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Make ALL filibusters like Wendy’s Texas-style filibuster!

What about it, Senator Merkley? Senator Reid? Why can’t we reform the US Senate filibuster to match the rules – and the drama – of the filibuster that played out last night in the Texas State Senate? Texas Republicans wanted to pass a draconian abortion bill that would have banned all abortions over 20 weeks […]

June 26th

Follow the Netroots Nation conference – live now!

Want the absolute cutting-edge scoop on what’s happening right now in progressive politics – the environment, labor issues, women’s issues, LGTBQ, and political organizing in general? Several thousand progressive activists, bloggers, politicians, organizers, and average folks are gathering today in San Jose for the 2013 Netroots Nation conference. And you can follow much of it […]

June 20th

With Monsanto refusing to cooperate, how can we study GMOs?

We can expect to see a lot of debate about the new study of pigs fed on a Genetically Modified (GMO) grain diet. On the one hand, a lot more pigs had severe stomach inflammation on GMO feed than on conventional. On the other hand, “moderate” inflammation seemed to be more heavily concentrated among the […]

June 17th

Sunday Train: Who the heck hates bicycles?

By BruceMcF New York City gave me Bikeshare for my birthday (June 2): Citi Bike officially launched to annual members on Monday, May 27. As of 5 p.m., members had made more than 6,000 bike trips, and traveled over 13,000 miles – greater than half the Earth’s circumference! Visit Citi Bike’s blog for more stats, facts and tips.Membership opens to […]

June 16th

Onc more time: Climate change is fueling monster tornadoes

Two weeks ago, climate deniers accused me of being an anti-science moron for asserting that climate change was going to give us bigger, more destructive tornadoes, like the one that smashed through Norman, Oklahoma. Well, I’m back, with back-up. In my corner: Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Yesterday, he went on CNN to explain how […]

June 5th

Monsanto is bailing out of Europe. Protests work!

When thousands marched last month to protest Monsanto’s dominance of agriculture in the US with their dangerous GMO seeds, a lot of people didn’t even bother. Everybody knows protests and demonstrations don’t actually accomplish anything, right? Well guess what? Sometimes they work. Monsanto admitted yesterday that they are not going to apply for approval of […]

June 3rd

California caves to big oil, kills fracking moratorium

The power of the oil industry in California was demonstrated on Thursday, May 30 when the State Assembly voted 35-24 to kill a bill originally designed to halt fracking throughout the state. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association and former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create so-called […]

June 2nd

Long-term thinking? As bees die, US is more worried about corporate profits

By Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, NRDC The scientific evidence against the neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) is stacking up like so many dead and dying bees. And, not just bees – turns out that our little aquaticinvertebrate buddies are also harmed, other beneficial insects are harmed, and birds that eat insects are harmed.(see MotherJones story here and American Bird Conservancy report here) […]

May 29th

Tornadoes, storms, and superstorms – yes, it’s global warming.

Yesterday, I wrote Yes, global warming IS giving us bigger, more devastating tornadoes, in response to the horrific devastation in Moore, Oklahoma. And the usual jerks came out, accusing me of everything from being a retard to being a despicable liberal using the bodies of dead children to push my climate change agenda. It would have been […]

May 21st