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Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 21:33

Scientific American  June 18, 2014 by Ros Krasny

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate.

The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote.

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark Registration As "Disparaging" To Native Americans

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:25

The Washington Post June 18, 2014 by Theresa Vargas

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

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Colorado Mulls Potency Rules For Edible Marijuana

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:13

USA Today June 17, 2014 by Jolie Lee

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"Corporate Religion" Threatens Everyone

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:57

Huff Post Politics June 18, 2014 by Ron Fein

What religion does ExxonMobil observe? How about Cargill, or Ford? If the question seems absurd, that's because it is -- corporations don't have religions.

Privacy Groups Ask Obama Not To Renew NSA Powers

Submitted by adminx on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:19

THE HILL June 17, 2014 by Julian Hattem

A coalition of more than two dozen privacy and digital rights groups is asking President Obama not to renew a contested National Security Agency program when its legal authority expires this week.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 19:39


 Fouke, Ark. - Jun 12, 2014 4:51 PM CST

An auction in Miller County is held to sell property of a self-proclaimed prophet and help satisfy a court judgment.

Proceeds from the sale will be given to the victims whom Tony Alamo was convicted of abusing.

Alamo set up his million dollar ministry in Fouke, Arkansas in the 1990's.

However in 2009, he was sentenced to life in prison for molesting children he took in as brides.

CLIMATE CHANGE: The Indian Example

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:00

Time Magazine June 17, 2014 by Alex Altman

While Americans question climate change, global competitors like India are leading the fight to combat its challenges, according to a global TIME survey

Americans may still be skeptical about climate change. But around the world, global warming is not only settled science; it’s a reality that our international counterparts are taking varying steps to combat. And India is leading the way.


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