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How Congress Turned on National Parks and Public Lands

Not even a decade ago, public lands and National Parks were considered sacrosanct by both parties. Democratic and Republican presidents alike …

The GOP’s biggest budget lies: Take these down, and progressives will start to win

<b>Mitch McConnell; Paul Ryan (AP/Evan Vucci//Getty/Mark Wilson)</b><p>Debt isn’t a big problem and it’s not caused by social spending — and Republicans aren’t better economic managers<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>May 21, 2017 4:00pm (UTC)<p>In mid-March, President Donald Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal drew widespread …

Trump Is Said to Seek Cutting Corporate Tax Rate to 15 Percent

WASHINGTON — President Trump has instructed his advisers to make cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent a centerpiece of his tax-cut blueprint to be unveiled this week, according to people with knowledge of his plans, even if that means a significant reduction in revenue that could jettison …

Unequal Russia: is anger stirring in the global capital of inequality?

With the richest 10% owning 87% of all the country’s wealth, Russia is rated the most unequal of the world’s major economies. Amid falling oil prices and a wave of protests, <b>Shaun Walker</b> asks how Russians really feel about life’s inequalities<p>Oksana, a 30-year-old from Siberia, moved to Moscow a year …

Amazon sells out of '1984' after America remembers it can read

After nearly a week on the best-seller list, and a push to the number one spot yesterday — Amazon has now sold out of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, ‘1984.’<p>If you’re wondering what caused the surge of interest in a book first published in 1949, a look at Google Trends seems to point towards …

Google Trends

Donald Trump is the sole reliable source of truth, says chair of House Science Committee

“Better to get your news directly from the president,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas.<p>It is early days in the Trump administration. (I know it doesn’t feel like it. Check your calendar.) But there have already been disturbing signs of how the administration intends to treat science and government …

China steps up as global leader while the U.S. steps away

<b>China's President Xi Jinping, speaks during a Press Statement in the Hotel Bellevue Palace during his visit to Switzerland, in Bern, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP) (AP)</b><p>As the Trump administration is disinclined to play a worldwide role, Beijing accepts opportunities to …

A National Park's Twitter Account Defiantly Tweeted Climate Change Facts

The tweets were just a bunch of scientific facts, posted without comment. Now they're gone.<p>President Trump's words and actions since taking office—including scrubbing the entire concept off the White House website—have made it abundantly clear that he opposes climate change. After his …

The Keystone XL Pipeline, which Trump just advanced, will carry the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet

Activists had previously successfully fought both pipelines — the protest at Standing Rock, which was led by the Native American community, made headlines in 2016.<p>The Keystone XL Pipeline is slightly older news — Obama blocked its construction in 2015— but it's worth remembering why it made …

Oil & Gas Industry

Donald Trump’s ‘first attempt to ignore the law’

By Aaron Blake<p>Aaron Blake<p>Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>President-elect Donald Trump intends to name his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser to his White House — a move that would put to the test a 1967 anti-nepotism law and provide a Trump White House</i> …

Donald Trump

House GOP quietly acknowledges that repealing Obamacare might raise spending

<b>(Getty/Win McNamee/Luke Sharrett)</b><p>House exempts Obamacare modification proposals from normal rules designed to increase spending<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>January 10, 2017 9:58am (UTC)<p>After eight years of bashing Obamacare, congressional Republicans still haven’t come up with a plan to replace it. They are, …

Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump’s Precise Plan for Plunging America Into Barbarism

How does an enlightened nation descend into barbarism? That used to be a question for historians. Now it’s a process you can watch in real time. In …

Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey have never been more relevant in the drought-stricken West

<b>Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey (Chuck Painter/Stanford News Service; Susan Lapides)</b><p>In this overheated, overcrowded world, the books of these “reluctant environmentalists” can be our guides<p>David Gessner<p>April 19, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>It was 2012, a summer of fires and fracking. The hottest summer on …

