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In Groundbreaking Announcement, Power Plant Operator Aims For Drastic Emissions Cuts

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On Thursday, one of the country’s leading energy companies announced new goals aimed at subtantially cutting carbon emissions over the next several decades. NRG Energy, a massive enterprise with over 100 power plants situated primarily across the Northeast, set a target of cutting its carbon emissions 50 percent ...

Scientists Want to Make a Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

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Malaria has long bedeviled those who have sought to eradicate it, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths—the majority of those were African children. But now scientists are focusing on a promising new line of research: genetically ...

Republicans Finally Sue Over Obamacare -- And There's Even a Surprise Included

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House Republicans finally filed their long-awaited lawsuit against President Obama today, and it actually contained a surprise: The suit also challenges what it says is President Obama’s unlawful giveaway of roughly $175 billion to insurance companies under the law. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the administration will ...

Meet the Fortune 500 Companies Funding the Political Resegregation of America

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Over the past four to five years, the United States has been resegregated—politically. In states where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans and presidential races can be nail-biters, skillful Republican operatives have mounted racially-minded gerrymandering efforts—the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts—that have led to congressional delegations stacked with ...

Obama's Immigration Plan is Both Good Policy and Remarkably Shrewd Politics

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There are questions about whether President Obama's immigration plan is legal. There are questions about whether it's good policy. And then there are questions about whether it's smart politics. On the latter point, I'd say that Obama has been unusually shrewd, almost single-handedly demolishing the plans of Republican ...

Kmart To Employee: Work on Thanksgiving Day or Get Fired

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Some Kmart stores told employees that if they fail to show up for work on Thanksgiving they will automatically be fired. (John Konstantaras/AP Images for Kmart) Kmart will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year and remain open for 42 hours, meaning that many ...

29 Coal Miners Died in a 2010 Explosion. Congress Still Hasn't Fixed the Problem.

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Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for allegedly conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the run-up to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine. The four-count indictment describes a culture of negligence under Blankenship's ...

Florida State University warns of 'dangerous situation'

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(CNN) -- Florida State University warned of a "dangerous situation on campus" early Thursday morning, and asked students to stay away from windows. "FSU Alert Dangerous situation main campus-Tallahassee," a text sent to students read. "Seek shelter immediately, away from doors and windows." "The entire campus is empty; I've seen one or two people come up and look at the scene. Everyone who is in a campus building is under lockdown right now. Policemen are still surrounding the library." No more information was immediately available. Campus police would not comment,

4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

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Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator ...

SIGAR: Pentagon's economic development in Afghanistan 'accomplished nothing'

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WASHINGTON – The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon's efforts to spark that An Afghan construction worker makes concrete tubes on the outskirts of Kabul. A US inspector general is investigating Pentagon reconstruction efforts in the country.(Photo: WAKIL KOHSAR/ / ...

Has Obama Gone Too Far? Five Key Questions Answered About the Legality of His Immigration Plan.

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I've been paying only moderate attention to the whole issue of President Obama's executive order on immigration, and it's only over the past few days that I've started trying to learn more about the legal issues involved. And I confess that I've been a little surprised by what ...

Community vs. Big Oil (with images, tweets)

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Obama's Executive Action Will Protect 5 Million Undocumented Immigrants

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On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced his hotly anticipated executive action on immigration, which will keep nearly 5 million undocumented residents from being deported. Even though the sweeping measure has elicited threats of retaliation from congressional Republicans, Obama said he moved forward because comprehensive immigration reform is ...

Is Dianne Feinstein Crafting a Secret Water Deal to Help Big Pistachio?

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is negotiating a behind-closed-doors deal with Republican lawmakers to pass a bill that would ostensibly address California's drought—an effort that has uncorked a flood of criticism from environmental circles. Feinstein's quiet push for a compromise drought bill that's palatable to Big Ag-aligned House Republicans ...

The Next Climate Policy Fight Could Be All About Airplane Emissions

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Environmental groups are pledging to intensify their push on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft in the wake of a new report showing no improvement in fuel efficiency from U.S. domestic airlines. The pledge comes one day after the International Council on Clean ...

Jim Webb Wanted to Punch George W. Bush. Now He Wants His Old Job.

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Jim Webb is running for president. The former secretary of the navy and Virginia senator launched a presidential exploratory committee on Thursday, becoming the first Democrat to formally dip his toe in the 2016 waters. Webb explained his candidacy in a video that looks like it was filmed ...

