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Reports indicate President Obama's 2014 budget proposal will
include a serious cut to Social Security benefits. That's right, major
outlets are reporting that the president intends to include the
short-sighted cost of living adjustment known as the Chained CPI in his
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By John Upton, Grist
Even as ExxonMobil was mopping up after its disgusting tar-sands oil spill in Arkansas on Wednesday, it spilled an unknown amount of unknown chemicals - possibly hydrogen sulfide and cancer-causing benzene - during an accident at a riverfront refinery in Louisiana.Read more »
From its beginnings as a small chemical company in 1901, Monsanto has grown into the largest biotechnology seed company in the world with net sales of $11.8 billion, 404 facilities in 66 countries across six continents and products grown on more than 282 million acres worldwide. Today, the consumer advocacy nonprofit Food & Water Watch released its report, Monsanto: A Corporate Profile.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog.
Bad news on the economy. It added only 88,000 jobs in March - the slowest pace of job growth in nine months.
While the jobless rate fell to 7.6 percent, much of the drop was due to the labor force shrinking by almost a half million people. If you're not looking for work, you're not counted as unemployed.
That means the percentage of working-age Americans either with a job or looking for one dropped to 63.3 percent - its lowest level since 1979.Read more »
By Abby Quillen, YES! Magazine
The Seed Underground" is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage.
Janisse Ray celebrates the local, organic food movement but fears we're forgetting something elemental: the seeds. According to Ray, what is happening with our seeds is not pretty. Ninety-four percent of vintage open-pollinated fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished over the last century.Read more »
By MICHAEL WINES
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.Read more »
By The New York Times | Editorial
Earlier this month, during one of his new across-the-aisle good-will tours, President Obama pleaded with Senate Republicans to ease up on their record number of filibusters of his nominees. He might as well have been talking to one of the statues in the Capitol. Republicans have made it clear that erecting hurdles for Mr. Obama is, if anything, their overriding legislative goal.Read more »
By Keith Wagstaff, The Week
The freshman senator is on a roll, taking on Wall Street at every opportunity.
lizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ran for the Senate as a populist hell-bent on reforming Wall Street. And after starting her tenure as something of a wallflower - much to the consternation of her fans - it appears she's ready to do just that.
Her most recent target was HSBC, which recently settled money laundering charges to the tune of $1.9 billion.Read more »
I’m so saddened to learn of Phil’s passing.
We first worked together in 1967 when I did a free concert in Central Park. His brilliance at capturing sound was immediately evident.
Later we worked together on the film “A Star Is Born” where Phil was able to record me singing live, including “Evergreen”. In the next decade we worked on the soundtrack to “Yentl” and many other recordings.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
We're still legislating and regulating private morality, while at the same time ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.
In recent weeks Republican state legislators have decided to thwart the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in "Roe v. Wade," which gave women the right to have an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy.Read more »
The Facts About the Tar Sands Pipeline
The official State Department process to determine whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the “national interest” is grinding along and should wrap up later this year, but that didn’t stop the senators from trying to force the issue last week.Read more »