Gavin Newsom

9 Magazines | 7,738 Articles | 38,036 Followers | 12 Likes | @GavinNewsom | Former SF mayor & 49th Lt. Gov. of California. Dedicated to equal rights & the economic recovery of California. Author of Citizenville, available now: amzn.to/TLXFUF

Bernie has perfect zinger to House science panel's Breitbart tweet

The House of Representatives Science Committee tweeted a message Thursday that had real scientists pounding their heads into their desks.<p>The committee linked to a Breibart News story with the headline "Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists".<p>Yes, the panel charged with …

Climate Change

Sandy Hook PSA warns of subtle signs of gun violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> Evan finally bumped into the girl he'd been searching for over the entire school year. They had been leaving each other notes on a desk, neither knowing the identity of their mysterious pen pal. But the much-awaited encounter was cut short when a single gunman appeared behind them at the …

Guns

Responsible firms must speak up on environment

The environmental agenda of President-elect Trump and his transition team is deeply troubling. Plans include dismantling or defunding the …

Environment

Let's Not Cut Corners: Why We Need to Adapt in a Climate-Smart Way

<b>The world needs to adapt to the changing climate. But done the wrong way, adaptation measures can actually increase emission levels, ultimately aggravating climate change.</b><p>Get your skis ready - winter is coming up in the Alps, and you'll soon be carving down the freshly fallen powder. But will you …

Energy

One of the world's biggest oil companies is linking executive pay to climate goals

Shell, the world’s second-biggest oil company, has confirmed that the size of bonus payments to executives would be linked to greenhouse gas …

Oil

For-Profit Colleges Look to Trump for a Pass

For-profit colleges are looking with relief to the incoming Trump administration, banking on a rollback of tough regulations that threatened to lead to the closure of hundreds of schools and that drove their stock-market valuations down sharply.<p>Investors, in turn, have poured hundreds of millions …

Obama Administration

Walmart Settles Discrimination Suit Over Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Walmart announced on Friday that it had settled a lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees when it denied health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses.<p>Under the deal, Walmart will set aside $7.5 million, mostly to compensate employees affected by the …

Walmart

San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Exactly a year to the moment that a pair of shooters unleashed a terrorist attack on San Bernardino, a bell rang 14 times Friday at the city's Inland Regional Center in honor of the people who died there.<p>"We will never forget that day or the victims of this senseless …

San Bernardino

Want to See Climate Change in Action? Use Google's Timelapse.

Google Earth has long offered a timelapse feature that allows users to see changes to a particular geographical region over a period of years. It’s fun to play with, but also an important tool because it allows us to see environmental degradation in real time. This week, the tool got even better, …

Climate Change

Bill McKibben: Trump presidency “demands fierce resistance”

We’re going to be dealing with an onslaught of daily emergencies during the Trump years. Already it’s begun — if there’s nothing going on (or in some …

Climate Change

How Will Obama Fight Climate Change After Leaving Office?

Like all presidents before him, Barack Obama will soon return to life as a private citizen and join what is perhaps the most exclusive club in the …

Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday said it would pay $7.5 million to settle a U.S. lawsuit claiming it discriminated against gay employees nationwide by denying health benefits to their spouses.<p>Wal-Mart and lawyers for Jacqueline Cote, the worker who filed the 2015 lawsuit in federal court …

Walmart

A Catastrophic Amount of Carbon Could Leak From the Soil By 2050 | Motherboard

The term “snowball effect” is an unfortunate way to describe climate change, but a new study is predicting just that.<p>Climate scientists warn that by 2050, an astonishing 55 trillion kilograms of carbon could be released into the atmosphere from the soil. To put things in perspective, that’s the …

Climate Change

EPA boss: Here's the good news about climate change (yes, that exists)

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're concerned about climate change, you're likely in full panic mode right now.<p>Consider three recent news items:<p>• US President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a "hoax" and has suggested he might scrap many Obama-era environmental regulations, including the landmark Paris …

