 'no cause at all' by Donald Trump under planned legislation 12.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Feds should put on their body armor now. A range of Republican proposals on federal hiring, firing and retiring will have them under fire during the Trump administration. One flying under the radar poses a fundamental threat to the purpose of the civil service. It would essentially dispose of federal employee due process rights. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., considers his bill “a tool for . . . President (-elect Donald) Trump to use in draining the swamp.” In the process, it would evisc...
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Letter: Trump is filling the swamp 12.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Instead of draining the swamp, Donald Trump is filling it with billionaires, racists and industry insiders with widespread conflicts of interest. Leela Beaudry West Valley City <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New Poll Shows Majority of Louisianians View Coastal Land Loss as a “Crisis” 11.1.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New Poll Shows Majority of Louisianians View Coastal Land Loss as a “Crisis”
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New Poll Shows Majority of Louisianians View Coastal Land Loss as a “Crisis” 11.1.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, evancleve@edf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Amanda Moore, National Wildlife Federation, 504.442.2702, moorea@nwf.org Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.317.2046, jimmy.frederick@crcl.org John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, jlopez@saveourlake.org   New Poll Shows Majority of Louisianians View Coastal Land Loss as a “Crisis” Majority say coastal wetlands are important to them personally, support the state’s Coastal Master Plan (NEW ORLEANS – Jan. 11, 2017) Statewide, 93 percent of Louisiana voters say that protecting Louisiana’s coastal wetlands needs attention with 56 percent calling this issue a “crisis,” according to a new poll released today . Additionally, an overwhelming 95 percent of Louisiana voters say Louisiana’s coastal areas and wetlands are important to them personally, with 73 percent saying they are “very important.” A ...
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Louisiana Faces Faster Levels of Sea-Level Rise Than Any Other Land on Earth 10.1.2017 Climate Change News - ENN
Louisiana—which faces faster levels of sea-level rise than any other land on Earth—could lose as many as 2,800 square miles of its coast over the next 40 years and about 27,000 buildings will need to be flood-proofed, elevated or bought out, the New Orleans Advocate reported.
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Coming Soon: The Challenge Of President Donald Trump 10.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After twenty-two novels, my new book, Fever Swamp , is an account of the 2016 campaign focused on the rise of Donald Trump. This project began with weekly columns in The Huffington Post, to which I've added extensive annotations and original writings -- all in an effort to explain what happened, assess how this presidency will challenge our society, and encourage Americans of all political stripes to stand up for what is best in us. I'm often asked why I abandoned fiction to write about the reality which gave us Donald Trump. But this strange, dramatic and unpredictable campaign rewarded the central component of any good fiction -- the study of character and, in particular, this character. Understanding Trump is central to understanding what our society has become, where we are going, and how best to fight for the country we should be. For Trump is the product, not the cause, of the corrosive divisions which have separated Americans from each other, and from any common understanding of our national ...
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Obama White House Veterans Tackle The Trump Era With New Political Media Site 9.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK ― If Hillary Clinton had won, Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett would have kept their day jobs.  The three friends, all in their mid-30s and veterans of the Obama White House, had gone to the West Coast, where two started a consulting firm and the third wrote screenplays. Last year they dipped back into the campaign fray through an election-focused podcast, “ Keepin’ It 1600 .” The trio of political junkies got their fix with the part-time initiative, mixing it up with political operatives and Washington journalists. Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, told The Huffington Post that they’d probably have continued doing the same thing if “everyone wasn’t so horrifically wrong” about the presidential election. After Nov. 8, the same thing no longer felt like enough. The “Keepin’ It 1600” crew was admittedly among the “horrifically wrong.” They confidently  predicted that Clinton would win  and, like others, went through a period of  post-election self-flagellation . Now ...
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Welcome to the Vortex 7.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Todd Gitlin

I spent most of 2016 doing my duty as citizen, writer and educator aghast at the favors done for the unprincipled, incoherent, vicious, dangerous ignoramus Donald Trump by the business known as “the media,” formerly known as “the press” — an enterprise accorded privileges by the US Constitution on the quaint 18th-century belief that if the people are informed, they will make better judgments than if they are less so.

