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The right’s sociopathic new scam: Using Americans to harm their own health plans

The right’s sociopathic new scam: Using Americans to harm their own health plans | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
GOP-aligned groups are now exploiting innocent people who need Obamacare -- by having them campaign for its demise

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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"But of course, we’re really just talking about Julie Boonstra here. If she and AFP get their way, she’ll be just as much a victim of Obamacare repeal as all the people who face health circumstances similar to hers. And the saddest part of that tragic irony is that Boonstra doesn’t even seem to understand what her circumstances are, or why it doesn’t make sense to devote her energies to repealing the law. Boonstra told the Dexter Leader, “People are asking me for the numbers and I don’t know those answers — that’s the heartbreak of all of this. It’s the uncertainty of not having those numbers that I have an issue with, because I always knew what I was paying and now I don’t, and I haven’t gone through the tests or seen my specialist yet.”


But that’s just not so. Anyone who’s studied the law knows it’s not so. Anyone who’s paid unexpected health bills in installments knows it’s not so. Well-heeled Affordable Care Act foes like Americans for Prosperity certainly know it’s not so. And in that sense AFP, and everyone else on the right “supporting” Julie Boonstra, are using her as a weapon in a war against herself."

 

- Brian Beutler, Salon's political writer.

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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage: Chris Hedges

Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage: Chris Hedges | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
In a speech at Oxford University, the Truthdig columnist frames his team’s argument in a debate on how we should view Snowden (left), the systems analyst who exposed the massive surveillance of Americans.
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America's Richest Political Activists Pour Money Into SuperPACs

America's Richest Political Activists Pour Money Into SuperPACs | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Hedge fund billionaires Thomas Steyer and Paul Singer are among those deploying their money to promote their issue agendas. Selected congressional candidates will receive political contributions.
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Thomas Steyer is a former-hedge-fund-manager-turned-tree-hugger. (For the record, I like him).


Give a listen to the source of this post and then listen to this one in which Steyer is interviewed: 

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/281916777/billionaire-tom-steyer-puts-his-money-toward-climate-issues

 

Do you want him pouring money into elections? Are you ready to add your name to the American Anti-Corruption Act yet to get all of the big money out of our politics?

 

http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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New Website Design Aims to Make Campaign Finance Reports Easier to Find

The Pennsylvania Department of State has redesigned the portion of its website that contains campaign finance reports.

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By DEANNA GARCIA
The Pennsylvania Department of State has redesigned the portion of its website that contains campaign finance reports. Spokesman Ron Ruman said the old site design was confusing.

“It was set up in a way that perhaps made sense to candidates or people that file campaign finance reports and that sort of thing,” said Ruman, “but to the average citizen that doesn’t deal with those things a lot it was kind of confusing, it wasn’t necessarily intuitive in the way it did the searches.”

Campaign contributions and expenditures are public information by law and the website that contains the reports has been operating for several years.

“The new campaign finance website, we think, is much more common sense in the way people put information into search, it’s much more intuitive,” said Ruman. “Most people probably come to this website looking for campaign finance reports, so that’s the default search.”

 

Read more at http://wesa.fm/post/new-website-design-aims-make-campaign-finance-reports-easier-find

 

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How Liberals Killed The 'Grand Bargain'

How Liberals Killed The 'Grand Bargain' | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
They're already looking ahead to the next battle.
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 by BRETT LOGIURATO, FEB. 21, 2014, 9:21 AM

 

The "Grand Bargain" — the mythical agreement between Democrats and Republicans to cut entitlement spending — has died.

The cuts to Social Security that were included in President Barack Obama's budget last year were viewed as a necessary olive branch to Republicans at the time. Many Democrats in Washington, including the President, thought it should be on the table to strike a deal — the elusive "grand bargain" on the budget.

A year later, the paradigm has completely swung. Obama will drop the proposal from his budget this year. Led by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), many Democrats now not only oppose the cuts, but also favor an expansion of Social Security benefits. 

"It is really amazing how much the conversation has shifted," one Senate Democratic aide told Business Insider.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chained-cpi-social-security-progressives-obama-budget-2014-2#ixzz2u6FWXTZR

 

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The Pleasure of Changing My Mind : : Sam Harris

The Pleasure of Changing My Mind : : Sam Harris | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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The older I get, the more the fundamental lessons of childhood seem relevant.

