Tuesday, September 1, 2015

With Glaciers As Backdrop, Obama To Use Alaska Trip To Push Climate Agenda

By Roberta Rampton

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) — President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at spotlighting how its melting permafrost and eroding coastlines show the United States is already being hurt by climate change.

With 16 months left in office, Obama is trying to build support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal later this year that could cement his legacy on the issue.

The White House has said Obama will announce new policies to help communities adapt to climate change and deploy renewable energy.…

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Milwaukee Mayor Wants To Outfit All Patrol Officers With Body Cameras

By Brendan O’Brien

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) — Milwaukee may soon become one of the largest cities in the United States to outfit all of its patrol officers with body cameras under a proposal by Mayor Tom Barrett.

The mayor said on Sunday that he will include in his preliminary city budget a proposal to spend $880,000 to equip all of the city’s 1,200 patrol officers with body cameras by the end of 2016.

“I want our police officers to be in a position to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that they are acting professionally,” Barrett said during a news conference.

Many U.S.…

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Polls: Ben Carson Gaining On Donald Trump In Iowa

Ben Carson is emerging as the new alternative to Donald Trump in the key early caucus state of Iowa — bringing all the right-wing Tea Party allure, but maybe with a more appealing and polite style.

The new Monmouth University poll has Trump and Carson at 23 percent each, followed way behind by Carly Fiorina at 10 percent, Ted Cruz with 9 percent, and Scott Walker at 7 percent.

Notably, Carson has by far the highest personal rating among Republicans in Iowa, with a mammoth 81 percent favorability, versus only 6 percent of GOP voters who view him unfavorably. By contrast, Trump is at 52 percent favorable to 33 unfavorable — while Jeb Bush is way underwater at just 32 percent favorable to 51 percent unfavorable.…

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