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Trump's America and the New World Order: A Conversation With Noam Chomsky 6.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In this exclusive Truthout interview, Noam Chomsky analyzes Trump's appointments -- a lethal combination of corporate and financial bigwigs and military men with plenty of know-nothing about political affairs and diplomacy. Chomsky also offers insights into the new tendencies in world order, and the US's isolation. For the prelude to this interview, read yesterday's conversation with Noam Chomsky on "Trump and the Flawed Nature of US Democracy," which exposes the pitfalls of the political system that made Trump's rise to power a reality. Are Donald Trump's selections for his cabinet and other top administration positions indicative of a man who is ready to "drain the swamp?" Is the president-elect bent on putting China on the defensive? What does he have in mind for the Middle East? And why did Barack Obama choose at this juncture -- that is, toward the end of his presidency -- to have the US abstain from a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements? Are new trends ...
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Even as more new species are found, Southeast Asia is in the grip of a biodiversity crisis 6.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Alice Catherine Hughes , Chinese Academy of Sciences Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world's 25 " biodiversity hotspots " - the areas of the world that contain an exceptional concentration of species, and are exceptionally endangered. The region contains 20% of the planet's vertebrate and plant species and the world's third-largest tropical forest. In addition to this existing biodiversity, the region has an extraordinary rate of species discovery , with more than 2,216 new species described between 1997 and 2014 alone. Global comparisons are difficult but it seems the Mekong region has a higher rate of species discovery than other parts of the tropics, with hundreds of new species described annually . Habitat loss Southeast Asia's biodiversity is under serious threat; some parts of the region are projected to lose up to 98% of their remaining forests in the next nine years. It's also thought to be the world's most threatened region for mammals . Sadly, the region's fragile ...
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Draining The Swamp, Then And Now 5.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Don't think the fad for "draining the swamp" began on the campaign trail with Donald Trump . It didn't, although the "swamp" to be drained in the days after the 9/11 attacks wasn't in Washington; it was a global one. Of course, that's ancient history, more than 15 years old. Who even remembers that moment, though we still live with its fallout -- with the hundreds of thousands dead and the millions of refugees , with Islamophobia and ISIS, with President-elect Trump, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn , and so much more ? In the never-ending wake of one of the most disastrous wars in American history, the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, it's hard to imagine any world but the one we have, which makes it easy to forget what the top officials of the Bush administration thought they would accomplish with their "Global War on Terror." Who remembers now just how quickly and enthusiastically they leapt into the project of draining that global swamp of terror groups (while taking out the Taliban and ...
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Dana Milbank: Trump opponents find an ally in Republican incompetence 4.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON • Doesn’t anybody here know how to work this thing? For 10 years, Republicans have waited for their chance to govern, and finally the voters handed them the car keys: unified GOP control of Congress and the White House. But the moment the starter’s flag dropped Tuesday, the opening day of the 115th Congress, the eager majority seized the wheel of power, hit the gas — and immediately lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail. It was the simplest of tasks f... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Today: Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire. Getting Old Isn't for the Faint of Heart. 4.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today.

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Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire

Telephone lines lighted up. Social media went agog — well, more than usual. Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure. In...

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A Flash Of Honesty 4.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
They rushed it through late in the night. It was a vote that was split by party lines. The Republicans in the House voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. It was a rare moment of ethical behavior on the part of the Republicans. They suddenly wanted full disclosure that they were no longer going to behave ethically. The vote to do away with the OCE was an honest confession that corruption would not be a problem. That they were not interested in having a fair and honest government. Particularly with the president-elect having so many unethical issues surrounding him and his conflicted cabinet members. It is a moment to celebrate. For a brief moment the curtain was pulled back and we saw the real monsters in the swamp. The fact that even President-elect Trump could see that such a vote was a terrible public relations mistake and urged his fellow Republicans to reverse course demonstrated that the pretense of ethical behavior has to be maintained. But the deed had been done and the revelation ...
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Behind Closed Doors, House GOP Vote Overwhelmingly to Eviscerate Ethics Watchdog 3.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Jon Queally, staff writer

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives didn't even wait for the new congressional session to begin before betraying President-elect Donald Trump's key promise "to drain the swamp" of political corruption.

"If the 115th Congress begins with rules amendments undermining OCE, it is setting itself up to be dogged by scandals and ethics issues for years and is returning the House to dark days when ethics violations were rampant and far too often tolerated." —Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, CREW

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Dems outraged by House GOP's ethics office vote 3.1.2017 Terrorism

House Republicans criticized after vote to gut ethics panelThe Republicans aim to eviscerate an independent body created to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers.


House GOP votes to strip independence from congressional ethics office 3.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The move is drawing backlash from Democrats, who say it's hypocritical given that Trump was elected vowing to "drain the swamp" in Washington. Republicans say it improves due process for the accused.
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