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Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Ban On Gay Marriage

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 16:51

REUTERS  June 6, 2014 by Brendan O'Brien

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread.

The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges who have struck down gay marriage bans in a number of states, although the Wisconsin ruling sparked some confusion over whether such marriages could now legally go ahead.

WHITE HOUSE: Climate Change Is Ruining Our Health

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:34

NBC News Saturday June 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Chuch

Climate change is aggravating asthma and allergies and killing more people through extreme heat and floods, the White House said in a report Friday promoting new federal limits on carbon pollution.

GOP Leaders Balk At Climate Change As Seas Rise

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:57

ABC News June 7, 2014 by Michael J. Mishak (Associated Press)

On a recent afternoon, Scott McKenzie watched torrential rains and a murky tide swallow the street outside his dog-grooming salon. Within minutes, much of this stretch of chic South Beach was flooded ankle-deep in a fetid mix of rain and sea.

"Welcome to the new Venice," McKenzie joked as salt water surged from the sewers.

SCHUMER TO FCC: Pay Attention To Public Comments On Net Neutrality

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

The Hill June 6, 2014 by Kate Tummarello

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to make sure the tens of thousands of people voicing concerns about a new net neutrality proposal get heard.

"While they may not be the businesses from whom you are accustomed to hearing, the fact that ordinary citizens would take time out of their days to weigh in on a complicated regulatory issue is a clear indicator of its significance," Schumer said in a letter this week.

GOP Senate Candidates Grope For Safe Position On Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:50

The Washington Post June 5, 2014 by Greg Sargent

Here’s another sign climate change may become an issue that could matter — a bit, at least — in the 2014 campaigns.


Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:36

What power does an individual have to guard against government surveillance?



That’s the question on the minds of many who have joined Reset The Net. The global campaign, aimed at protesting mass Internet surveillance, is set to go live on June 5, a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the massive extent of the US government’s global surveillance program...

Marijuana Scare Stories Don't Say Much About Legalization

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:51

MSNBC June 4, 2014 by Adam Serwer

Coverage of marijuana legalization in Colorado has often focused on rare, genuinely tragic occurrences involving overuse of the drug. But “Reefer Madness”-style stories coming out of Colorado won’t tell us much about whether or not legalizing marijuana was a good idea.

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