It's time to fix our broken immigration system

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29 mentions11 hours ago
Our immigration system has been broken for decades. And every day we wait to act, millions of undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows: Those who want to pay taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else have no way to live right by the law.

How EPA Could Cut National Methane Leaks Almost In Half

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Kourtney Hardwick, BP Florida operations manager, looks over a methane gas well site east of Bayfield, Colorado. Three top environmental groups released a report on Thursday detailing how the federal government could cut the country’s methane emissions almost in half. Methane is the primary component of natural gas.

Welcome To Dukeville: The Town Named After The Company Accused Of Poisoning It

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DUKEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — It was fall of 2012, and only a short metal fence separated Sherry Gobble from a tree full of bright, orange persimmons. It was the third year they had blossomed, and Sherry was sick of watching them grow, fall, and get eaten by deer.

Video: A Drone Shoots Hauntingly Beautiful Footage of Buffalo's Snowstorm

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2 mentions20 hours ago
Flying personal camera-equipped drones directly over big events like the Hong Kong protests and Independence Day fireworks is becoming commonplace. Now come these amazing aerial images of Buffalo, New York, besieged by snow for the third day in a row. The Buffalo area was coated with up to ...

Republicans Said China Wouldn't Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong.

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Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that "the agreement requires the Chinese to do ...

The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

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Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's ...

Incoming Nevada Speaker Said Democrats Have 'Master-Slave' Relationship With 'Simple Minded Darkies'

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"Incoming Nevada Speaker Said Democrats Have ‘Master-Slave’ Relationship With ‘Simple Minded Darkies’" Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen (R), who the assembly’s Republican caucus selected as their choice to be its next speaker earlier this month, has a long history of racist, sexist and homophobic statements chronicled in a long ...

No, the Culture Wars Haven't Heated Up. It Just Seems Like They Have.

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Andrew Sullivan cogitates today on the seemingly endless outpouring of outrage over relatively small lapses in decent behavior: I wonder also if our digital life hasn’t made all this far worse. When you sit in a room with a laptop and write about other people and their flaws,

We Just Had the Hottest October on Record

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2 mentions11 hours ago
It's cold outside, which means it'll soon be time for the annual rousing chorus of climate change denial from people who think snow means global warming is fake. Good thing NOAA is here to help. Today the agency released two new maps illustrating that even if you're cold ...

AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a Debate Inside NSA

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Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to focus on foreign ...

A Follow-Up: Why the Working and Middle Classes Don't Like Obamacare Much

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Here's an interesting chart that follows up on a post I wrote a few days ago about Democrats and the white working class. Basically, I made the point that Democrats have recently done a lot for the poor but very little for the working and middle classes, and ...

These Laws Let Accused Rapists Off the Hook

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On January 23, 2014, Bart Bareither walked into the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Indianapolis. The 39-year-old computer engineer confessed to having raped a nursing student nine years earlier, while he was a teaching assistant at Indiana University. "He had a sincere demeanor. His head was bowed. It ...

Your Guide To Worker-Friendly Holiday Shopping

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About one in four American workers will have to go to work this year on a holiday, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day. Given that no American worker gets the guarantee that they can take a paid holiday off, their options are limited. Employees at Kmart ...

The Facebook Of Real Estate Allegedly Forced Workers To Skip Meals And Work Without Pay

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The number one online real estate website is facing a $5 million class action lawsuit for intimidating employees to skip meals and work long hours without pay. Former sales representative Ian Freeman filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of he and his coworkers, accusing Zillow of “exploiting and ...

AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to ...

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

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At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic ...

Jeb, Inc.: The Mysterious Businesses Of Florida's Former Governor

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Jeb Bush and his capital investment company have set up several companies that, despite being registered to his office and being approved for “any and all lawful business,” have seemingly not yet done anything. A ThinkProgress review of corporate registration records with the Florida Department of State revealed ...

The Gambia Will Now Punish Homosexuality With Life In Prison

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The AP reports this week that The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill that raises the criminal penalties for homosexual acts, including life sentences for a variety of charges. The bill criminalizes “aggravated homosexuality,” which encompasses a wide variety of behaviors and also targets certain ...