1. Always treat others the way you want to be treated.

2. It's nice to share, especially with those who don't have as much.

3. We all make mistakes and that's ok. Just admit to it when you do, learn from it, and try not to repeat the same ones.

4. No one knows everything, so as we learn it's perfectly fine - required, actually - to admit we didn't know something or that we've changed our minds about things.

 

Is it just me, or have we adults (I'm especially looking at you fellow Baby Boomers now)  simply choosing to mostly ignore these lessons on a regular basis?

 

How is that we seem to forget that people can be hurt by our words and our deeds? Why is that we seem less and less interested in sharing what we have the more and more we amass and accumulate?

 

What is it about us that makes us appear almost pathologically unable or unwilling to admit our errors and mistakes, and why are we so often so resistant to the fact that we don't know everything and that learning means taking in new information that is likely to change our minds about what we thought we already knew?

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Surprise: liberals are just as morally righteous as conservatives

Surprise: liberals are just as morally righteous as conservatives | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that contrary to cliche, those on the left are just as morally driven as those on the right.

By Chris Mooney, Mother Jones


From the Moral Majority to the Tea Party, we tend to think of those on the political right as driven by deep moral convictions. Much of the reason involves the right's strong connection with fundamentalist religiosity, and the accompanying rhetoric about "moral values." Indeed, conservatives have made a habit of accusing liberals of being "moral relativists," even as psychological research paints liberals as more tolerant of uncertainty and nuance than conservatives, and more open to new experiences and ideas. That certainly doesn't sound like the psych profile of a moral crusader.

Maybe, though, the moral motivations of liberals have been underestimated. That's the upshot of a new political psychology study by Linda Skitka of the University of Illinois-Chicago and two colleagues. The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 21 separate studies examining the differing moral investments of the left and the right. And they found that overall, liberals showed just as much moral conviction as conservatives—albeit on very different political issues.

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/02/liberals-conservatives-morality-zeal-conviction


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Greg Russak's comment, February 23, 2014 3:48 PM
Dan, with all due respect, and I know you asked Monica, but where in her post are you seeing hatred anywhere? I have to say, you seem to be going out of your way on this post to pick fights that don't exist. Monica didn't say anything even remotely close to saying we should fight hatred with hatred. She doesn't have to say no to hatred because she never said it.
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, February 24, 2014 12:53 AM
I didn't really find this article a very strong push back to the idea that is often pushed in media that the left is less morally based. I really thought it was a very balanced look at research about the topic until you got to the end when the author basically falls back into imaging liberals as cuddly bears and conservatives as papa bears by bringing in some last minutes opinions that did not sound like part of the research discussed. I'm really not saying anything is wrong or right to be honest. Just an observation that it is to be expected for one side to push back with a rebuttal. The progressive side has been reluctant to claim a public moral stand on hardly anything where the so called "conservatives" bring God and morality into everything. The early progressive movement in America did not seem reluctant to claim the moral high ground. They did not to it with a loud voice about morals but a quiet voice that showed loudly through action. I think the tendency of the progressive movement is towards religious tolerance and sometimes that side goes too far out of their way to the point as to encourage an opening for the accusations of a lack of a moral base from the conservative groups and media. The article points out repeatedly the research reporting both have equally strong moral reasons for what they choose to support. One only needs to look at the early progressives like Jane Addams and the activities of the Quakers then and now to see that even religious and well as personal moral values have and still do play into the passion on the left as well as the right. I think the left should do more to bring that into the light as the false idea of the opposite is used as a scare tactics to give the progressives cooties and the impression that if you side with the left you are doomed to work with the devil. This is a false idea. More articles like these are needed to counter balance and push back that very false idea…..No hatred needs to be involved just more owning up to the moral reasons why some people are supporting the progressive goals. You have to admit it must be a very powerful use of religion to convince so many Tea Party fundamentalist Christians to follow the morality of Ayn Rand who actually wrote her morality into a book called the Virtues of Selfishness and overtly felt that religious beliefs were evil. The irony of that to me is still jaw dropping. It is time and past time for the left to stand and say the reason many support the progressive values is because they feel not to do that is immoral whether that statement is religious based or a personal morality it is just as real. There may be a few that support progressive values strictly because they realize that weak social and economic justice and fairness along with inequality is potentially destabilizing as we saw in the Russia Ayn's parents were driven out of and Cuba which was once considered the playground of the rich. A play ground that locked the people of Cuba out into poverty to watch the rich play in their land. If the progressives movements around the world fail to balance the growing inequality and social justice this could become very ugly situation on a global scale.
Greg Russak's comment, February 24, 2014 12:03 PM
Well stated, very informative, and well done, Monica.
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How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network

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Fundraising by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch supports a tangle of nonprofits, sometimes referred to as the Kochtopus, all aimed at advancing conservative causes. 

