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Puerto Rico Debt Bill Heads for Full House Vote
The House Committee on Natural Resources voted 29-10 to approve Puerto Rico debt legislation for consideration by the full House of Representatives.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 10:55AM
And Here’s Another Thing the Clinton’s Fucked Up.
In the late nineties Duh Prez. appointed General Barry McCaffery to be the Drug Czar!
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:57AM
US policy in Honduras must change
Since 1982 a single landowner and sweatshop entrepreneur has benefited from US interventions in Honduras.While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton ignored pleas from Congress to cut off support to Miguel Facusse', who was remembered as a "colorful character" by the LA Times when he passed away last year at the age of 90. Today, I provide background for a new report from International Affairs Review: "¡Basta Ya! The United States is Overdue for a New Policy Approach in Honduras" by Laura Blume
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 1:59PM
House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 — In a partisan vote today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which, if enacted into law, would gut protections for several endangered species, including the American burying beetle and lesser prairie chicken, and remove the Clean Water Act’s ability to control destructive invasive species. The must-pass legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:20PM
House Releases New Puerto Rico Debt Legislation
Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) introduced the latest version of legislation to help resolve Puerto Rico's financial crisis.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 1:52PM
National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties
Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016 — One day before the National Research Council (NRC) is scheduled to release a multi-year research report about genetically engineered (GMO) crops and food, Food & Water Watch has released an issue brief detailing the far-reaching conflicts of interest at the NRC and its parent organization, the National Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:51PM
Pre-Paid Phone "Security" Law Threatens to Make Black Lives Even Harder
Politicians are using stereotypes and myths to make it harder to buy a cell phone. Laws based on racist beliefs only serve to reinforce racism and discrimination. Harsh voter ID requirements harm Black communities. Tell Representative Speier to retract her bill.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 9:37PM
An Anarchist Take on the Trump Campaign
As of this writing, there is no obvious path to the White House for Donald Trump. As Harry Enten recently pointed out, Trump's strong unfavorability rating (not his unfavorability rating, his strong unfavorability rating) stands at 53%, a full 16 points ahead of Hillary Clinton's heroic-in-its-own-right 37%. While some combination of electoral fraud and liberal third party candidate could conceivably send Trump to the Oval Office, if the election were to be held today he would lose.
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 5:26PM
Hawai‘i Legislature Provides Landmark State-Funded Tax Credit Supporting Organic Farmers
(May 5th, 2016) Hawai‘i lawmakers hope to strengthen and expand the state’s organic farming sector after passing unprecedented legislation that would allocate $2 million in state-funded tax credit for certified organic food production (House Bill 1689 CD 1). The state-funded tax credit is the first of its kind in the United States, and is designed to complement existing federal programs that help organic farmers overcome the financial barriers of certification.
Posted: Sat May 7, 2016 3:26PM
Vote Your Hopes, Not Your Fears: Building the Green Party (audio/mpeg 3.4MB)
Socialist Alternative, led by Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant, and others have called for Bernie Sanders to found an independent left party for the 99 percent and run as an independent, or to appeal to Jill Stein and the Green Party to join their ticket, despite Sanders's oft repeated promise to endorse the Democrats’ nominee. With little time left to get a new party on the ballot in most states, I looked into Green Party ballot access in the 50 states and spoke to Bruce Dixon, Georgia...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 12:57PM
Interview with Westley Bayas III running as Delegate for Bernie Sanders (audio/mpeg 16.4MB)
Janet Hays interviews New Orleans resident Westley Bayas III on what it means to be running as a delegate to represent Bernie Sanders at the 2016 July Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to ensure that issues such as a nationwide $15/hour minimum wage, systemic criminal justice reform, and making public colleges & universities tuition free are In the Democratic platform for the 2016 election.
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:45AM
Religious Coalition Organizes National "Call Congress" Day on Puerto Rico Legislation
A religious development group is organizing thousands of calls to Congress on Wednesday, April 27 to urge action on Puerto Rico's debt crisis.
Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:18PM
Australian environment ministers agree urgent action needed on climate change
In a late night conference call on Wednesday night 20 April 2016 between Australian Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Queensland State Environment minister Steven Miles and Environment ministers from other Australian states it was agreed that what is currently happening on the Great Barrier Reef with extensive and severe coral bleaching is alarming and is an issue of concern not just to Queenslanders but to all Australians.
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:33AM
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s One-Man Revolution and the CPP
Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian vision is no way forward for the Philippines.
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:45AM
SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools
(April 13, 2016) A survey of approximately 2,000 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, according to a report released today.
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:00AM
House Republicans Convene to Discuss Puerto Rico Legislation
Speaker Paul Ryan is holding a special meeting with Republicans to discuss the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). Ahead of the Republican special session, the religious development group Jubilee USA sent a letter from its executive director advocating passage with key changes.
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:37AM
IMF Puts Spotlight on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis as Congress Debates Solutions
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will categorize Puerto Rico as its own entity in its economic database for the first time. Puerto Rico is in the midst of a significant debt crisis but is not eligible for IMF assistance because it is not a country.
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:12AM
Support SB 1286 to shed light on police misconduct and use of force
Investigation of police abuse and violence against members of the public shouldn't be hidden from us, the taxpaying public!
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 6:17PM
Puerto Rico Congressional Negotiations Intensify
The House Committee on Natural Resources is poised to release the newest draft of Puerto Rico legislation amid tense negotiations.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 3:17PM
Legal Support Needed at the RNC in Cleveland
The 2016 Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland July 18 - 21. This one's going to be a little different.
Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:50AM