President Obama’s SOTU Disappoints on Climate, Energy

President Obama’s SOTU Disappoints on Climate, Energy

To the disappointment of many in the environmental movement, President Obama failed to match his strong words on climate change to the appropriate policies in his State of the Union address Tuesday. The president remained silent on any action on the Keystone XL pipeline, although both the environmental community and climate deniers had pressured the […]

IRS Announces New Limits On Big Money In Politics

IRS Announces New Limits On Big Money In Politics

In a surprise move that could significantly impact the power of big money in politics, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that?the IRS will move to limit political spending by tax-exempt nonprofits. As a result of the 2010 Citizens United Decision, current law allows billionaires like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson to spend colossal amounts […]

How The Latest Net Neutrality Ruling Affects You

How The Latest Net Neutrality Ruling Affects You

A federal appeals court struck down key net neutrality provisions Tuesday in Verizon v. FCC, opening the floodgates to Internet service providers that seek to create tiers of internet service based on companies? ability to pay. In an attempt to demystify a term that may seem overly wonky and technical, here’s an open and transparent […]

How To Explain Global Warming When It’s Freezing

How To Explain Global Warming When It’s Freezing

Now that many cities across the U.S. are facing below-freezing temperatures, it’s time for liberals to bust out their best thermals, flannels, and pro-climate science arguments?the arguments necessary when conservative friends and family ask the eye-roll inducing question, ?If global warming is real, why is it so cold?? The conservatives in question may be devotees […]

California May Legalize Marijuana on 2014 Ballot

California May Legalize Marijuana on 2014 Ballot

Riding the momentum built by successful legalization measures in Colorado and Washington, California appears to be moving toward a 2014 ballot vote that could legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana. Last week California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a generally positive summary of the Marijuana Control, Legalization, and Revenue Act.? The summary also highlights savings of […]

Catholics Fight University Accepting Koch Grant

Catholics Fight University Accepting Koch Grant

Fifty Catholic educators are protesting the Catholic University of America’s acceptance of a $1 million grant from the Koch brothers? foundation, making a strong case that the billionaire libertarians? ideology conflicts with Catholic teachings and values. The recent grant is said to support the business school and hire four visiting scholars who will perform research […]

TransCanada Announces Jan 3 Opening Of Southern Keystone XL Pipeline

TransCanada Announces Jan 3 Opening Of Southern Keystone XL Pipeline

In unfortunate news for the climate, TransCanada has filed papers Monday that will allow the opening of the southern leg of its Keystone XL pipeline to begin Jan. 3.?This leg of the pipeline would carry 700,000 barrels of dirty oil from Cushing, Okla., to Port Arthur, Tex. The announcement should drive activists (and all citizens […]

One Simple Policy Would Stop Children Dying Of “The Green Monster”

One Simple Policy Would Stop Children Dying Of “The Green Monster”

On Monday, the Nation (in partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute) released a devastating look at the child labor abuses in the tobacco industry. The piece tells the story of the Cuello sisters, and other young workers, in North Carolina’s tobacco fields who worked 60 hours a week multiple summers and endured […]

5 Reasons Why A Raised Minimum Wage May Be Coming Soon To Your State

5 Reasons Why A Raised Minimum Wage May Be Coming Soon To Your State

Although House Speaker John Boehner remains staunchly opposed to newly Obama-backed Democratic plans to raise the federal minimum wage, advocates should remain hopeful for both federal and statewide efforts for 5 key reasons. 1)????? Raising the federal minimum wage has bipartisan support?at least among voters. A new Gallup poll released Monday shows majority support for […]

Measure To Protect Sebago Bay From The Tar Sands Shot Down

Measure To Protect Sebago Bay From The Tar Sands Shot Down

Despite the hard work of activists and citizens concerned about protecting Maine’s waterfront, voters In South Portland narrowly defeated a ballot measure Tuesday that would have halted a tar sands pipeline from entering Sebago Lake. Community leaders collected nearly 4,000 signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot in only 11 days this summer. The […]

Maine Candidate Michaud Comes Out As Gay In Competitive Governor Race

Maine Candidate Michaud Comes Out As Gay In Competitive Governor Race

Maine’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Mike Michaud, came out as gay Monday via a Portland Press Herald op-ed. The piece’s tone emphasized his pride in all facets of his identity, particularly his working class roots. Asking why his sexuality should impact his ability to lead, Michaud still expressed his hope that: If seeing someone from my […]

SCOTUS To Clarify Mental Disability In Death Penalty

SCOTUS To Clarify Mental Disability In Death Penalty

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a death penalty case that will further define the standards of the punishment for mentally disabled individuals. Arguments in Hall v. Florida will be heard early in the new year. Narrowly, the case will explore the statistics involved with the IQ test, particularly, whether the margin […]

United Nations Women Campaign Ad Proves Sexism Is Far From Over

United Nations Women Campaign Ad Proves Sexism Is Far From Over

The latest United Nations Women campaign ad is making a powerful statement about the long road toward gender equality. The searches were captured in Dubai by the ad’s creator, Christopher Hunt of Ogilvy & Mather. However, Copyranter found that many results are the same in the U.S. Why exactly does this ad break so many […]

VA Purges 40K Voters Before Governor Election

VA Purges 40K Voters Before Governor Election

Just weeks before Virginia’s gubernatorial election between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, state elections officials have announced that they have purged nearly 40,000 names from voter rolls. The Board of Elections aims to purge as many as?57,923 names. This announcement comes after the Democratic Party of Virginia filed a lawsuit to stop the […]