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Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 23:10

CNN Politics September 29, 2013 by Ashley Killough
Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton, who sat in the Oval Office during the last government shutdown, supports President Barack Obama's refusal to negotiate with congressional Republicans and argues he should call their "bluff" as the government nears a possible shutdown and default.


Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 12:40

CNN Tech September 29, 2013 by Dan Simon

Palo Alto, California (CNN) -- Depending whom you ask, Chad Russell and Charles Butkus' invention is either a step forward for the Internet -- or a death knell for free content.

Their AdTrap device intercepts online advertisements before they reach any devices that access your Internet connection, allowing you to surf the Web -- even stream videos -- without those annoying ads.

Their inspiration? A conversation about the early days of the Internet.

SCIENTISTS: IPCC Report Should Serve as “Wake-Up Call”

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 08:42

ABC News September 29, 2013 by Liz Fields via World News

The new U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report should serve as a "wake-up call" to governments and society about the role of humans in global warming, scientists say.

"It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, which was published Friday, found.

The Current US Government Funding Issues and the Keystone Pipleline, the Side Fight You Are NOT Supposed to Watch...

Submitted by Lawrence on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 21:38
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The White House just announced that it would not go along with a Republican proposal authorizing completion of the Keystone oil pipeline running from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as part of a debt limit increase bill.
Will Obama have to give this one to the Republicans and Canada to keep the US government Running?
Will this side fight be over so fast that the environmental movement won't be able to mobilize its A team's counter leverage in time. Does the environmental movement even have enough leverage left to overcome this to counter this "end around" tactic?
Stay tuned to upcoming Keystone Government Funding battle. Keystone, the republicans and Canada will do their best to keep this a low and vague sidebar fight and, under the media radar until a deal is nearly done in the very last stages of the government funding negotiations. 

ANALYSIS: Why a Government Shutdown (Probably) Won’t Happen

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 09:14

CNN September 26, 2013 by Lisa Desjardins
Looking plainly at the political chess board and listening to sources on Capitol Hill, there is plenty of reason to think that a shutdown of the federal government won't happen, at least not next week.
Here's why:
Politics. And blame. And 1996.
"Let's put it this way," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told CNN. "I'm not about to shut down the government and have Republicans take the blame for it. It's just that simple."

STUDY: Climate Change Pumps up Risk of Severe Storms

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:58

USA Today September 24, 2013 by Doyle Rice
Springtime severe thunderstorms could increase by as much as 40% over the eastern USA.
Deadly and destructive thunderstorms -- and the violent tornadoes they produce -- are forecast to see a "robust" increase across parts of the U.S. in upcoming decades because of climate change, says a new, first-of-its-kind study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 09:41

NPR September 23, 2013 by Adam Wollner

In seven days, the federal government runs out of money.

While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday that keeps the government funded through Dec. 15, the measure also defunded President Obama's signature health care law — which means it has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

If a budget resolution doesn't hit President Obama's desk before Oct. 1, that's a big problem: The government will be forced to close its doors.


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