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'Green News Report' - February 24, 2011 25.2.2011 BradBlog
TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport VIA SMART PHONE: Stitcher Radio! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil prices spike on Libya unrest; Gettin' gassy at the Oscars; Hidden costs of coal; Air pollution deadlier than cocaine ... PLUS: Unrest in the Midwest, powered by Koch (the Billionaire Koch Brothers, that is) ... All that and more in ...
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Abortion clinic reform passes Virginia Senate. 25.2.2011 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
The bill requires that facilities that perform more than five first trimester abortions per month be subject to the same regulations as hospitals, which will hopefully help keep down the kind of abuses that were documented here by Live Action (and, much more horrifyingly, the atrocities committed in Pennsylvania by Kermit Gosnell ). This rather commonsense consistency in regulating abortions would be normally out of reach of the pro-life movement, as the Virginia Senate is 22/18 Democratic/Republican: however, two Democrats switched their votes after a parliamentary procedure forced them to take a stand on the bill. This made the vote 20/20, thus allowing Lt. Governor Bill Bolling to break the tie. Because elections matter . People may also remember that this has been building up since August of 2010 , when Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli ruled that abortion facilities could be regulated as if they were hospitals - which ruling helped set up this bill. Because elections matter . ...
Federal Judge Upholds Individual Mandate By Eviscerating The Constitution 25.2.2011 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Judge Gladys Kessler upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, but she did so by essentially ruling that the Interstate Commerce Clause means whatever Congress wants it to mean.
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AP Sources: Senate Dems consider spending cuts 24.2.2011 Boston Globe: Latest
AP Sources: Senate Dems consider spending cuts
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Fed president urges breakup of big financial firms 24.2.2011 Boston Globe: Business
Fed president urges breakup of big financial firms
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Tech at Night: Copyright, COICA, Google, Net Neturality, Internet Kill Switch 24.2.2011 Red State
On Monday I did the first half of my catchup work. Now we’ll do the second half. And one of the big issues coming up is copyright. Over the last thirty years, copyright in America has been radically reformed. While traditionally it worked as patents still do work, as a temporary grant of monopoly enforceable in civil courts, we’ve gradually moved them into the realm of criminal law enforced indefinitely. And I believe we’re gone too far in that direction. So when I hear about the COICA, a new copyright and counterfeiting law promoted by the Obama administration, I’m concerned. At a fundamental level, the COICA would give too much power to government to solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist. No, copyright is not at serious risk in America today. It is simply certain business models that are failing, and it is not the place of government to try to prop them up. It is true that the RIAA’s members are not as successful as they have been in the past, ...
EPA cuts toxic air pollution rules to slash costs 24.2.2011 MSNBC
Faced with stiff opposition in Congress and a court-ordered deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will make it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators.
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Gas drillers make waves in Pa. with NFL tickets 24.2.2011 AP Business
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- When John Hanger, then the state's top environmental regulator, was offered a coveted trip to the Super Bowl to see the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009, he turned it down....
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Gas drillers make waves in Pa. with NFL tickets 24.2.2011 Boston Globe: Latest
Gas drillers make waves in Pa. with NFL tickets
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Avoiding Landmines as VT Moves to Single-Payer Health Care System 24.2.2011 BradBlog
Guest editorial by Ernest A. Canning As one of it's first acts after taking the majority in the U.S. House, Corporate America's public subsidiary, GOP, Inc., voted against the will of all but 18% of the American people to repeal even modest restraints on the abominable practices of a health insurance ...
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Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann Would Call 18th-Century Philadelphia Freedom Fighters 'Un-American' 24.2.2011 AlterNet
Right-wing efforts to cast passive government, unfettered markets, and wholesale tax resistance as the founding values of ordinary America have very little basis.