Ft. Lauderdale Arrests Homeless Man At Meeting To Honor National Homeless Week

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After arresting a 90-year-old veteran for handing out food to the homeless earlier this month, Ft. Lauderdale arrested Ray Cox, a homeless man, at a city commission meeting this week after he spoke out against the city’s crackdown on homeless people. As Mayor Jack Seiler gaveled in the ...

Jonathan Gruber quotes contradict Obama promise

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Washington (CNN) -- At a town hall meeting where he campaigned for health care legislation in 2009, President Barack Obama pledged to voters that he did not want any tax on health insurance plans he perceived as wastefully generous to ever impact average Americans. But in recent comments ...

The Complicated Ethics Of 'Serial,' The Most Popular Podcast Of All Time

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Hae Min Lee was murdered in 1999. She was a senior in high school. She was strangled. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. End of story. Except that it isn’t: in 2013, a friend of Syed’s contacted reporter Sarah ...

What Was Said at the Uber Dinner

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I had the pleasure of sitting one seat over from Emil Michael at the now-infamous Uber dinner in New York last week. Emil was originally seated next to me and moved over to greet Ben Smith as a guest. During dinner, the CEO of Uber gave a short ...

Wells Fargo and Discover to offer student loan modifications

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If you’re having a hard time paying off your private students loans, you could catch a break soon as two of the biggest private lenders are gearing up to relax repayment terms. On Wednesday, Wells Fargo said it would lower interest rates for eligible borrowers starting this month ...

Resist Surveillance

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Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of known surveillance spyware used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world. In recent years we have witnessed a huge growth in the adoption and trade in communication surveillance technologies. Such ...

Watch a Wall of Snow Consume Buffalo, NY

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Today it is literally freezing in every state in America. But no where has been hit harder than Buffalo, NY, which yesterday got buried under 70 inches of snow. Yeah, seven-zero, as in nearly six feet. At least six people there have died, and one hundred are still ...

Newtown Group Demands Jay Leno Cancel his Performance at Gun Lobby Trade Show

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On Tuesday, several gun violence-prevention groups called on the comedian to cancel his appearance at January's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT), an annual event put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is based in Newtown, Connecticut. A petition posted by the Coalition to Stop Gun ...

How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter?

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Levi Cummings didn’t die of old age. He didn’t die in an accident, and he wasn’t murdered. Cummings died because he was homeless. He likely froze to death — the state medical examiner must still officially release the cause of death — last Thursday, a victim of the ...

Coal Baron Indicted In Connection With Disaster That Killed 29, But So Far These Politicians Are Keeping His Money

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"Coal Baron Indicted In Connection With Disaster That Killed 29, But So Far These Politicians Are Keeping His Money" A federal grand jury sent shockwaves throughout the country last week when it announced the indictment of Don Blankenship, former CEO of coal company Massey Energy, on four charges ...

Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to Receive I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Filmmaker Laura Poitras is winner of the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, awarded each year by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!,” also has been selected to receive a special I.F. Stone lifetime ...

D.C. City Council Reforms Law Allowing Cops To Seize People's Assets For Police Use

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The Washington, D.C. Council unanimously passed a major overhaul this week of a system that has allowed police to seize personal property from thousands of residents and keep the profits for their department’s use. Among the major changes are that law enforcement offices would no longer get to ...

Thousands Of U.K. Students Take To The Streets To Demand An End To College Tuition

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Thousands of British university students took the streets of London on Wednesday to protest high tuition fees, unsustainable levels of student debt, and cuts to higher education. Student debt has grown exponentially in the U.K. after the government voted raise the cap on tuition from £3000 ($4,714) to ...

Three students shot in Florida university library, gunman killed

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TALLAHASSEE Fla. - (Reuters) - Three students were shot and wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a Florida State University library early on Thursday, and campus police shot the suspect dead, officials said. Officers confronted the attacker outside Florida State University's Strozier Library soon after midnight, ordered ...

Monsanto Is Using Big Data to Take Over the World

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You probably know Monsanto as the world's leading producer of genetically engineered seeds—a global agribusiness giant whose critics accuse it of everything from boosting our reliance on pesticides to driving Indian farmers to suicide. But that's actually just the latest in a long series of evolving corporate identities.

Google, IKEA, And SunEdison Bought A Lot Of Wind Power This Week

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With politically-charged pipeline maneuvering and international climate jockeying taking up most of the attention this week, three major wind power purchases show how clean energy is chugging along amid all of the rousing rhetoric. On Tuesday, IKEA announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date: a 165 megawatt ...
 

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