Climate Change

University of California digs in to fight Trump on illegal immigrant protections

Former Obama administration official Janet Napolitano, now head of California’s public university system, is digging in for a fight with President-elect Donald Trump over illegal immigration.<p>Napolitano, who served as secretary of Homeland Security during Obama’s first term, announced Wednesday that …

Immigration

How Sanctuary Cities Are Plotting to Resist Trump

On July 1st, 2015, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was walking with her dad at San Francisco's Pier 14 when one of three bullets fired by Juan Francisco …

Republican Party

California’s brewing battles with Trump get a new face

SAN FRANCISCO — With his nomination to become California’s first Latino attorney general, Rep. Xavier Becerra is now primed to be the public face of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump on issues like climate change, health care and, most visibly, immigration.<p>Gov. Jerry Brown’s surprise …

California

A Voice for LGBT Staffers

Mitchell Rivard, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s president, says LGBT staffers will need a voice with Donald Trump in the White …

U.S. Congress

Mike Pence's new neighbors put up LGBT pride flags in protest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some Washington residents who disagree with Mike Pence's positions on gay rights are making their values known to their new neighbor.<p>Until he moves into the Naval Observatory after taking office, the vice president-elect is renting a $6,000-a-month home in Chevy Chase, a swanky neighborhood …

Mike Pence

The San Francisco school district sent parents a phone alert promising 'safe space' for immigrant children

The San Francisco Unified School District sent an automated phone message to thousands of parents Wednesday informing them that the district will continue to provide a "safe space" for recent immigrants "regardless of immigration status" and affirming the city's status as a so-called sanctuary city …

San Francisco Bay Area

Pot Advocates Protest Jeff Sessions’ AG Nomination

A small group of marijuana advocates protested Sen. Jeff Sessions’ potential confirmation as attorney general at the Capitol on Monday, saying it …

Marijuana

NRA Has Big Plans for New Presidency

The National Rifle Association plans to use President-elect Donald Trump’s term in office to pass a federal law that would make gun-carrying permits …

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Trump could reverse Obama's actions on college sexual assault

Advocates of college men who claim their lives were destroyed by false rape claims are hoping the incoming Trump administration will change a policy they say tramples on civil rights.<p>Beginning in 2011, the Obama administration's U.S. Education Department began pressing colleges to more aggressively …

College & University

Black Friday was a record-breaking day for gun background checks in America

Whitney Curtis/Getty Images<p>Black Friday was a record-breaking day for gun background checks in America.<p>The FBI processed 185,713 background checks for buyers through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS.) That was nearly 400 more transactions than the bureau processed on …

Black Friday

Great Barrier Reef has suffered its worst die-off ever recorded

During the past two years, Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef suffered its largest die-off ever recorded — with an average of 67 percent of corals in one area declared dead, scientists said on Monday. The cause was unusually warm waters that pushed the intricate ecosystems past their limits of …

Great Barrier Reef

'Our moment to go on offense': NRA makes big plans for Trump presidency

With Republicans poised to control the White House and Congress, the National Rifle Association sees chance to attack gun laws at the state and federal levels<p>For nearly a decade, the National Rifle Association has spurred its members with apocalyptic warnings that the Democratic president wanted to …

Guns

Here's A Case For Marijuana Legalization In The United States

Former governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura's "Manifesto" argues that widespread weed legalization would benefit the country.<p>A few of our country’s most notable Founding Fathers ― think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams ― grew the cannabis plant, hemp, as a multipurpose crop, …

Marijuana

California gives lifeline to death penalty, approves reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After condemning the most vicious murderers to death for nearly 40 years, but rarely seeing them meet that fate, California voters said enough.<p>Two weeks after rejecting an effort to toss out the death penalty, a dueling measure designed to speed up appeals so killers are actually …

Death Penalty

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration<p>Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior …

Climate Change