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World/nation briefs 24.2.2011 Star Tribune: World
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Toxic Tipping Point 24.2.2011 Mother Jones
In August of 2001, Rita Shreffler of Nixa, Missouri, sent her son's baby tooth to a lab. A year earlier, nine-year-old Andy had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and Shreffler had just read a report in the journal Medical Hypotheses suggesting that such neurological disorders might be the result of mercury poisoning associated with an additive in children's vaccines. Wayne Middleton, of Middleton Microbiological & Environmental Testing Laboratory, was so astonished at Andy's results that he even used his own children's baby teeth as controls. Andy's tooth registered a mercury level of 3,040 parts per billion. By comparison, the Environmental Protection Agency's limit for mercury in drinking water is 2 ppb, and the limit for mercury content in waste going into a landfill is 200 ppb. Continue Reading » Comments Post ...
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Bill would tighten oversight on some for-profit schools 24.2.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 23, 2011 01:55PM MDT A bill to tighten regulation of Utah’s postsecondary proprietary schools is advancing through the Senate with the support of the for-profit education industry, which has come under severe criticism in recent years for its reliance on federal student-aid dollars. SB210 would require certain for-profit schools to demonstrate financial viability, file separate registration and exemption applications for each campus they operate in Utah, and would enable the Division of Consumer Protection to field ... ...
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GA GOP Rep. Would Force Women To Prove Miscarriage Happened Naturally Or Face Felony Charges 24.2.2011 Think Progres
GA GOP Rep. Would Force Women To Prove Miscarriage Happened Naturally Or Face Felony Charges
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Bill would tighten regulations on some for-profit schools 24.2.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 23, 2011 12:45PM MDT A bill to tighten regulations of Utah’s “postsecondary proprietary” schools is advancing through the Senate with the full support of the for-profit education industry, which has come under severe criticism in recent years for its heavy reliance on federal student-aid dollars. SB 210 would requires certain for-profit schools to demonstrate financial viability, file separate registration and exemption applications for each campus they operate in Utah, and enables the Division of Consumer Protectio... ...
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Troops or Private Contractors: Who Does Better in Supplying Our Troops During War? 23.2.2011 Truthout - All Articles

We continue our series on the Department of Defense (DoD) with another solution from Charles Smith. As I mentioned last week, Mr. Smith was a career procurement officer whose career was cut short when he was the chief of the Field Support Contracting Division of the Army Field Support Command and tried to get control of the costs and use of the infamous Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract with KBR to supply the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Martin Karo: Thought crime comes of age 23.2.2011 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
We're stretched a little thin on the legal front, but reader Martin Karo has pitched in to offer this commentary on Judge Gladys Kessler's Obamacare ruling today: Orwell's dystopian 1984 vision has come of age. Judge Gladys Kessler of the federal district court for the District of Columbia actually held , on page 45 of her ruling upholding Obamacare, that Congress has the right to regulate mental activity. One wonders if liberal judges ever read their own opinions aloud, so they can absorb what they just "said," or ever consider the ramifications. The case most like the one at bar -- Wickard v. Filburn -- involved a farmer who grew his own wheat during the Depression, to feed his chickens. The Roosevelt Administration sued poor farmer Roscoe Filburn, contending that his wheat production put more of his acres under wheat cultivation than he was allowed under New Deal legislation. The Court held that, even though he was not selling the wheat and thus not marketing anything, the fact that he ...
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DOJ will no longer defend DOMA's discrimination 23.2.2011 Daily Kos
Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act states: In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife In the two years since this Administration took office, the Department of Justice has defended Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act on several occasions in federal court. Each of those cases evaluating Section 3 was considered in jurisdictions in which binding circuit court precedents hold that laws singling out people based on sexual orientation, as DOMA does, are constitutional if there is a rational basis for their enactment. While the President opposes DOMA and believes it should be repealed, the Department has defended it in court because we were able to advance reasonable ...
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DOJ Will No Longer Defend DOMA's Discrimination 23.2.2011 Daily Kos
Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act states: In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife In the two years since this Administration took office, the Department of Justice has defended Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act on several occasions in federal court. Each of those cases evaluating Section 3 was considered in jurisdictions in which binding circuit court precedents hold that laws singling out people based on sexual orientation, as DOMA does, are constitutional if there is a rational basis for their enactment. While the President opposes DOMA and believes it should be repealed, the Department has defended it in court because we were able to advance reasonable ...
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