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The Rhetoric Of Obama's Climate Plan Vs. Reality

Submitted by adminx on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:33

The Washington Post June 8, 2014 by Robert J. Samuelson

President Obama and his harshest critics — business groups and Republicans — have a shared interest in exaggerating the impact of the president’s proposal on climate change.

SCIENTOLOGY SUNDAY FUNNIES: THE TOM CRUISE HISTORY LESSON EDITION!

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 15:21

Oh, those days of thunder

Tom Cruise has a new movie out, so maybe it just comes with the territory that some media types will do their best to burnish his reputation. We’ve always had a lot of respect for Tom’s acting skills, and we never root against his movie success. But some of his admirers in the media have been trying to rewrite history by downplaying how much Tom’s involvement in Scientology has hurt his public image.

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.

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