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Friday, January 30, 2015

A Farce': Senate Approves Keystone XL

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  'Turning Back on American People,' US Senate Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
by Deirdre Fulton
Marking a major—and likely symbolic—victory for Republicans on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a 62-36 vote that will not be sufficient to override President Barack Obama's expected veto.


  Gorbachev: US Pulled Russia Into New Cold War That Could Turn 'Hot'
by Andrea Germanos
"The U.S. has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism," he is quoted as saying. "Where will that lead all of us?" he said.
  On Eve of KXL Vote, GOP Senate Rejects Sanders' National Solar Expansion Plan
by Deirdre Fulton
Sanders's amendment, which he said would have generated enough power to replace one-fifth of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, was attached to the Keystone XL legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate.
  Parks But Not People? In Partial Victory, Pennsylvania Bans Fracking on Public Lands
by Sarah Lazare
Jenny Lisak, of Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, declared in a press statement that the partial ban on fracking "is evidence of the power of the movement to stop fracking in our state."
  Legacy of Endless Afghan War Includes Nation Plagued by Unexploded Bombs
by Jon Queally
With a majority of the victims children, unexploded ordnances in war-torn Afghanistan are claiming more than one life every single day.
  Further Proving One-Sided Recovery, One in Five US Children on Food Assistance
by Nadia Prupis
One in five U.S. children relied on food assistance in 2014—a figure higher than before the recession—highlighting the uneven results of the so-called economic recovery, new information from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals.
  As Court Stays Executions, Rights Group Says 'End the Death Penalty'
by Jon Queally
After a series of botched executions—evidenced by prolonged episodes in which those injected writhed in pain—a number of death row inmates initiated a challenge to the state's use of the drug combination saying it amounted to "cruel and unusual punishment" and an affront to protections offered by the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.
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  If Elections Matter for Greece, Why Not America?
by John Nichols
Democracy is not supposed to be boring. It is not supposed to be so predictable that elections can be called before campaigns have begun. It is not supposed to sustain an unfair and unequal status quo. It is not supposed to dull the appetite for real reform. It is not supposed to be so frustrating and dysfunctional that the great mass of potential voters is turned by the political process itself into the great mass of non-voters.
  Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another
by Ramzy Baroud
Alas, the camps became home, and the blankets were confiscated as the rest of Palestine was. Please remain hopeful, but realistic.
  Playing With Fire on the Lebanese Border
by Murtaza Hussain
This tit-for-tat violence is the worst since the 2006 war, which resulted in thousands of deaths and wrought massive destruction throughout South Lebanon.
  Dark Money Is Destroying Our World, Not Just Our Politics
by Wenonah Hauter
While the minions of the rich and powerful moan about corporate taxes, the American public continues to live through decades of stagnant wage growth and little increase in purchasing power, while corporate profits continue to increase.
  Let's Take Apart the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority
by Dave Johnson
Saying that we have been patsies isn’t an argument for setting up a fast-track process to pass more trade agreements; it is an argument for backing up and replacing everyone and everything involved in setting and enforcing our government’s trade policies.
  At Selma and Around the World, Pete Seeger Brought Us Closer Together
by Peter Dreier
Seeger was not at march to entertain, but to help empower the protesters through their collective voice and to show his solidarity with the civil rights struggle, as he'd done for years.
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