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Does the media have a "duty of care"?

In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
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"Democracy, in order to work, requires that reasonable men and women take the time to understand and debate difficult, sometimes complex, issues, and they do so in an atmosphere that strives for the type of understanding that leads to if not agreement, then at least a productive and workable compromise. Politics is about choices. And, within those choices, politics is about priorities. It’s about reconciling conflicting preferences wherever and whenever possibly based on fact. But if the facts themselves are distorted, the resolutions are likely only to create further conflict, with all the stresses and strains on society that inevitably follow. The media have to decide; do they see their role as being to inflame or to inform? In the end, it comes down to a combination of trust and leadership."

- David Puttnam, award winning producer, founder of the National Teaching Awards, first Chair of the General Teaching Council, and past president of UNICEF UK

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Check out the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard

Check out the 2013 National Environmental Scorecard | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Have your members of Congress been voting to protect our air and water? Find out on LCV's interactive website!
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Very fast and easy way to see how state and federal legislators vote when it comes to the environment.

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Players Guide 2014

Players Guide 2014 | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
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Who are the people and groups behind the TV ads in the 2014 federal elections? Below is a list of organizations that have been active or are expected to be active in raising and spending money to influence voters in 2014. Click on the links to read profiles of each organization. The groups were selected based on the amounts they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or the media attention they have attracted. It is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.

 

Many of these groups may legally raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. They are known as super PACs and must register with the Federal Election Commission. Others may legally raise unlimited donations and avoid disclosing their donors. Those groups do not file with the FEC, but register rather with the IRS under Section 501(c).

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How to Make Americans Care About Money Corrupting Politics

How to Make Americans Care About Money Corrupting Politics | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A walk across New Hampshire showed that citizens don't just hate the current system—they're willing to act. The trick is creating a true grassroots movement.
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LAWRENCE LESSIGJAN 31 2014, 10:41 AM ET


As we started the 185-mile trek from Dixville Notch to Nashua, there were certain things that I knew.

I knew that our system of government had become corrupt. That the system—not necessarily any individuals, but all the individuals together—had been contorted into a shape that makes it impossible for government to address even the most fundamental and important issues sensibly.

I knew this in the way that any academic knows anything: I had studied it, across history and in its current form. I had seen numbers that captured its contours. I had spoken to people who had participated in it, both now and before it had metastasized. I knew it and believed it, and believed passionately that we have to find a way to bring more people into a movement to end it.


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Sun shines on #MoralMarch as massive crowd sings "We Shall Overcome"

The emergence of the sun from behind cloud cover for the first time on Feb. 8, 2014 was taken as a sign by many from the faith community, and inspired an emotional moment for most of the tens of thousands who attended the Moral March on Raleigh. The freedom song "We Shall Overcome" had just shifted into "we are not afraid" as the day's first sunlight pushed through the clouds.

VIDEO BY: Emily Frachtling, Rhett Rebold, Eric Byler, Annabel Park


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:51 AM

This is about the new restrictive voting policy in North Carolina and the Moral Monday push back from thousands of NC citizens there that has been occurring for months on Mondays. Money in politics is behind the push to find ways to take the voters out of the vote. We voters are the Wild Card that could undermine the influence of money in politics and policy shaping.


Restrictive voting mandates have been pushed in a growing numbers of states. One must ask how does shortening early voting and Sunday voting and other types of changes prevent voter fraud which really has not even been demonstrated  anyway? It just prevents many from voting.


