Five-year offshore drilling plan to include Atlantic coast as well as Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
Al Jazeera, By Renee Lewis, January 27
The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released a draft proposal of its five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing, which includes opening up areas of the Atlantic Ocean that have […]
The Indy Star, By Tom LoBianco, January 27
Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run taxpayer-funded news outlet that will make pre-written news stories available to Indiana media, as well as sometimes break news about his administration, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star.
Pence is planning in late February to launch “Just IN,” […]
Al Jazeera investigates ties between Louisiana and the Chinese government in a proposed $1.85 billion methanol plant.
Al Jazeera, By Massoud Hayoun, January 26
This article is part one of a three-part series on China’s role in redeveloping southern Louisiana called China’s Louisiana Purchase.
St. James Parish, LA — A prominent Chinese tycoon and politician […]
The journalist and former Anonymous member says of prison term and fine in statement: ‘They’re sending me to investigate the prison-industrial complex’.
The Guardian, By Nicky Woolf, January 22
New York – In a rebuke to a legion of online supporters and what the journalist and one-time member of Anonymous called a “dangerous precedent”, Barrett […]
In a breathtaking display of Cynicism, the Obama administration has announced a program to provide tax cuts for the “middle class,” and to increase taxes on the rich.
This is just a cynical political ploy to polish his appalling legacy, characterized by “Look forward, not backward” in prosecuting torture, kidnapping and illegal imprisonment, coupled with […]
New York Times, By Adam Liptak, January 16
Washington — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June.
The decision came just […]
Washington Post, By Lyndsey Layton, January 16
For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.
The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students […]
Al Jazeera, by Tom Kutsch, January 14
“Banks are under assault.”
That was the resounding message from Jamie Dimon, CEO and President of JPMorgan Chase, in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, announcing a fourth quarter decline in profits for the nation’s largest bank.
“We have five or six regulators coming at us on […]
Lethal injection of convicted murderer will use controversial drug cocktail; Florida also set for execution Thursday.
AP, January 15
After a nearly nine-month delay prompted by a botched lethal injection last spring, Oklahoma plans to execute a death row inmate Thursday with the same controversial three-drug method Florida intends to use around an hour earlier.
South Dakota same-sex marriage licenses won’t be immediately issued; ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.
AP, January 12
A federal judge on Monday declared South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but marriage licenses won’t be immediately issued because the ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.
U.S. District Judge Karen […]
The Guardian, By Alan Yuhas, January 12
New York – Senator Ted Cruz will chair the committee that oversees science and Nasa in the new Republican-controlled Congress, raising fears that the conservative Texan will cut funding to the space agency and science programs.
Cruz’s appointment to the space, science and competitiveness subcommittee comes amid a […]
New York Times, By Charlie Savage, January 11
Washington — Although the government’s warrantless surveillance program is associated with the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has gradually become a significant player in administering it, a newly declassified report shows.
In 2008, according to the report, the F.B.I. assumed the power to review […]
ReCode, By Amy Schatz, January 7
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinted broadly Wednesday that a new net neutrality proposal he plans to release in the next few weeks will rely on re-regulating Internet lines under old rules written for phone networks.
“The issue here is how do we make sure consumers and innovators have open […]
A couple of studies floated to the surface last year in the debate about ammosexuality that I found interesting, not so much for what they concluded — we all sort of knew this stuff instinctually — but for the implicit underlying meaning when you put two and two together