Posted in Analysis Environment Landfills Mining Water

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

“These ecosystem modifications directly affect organisms on land and in the water downstream. Every decision to allow a mine to proceed with a tailings storage facility indelibly transforms rivers and their ecosystems for hundreds to thousands…

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Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report War

There’s no Duck-and-Cover with automated warfare

Kansas City      I can still remember my third grade teacher walking us through the duck-and-cover exercise and announcing as we prepared to march to the corner single file that she would be standing on the…

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Posted in Analysis Race for the White House 2020

Sanders takes Nevada Democrat’s Caucus, 3 wins in a row

This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated. updated 9 AM By Mac England For the first time in memory a contender in a Democrat Presidential Nominating race has won the first three…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

Misconceptions abound on both sides of the aisle. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com Douglas J. Ahler, Florida State University With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the…

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Posted in Analysis Courts/justice

Prosecutor disavows Barr bigfooting of Stone sentencing.

Yesterday the Meteor published a story about Roger Stone being sentenced to 40 months in prison. Below, Rachel Maddow breaks down Justice Department prosecutor John D. Crabb’s declarations to Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Roger Stone…

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Posted in Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

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Posted in Analysis Ethics National The Conversation

Why Trump’s post-impeachment actions are about vengeance, not retribution

“Since the end of his Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump has carried out a concerted campaign against his Democratic political opponents as well as members of his administration who cooperated with them.” Austin Sarat, Amherst…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Posted in Analysis Business Health Health Insurance Public Policy

To boost bottom lines, Single-Payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News February 6, 2020 Providence, R.I. — Last winter, James Mark was a 2018 James Beard Award finalist. A few months later, both GQ and Bon Appétit ranked Big King, his newest…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Public Policy Senior Citizens The Conversation Working Class

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

“Additional reviews would cost $1.8 billion to administer while saving $2 billion in terminated benefits.” Rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to experience disability. Natee K Jindakum/Shutterstock.com By Lillie Greiman, The University of Montana…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Environmental Justice Health Mining Public Lands Science The Revelator The West Water

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

More than 1,500 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic…

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Posted in Analysis

Pedestrians and bicyclists now account for one in five traffic deaths

By Hillel Aron / FairWarning February 7, 2020 Policymakers have eagerly promoted walking and bicycle riding as a way to get healthy exercise while reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. But those activities are…

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Posted in Analysis Immigration Mexico Off the wire

Sociologist Jeremy Slack on the Horrors that Await Immigrants Deported from the U.S.

Slack led a massive research effort to learn what happens to those whom immigration authorities deport and dump all along the Mexican border. By Lise Olsen,  Feb 4, 2020,  As an 18-year-old freshman at the University…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Health Care Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Choking on the Doughnut Hole: Medicare Part D disasters

Little Rock      Driving through Mississippi back and forth on my regular route from New Orleans to Greenville to Little Rock and then back again, when I hit the long rural stretches since we belong to the…

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Posted in Analysis Health

E-cig flavors may be more than alluring; they could cause damage themselves

E-cigarette vapor also contains nicotine, heavy metals and formaldehyde, as pungent as they are harmful. Mixing in delectable flavorings disguises their unpleasantness, much like the cherry additive that camouflages the otherwise medicinal taste of children’s cough…

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Posted in Analysis Campaign finance Podcasts Pro Publica

Reporting Recipe: How to identify suspicious campaign finance records

This week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.” reveals how watchdogs discovered contributions eventually traced to key figures in the Ukraine scandal. Here’s how regular people can do the same on their own. by Ilya Marritz and Matt…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Reading the tea leaves in the Iowa disaster

New Orleans      The best thing to come out of the Iowa caucus disaster is the delay, which continues even now, because it prevents preemptive determination of a winner until the full totals are known, rather…

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Posted in Analysis Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

More from Jeff Biggers: Forget Iowa’s stupid app: Democrats can’t ignore the dismal turnout if they hope to win

My caucus in Iowa City had 60 fewer people than four years ago. Tepid turnout will re-elect Trump for sure JEFF BIGGERS FEBRUARY 5, 2020 We arrived at 6:25 p.m. on Monday night at our caucus…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump is right – the Democrats are a hot mess

Greenville       It’s like the line about a broken clock is still right two times a day. President Trump is right that the Democrats look like the gang that can’t shoot straight and might not be competent enough…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

Iowa caucuses did one thing right: Require paper ballots

“…Amid everything they did wrong, the Iowa Democratic Party did one thing right: It required that votes be counted on paper, and then tallied electronically. To those of us who study cybersecurity carefully, that’s crucial.”  …

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

What’s the matter with Iowa?

New Orleans I’m not one of the political junkies that stays up late on the night of the Iowa caucus to see the results. Forty years ago, ACORN organized at the Iowa caucuses. I’ve followed them…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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