The proven fraud only occurred in registration to any noticeable degree because people were paid by the numbers they registered. Mickey Mouse and the dead people they registered did not actually show up to vote. Had they have shown up I'm sure someone would have noticed. Some might add that deleting voters in Florida and counting chads may have been the last seriously potential voting fraud and having voters photo IDs really would not have prevented that. Others might say the MItt Romney's son owning the voting machines could have also posed more serious risk of voter fraud then recruiting lots of people to physically walk into voting booths and personally lie about who they are, so that they might wait in line over and over and do that multiple times on the same few days or weeks. Think about it...How much would you have to pay people to do that?

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Angélique Kidjo Celebrates Women and Human Rights With "Eve"

Angélique Kidjo Celebrates Women and Human Rights With "Eve" | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
In addition to her music, Kidjo has a boundless passion for women's empowerment and human rights. She is an advocate for girls' education and a fighter against genital mutilation, early marriage, and violence against women....
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Make sure and give a listen to the bonus track at the end of the article. Don't let your lack of understanding of the language get in the way. Just listen.

 

Bonus YouTubes are from yours truly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1W6XytdxN8

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kk23vt35P4&feature=share&list=PL5F883D4A659E5E66&index=6

"Agolo" in Fon language means "move out, make room" the song, is a celebration of Mother Earth. It is a song of hope, a call to the good powers of nature and more particularly to Aidohouédo, the great rainbow snake, the messenger of love and tenderness who coils around the four cardinal points.

 

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Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State | Blog, Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State | Blog, Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
In a must-read essay, former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren analyzes America's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests.

Via Coffee Party USA
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This is an absolutely amazing analysis of just how far and and exactly where the Deep State operates, from DC to Wall Street to Silicon Valley.

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, February 25, 2014 10:08 PM

One of the most profound, insightful, and erudite articles I have had the privilege and good fortune to read and curate for Coffee Party News. Thank you, Margaret Reeve Panahi, for making this important contribution. <Greg>


February 21, 2014
by Mike Lofgren
There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.
Party Recon's comment, February 28, 2014 12:39 PM
Thanks for getting this one published Greg. If this doesn't convince anyone still on the fence that the first thing we need to do is eradicate the influence of special interests in Washington and reign in an overreaching Federal Government then they will never be convinced. Wonderful stuff!
Greg Russak's comment, February 28, 2014 1:48 PM
You're welcome, Dan. Just doing what I can when I can. Let's keep pulling and pushing together.
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Online Day of Action: Tuesday, Feb. 25th! ← Flush the TPP!

Online Day of Action: Tuesday, Feb. 25th! ← Flush the TPP! | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
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On Feb. 22nd, the twelve TPP countries will begin continued negotiations around how to trade away lives and livelihoods. As the talks come to an end next Tuesday, we’re going to inundate the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and our members of Congress social media-style – and we hope you’ll join us!

 

Here’s how: http://www.flushthetpp.org/online-day-of-action-tuesday-feb-25th/

 

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All Cities Are Not Created Unequal

All Cities Are Not Created Unequal | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Alan Berube examines the most recent Census data to understand where and why income inequality has become a pressing political issue in many big cities today.
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"Inequality may be the result of global economic forces, but it matters in a local sense. A city where the rich are very rich, and the poor very poor, is likely to face many difficulties. It may struggle to maintain mixed-income school environments that produce better outcomes for low-income kids. It may have too narrow a tax base from which to sustainably raise the revenues necessary for essential city services. And it may fail to produce housing and neighborhoods accessible to middle-class workers and families, so that those who move up or down the income ladder ultimately have no choice but to move out." - Alan Berube, senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program

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Final Keystone XL Comment Period #StopKXL #NoKXL

Final Keystone XL Comment Period #StopKXL #NoKXL | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Let's do this, people. Please, please sign on with 350.org during the Final Keystone XL Comment Period here. Yes, Canadian tar sands will still get shipped by truck and by rail and by ship, but mak...
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The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011

The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011 | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

The rise in inequality experienced in the United States in the past three-and-a-half decades is not just a story of those in the financial sector in the greater New York City metropolitan area reaping outsized rewards from speculation in financial markets. Rising inequality and increases in top 1 percent incomes affect every state.

by Estelle Sommeiller and Mark Price, Economic Policy Institute

Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone—not just for those at the top.


While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report examines how the top 1 percent in each state have fared over 1917–2011, with an emphasis on trends over 1928–2011 (data for additional percentiles spanning 1917–2011 are available at go.epi.org/top-incomes). In so doing, this analysis finds that all 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades.


