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By Mike Klink,
03 January 12
There has been a lot of talk about the safety of the proposed Keystone
XL pipeline.I am not an environmentalist, but as a civil engineer and
an inspector for TransCanada during the construction of the first
Keystone pipeline, I've had an uncomfortable front-row seat to the
disaster that Keystone XL could bring about all along its
pathway.Despite its boosters' advertising, this project is not about
jobs or energy security. It is about money. And whenever my former
employer Bechtel, working on behalf of TransCanada, had to choose Read more »
By Matt Gouras, Great Falls Tribune
The Montana Supreme Court restored the state's century-old ban on direct spending by corporations on political candidates or committees in a ruling Friday that interest groups say bucks a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court decision granting political speech rights to corporations.
The decision grants a big win to Attorney General Steve Bullock, who personally represented the state in defending its ban that came under fire after the "Citizens United" decision last year from the U.S. Supreme court.Read more »
By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
If you are a member of a racial minority, student or young voter, working poor, elderly or disabled, your ability to vote may be a lot harder in 2012 - especially if you live in states that have a history of racial repression during the Civil Rights Movement. Simply put, the Republican Party knows which segments of society helped to elect President Obama and other Democrats in 2008, knows tens of millions of these people did not vote in the 2010 midterms, and has worked very hard to stop these people from voting again next year.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
The defining political issue of 2012 won't be the government's size. It will be who government is for.
Americans have never much liked government. After all, the nation was conceived in a revolution against government.
But the surge of cynicism now engulfing America isn't about government's size. The cynicism comes from a growing perception that government isn't working for average people. It's for big business, Wall Street, and the very rich instead.Read more »
By Robert Redford - Huffington Post.
The Congress is ending the year much as it began -- playing politics with our nation's future and putting American families at risk to score partisan points.
In the closing act to a shameful year of paralysis and indecision on the issues that matter most, House Republicans held common-sense tax relief for American families hostage to a holiday gift to Big Oil.Read more »
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