Politics & Government

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder

Aformer Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia.

Source: The Nation

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Conservative groups shrug off link between tropical storm Harvey and climate change

Conservative groups with close links to the Trump administration have sought to ridicule the link between climate change and events such as tropical storm Harvey, amid warnings from scientists that storms are being exacerbated by warming temperatures.
Source: The Guardian

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Court rejects pipeline project on climate concerns

An appeals court on Tuesday rejected the federal government’s approval of a natural gas pipeline project in the southeastern U.S., citing concerns about its impact on climate change.

Source: The Hill

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‘The perfect Alabama candidate’: Republicans warm to Vladimir Putin – video

Could Putin’s rising popularity be explained through the Christian evangelicals backing Roy Moore, the famed ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ turned Senate frontrunner?
Source: The Guardian

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You can handle the truth: why political documentaries are storming the screens

If audiences are getting tired of the formulaic story arcs of blockbuster movies, then there’s a safe haven in political documentaries, which are enjoying a renaissance.

Source: The Guardian

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How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. Specifically, the 30-million-member group, which represents 51 Christian denominations, was debating how to advance a new platform called “For the Health of a Nation.”

Source: Splinternews.com

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Why the Bernie revolution will continue

Bernie’s success emerged like a grito – a long suppressed shout of rebellion – from the battered soul of working-class America.

Source: The Hightower Lowdown

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Obama Is Returning To Politics This Fall, And Trump Isn’t Going To Like It

The former president may have spent the beginning of this year on vacation, but he and his aides are planning his return to the Democratic Party this fall, The Hill reported Friday.

Source: Yahoo

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The Trump administration’s solution to climate change: ban the term

Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate change adaptation”, to be replaced by “weather extremes” and “resilience to weather extremes”.

Source: The Guardian

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USDA Says They Never Told Staff To Use ‘Weather Extremes’ Instead Of ‘Climate Change’

An exclusive report from The Guardian on Monday indicated that the staff in the Natural Resources Conservation Service unit at the United States Department of Agriculture were advised to refrain from using the phrase “climate change” in their research ― but the NRCS insists this never happened.
Source: Huffington Post

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Jeff Sessions’ Tough Talk On Leaks Heightens Fears Of Jailing Journalists

Journalists were alarmed Friday after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice was revisiting guidelines for handling media subpoenas in leak investigations and said there needed to be limits on press freedom.
Source: Huffington Post

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US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal

The Trump administration is officially telling the United Nations that the U.S. intends to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Source: US officially tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal

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Top Official Resigns From Trump EPA With Scathing Letter

Faced with the stark new environmental policies ushered in by President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, Southerland resigned from the agency Monday, where’d she’d been working as the director of science and technology in the Office of Water.
Source: Top Official Resigns From Trump EPA With Scathing Letter

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Trump To Forgo Environmental Laws To Expedite Border Wall Construction

The Trump administration says it will bypass 37 environmental and other laws to expedite construction of a 15-mile-long section of President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border ― seemingly removing any doubt about whether the the wall will harm the environment.
 
Source: Trump To Forgo Environmental Laws To Expedite Border Wall Construction

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Hi Friends!
I hope you’re planning to join us to see An Inconvenient Sequel premiering in Gainesville on August 3! Cinema Verde will be there at 7 PM on Thursday, and we’d like to share a welcome as we begin our fall season leading up to the February festival. Please join us to share thoughts and ideas before the 7:45 film.
It’s at Butler Plaza: 3101 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, […]

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Six ways Trump is ‘dismantling’ the US after six months in office

“Trump has ordered a review of Dodd-Frank, the regulations brought in to tame US financial institutions after they triggered the worst recession in living memory. He has appointed a sworn enemy of net neutrality over at the Federal Communications Commission who is now working to dismantle Obama-era open internet protections. He has freed up energy firms to start polluting […]

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Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species Act

As Earth stares down the barrel of a sixth mass extinction event, conservative lawmakers in Washington have taken aim not at climate change or habitat loss, but at one of the most important laws meant to protect imperiled species and combat the biodiversity crisis: the Endangered Species Act.

Source: Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species […]

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3 Republican Women Effectively Killed McConnell’s Latest Repeal Plan

After the GOP Senate health care bill was effectively killed from within on Monday night1 ― Sens. Jerry Moran and Mike Lee from the conservative wing of the Republican Party dealt the bill its final blow ― McConnell, the Senate majority leader, announced he would move forward with legislation that would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing […]

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200 Environmentalists Were Murdered Last Year

These rarely prosecuted murders are being documented in more countries than ever before—24 countries this year compared to 16 in 2015.

Source: 200 Environmentalists Were Murdered Last Year

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The Future Of Cap-And-Trade In California Hangs In The Balance

California’s milestone climate legislation is at a critical crossroads, and reluctance toward the program from both liberals and conservatives could stand in the way of extending it.
Source: The Future Of Cap-And-Trade In California Hangs In The Balance

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