Read more: http://www.epi.org/publication/unequal-states/


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Data doesn't lie.

 

Executive summary

Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone—not just for those at the top.

While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report examines how the top 1 percent in each state have fared over 1917–2011, with an emphasis on trends over 1928–2011 (data for additional percentiles spanning 1917–2011 are available at go.epi.org/top-incomes). In so doing, this analysis finds that all 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades.

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Clara Dunphy's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:50 AM

"In four states (Nevada, Wyoming, Michigan, and Alaska), only the top 1 percent experienced rising incomes between 1979 and 2007, and the average income of the bottom 99 percent fell."

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Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

LINCOLN, Neb.  FILE - In this March 11, 2013 photo, a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb., along the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. A Nebraska district court struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The law could have been used to force landowners to allow the pipeline on their property. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

 

Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route. Stacy agreed with opponents' arguments that the law passed in 2011 improperly allowed Heineman to give Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. the power to force landowners to sell their property for the project. Stacy said the decision to give TransCanada eminent domain powers should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities.

 

[Read more at http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nebraska-law-allowed-keystone-xl-struck-down

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Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties

Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The campaign against increasing the minimum wage illustrates how interest groups — conservative and liberal — are working in opaque ways to shape hot-button political debates.
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HHS: 3.3 million enrolled in health insurance through Obamacare exchanges; share of young adults rising - Pittsburgh Business Times

HHS: 3.3 million enrolled in health insurance through Obamacare exchanges; share of young adults rising - Pittsburgh Business Times | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Enrollment in Obamacare's insurance exchanges grew by 1.1 million people in January, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Enrollment in Obamacare's insurance exchanges grew by 1.1 million people in January, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

That means 3.3 million had signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, or state exchanges during their first four months of operation.

"We're seeing a healthy growth in enrollment," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a conference call with reporters.

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N.C. Governor No Longer Works for Duke Energy, But After Coal Spill, Is He Doing Their Bidding?

N.C. Governor No Longer Works for Duke Energy, But After Coal Spill, Is He Doing Their Bidding? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
In one of the worst coal ash spills in U.S. history, up to 27 million gallons of contaminated water and 82,000 tons of coal ash spilled into North Carolina’s Dan River after a pipe burst underneath a waste pond. That is enough toxic sludge to fill more than 70 Olympic swimming pools. The river has turned grey for miles, and environmentalists say they have found arsenic levels 35 times higher than the maximum set by federal regulators. Did state regulators intentionally block lawsuits against Duke Energy in order to shield the company where Republican Gov. Pat McCrory worked for 28 years? We speak to Amy Adams, who recently resigned from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources in protest of changes at the agency last year. She now works with the organization Appalachian Voices.
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"John Skvarla was appointed secretary shortly after Pat McCrory took office. And Skvarla was instrumental in rewriting the mission statement for the agency. He was also the one that was instrumental in pushing and redefining the customer as our—as the industries seeking permits." - Amy Adams, North Carolina campaign coordinator at Appalachian Voices. From 2004 to 2013, Adams was a regional supervisor at the state environmental agency in charge of enforcing surface water standards. She resigned in protest of changes at the agency.

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PANDA Take Back Concert Tour

PANDA Take Back Concert Tour | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Powerful Music. Inspirational Speakers. Revolution. Local Activism. The PANDA Take Back Concert Tour.
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"If you ever can bring about revolutionary changes two things would be required: young people... and music."
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Margaret Talbot: What’s Behind the Declining Abortion Rate?

Margaret Talbot: What’s Behind the Declining Abortion Rate? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Last week’s report about the declining abortion rate was potentially good news for everyone, especially, one would think, for right-to-life groups. Most of them, though, weren’t cheering.
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 "Since 2008, states have enacted more than a hundred laws related to abortion, most aimed at limiting access to the procedure. The researchers, however, concluded that the new laws, with few exceptions, had had little impact on the number of abortions. Instead, much of the decline is probably attributable to more effective contraception, some of it available through the federal funding—“Uncle Sugar,” in Mike Huckabee’s creepy coinage—that Republicans like to rail against. Right-to-lifers could be promoting contraception and touting its success in averting unwanted pregnancies, but that doesn’t seem to be news that they want to hear, let alone spread." - MARGARET TALBOT

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