On Monday, a federal court ruled the state’s same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional—the latest to be overturned. What makes the decision in the Old Dominion different?
The Atlantic, By Emma Green, July 29
“[T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free [...]
Reuters, July 26
Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history.
The U.S. Forest Service has its own fleet of more than 20 air tankers, but has in the [...]
New York Times, By Mark Mazzetti, July 25
Washington — Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April to declassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened a meeting of the men who had played a role overseeing the [...]
TechDirt, By Tim Cushing, July 23
Human Rights Watch has just published a report containing the facts needed to back up everyone’s suspicions that the FBI counterterrorism efforts are almost solely composed of breaking up “plots” of its own design. And the bigger and more high-profile the “bust” was, the better the chance that FBI [...]
The Intercept, By Jeremy Scahill & Ryan Devereaux, July 23
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
NBC, By Maggie Fox, July 22
In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare.
The law clearly says that states are to set up [...]
Reuters, By Jon Herskovitz, July 21
Austin, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.
Perry, seen as a possible [...]
ProPublica, By Abrahm Lustgarten, July 18
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
Associated Press, By Jason Dearen, July 19
St. Augustine Beach, FL – The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic [...]
Vice.com, By Kayla Ruble, July 16
California, where a sizable percentage of the food Americans eat is grown, is in the middle of a historic three-year drought. And yesterday, the state issued its first mandatory water restrictions just in time for the height of the state’s wildfire season and hot-weather energy demands.
The State Water [...]
…I would have laughed in your face. But it did:
Why abandon K-Street, and acknowledge, then reject, the Big Business perception of the GOP? They’ve had the Republican Party’s back for some time, right? In the past, the largest companies favored one party over the other because they understood a pro-capitalist, low-regulation government benefits [...]
Politico, By Brooks Boliek & Katy Bachman, July 15
The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.
FCC officials hope the additional [...]
The Guardian, By Jessica Glenza, July 9
New York – A definitive ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriage in the United States could come within a year, after the state of Utah decided to petition the supreme court over a lower court ruling that permitted same-sex marriage in the state.
The attorney general of [...]
New York City
A new report released by research and news organization Climate Central predicts that by the year 2100 our usual 82 degree average summer weather will reach an average of around 91 degrees—the equivalent [...]
RT, July 8
New cybersecurity legislation cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during a closed session. Critics fear it may broaden the NSA’s already formidable access to Americans’ data.
Written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), CISA – or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – is widely seen as [...]