Posts Tagged 'Advice and consent'

Meria Heller – News of Planet of the Apes – 02.05.17

News of Planet of the Apes, with Meria. Trump attacks Australia and Mexico! Nutjob! trump wants McConnell to go nuclear for his christian right Supreme Ct. choice;Who is Gorsuch? arrests at Standing Rock;Reps to sell 3.3 million acres of public land (Agenda 21); trump wants to destroy political activity by churches; trump’s firings continue;Tillerson faces hell; GOP change laws to put Price & Mnuchin in; Where are the democrats? Impeach? Fukushima latest;Jenna Bush on trump; trumps ignorance has no ...

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Republicans Move to Sell Off 3.3 Million Acres of Public Land

Following approval by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Rep Ryan Zinke’s nomination for Interior Secretary now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

ZInke, saying Teddy Roosevelt “had it right” in putting millions of acres under federal protection, repeatedly defended his belief at his confirmation hearing in keeping most public land under federal control and opposing large-scale sale of public land to states, a position that aligns him with Continue Reading →

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Trump likely to start rolling back regulations immediately

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to launch swiftly his administration’s deregulatory agenda, according to lobbyists who have discussed the matter with the transition team, affecting rules governing everything from investment advice to mortgage insurance and power-plant emissions.

Among Trump’s first acts as president Friday may be an order to federal agencies to temporarily cease ongoing rule-making initiatives, these people said. That would mirror steps taken by previous presidents entering the White House as one from the opposing political party leaves.

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ELLEN BROWN – How to Cut Infrastructure Costs in Half

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to rebuild America’s airports, bridges, tunnels, roads and other infrastructure, something both Democrats and Republicans agree should be done. The country needs a full $3 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade. The $1 trillion plan revealed by Trump’s economic advisers relies heavily on public-private partnerships, and private equity firms are lining up for these plumbing investments. In the typical private equity water deal, for example, higher user rates help the firms ...

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Sarah Freeman-Woolpert – The history of anti-authoritarian struggle is a history worth repeating

Throughout his campaign, critics have drawn comparisons between Donald Trump and authoritarian leaders from the past. From his proposed plans to create a Muslim registry, to threats against journalists and other opponents, these critics urge us to learn from history about the dangers of a leader like him rising to power.

Now that Trump is president, however, we must learn from history in a different way. Nonviolent social movements of the past can teach us lessons about how to resist injustice ...

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LINDA PENTZ GUNTER – Nuclear Fiddling While the Planet Burns

There is a climate crisis upon us. Polar ice is melting. Sea level rise is happening. Time is running out. Emergency solutions are the only option — energy supplies that can come on fast and sustainably.

Sadly, some in the U.S. Congress would rather bury their heads in radioactive quicksand, sinking our money into nuclear energy research at national laboratories that have sought but failed to find illusory atomic answers for decades.

The House and Senate are re-introducing ...

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Nika Knight – Facing Right-Wing Future, Local-Level Resistance to Trump Agenda Swells

Around the country, people who woke up on November 9 shocked and galvanized by the election results are forming new local organizations and networks to resist president-elect Donald Trump’s right-wing agenda.

Many of those getting involved on the local level are entirely new to political organizing, testifying to the powerful and frightening shift represented by the ascendance of an administration that critics describe as neofascist.

Some have been inspired to form local resistance groups by national efforts such as the Continue Reading →

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Deirdre Fulton – ‘Not Just Dumb—Dangerous’: Trump to Force Exit of Nuke Safety Officials

President-elect Donald Trump—whose pending control of America’s nuclear arsenal already has many people deeply concerned—has apparently ordered the resignation of two government officials whose role is to ensure that stockpile remains safe and secure.

Citing an unnamed Energy Department official, Gizmodo reported that on Friday, Trump “instructed the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration [NNSA] and his deputy to clean out their desks when Trump takes office on January 20th.”

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Ruth Milka – 2016: The year solar panels became cheaper than fossil fuels

It’s finally happened. The renewable energy future has arrived.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas, or other options. Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries.

According to Michael Drexler, head of development investing at the WEF, solar is “Not only a commercially viable option, but an outright compelling investment opportunity ...

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Nika Knight – Sanders and Dems Demand Betsy DeVos Pay $5.3 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Violations

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s Education Secretary pick, “brazenly disregarded” Ohio election laws, says a group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Those senators, including Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), are demanding in an open letter that DeVos pay the $5.3 million fine levied by the state in 2006 against her pro-school voucher PAC, All Children Matter.

All Children Matter knowingly violated the law, the senators charge:

In 2006, ...

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