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Earthjustice Statement on President Obama’s Goal to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Pollution

Jan 14, 2015

Washington, D.C. January 14, 2015 - This morning, as part of a series of executive actions by the Obama Administration to combat climate change, the White House announced a goal of reducing the oil and gas industry’s waste of methane, the primary component of natural gas, by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels...

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Norman Solomon | Sterling Trial Opens in Security-State Matrix

Jan 14, 2015

January 14, 2015 - When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors made routine references to “three-letter agencies” and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life, the jury pool was bound to...

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Sierra Club: EPA to regulate methane from oil and gas production

Jan 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 14, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a process for establishing first time controls on methane emissions from oil and gas production. Methane, which escapes into the atmosphere during drilling and fracking operations and in distribution, is a climate pollutant 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a...

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CEPR’s Dean Baker: Democrats’ Plan for Financial Transactions Tax Would Bring Financial Markets into 21st Century

Jan 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 12, 2015 - Economist Dean Baker, a co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), issued the following statement about the financial transactions tax (FTT) component of the new tax proposal from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD):

Representative Chris Van Hollen’s proposal for a financial transactions tax, a key part...

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Kate Desormeau: Why is Immigration & Customs Enforcement Still Fighting For Its Runaway Detainer Regime?

Jan 12, 2015

Jan. 7, 2015 - Ada Morales, a long-time resident of Rhode Island, became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1995. Yet in 2009, when she was arrested by Rhode Island authorities for an unrelated state charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an imm...

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Khalil Bendib: Bullets and bombs can never silence the voices of laughter and friendship

Jan 12, 2015
Khalil Bendib: Bullets and bombs can never silence the voices of laughter and friendship

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CARTOON: Carbon Tax Grinch

CARTOON: Carbon Tax Grinch

Rick McKee, The Augusta ChronicleView Full Size: CARTOON: Carbon Tax Grinch

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Susan Mizner: Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Apply to Cops?

Jan 9, 2015

Jan. 8, 2015 - Many people recognize the names Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, African-American men, and a child, killed by the police.

Less well known are the names Milton Hall, James Boyd, Ezell Ford, Kajieme Powell, and Tanisha Anderson.

They are people with psychiatric disabilities—most of them people of color—shot and killed by...

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Andy Rowell: KXL is “like two bald men fighting over a comb”

Jan 9, 2015

Jan. 9, 2015 - As the political squabbling over Keystone XL continues to dominate the political landscape in Washington, yesterday the Senate energy committee voted 13-9 in favor of a bill that would force construction of the controversial pipeline.

Let’s forget for a minute the fact that the Senators voting for KXL have received eight...

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HRC Thanks Barbara Boxer For Outstanding Service and Commitment to LGBT Equality

Jan 8, 2015

WASHINGTON January 8, 2015 - In light of today’s news that U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will retire at the end of her current term, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is highlighting her outstanding service, commitment to LGBT equality and support for...

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