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Japan Wants You to Believe That These Coal Plants Will Help the Environment

Mother Jones explains… Japan is at it again. Back in December, the country got caught trying to pass off $1 billion worth of investments in coal-fired power plants in Indonesia as “climate finance”—that is, funding... Read More
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Teabag Rep Gets Swamped After She Asks For ACA Horror Stories

Crooks and Liars Karoli explains…. When Cathy McMorris-Rodgers posted a call on Facebook for ACA horror stories, I’m sure she expected to see people rise up, shaking their fists over tax snafus and other imagined... Read More
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If Nick Clegg falls, who will lead what’s left of the Lib Dems?

The Conversation asks the important question… As the date for the dissolution of Parliament approaches, marking just under six weeks until the general election, the shape of the campaign is finally coming into view. The... Read More
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With oil prices going down, down, down, why aren’t gas prices falling even more?

Raw Story explains… Crude oil prices have dropped dramatically since last summer. Strangely, over the same time period, gasoline prices have fallen much less. If a barrel of oil today costs less than half what... Read More
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A New Era of Televangelists

by Tina Dupuy Last week, the junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, kicked off the 2016 Republican primary season at a university founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. Liberty University’s students were mandated to attend Cruz’s... Read More
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Tories and Labour are neck and neck in last poll before parliament is dissolved

The Guardian explains the results of Observer/Opinium poll suggest election could produce another hung parliament as Conservatives fall to 34% and Labour stays at 33% The Conservatives and Labour stand neck and neck as they head... Read More
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Should Your State Be Able to Ignore the Nation’s Most Important Pollution Law?

Mother Jones asks… Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed a bold solution for any state that doesn’t like President Barack Obama’s flagship plan to slash carbon emissions: Just ignore it. The... Read More
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After the Sandy Hook kids were slaughtered, Ted Cruz was more worried about protecting guns

Raw Story has the details… Before I get started, a reminder. These are the names and birth dates of those who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012: -Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06,... Read More
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Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo, Calls Those Who Believe In Climate Change ‘Flat-Earthers’

Think Progress explains… A few days after accusing “global warming alarmists” like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing and insulting “anyone who actually looks at the real data” around climate change, newly-declared presidential candidate... Read More
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Blasts Florida’s Alleged Ban on Discussing Climate Change

Mother Jones explains… Neil DeGrasse Tyson has now weighed in on Florida’s alleged ban on using the words “climate change” and “global warming” in government communications. The astrophysicist-turned-TV-star told a Sarasota, Fla., crowd on Monday that... Read More
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TurboTax fraud, updated: Refunds stolen yet another way

The Washington Post updates… Michelle Quinn filed her tax return in January and got the good news that she was due a refund of about $8,000. But days after the refund was supposed to arrive,... Read More
Fox News host says healthy school food is ‘the road to hell’: It’s ‘causing mental problems’

Fox News host says healthy school food is ‘the road to hell’: It’s ‘causing mental problems’

Raw Story explains the sheer lunacy… Fox News host Andrea Tantaros warned on Wednesday that healthier school food was already “causing mental problems” for students. In a Tuesday report, WCBS pointed out that new rules... Read More
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Tories and Labour have boxed themselves in on taxation, claims IFS

The Guardian explains that pre-election pledges not to introduce major increases in VAT, national insurance and income tax after the election could cause problems if economy slows down David Cameron and Ed Miliband have “boxed”... Read More
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In Selma (yes they are that classless), GOP Lawmakers Explain Why They Don’t Support John Lewis’ Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act

ThinkProgress reports their hypocrisy on the day Oregon becomes the first state to allow all with drivers licences to be automatically registered? SELMA, ALABAMA — Dozens of members of Congress, and many more Republicans than... Read More
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Ted Cruz Wants You To Believe He’s Legally Required To Sign Up For Obamacare. He’s Not.

ThinkProgress explains… Newly-minted presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that he would grudgingly sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, just one day after announcing that he intends... Read More
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Jeb Bush Had Another Email Account While Florida Governor

ABC News reports… As Florida governor, Jeb Bush used another, previously unreported email address, records show — the newest wrinkle in an evolving debate over public officials’ use of private email accounts. When Bush released... Read More
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Why (and How) Hillary can win big

by Brent Budowsky The most popular former president since the Second World War is John Kennedy. The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton. The most popular public figure in America is Pope Francis,... Read More
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Why did Utah bring back the firing squad? How the US kills people in 2015

The Guardian explains the lunacy as the Gas chamber, firing squad and the electric chair have all been up for consideration in the wake of a European-led boycott of lethal injection drugs… On Monday night, Utah’s... Read More
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Congress considers privatizing the air traffic control system

The Washington post describes the latest GOP affront… The Federal Aviation Administration is in the middle of a hiring binge for air traffic controllers, but just how long the 6,000 people who get the jobs... Read More
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The Republican Answer To Paid Family Leave: Weaken Overtime Rules

ThinkProgress explains… On Tuesday, Republican senators reintroduced a bill intended to address the country’slack of paid family leave. The bill, the Family Friendly and Workplace Flexibility Act, would let employers give their workers an option... Read More
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Mike Huckabee Should Probably Stop Criticizing Hillary Over Her Emails

Mother Jones explains he has skeletons in his own closet. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thinks questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state “will linger” throughout the 2016 presidential race. “If the law... Read More
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Anti-abortion Missouri Republican criticized for new bill cutting fish out of ‘food stamp’ plans

Raw Story reports… After catching flack for a bill that would require women to obtain permission before having an abortion, Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin’s (R) latest proposal is being derided for seemingly arbitrary new... Read More
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Pharmacists Are Getting Closer To Cutting Off Access To Death Penalty Drugs

ThinkProgress explains… It may soon become harder for state officials to get their hands on the drugs they need to execute inmates, as major pharmacist organizations keep inching closer toward ceasing to supply that medication.... Read More
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Climate-sceptic US senator given funds by BP political action committee

The Guardian reports that US Senator Jim Inhofe, who opposes climate change regulation, has received $10,000 from PAC funded by donations from US staff at oil group. One of America’s most powerful and outspoken opponents of... Read More
John Oliver does it again! Takes on municipal violations targeting poor and blacks

John Oliver does it again! Takes on municipal violations targeting poor and blacks

The exorbitant fines levied against those who can least afford them leads to huge budgetary windfalls and an increased prison populations.
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Why Congress Is Having Trouble Governing

The Upshot explains… The 114th Congress is not yet three months old. But already its fate — whether it will be capable of keeping the government running without a lot of drama, let alone pass... Read More
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25. Debate non-debate failed Speaker’s coup edition

Podcast: Play in new window | Download David Cameron and Ed Miliband (sort of) debated on telly for the first time in this campaign, the Germanwings crash is now a tragic murder suicide, the PM... Read More
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Eight hours is enough – more sleep could lead to an early grave

The Conversation explains… Sleep is vital for good health but more of it may not always be better for everyone. Research recently published in the journal Neurology has found middle-aged and older people who sleep... Read More
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Conservatives slam Salmond’s ‘sinister’ threat to install Miliband in Downing St

The Guardian reports that Bob Neill, the Tory party deputy chairman, condemns comments made in New Statesman by SNP candidate. Alex Salmond was accused last night of making a “deeply sinister” threat to try to force... Read More
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Why College Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Have to be) for Everyone

by Robert Reich I know a high school senior who’s so worried about whether she’ll be accepted at the college of her choice she can’t sleep. The parent of another senior tells me he stands... Read More