Climate Justice is Humanity’s Greatest Challenge

Often the most daring and visionary minds among us look to space when seeking the greatest challenges the human race can tackle. In the 1960s, the …

Climate

4 worst right-wing moments of the week — Tucker Carlson and his brother are total creeps | Salon.com

<b>Tucker Carlson (Fox News)</b><p>4 worst right-wing moments of the week — Tucker Carlson and his brother are total creeps<p>The Daily Caller honcho acts like a pig, while “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson goes off the deep end<p>Janet Allon<p>March 30, 2015 12:50pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><b>1.</b> …

Serfdom, 21st-century style: Woman fired for talking to reporter about living on minimum wage

<b>(iStockphoto/Alexey Stiop)</b><p>Motel worker still hasn’t found a new job after her boss retaliated against her<p>Luke Brinker<p>March 30, 2015 6:38pm (UTC)<p>Feeling all hunky-dory about the world? This should correct that: Shanna Tippen, a grandmother from Arkansas, says that she's been fired from her motel job …

“A malign force in American history”: Why you should be terrified of the Supreme Court

<b>U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts (AP/Wilfredo Lee/Morry Gash/Larry Downing)</b><p>Ridiculous theories, destructive effects and evil tragedies are SCOTUS trademarks, expert Ian Millhiser tells Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 30, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Throughout his years as a …

Tom Cotton’s unpatriotic forefathers: Treasonous Iran letter not the first time GOP has crossed the line

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>The ideology of movement conservatives is not simply partisanship. It is an attack on American democracy itself<p>Heather Cox Richardson<p>March 15, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>The Republican senators who warned Iranian officials that any agreement they made with President Obama would not …

The collapse of Big Oil: How the industry priced itself into oblivion

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Multinationals have long depended on an endless demand for their product. Now they’re scrambling for a new model<p>Michael T. Klare<p>March 14, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about …

The Eight Ugly Scars of Runaway Inequality

America is the richest country in all of history. We have the largest economy and the largest number of millionaires and billionaires. At the same time, however, we lead the developed world in economic inequality. In 1965, CEOs received $20 for every dollar earned by the average worker. Today the …

Does Anyone Really Know How Long the Shale Gas Boom Will Last?

For everyone with an opinion on natural gas, fracking and the great American shale gas boom, the holiday season kicked of with a bit of a bombshell when the prestigious science journal <i>Nature</i> published a news feature that called the decades-long promise of abundant natural gas a “fallacy.”<p>In broad …

“Huck Finn” is not about race: The real subtext of Twain’s masterpiece

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>What if “Huckleberry Finn” actually arose from a Victorian panic about childhood?<p>Laura Miller<p>January 6, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>"A committee of the public library of your town have condemned and excommunicated my last book," Mark Twain wrote to the secretary of Concord Free Trade Club in 1885, …

West Virginia’s sneaky climate denial: School board alters state science standards

<b>(Oksana Kuzmina/Shutterstock)</b><p>Last-minute changes to the state’s climate change education requirements fly in the face of science<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>January 5, 2015 4:19pm (UTC)<p>Public school students in West Virginia are about to get a dose of climate denial mixed in with their science education, and all …

Dow plunges as oil dips below $50, sinking energy stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Another plunge in the price of oil is driving stocks sharply lower in afternoon trading.<p>Energy stocks slumped as the price of crude …

Will crashing oil prices make Russia, Iran and Venezuela more dangerous?

The plummeting price of oil is giving the economies of Russia, Iran and Venezuela a strong smack upside the head.<p>And while the resulting crises before Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ruling clerics in Iran and the successor to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela won't engender much sympathy from many …

Oil price slide claims another scalp

While an M&A bonanaza in the oil sector is expected later this year, uncertainty around commodity prices has caused another potential deal to collapse<p>The sliding oil price is expected to spark a wave of mergers later this year, but the uncertainty it has created has claimed the scalp of a potential …