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Of Course This Happened in Illinois. Why Wouldn’t It?

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Members of the Bet on Main Street Coalition walked to the Illinois State Capitol on May 8 to speak to lawmakers. The group, funded by the video gambling industry, opposes a tax increase on video gambling. (Whitney Curtis, special to ProPublica Illinois) Anyway, this is all to say, please ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit […]

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Mitch McConnell Is a Master Troll Trump Hasn’t Pardoned the War Criminals Yet, But His Message Is Clear New Report Warns Planet May Be Warming Twice as Fast as Expected Trump Administration Separates Some Migrant Mothers From Their Newborns With No Wage Growth, Study Shows Trump Tax Cuts Are for Oligarchs Why Abortion Polling Is […]

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Since the 2016 protests at Standing Rock, ND, the fossil fuel industry has been pressuring state legislatures to pass laws criminalizing protests against pipeline construction The post Texas Pipeline Bill Criminalizes Water Protectors appeared first on The Real News Network.

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Photograph Source: lyzadanger Derivative work: Diliff – CC BY-SA 2.0 Democrats need to study history and follow the example of Theodore Roosevelt, in other words, become “trust busters.” Roosevelt was a Republican and his willingness to confront the monopolists of his day earned him scorn from some, yet enough support to win the Presidency in […]

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An analysis by In These Times found, in at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests. State lawmakers across the country are advancing bills to increase penalties for demonstrators who interfere with ‘critical infrastructure,’ such as pipelines and gas terminals. Researchers concluded in January that humanity has […]

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After years of ignoring the issue, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are suddenly engaged in a furious fight over enacting national legislation to establish basic online privacy rights for consumers. As with the crafting of much legislation dealing with complicated issues, legislators are relying on experts to help codify the consumer protections. In a twist that is all […]

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California Dreamin’ of Climate Action by Newsom, But Will He Deliver? By Steve Horn California is often hailed as a pioneer of climate change policy. It is also viewed as being on the front lines of the opposition to the Trump administration on many issues, including climate. Indeed, state officials often use the slogan ‘As […]

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Tips for establishing your role as an artist, putting your work in context, and defining the overall meaning and value of what you make. In the art world, value is too often reduced to financial terms and delimited by barriers to access. But it doesn’t have to be this way: The right language can be […]

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Bill to Limit IRS’ Ability to Offer Free Tax Filing Service Is Getting New Scrutiny

April 10, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Get our best stories as soon as they are published. There have been a number of developments since we reported Tuesday that Congress was considering barring the Internal Revenue Service from offering a free tax preparation service that would compete with products such as TurboTax. […]

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Clearcut, Oregon Coast Range. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. Climate change is having a growing impact on Americans and, as the crisis escalates, communities face growing challenges. The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscores that we have eleven short years to make “rapid transformation across all industrial sectors.” Protecting forest ecosystems […]

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Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

April 9, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans […]

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Logging Is the Leading Driver of Carbon Emissions From US Forests

April 6, 2019           |                                       

Union Locals Build Support for the Green New Deal’s “Just Transition” Settler Colonialism Lurked Beneath the Christchurch Massacre Trump Administration Revokes ICC Prosecutor’s Visa Over War Crimes Probe In the Wake of Cyclone Idai, the North Has a Climate Debt to Pay The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well. The […]

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By Steve Horn In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the September 2017 climate change-fueled disaster which devastated Puerto Rico and left over 3,000 people dead, the island’s electricity grid was left decimated. As the island rebuilds, the oil and gas industry, industry-funded think tanks, and their legislative allies have begun a concerted push to flood […]

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“Happy to Do It”: Emails Show Current FAA Chief Coordinated With Ex-Lobbyist Colleagues on Policy

March 27, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. More than two years ago, the man who is now acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Dan Elwell, got a work email from […]

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Activists are stopping banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo from financing the caging of migrant children. Here’s how. “We had a cultural shift around how people view migrants and refugees, and how people connect with basic values.” The past week has seen real progress for the campaign to curb the private prison industry. A […]

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