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Thursday, June 21, 2018
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What A Difference A Leader Makes In Crisis

Confronted with the catastrophe still unfolding now, Turner sticks by his story. His defiant tone, under duress, falls flat. It seems clear now that those living in Houston’s 100-year floodplain should have been strongly encouraged to flee their homes, ahead of time, in an orderly process. That’s emergency preparedness 101.

September 5, 2017
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Development And Disasters — A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

“In the Houston metro area alone, there is more than $325 billion in residential value at risk,” Simmons said in an interview. “Most damage to residential property will be flooding and if people don’t have flood insurance they are on their own.” (Most don’t, in part because the floodwaters reached so far beyond established danger zones.)

September 2, 2017
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Meeting The People Through Disaster

Politicians, celebrities and the rich often set the world’s idea of their cities and regions. It takes a disaster to meet the regular folks. We met average Louisianans during Hurricane Katrina and the commoners from New Jersey and New York for Superstorm Sandy. Hurricane Harvey has introduced America and the world to ordinary Texans.

August 31, 2017
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8 Reasons Jared And Ivanka Are As Useless And Detestable As Anyone In Trump’s White House

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump—or Javanka, as some terrible person has dubbed them—moved to Washington, D.C. eight months ago certain they’d become America’s preeminent power couple. Turns out that vision was clouded by an inability to see beyond their own cloistered versions of reality.

August 31, 2017
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White Supremacists Joked About Using Cars To Run Over Opponents Before Charlottesville

Nearly a month before a car driven by an alleged neo-Nazi plowed into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, white supremacists planning the “Unite the Right” rally joked about using vehicles to run over their opponents. That message and thousands of other conversations among white supremacists were leaked from a chat app called Discord and posted on the website of a left-wing media collective called Unicorn Riot. Many users’ participation could not be verified, but ProPublica was able to confirm that two people whose statements were included in the leaked trove made the comments attributed to them.

August 30, 2017

Exposed: Neo-Nazi Activities Of Oklahoma Police Chief

A Texas television station investigating white supremacist hate in their region was startled to discover a website linked to the newly-appointed Colbert, Oklahoma police chief. It started with all of the attention the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map” received following the violence in Charlottesville, VA.

August 30, 2017

‘Anonymous’ Doxxes Nazi Politician David Duke

During former Imperial Wizard of the KKK David Duke’s recent appearance on Vice News Tonight’s Charlottesville episode, he tried to explain the “oppression” he was experiencing as a white supremacist. In response, the cyber-hacking group Anonymous has taken matters into its own hands and doxxed Duke, releasing all of his personal information for the world to see.

August 30, 2017

The Medicaid Threat That Isn’t Getting Much Attention

No corner of the health care system would be harder hit than Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, if Republican leaders in Congress round up the votes to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. GOP lawmakers have proposed winding down the Medicaid expansion that added 17 million people in 31 states and the District of Columbia under the ACA, and eventually capping the program’s spending per capita.

July 7, 2017
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Experts See Big Flaws In Trump’s Plan To Detect Voter Fraud

Vice President Mike Pence’s office has confirmed the White House commission on voter fraud intends to run the state voter rolls it has requested against federal databases to check for potential fraudulent registration. Experts say the plan is certain to produce thousands of false positives that could distort the understanding of the potential for fraud, especially given the limited data states have agreed to turn over.

July 7, 2017
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You Should Know, The Flag Is Not A Rag

The United States Flag Code, written in 1923, more than frowns on these infractions. Penalties for mutilating or stomping on the flag include a fine and up to a year in prison. That the law is pretty much forgotten these days must be a great relief to law enforcement.

June 30, 2017
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Trump Administration Puts Yellowstone Grizzlies In The Crosshairs

Despite having received more than half a million citizen comments opposing the action, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on June 22 that it is removing federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and effectively transferring management authority over these bears to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

June 25, 2017
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GOP’s Cruel ‘Health Care’ Bill Goes After Children, The Poor And Veterans

“The ACA is not repealed,” tweeted Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicaid and Medicare for the Obama administration. “Health care for poor people, kids, the disability community and seniors is. The ACA income based tax credits stay—due to Senate rules. They just get bulldozed. More accurately, the people receiving the help do.”

June 23, 2017

Obscene: Bill Cosby Planning To Tour Country Teaching About Sexual Assault

According to two of his spokespeople, Bill Cosby is planning to tour the country holding seminars on sexual assault, and more specifically, how to avoid going to court on charges. Cosby flacks Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson appeared on “Good Morning Alabama” on Tuesday to announce that Cosby is “ready to get back to work” following a mistrial in his sexual assault case.

June 23, 2017
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Castile Killing Jury Was Stacked For Defense

Dashcam footage of the exact moment Philando Castile was murdered by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was released late Tuesday. The video proves two things: Castile could not have been more compliant, while Yanez responded with violence and seven rounds of gunfire.

June 22, 2017

A Gunman Shoots, And We Become A Family

This has been increasingly true since Jan. 8, 2011, when a gunman shot then-Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head and killed six others in a supermarket parking lot. All congressional spouses, as we’re often called, can tell you where they were when they first heard about that tragedy.

June 15, 2017

Trump Brings Out The Bible For Faith And Freedom

As Washington sat transfixed before the image of former FBI Director James Comey spilling some beans on the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump went to work. An expert in creating crises, Trump is not the kind to let his handiwork go to waste.

June 10, 2017

Will Comey’s Testimony Take Trump Down?

“They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government.…It’s not a close call. That happened. That’s about as unfake as you can possibly get. It is very, very serious.”

June 9, 2017
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Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Agreement, Endangering Future Generations And The Planet

President Trump announced Thursday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, signed by nearly 200 nations to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

June 2, 2017
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For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many

In much of the debate surrounding President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, some critical points have been lost. One reality is that the agreement was always going to reflect, more than determine, whether the world develops a sustainable relationship with the climate system.

June 2, 2017

How Many States Will Legalize Marijuana This Year? It’s Not A Pretty Number

In the euphoric aftermath of marijuana legalization victories in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada last November, the marijuana blogosphere was alive with predictions about which states would be next to free the weed.

May 31, 2017

Sunday Shows Ignore Angela Merkel Saying Europe Can No Longer Rely On The United States

Before today’s cable and broadcast network Sunday political talk shows aired, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced in a speech that President Donald Trump’s visit to the NATO and G7 summits showed that Europe no longer sees the United States as a reliable ally.

May 29, 2017

I Don’t Care Who Killed JFK

Next week, as Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth (May 29, 1917), much of the public conversation will be about his death. The controversy over who killed JFK in 1963 has now raged for over half a century. It is a diversion and a waste of time.

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: Remembering 70 U.S. Wars, Big And Small

It’s the saddest of the military holidays, invented after the Civil War, supposed to help us honor, or at least pause to remember, all the American dead from all our wars. That’s a lot of men and some women to remember going back, well, how far?

May 29, 2017
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Two People Stabbed To Death In Portland While Standing Up To White Supremacist’s Hate Speech

One of the stabbing victims died on the train and the second died in the hospital, while the third is expected to survive, but remained hospitalized through Saturday morning.

May 28, 2017
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The President Who Never Combed Gray Hair Turns 100

he president who tragically died at 46 never combed gray hair, as the Irish say about dying young. His 100th birthday is upon us Monday, May 29. Yo-Yo Ma, the great cellist, played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor his memory.

May 26, 2017