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The Energy 202: Why Ted Cruz rallied with Philadelphia union workers this week 23.2.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Why Ted Cruz rallied with Philadelphia union workers this week
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Co-op chaos: Provision from tax bill has farmers, companies scrambling 23.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The last minute addition to the tax bill was supposed to continue an existing tax break that benefited cooperatives. But the result, which lawmakers say was unintended, is a big tax advantage for farmers who sell grain to a cooperative instead of a private company.
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The Daily 202: Jury still out on Trump’s seriousness about banning bump stocks, improving background checks after Florida massacre 21.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The president might be having a true change of heart, but this could also be political posturing.
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Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? 20.2.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Law enforcement officers block off the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida There’s nothing on the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School website about the woman whose name adorns the school, so its students may not realize that in rising from last week’s tragedy to speak truth to power, they are following in Douglas’s activist footsteps. Douglas would certainly see a bit of herself in Emma Gonzalez, the poised and eloquent young woman whose speech electrified her classmates, teachers, parents, and the whole country at a Fort Lauderdale rally on Saturday, only days after a gunman entered her school and killed 17 people. “If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it,” said the 18-year-old senior, “I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle ...
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Mueller Probe Heats Up: Thirteen Russians Indicted, Ex-Trump Aide to Plead Guilty, Focus on Kushner Grows 20.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
There have been a number of significant developments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration. CNN is reporting Mueller is now investigating Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his attempts to secure financing for his family's business while working on the president's transition team. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times is reporting former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates has agreed to plead guilty and testify against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager. Under the deal, Gates will plead guilty to money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying. These developments come just days after the Justice Department indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election by orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net. TRANSCRIPT JUAN GONZÁLEZ: ...
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Trump Budget Would Undo Gains From Conservation Programs on Farms and Ranches 19.2.2018 Truthout.com
Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the  2018 farm bill  -- a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the farm bill with food policy, but its conservation section is the single largest source of funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation on private land in the United States.  Farm bill conservation programs provide about  US$5.8 billion  yearly for activities such as restoring wildlife habitat and using sustainable farming practices. These programs affect about  50 million acres of land nationwide . They conserve  millions of acres of wildlife habitat  and  provide ecological services  such as improved water quality, erosion control and enhanced soil health that are worth billions of dollars.  Sixty percent of US land is privately owned, and it contains a  disproportionately high share  of habitat for ...
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The goal was espionage. The tactics were social media 101 17.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

If a brand today wants to promote a new product, it would order its social media team to tailor posts that resonate with its audience, buy targeted ads to reach impressionable eyeballs, and closely monitor the performance of its messaging to ensure it reaches, and influences, as many viewers as...

State Farm pulls out all the legal stops to avoid paying $100 million in customer refunds 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

“Insurance company.” That seemingly benign term is at the crux of a legal fight waged by State Farm Insurance against an order that it repay more than $100 million in overcharges imposed on its homeowner insurance customers dating back to mid-2015.

The issue in the lawsuit State Farm has brought...

The Energy 202: Trump's infrastructure plan would make it harder to challenge pipelines 16.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
But many hurdles face the proposal.
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California's licensed pot sellers want the state to crack down on illegal competitors 16.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Six weeks after the state began licensing marijuana farming and sales, officials have received a flood of complaints about illegal pot operations and demands for a start to tough enforcement.

Many of the 304 complaints received in recent weeks are from newly licensed businesses that say they are...

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Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine 16.2.2018 AP Business
HONOLULU (AP) -- Critics are blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dramatically lowering a fine on agribusiness company Syngenta for violations of pesticide regulations....
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Washington wheat farmers oppose proposed Trump budget cuts 15.2.2018 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state wheat farmers are protesting cuts to their safety net programs in a budget proposal released by President Donald Trump this week....
“The Water Stinks.” For Many Rural Americans the Only Choice Is Toxic. 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if you ain’t going to have no water.” Hunt, a former coal miner […]
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The Finance 202: Trump dusts off protectionist trade rhetoric 14.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
But his follow-through has been shabby.
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How Unions Help Immigrants Resist Deportations 13.2.2018 American Prospect
Brooke Anderson/Creative Commons Members of UNITE HERE Local 2 march in San Franciso Labor historian Fred Glass, looking at the impact of immigration on California's labor movement, notes that many immigrants have arrived in the state with a long history of labor and left-wing activism. Unions have then called on that history and consciousness to aid in organizing drives among janitors, farm workers, hotel housekeepers, and others. “Because the labor movement has understood this fact and designed its efforts around it,” he argues, “California's unionization rate remains at 16 percent while the national average is 11 percent.” The state has 2.55 million union members, far more than any other. To union leaders, that's also one explanation—in addition to the state designating itself as a sanctuary—for the announcement by the Trump administration that it is targeting California for intensive workplace immigration enforcement. “It's obvious retaliation for California standing up for immigrants,” charges ...
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How Unions Help Immigrant Resist Deportations 13.2.2018 American Prospect
Brooke Anderson/Creative Commons Members of UNITE HERE Local 2 march in San Franciso Labor historian Fred Glass, looking at the impact of immigration on California's labor movement, notes that many immigrants have arrived in the state with a long history of labor and left-wing activism. Unions have then called on that history and consciousness to aid in organizing drives among janitors, farm workers, hotel housekeepers, and others. “Because the labor movement has understood this fact and designed its efforts around it,” he argues, “California's unionization rate remains at 16 percent while the national average is 11 percent.” The state has 2.55 million union members, far more than any other. To union leaders, that's also one explanation—in addition to the state designating itself as a sanctuary—for the announcement by the Trump administration that it is targeting California for intensive workplace immigration enforcement. “It's obvious retaliation for California standing up for immigrants,” charges ...
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Trump administration wants to decide what food SNAP recipients will get 13.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The proposed changes to food stamps, now called SNAP, would be drastic: About half the benefits would be boxed-up, nonperishable foods. Recipients would lose a lot of their ability to pick their food.
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Roses are cheap on Valentine’s Day – because of where they come from 11.2.2018 Washington Post
Roses are cheap on Valentine’s Day – because of where they come from
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U.S. efforts once saved the red wolf. But missteps may push the species back to the brink. 11.2.2018 Washington Post
Three decades after they were reintroduced to the wild, there is serious doubt that the species can survive outside zoos. The story of the rise and fall of the red wolf population at a North Carolina refuge is a testament to the power of the Endangered Species Act to protect wildlife — and its limitations.
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State Senate OKs measure to phase out salmon net-pen farming 9.2.2018 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- In response to a net collapse last summer that released hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon into waters famed for their native salmon, the state Senate on Thursday passed a measure that aims to phase out salmon net-pen farming in Washington state....
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